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Cast (feature film)

Gaby (1956) as
In this remake of Waterloo Bridge, a ballerina turns to prostitution when her fiance is reported killed in World War II.
Phffft (1954) as Boy
A couple divorce but can''''t stop getting mixed up in each other''''s lives.
Chicago Calling (1952) as Finance clerk
Battle Zone (1952) as Photo interpreter
A rivalry develops between two Marine combat photographers over the attentions of a Red Cross nurse during their stint in the Korean War.
Flat Top (1952) as Lieutenant j. g.
Take Care of My Little Girl (1951) as Bellboy
A college freshman adjusts to the realities of sorority life.
As Young As You Feel (1951) as Mail boy
Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.
Her First Romance (1951) as Counselor
A high school girl steals from her parents to be with the boy she loves.
Call Me Mister (1951) as Soldier
G.I. Sergeant Shep Dooley, former stage star awaiting discharge in postwar Tokyo, meets his estranged love Kay when she arrives to entertain the troops. Shep, who hasn't exactly lost his former irresponsibility, does his best to court Kay anew...but she has no lack of other admirers as she labors to put on a soldier show.
Let's Go Navy (1951) as Stevenson
The Bowery Boys join the Navy to catch some crooks posing as sailors.
The Flying Missile (1951) as Sentry
My Blue Heaven (1950) as Page boy
A married song and dance team tries to adopt a child.
The Jackpot (1950) as Office boy
Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.
Kill the Umpire (1950) as Young fireman
To appease his family, a retired baseball player signs up for umpire school.
Chain Gang (1950) as Eddie
A reporter gets a job as a prison guard to document inhuman conditions.
Sons of New Mexico (1950) as Corporal
In addition to his duties as executor of an estate Gene must keep a juvenile delinquent from the clutches gambler Feeney who hopes to get at the money through the kid.
Battleground (1949) as Runner
American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge.
Tell It to the Judge (1949) as Elevator boy
To win back her husband, a divorcee pretends to be married to a loser.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) as Marine
During World War II, a marine sergeant must turn his recruits into fighting men.
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) as Soda clerk
An inept secretary goes to work for a bogus real estate firm thinking it's for real.
Command Decision (1949) as Operations sergeant
A senior officer faces the horror of sending his men on suicide missions over Germany during the last days of World War II.
On an Island with You (1948) as Yeoman
A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii.
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947) as Freshman
A small-town boy returns to college after the war only to find his sweetheart engaged to another.
Ladies' Man (1947) as Office boy
Henry Haskell (Eddie Bracken), owner of a hard-scrabble farm near Badger, Oklahona, thwarted in love and through with women forever, strikes oil while digging for water and becomes a millionaire. He heads for New York, with $50,000 in his pocket, to fulfill his lifelong ambition of seeing Grant's Tomb and riding the subway. Fortune-huntress Gladys Hayden (Virginia Field) moves into rooms adjoining Henry's at his swank New York hotel. He joins a large crowd on the street and suddenly finds himself being interviewed by Jean Mitchell (Virginia Wells) on a "Streets of New York" broadcast. When Henry says he is the only millionaire from Badger, Oklahoma, Jean impulsively offers to introduce him to any listener who sends in a box-top of her sponsor's face powder. Henry invites Jean to dine at the Automat and a ride home on the subway and, since he borrows nickels from her for food and the subway, she doubts he is really a millionaire. She is unaware he couldn't get change for a $100 bill. On the subway, they encounter Spike Jones and His City Slickers and, learning they are out of work, Henry gives them each $100 bills. Millions of women, clamouring for dates with Henry, send in box-tops. Jean and her uncle dream up a radio program that promises some lucky Cinderella a date with Henry each night. Jean puts on an act that makes Henry, self-vowed woman-hater, think her job is in jeopardy and he goes along. And Gladys makes strides with Henry with her phoney southern accent. When Henry learns that he has been tricked into the radio scheme, he pretends to be bankrupt...
The Well Groomed Bride (1946) as Bellhop
O.S.S. (1946) as U.S. soldier
John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system. After successfully blowing up a tunnel he runs back to save Ellen and is told "Never come back for me again." Later he must choose whether or not to obey her wishes.
Wake Up and Dream (1946) as Farm boy
Henry Pecket (Clem Bevans) keeps a land-bound, home-made sloop in the backyard of his boarding house ran by widow Sara March (Charlotte Greenwood), who is tolerant of the fancied trips around the world taken by her "ancient mariner" boarder. Little Nella Cairn (Connie Marshall,)another boarder, is his constant companion on the sloop's "trips." When her brother, Jeff Cairn (John Payne), enlists in the Navy, Nella is sent to board with a cousin, but is unhappy and returns to the boarding house. Pecket sends for Jenny (June Haver), a waitress for Mr. Agrippa (Oliver Blake) at his lunchroom and sweetheart of Jeff. Pecket and Jenny together decide to take care of Nella, when she receives a telegram from the War Department advising that Jeff is missing in action. To console the young girl, Pecket tells her they'll sail out to a wonderful island he knows about where he is sure Jeff can be found. The widow March, incensed about gossip she hears that Pecket is entertaining women guests on his boat, sells it to Mr. Agrippa, who wants to make a hamburger stand out of it. He has a man install wheels on it and plans to tow it away the next day. Pecket, Jenny and Nella have a meeting on the boat, a storm blows up, and since the sails are set, the "Sara March" puts out to "sea,", where it becomes "reefed" in a haystack. A young itinerant dentist, Howard Williams (John Ireland), offers to tow them but runs out of gas just as they reach Dignman's Ferry. He suggests they launch the boat, and all hands, including Williams, who comes in handy when they encounter a scientist in need of dental work, set sail on an enchanted voyage for Pecket's rendezvous find Jeff.
