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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
42nd Street (1933) as Jerry
The definitive backstage musical, complete with the dazzling newcomer who goes on for the injured star.
2.
June Moon (1931) as Maxie Schwartz

Writer (feature film)

3.
Shooting High (1940) as Contract Writer
Jane Pritchard (Jane Withers) sides with the Carsons in a generations-old feud which her family wages with the descendents of Wild Bill Carson, first United States Marshal of Carson Corners. Will Carson (Gene Autry) insists that a Pritchard killed his grandfather when the Marshal came into town on a marauding expedition led by The Hawk. Will maintains his grandfather had joined the gang to trap the leaders and a trigger-happy Pritchard had kept him from doing so. A crew from Signet Pictures comes to town to film the story of Wild Bill's life. Will is in love with Jane's sister, Marjorie (Marjorie Weaver)but her banker-father opposes the match. Will and Marjorie argue, and she becomes infatuated with Bob Merritt (Robert Lowery), who is to co-star in the film with Evelyn Trent (Kay Aldridge, billed as usual at TCF as Katharine Aldridge.) Jane and Sheriff Clem Perkle (Hobart Cavanaugh) get rid of Merritt by telling him the townspeople are going to ride him out of town on a rail. Movie director J. Wallace Rutledge (Hamilton McFadden)agrees to let Will play the role of his grandfather. On the day a bank robbery scene is to be filmed at Pritchard's bank, four supposed actors who have joined the troupe turn out to be bank robbers for real. The townspeople, seeing Will chasing after the robbers, assume he was part of the gang and has reverted to what they consider the character trait of the Carson family.

Music (feature film)

