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Also Known As: Died: November 18, 1946
Born: July 14, 1878 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Magic Town (1947) as Mr. Twiddle
A political pollster discovers the perfect cross-section of American tastes and fights to keep it that way.
The Fabulous Joe (1947) as Henry Cadwallader
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.
Because of Him (1946) as Martin
A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results.
Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) as Doc Buden
A retired Army officer fights to save his hometown''''s Confederate monument.
Janie Gets Married (1946) as Mr. Stowers
A war bride helps her husband adjust to civilian life.
Affairs of Geraldine (1946) as Casper Millhouse
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) as Willie Crump
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
State Fair (1945) as Hippenstahl
An Iowa family finds romance and adventure at the yearly state fair.
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944) as Parsons
On a trip to Reno, a Brooklyn showgirl tries to stop a soldier and his wife from divorcing.
Barbary Coast Gent (1944) as Bradford Bellamy I
A bandit from the gold fields moves to San Francisco and tries to go straight.
Lost Angel (1944) as Professor Catty
A girl raised to be a genius gets lost and discovers the simple pleasure of life.
Bathing Beauty (1944) as Chester Klazenfrantz
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944) as Mr. Nizby
Singing sisters create a World War II canteen and become rivals for the same man.
Rationing (1944) as Wilfred Ball
A small-town butcher has problems coping with meat rationing.
Air Raid Wardens (1943) as Eustace Middling [also known as Mittlehause]
A pair of bumblers stumble upon Nazi spies on the home front.
They Got Me Covered (1943) as Little old man
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) as Mr. Jones/Duc de Choiseul
A night club employee dreams he's Louis XV, and the star he idolizes is his lady love.
Keeper of the Flame (1942) as Mr. Arbuthnot
A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero.
Seven Sweethearts (1942) as Minister
A father insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from eldest to youngest.
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) as Mr. Stickwell
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
The Omaha Trail (1942) as Jonah McCleod
The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war.
Tortilla Flat (1942) as Paul D. Cummings
Inhabitants of a Southern California fishing village strive for the simple pleasures of life.
Babes on Broadway (1942) as Mr. Stone
Show-biz hopefuls stage a benefit for an orphanage.
Her Cardboard Lover (1942) as Pawnbroker
A flirt tries to make her fiance jealous by hiring a gigolo.
Barnacle Bill (1941) as "Pop" Cavendish
A fishing boat captain searches for romance in hopes of improving his financial picture.
The Feminine Touch (1941) as Captain Makepeace Liveright
An author writing a book on jealousy discovers his wife is an expert on the subject.
Rise and Shine (1941) as Professor [Philip] Murray
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game.
Come Live with Me (1941) as Joe Darsie
A Viennese refugee weds a struggling author platonically so she can stay in the U.S.
The Wild Man of Borneo (1941) as Professor [Charles] Birdo
A braggart masquerades as a primitive throwback.
Blonde Inspiration (1941) as "Dusty" King
A pulp-fiction writer hires a curvaceous blonde to be his muse.
A Woman's Face (1941) as Herman Rundvik
Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.
The Ghost Comes Home (1940) as Mortimer Hopkins, Sr.
A man who''''s presumed dead returns to his family.
Phantom Raiders (1940) as Bartholomew
Detective Nick Carter tries to stop enemy agents from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
Sky Murder (1940) as Bartholomew
Detective Nick Carter tries to prove a beautiful immigrant innocent of murder.
The Man from Dakota (1940) as Vestry
A Yankee soldier becomes a spy with the help of a beautiful woman.
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love (1940) as Albert Thistlebottom
Star Dust (1940) as Sam Wellman
When the studios reject her because she''''s too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own.
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) as Mittelmeyer
True story of the German scientist who devoted his life to curing syphilis.
My Little Chickadee (1940) as Amos Budge
A small-town seductress'''' romance with a masked bandit goes on hold when she''''s forced to marry a con artist.
Hullabaloo (1940) as Clyde Perkins
A radio star creates a national panic when he announces a Martian invasion.
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) as Mr. Flandrin
A man-shy fashion editor pretends to be married until a suitor claims to be her husband.
Turnabout (1940) as Henry
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
The Return of Frank James (1940) as McCoy
The legendary outlaw''''s brother eludes the law to avenge Jesse James''''s murder.
Stagecoach (1939) as Peacock
A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) as John Felder
The future president considers a political career while practicing law.
Jesse James (1939) as McCoy
When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains.
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) as Editor Wilson
A gangster's moll runs home to mother, with reporters and amateur detectives hot on her tail.
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) as Lyle P. Stout
Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career.
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) as Bartholomew
A famous detective investigates industrial espionage at a plane factory.
Blondie Takes a Vacation (1939) as Jonathan Gillis
Blondie, Dagwood, Baby Dumpling and Daisy help an elderly couple save their mountain resort.
Double Danger (1938) as Gordon Ainsley, also known as Henry Robinson
A jewel thief faces surprising competition when he tries to rob the police commissioner''''s home.
Hold That Co-Ed (1938) as Dean Fletcher [i.e. Thatcher]
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) as Sunday school superintendent
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery.
