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William Meader

William Meader

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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Career (1959) as Fireman
A struggling Broadway actor suffers the ups and downs of trying to make it big, and soon learns the ropes of having to play hardball to get he wants.
2.
But Not for Me (1959) as
Russ Ward, after 30 years of producing Broadway plays, is ready to quit. His secretary, Ellie Brown, on being given notice, tells him she loves him. Russ proceeds to turn this into a hit play starring Ellie and romance her in a May-December affair.
3.
Never Steal Anything Small (1959) as Secretary
Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife, Linda, MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And all set to music!
4.
The Buccaneer (1959) as Soldier/Townsman
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
5.
Teacher's Pet (1958) as Florist
A tough city editor assumes a fake identity to study journalism with a lady professor who's criticized his work.
6.
The Party Crashers (1958) as Detective
7.
The Buster Keaton Story (1957) as Guest
8.
The Devil's Hairpin (1957) as Customer
9.
The Delicate Delinquent (1957) as
Sidney Pythias (Jerry Lewis) is the a bumbling janitor picked up by cop Darren McGavin as a teenage gang member worth saving from delinquency. With McGavin's help, Sidney works his way through the Police Academy to become a cop too.
10.
Hear Me Good (1957) as Spectator
11.
The Lonely Man (1957) as Poker player
An outlaw tries to make peace with his estranged son.
12.
Beau James (1957) as Reporter
The story of Jimmy Walker who became mayor of New York in the '20s. Used by professional politicians and money-grabbers, Walker himself was "stupid but clean", although his open affair with Betty Compton cost him dear.
13.
The Big Land (1957) as Singer
A cattleman tries to convince a group of farmers to build a small town as a railroad link.
14.
Mister Cory (1957) as Waiter
Cory, an ambitious Chicago slum kid with a knack for gambling, gets a busboy job at a posh Wisconsin resort...where his real purpose is to gamble with the staff and guests and romance rich young ladies. Setbacks follow, but Cory eventually rises to a high position in the world of professional gambling. But he just can't forget the glamorous Vollard sisters. And now he has even farther to fall...
15.
The Joker Is Wild (1957) as Man in hotel suite
Singer Joe E. Lewis fights to rebuild his life after gangsters slash his vocal cords.
16.
Man Afraid (1957) as News photographer
A burglar is surprised by David and Lisa Collins in their son's room. In the struggle, Lisa's eyes are hurt and David throws an ornament, unintentionally killing the young thief. It's not easy for Reverend Collins to deal with the resulting publicity, his own conscience, or Lisa's temporary blindness. Meanwhile Carl Simmons, father of the dead burglar, begins to stalk the Collins' son Michael.
17.
Everything but the Truth (1956) as Reporter
Willie Taylor, small-town 4th-grade schoolboy, takes to heart his admired teacher's words about truthfulness, and repeats in public his uncle's remark about paying a kickback to the mayor. Result: principal Miss Dabney (a political appointee) suspends Willie from school, and teacher Joan Madison, up against a political machine, enlists amorous columnist Ernie Miller to turn Willie's case into a cause celebre...
18.
The Leather Saint (1956) as Bartender
Episcopalian minister Gil Allen (John Derek) keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley (Richard Shannon.) Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe (Paul Douglas) offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a new iron lung and a swimming pool in his community, Gil takes on a fight, without disclosing his true profession, and knocks out his opponent with one punch. This impresses Pearl Gorman (Jody Lawrence), girl friend of fight promoter Tony Lorenzo (Cesar Romero.) Pearl was a promising singer until her fiance, a boxer, died in the ring but is now on the bottle. She drinks more heavily when Gil ignores her. Gil is about to quit boxing but when Father Ritchie (Ernest Truex) informs him that a down payment has already been made on the iron lung, he continues. He explains his winnings from his fights to Father Ritchie as donations from a friend in the leather business. Pearl learns his true identity and, through his influence, quits drinking. Gil one-punches his way to enough wins to pay off the iron lung and build a swimming pool for the Boys Club---girls couldn't swim in 1956---and the only surprise in this overdose of sweetness is that Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald didn't show up for the swimming pool dedication.
19.
Lucky Me (1954) as Electrician
When the members of a musical troupe take cleaning jobs, their lead singer falls for a famous songwriter.
20.
Here Come the Girls (1953) as Sergeant
A chorus boy is used as bait to catch an attacker.
21.