Night Club Girl (1945) as Charlie [Kendall]
Incendiary Blonde (1945) as Tommy Guinan, 19 years
In this true story, Texas Guinan rises from Wild West shows to become New York's "Queen of the Nightclubs" during Prohibition.
Over 21 (1945) as Cute little fellow
When a newspaper editor enlists during World War II service, his wife has to run interference with his boss.
An American Romance (1944) as Joe Chandler, Jr.
A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family.
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) as Call boy
Singing sisters create a World War II canteen and become rivals for the same man.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as English boy
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Babes on Swing Street (1944) as Billy Harper
Ladies Courageous (1944) as Pilot
The National Barn Dance (1944) as Elevator boy
Made at the time when the National Barn Dance program, on radio station WLS (for World's Largest Store and owned by Sears & Roebuck) in Chicago, was as big on a national scale listening audience as "The Grand Ole Opry" out of Nashville. The film highlights the leading acts then performing on the program; comedian Pat Buttram, announcer Joe Kelly (before his Quiz Kids stint), Lulubelle & Scotty (Scott Wiseman and wife Myrtle), the Dinning Sisters trio, Arkie the Arkansas Wood Chooper (Luther W. Osenbrink) and the Hoosier Hot Shots quartet, whose musical abilities and creativity were vastly underrated. The piffle of a story begins in the early days of radio (Calvin Cooledge was President) but otherwise seems to take place in 1944, which made things easier on the Art and Set directors. Agent John Berke (Charles Quigley) thinks advertising executive Mitcham (Robert Benchley) wants to put together a program of hillbilly performers---a term used until later years when Nashville went uptown and changed it to Country & Western---and hies himself down to a country town where Lulubelle (Myrtle Wiseman) & Scotty (Scott Wiseman) hold a barn dance in their barn every Saturday night featuring themselves and their farm hands, although it is not quite clear just what chores the Dinning Sisters perform. He signs all hands to a contract, brings them to Chicago and learns that Mitcham has no intentions of putting together such a program to be sponsored by the Garvey Soup Company owned by the Garveys (Charles Dingle and Mabel Paige). A bit of plot contrivance---a small bit--- changes all of that, and the National Barn Dance is born.
Wing and a Prayer (1944) as Anti-aircraft gunner/Sailor
An aircraft carrier is sent on a decoy mission around the Pacific, with orders to avoid combat, thus lulling Japanese alertness before the battle of Midway. All the men have their individual worries and concerns, but become increasingly frustrated at their avoidance of combat, for reasons unknown to them. But in the end, all get their chance to fight.
We've Never Been Licked (1943) as Student
WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate, played by Noah Beery. In the meantime, Craig associates with Japanese spies (including William Frawley of "I Love Lucy") bent on stealing a secret chemical compound being worked on a the University. But is he one of them, or a double agent for his country?
Cadets on Parade (1942) as Paul
Austin Shannon (Freddie Bartholomew), after showing cowardice in sports and unable to adjust to student life, decides he is a misfit at military school and runs away. He meets newsboy Joe Novak (Jimmy Lydon)and they become friends. A $1000 reward is posted for Freddie's return but Joe doesn't take advantage of it. Joe desires an education so Austin tutors him, while Joe teaches Austin how to box, play baseball and football...without flinching (no small task indeed when working with a Freddie Bartholomew character.)
The Spirit of Stanford (1942) as Butch
Junior Army (1942) as Cadet Baker
An English refugee and a street thug go to military school together.
Adventure in Washington (1941) as Armstrong
Military Academy (1940) as First cadet
Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940) as Tom
Five siblings face boarding school when their working mother can't hold a job and care for them.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) as Boy ranger
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption.
Penrod and His Twin Brother (1938) as Donald
A young boy''''s lookalike lands him in hot water.
Penrod's Double Trouble (1938) as Donald
A missing boy''''s lookalike takes his place and raises havoc.
Penrod and Sam (1937) as Wienie
A club for junior-league detectives gets caught up in a bank robbery.
Make a Wish (1937) as Judge
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.

Cast (short)

Men of the Sky (1942)
This short film, produced in cooperation with the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, focuses on a group of fledgling pilots receiving their wings. Vitaphone Release 1017-1018A.

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