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Also Known As: Died: February 3, 1972
Born: December 30, 1892 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Albany, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Nevada Smith (1966) as Doctor
A part-Indian cowboy avenges his parents' murder.
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) as Minister
A ranch-owner's four sons vow to avenge their father's death.
The Gun Hawk (1963) as Drunk
A former gunfighter, slowly dying from an infected bullet wound, tries to expire with some shred of dignity by challenging a young gunslinger to a final showdown.
Lover Come Back (1961) as Board member
An ad exec in disguise courts his pretty female competitor.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) as Admiral Crawford
The captain of a nuclear submarine defies his commanders to save the Earth from a deadly space fire.
Pocketful of Miracles (1961) as Police inspector
A good-hearted gangster turns an old apple seller into a society matron so she can impress her daughter.
Houseboat (1958) as Mr. Farnsworth
An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.
Decision at Sundown (1957) as Charles Summerton
A gunman seeks revenge on the man he believes stole his wife.
The Hired Gun (1957) as Mace Beldon
A bounty hunter tries to prove his beautiful quarry innocent of murder.
Runaway Daughters (1956) as George Barton
Comanche (1956) as General Nelson A. Miles
A frontier scout tries to protect an Indian tribe from a bigoted Cavalry officer.
The Wild Dakotas (1956) as Morgan Wheeler
Double Jeopardy (1955) as Emmet Devery
Texas Lady (1955) as Mead Moore
Prudence travels to an isolated Texas town where she has inherited the local paper. She finds the place ruled over by the two men who wrested the area from the Indians twenty-five years before, and it is clear they do not welcome her free-spirited intervention. Support comes in the unexpected shape of the gambler she has just bested in New Orleans for her own family reasons.
The Kentuckian (1955) as Pleasant Tuesday Babson
A backwoodsman and his son fight to build a new home in Texas.
Sitting Bull (1954) as General Howell
After defeating Custer at the Little Big Horn, the famed chief tries to save an Indian sympathizer from court-martial.
Jack Slade (1953) as Judge Davison
A twelve year old Joey Slade sees his father gunned down in front of him and decides that he will dedicate his life to ridding society of all outlaws. He assumes the name Jack and as an adult takes on hired gun type jobs in order to achieve his revenge.
Jet Job (1952) as Sam Bentley
Scaramouche (1952) as Dr. Dubuque
In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder.
Montana Belle (1952) as Matt Towner
The Daltons force Belle Starr to help them on a dangerous raid.
Two Dollar Bettor (1951) as John Hewitt
Take Care of My Little Girl (1951) as John Ericson
A college freshman adjusts to the realities of sorority life.
Little Egypt (1951) as Shuster
Flight to Mars (1951) as Dr. Lane
A newspaper reporter and a bunch of scientists fly a rocket to Mars just to find out that Martians look exactly like us. Mars is running low on one of their natural resources (Corium), and plan to steal the Earth astronauts' rocket and conquer Earth. The Martian underground helps the Earthmen stop the insidious plan.
The Groom Wore Spurs (1951) as Chief of Police [Uncle George]
The Texas Rangers (1951) as Maj. John D. Jones
The head of the Texas Ranger enlists two convicts to track an outlaw band.
Cuban Fireball (1951) as Pomeroy, Sr.
The Sundowners (1950) as John Gaul
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) as Chief of police Tolgate
From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of gullible heiress Margaret Dobson proves more dangerous to him than any crime...
The Fuller Brush Girl (1950) as Watkins
A daffy door-to-door saleswoman blunders into a murder investigation.
Mary Ryan, Detective (1950) as Captain Billings
Shamrock Hill (1949) as Ralph Judson
Woman in Hiding (1949) as John Chandler
Deborah Chandler's rejected suitor, Selden Clark, manages the factory of her father, who dies: did he fall or was he pushed? But charming Clark manages to win her over and marry her. On the honeymoon, Clark's former girl Patricia intervenes and opens Deborah's eyes, alas too late. Now Clark tries to kill Deborah. Believed dead by all but Clark, she flees. But drifter Keith Ramsey recognizes and follows her. Can she trust him? Can he believe her?
