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Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea


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Also Known As: Died: October 20, 1990
Born: November 5, 1905 Cause of Death: pulmonary complications (flu developed into pneumonia)
Birth Place: South Pasadena, California, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Mustang Country (1976) as Dan Treego
Great American Cowboy (1973) as Narration
Follows two rodeo stars and their battle for the world championship.
Cry Blood, Apache (1970) as Older Pitcalin
Members of a gold expedition are stalked by an Indian warrior bent on avenging the massacre of his tribe. This frontier thriller features Western star Joel McCrea and his son Jody in a rare screen appearance together. Directed by and co-starring Jack Starrett ( HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS).
Free Grass (1969) as Agent no. 1
Ride the High Country (1962) as Steve Judd
Two aging gunslingers sign on to transport gold from a remote mining town.
The Crowning Experience (1960) as Prologue narrator
The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) as Bat Masterson
Bat Masterson fights to clean up Dodge City.
Cattle Empire (1958) as John Cord
Fort Massacre (1958) as Vinson
A possibly mad cavalry commander leads his troops through dangerous Indian territory.
Trooper Hook (1957) as Sgt. Clovis Hook
A woman returns from Indian captivity to find herself an outcast.
Gunsight Ridge (1957) as Mike Ryan
A sheriff tries to find the man who killed his predecessor.
The Tall Stranger (1957) as Ned Bannon
When rustlers leave him for dead, a Westerner throws in his lot with the wagon train whose inhabitants have rescued him.
The Oklahoman (1957) as John [Brighton]
A Western doctor stands between Natives and a ruthless oil baron.
The First Texan (1956) as Sam Houston
After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, a lawyer becomes involved in the independence of Texas.
Wichita (1955) as Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp fights to straighten out a crooked cow town.
Stranger on Horseback (1955) as Judge Rick Thorne
Black Horse Canyon (1954) as Del ["Rock"] Rockwell
Border River (1954) as Clete Mattson [also known as Jim Lake]
Zona Libre is a small enclave across the river from America. Despotically ruled by General Calleja, it offers sanctuary to outlaws, at a price. Newly arrived is Clete Mattson who has $2million in gold to buy guns for the Confederacy. But who can he trust with so much money around? Certainly not Calleja, but maybe the eye-catching Carmelita? The General thinks she's his property but she seems rather to fancy Mattson. Whatever's going on, Mexico wants the place back.
Shoot First (1953) as [Lt. Col. Robert] Taine
American officer in England confronts spies and accusations of murder.
The Lone Hand (1953) as Zachary Hallock
The San Francisco Story (1952) as Rick Nelson
In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback.
Cattle Drive (1951) as Dan Mathews
The son of a wealthy railroad owner gets lost in the middle of nowhere.
Hollywood Story (1951) as Himself
Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn't been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O'Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself.
Frenchie (1951) as Tom Banning
A woman sells her successful business in New Orleans to find the men who killed her father.
Saddle Tramp (1950) as Chuck Conner
Carefree Chuck Connor is on his way west and stops off to see an old friend and his four lads. When his host is killed in a riding accident Chuck realises he must take care of the family. They hit the road and he takes a job on a ranch, but he has to keep the children hidden as his boss hates kids. There's also tension with the neighbouring ranch, and when a girl on the run from her nasty uncle joins the family unannounced Chuck wonders what he has done to deserve all this.
The Outriders (1950) as Will Owen
Rebel soldiers try to hijack a Union gold shipment.
Stars in My Crown (1950) as Josiah Doziah Gray
A parson uses six-guns and the Bible to bring peace to a Tennessee town.
South of St. Louis (1949) as Kip Davis
Colorado Territory (1949) as Wes McQueen
An outlaw just released from prison is sucked back into a life of crime in this remake of High Sierra.
Four Faces West (1948) as Ross McEwen
After a big bank job, a bandit tries to avoid the posse on his trail.
Ramrod (1947) as Dave Nash
A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman and a crew of Ivey's enemies. Ivey fights back with violence and destruction, but Dave is determined to counter him legally... a feeling not shared by his associates. Connie's boast that, as a woman, she doesn't need guns proves justified, but plenty of gunplay results.
The Virginian (1946) as The Virginian
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
The Unseen (1945) as David Fielding
The Great Moment (1944) as William Thomas Green Morton
A 19th-century dentist sets out to find a painless method for pulling teeth in this true story.
Buffalo Bill (1944) as William Frederick Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill
This film follows the legendary story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, from buffalo hunter to wild west showman.
The More the Merrier (1943) as Joe Carter
The World War II housing shortage brings three people together for an unlikely romance.
The Great Man's Lady (1942) as Ethan Hoyt
A pioneer couple struggle to build a city in the wild West.
Sullivan's Travels (1942) as John L. Sullivan
A filmmaker masquerades as a hobo to get in touch with the little people.
The Palm Beach Story (1942) as Tom Jeffers
To finance her husband's career, a married woman courts an eccentric millionaire.
Reaching for the Sun (1941) as Russ Eliot
Primrose Path (1940) as Ed Wallace
The youngest child in a family of prostitutes tries to go straight with a working man.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) as John Jones/[Huntley Haverstock]
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
