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Cast (feature film)

The Judge Steps Out (1949) as Dining car steward
A judge flees the pressures of professional and family life for a job as a short-order cook.
Whispering Smith (1949) as Conductor
A railroad detective tries to bring in a gang of train robbers and a lost love.
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) as Guest
An artist discovers a real-life version of the perfect woman he's been drawing for years.
Fighting Father Dunne (1948) as Butler
A dedicated priest tries to reform a group of homeless boys in turn-of-the-century St. Louis.
The Big Clock (1948) as Flavin
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
Homecoming (1948) as Doctor
A married man's wartime love affair spells trouble when peace comes.
That's My Gal (1947) as Sucker
Two sharpie promoters (Don Barry and Frank Jenks) put on a show they believe is so bad it will not play more than one day and they therefore will not have to pay the long list of investors,i.e, suckers and buyers. But one of the investors dies intestate and his interests pass to the state. The governor's secretary (Lynne Roberts) engages new talent (the Four Step Brothers, Guadalajara Trio, St. Clair & Vilvoa, Dolores and Don Graham, et al) and a new orchestra (Jan Savitt), in order to make the show successful and a profitable investment for the state. Barry (in another of the vast majority of his films in which he was not billed as Don "Red" Barry), who has fallen in love with the first-billed Roberts, reforms and buys up the surplus stock.
Blaze of Noon (1947) as Doctor
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?
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947) as Station master
Repressed passions and shameful secrets destroy a New England family.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) as Director
An accountant dreams of being a hero but finds it''s not so easy in real life.
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (1947) as Conductor
A biopic of the career of Joe Howard (12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), famous songwriter of the early 20th Century. Howard wrote the title song, Goodbye, My Lady Love; and Hello, My Baby among many others. Mark Stevens was dubbed by Buddy Clark, well known singer of the 30's and 40's
Two Sisters from Boston (1946) as Usher
Two girls with Broadway aspirations find work in a Bowery saloon.
The Locket (1946) as Minister
A dark personal secret drives a young woman to use every man she encounters.
Murder Is My Business (1946) as Butler
Nocturne (1946) as Billings' butler
A police detective refuses to believe a composer''s death was suicide.
Under Nevada Skies (1946) as Coroner
Rodeo star Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), returning with his horse "Trigger" to his home town, finds old Tom Craig (Leyland Hodgson) murdered and offers his aid to "acting sheriff" Gabby Whittaker (George Hayes). Roy meets Helen Williams (Dale Evans), new singer at the Trading Post club, who is on her way to see Craig about a family-heirloom crest which he has stolen from her father. Arthur Courtney (Douglass Dumbrille)is informed by his henchmen that Craig is dead but they were unable to find the crest since Gabby, Helen and Roy had appeared on the scene. He orders them to get rid of Roy and Helen. After narrowly missing being killed while on their way to an Indian pow-wow, Roy and Gabby go to the Craig ranch where they discover an old clock and the crest hidden it it. They are taken captive by Courtney's henchmen and watch Courtney press a catch on the crest and take out a piece of paper. A fight ensues and The Sons of the Pioneers (Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer, Hugh Farr, Karl Farr and "Shug" Fisher) and Roy's Indian friends come to Roy's and Gabby's aid.
She Wrote the Book (1946) as Doctor
A plain-Jane math professor (Joan Davis) at a small midwestern college is talked into journeying to New York on behalf of a colleague who has written a steamy bestseller under an assumed name. While in the big city, the math prof receives a bump on the head which brings on a form of amnesia. She begins to believe she is the author of the sultry book, and has actually lived its story. Now freed from her inhibitions, the lady professor sashays about with abandon. With a PR man (Jack Oakie) in tow, she crashes a party of swells at the home of a wealthy industrialist (Thurston Hall) and pressures him into making a large contribution to her tiny college back home.
Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as Butler
Fictionalized biography of George Gershwin and his fight to bring serious music to Broadway.
Music for Millions (1945) as Stage doorman
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) as Man at table
A pair of wacky lackeys try to take Tinseltown by storm.
Experiment Perilous (1944) as Frank
A small-town doctor tries to help a beautiful woman with a deranged husband.
Someone to Remember (1943) as Gentleman
Mountain Rhythm (1943) as Father
Dangerous Blondes (1943) as Elderly man
A mystery writer and his wife investigate the murder of a couturier''''s wife.
Is Everybody Happy? (1943) as Justice of the peace
Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) as Juror
A small-town politician is the jury hold-out in a sensational murder case.