Rusty Saves a Life (1949) as Hugh Mitchell
A faithful dog rescues his master from a life of delinquency.
The Gal Who Took the West (1949) as Colonel Logan
The Valiant Hombre (1949) as Lon Lansdell
The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) find a dog, Daisy (played by Daisy), grieving for its lost master. Cisco senses a plot when he later learns that the missing man, Paul Mason (John James), recently discovered a gold lode in the nearby hills. The trail leads to the owner of a gambling hall, Lon Lansdell (John Litel). Linda Mason (Barbara Billingsley), searching for her lost brother, is met when she arrives by Cisco, who tries to hell her the true story as he sees it, but she prefers to believe Landell's version of her brother's disappearance. Lansdell leads Linda to her brother, and she is used in an attempt to make Mason disclose the location of his gold strike. But Cisco and Pancho are close by.
Rusty's Birthday (1949) as Hugh Mitchell
A lost dog tries to find his way back to his beloved master.
Outpost in Morocco (1949) as Col. Pascal
In the middle of a desert war, a Foreign Legionnaire falls for his Arab enemy's daughter.
Pitfall (1948) as District Attorney
A married insurance man falls for a criminal''s girlfriend.
Triple Threat (1948) as Coach Snyder
Rusty Leads the Way (1948) as Hugh Mitchell
A boy and his dog help a bitter blind girl adjust to life.
I, Jane Doe (1948) as Horton
Cass Timberlane (1948) as Webb Wargate
An aging judge creates a scandal when he marries a younger woman from the wrong side of the tracks.
Smart Woman (1948) as Clark, foreman of grand jury
A crusading DA falls for a defense attorney with a criminal past.
My Dog Rusty (1948) as Hugh Mitchell
A faithful dog helps his master''''s father win a mayoral race.
The Guilty (1947) as Alex Tremholt
Lighthouse (1947) as Hank [Armitage]
Looks like the film that might have inspired Hugo Hass to make one like it twice a year in the early fifties. Connie (June Lang) is all smitten with lighthouse keeper Sam Wells (Don Castle), but he brushes her off and she ups and marries his fellow-lighthouse keeper Hank Armitage(John Litel) out of spite. All three live together in the close confines of the lighthouse and jealously and recrimination rise nearly as high inside as the pounding surf and howling winds outside. It also begins to look like an Edgar G. Ulmer film, if it wasn't so semi-rational. Sam is pleased with the situation that appears to him to promise action with no responsibilities. But Connie, in addition to rebuffing Sam's unwanted passes, is actually falling in love with ol' Hank. Trouble is brewing.
Christmas Eve (1947) as FBI agent
To save her fortune, an aging woman must reunite her three adopted sons.
The Beginning or the End (1947) as K. T. Keller
True story of the Manhattan Project and the race to build the atomic bomb.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947) as Tom Clancy
A film that possibly held the record for the most Irish-descent players in an American-produced movie before "The Quiet Man" was shot on location in Ireland, and that includes "The Informer." Barry Fitzgerald is a rapid fan of following the ponies (but none too good at picking the winners)and owns a shabby boarding house east of NYC's Third Avenue. Mostly, he never works, follows his hunches, philosphizes through most of the 77 minutes and changes the life course for most of those around him. His dependence upon his daughter (Diana Lynn) keeps him interfering with her romance with a returning WW II sailor (Sonny Tufts, just before Paramount finally gave up on him.) And he will stretch the truth beyond accepted boundaries. Fitzgerald's real-life brother Arthur Sheilds plays his brother who he has built up to be a rich man, but who is really a diver working for the police department. Could have been a ten if there had been a leprechaun or two or Pat O'Brien in the cast.
Swell Guy (1947) as Arthur Tyler
Heaven Only Knows (1947) as Reverend Wainwright
An angel lands in the wild West to save a gambler''''s soul.
Smooth as Silk (1946) as Stephen Elliott
The Return of Rusty (1946) as Hugh Mitchell
She Wrote the Book (1946) as Dean Fowler
A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed name. While in the big city, the math prof receives a bump on the head which brings on a form of amnesia. She begins to believe she is the author of the sultry book, and has actually lived its story. Now freed from her inhibitions, the lady professor sashays about with abandon. With a PR man (Jack Oakie) in tow, she crashes a party of swells at the home of a wealthy industrialist (Thurston Hall) and pressures him into making a large contribution to her tiny college back home.
