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Also Known As: Died: February 27, 1962
Born: May 27, 1916 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mississippi, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Cast (feature film)

1.
South of Caliente (1951) as Willie
Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers), owner of a transportation service for moving race horses from track to track, prepares to take a number of thoroughbreds to the Pan American fair races at Monterey. Among them is "Dancing Girl", a fine mare owned by Doris Stewart (Dale Evans), who is being forced to sell the horse in order to keep her ranch. Doris and her trainer, Dave Norris (Douglas Fowley), accompany Roy and his outfit to the border at Caliente, where they are approached by Rosina (Charlita), a young gypsy fortune teller who begs Roy not to continue the trip. After crossing the border, Roy and his men are attacked by masked bandits, the horses are stolen and the stable boy (Willie Best) is murdered. Accompanied by Doris and his sidekick Pinky (Pinky Lee) and the a Mexican Commandante (Leonard Penn), Roy goes to the gypsy camp to find Rosita. She is not there but Roy spots the stolen thoroughbreds hidden among a herd of wild horses near the camp. He also finds the dead body of a horse that appears to be "Dancing Girl." The loss of the horse means ruin for Doris, who is unaware that Norris and his crooked partner, Studsy (Frank Richards), killed a mare resembling her horse and left it where Roy could find it.
3.
Smart Woman (1948) as Porter
A crusading DA falls for a defense attorney with a criminal past.
4.
Half Past Midnight (1948) as Andy
5.
Shanghai Chest (1948) as
Vic Armstrong arrives at his Uncle Judge Armstrong's home just in time to answer the telephone. Unknown to him, his uncle has just been murdered and the culprit is right there in the room with him! Phyllis Powers, on the other end of the line, recognizes Vic's voice, but just then Vic is knocked unconscious by the murderer. When he awakens, he (for reasons known only to movie mystery writers) pulls the knife out of his uncle's back, thus putting his fingerprints all over it, and just in time for the police, having been called by a worried Phyllis, to discover him standing over the body. Well, we know he didn't do it, but the police don't agree. Can Charlie Chan recognize the boy's innocence, and find the real murderer before Vic is sent into durance vile, or even worse?
6.
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947) as Porter on train
A WAC officer returns from the war to find her husband wants a divorce.
7.
The Red Stallion (1947) as Jackson
Yong Joel Curtis (Ted Donaldson) finds an orphaned colt in the woods, whom he names "Red" and raises and trains him. When he learns that his grandmother (Jane Darwell) is going to have to sell her ranch to pay off the debts, he trains Red, with the help of Andy McBride (Robert Paige), as a race horse with the intention of selling his beloved animal friend in order to pay off his grandmother's debts.
8.
No Leave, No Love (1946) as Black moving man
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
9.
Dangerous Money (1946) as Chattanooga Brown
Famed Asian detective Charlie Chan investigates a shipboard murder.
10.
The Red Dragon (1946) as Chattanooga Brown
11.
The Face of Marble (1946) as Shadrach
A mad scientist''''s attempts to revive the dead go haywire when he runs into a voodoo priestess.
12.
The Bride Wore Boots (1946) as Joe
13.
Hold That Blonde (1945) as Willie Shelley
Ogden Spencer Trulow III (Eddie Bracken) is a wealthy kleptomaniac who turned to stealing when he was spurned by a girl. His psychoanalyst advises him to find another girl for a cure. He fastens his interest upon Sally Martin (Veronica Lake), who happens to be engaged upon helping some crooks steal a valuable necklace. Complications include two scantily attired individuals, one of them drunk, clinging to the cornice of a skyscraper and a large band of crooks in quest of the precious jewels.
14.
Monster and the Ape, The (1945)
At the Bainbridge Research Foundation, Professor Franklin Arnold (Ralph Morgan), displays his creation, the Metalogen Man, a robot, to Professor Ernst (George Macready) and three other colleagues. Shortly afterwards, the three associates are killed by Thor (Ray Corrigan, in his for-rent ape suit), a huge ape trained by Ernst, and Arnold, his daughter Babs (Carole Mathews) and Ken Morgan (Robert Lowery), a representative of the company for whom the robot was made, find it has been stolen. Their 15-chapter search for Thor, the robot and Ernst leads to a series of cliff-hanging adventures as Ernst strives to gain control of the robot and the supply of metalogen needed for its production.
15.
Music for Millions (1945) as Red Cap
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
16.
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) as Porter
A female psychiatrist who's sworn off love falls for a handsome veteran.
17.
Pillow to Post (1945) as Lucille