Pittsburgh (1942) as Doorman
Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham rides roughshod over his friends, his lovers, and his ideals in his trek toward financial success in the Pittsburgh steel industry, only to find himself deserted and lonely at the top. When his crash comes, he finds that fate has dealt him a second chance.
Hi, Neighbor (1942) as Guest
The Glass Key (1942) as Guest at Henry dinner
A hired gun and his gangster boss fall out over a woman.
Ice-Capades Revue (1942) as Creditor
Call of the Canyon (1942) as Agent
The Man in the Trunk (1942) as Priest
The Great Gildersleeve (1942) as Club member
A small-town blowhard runs for water commissioner while fighting to win custody of his niece and nephew.
Father Takes a Wife (1941) as Junior's butler
A famous actress has to win over her ready-made family when she weds a shipping magnate.
Love Crazy (1941) as Guest
A businessman concocts a series of harebrained schemes to keep his wife from divorcing him.
Buy Me That Town (1941) as Moffett
With the gang business washed up, Ricky Dean (Lloyd Nolan), suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran (Sheldon Leonard), and Louie Lanzer (Albert Dekker), a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation in the country. They are followed by three hard-boiled characters, Fingers (Horace MacMahon), Ziggy (Edward Brophy) and Crusher (Warren Hymer). Ricky, thinking they are to be rubbed out for deserting Chink, who has been drafted into the Army, stops his car and confronts them. But they merely want to ask Ricky to be their new boss. He declines but promises to call them sometime if the need arises. They are speeding through a Connecticut village and are stopped by yokel Constable Sam Smedley (Olin Howlin as Olin Howland). Judge Paradise (Richard Carle), with his daughter Virginia (Constance Moore) as court clerk, fines them $5.00 each, plus $37 costs - or 30 days in jail. They, while waiting to hear from Jimmy's lawyer, are taken to the cells and are amazed to find the tumbledown jail wide open, with prisoners walking in and out. The door won't lock. The judge explains to Jimmy that Middle Village is unincorporated and broke, its sole income being traffic fines. The town's bonds, for everything from the houses to the village pump, are owned in New York. He also adds that anyone in jail in an unincorporated village is safe from the outside law - Federal,State and City. Ricky, fine paid, hustles back to New York and buys the town bonds for $40,000. Back in Middle Village, Ricky starts the ball rolling;he retains Judge Paradise, sends for Fingers, Ziggy and Crusher, and renovates the jail into a luxurious club. His lawyer then starts a stream of "customers on the lam" who pay $1000 a week for the comfort and protection of the Middle Village Jail. New fire chief Crusher, police chief Ziggy and the others board with Henrietta (Barbara Jo Allen), a maiden lady with aspirations of becoming a gun moll. She also startles them with her collection of wanted posters, their pictures among them. Louie and Henrietta fall for each other. Virginia, in love with Ricky, tries to talk him into doing big things for the town, such as reopening its one-and-only factory. Ricky agrees when the Army offers a defense contract for shell casings. Meanwhile, Chink has gotten out of the Army and buys Louie's half interest in Middle Village. He tells the "boys" they are suckers for letting Ricky spend the jail "take" on civic improvements and he plans to wreck the factory deal.
Night of January 16th (1941) as Faulkner Corp. director
The story revoles around three people; Tycoon Bjorn Faulkner (Nils Asther), who is being called upon by his board of directors to explain a missing $20,000,000; Kit Lane (Ellen Drew), his secretary who also has a personal interest; and Steve Van Ruyle (Robert Preston), a sailor who has inherited a position on Faulkner's board of directors. Faulkner is (presumably) murdered, and Kit is falsely accused of the murder. Steve assumes the job of clearing her name.
Private Affairs (1940) as Doorman
Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, finds herself in the same quandary, ordered by her crotchety grandfather, Noble Bullerton, to marry a man she doesn't love.
I'm Still Alive (1940) as Doctor at pier
The dangers of his job threaten to break up a stuntman and his movie star wife.
Our Leading Citizen (1939) as Delegate
Eternally Yours (1939) as Officer
A woman is swept off her feet by a magician, and finds the results less than magical.
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) as
An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption.
The Forgotten Woman (1939) as Secretary
Rulers of the Sea (1939) as Official
The Jury's Secret (1938) as Conductor
Bill Sheldon (Larry J. Blake as Larry Blake) has a grudge against Midland City newspaper publisher Brandon Williams (Samuel S. Hinds) as Sheldon blames the city's recent flood against Williams for using his power and influence to hold up government flood control money. When Williams is found murdered, Sheldon is charged with the crime that was actually committed by Walter Russell (Kent Taylor), the paper's rebel editorial writer. Ney York reporter Linda Ware (Fay Wray) arrives to cover the story and finds that Russell, her old sweetheart, is on the jury hearing Sheldon's trial. She also discovers that he is the killer. Russell forces an acquittal and, before another trial can be held, realizes that his conscience will not permit him to let Sheldon be tried again.
