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Dennis O'Keefe

Dennis O'Keefe



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Also Known As: Died: August 31, 1968
Born: March 29, 1908 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Fort Madison, Iowa, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Angela (1955) as Director
The Diamond Wizard (1954) as Director
U.S. Treasury Investigator Joe Dennison (Dennis O'Keefe) is sent to England on the trail of a gang of thieves responsible for stealing a million dollars from a U.S. Treasury vault. One of the crooks is on his way to England to spend the money on phony diamonds. Scotland Yard Inspector McClaren (Philip Friend), assigned to work with Dennison on the case, is also working on the disappearance of Dr. Eric Miller (Paul Harmuth), an atomic scientist. Dennison discovers while interviewing Miller's daughter Marlene (Margaret Sheridan) that she is wearing a brooch containing a phony diamond, and the brooch had been made by her father.

Cast (feature film)

The Naked Flame (1970) as
The Wild Affair (1966) as Sergeant Bletch
Satirical view of the British middle class in the 60s. // Young office assistant Majorie will marry soon, however she's plagued by doubts if her fiance is the right one. On her last day at work, her male colleagues don't miss a chance to comfort her... and flirt.
Life Is a Circus (1962) as Bud
All Hands on Deck (1961) as Lieut. Comdr. Brian O'Gara
Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) as Capt. Matt Riordan
Lady of Vengeance (1957) as William T. Marshall
When he hires a killer to avenge an innocent girl''s death, a man gets caught up in a string of killings.
Inside Detroit (1956) as Blair Vickers
Angela (1955) as Steve Catlett
Chicago Syndicate (1955) as Barry Amsterdam
An accountant single-handedly tries to take down a powerful mobster.
Las Vegas Shakedown (1955) as Joe Barnes
Drums of Tahiti (1954) as Mike Macklin
An American living in 19th-century Tahiti gets involved in intrigue against the French colonial government.
The Diamond Wizard (1954) as Joe Dennison
U.S. Treasury Investigator Joe Dennison (Dennis O'Keefe) is sent to England on the trail of a gang of thieves responsible for stealing a million dollars from a U.S. Treasury vault. One of the crooks is on his way to England to spend the money on phony diamonds. Scotland Yard Inspector McClaren (Philip Friend), assigned to work with Dennison on the case, is also working on the disappearance of Dr. Eric Miller (Paul Harmuth), an atomic scientist. Dennison discovers while interviewing Miller's daughter Marlene (Margaret Sheridan) that she is wearing a brooch containing a phony diamond, and the brooch had been made by her father.
The Fake (1953) as Paul Mitchell
An American investigator in London discovers that a posh museum''''s da Vinci is a fake.
The Lady Wants Mink (1953) as Jim Connors
For her birthday Ritchie Connors gives his wife Nora a coat from the store where he works. His workday gloom is made even worse when their friend from next-door shows up that evening in a mink. To try and make things right Nora goes out and buys four live mink to raise. But the attempt at grow-your-own-coat is none too popular with husband or neighbours.
One Big Affair (1952) as Jimmy Donovan
An American schoolteacher on tour in Mexico is assumed to be kidnapped when she separates from her tour group to join a stateside lawyer on his trip to Acapulco.
Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) as Alec Tackabury
On the eve of her big Broadway break, a dancer discovers she''''s pregnant.
Passage West (1951) as Jacob Karns
Follow the Sun (1951) as Chuck Williams
The Company She Keeps (1951) as Larry [Collins]
A lady con artist sets out to steal her parole officer's fiance.
Woman on the Run (1950) as Dan Leggett
A woman searches for her husband, who ran off after witnessing a mob hit.
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950) as Whitney Randolph
The Great Dan Patch (1949) as David Palmer
Siren of Atlantis (1949) as Jean Morhange
Cover Up (1949) as Sam Donovan
An insurance investigator smells something wrong when he looks into a small-town suicide.
Abandoned (1949) as Mark Sitko
T-Men (1948) as Dennis O'Brien, also known as Vannie Harrigan
U.S. agents infiltrate a deadly counterfeiting ring.
Raw Deal (1948) as Joe Sullivan
When the gangster for whom he took the rap welches, a convict breaks out of prison to get revenge.
Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) as Daniel O'Hara
The FBI and Scotland Yard join forces to stop security leaks at a nuclear power plant.
Mr. District Attorney (1947) as Steve Bennett
Dishonored Lady (1947) as Dr. David Cousins
