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Cast (feature film)

Ringside Maisie (1941) as Dr. Taylor
A Brooklyn showgirl sets pulses racing at a boxers'' training camp.
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) as Senator
True-life story of Edna Gladney, who fought for orphans' rights in Texas.
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) as Dr. Storfen
A small-town boy tries life in the big city before going to college.
Pot O' Gold (1941) as Thompson
A young man is caught between his music-hating uncle and a pretty girl from a family of musicians.
Grand Ole Opry (1940) as Attorney general
Colorado Sunset (1939) as Mr. Hall
Gene and his buddies discover that the ranch they bought is really a dairy farm. And worse, it's subject to intimidation from a protection racket that prevents dairy products from safely reaching the market.
My Wife's Relatives (1939) as John Ellis
Come On, Rangers (1938) as [Sen.] Harvey
Disbanded Texas Rangers are gathered together to help the U.S. Cavalry put an end to marauding outlaws. Songs include "A Western Love Song," "I've Learned a Lot about Women," and "Tenting Tonight."
King of Gamblers (1937) as Strohm
Join the Marines (1937) as Colonel J. B. Denbrough
Night of Mystery (1937) as District Attorney John F. X. Markham
Under Suspicion (1937) as Rogers
When auto magnate Robert Bailey (Jack Holt) announces he is going to retire and turn his plant over to the employees he incurs the enmity of K.Y. Mitchell (Granville Bates), a large stockholder in the company; Carey MacGregor (Morgan Wallace), head of a parts manufacturing company that depends on Bailey Motors for most of its business; Logan Walters (Robert Emmett Keane), general manager of the business and his social-climbing wife Laura (Margaret Irving); and Mary Brookhart (Katherine DeMille), a predatory widow who is also a large stockholder and in love with Bailey. Bailey announces he is flying to his mountain retreat for a vacation and to complete the transfer of his interests to the employees. On the way to the airport, Bailey's car is side-swiped and his private plane cracks up before leaving the ground. Bailey is injured and his taken home, and narrowly escapes death when a bullet is fired through his bedroom window, He hires noted detective Frank Rogers (Purnell Pratt) to investigate. Mitchell, MacGregor, Walters, Mary and Bailey's ne'er-do-well nephew, Ralph (Maurice Murphy) are all suspected by the detective. In a scheme to make the guilty party show his hand, Bailey, his attorney Nelson Dudley (Craig Reynolds) and Rogers decide to invite the suspects to a week-end party at Bailey's lodge. The nephew brings an uninvited guest, Doris (Rosalind Keith). A dummy decoy is placed in Bailey's bed and another detective placed on watch. The next morning, the operative is found dead from a bullet fired through the window. On Dudley's advice, Bailey and Rogers agree to keep the killing secret. Another detective, accompanied by Dudley, takes the body to town, and later this detective is found dead. MacGregor returns from a hunting trip and tells Bailey and Rogers he knows the name of the guilty party but, just as he about to reveal the name, he is shot from outside. Though MacGregor is not killed, Rogers announces that he is dead. Rogers calls a midnight meeting of all the guests and Bailey, noting that Dudley is missing, starts a search of the house. He is attacked in the cellar, but subdues his assailant.
The Plainsman (1937) as Captain Wood
Calamity Jane gets mixed up in an Indian War and the friendly rivalry between Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill.
Murder Goes to College (1937) as President [Arthur L.] McShean
Forlorn River (1937) as David Ward
High, Wide and Handsome (1937) as Col. Blake
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly.
Hollywood Boulevard (1936) as Mr. Steinman
Let's Make a Million (1936) as Herbert Gilbert
Magnificent Obsession (1936) as Hastings
A playboy tries to redeem himself after his careless behavior causes a great man's death.
The Return of Sophie Lang (1936) as Mr. Chadwick
Lady Be Careful (1936) as Father
Wedding Present (1936) as Howard Van Dorn
Murder with Pictures (1936) as Editor
Dancing Feet (1936) as Silas P. Jones
Straight from the Shoulder (1936) as James McBride
Wives Never Know (1936) as Higgins
Diamond Jim (1935) as Doctor
Behind the Green Lights (1935) as Jim Kennedy
Derived loosely from the popular-in-its-day autobiography of NY Police captain Cornelius W. "The Gang Buster" Willemse. Mary Kennedy, the daughter of police lieutenant Jim Kennedy, works for an unethical criminal attorney and is corrupted by the association. But she sees the light when she twists the law to obtain the acquittal of a client and the man later shoots her father. Mary then enlists the aid of Detective Dave Britten in hopes of bringing down the crooks for whom she works.
Rendezvous at Midnight (1935) as The mayor
Ladies Crave Excitement (1935) as Amos Starke
An ace newsreel reporter falls unwittingly for the daughter of a rival newsreel owner. Together they try to outwit a gang scheming to fix horse races.
