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William Pawley

William Pawley



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Cast (feature film)

Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944) as Briggs, prison guard
Time to Kill (1943) as Hench
The Great American Broadcast (1941) as Foreman
After WWI two men go into radio. Failure leads the wife of one to borrow money from another; she goes on, after separation, to stardom. A coast-to-coast radio program is set up to bring everyone back together.
Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941) as Killer
A softhearted gangster tries to go straight.
Queen of the Mob (1940) as Man with pan
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Bill
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
The Return of Frank James (1940) as Actor
The legendary outlaw''''s brother eludes the law to avenge Jesse James''''s murder.
East of the River (1940) as Dave Carter
A young gangster and his honest brother fall for the same woman.
Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1 (1940) as Legionnaire
When a waiter (Murphy) gives a society girl (Joyce) a public spanking for attending a Communist rally, her soup-tycoon uncle (Ruggles) makes the waiter a vice-president of his company.
Johnny Apollo (1940) as Paul
A Wall Street broker is jailed for embezzling. His college graduate son then turns to crime to raise money for his father's release.
Gambling on the High Seas (1940) as Frank
A reporter tries to nail a gambling-ship owner for murder.
The Great Profile (1940) as Electrician
Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady (Hughes) returns to save it. Meanwhile a young girl (Baxter) tries to reform him.
Yukon Flight (1940) as Yuke
When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane. Renfrew sets a trap and Yuke and Raymond try to escape in their plane.
Sky Bandits (1940) as Morgan
Sgt. Renfrew and Constable Kelly go aloft to search for a plane missing with a shipment of gold from the Yukon Mine Company. Inventor Speavy has devised a power ray which disrupts electrical impulses, and Morgan and his gang of crooks has brought in Prof. Lewis to increase the ray's range, telling him he's helping the government develop this new weapon. Speavy spills the beans to Prof. Lewis and his daughter Madeleine,and Morgan threatens to implicate them in his crimes unless they cooperate. Morgan kills Speavy when he tries to warn Renfrew, but when Madeleine stows away on board the doomed plane Renfrew is piloting, will the crooks be able to make Prof. Lewis use the power ray to bring the plane down?
West of Abilene (1940) as Chris Matson
Double Alibi (1940) as Dan Kraley
Chicken Wagon Family (1939) as Ensor
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).
Boy Slaves (1939) as Brakeman
A young runaway ends up in a juvenile labor camp.
Disputed Passage (1939) as Mr. Merkle
Grand Jury Secrets (1939) as Guard
Panama Lady (1939) as Bartender
An oil man forces a cabaret singer to work for him after she tries to rob him.
Mercy Plane (1939) as Big Jim Gordon
Cafe Hostess (1939) as Red Connolly
Jo (Ann Dvorak), a "percentage girl" at the notorious Club 46, is in despair. She can see no way out of the dreary and sordid routine of entertaining customers - called drinking and dancing in 1940 - and, at a signal from piano player Eddie Morgan (Douglas Fowley), rolling them for their money. Eddie, besides being brutal to her and spending all her money, is also carrying on an affair with another girl. Jo's only friend is Annie (Wynne Gibson), a former actress but now a drink-sodden derelict. Annie keeps to herself the knowledge that it was Eddie who threw the knife that killed a petty racketeer who was too attentive to Jo. Sailor Dan Walters (Preston Foster) and two of his pals arrive from a cruise and his good nature delights Joe, but at a wink from Eddie, Jo attempts to steal his money. Dan swallows his disillusionment and returns to the cafe, and he and Jo enjoy a day-long picnic together. She accepts his marriage proposal and go to an up-state town where he has a job waiting. Eddie does not accept this turn events any too well, and sets a trap for Dan when he comes after Jo. When he arrives, in an attempt to save his life, Jo denounces and ridicules him and he leaves angrily. He is net by Annie, who tells him of the set-up. Gathering his pals, Dan returns to the cafe and starts a brawl.
Rough Riders Round-Up (1939) as Arizona Jack
A suspended Texas ranger sets out to catch the outlaws who killed his partner.
Frontier Marshal (1939) as Cowardly man
Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone).
Union Pacific (1939) as Dinty
A crooked politician tries to stop construction of the first intercontinental railroad.
