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|Also Known As:||Died:||March 25, 1969|
|Born:||August 18, 1896||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||London, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS
Director (feature film)
Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts.
Cast (feature film)
A Jewish widow falls in love with a Japanese businessman.
International spies kidnap a doctor's son when he stumbles on their assassination plot.
A Victorian gentleman bets that he can beat the world's record for circling the globe.
The king of Siam clashes with the British governess hired to teach his children.
A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II.
The Ozark farmers try to clean up their act to help their son win a college scholarship.
Androcles is a Christian who follows that religion's teachings even as they apply to the treatment of animals. Seeing a lion in pain, he removes a huge thorn from the beast's paw, creating a friend for life. Androcles and a number of other Christians are evenutally arrested and condemned to death in the arena. They are to die by being eaten by lions. Is it too much to hope that one of the lions may have a paw that has healed recently and might remember who helped heal it?
A kidnapped beauty gets caught between feuding pirates.
A dramatization of the life of the English bandit Dick Turpin.
Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.
Two wandering cowhands sign on to help a wagon train headed for Utah.
A reformed thief tracks a stolen jewel to clear his name.
In 1924, stage-struck Boston blueblood Hannah Adams picks up musical star Tim O'Connor and takes him home for dinner. One thing leads to another, and when Tim's show rolls on to Chicago a new Mrs. O'Connor comes along as incompetent chorus girl. Hollywood beckons, and we follow the star careers of the O'Connor family in silents and talkies. Includes good imitation "silents" with classic cameo by Buster Keaton.
Lost Caverns Hotel bellhop Freddie Phillips is suspected of murder. Swami Talpur tries to hypnotize Freddie into confessing, but Freddie is too stupid for the plot to work. Inspector Wellman uses Freddie to get the killer (and it isn't the Swami).
A young woman uses scientific research to trap a man into marriage.
Robin Hood (Jon Hall) aids Lady Marian (Patricia Morison) and her brother (Michael Duane)to rescue the latter's betrothed Lady Christabel (Adele Jergens)from her father's house where she is being forced into a marriage against her will. The father recaptures his daughter and kidnaps Marian in the bargain. Robin gathers all of the merry men and a couple of grouches and routs the father's soldiers and slays him and his nephew. Friar Tuck (Alan Mowbray) then performs a triple wedding uniting Robin and Marian; the brother and the now-fatherless Christabel; and Little John (Walter Sande) and a handmaiden named Maude (Robin Raymond.)
Otis Jones (Al Pearce), a small-town printer, has a fixation with the study of mental telepathy, and lives for the day when he can meet the top exponent of his hobby, The Great Martine (Alan Mowbray). A bolt of lightning hits him, giving him the real power of reading people's minds. When his daughter, Jill (Janet Martin), and her rich young fiancee, Bud Wheeling (Byron S. Barr), become involved in a scheme with the plotting Martine, he is able to make use of his newly-found power.
Doing business with an ex-flame drives an ad man''''s wife mad with jealousy.
Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?
The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.
A woman helps the police catch the serial killer who murdered her best friend.
A star-struck hick goes to Hollywood to become a star.
Larry Brewster (Jess Barker), partner in the music publishing firm of Brewster and Crow, returns from a trip to find that his partner, J. C. Crow (Alan Mowbray) has hired Pat O'Rourke (Julie Bishop)as a song plugger. Larry doesn't approve of the plan and, in a bad mood, refuses to see composer Wilfred Potts (George Dolenz)who is offering a song for publication. Pat, in spite of Larry's objections, stays on the job. She has the firm promote an amateur song-writing contest, and the winner is a submission by Potts, but because he used the name of Wicks, the firm can't locate him and is facing prosecution on charges of using the mail to conduct a fraudulent contest.
Sherlock Holmes signs on to protect a priceless diamond from jewel thieves.
When the Clantons steal his family's cattle and kill his brother, Wyatt Earp signs on as sheriff of Tombstone and vows to bring them in.
Singer/Dancer Peggy Ryan neither sings nor dances in this comedy in which she plays a secretary, whose life has no romance because she devotes all of her time to her attractive older sister. But she does keep a diary that contains some fact and many fictional entries. One such is read by the wife (Louise Allbritton) of her boss (Jon Hall) who promptly sues for a divorce. Virginia Grey stars in a musical produced by Hall and sings (possibly dubbed) "Makin' a Million" and "Keep Your Chin Up." No spoiler to add that Ryan gets a boyfriend and Hall and Allbritton are reunited before this one runs it course.
