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Director (feature film)

The Clown and the Kid (1961) as Assistant Director
John Lupton, Michael McGreevey, Don Keefer, Mary Webster. The mistaken identity theme is given a new twist in this low-budget melodrama about a orphan boy and a convict who eludes the police by pretending to be his father, a carnival clown.
The Sergeant Was a Lady (1961) as Assistant Director
Zero Hour! (1957) as Assistant Director
When a flight crew falls ill, the only man who can land the plane is afraid of flying.
Flame of the Islands (1956) as 2d asst dir
Rosalind Dee is a cabaret singer who aspires to enter high society. When she comes into dirty money she forms a partnership with two gambling-club owners to build the establishment into a gathering place for the only the most elite.
Giant (1956) as 2d asst dir
A Texas ranching family fights to survive changing times.
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) as 2d asst dir
A Victorian gentleman bets that he can beat the world's record for circling the globe.
Blackboard Jungle (1955) as 2d asst dir
An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency.
Timberjack (1955) as 2d asst dir
Tim Shipman returns to his father's logging company only to find his father has been killed, money is owed, and Croft Brunner controls the railroad used to haul out the logs. But he learns the Government restriction on his valuable stand of timber has been lifted. Brunner wants that timber and tries to buy him out. Refusing to sell, Tim makes plans to somehow get the timber out.
Carolina Cannonball (1955) as Assistant Director
The Road to Denver (1955) as Assistant Director
The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law.
The Atomic Kid (1954) as 2d asst dir
A uranium prospector is eating a peanut butter sandwich in the desert where atom bomb tests are being done. He becomes radioactive, and helps the FBI break up an enemy spy ring.
Jack Slade (1953) as Assistant Director
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.
The Gay Amigo (1949) as Assistant Director
Chasing Mexican bandits, the Captain sees Cisco and Pancho ride away. Assuming they are the bandits he captures them and then lets them go. He has them followed figuring they will lead him to the entire gang. Cisco learns the editor and the blacksmith are the leaders. He makes the blacksmith think his partner double-crossed him and then joins up with him as his new partner planning to lead the entire gang into a trap.

Cast (feature film)