Strange Faces (1938) as Conductor
Swing That Cheer (1938) as Conductor
Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938) as Doctor
A temperamental singer''''s murder leaves a nightclub full of suspects.
The Last Gangster (1937) as Father
When a notorious gangster gets out of prison, he vows revenge on the wife who left him.
That's My Story (1937) as Conductor
Venus Makes Trouble (1937) as Juror
Behind the Mike (1937) as
In this The "NEW" Universal presentation, high-tempered New York radio producer George Hayes (William Gargan) quarrels with Cyrus Wittles (William B. Davidson), sponsor of the Crunchie Munchie Hour, and loses his job. He hears that station WBAM in Valley Falls needs a new manager and heads there. Stumbling into the wrong station, WVOX, he meets Jane Arledge (Judith Barrett), program manager for local town-magnate, Harry Fox (Charles Brokaw.) She directs him to WBAM and he finds it is a collection of junk in an abandoned stable. Humiliated, he boasts to Jane that he will put the old station on its feet again. He sends for his announcer friend, Tiny Martin (Don Wilson), after convincing station-owner Pete Jones (Spencer Charters) that Martin can give valuable aid in reviving the station. Merchants fear to use WBAM, although they despise Fox and his crony, Mayor Applegate (Ferris Taylor), who is up for re-election. Learning that the merchants are holding a secret meeting, George uses a ruse to broadcast their suspicions about Fox and Applegate. They repudiate the statements, but George prepares another strong blast against them for a later broadcast. This angers Janes, who believes the attacks on her boss are unjustified and she tells George he should return to New York. While George waits for his train, Jane learns that Fox and Applegate have connived to loot the town treasury and, with Martin, she rushes to WBAM and adds her own evidence to the charges prepared previously by George and reads them over the air.
Pepper (1936) as Minister
Young Pepper Jolly enters the life of sour old millionaire John Wilkes. She convinces him to take her gang to Coney Island and prevents his daughter from marrying a phony aristocrat.
Next Time We Love (1936) as Conductor
Woman drops out of college to marry an ambitious, young journalist. Their happiness is delayed when a rich admirer sees that she gets an acting job just as her reporter leaves to cover the news from Rome. The marriage goes stale as separartions follow reunions, and the two pursue their respective ca
Easy Money (1936) as Judge
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) as
When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life.
Dangerous Intrigue (1936) as Druggist
Anthony Halliday (Ralph Bellamy), brillant young surgeon, is forced to resign as chief of staff at a New York hospital when he is compelled to delay an appendectomy on the daughter of John Mitchell(Stanley Andrews), wealthy supporter of the hospital, because of an emergency operation he has to perform. The appendectomy is successful, but later complications cause the girl's death. Carol Andrews (Joan Perry), his fiancee, regards him as a failure and leaves him. Halliday, suffering from amnesia brought on by the shocks, drifts to Scranton, Pa.,where he gets work in the steel mill. He only remembers who he is when he finds himself bandaging some injured workers. The mill doctor, Miller (Edward LeSaint), asks him to become his assistant. Halliday remains at the mill under the name of John Davis. Because of many accidents at the mill, the smelter boss, Joe Kosovic (Fredrik Vogeding) is demoted. He becomes friendly with Halliday and invites him home for dinner, where he becomes attracted to Gerta (Gloria Shea), Joe school-teacher daughter. Accidents increase at the mill, and the mill's safety and personnel man, Brant (Fred Kohler), is ordered to investigate. Brant is actually in the pay of a rival firm trying to shut the mill. In school, Gerta hears Danny Brant (Georgie Billings) talking about a game called "Steel-Mill" that has a point of dropping bricks on people's heads. He sullenly refuses to tell Gerta that his father's conversations with his conspirators inspired it. Gerta inform Halliday about it, and he begins to investigate Brant's activities.
Tango (1936) as
The Virginia Judge (1935) as Preacher
The Law of 45's (1935) as Sir Henry Sheffield
Navy Wife (1935) as Motorist
Smart Girl (1935) as Minister
Silk Hat Kid (1935) as Doctor
A Shot in the Dark (1935) as Dr. Howell
Jealousy (1934) as Minister
Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is knocked out. He then promises never to be jealous again and marries Jo. When she realizes that they're broke she asks Lambert for a job (she had quit on marrying Larry.) One thing leads to another and Larry, enraged with jealousy, end up killing Lambert. He then wanders off in a daze, and Jo takes the rap for the murder. Larry descends from his amnesiac fog just in time to interrupt the announcement of the jury's verdict in Jo's trial. then it's off to the chair for Larry. Or is it?