Frisco Waterfront (1935) as Dr. Stevens
$1,000 a Minute (1935) as Charlie
Waterfront Lady (1935) as District Attorney
When a young man is befriended by a gambling ship operator and made a partner in the business, he becomes involved in a police manhunt after he covers up a murder committed by his new partner.
Death Flies East (1935) as Dr. Landers
Red Salute (1935) as General Van Allen
It's in the Air (1935) as Horace McNab
The Casino Murder Case (1935) as [District Attorney John] Markham
Society sleuth Philo Vance takes on a series of murders at an aging dowager's mansion.
The Winning Ticket (1935) as Mr. Powers
A barber tries to find the winning lottery ticket he hid from his moralistic wife.
Black Fury (1935) as Henry B. Jenkins
A coal worker gets mixed up in the mob''s efforts to infiltrate his union.
Lazy River (1934) as Lawyer
Ex-convicts try to stop a Chinese smuggling ring.
The Band Plays On (1934) as Judge
Four street kids mend their ways when they take up football.
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) as Dignitary
A brilliant but impoverished writer, who is a pacifist, goes to work for a publisher and writes anti-war editorials. When he discovers that the publisher has betrayed him and is in league with munitions manufacturers to make money off of war, he goes insane.
Crimson Romance (1934) as Franklyn Pierce
After Fred von Bergen, a German immigrant in America, is forced from his job by anti-German hysteria before the first world war, he and his friend Bob Wilson leave America and join the German air force. There, both men fall in love with ambulance driver Alida Hoffman. When America enters the war, Bob is caught between loyalty to his home country and the threat of execution for desertion and treason to Germany. It remains for his friend Fred to extricate him from the dilemma - but at what cost?
The Hell Cat (1934) as Butler
Name the Woman (1934) as Forbes
A Wicked Woman (1934) as Prosecuting attorney
A woman kills her drunken husband to defend her children.
Men in White (1934) as Mr. Spencer
A young doctor has to choose between his studies and his marriage to a society girl.
The Show-Off (1934) as Man at theater
A man''''s loud-mouthed bumbling almost ruins his new wife''''s family.
The Witching Hour (1934) as District Attorney
Midnight Alibi (1934) as Wilson
An elderly recluse shelters a gambler on the run from bogus murder charges.
The Secret Bride (1934) as District Attorney
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
The Chief (1933) as [Al] Morgan
A fireman's son goes into politics.
Pick-Up (1933) as Prosecuting attorney
Midshipman Jack (1933) as Captain Rogers
A naval academy cadet fights against the chain of command.
Love, Honor and Oh, Baby! (1933) as Marshal Durant
I Cover the Waterfront (1933) as John Phelps
Reporter Joe Miller is sure that fisherman Eli Kirk smuggles illegal Chinese immigrants into the country, but can't obtain enough evidence to satisfy his editor. Chance plays into his hands in the lovely form of Kirk's daughter, Julie, whom he catches swimming in the nude and pumps for information. But she's fiercely loyal to her dad, and may be too attractive for Joe's own good. Racy pre-Code sexual situations.
A Shriek in the Night (1933) as Inspector Russell
Ginger Rogers and Lyle Talbot are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building.
The Billion Dollar Scandal (1933) as Chairman
Headline Shooter (1933) as Eddie Edmunds
A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.
Rasputin and the Empress (1933) as
True story of the mad monk who plotted to rule Russia.
The Women in His Life (1933) as Governor
When his ex-wife is murdered, a hard-living lawyer defends the chief suspect.
Son of a Sailor (1933) as Captain Briggs
A lovesick fool bumbles into espionage and finds a stolen plane.
Mystery Squadron, The (1933)
Hank Davis, foreman on a huge dam project, enlists the aid of his two flyer friends when a sinister figure known as The Black Ace leads his Mystery Squadron of masked pilots in an attempt to destroy the dam.
Grand Hotel (1932) as Zinnowitz
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through scandal and heartache.
Scarface (1932) as Publisher
A murderous thug shoots his way to the top of the mobs while trying to protect his sister from the criminal life.
The Unwritten Law (1932) as Stephen McBain
Emma (1932) as Haskins
A housekeeper faces unexpected snobbery when she marries her boss.
Hat Check Girl (1932) as Mr. Collins
Sally Eilers is a hat-check girl in a nighclub surrounded by bootleggers, blackmailers and others before she falls in love with millionaire playboy Ben Lyon. Eilers is supported by her girlfriend Ginger Rogers.
False Faces (1932) as Jefferson Howe
Skyscraper Souls (1932) as Brewster
A ruthless financier will stop at nothing to control a 100-story office building.
Red Haired Alibi (1932) as Regan
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932) as George M. Ferguson
Two reporters interested in different stories write about a murder.