Madeleine Damien is the fashion editor of a slick Manhattan magazine by day and a lively party girl by night. Unfortunately, the pressures of her job, including kowtowing to a hefty advertiser, and her bad luck with men are driving her to a breakdown. She seeks the help of a psychiatrist, and under his orders, quits her job and moves into a smaller flat under a new identity. She becomes interested in painting and a handsome neighbor. He soon finds out about her past when an ex-suitor implicates her in a murder.
Her Adventurous Night (1946) as Bill Fry
Earl Carroll Vanities (1945) as Danny Baldwin
Doll Face (1945) as Michael Francis Hannegan
A burlesque star breaks into the big time.
The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Bill Anthony
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?
Getting Gertie's Garter (1945) as Dr. Kenneth B. Ford
A medical researcher tries frantically to recover a jeweled garter he had given an old flame.
Brewster's Millions (1945) as Montague "Monty" L. Brewster
A veteran has to spend $1 million in two months to inherit a fortune.
The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) as "Hoppy" Hopkins
A Navy doctor fights to help wounded sailors escape the Japanese during World War II.
Up in Mabel's Room (1944) as Gary Ainsworth
The Fighting Seabees (1944) as Lt. Comdr. Bob Yarrow
World War II construction workers have to fight the enemy to get the job done.
Sensations of 1945 (1944) as Junior Crane
Abroad with Two Yanks (1944) as Jeff Reardon
Biff and Jeff, two American G.I.'s on furlough in Australia during The Second World War, are enjoying their time the way most soldiers on leave do. When they meet the beautiful Joyce, however, they both fall head over heels for her, and start competing for her attentions. As their R&R time begins to run out, the schemes they each come up with to win her affection and foil the other's plans to do the same become more and more outrageous.
Tahiti Honey (1943) as Mickey Monroe
The Leopard Man (1943) as Jerry Manning
When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.
Hangmen Also Die! (1943) as Jan Horok
When a Nazi officer is assassinated, Czech patriots band together to protect his killer.
Good Morning, Judge (1943) as David Barton
Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) as Sonny Phyffe
When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer, while placating a jealous wife.
Moonlight Masquerade (1942) as John Bennett, Jr.
Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942) as Mike Jason
Mike Jason (Dennis O'Keefe), idea man for the Bullard Advertising Agency, and Cleo Arden (Gloria Dickson), director of the Jimmy Valentine radio program, based on the exploits of the old-time safe cracker, fear their jobs are in jeopardy when the sponsor decides to switch his show to another agency. Mike suggests that a $10,000 prize be offered to anyone who can locate the real Jimmy Valentine. Mike and Mousey (George E. Stone), a little chiseler who has attached himself to Mike, follow a clue to a small town. Unknown to Mike, Mousey is out for revenge and kills two innocent men before they learn the identity of the real Jimmy Valentine (Roman Bohnen). Mousey tries to kill Valentine but he himself is killed in the scuffle. Mike refuses to identify Valentine, claiming that one of the murdered men was the real Jimmy Valentine.
Lady Scarface (1941) as Lt. Bill Mason
Police try to capture a murderous female gangster and her band of killers.
Broadway Limited (1941) as Dr. Harvey North
A Hollywood publicity stunt ruins the leading lady's love life and draws the attention of federal agents.
Mr. District Attorney (1941) as P. Cadwallader Jones
Topper Returns (1941) as Bob
A beautiful ghost enlists a henpecked husband to track down her killer.
Week-End for Three (1941) as Jim Craig
A married woman invites a former boyfriend to dinner, and he decides to move in.
I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940) as Tod Lowell
La Conga Nights (1940) as Steve Collins
Pop Always Pays (1940) as Jeff Thompson
A man will only allow his daughter to marry if her fiance can raise $1,000.
Bowery Boy (1940) as Dr. Tom O'Hara
Alias the Deacon (1940) as Johnny Sloan
You'll Find Out (1940) as Chuck Deems
Kay Kyser and his band fight to save a young girl trapped in a haunted mansion.
Girl from Havana (1940) as Woody Davis
Arise, My Love (1940) as Shep
A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter find adventure in Europe on the eve of World War II.
Unexpected Father (1939) as Jimmy Hanley
Jimmy Hanley (Dennis O'Keefe) learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy (Sandra Lee Henville as Baby Sandy), so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko (Mischa Auer). Theatre manager Allen Rand (Donald Briggs) threatens to fire Jimmy for neglecting his work, but Jimmy's girlfriend Diana (Shirley Ross) squares things by going to dinner with Rand over Jimmy's objections. Sandy catches measles and the quarantine causes Jimmy and Boris to miss a big audition.
The Kid from Texas (1939) as William Quincy Malone