Having Wonderful Time (1938) as P. U. Rogers
A New York girl finds love at a summer resort.
You Can't Take It with You (1938) as Poppins
A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.
Little Miss Broadway (1938) as Willoughby Wendling
An orphan adopted by show people helps them fight off a nasty landlady.
Goodbye Broadway (1938) as Iradius P. Oglethorpe
Double Wedding (1937) as Reverend Dr. Blynn
A dress designer tries to break her sister's engagement to a free-living artist, only to discover the man is falling for her instead.
Behind the Headlines (1937) as Potter
A radio station''s newsman rushes to the rescue of his peer, who has been kidnapped by bank robbers.
Breakfast for Two (1937) as Justice of the peace
A Texas heiress competes with a gold digger for the love of a playboy.
The Toast of New York (1937) as Daniel Drew
A 19th century con artist rises from medicine shows to Wall Street.
Three Legionnaires (1937) as Uriah [S. Grant]
Make a Wish (1937) as Joseph
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.
Maid of Salem (1937) as Ezra Cheeves
Young lovers (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined.
Parnell (1937) as Murphy
True story of the Irish politician whose fight for freedom was compromised by his affair with a married woman.
Artists and Models (1937) as Dr. Zimmer
An ad man gets his model girlfriend to pose as a debutante for a new campaign.
You're a Sweetheart (1937) as Conway Jeeters
Love on the Run (1936) as Caretaker
Rival newsmen get mixed up with a runaway heiress and a ring of spies.
Old Hutch (1936) as Gunnison
A ne''''er-do-well discovers a fortune but can''''t spend it.
Everybody's Old Man (1936) as Finney
One Rainy Afternoon (1936) as Judge
Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized.
Three Married Men (1936) as Mr. Frisbee
The Bride Comes Home (1936) as The judge
Two in a Crowd (1936) as Bennett
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.
Three Wise Guys (1936) as Gribble
And So They Were Married (1936) as Hotel manager
The children of a divorcee and a widower try to keep their parents apart.
Pennies From Heaven (1936) as Gramp Smith
A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
The Gilded Lily (1935) as Hankerson
A news reporter turns the woman he loves into a media star after she rejects an aristocrat''s marriage proposal.
Baby Face Harrington (1935) as Skinner
A milquetoast has to fight off cops and gangsters when he''''s mistaken for a criminal.
Happiness C.O.D. (1935) as Thomas E. Sherridan
The Return of Peter Grimm (1935) as Everett Bartholomew
A strong-willed patriarch returns from the dead to amend the wrongs he did his family.
China Seas (1935) as Chess player
A sea captain caught in a romantic triangle has to fight off modern-day pirates.
Society Doctor (1935) as Moxley
When his pioneering ideas cause problems, a hospital doctor goes into private practice.
Kind Lady (1935) as Foster
A con artist and his criminal colleagues move in on a trusting old lady.
Barbary Coast (1935) as Sawbucks McTavish
A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner.
Accent on Youth (1935) as Orville
Captain Blood (1935) as Dr. Wacker
After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate.
Old Man Rhythm (1935) as Paul Parker
A business leader goes back to college to keep an eye on his playboy son.
The Informer (1935) as Pat Mulligan
An Irish rebel turns in his best friend to earn passage money to America, then has to dodge the suspicions of his cohorts.
Peter Ibbetson (1935) as Mr. Slade
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, but Peter is sentenced to life in prison for an accidental killing. Mary comes to him in dreams and they are able to live out their romance in a dream world.
She Couldn't Take It (1935) as Uncle [Wyndersham]
Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935) as Mr. Irish
A portrait painter is reunited with a lost love when her upcoming memoirs threaten his political career.
Romance in Manhattan (1935) as The minister
A New York chorus girl helps an illegal immigrant build a new life in the big city.
Village Tale (1935) as Charlie
Gossipmongers, bigots, Babbitts, and hypocrites gather around the cracker barrel to destroy the lives of the innocent. The peaceful Scott is victimized as a result of his unfulfilled love for Hohl's wife, Johnson. Through innuendo and deceit, the yokels drive Hohl to make an unsuccessful attempt on Scott's life in the belief the latter has cuckolded him. During brief intervals of boredom, they also conspire to drive another townsman to suicide.
The Whole Town's Talking (1935) as Hoyt
A gangster hides from the law by trading places with a mild-mannered double.
Top Hat (1935) as Curate
A woman thinks the man who loves her is her best friend''s husband.
Mark of the Vampire (1935) as Dr. Doskil
Vampires seem to be connected to an unsolved murder.
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934) as Mr. [Hiram] Wiggs
The Wiggs family plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in their rundown shack with leftover stew, without Mr. Wiggs who wandered off long ago an has never been heard from. Do-gooder Miss Lucy brings them a real feast. Her boyfriend Bob arranges to take Wiggs' sick boy to a hospital. Their other boy makes some money peddling kindling and takes the family to a show. Mrs. Wiggs is called to the hopsital just in time to see her boy die. Her neighbor Miss Mazy wants to marry Mr. Stubbins who insists on tasting her cooking. Mrs. Wiggs sneaks her dishes past Stubbins who agrees to marriage. Mr. Wiggs appears suddenly, in tatters, with just the amount of money (twenty dollars) needed to save the family from foreclosure. Miss Lucy and Bob get married.