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as Cab driver
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
Crime Takes a Holiday (1938) as Spike
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) as Bugs
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.
Valley of the Giants (1938) as
A lumberman takes on pirates out to plunder the forest.
Prairie Moon (1938) as Jim "Legs" Barton
White Banners (1938) as Joe Ellis
A mysterious woman tries to help her son''''s foster family without revealing her true identity.
Born Reckless (1937) as Mac
San Quentin (1937) as Convict
A convict's sister falls for the captain of the prison guards.
That I May Live (1937) as Tom
When You're in Love (1937) as Bruiser
An Australian opera singer hires a husband so she can work in the U.S.
You Only Live Once (1937) as Williams
When he''''s framed for murder, an escaped convict returns to crime to protect his wife and child.
Bullets or Ballots (1936) as Crail
A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring.
The Big Noise (1936) as Dutch Schmidt
A meek businessman turns hero when he refuses to pay the mob for protection.
Public Enemy's Wife (1936) as Mike Corelli
An escaped convict's bride joins forces with the FBI.
Women Are Trouble (1936) as Mechanic
A small-town news hen goes after a big-city job by investigating a vicious protection racket.
Fatal Lady (1936) as Detective
Boulder Dam (1936) as Wilson
Man mistaken for a murderer hides out while working on construction project.
Whipsaw (1935) as Patrolman
A G-man woos the sole female member of a criminal gang.
Stolen Harmony (1935) as Turk Connors
Band leader Jack Conrad is impressed by prison inmate Ray Ferrera on saxophone. Conrad hires Ray to join his band and tour upon his release. Ray hooks up with Jean, a dancer in the show, and the two become a successful dance act. However, when an ex-inmate buddy of Ray's robs the tour bus, Ray is suspected of wrongdoing by Jack and the others in the group. After a gang of thugs hijacks the tour bus, Ray tries to use his street smarts to redeem his reputation.
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as Mike
The Daring Young Man (1935) as Muggs
The Affair of Susan (1935) as The policeman
Remember Last Night? (1935) as Motor cop
Long Island socialites set out to solve a murder committed during a wild house party they threw.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) as John Wakefield
Two musicians try to get an orphaned heiress through hillbilly country to claim her inheritance.
Robbers' Roost (1933) as Hank Hays
Gabriel over the White House (1933) as Borell
A crooked president reforms mysteriously.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) as Dogsy
A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he's sentenced to hard labor.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) as Al
An ambitious secretary tries to sleep her way into high society.
Careless Lady (1932) as Cop
The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932) as Joseph Gilk
Letty Lynton (1932) as Hennessey
Wealthy socialite Letty Lynton is returning to New York, abandoning one-tine lover Emile Renaul in South America, when she strikes up a shipboard romance with Jerry Darrow. Renault is waiting for her in New York and will not leave her alone, so she poisons him. When detectives take her to the D.A.s office, Jerry cooks up an alibi.
Cheaters at Play (1932) as Wally
After Tomorrow (1932) as Mal Jarvis
Speak Easily (1932) as Griffo
A professor gets mixed up with chorus girls in a Broadway musical.
Amateur Daddy (1932) as Fred Smith, No. 2
Young America (1932) as Bandit
Already in trouble with the law, Arthur and his friend Nutty break into a drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. The druggist's wife, Mrs. Doray, asks for custody. When he hears them arguing over him, Arthur runs away. When he returns Mr. Doray is being held up by bandits at the drugstore.
Disorderly Conduct (1932) as Police officer
When motorcycle cop Dick Fay gives a ticket to Phyllis Crawford, her father's graft-fed influence leads to his demotion to foot patrolman. When Fay leads a raid on a gangster's place he discovers Phyllis there, helps her escape, then blackmails her father.
Central Park (1932) as Burney
Small-town kids out to make it in the big city inadvertently get mixed up with gangsters.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) as Al
An ambitious secretary tries to sleep her way into high society.
Bad Girl (1931) as Jim Haley
Surrender (1931) as Gourrut
Over the Hill (1931) as Ben Adams, her husband
The Spider (1931) as Butch
Wicked (1931) as Policeman

Cast (short)

The Public Pays (1936)
In this short film, a protection racket preying on milk distribution is broken up.

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