Bill wants to join the Army, but he's 4F so he asks a wizard to help him, but the wizard has slight problems with his history knowlege, so he sends Bill everywhere in history, but not to WWII.
An actor is killed during the performance of a play and critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O'Brien) undertakes to solve the crime. Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, but when two more deaths occur, she is also threatened by the Phantom Killer. During a production of "Julius Caesar" the killer makes a final attempt.
Honeymooners in Washington get caught up in wartime crowding, with disastrous results.
Two country bumpkins rock the nation''''s capital with their formula for synthetic rubber.
A USO girl defies the rules when she falls for a soldier visiting the star-studded Stage Door Canteen.
An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
Convicts on a prison island plot their escape.
If he wants to keep control of Hell, Satan has to get Hitler to perform a good deed.
A Polish princess gives up society for the love of a gigolo.
A nightclub owner in Panama takes on Nazi spies.
An American playboy is sent to a British boarding school to learn discipline.
Rodeo rider Lank tries his hand at movie making. Spoiled established star Crystal throws tantrums, but after the rodeo she's easy for Lank to handle. It's the "Taming of the Shrew" Hollywood style.
Naval hero Lord Nelson defies convention to court a married woman of common birth.
Two producers will stop at nothing to raise money for their big show.
Newsreel cameraman Bob Clemens (James Ellison), an avowed woman hater, is assigned to cover the Lake Placid exhibition of Karen Vadja (Renie Riano), the Swiss ice Queen. He misses his plane and fails to get the footage needed for a newsreel. Deciding that if you've seen one ice skater, you've seen them all, he goes to Central Park to film a skater picked at random. He selects Marie Bergen (Dorothy Lewis) who is wanted by the immigration people for having over-stayed her visa. Bob does not adjust his newsreel camera for a long shot and she shows very clearly in close-ups. Promoter Larry Herman (Phil Silvers) sees the newsreel and seeing that she is very talented and very pretty, decides to star her in an ice-spectacle to be called the "Ice-Capades." He sends for Karen Vadja's agent, since that is the name the skater is identified as in the newsreel, draws up and signs a contract and invites the press to join him when he meets her. Dismay mildly describes his feeling when he learns that he has obligated himself to build a show around a horse-faced, eccentric woman whose ability to skate is her only saving grace. He calls off the show, and brings suit against the National Newsreel Company for this hoax. The boss, Ellis (Alan Mowbray), blames Bob and his assistant Colonna (Jerry Colonna), who propose that they find her and let Ellis "discover" and star her. She evades them as she thinks they are immigration agents trying to find and deport her, but they find her in the chorus of the ice show they want her to star in. Deportation looms with marriage to an American citizen being the only alternative. Bob, the only woman-hating confirmed bachelor in the cast, becomes the prime candidate.
A celebrity promoter is accused of murdering one of his clients.
A happily married woman sees a psychoanalyst and develops doubts about her husband.
A chorus girl engaged to a millionaire falls for the star of her latest musical.
Two producers get back at a temperamental star by putting her in a sure flop.
The action takes place in Ephesus in ancient Asia Minor, and the concerns The efforts of two boys from Syracuse, Anthipholus and his servant Dromio, to find their long-lost twins who, for reason of plot confusion, are also named Anthipholus and Dromio. Complications arise when the wife of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husband, though the couples eventually get sorted out after Adriana's sister Luciana and the Syracuse Antipholus admit their love
A glamorous ghost helps a henpecked husband save his wife from gold-digging friends.
Lora Travers is the only person who can identify hold-up artist The Llano Kid and she persuades him to come in on a scheme with her and her husband. They have been searching for the long-lost son of a rich Mexican widow and they get the Kid to claim it is him. All goes according to plan until greed and jealousy raise their heads.
A young orphan fights off attempts to steal his inheritance.
A small-town boy wins a Hollywood talent contest.
An heiress takes a job as a department store clerk.
An opera star trying to make it big in Hollywood gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
While vacationing in New York, a European prince falls for a showgirl.
A penniless heiress takes a modeling job to get her family back on its feet.
Brother-and-sister news tycoons try to save their niece from marrying the wrong man.