The Merry Widow (1934) as Valet
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.
The Last Gentleman (1934) as Judd Barr
In New England circa 1933, a niece is reported missing and presumed dead and Cabot Barr (George Arliss) summons his relatives to the family estate for a memorial service. Once there, Barr taunts each one, claiming their only interest in him is hsi money, and sends them away when the report about the niece proves to be false. Only niece Marjorie, who has ridiculed one of his pet eccentricities, seems to be the object of any sentimental affection. Weeks later, Marjorie and her mother, Augusta (Edna May Oliver) and Allan (Frank Albertson), a young man Barr admires, are invited to Barr manor, where Barr fosters a romance between Marjorie and Allan. When his son, Judd (Donald Meek), seeks to have him declared insane, the shock kills the old man. Again, the family is gathered, a curtain is drawn and the old man appears on a film, and he tells each relative what he is leaving them and why, or why not in the case of Judd who is cut off without a cent. Marjorie is left the bulk of the estate as the old man, on film, declares her to be the only one worthy of carrying on the Barr traditions, and Allan is instructed to marry her and take her name as his family's cognomen. The film and the film within ends with Barr announcing that he hopes to have the pleasure of meeting them all again in another world.
The Defense Rests (1934) as Fogg
A sleazy lawyer's female assistant sets out to end his cheating ways.
Murder at the Vanities (1934) as Dr. Saunders
Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager in charge Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate. Bill thinks Jack if offering to let him see the show from an unusual view point, after he forgot to get him tickets for the performance, but then they find the corpse of a murdered women. Bill suspects Eric of the crime, especially, after the second female lead Rita Ross told him she saw the women leaving from Eric's room. Then Rita is shot onstage with Eric's gun. Jack and Bill decide not to stop the show, but Bill preparing to arrest Eric. Is he on the right track ?
Hi Nellie! (1934) as Durkin
A crusading newspaper editor keeps digging into corruption, even when he''s forced to write advice to the lovelorn.
Bedside (1934) as Dr. Wiley
A fake doctor sets up a lucrative high-society practice.
The Captain Hates the Sea (1934) as Josephus Bushmills
A bond thief, a private eye and a drunken reporter wreak havoc on an ocean voyage.
What Every Woman Knows (1934) as Snibby
An ambitious wife backs her husband's political career.
College Coach (1933) as Spencer Trask
A timid chemistry major becomes a college football star.
Love, Honor and Oh, Baby! (1933) as Luther Bowen
Personal Maid (1931) as Pa Ryan
Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family. The Gary family fear Grandpa Gary Gary, a copper magnate, for he controls the family fortune. Mrs. Otis Gary, hearing that her son, Dick Gary has been expelled from college, sends Nora to meet Dick at the train station and escort him to his aunt's in Virginia. Dick flirts with Nora. Nora is repulsed, but finds him irresistible. Dick tries to con Nora out of the money his mother gave her. Nora, returns to the Gary home in New York to report the incident to Grandpa Gary. Dick, being Grandpa Gary's favorite dismisses the incident and gives Nora money for her troubles. Nora leaves the Gary's and moves into a lavish hotel under a different name. She meets, Peter Shea, Grandpa Gary's business manager, and they date. Grandpa knowing that Dick is in love with Nora and Nora with Dick, breaks them up. The problem is that Dick believed Nora is in love with Peter, has left...
The Girl Habit (1931) as Jonesy
The Love Kiss (1930) as William
The Hole in the Wall (1929) as Goofy
Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a gangster known as "The Fox" and newspaperman Grant complicate her plans.
Six Cylinder Love (1923) as Richard Burton

Cast (short)

Murder In the Pullman (1932)
A gold digging wife is murdered on a train during her honeymoon, and it''''s up to Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree to solve the crime in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1375-1376.
The Symphony Murder Mystery (1932)
Two inspectors must solve the deaths of a cellist and a concert hall manager in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1317-1318.
The Trans-Atlantic Mystery (1932)
In this short film, a detective is sent to solve the murder among a group of jewel thieves attempting to smuggle diamonds into the U.S. Vitaphone Release 1439-1440.
The Studio Murder Mystery (1932)
When the leading lady of a motion picture is murdered in the middle of a scene, two inspectors are called in to investigate in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1332-1333.
The Skull Murder Mystery (1932)
In this short, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion when the skeleton of a man is dug up in an alley. Vitaphone Release 1348-1349.
The Cole Case (1931)
In this short film, two detectives are on the case of a man receiving mysterious death threats. Vitaphone Release 1365-1366.
The Wall Street Mystery (1931)
In this short film, a forensic expert is called in to solve the murder of two stockbrokers. Vitaphone Release 1291-1292.
The Clyde Mystery (1931)
Two detectives attempt to solve the murder of a wealthy man in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1269-1270.
The Week End Mystery (1931)
In this mysterious short film, a murder occurs during a rainstorm at a remote manor house. Vitaphone Release 1302-1303.

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