4.
Public Enemies (2009)
No one could stop John Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone-from his girlfriend Billie Frechette to an American public who had no sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into the Depression. But while the adventures of Dillinger's gang-later including Baby Face Nelson and Alvin Karpis-thrilled many, J. Edgar Hoover made Dillinger America's first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Melvin Purvis, the dashing "Clark Gable of the FBI.'' However, Dillinger and his gang outwitted and outgunned Purvis' men in wild chases and shootouts. Only after importing a crew of Western ex-lawmen (newly baptized as agents) and orchestrating epic betrayals-from the infamous "Lady in Red'' to the Chicago crime boss Frank Nitti-were Purvis, the FBI and their new crew of gunfighters able to close in on Dillinger.
5.
Son of the Mask (2005) as Song ("Baby Face")
Just as aspiring cartoonist Tim Avery gets over his fear of parenthood with the birth of his new son Alvey, he quickly finds himself in over his head as his new baby is born with the magical Mask's spectacular powers. Further complicating matters is the family's jealous dog, who turns the household upside down and sparks a comical kid-versus-canine battle for control of the Mask. But unbeknownst to them all, the mischievous Norse god Loki has come looking for his Mask, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it back.
6.
Big Fish (2003) as Song ("Dinah")
A son comes to understand his dead father, by reconstructing the man's life though a collection of stories.
7.
U.S. Marshals (1998) as Song ("Am I Blue?")
U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard and his street-smart deputies pursue Sheridan, a new fugitive who is accused of two New York assassinations. Aiding Gerard is a cocky young government operative who proves to be a match for Gerard's tactical and intellectual strengths.
8.
Slaves of New York (1989) as Song ("Am I Blue")
A trendy hat designer and her chic graffiti artist boyfriend live and love in Manhattan's East Village.
9.
The Last Emperor (1987) as Song ("Am I Blue")
China's final emperor, Pu Yi, becomes a pawn of imperial forces, the invading Japanese and the Communist government.
10.
The Color of Money (1986) as Song ("Anema E Cora")
An experienced pool shark coaches a young hothead on his way to the top.
11.
Cotton Club, The (1984) as Song ("Dinah" "Am I Blue")
Multiple tales of the loves and lives of musicians, tap dancers, singers, gangsters and their molls at Harlem's legendary jazz joint, "The Cotton Club."
12.
Phar Lap (1983) as Song ("Baby Face")
13.
Lady in Red, The (1979) as Song ("Baby Face")
The story of gangster John Dillinger's mistress.
14.
Stop, You're Killing Me (1953) as Composer
The surprise appearance of four corpses interferes with a beer baron's plans to crash high society.
15.
She's Working Her Way Through College (1952) as Composer
A professor helps a burlesque queen get a college education.
16.
Intrigue (1947) as Composer
17.
This Time for Keeps (1947) as Composer
A famous singer's son falls for a swimming star.
18.
To Have and Have Not (1944) as Composer
A skipper-for-hire's romance with a beautiful drifter is complicated by his growing involvement with the French resistance.
19.
Stars on Parade (1944) as Composer
20.
Show Business (1944) as Composer
Four vaudevillians struggle to make it to the big time.
21.
Rosie, the Riveter (1944) as Composer
22.
Is Everybody Happy? (1943) as Composer
23.
Lady of Burlesque (1943) as Composer
A star dancer and comedian team to investigate murders.
24.
Harvest Melody (1943) as Composer
25.
Chatterbox (1943) as Composer
26.
Casablanca (1942) as Composer
An American saloon owner in North Africa is drawn into World War II when his lost love turns up.
27.
Broadway (1942) as Composer
28.
Her First Beau (1941) as Composer
29.
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) as Composer
A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle.
30.
Boy Friend (1939) as Composer
A cop pretends to be a crook in order to catch a gang of outlaws. The bad guys run a night club as a front. The cop's sister helps him by singing there; otherwise, she's busy making love to a military cadet.
31.
Chicken Wagon Family (1939) as Composer
An traveling merchant (Carrillo) takes his family to New York where he explores his weakness for poker as he looks for work aided by his daughter (Withers).
32.
Walking Down Broadway (1938) as Composer
33.
Battle of Broadway (1938) as Composer
34.
International Settlement (1938) as Composer
35.
Up the River (1938) as Composer
Card sharps Chipper Morgan (Preston Foster) and Darby Randall (Arthur Treacher) pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis (Alan Dinehart), on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson (Slim Summerville) is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant (Tony Martin) and his sweetheart, Helen (Phyllis Brooks), who were innocently caught up in a phoney pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell (Sidney Toler) and Ray Douglas (Robert Allen), and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more to serve, and put an end to their scheme. He plans his break for the night of the prison's "varsity show" and tells Chipper and Darby, who promise to help him. But the pair tie up Tommy and make the break themselves, dressed as women. They go to Springfield, save the victim's money, get a confession from Mitchell and Douglas clearing Tommy and Helen, turn them over to the sheriff...and race back to Rockwell to find their team behind 14-9 late in the game. Can they lead old Rockwell to a comeback victory?
36.
Rascals (1938) as Composer
A Gypsy band takes lots of stuff but always in a good cause. Led by Jane Withers, they pick up a socialite (Hundson) who has amnesia. She works as a fortune teller and raises enough money for an operation to regain her memory.
37.
Think Fast, Mr. Moto (1937) as Composer
Mr Moto encounters mysterious goings-on on a ship bound for Shanghai. He recognises his steward as the murderer of a man in San Francisco, and catches him trying to steal an important letter from the stateroom of another passenger, Robert Hitchings. Hitchings, son of the owner of the shipping line, falls in love with Gloria, who refuses to tell him anything about her life and disappears when they arrive in Shanghai. In Shanghai, Mr Moto uncovers the secret which links the murder in San Francisco, the mysterious letter, and Gloria.
38.
Round-Up Time in Texas (1937) as Composer
39.
The Holy Terror (1937) as Composer
40.
She Had to Eat (1937) as Composer
41.
Fight for Your Lady (1937) as Composer
A wrestling promoter helps an opera singer with his love life.
42.
Can This Be Dixie? (1937) as Composer
43.
Sing and Be Happy (1937) as Composer
44.
Crack-Up (1937) as Composer
45.
Wild and Woolly (1937) as Composer
46.
Big Town Girl (1937) as Composer
47.
Woman-Wise (1937) as Composer