Sister Kenny (1946) as Medical director
True story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods.
A Night in Paradise (1946) as Archon
Aesop takes a break from spinning fables to help a king and fall in love.
The Madonna's Secret (1946) as Lt. Roberts
The Enchanted Forest (1945) as Ed Henderson
An elderly hermit befriends a young boy lost in the forest.
The Crimson Canary (1945) as Roger Quinn
Northwest Trail (1945) as Sgt. Means
Mountie Matt O'Brien is assigned to escort Miss Owens to a remote outpost. But when he finds an illegal mining operation there that is smuggling gold across the border, his superior Sgt. Means orders him to leave.
Salome, Where She Danced (1945) as General Robert E. Lee
San Antonio (1945) as Charlie Bell
A reformed rustler tracks down a band of cattle thieves and tries to reform a crooked dance-hall girl.
The Daltons Ride Again (1945) as Michael Bohannon
Brewster's Millions (1945) as Swearengen Jones
A veteran has to spend $1 million in two months to inherit a fortune.
The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945) as Inspector Dawes
A criminal psychologist treats an artist whose blackouts coincide with a series of murders.
Where Are Your Children? (1944) as Judge Evans
Faces in the Fog (1944) as Dr. Fred Mason
Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid (1944) as Mr. Sam Aldrich
Henry Aldrich (James Lydon) tries to match his unfriendly teacher, Mr. Bradley (vaughan Glaser) with a wife. Henry hopes the teacher will become friendly enough to let him graduate with honors so he can use an inheritance for college.
Lake Placid Serenade (1944) as Walter Benda
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944) as Mr. Sam Aldrich
Henry and Dizzy have a baby sitting service and get more than they bargain for when the mother of a 10 month old leaves town to clear her husband of a crime.
Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout (1944) as Sam Aldrich
My Buddy (1944) as Father Jim Donnelly
Republic, never a company to not try getting ahead of the curve and with writers who could remember the 1930's social conscience WW I vets-returning-home films, made this in mid-1944 (a full year before the end of WW II) as a don't-let-it-happen-again sermon. The semi-prologue opening finds Father Jim Donnelly (John Litel) before a post-war planning board in Washington and, as Priests quite often did in 1930 and 1940's films, tells his point-making story in flashback of how WW I vet Eddie Ballinger (Don Barry as Donald Barry), shaken by battle experiences anyway, returns home to a job that is no longer there for him and finds "No Help Wanted" signs standing in his way of making an honest living. Despite the pleas from his mother (Emma Dunn) and his sweetheart Lucy Manners (Lynne Roberts), Eddie starts hauling booze for bootlegger Tim Oberta (Alexander Granich) and takes up with entertainer Lola (Ruth Terry), who eventually betrays him, mainly because she is a one-name character and that's what one-name characters are there for...especially in a movie with the lead playing his 1944 version of Jimmy Cagney in a 1933 Warner's film. Father Jim makes his don't-repeat-the-past point in less than an hour as the hearing committee had also seen and heard the story before.
Murder in the Blue Room (1944) as Frank Baldrich
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943) as Mr. Sam Aldrich
Divide and Conquer (1943) as Narrator
The Nazis seize control of France and Central Europe.
Henry Aldrich Swings It (1943) as Mr. Sam Aldrich
Complications arise when Henry, in love with the new music teacher, joins the band. He accidentally gets a Stradivarius that belongs to another man.
So Proudly We Hail! (1943) as Dr. Harrison
Nurses caught behind enemy lines during World War II fight to survive.
Crime Doctor (1943) as Emilio Caspari
A blow on the head forces a renowned psychologist to remember he was once a criminal.
