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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Three Little Words (1950) Himself
2.
 Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946) Lucky Ryan
3.
 Swing Parade of 1946 (1946) Danny [Warren]
4.
 Sunbonnet Sue (1945) Danny Dooley
5.
 Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943) Mr. Clark, a composer
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 She Married a Cop (1939) Jimmy Duffy
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 Flight at Midnight (1939) Spinner Magee
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 Outside of Paradise (1938) Daniel "Danny" Francis O'Toole
10.
 Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) Jerry Hart
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Regan (1906-1996) had an interesting life, perhaps worthy of a Hollywood biopic. He was born and raised in New York City and became a NYC policeman, a not unusual occupation for the New York Irishmen of his time. But his singing and piano playing was heard to admirable effect at a vaudeville party and he was encouraged to try his hand in the showbiz world himself. Irish-American-themed entertainment was popular in this era (mid-1930s) and Regan had a naturally pleasant Irish tenor voice and good looks, so it wasn't long before Hollywood came calling. He had a reasonably successful career but musical tastes were changing by the late forties and he faded into memory by the mid 1950s. In 1972 Regan was involved in a nefarious land-use deal which included the attempted bribery of a Santa Barbara supervisor. Regan was convicted of the bribery charge and spent a year in prison. But he remained married to his wife for 70 years and produced a load of kids and grandchildren, so I choose to remember him for his pleasant singing, his wholesome family life, and his connection to the old Hollywood Irish of the 1930s.

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