The White Parade (1934) as
The title represents the hopeful, ambitious students at a hospital training school and is primarily a story of the stern discipline and laborious physical and mental toil they endure in order to become nurses and join the White Parade. It is told mainly through the character of June Arden (Loretta Young)who finds romance with Ronald Hall III (John Boles)on the way, with side stories of the other girls who find failure, success, laughs and tears on the way. The forerunner of umpteen dozens of TV series over the past 40 years.
Men in White (1934) as Resident doctor
A young doctor has to choose between his studies and his marriage to a society girl.
Badge of Honor (1934) as
The World Accuses (1934) as Dr. Jarvis
The Marines Are Coming (1934) as Captain Manning
When Lt. "Wild Bill" Traynor, bad boy of the Marine Corps, arrives at a San Diego Marine Base, he is surprised to discover he has been assigned to duty under his old rival, Captain Benton (Conrad Nagel). While eluding the advances of Rosita (Armida), a Latin dancer, Bill becomes involved with Benton's fiancee, Dorothy Manning (Esther Ralston), whom he quickly wins and Benton accepts the impending marriage. On his wedding eve, Bill, in the company of Rosita, becomes involved in a fracas in a gambling joint in nearby Tia Juana. Rosita disappears and Dorothy calls off the wedding. As Dorthy sails for Latin America, Bill resigns in disgrace from the Marines, but re-enters as a Private. Ordered to duty in Ponta Miguel, Bill discovers that Dorothy's father (Hale Hamilton) is the governor. His old nemesis Benton has Bill sent to the guardhouse and Bill is vowing revenge when he is released, only to find that Benton is being held prisoner by a jungle bandit known as The Torch (George Regas.) Posing as a drunk and renegade, Bill enters the bandit's camp and, by mending a disabled machine gun, wins the confidence of the bandit leader. Bill later mans the gun against the bandits who have prepared a trap for the Marine patrol searching for Benton.
No More Orchids (1932) as Benton, the butler
A wealthy woman opposes her grandfather to marry a poor man.
No Living Witness (1932) as District Attorney
Blaze o' Glory (1930) as
Handcuffed (1929) as John Randall
Gerald Morely's father commits suicide, leaving a note blaming his despair on a stock swindle perpetrated by John Randall. Randall denies the charge and is himself murdered by Tom Bennett, the real culprit. Bennett frames Jerry by having Deagan (the butler) plant the murder weapon in a way that makes Jerry look guilty. Posing as her protector, Bennett persuades Randall's daughter, Gloria, to marry him, although Jerry also falls in love with her. But Jerry is arrested, tried for murder, and convicted of killing his own father. He escapes on Gloria's wedding night and arrives in time to overhear her admit her love for him and Bennett drunkenly confess to Randall's murder.
Behind Closed Doors (1929) as John Barton
The Look Out Girl (1928) as Hargrave
The Princess from Hoboken (1927) as Immigration officer
The Smoke Eaters (1926) as Roscoe Wingate
Skinner's Dress Suit (1926) as Mr. Wilton
Honey Skinner is proud of her successful husband. When he tells her he's going to ask for a raise, she knows he'll get it. He asks his boss just as their big client announces he's not renewing his contract. He doesn't get the raise, but he's too embarrassed to tell his wife the truth. She starts making plans to spend that extra $10 a week; the first thing is a new dress suit for him and a new outfit for her so they can fit in at a swanky party. They're the hit of the party, and Honey is embraced by the 'smart set.' Meanwhile, business is bad and Skinner loses his job. The tailor is after him for payment on the suit, and Honey is still spending the salary he doesn't have.
What Happened to Jones (1926) as Rector
On the night before his wedding, a young man plays poker with friends. When the game is raided by the police, he escapes into a Turkish bath on ladies night, ending up disguised in drag and with difficult explanations to make.
Ridin' Thunder (1925) as Governor
The Golden Trail (1920) as Bill Lee

Cast (short)

Fast Work (1930)
In this comedic short, Charley Chase mistakes an escaped lunatic for the father of a girl he''''s interested in.
Andy's Stump Speech (1924)
This is a silent comedy short about Andy Gump, the clueless husband at the center of the comic strip, The Gumps.

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