A playboy turns cowboy and sets up a polo match with an Indian tribe.
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939) as Jerry O'Connor
A race car driver tries to solve a series of track-side murders before he''''s next.
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939) as Chuck Deems
A band leader has to overcome a film studio head''''s hatred to make it on the big screen.
Vacation from Love (1938) as Bill Blair
Newlyweds refuse help from their families as they struggle to make it on their own.
The Chaser (1938) as Thomas Z. Brandon
Love trips up an ambulance-chasing lawyer.
Hold That Kiss (1938) as Tommy Bradford
Romance blossoms when a man and woman each think the other is rich.
Vivacious Lady (1938) as Student
After a whirlwind courtship, a nightclub singer has to adjust to her professor husband's conservative family.
Top of the Town (1937) as Frank
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937) as Jeffrey ["The Kanarsy Kid"] Burton
An old bandit reforms when he meets his long-lost son.
Swing High, Swing Low (1937) as The purser
When success goes to his head, a bandleader could lose everything.
Saratoga (1937) as Second bidder
A horse breeder''s daughter falls for a bookie.
The Plainsman (1937) as Second man
Calamity Jane gets mixed up in an Indian War and the friendly rivalry between Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill.
Parole Racket (1937) as Thompson/Reporter
Nobody's Baby (1937) as Man in night club
Nursing school students have to care for an abandoned baby.
Easy Living (1937) as Office manager
When a working girl tries to return a lost fur coat, she gets caught up in a wealthy family''''s battles.
Between Two Women (1937) as Patricia's friend
A nurse with an alcoholic husband falls for a doctor, only to find his interests lie elsewhere.
Conquest (1937) as Jan Walewska
A Polish countess sacrifices her virtue to Napoleon to save her homeland.
A Star Is Born (1937) as Man at party
A fading matinee idol marries the young beginner he's shepherded to stardom.
Life Begins with Love (1937) as Musician
Married Before Breakfast (1937) as Salesman
A madcap inventor tries to market a razor-less shaving cream.
Big City (1937) as Stanley, cab driver
An honest cab driver fights against corruption.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) as
A woman's two lives as small-town innocent and author of torrid romances collide.
Rose Bowl (1936) as Jones
Yours for the Asking (1936) as
Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow Lucille onto the straight-and-narrow path, which would not be good for business. So they hire Gert Malloy and Dictionary McKinney, a pair of con-artists, to manipulate Johnny back off the path of righteousness.
Born to Dance (1936) as Young man on couch
A sailor on leave helps a young dancer make it to the top on Broadway.
Nobody's Fool (1936) as Young man
Piccadilly Jim (1936) as Petie McGregor
A cartoonist pokes fun at his widowed father's future in-laws.
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) as Reporter
When he inherits a fortune, a small-town poet has to deal with the corruption of city life.
Fury (1936) as Reporter
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
Rhythm on the Range (1936) as Heckler
A cowboy falls for his boss, a beautiful lady ranch owner.
Small Town Girl (1936) as Bob's friend dancing at Tait's Tavern
After marrying a drunken playboy, a young girl tries to capture his heart while he's sober.
Sworn Enemy (1936) as Band leader
A law student poses as a fight promoter to catch a notorious gangster.
13 Hours by Air (1936) as Baker
Libeled Lady (1936) as Barker at Wheel-o-chance
When an heiress sues a newspaper, the editor hires a reporter to compromise her.
And So They Were Married (1936) as Drunk
The children of a divorcee and a widower try to keep their parents apart.
Love Before Breakfast (1936) as College boy
A Park Avenue beauty plays two suitors against each other.
Rumba (1935) as Man in Diana's party
Personal Maid's Secret (1935) as Guest
A maid''''s ability to pick stock market winners keeps her employer in the money.
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) as Student
Two Marine pilots vie for romance and glory.
Top Hat (1935) as Passenger in elevator
A woman thinks the man who loves her is her best friend''s husband.
Registered Nurse (1934) as Intern
After her husband goes mad, a nurse fights off the advances of two amorous doctors.
Broadway Bill (1934) as
An heiress and her brother-in-law defy her father by going into horse racing.
Fog over Frisco (1934) as Van Brugh
A San Francisco heiress discovers her sister is hanging out with gangsters.
Jimmy the Gent (1934) as First young man
An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) as Critic during intermission
Three chorus girls fight to keep their show going and find rich husbands.

