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Donald MacBride

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Cast (feature film)

The Seven Year Itch (1955) as Brady
A married man whose wife is on vacation falls for the blonde bombshell upstairs.
The Stooge (1953) as Waiter
A failed singer takes on a comedian to create a team act.
Gobs and Gals (1952) as Comm. Gerrens
Sailor Beware (1952) as Chief bos'n mate
Two sailors wreak havoc on the Navy.
Meet Danny Wilson (1952) as Sergeant Kelly
Danny Wilson and partner Mike make a meager living singing in dives and hustling pool. One night they meet entertainer Joy Carroll, who gets them a job at racketeer Nick Driscoll's posh nightclub. But Nick wants a high price: half of Danny's future income. Danny's career skyrockets, but his position at the top of the heap, and his one-sided romance with Joy, prove extremely unstable.
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) as Bus terminal guard
A small-town girl finds love on the road to Broadway stardom.
Texas Carnival (1951) as Concessionaire
A penniless carnival worker runs up a mountain of debts when he's mistaken for a millionaire.
Bowery Battalion (1951) as Sgt. Frisbee
The Bowery Boys join the Army to catch a spy ring.
Cuban Fireball (1951) as Captain Brown
Rhubarb (1951) as Pheeny
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.
Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey (1950) as Mayor
Joe Palooka (Joe Kirkwood Jr). and Anne Howe (Pamela Blake) go to Harrow Hot Springs to spend their honeymoon and shortly after they arrive, Humphrey Pennyworth (Robert Coogan), good-natured, small-town blacksmith, who has repaired their car, arrives and explains that he always guarantees his work for 30 days and wants to be on hand to ensure the motor works okay. Before long, Joe is matched in a benefit bout with Johnson, but the latter is replaced by Humphrey after being kayoed by him after he insulted Joe. Johnson's manager, Belden (Jerome Cowan), quickly tries to arrange to manage Humphrey, but Joe's manager Knobby Walsh (Leon Errol) realizes that Humphrey's amazing super strength is a menace to Joe's career, so he poses as English fight manager Lord Cecil Poole and takes over the management of Humphrey. Belden has a couple of his henchmen kidnap Poole/Walsh.
Holiday Rhythm (1950) as E. E. Byrd
The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) as George Carson
Fictionalized account of the legendary racehorse's training and triumphs.
Jinx Money (1948) as Lt. James Q. Broaderik
The Bowery Boys find a dead gangster''''s loot-and the mob out to get it back.
Campus Sleuth (1948) as Inspector Watson
Smart Politics (1948) as The Mayor [Phineas Wharton, Jr./ Phineas Wharton, Sr.]
The growth of juvenile crime in a small town starts a movement for the building of a youth center. The project leaders discuss with the town mayor about buying an old warehouse from the city, and rebuilding it as the Center. The mayor, however, has his own plans to buy it himself for another project which he would profit from. The Teen-Agers, Freddy Trimball (Freddie Stewart), Dodie Rogers (June Preisser), Lee Watson (Warren Mills), Betty Rogers (Noel Neill), Roy Donne (Frankie Darro) and the rest of Monogram's non-delinquent juveniles, think otherwise and, while the mayor does buy the warehouse, he is forced to donate it to the Youth Center committee.
Buck Privates Come Home (1947) as Police captain
Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates them--and getting involved with a race-car builder who's trying to find backers for a new midget racer he's building.
The Egg and I (1947) as Mr. Henty
Newlywed city slickers decide to give country life a try as chicken farmers.
The Fabulous Joe (1947) as Gilbert
To quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's Pet", with Frances Rafferty and Larry Olsen taking the roles played by June Marlowe and Jackie Cooper in the original short. Hal Roach also made a film called "The Fabulous Joe", basically about a drunk, a talking dog, gangsters and Marie Wilson running around in her skivvies. The two films, intended as bottom-half of a double feature, were released about two weeks apart, with "Curly" going out first. "The Fabulous Joe" came about two weeks later. At the same time, the two films were stitched together and offered, with the combined running time of 112 minutes, to exhibitors who didn't play double features. The film listed on this page, "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival", is the result. "Curly" was an attempt by Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") to create a version of "Our Gang" with a new set of kids, which would be known as "Curly and His Gang", and would be feature-length films in Cinecolor. "Curly" was the first one in the series and was followed in 1948 by "Who Killed "Doc" Robbin" with the same kids from "Curly" playing the same roles. Later, "Curly" and "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" were packaged together as "The Adventures of Curly and His Gang" for theatres and later sold to televison, and there are sources who keep adding the adult cast from the "Doc Robbin" film (Don Castle, Virginia Grey, Claire DuBrey, Paul Hurst and others)incorrectly to the cast of "Curly." The fun part of "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival" is that it is comprised of two films that are about as opposite of each other as films can be. "The Fabulous Joe" is a screwball comedy filled with double entendre dialogue and scenes and as "Adult" as a film of the 40's could be and still get PCA approval. "Curly", as mentioned, is "Our Gang" updated and in color.