He Married His Wife (1940) as T. H. ["Randy"] Randall
A race horse owner pays so much attention to business that he winds up divorced from his wife.
Union Pacific (1939) as Jeff Butler
A crooked politician tries to stop construction of the first intercontinental railroad.
They Shall Have Music (1939) as Peter [McCarthy]
A runaway tries to help the students at a school for musical prodigies.
Espionage Agent (1939) as Barry Corvall
American spies try to steal Nazi secrets from a moving train.
Three Blind Mice (1938) as Van Dam Smith
Three sisters take their small inheritance and move from Kansas to California in search of rich husbands. To start with Pamela poses as a socialite and Moira and Elizabeth pretend to be her staff.
Youth Takes a Fling (1938) as Joe Meadows
Dead End (1937) as Dave [Connell]
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
Wells Fargo (1937) as Ramsay MacKay
An employee of an express shipping service helps to provide people with the supplies they need.
Internes Can't Take Money (1937) as [Dr.] Jimmie Kildare
In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who's been in prison and can't find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster's solution, not surprisingly, is violent.
Woman Chases Man (1937) as Kenneth Nolan
A millionaire hires a lady architect to con the money for a housing project out of his wealthy son.
Banjo on My Knee (1936) as Ernie Holley
Misunderstandings and wanderlust keep frontier newlyweds from building a life together.
Adventure in Manhattan (1936) as George Melville
A hotshot reporter and a temperamental actress clash when he investigates the backer of her latest show.
These Three (1936) as Dr. Joseph Cardin
Scandal destroys the lives of two small-town schoolteachers.
Come and Get It (1936) as Richard Glasgow
Years after deserting his true love, a lumber tycoon vies with his son for her daughter''''s hand.
Two in a Crowd (1936) as Larry Stevens
When two halves of a thousand-dollar bill are discovered in the snow, the penniless pair that individually grabs each half must come to terms. Actress Julia Wayne needs the whole $1,000, and so does sportsman Larry Stevens. Since compromise will serve neither of their needs, they are stalemated - until complications arise.
Private Worlds (1935) as Doctor Alex McGregor
Woman Wanted (1935) as Tony [Baxter]
An innocent woman is chased by both gangsters and the police.
Our Little Girl (1935) as Dr. Donald Middleton
Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa decide to get a divorce, unaware of the effect their problems are having on their daughter Molly. When Elsa announces plans to remarry, Molly runs away from home.
Barbary Coast (1935) as Jim Carmichael
A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner.
Splendor (1935) as Brighton Lorrimore
A man disappoints his destitute family by marrying a poor girl.
The Richest Girl in the World (1934) as Tony [Travers]
To put off fortune-hunters, an heiress trades places with her secretary.
Half a Sinner (1934) as John Adams
Gambling Lady (1934) as Garry Madison
Two gamblers fall in love but one is already married to a possible murderer.
Scarlet River (1933) as Himself
During location shooting, a movie cowboy is called upon to act like the real thing.
Bed of Roses (1933) as Dan
A girl from the wrong side of the tracks is torn between true love and a life of sin.
Chance at Heaven (1933) as Blackstone "Blacky" Gorman
A society girl steals a simple gas station attendant from his working-class girlfriend.
The Silver Cord (1933) as David [Phelps]
A domineering matriarch is less than happy when her son brings home his new bride. She immediately sets to work at sabotaging their marriage as well as the engagement of her younger and weaker son.
One Man's Journey (1933) as Jimmy Watt
Father and son doctors disagree over the son's materialistic goals.
The Lost Squadron (1932) as Red
Veteran flyers from World War I find work as movie stuntmen.
Business and Pleasure (1932) as Lawrence Ogle
The Most Dangerous Game (1932) as Bob [Rainsford]
A big game hunter decides to stalk human prey.
The Sport Parade (1932) as Sandy Brown
College team mates follow different paths after they graduate.
Bird of Paradise (1932) as Johnny [Baker]
An island visitor falls for a Polynesian beauty slated for sacrifice to the gods.
Rockabye (1932) as Jacobs [Jake] Van Riker Pell
A Broadway star tries to hold onto an adopted child and a younger man.
Once a Sinner (1931) as Tommy Mason
Born to Love (1931) as [Captain] Barry Craig
A World War I pilot thought dead turns up after the mother of his child has married.
Kept Husbands (1931) as Richard "Dick" Brunton
A steel worker marries the boss''''s daughter, then has to teach her about life on a budget.
The Common Law (1931) as John Neville
A kept woman gives up luxury to move in with a struggling artist.
Girls About Town (1931) as Jim Baker
Lightnin' (1930) as John Marvin
The Silver Horde (1930) as Boyd Emerson
An Alaskan fisherman is dogged by a ruthless competitor and an ambitious dance hall girl.
The Jazz Age (1929) as Tod Sayles
So This Is College (1929) as Bruce
A scheming coed comes between college buddies.
Dynamite (1929) as Marco, her boyfriend
A socialite marries a condemned man for money, only to learn he''''s been reprieved.
A Self-Made Failure (1924) as Verman

Cast (special)

Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer (1990)
A documentary about director, screenwriter and playwright Preston Sturges. The program includes extensive clips from Sturges's feature films as well as interviews with friends and associates.
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) as Himself
Biography of the Academy Award winning director including dramatic color footage of WWII.

Cast (short)

Screen Actors (1950)
This short film takes a look at the off-screen personas of screen actors.
Stars on Horseback (1943)
In this short film, a master blacksmith makes house calls to Hollywood stars'''' homes to pamper their horse''''s hooves. Vitaphone Release 1107A.

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