Devil's Doorway (1950) as
A Native American Civil War hero returns home to fight for his people.
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) as U.S. sailor
A Navy doctor fights to help wounded sailors escape the Japanese during World War II.
Crime by Night (1944) as Bellboy
Married detectives investigating a small-town murder uncover a spy ring.
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943) as Soda clerk
Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942) as Messenger boy
A wheelchair-bound doctor fights off a homicidal maniac.
The Affairs of Martha (1942) as Butcher boy
A servant's scandalous novel lands her employers in hot water.
The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) as Reporter
An advertising executive and his temperamental life adopt a war orphan who turns out to be a beautiful woman.
Citizen Kane (1941) as Man at boat deck
The investigation of a publishing tycoon''''s dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life.
Hold Back the Dawn (1941) as Elevator boy
A gigolo flees Nazi occupation and sets his sights on a shy schoolteacher who happens to be a US citizen.
Three Girls About Town (1941) as Bellhop
Sisters working at a hotel try to hide a dead body before the next convention arrives.
Turnabout (1940) as Elevator boy
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) as Elevator boy
A teenage boy goes into debt to court a Manhattan socialite.
Love Thy Neighbor (1940) as Elevator boy
Jack Benny (Himself) is preparing his New Year's Eve radio broadcast but takes time out to take his valet Rochester (Eddie Anderson) to meet his girlfriend Josephine (Theresa) arriving on a steamer. Fred Allen (Himself) and his sister Barbara (Verree Teasdale) are also enroute to the dock to meet Barbara's daughter Mary (Mary Martin), returning from a personal appearance tour in South America. Josephine is her maid. Their cars get involved in an accident and, in a bumping contest, Fred reduces Jack's old Maxwell to junk, and is taken to jail. Mary loses her dress in an accident and Jack offers to get her another one, but winds up being arrested for stealing. Barbara tells Mary that Fred is a nervous wreck because of Jack's continual slander of him on Jack's radio program. Jack hires the Merry Macs (Joe McMichael, Judd McMichael, Ted McMichael, Helen Carroll) away from Fred and Fred decides to go to Miami for a rest. Jack decides to open his radio program from Miami. They meet, have another brawl, and end up in jail again. The two are in a motorboat accident where both are knocked unconscious and Mary, in an effort to end the feud, tells Fred that Jack saved his life. They have dinner together at Fred's apartment and Rochester, whom Fred has hired away from Jack, appears and the feud is on again.
Keeping Company (1940) as Boy
A young man's engagement is jeopardized by the return of an old girlfriend.
Stronger Than Desire (1939) as Bellhop
A lawyer's wife keeps mum as her husband defends an innocent woman for the crime she committed.
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) as Reporter
A gangster's moll runs home to mother, with reporters and amateur detectives hot on her tail.
Fast and Furious (1939) as Elevator boy
Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane get mixed up with murder during a beauty pageant.
Sergeant Madden (1939) as Bellhop
A police officer's son joins the force but goes bad.
The Shining Hour (1938) as Elevator boy
A nightclub dancer marries into society and has to contend with her jealous sister-in-law.
Too Hot to Handle (1938) as Cycle messenger
Rival newsreel photographers vie for scoops and a beautiful lady flyer.
Hold That Kiss (1938) as Usher
Romance blossoms when a man and woman each think the other is rich.
Test Pilot (1938) as Field mechanic
An irresponsible test pilot's wife and best friend try to get him to grow up.
Midnight Madonna (1937) as Messenger
Blonde Trouble (1937) as Friend of Fred
Fred Stevens (Johnny Downs), on his way to New York City with hopes of succeeding as a songwriter, meets and falls in love with Edna Baker, an employee in a dentist's office. In New York, Fred meets Paul Sears (William Demarest), a broken-down songwriter, his wife Lucille (Helen Flint) and her gold-digging sister, Eileen Fletcher (Terry Walker.) They are indifferent to him until they discover he has his life's savings with him. Eileen makes plans to marry Fred and ignores her song-publishing boy friend, Joe Hart (Lynne Overman.) Fred and Paul write a song together and take it to Hart, who sees a way to get Eileen off his hands by giving Fred a large advance. Fred, who is completely swayed by Eileen, parts with Edna. Hart continues the advances but when Fred and Paul go to him asking why the song hasn't been published, Hart tells them it isn't any good and he was using Fred to help rid him of Eileen. Fred now realizes he loves Edna. A popular radio singer sees Fred's song in Hart's office and sings it on the air, and it becomes a hit.
A Star Is Born (1937) as
A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom.
Atlantic Flight (1937) as
A pioneering aviator helps bring a madcap heiress and a fellow flyer together.
Wings over Honolulu (1937) as