Joe Palooka in the Knockout (1947) as Crockett
Good News (1947) as Coach Johnson
A football hero falls in love with his French tutor.
Beat the Band (1947) as [P. Aloysius] Duff
A country girl tries to conquer the world of opera.
The Dark Corner (1946) as Policeman
A secretary helps her private eye boss when he''''s framed for murder.
The Dark Horse (1946) as "Honest" John Rooney
The Brute Man (1946) as Captain Donnelly
Hal Moffat (Fred Colby before disfigurement, Rondo Hatton afterwards) who is taking wholesale revenge by murdering those he holds responsible for his predicament, is befriended by Helen Paige (Jane Adams), a blind piano teacher, and he develops a warmth for her that leads him to add thievery and robbery - no big deal, he is out there anyway - to his murders so that she can be provided with the money for an operation.
Blonde Alibi (1946) as Inspector Carmichael
Girl on the Spot (1946) as Inspector Gleason
Eleven Gilbert & Sullivan numbers are melded within the murder-mystery plot of "Girl on the Spot", with a result that either G&S and/or the plot are always seemingly on stage-wait or in the wings awaiting a cue. Lois Collier is the girl-on-the-spot of the title because she was on the scene of a murder. The police conclude she didn't do it and they use her to set a trap for the real killer, a G&S addict, by financing a Broadway production starring Collier. The police department evidently found the money for financing a Broadway show under "Misc.Expenses" in the city budget.
Little Giant (1946) as Pullman conductor
Lou Costello plays a country bumpkin vacuum-cleaner salesman, working for the company run by the crooked Bud Abbott. To try to keep him under his thumb, Abbott convinces Costello that he's a crackerjack salesman. This comedy is somewhat like "The Time of Their Lives," in that Abbott and Costello don't have much screen time together and there are very few vaudeville bits woven into the plot.
The Killers (1946) as Kenyon
An insurance investigator uncovers a string of crimes when he tries to find a murdered boxer's beneficiary.
The Time of Their Lives (1946) as Lt. Mason
Two ghosts from the Revolutionary War haunt a house until they can clear their names of treason charges.
Penthouse Rhythm (1945) as Brewster
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) as Dennis Kavanaugh
A pair of wacky lackeys try to take Tinseltown by storm.
She Gets Her Man (1945) as Henry Wright
Hold That Blonde (1945) as Mr. Kratz
Ogden Spencer Trulow III (Eddie Bracken) is a wealthy kleptomaniac who turned to stealing when he was spurned by a girl. His psychoanalyst advises him to find another girl for a cure. He fastens his interest upon Sally Martin (Veronica Lake), who happens to be engaged upon helping some crooks steal a valuable necklace. Complications include two scantily attired individuals, one of them drunk, clinging to the cornice of a skyscraper and a large band of crooks in quest of the precious jewels.
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) as Police Chief MacGregor
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
Out of This World (1945) as J. J. Crawford
After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to find backers to invest in Herbie and they sell 125 percent of him.
Doll Face (1945) as Lawyer
A burlesque star breaks into the big time.
The Doughgirls (1944) as Judge Franklin
Honeymooners in Washington get caught up in wartime crowding, with disastrous results.
Practically Yours (1944) as Sam
Best Foot Forward (1943) as Captain Bradd
A movie star wreaks havoc when she accepts an invitation to a military academy dance.
They Got Me Covered (1943) as [Norman] Mason
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
Lady Bodyguard (1943) as R. L. Barclay
A.C.Baker (Anne Shirley), advertising executive for an insurance company, approaches test pilot Terry Moore (Eddie Albert) with a proposition that in return for using his picture and endorsement he will get a paid-for-a-year $1000 policy. High-risk Terry agrees. George MacAlister (Roger Pryor) fires his secretary, Miss Tracy (Mary Treen), just as she is typing up the policy and she, for spite, changes the amount from a thousand dollars to one million dollars. A.C. delivers the policy, without noticing the difference, to Terry at a party at the Frolics Club, a cheap joint wedged between a burlesque house and a flop house hotel. Three characters, an elderly hat-check "girl" known as Mother Hodges (Maude Eburne); Avery Jamieson (Raymond Walburn), a broken-down actor; and bartender Harry Gargan (Edward Brophy) are named beneficiaries. When the company discovers the error, A.C. is sent to get back the policy and, pending that, don't let Terry make any test flights.
A Stranger in Town (1943) as Vinnie Z[ephyr] Blaxton
A Supreme Court justice on vacation takes on crooked small-town politicians.
Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost (1942) as Percy Fitzbadden
An advertising executive and his temperamental wife investigate a haunted house.
Juke Girl (1942) as "Muckeye" John
A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm workers'' rights.
My Sister Eileen (1942) as Officer Lonigan
Two sisters - one smart, one pretty - move to New York to build careers.
Two Yanks in Trinidad (1942) as Sergeant Valentine