Houdini (1953) as Reporter
The famed magician and escape artist rises to stardom while haunted by the loss of his mother.
22.
The War of the Worlds (1953) as P.E. official
A scientist on vacation stumbles upon a Martian invasion.
23.
Off Limits (1953) as Captain doctor
Wally Hogan has things going his way. He is the manager-trainer of Bullet Bradley, a fighter who has just won the lightweight championship. Life suddenly takes a not-so-happy turn, however, when Bullet gets drafted. Hogan's gangster partners "persuade him to enlist and keep an eye on the fighter, who is subsequently declared psychologically unfit for the Army. Enter Herbet Tuttle, a draftee eager to have Hogan turn him into a fighter. Hogan Reluctantly agrees only after he discovers Tuttle's aunt is the beautiful singer at a nightclub. From then on it's a case of stringing Tuttle along while trying to get close to his aunt. To further complicate Hogan's life there is a rulebook Military Police Officer who tries to squish the shenanigans.
24.
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952) as Policeman
A female gangster learns she is losing her vision.
25.
The Atomic City (1952) as Smitty
Enemy agents kidnap an atomic scientist's son.
26.
Carrie (1952) as Stage door Johnnie
A married man's passion for a young woman leads to tragedy.
27.
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) as
A circus ringmaster and an egotistical trapeze artist vie for the love of a pretty acrobat.
28.
Just for You (1952) as Photographer
Jordan Blake (a widower) is a successful Broadway Producer who has always been to busy for his children, Barbara and Jerry. Girlfriend, Carolina a musical comedy star, urges Jordan to take his kids on a vacation and get to know them before they are all grown up. Is Jordan already too late?
29.
Darling, How Could You! (1951) as Ship's officer
Based on James Barrie's play "Alice Sit-By-The-Fire". In turn-of-the-century New York, a young girl who believes she's learned "the seamy side of life" from a risque play takes it upon herself to rescue her estranged mother from what appears to be a steamy love affair.
30.
Rhubarb (1951) as Photographer
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 fiancTe Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.
31.
Dear Brat (1951) as Plainclothesman
32.
When Worlds Collide (1951) as Clerk
Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hanson, Larry Keating, John Hoyt. A landmark science fiction film of the fifties. Scientists race against time to build a super rocket ship that can save a select group before the earth collides with another planet. Naturally, no one wants to be left behind for the final Armageddon. The special effects which include a giant tidal wave crashing down on Broadway won an Oscar. Produced by fantasy film specialist George Pal (The Time Machine ) .
33.
Appointment with Danger (1951) as Sharkey
Relentless postal inspector Al Goddard is set to Gary, Indiana, when another officer is murdered. He must find the nun who witnessed the murder, then infiltrate the gang by convincing them he is a postal inspector gone bad.
34.
Here Comes the Groom (1951) as Reporter
A foreign correspondent woos his former fiancee so he can maintain custody of some orphans he's adopted.
35.
Dear Wife (1950) as Campaign man
Teenaged Miriam starts a political campaign to nominate Bill Seacroft, her brother-in-law, for state senator in opposition to the local political machine. Unknown to Miriam, said machine nominates her father, Judge Wilkins. As support grows for Bill, the presence of rival candidates under one roof poses problems, especially for Ruth, wife to Bill and daughter of the judge.
36.
Union Station (1950) as Projectionist
A secretary gets caught up in the hunt for kidnappers.
37.
The File on Thelma Jordon (1950) as Reporter
A woman seduces a District Attorney and pulls him into a web of theft and murder.
38.
Chicago Deadline (1949) as Reporter
On Chicago's South Side reporter Ed Ames finds the body of a dead girl. Her address book leads to a host of names of men frightened by her death but claiming never to have known her. Ames comes to know quite a lot, dangerously so.
39.
My Friend Irma (1949) as Customer
Based on the long-running radio show. Irma is a likeable airhead who meddles in her roommate's love-life. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, in their first screen appearance, are juice-bar operators who are discovered when a self-proclaimed manager hears Martin's golden voice. Irma's roommate wants to marry her rich boss, but instead falls in love with Martin.
40.
The Great Gatsby (1949) as Director
Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifetyle of his landlord, the nouveau riche Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
41.
Beyond Glory (1948) as Officer
Thinking he may have caused the death of his commanding officer Captain Daniels in Tunisia, Rocky visits Daniels' widow. She falls for him, he falls for her, she encourages him to go to West Point. While there he faces serious disciplinary review for having forced a plebe into resigning. He may even be court-martialled.