The Roadhouse Murder (1932) as Inspector William Agnew
Reporter has bright idea of claiming to be a murderer and writing his own expose.
The Public Enemy (1931) as Officer Powers, Tom's father
An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.
Ladies of the Big House (1931) as John Hartman
On their Wedding day, Kathleen and Standish McNeil are followed home by Kid Athens, (a wanted murderer), and Policeman Martin French (sent to get Kathleen as a witness). Athens shoots French and tosses a gun, engraved with "with love" next to French's body. This sets up Kathleen (once a moll for Athen's) and Standish as the murderers. Eager Assistant Attorney John Hartman, who works for Athens, manipulates the jury to a guilty verdict. Standish (Mac) is sent to death row and Kathleen to a violent Woman's Prison. She's befriended by Ivory and Maria, but is viciously treated by inmate, Susie Thompson, a former moll of Athens before Kathleen. Kathleen discovers that her appeal has been denied and decides to escape with pregnant inmate, Maria. Kathleen is allowed a visit with Mac (Standish) and tells him of her plan to escape and tell the world of their innocence. Maria is shot while trying to cut the fence. Kathleen's getaway boat is smashed and she's recaptured...
The Secret Witness (1931) as Police Captain McGowan
A wealthy, cheating husband is found murdered in his penthouse apartment. The police soon arrest a suspect, but the victim's downstairs neighbor believes the man is innocent and sets out to prove who really committed the murder.
Bachelor Apartment (1931) as Henry Carraway
An honest working girl falls for a skirt-chasing playboy.
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) as Parker
A brother and sister risk their lives to expose the gangsters who ruined their family.
The Spider (1931) as Inspector Riley
The Prodigal (1931) as Rodman [Farraday]
A wealthy southern boy takes to the road as a hobo.
Five Star Final (1931) as [Robert] French
An unscrupulous newspaper editor searches for headlines at any cost.
The Gay Diplomat (1931) as Colonel George Gorin
Traveling Husbands (1931) as J. C. Wilson
A wild party puts two married salesmen in trouble with their wives and the law.
Up for Murder (1931) as [William] Winter, the publisher
Public Defender (1931) as John Kirk
A bank failure could land one of its executives in jail.
Road to Paradise (1930) as Updike
A delinquent girl helps a criminal gang rob her look-alike.
The Gorilla (1930) as The stranger
Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) as George Barnes
Crooner Harry Raymond and best friend James Tierney are working for a musical promoter when they meet Dolores Fenton who is trying to make ends meet by selling one of her songs. Raymond collaborates with Miss Fenton on her music but gets fired overzealoulsy selling it to his boss. Raymond and Tierney, along with their girlfriends, work in vaudeville until they are separated by a Broadway offer for Raymond and girlfriend Dolores. Success comes to the crooning Raymond in New York. He starts hobnobbing with high society, drinking heavily, and forgetting his old friends. It's a formula for a big fall.
The Silver Horde (1930) as Wayne Wayland
An Alaskan fisherman is dogged by a ruthless competitor and an ambitious dance hall girl.
The Furies (1930) as District Attorney
Lawful Larceny (1930) as Judge Perry
A wife seeks revenge against the owner of a gambling operation.
Paid (1930) as Edward Gilder
A young innocent plots revenge after being sent to prison unjustly.
Common Clay (1930) as Richard Fullerton
Young Ellen Neal gets work as a servant with the wealthy Fullerton family. She falls in love with the Fullerton's handsome young son. But he leaves her with child, and when she attempts to gain recognition for her child, the Fullerton family treats her as a blackmailer. But a surprise awaits them all.
Sinner's Holiday (1930) as Sykes
A jealous young man frames his sister''''s boyfriend.
Is Everybody Happy? (1929) as Stage manager
Fast Life (1929) as Berton Hall
Painted Faces (1929) as
The Locked Door (1929) as Police officer
A woman once kidnapped by a wealthy womanizer tries to save her sister from him.
Alibi (1929) as Pete Manning, police sergeant
A mobster kills a police offer and uses the victim''''s daughter as his alibi.
On With the Show (1929) as Sam Bloom
An inexperienced newcomer steps in for a musical comedy's ailing star.
The Trespasser (1929) as Hector Ferguson
A stenographer gives birth to a child after her marriage to a wealthy man is annulled.
Thru Different Eyes (1929) as Marston
Midnight Lovers (1926) as Wibley
The Lady Who Lied (1925) as Ahmed
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1917) as John Bland
A writer bets a friend that he can write a 10,000-word novel in 24 hours. The friends takes the bet, and gives him the keys to his Baldpate Inn, which has been closed for the winter, so he can write in complete seclusion. Things start heating up, though, when a succession of people who also have keys to the inn begin showing up.
The Great Diamond Robbery (1914) as Maria's brother

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