Henry Aldrich Haunts a House (1943) as Mr. Sam Aldrich
Submarine Base (1943) as James Taggert
Ship engineer Jim Taggert (John Litel) is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan (Alan Baxter), an American gangster that found New York too hot for him, and has become a fisherman operating from an out-of-the-way island off of the coast of South America. Morgan makes his headquarters at the Halfway House run by the parents of Maria Styx (Fifi D'Orsay) as a bar and dance resort catering to the planters and traders of the island. Taggert finds himself practically a prisoner along with a group of American girls acting as entertainers at the resort. Taggert shadows Morgan in his activities in a remote cove and finds that Morgan is supplying German U-boat commanders with torpedoes, but does not know that Morgan has rigged the torpedoes with clock devices that explode when at sea and sinks the U-boats.
Murder in Times Square (1943) as Dr. Ronald Blaine
A stage actor tries to solve a bizarre series of murders.
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942) as Norman Hadley
The Mystery of Marie Roget (1942) as [Henri] Beauvais
Henry and Dizzy (1942) as Mr. Aldrich
Mississippi Gambler (1942) as Francis Carvel, previously known as Jim Hadley
A journalist finds out, that a plantation owner he meets is a gangster the police is looking for, who has changed his face with plastic surgery.
Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) as Mr. [Sam] Aldrich
Henry (James Lydon) gets into another jam when he becomes the editor of the Centerville Hish School newspaper. The Fire Chief suspects him when he covers fires.
They Died with Their Boots On (1942) as General Phil Sheridan
Romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer and his last stand.
Madame Spy (1942) as Peter
The Boss of Big Town (1942) as Michael Lynn
The Invisible Agent (1942) as John Gardiner
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
Men of Texas (1942) as Colonel [Colbert] Scott
Kid Glove Killer (1942) as Matty
A police scientist investigates the mayor''''s murder.
Sealed Lips (1942) as [Fred M.] Morton/[Mike] Rofano
The Trial of Mary Dugan (1941) as Mr. West
The Great Mr. Nobody (1941) as John Wade
An accident-prone reporter stumbles into love and a big story.
Thieves Fall Out (1941) as Tim Gordon
A young man tries to rescue his grandmother from kidnappers.
The Big Boss (1941) as Bob Dugan
Father's Son (1941) as William Emory
A banker's son gets into a variety of comic scrapes in an effort to catch his father's attention.
Henry Aldrich for President (1941) as Mr. Aldrich
Gambling on the High Seas (1940) as U.S. District Attorney
A reporter tries to nail a gambling-ship owner for murder.
Money and the Woman (1940) as Jerry Helm
An embezzler''''s wife begs his boss for forgiveness, only to fall in love with him.
Men Without Souls (1940) as Reverend Thomas Storm
Murder in the Air (1940) as Saxby
A secret service agent fights to keep enemy spies away from top secret government plans.
Lady with Red Hair (1940) as Charles Bryant
An actress hopes to regain her lost son by making it to the top.
Flight Angels (1940) as Dr. Barclay
Airline stewardesses vie for the love of a dashing pilot.
Knute Rockne--All American (1940) as Committee chairman
Biography of the famed Notre Dame coach and his fight to "win one for the Gipper."
An Angel from Texas (1940) as Quigley
A pair of slick Broadway producers con a wealthy cowboy into backing their show.
The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) as District Attorney Dickson
A defense lawyer sets out to topple a powerful gangster.
It All Came True (1940) as Mr. Roberts
A gangster hides out in a boardinghouse full of eccentrics.
Virginia City (1940) as Marshall
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl.
A Child Is Born (1940) as Dr. Brett
A pregnant prison inmate shares her problems with the patients in a maternity ward.
They Drive by Night (1940) as Harry McNamara
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
Castle on the Hudson (1940) as Chaplin
A hardened crook behind bars comes up against a reform-minded warden.
Santa Fe Trail (1940) as Martin
Romantic rivals get caught in the battle to stop abolitionist John Brown.
The Fighting 69th (1940) as Captain Mangan
A braggart soldier learns the true meaning of heroism when he joins World War I's all-Irish unit.
Nancy Drew...Trouble Shooter (1939) as Carson Drew
A teen-aged sleuth tries to clear one of her father''''s friends of a murder charge.
Wings of the Navy (1939) as Commander Clark
Pilot brothers vie for the same woman.