42.
Hazard (1948) as Taxicab driver
43.
The Paleface (1948) as
An inept dentist must rescue his outlaw wife from the Indians.
44.
The Big Clock (1948) as "Airways" staff member
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
45.
The Emperor Waltz (1948) as King's guard
Traveling Salesman Virgil Smith wants to sell his Grammophones in pre-WWI Austria. To enhance this, he especially wants to sell one to Emperor Franz Joseph, but at first the Austrian palace guards think he is carrying a bomb. He meets the Countess Johanna von Stolzenberg-Stolzenberg and after the usual misunderstandings, falls in love with her, this is especially assisted by his dog Buttons. But the relation between a Countess and an ordinary U.S. citizen cannot work in Austria, that is the Emperor's opinion. Is he wrong?
46.
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948) as Gardener
After the accidental death of an idiot heir, a stunt man is hired to impersonate him while the family gathers to determine the dispersment of the estate of Miss Tatlock's millions.
47.
Isn't It Romantic (1948) as Assistant clerk
48.
Sealed Verdict (1948) as Lieutenant
49.
Blaze of Noon (1947) as Barker/pilot/reporter
In the 1920s, the four McDonald brothers leave the uncertain life of carnival stunt fliers for steady jobs with the U.S. Air Mail. They've agreed that "guys like us don't have a right to get married," but that's before Colin meets nurse Lucille Stewart and, in a whirlwind courtship, weds her. Can this marriage, or indeed any of the brothers, survive the dangers of their new profession?
50.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Fred
51.
Cross My Heart (1947) as Juror
52.
Wild Harvest (1947) as Drury
Joe is the head of an itinerant combine crew, working the harvests against rival crew boss Alperson. Joe's buddy Jim joins the crew with startup money. Farmer's niece Fay falls for Joe. He puts her off. To get back she marries Jim whom she prods into high-grading the grain (skimming off some for private sale). The last payment on Joe's machinery is due just as he discover's what his buddy has been doing.
53.
The Perils of Pauline (1947) as Assistant director
The world's worst actress rises to stardom as serial queen Pearl White.
54.
Welcome Stranger (1947) as Man on sleighride
A small-town doctor resents the presence of a new younger physician and his newfangled ways.
55.
Unconquered (1947) as Slave
An English convict girl sent to the colonies gets mixed up in the war with the Indians.
56.
Ladies' Man (1947) as Photographer
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...
57.
Blue Skies (1946) as Dancer
Vaudeville partners spend years vying for the same beautiful woman.
58.
The Blue Dahlia (1946) as Guest at cocktail party
A veteran fights to prove he didn't kill his cheating wife.
59.
Monsieur Beaucaire (1946) as Guard
Beaucaire is a barber for the Royal French court who becomes a real "royal pain" for the king. As a result he is sent to the guillotine - however he is saved by the Duc de Chandre, who rescues and transports him to the Spanish court. While there Beaucaire poses as a noblesman. The only problem is, he gets into even more trouble.
60.
O.S.S. (1946) as Trainee
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.
61.
Miss Susie Slagle's (1946) as Student
62.
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946) as Federal agent
Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.
63.
The Well Groomed Bride (1946) as Bartender
64.
The Stork Club (1945) as Chauffeur
A hat-check girl gets rich quick when she saves a millionaire's life.
65.
The Lost Weekend (1945) as Hardware man
A writer fights to overcome his addiction to liquor.
66.
Murder, He Says (1945) as F.B.I. man
A pollster stumbles on a family of small-town killers.
67.
The Lost Weekend (1945) as Nurse
A writer fights to overcome his addiction to liquor.
68.
The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Waiter
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive country girl who reluctantly becomes an actress, another paints a picture of a gay party girl and and the third describes a serious intellectual. Which one is the real Susan?
69.
Here Come the Waves (1944) as Petty officer
Twin sisters Rosemary and Susie Allison are successful nightclub performers. Their act is about to come to a close when serious-minded Rosemary announces she's joining the Waves. Fun-loving Susie decides to enlist also, especially after she learns that crooner Johnny Cabot has just been drafted by the Navy.
70.
Follow the Boys (1944) as Dancer
71.
Practically Yours (1944) as Cameraman
72.
College Holiday (1936) as Dancer
A group of men are invited to spend the summer with a lady hotelier interested in eugenics.

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