A girl pretends to be a war bride to get a hotel room in Washington.
18.
Home in Indiana (1944) as Moe Rum
A troubled teen gets a new future when he moves to the country to raise a racehorse.
19.
The Girl Who Dared (1944) as Woodrow
20.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as George
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
21.
Cabin in the Sky (1943) as Second Idea Man
God and Satan battle for the soul of a wounded gambler.
22.
Dixie (1943) as Steward
A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most treasured composition: "Dixie." The film is based on the life of Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote the classic song "Dixie."
23.
The Kansan (1943) as Bones
A newly elected Marshall clashes with the banker who runs the town.
24.
Cinderella Swings It (1943) as Hipp
25.
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) as Soldier
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
26.
The Hidden Hand (1942) as Eustace
The body count rises during the competition for a family inheritance.
27.
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942) as Waiter
The boys are recruited by a gang of thugs to get a coffin containing one of their far from dead colleagues to Dayton to try and get at an inheritance. After the coffin gets switched with the one Dante the Magician uses in his act, his stage show gets more than usually popular.
28.
29.
Juke Girl (1942) as Jo-Mo
A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm workers'' rights.
30.
Whispering Ghosts (1942) as Euclid White [Brown]
31.
Busses Roar (1942) as Sunshine
A saboteur rigs a bomb to destroy a strategic oil field.
32.
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) as Bellboy
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
33.
Nothing But the Truth (1941) as Samuel
A businessman bets he can tell the truth for 24 hours.
34.
Highway West (1941) as Willington
A woman discovers her respectable husband is a notorious gangster.
35.
Scattergood Baines (1941) as Hipp
36.
Kisses for Breakfast (1941) as Arnold
An amnesiac groom unknowingly marries a second time.
37.
The Body Disappears (1941) as Willie
A scientist''''s invisibility formula gets him in trouble with the police.
38.
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941) as George
Fictionalized story of the 1869 adoption of women's suffrage in Wyoming Territory. In the new-founded railroad town of Laraville, Boss Jim Cork hopes to manipulate the sale of town lots to give him control, but Quaker schoolmarm Annie Morgan bags one of the key lots. Cork's lawyer Steve Lewis tries romancing Annie to get the lot back, finding her so overpoweringly liberated she leaves him dizzy. Still, Steve attains his nefarious object...almost...then has cause to deeply regret having aroused the sleeping giant of feminism!
39.
The Smiling Ghost (1941) as Clarence
A newswoman investigates a haunted house.
40.
High Sierra (1941) as Algernon
An aging ex-con sets out to pull one more big heist.
41.
Flight from Destiny (1941) as George
An elderly professor with six months to live plots a murder to reunite two young lovers.
42.
Road Show (1941) as Willie
A playboy on the run hooks up with a sideshow''''s beautiful owner.
43.
The Ghost Breakers (1940) as Alex
A radio broadcaster running from the mob helps an heiress deal with her family''''s haunted mansion.
44.
Blondie on a Budget (1940) as
Dagwood wants to join the trout club and Blondie wants a fur coat. Jealousy reigns when Dag's old girlfriend Joan shows up, but nothing else matters when a drawing at the movie theatre provides money for the coat.
45.
Money and the Woman (1940) as George
An embezzler''''s wife begs his boss for forgiveness, only to fall in love with him.
46.
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940) as Andrew
47.
I Take This Woman (1940) as Sambo
A tenement doctor's marriage to a European refugee threatens his practice.
48.
Private Detective (1939) as Valet
Rival detectives fall in love when they''''re forced to work together.
49.
Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939) as Driver
Mr. Moto is after a robber who takes the royal jewels from the Tower of London. He is aided by an archaeologist who is looking for Cleopatra's crown in Egypt.
50.
51.
At the Circus (1939) as Red Cap
The Marx Bros. team up to keep a circus from going bankrupt.
52.
Blackmail (1939) as Bunny
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
53.
Slightly Honorable (1939) as Art
A lawyer is framed for the murder of a young party girl and tries to clear his name.
54.
Miracle on Main Street (1939) as Duke
On Christmas Eve in the Spanish quarter of L.A. police try and arrest a couple running a shady floor show. Hiding in a church, the girl finds an abandoned baby and uses it as cover to escape capture. Thus she finds herself with a baby she is becoming ever more fond of, a helpful doctor himself too fond of the bottle, and a husband who has disappeared. Dare she try and change her ways and keep the child?
55.