Tracey Browne (Michael Whalen), sports editor of the "Globe", leanrs that fight promoter Richards (Alan Dinehart) and Stevens (Douglas Fowley), sports editor of the "Dispatch", are conducting a boxing racket that victimizes down-and-out, has-been fighters, and he denounces them in his column. He gives Alice Fuller (Richelle Hudson),daughter of one of the fighters (Pat Flaherty) whom he aids , the job of following young Clint De Witt (John Beck), son of the "Globe's" owner, to see that he sticks to his job. Browne, who has fallen in love with Alice, thinks it is Clint she loves. In their effort to get Browne for his meddling, Richards and Stevens strike at him through Clint.
48.
Star for a Night (1936) as Composer
49.
The Music Goes 'Round (1936) as Composer
50.
Paddy O'Day (1936) as Composer
An immigrant learns to survive as an entertainer after arriving to America an orphan.
51.
Rose-Marie (1936) as Composer
An opera singer goes undercover in the Canadian wilderness to hunt for her criminal brother.
52.
Under the Pampas Moon (1935) as Composer
53.
Bright Lights (1935) as Composer
Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.
54.
After the Dance (1935) as Composer
An escaped convict tries to keep ahead of the law while starring in a dancing act.
55.
The Loudspeaker (1934) as Composer
56.
The Cat's-Paw (1934) as Composer
Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade.
57.
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934) as Composer
President Franklin Roosevelt appoints a theatrical producer as the new Secretary of Amusement in order to cheer up an American public still suffering through the Depression. The new secretary soon runs afoul of political lobbyists out to destroy his department.
58.
Change of Heart (1934) as Composer
Janet Gaynor and James Dunn and their close friends Charles Farrell and Ginger Rogers graduate from a West Coast college and fly to New York City to find work.
59.
Now I'll Tell (1934) as Composer
Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his wife's jewels and takes out an insurance policy on himself.
60.
The Loudspeaker (1934) as Music Score
61.
Pursued (1934) as Composer
62.
Glamour (1934) as Composer
Ambitious chorus girl Linda Fayne (Constance Cummings)achieves a friendship with successful composer Victor Banki (Paul Lukas), who writes a song for her and gets her in an Ibsen (Joseph Cawthorn) show where she is a hit. Fame, romance and marriage to Victor, and a baby follows. Linda is attracted to Lorenzo Valenti (Philip Reed as Phillip Reed), whom she discovered in a Bohemian cafe and persuades Ibsen to give him a job in her show. She and Valenti have an affair and Victor consents to a divorce. The locale shifts to London where Valenti's success and life style parallels Linda's rise to fame. Disillusioned, she returns to New York where tragedy awaits. The child dies and Victor has lost his ability, but Linda spurns Valenti's cable asking her to return to him, and she and Victor chart a new course in life.
63.
Glamour (1934) as Music Score
Ambitious chorus girl Linda Fayne (Constance Cummings)achieves a friendship with successful composer Victor Banki (Paul Lukas), who writes a song for her and gets her in an Ibsen (Joseph Cawthorn) show where she is a hit. Fame, romance and marriage to Victor, and a baby follows. Linda is attracted to Lorenzo Valenti (Philip Reed as Phillip Reed), whom she discovered in a Bohemian cafe and persuades Ibsen to give him a job in her show. She and Valenti have an affair and Victor consents to a divorce. The locale shifts to London where Valenti's success and life style parallels Linda's rise to fame. Disillusioned, she returns to New York where tragedy awaits. The child dies and Victor has lost his ability, but Linda spurns Valenti's cable asking her to return to him, and she and Victor chart a new course in life.
64.
Diplomaniacs (1933) as Composer
An Indian tribe sends two nitwits to a conference in Geneva.
65.
Broadway Bad (1933) as Composer
66.
I Loved You Wednesday (1933) as Composer
67.
Baby Face (1933) as Composer
A beautiful schemer sleeps her way to the top of a banking empire.
68.
La melodía prohibida (1933) as Composer
69.
Professional Sweetheart (1933) as Composer
A radio star''s pure image leads to a fake engagement to a hayseed.
70.
Rain (1932) as Composer
A missionary tries to reform a streetwalker trapped on a Pacific island.
71.
Rockabye (1932) as Composer
A Broadway star tries to hold onto an adopted child and a younger man.
72.
Palmy Days (1931) as Composer
Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and placed in charge. Complications ensue when the psychic and his gang attempt to rub the payroll.
73.
Peach-O-Reno (1931) as Composer
Two divorce lawyers run a gambling joint by night.
74.
Dancing Sweeties (1930) as Composer
A hot-shot dancer marries in haste and repents in waltz time.
75.
Song of the Flame (1930) as Composer
This was a screen version of the 1925 operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach,Herbert Stohart, and George Gershwin. The story of the movie is about a peasant ( Bernice Claire ) who is known as "The Flame" who leads a revolution in Russia. This peasant who is in love with a Russian prince (Alexander Gray) saves his life by agreeing to sacrifice her virginity to an evil fellow-conspirtator (Noah Beery).This was an all Technicolor musical which was had a sequence in Vitascope (a Warner Brother's wide screen process)
76.
Song of the West (1930) as Composer
77.
No, No, Nanette (1930) as Composer
78.
Leathernecking (1930) as Composer
79.
So Long Letty (1929) as Composer
An eccentric wife lets a more conventional type take her place to meet the in-laws.
80.
The Squall (1929) as Composer
A gypsy beauty sets the men of a farming family to fighting over her favors.
81.
On With the Show (1929) as Composer
An inexperienced newcomer steps in for a musical comedy's ailing star.
82.
The Sacred Flame (1929) as Composer
83.
The Mississippi Gambler (1929) as Composer
84.
She Goes to War (1929) as Composer
85.
Broadway Babies (1929) as Composer
A chorus girl can't choose between a party animal and her stage manager.
86.
This Is Heaven (1929) as Composer
87.
Is Everybody Happy? (1929) as Composer
88.
Saturday's Children (1929) as Composer
89.
Bulldog Drummond (1929) as Composer
Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond is a British WWI veteran who longs for some excitement after he returns to the humdrum existence of civilian life. He gets what he's looking for when a girl requests his help in freeing her uncle from a nursing home. She believes the home is just a front and that her uncle is really being held captive while the culprits try to extort his fortune from him.

Music (special)

90.
Robert Zemeckis on Smoking, Drinking and Drugging in the 20th Century: In Pursuit of Happiness (1999) as Song ("Dinah")
A feature-length documentary on smoking, drinking and drugging in the 20th century. Through interviews with historians and professionals in the drug treatment field interspersed with film clips, filmmaker Robert Zemeckis delves into the history of America's relationship with mind-altering substances

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