Dodge City (1939) as Matt Cole
A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town.
On Dress Parade (1939) as Colonel Michael Riker
A group of delinquents get shipped to military school.
The Return of Dr. X (1939) as Dr. Francis Flegg
A murderer returns from the grave with a thirst for blood.
On Trial (1939) as Robert Strickland
A novice lawyer must defend a killer.
Father Is a Prince (1939) as Dr. Mark Stone
An industrialist values money over his family''''s happiness.
Nancy Drew, Reporter (1939) as Carson Drew
A teen-aged sleuth sets out to prove a young girl innocent of murder charges.
One Hour to Live (1939) as Rudolph Spain
Dust Be My Destiny (1939) as Prosecutor
A young misfit lands on a prison chain gang and falls for the foreman's daughter.
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939) as Attorney Carey
A young tough takes the rap for a hardened gangster.
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939) as Carson Drew
A teen-aged sleuth helps two old ladies deal with the "haunting" of their mansion.
Secret Service of the Air (1939) as [Tom] Saxby
A government agent battles smugglers.
My Bill (1938) as Mr. [John] Rudlin
An impoverished widow fights scandal for the sake of her four children.
Comet over Broadway (1938) as Bill Appleton
A stage star's rampant ambition leads to murder.
Love, Honor and Behave (1938) as Jim Blake
A college tennis star gives up the game for love.
Broadway Musketeers (1938) as Stanley Dowling
Three childhood friends get mixed up with gangsters.
Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938) as Nails Morgan
An orphan searching for her father softens a gangster''''s heart.
Jezebel (1938) as Jean La Cour
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938) as Prosecuting attorney
A doctor plots crimes so he can study criminal psychology.
Valley of the Giants (1938) as Hendricks
A lumberman takes on pirates out to plunder the forest.
A Slight Case of Murder (1938) as Post
A gangster finds the straight life ain't so simple.
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) as Ralph Ferris
A gold strike in California triggers a bitter feud between farmers and prospectors.
Nancy Drew, Detective (1938) as Carson Drew
A teen-aged sleuth investigates a wealthy woman''''s disappearance.
Over the Wall (1938) as Father Neil Connor
A prison chaplain tries to help a man framed for murder prove his innocence.
Marked Woman (1937) as Gordon
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
Black Legion (1937) as Tommy Smith
A disgruntled factory worker is lured into joining a secret society out to terrorize foreigners.
Alcatraz Island (1937) as Gat Brady
A prison inmate is framed for killing a con who once tried to kidnap his daughter.
The Life of Emile Zola (1937) as Charpentier
The famed writer risks his reputation to defend a Jewish army officer accused of treason.
Midnight Court (1937) as Victor Shanley
A district attorney sells out to the mob until he falls for an honest girl.
Missing Witnesses (1937)
Government investigators take on a powerful protection racket.
Back in Circulation (1937) as Dr. Eugene Forde
A reporter tries to win her editor''''s heart by solving a murder case.
Missing Witness (1937) as Inspector [Robert L.] Lane
Slim (1937) as Wyatt Ranstead
Electric linemen compete on the job and in love.
Fugitive in the Sky (1936) as Mike Phelan
A flight carrying government agents and gangsters must land in a dust storm.
Wayward (1932) as Bob Daniels
On the Border (1930) as Dave

Cast (short)

For the Common Defense! (1942)
This short film shows how cooperation among all the nations of the Americas assists the war effort.
Soldiers in White (1941)
In this short film, a man comes to understand his position in the Army Medical Corps. Vitaphone Release 661-662A.
March On, Marines (1940)
Short film that was used to boost U.S. public morale and draw interest to the marines due to the inevitable conflict of WWII. Vitaphone Release 9954-9955.
The Declaration of Independence (1938)
This short film offers an account of the meeting of the Continental Congress in the summer of 1776. Vitaphone Release 8874-8875.
The Man Without a Country (1937)
This short film focuses on a disgraced U.S. army officer. Vitaphone Release 8369-8370.
This film presents a dramatization of Patrick Henry's speech before the Virginia legislature in which he argues for colonial independence.

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