Writer (feature film)

Angela (1955) as Screenwriter
The Black Knight (1954) as Additional Dialogue
A blacksmith fights evil as a faceless knight.
Cover Up (1949) as Orig scr
An insurance investigator smells something wrong when he looks into a small-town suicide.

Producer (feature film)

Angela (1955) as Producer

Music (feature film)

Life Is a Circus (1962) as Composer
Mother Is a Freshman (1949) as Composer
Widow Abby Abbott is having serious money problems and has to dip into the family trust in order to pay for her daughter Susan's college tuition. The catch: Abby must also become a co-ed or she can't touch the money. After passing her entrance exams, Abby goes to college and becomes very popular, especially with a handsome English professor whom Susan has a crush on.

Cast (special)

Take 5 (1958) as The Agent
The story of an undercover agent for the New York District Attorney's office who doubles as the editor of a music magazine. The agent attempts to find a con man who is blackmailing his latest discovery, a promising blues singer.
It's Always Sunday (1956) as Reverand Charles Parker
The story of Charles Parker, a soft-touch minister whose kind reputation constantly causes trouble. The pilot episode relates Reverend Parker's efforts to help George and Eddie, a pair of itinerants who have just arrived in town.

Sound (special)

I Want a Baby (1994) as Sound
A special focusing on recent advances in fertility science.
One Minute to Midnight: The Real Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis (1992) as Sound
A special commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Includes an interview with Fidel Castro.

Film Production - Main (special)

Intimate Portrait: Dr. Susan Love (1997) as Photography
Documentary on the life and work of Dr. Susan Love, founder of the Breast Cancer Coalition and UCLA Breast Center in Los Angeles. Includes her struggles as a breast cancer surgeon and as a lesbian parent.

Cast (short)

"Behind the Movie Lens" Subject: On Location with The Bad Man (1937)
This promotional short film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of "The Bad Man of Brimstone" (1937).
The Misses Stooge (1935)
In this comedic short, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd loose their jobs as dancers and end up as assistants for a magician.

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