A new Broadway show starring Gary Blake shamelessly lampoons the rich Carraway family. To get her own back, daughter Mimi sets out to ensnare Blake, but the courtship is soon for real, to the annoyance of his co-star, hoofing chanteuese Mona Merrick.
A fun-loving couple returns from the dead to help a henpecked husband.
An efficiency expert tries to streamline operations at a Hollywood studio.
Young Phillip Ainsworth, (Bobby Breen), an orphan of the US Civil War, has been lovingly raised by Toinette, (Louise Beavers) a former slave. Toinette has big plans for the boy. She has saved her money to send him to a private school. But when the local priest, Father Josef, (Henry O'Neill) finds Phillip's family living in New York, the boy is sent north to live with people who refuse to accept him as their own. His only friend is the butler, Barrett, (Charles Butterworth). But his curmodgeon of a grandmother, (May Robson) is finally broken down by the boy's charm and good manners, and all ends happily. Along the way Breen has ample opportunity to show off his voice by singing several songs, including the title song three times.
Biography of the flighty Scottish queen who was brought down by love.
Three working girls in Budapest pool their resources to get a better apartment and impress their dates.
A tough detective investigates organized crime''''s ties to the murder of a millionaire''''s dog.
A zany heiress tries to help a tramp by making him the family butler.
An opera singer goes undercover in the Canadian wilderness to hunt for her criminal brother.
Before they can marry, two society types run off with lower-class loves.
Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.
A movie star runs off to the mountains for an incognito vacation.
An unscrupulous Englishwoman sets out to steal a place in society.
A scientist named Hunter Hawk invents a device that can turn flesh to stone. While celebrating his discovery he becomes involved with a half naked leprechaun. On a trip to New York, Hunter and Meg (the leprechaun) decide to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and turn all of the Statues of Greek Gods into people. What follows in a drunken romp around New York with Medusa's severed head still in Perseus' hand.
A man who deserted his daughter years earlier tries to help her out of a jam.
Impoverished newlyweds travel from the country to Berlin to find success. At first, things look rosy, but when the Pinnebergs discover that the husband's stepmother--with whom they are now living--is a notorious madame, groom and pregnant bride must take to the road.
An abused wife flees her husband and finds love, but at a price.
A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband.
An eccentric millionaire kidnaps eloping couples to make sure they're meant for each other.
The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against the family.
The famed French writer becomes the conscience of his country during the French Revolution.
When a farmer strikes it rich in business, success goes to his head.
An American heiress marries into the British nobility.
Leslie Howards time-travels between 1784 and 1933 London in this fantasy romance.
A spunky Irish girl inherits a place in a British estate.
Sherlock Holmes is called in to solve the case when secret society members start dropping like flies.
A failed playwright falls for an admiral''''s daughter.
Too bad for presidential hopes of banker T.K. Blair; his party feels he has too little flair for savoir faire. But at a medicine show, the party bosses find Blair's double: huckster Doc Varney. Of course, they scheme to make Varney T.K.'s public spokesman; at first, he even fools Blair's girlfriend Felicia, providing a romantic complication. As election eve approaches, the conspirators face the problem of what to do with Varney...who has difficult decisions of his own to make.
A debutante takes the rap for her sibling's mistakes.
Moriarty is sentenced to death, and Sherlock Holmes prepares to retire to the country and marry his girl (sic). But Moriarty has sworn that Holmes, Lt-Col Gore-King of Scotland Yard, and his trial judge shall all be hanged too. When Moriarty escapes and proceeds to put his threat into operation, Holmes has to postpone his retirement.
A prize fighter tries to help an invalid and her baby.
A jewel thief falls for a tycoon's wife in Vienna.
A modern-day Don Juan tries to go straight for love of an American woman.
The American patriot''''s political career is threatened when he falls in love with a married woman.
A district attorney tries to frame an innocent girl for the murder he committed.
An out-of-luck heiress falls for the man appointed to dispose of her property.
When a clause in his contract forces him to become the guinea pig of a scientist demonstrating a time machine on TV, Tennessee Ernie Ford is whisked back into time--to England and the days of King Arthur. The story, adapted from "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain, relates E
A businessman sneaks out of his office to play golf with champ Bobby Jones, but he meets his boss on the fairway in this short film. Vitaphone Release 4797.
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