Nancy Drew...Trouble Shooter (1939) as Apollo Johnson
A teen-aged sleuth tries to clear one of her father''''s friends of a murder charge.
56.
The Covered Trailer (1939) as Baltimore
57.
Gold Is Where You Find It (1938) as Joshua
A gold strike in California triggers a bitter feud between farmers and prospectors.
58.
Spring Madness (1938) as Porter
A Harvard man romances a coed from a nearby college.
59.
Vivacious Lady (1938) as Porter
After a whirlwind courtship, a nightclub singer has to adjust to her professor husband's conservative family.
60.
I'm from the City (1938) as Porter
Hypnosis turns a tenderfoot into an expert rider.
61.
Everybody's Doing It (1938) as Jasper
After creating a popular contest, a man goes on a drunken binge and takes the answers with him.
62.
Goodbye Broadway (1938) as "Jughead"
63.
Youth Takes a Fling (1938) as George
64.
Blondie! (1938) as Porter
65.
Breezing Home (1937) as "Speed"
66.
Meet the Missus (1937) as Mose
A woman''''s mania for entering contests leads her family on a madcap trip to Atlantic City.
67.
Super-Sleuth (1937) as Warts
A movie detective gets carried away with his role and starts trying to solve real-life crimes.
68.
Racing Lady (1937) as Brass
A millionaire hires a lady trainer for his stables.
69.
Saturday's Heroes (1937) as Sam
A college football star rebels against the exploitation of the game and its players.
70.
The Lady Fights Back (1937) as McTavish
71.
We Who Are About to Die (1937) as Porter
A San Quentin inmate''s death row conviction is reversed.
72.
You Can't Buy Luck (1937) as Porter
A racehorse owner tries to buy victory by performing good deeds, but gets mixed up in murder instead.
73.
Night Waitress (1936) as Passerby
A girl just out of prison gets mixed up in murder at the restaurant where she works.
74.
Mummy's Boys (1936) as Catfish
Two ditch-digging fools sign on to help excavate a cursed Egyptian tomb.
75.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) as
A detective teams with his ex-wife to solve a murder.
76.
The Bride Walks Out (1936) as Smokie
A model weds a struggling engineer then has her own struggles with domesticity.
77.
Muss 'Em Up (1936) as Janitor
A tough detective investigates organized crime''''s ties to the murder of a millionaire''''s dog.
78.
Two in Revolt (1936) as Eph
A dog and a horse grow up together and become inseparable.
79.
Make Way for a Lady (1936) as Townley
A widower's daughter plays matchmaker for her father.
80.
Down the Stretch (1936) as Noah
A disgraced jockey's son fights to clear the family name.
81.
Thank You, Jeeves! (1936) as Drowsy
Erudite manservant Jeeves hopes to keep his frivolous employer Bertie out of new harrowing adventures, but a damsel in distress, carrying half of some mysterious plans, intrudes on their London flat one rainy night. Bertie follows her to country hotel Mooring Manor, prepared to do slapstick battle with crooks posing as Scotland Yard men.
82.
Murder on a Bridle Path (1936) as High Pockets
Schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers matches wits with the police to solve the murder of a society bride in Central Park.
83.
Silly Billies (1936) as Willie
Traveling dentists in the old West try to save a small town from an Indian attack.
84.
General Spanky (1936) as Henry
Three youngsters get mixed up in a crucial Civil War battle.
85.
The Littlest Rebel (1935) as James Henry
A Confederate officer risks everything to go home and see his daughter.
86.
Hot Tip (1935) as Apollo
A racing fan''''s predictions go wrong and land his friends in debt.
87.
The Arizonian (1935) as Pompey
A new marshal teams with an outlaw to straighten out a crooked town.
88.
The Nitwits (1935) as Sleepy
Two cigar-stand attendants get mixed up in a murder investigation.
89.
Annie Oakley (1935) as Cook
The famed female sharpshooter learns that you can't get a man with a gun when she falls for a rival marksman.
90.
West of the Pecos (1935) as Jonah
91.
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) as Porter
A schoolteacher jumps into detective mode when a fellow airplane passenger gets sick and dies.
92.
To Beat the Band (1935) as Elevator operator
A man courts a widow in order to inherit his aunt''''s fortune.
93.
Kentucky Kernels (1934) as Buckshot
Two musicians try to get an orphaned heiress through hillbilly country to claim her inheritance.
94.
Little Miss Marker (1934) as Dizzy Memphis
A big-time gambler picks up a young girl as security on an IOU.
95.
Up Pops the Devil (1931) as Laundryman
96.
The Virtuous Husband (1931) as Loftus, the butler
97.
Feet First (1930) as Himself
A shoe salesman''''s involvement with a band of crooks leaves him dangling from the side of a tall building.

Music (feature film)

98.
Sepia Cinderella (1947) as Composer
A girl raised in a theatrical boarding house loses her man to success and a high-society temptress.

Misc. Crew (short)

99.
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
This short film presents a blooper reel containing clips of various movies from 1941.

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