Adapted by Isabel Dawn and Boyce de Gaw from a "Redbook Magazine" story by Mildred Cram with, apparently, none of the three understanding much about military trials or else the Ray Milland character would have ended up with a dishonorable discharge and twenty years in the slammer. Story begins at a birthday party given for Virginia deb Lauralee Curtis (Wendy Barrie) by her adoring aunts Nellie (Margaret McWade) and Evie Curtis (Clara Blandick.) Wealthy yankee Gregory Chandler (Kent Taylor) claims the first dance and spends the night unfolding dazzling vistas of yachts, wealth and far-off romantic places and asks Lauralee to marry him. She declines, as properly brought-up southern girls do not accept first-night proposals or, most of the time, propositions. But this changes when navy flyers Lieutenants Stony Gilchrist (Ray Milland) and Jack Furness (William Gargan) make a forced landing on the Curtis plantation, and it is a case of love at first sight when Lauralee meets Stony,evidently because Lauralee and Stony are the only two people at the party with British accents. She marries him and follows him to Honolulu.But the Navy bungalow is a bit drab---"pitifully drab" to be exact---for a good old girl from a southern plantation, and she isn't too keen about airplanes flying over the house all day even if they are on a Naval base and, for goodness gracious sakes, ol' Stony's duties force him to stay away from home at times. Meanwhile, Gregory sails his yacht into the harbor with the express purpose of winning Lauralee away from Stony, which is not surprising for a damn yankee. She assures the cad that she loves her husband more than ever but...she will attend a party on his yacht since Stony is tied up doing whatever it is he does and a girl just can't stay cooped up all the time and she reckons there is nothing wrong in that. But Stony comes home early, finds out where she is going and reckons otherwise. They quarrel and Lauralee hies herself on to the party, which ends up on a slumming excursion to a disreputable cafe where a drunk makes a pass at Lauralee, and Gregory, miffed that someone other than he is out to spoil Lauralee's honor, fights the drunk. All three are hauled to jail and the story is all over Honolulu's morning newspapers. Grief-stricken and not wishing to bring further shame on Stony, Lauralee sends word she is leaving him for Gregory Chandler. Stony isn't buying any of that and he steals a Navy plane and goes in search of Chandler's yacht. To compound his theft of United States government property, Stony also manages to crash said property. He offers no defense at his court martial, since doing so would involve his wife's good (albeit somewhat tarnished) name. But Lauralee shows up and tells the court martial board it was all her fault, and the board reckons that under these circumstances Stony should be restored to full duty and rank but transferred to another base. In real life, of course, his next base would have been the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas doing a hard-duty twenty years behind the bars.
Three Wise Guys (1936) as Elevator operator
College Holiday (1936) as Minstrel
A group of men are invited to spend the summer with a lady hotelier interested in eugenics.
Ah, Wilderness (1935) as George Danforth
In his only comedy, Eugene O'Neill captures the trials of growing up in small-town America.
Let 'Em Have It (1935) as Bellboy
We follow the training and adventures of a team of young federal anti-gangster agents, Mal Stevens, Van Rensseler, and Tex Logan. After foiling a kidnap attempt on socialite Eleanor Spencer (an old flame of Van's), Mal falls for her; but they're at odds over her belief in the innocence of her chauffeur Joe Keefer (whom Mal knows was involved) and her young brother Buddy's desire to join the federal agents. This conflict climaxes with the pursuit of an Ohio bank-robbing gang.
The Public Menace (1935) as Office boy
A cocky reporter's marriage to a manicurist jeopardizes his career.
Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) as Fraternity boy
Years after being pushed out of her husband’s life, a woman befriends her long lost son.
Bondage (1933) as
Cheer Up and Smile (1930) as Donald
The Godless Girl (1929) as
A young couple's flirtation with atheism leads to disaster.
Hot Stuff (1929) as Tuffy
Undressed (1928) as Bobby Arnold
A Lady of Chance (1928) as Hank
In this silent film, a female con artist lures men to her apartment so she can blackmail them.
Young Ideas (1924) as Bob Lowden
The Whispered Name (1924) as The office boy
Trifling With Honor (1923) as Jimmy Hunt
Penrod and Sam (1923) as Rodney Bitts
The Abysmal Brute (1923) as Buddy Sangster
A Front Page Story (1922) as Tommy
The Flirt (1922) as Hedrick Madison
Shadows (1922) as "Mister Bad Boy"
When Love Comes (1922) as
The Old Nest (1921) as Jim, age 10
A mother raises her six children and one by one lets them go out into the world. Their failures and successes fill her life, but she grows lonely without them. Then when one of the children has a surprise to announce, they all return home to be with their mother.
The Hoodlum (1919) as
A spoiled rich girl fights for her life when she''''s trapped in the slums.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1918) as Kasim Bara
Fan Fan (1918) as Head collector
Treasure Island (1918) as Capt. Smollett
Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of the buccaneer Captain Flint, in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1917) as Al-Talib's evil spirit
Gloriana (1916) as

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Mister Cinderella (1936) as Stand-in
A timid young man longs to enter high society.

Cast (short)

An All American Toothache (1936)
When a star football player needs a wisdom tooth to pull in order to play, Patsy Kelly isn''''t so sure she wants to giver any of her teeth up in this comedic short.

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