A Night to Remember (1942) as Bolling
A mystery writer and his wife stumble on a murder in their new apartment.
The Glass Key (1942) as Farr
A hired gun and his gangster boss fall out over a woman.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Inspector Williams
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife.
Footlight Fever (1941) as Geoffrey Crandall
Two producers will stop at nothing to raise money for their big show.
Love Crazy (1941) as "Pinky" Grayson
A businessman concocts a series of harebrained schemes to keep his wife from divorcing him.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) as Top sergeant
A Broadway dancing team splits up when the male dancer is drafted.
Rise and Shine (1941) as Coach Graham
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game.
Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1941) as Chief [Captain Peter] Painter
The Irish-American detective Shayne is hired by a racetrack bigwig (Kolb) to guard his compulsive gambler daughter (Weaver). When her boyfriend is murdered, Shayne gets blamed.
Louisiana Purchase (1941) as Captain Whitfield
A bumbling young politician gets caught between grifters and a senator investigating corruption.
Topper Returns (1941) as Sgt. Roberts
A beautiful ghost enlists a henpecked husband to track down her killer.
High Sierra (1941) as Big Mac
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.
You're in the Army Now (1941) as Colonel Dobson
Two incompetent door-to-door salesmen enlist by accident.
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) as Phil Harrison
A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle.
The Invisible Woman (1940) as Foghorn
A mad scientist makes a beautiful model invisible so she can get back at the man who fired her.
Murder over New York (1940) as Inspector Vance
When Charlie attends a police convention in New York he learns of sabotage slowing down production in aircraft plants. He, of course, enters the case.
Wyoming (1940) as Bart
Outlaw pals are tempted to go straight.
The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) as John Bohlen
Reformed jewel thief Simon Templar lands in hot water when a look-alike smuggles stolen goods out of Egypt.
My Favorite Wife (1940) as Hotel clerk
A shipwrecked woman is rescued just in time for her husband''s re-marriage.
Curtain Call (1940) as Jeff Crandall
Two producers get back at a temperamental star by putting her in a sure flop.
The Girl and the Gambler (1939) as Mike Bascom
An outlaw kidnaps a dancer and her lover in order to win a bet.
Twelve Crowded Hours (1939) as Inspector [Joe] Keller
A reporter avenges his editor's murder by gangsters.
The Great Man Votes (1939) as Iron Hat McCarthy
A drunk fighting to hold on to his family discovers he has the deciding vote in a local election.
The Flying Irishman (1939) as Thompson
True story of "Wrong Way" Corrigan, who set out to cross the U.S. and ended up in Ireland.
The Amazing Mr. Williams (1939) as Lieutenant Bixler
The mayor's secretary competes with her homicide detective fiancé's devotion to his job.
The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939) as District Attorney [F. X.] Markham
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer.
Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939) as Harvey Morton
Blondie, Dagwood, Baby Dumpling and Daisy help an elderly couple save their mountain resort.
Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939) as Chief J. J. Kilvaine
A novelist friend of Charlie's appears to have committed suicide. At the international Exposition held on San Francisco Bay's Treasure Island Charlie shows that Zodiac, a phony mystic who blackmails clients, is the culprit.
The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) as Hotel manager
True story of the dancing team who taught the world to two-step.
The Girl from Mexico (1939) as Renner
An ad man tours Mexico trying to cast a new radio show.
Annabel Takes a Tour (1938) as Thompson
A movie star on tour gets thrown into a variety of wacky publicity stunts.
Room Service (1938) as Gregory Wagner
Three zany producers try to extend their hotel credit until they can get a play mounted.
The Misleading Lady (1932) as Bill
The Shell Game (1918) as Vocal teacher
The Fettered Woman (1917) as Jack Wolver
Hesper of the Mountains (1916) as Baker
The Daring of Diana (1916) as Jimmy Towne

Cast (short)

Shop Talk (1936)
In this comedic short, a young man becomes the manager of a department store but encounters hostility from the current employees. Vitaphone Release 1901-1902.
Nut Guilty (1936)
This comedic short film presents Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy providing their own form of comic justice over the courtroom. Vitaphone Release 1935.
Smoked Hams (1934)
In this comedic short, a vaudeville team convinces an agent to book their new act... that manages to misfire. Vitaphone Release 1720-1721.
Buzzin' Around (1933)
In his rush to demonstrate his invention of "wonder liquid," a country boy unknowingly grabs a jar of moonshine instead in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1509-1510.
Artistic Temper (1932)
In this short film, a woman sets out to pursue a successful singing career despite her husband''''s wishes. Vitaphone Release 1403-1404.
That Goes Double (1932)
Complications ensue when a singer discovers he has a double in this musical short film. Vitaphone Release 1495-1496.

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