skip navigation
John Shay

John Shay


TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs



Find what your looking for faster use the search field below to shop for titles.


OR ... Click here to VOTE > for this person to be released on Home Video

Also Known As: Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) as
A crazed, aging star torments her sister in a decaying Hollywood mansion.
The Last Sunset (1961) as Bowman
A sheriff finds the outlaw he''''s hunting leading a cattle drive and decides to help him before arresting him.
Roadracers (1959) as Harry [Wilson]
The Cry Baby Killer (1958) as Gannon
17-year-old Jimmy Walker (Jack Nicholson, in his screen debut) is brutally beaten by Manny Cole (Brett Halsey) and two of his teen-age punk friends, Joey (Ralph Reed) and Al (James Fillmore), because Manny wants to move in on Jimmy's girl, Carole Fields (Carolyn Mitchell). Later, Jimmy shows up at the hangout of the teenage crowd to take Carole away, and challenges Manny to a fight. Manny's two buddies move in with brass knuckles, and one of them pulls a pistol, which falls to the ground in the scuffle. Jimmy picks it up and shoots Manny and Al. A police officer orders Jimmy to surrender, but he panics, thinking he killed the pair, and dives into a small storeroom, and holds Sam (Smoki Whitfield as Jordan "Smoki" Whitfield) and Mrs. Maxton (Barbara Knudston) and her small infant baby hostages. Police Lieutenant Porter (Myron Healey) and others plead with Jimmy to surrender and release the hostages, but the terrified Jimmy threatens Sam and Mrs. Maxton with death if they break out. A large crowd gathers and almost breaks through the police lines to storm the storeroom. Porter decides to use tear gas, with a rescue unit standing by to help Mrs. Maxton and her baby. Jimmy is captured, but because he shot in self-defense, looks forward to leniency...and on such things 45-years-and-counting careers are born.
Alias Nick Beal (1949) as Asst. district attorney
Sorrowful Jones (1949) as Doctor
A young girl is left with the notoriously cheap Sorrowful Jones as a marker for a bet. When her father doesn't return, he learns that taking care of a child interferes with his free-wheeling lifestyle. Sorrowful must also evade crooked gangsters and indulge in a bit of horse-thieving.
Incident (1949) as Freddie
A stockbroker is jumped one night and beaten up by gangsters; it turns out they mistook him for another gangsters, whom he closely resembles. Determined to find the intended victim and ensure that he doesn't get assaulted again, he finds himself involved with a beautiful blonde who gets him entangled in a plot involving hijacking and murder.
Canon City (1948) as Officer
A convict uses a fake gun to start a full-scale prison escape.
A Foreign Affair (1948) as G.I.
A prim Congresswoman gets caught up in the romantic decadence of post-war Germany.
Hazard (1948) as Clerk
Shanghai Chest (1948) as Stacey
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?
I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948) as Salesman
Tom (Don Castle) and Ann (Elyse Knox) are a down-and-out dance team, and while Don seeks engagements, Ann works as an instructor at a dance academy, with Detective Judd (Regis Toomey) one of the many customers she meets. On a hot summer night Tom, awaken from his sleep, tosses his only pair of shoes out the window to quiet two noisy cats. He goes down to retrieve them and can't find them, but Ann discovers them in front of their door the next morning. A near-by recluse is found murdered in his old shack that same day while Tom finds a wallet filled with old $20 bills. Footprints, bearing an imprint like those on a tap-dancer's shoes, plus Don's new-found wealth combine to make a good circumstantial evidence case for Judd against Tom and he is convicted. On the night before his execution, Ann seeks Judd's help in proving Tom is innocent. He turns up a suspect, Kosloff (Robert Lowell), but an air-tight alibi clears him.
The Iron Curtain (1948) as Sergeyev
This film, based on real events, focuses on the defection of Soviet Embassy code specialist Igor Gouzenko.
Angel and the Badman (1947) as Gambler
When a Quaker girl nurses a notorious gunman back to health, he tries to adopt her peaceful ways.
Because of Him (1946) as Reporter
A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results.
Decoy (1946) as Al
A woman saves her gangster boyfriend from the gas chamber to get her hands on his hidden money.
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946) as Soldier
Tarzan fights to keep a killer cult from attacking traders.
Girl on the Spot (1946) as Mathews
Eleven Gilbert & Sullivan numbers are melded within the murder-mystery plot of "Girl on the Spot", with a result that either G&S and/or the plot are always seemingly on stage-wait or in the wings awaiting a cue. Lois Collier is the girl-on-the-spot of the title because she was on the scene of a murder. The police conclude she didn't do it and they use her to set a trap for the real killer, a G&S addict, by financing a Broadway production starring Collier. The police department evidently found the money for financing a Broadway show under "Misc.Expenses" in the city budget.
The Missing Corpse (1945) as Jeffry Dodd
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943) as Sentry
Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players.
Law of the Northwest (1943) as Mayo
No Time for Love (1943) as Engineer
A sophisticated reporter hires the construction worker she accidentally got fired.
The Human Comedy (1943) as Man at Steeds' party
A small-town telegraph boy deals with the strains of growing up during World War II.
Canal Zone (1942) as Henshaw
Men of San Quentin (1942) as Phone guard
Flight Lieutenant (1942) as Radio operator
A disgraced pilot sets out to regain his son''''s respect.
Underground Agent (1942) as Hank
Submarine Raider (1942) as Oleson
A submarine captain tries to warn the Navy about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bad Men of the Hills (1942) as Marshal [Dave] Upjohn
U.S. Marshal Dave Upjohn (John Shay) arrives in Sundown to investigate reports of lawlessness and is met by Sheriff Mace Arnold (Alan Bridge) and his deputy, Lefty Brant (Dick Botiller.) Knowing that an investigation will disclose that they have being using their office to rob the ranchers, they murder Upjohn. When his son Steve (Charles Starrett), posing as Steve Carlton, learns of the murder, he vows vengeance. Arnold's gang captures him, knocks him unconscious, ties him to his horse and then drives the animal into Chimney Hole, trusting that the canyon's tough residents will kill him for prying into their affairs. Steve soon learns that, rather then being outlaws, the people of Chimney Hole are really upstanding ranchers who have fled there to get away from Arnold and his gang. At first, Steve suspects the leader, Lucky Shelton (Russell Hayden), of being responsible for the murder, but Harmony Haines (Cliff Edwards), proves to him that Arnold was the man responsible. The ranchers agree to cooperate with Steve in an effort to drive Arnold from office. He and Lucky ride to town where they offer to pay Arnold $8,000 in "back taxes" as a bribe to make peace. When he accepts the bribe, the honest citizens break in and a gun-fight battle ensues.
The Talk of the Town (1942) as Reporter
An escaped political prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.
Stand by All Networks (1942) as Pilot
A radio reporter sets out to track down and expose Nazi agents.

Producer (feature film)

The Touchables (1961) as Executive Producer

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute