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Also Known As: Died: March 26, 1987
Born: June 6, 1898 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Grace Quigley (1985) as Homer Watkins
The sparks fly when a spunky elderly woman matches wits with a professional hit man. Her penetrating wit is even more deadly than the weapons of her adversary.
Silent Night, Bloody Night (1974)
The owner of the Butler estate in a small New England town is desperate to sell the long-abandoned mansion. His lawyer comes out from New York to negotiate its sale to the town council. But in the meantime, a maniac from the nearby mental asylum has escaped and gone to the mansion seeking revenge fo
Man Without a Country, The (1973) as Colonel A B Morgan
This classic about the man who renounced his country and lived to regret it received a sparkling production here with a tour-de-force performance by Cliff Robertson, aging sixty years as Philip Nolan. Previously it had been filmed three times as a silent movie and once (in 1938) as a short for Vitap
Mirage (1965) as Charles Calvin
A biochemist suffers memory lapses, finds bad guys after him, and has no idea why.
Handle with Care (1958) as Professor Roger Bowdin
During a mock trial, a small-town law student uncovers new evidence about a real crime.
Raintree County (1957) as T. D. Shawnessy
In this sumptuous Civil War story, a willful southern belle goes mad out of fear that she may be part black.
Bernardine (1957) as Mr. Beaumont
High school students enter a fictional woman''s name into a contest, when that name is drawn hilarity ensues.
The Steel Jungle (1956) as Warden Keller
A convict¿s loyalty to the mob is when they threaten his pregnant wife.
The Indian Fighter (1955) as Captain Trask
A trail guide has to bring two crooked traders to justice to save his wagon train from Indian attack.
Night People (1954) as Dr. R. A. Foster
Communists kidnap a U.S. officer in cold war Berlin.
So This Is Love (1953) as Col. James Moore
Opera singer Grace Moore turns to popular music when her dreams of a classical career fail to materialize.
Island in the Sky (1953) as Col. Fuller
A WWII transport plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness.
Williamsburg Restored (1951) as Narrated by
Dream Girl (1948) as George Allerton
That Lady in Ermine (1948) as Major Horvath/Benvenuto
A newlywed countess falls for a Hungarian invader.
13 Rue Madeleine (1947) as Charles Stevenson Gibson
Tragedy occurs when a spy chief finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent.
The Fabulous Joe (1947) as Milo Terkel
To quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's Pet", with Frances Rafferty and Larry Olsen taking the roles played by June Marlowe and Jackie Cooper in the original short. Hal Roach also made a film called "The Fabulous Joe", basically about a drunk, a talking dog, gangsters and Marie Wilson running around in her skivvies. The two films, intended as bottom-half of a double feature, were released about two weeks apart, with "Curly" going out first. "The Fabulous Joe" came about two weeks later. At the same time, the two films were stitched together and offered, with the combined running time of 112 minutes, to exhibitors who didn't play double features. The film listed on this page, "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival", is the result. "Curly" was an attempt by Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") to create a version of "Our Gang" with a new set of kids, which would be known as "Curly and His Gang", and would be feature-length films in Cinecolor. "Curly" was the first one in the series and was followed in 1948 by "Who Killed "Doc" Robbin" with the same kids from "Curly" playing the same roles. Later, "Curly" and "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" were packaged together as "The Adventures of Curly and His Gang" for theatres and later sold to televison, and there are sources who keep adding the adult cast from the "Doc Robbin" film (Don Castle, Virginia Grey, Claire DuBrey, Paul Hurst and others)incorrectly to the cast of "Curly." The fun part of "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival" is that it is comprised of two films that are about as opposite of each other as films can be. "The Fabulous Joe" is a screwball comedy filled with double entendre dialogue and scenes and as "Adult" as a film of the 40's could be and still get PCA approval. "Curly", as mentioned, is "Our Gang" updated and in color.
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) as Gabby Sloane
A shy milkman gets into boxing when he turns out to have a killer punch.
Duffy's Tavern (1945) as Director
When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting
The Affairs of Susan (1945) as Richard Aiken
Susan is about to be married, but the wedding may get called off after her fiancee summons three former beaus. Each reveals a different portrait of Susan: one describes her as a naive country girl who reluctantly becomes an actress, another paints a picture of a gay party girl and and the third describes a serious intellectual. Which one is the real Susan?
Kiss and Tell (1945) as Mr. Archer
An American Romance (1944) as Howard Clinton
A European immigrant becomes a master of industry but almost loses his family.
The Hitler Gang (1944) as Narrator
This movie shows us the rise of Adolf Hitler from a small radical political adventurer to the dictator of Germany in the way of a gangster film. Exept for some minor inaccuracies the historical facts are given in a correct way.
Mr. Skeffington (1944) as George Trellis
A flighty beauty marries a stockbroker for convenience and almost ruins both their lives.
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943) as B. G. De Soto
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.
Fired Wife (1943) as Chris McClelland
So Proudly We Hail! (1943) as Chaplain
Nurses caught behind enemy lines during World War II fight to survive.
Holiday Inn (1942) as Danny Reed
When he loses in love, a song-and-dance man retires from show business to run a country inn.
Wake Island (1942) as Commander Roberts
Marines stationed in the Pacific fight off the Japanese during World War II.
Beyond the Blue Horizon (1942) as [Professor] Thornton
Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1941) as Elliott Thomas
The Irish-American detective Shayne is hired by a racetrack bigwig (Kolb) to guard his compulsive gambler daughter (Weaver). When her boyfriend is murdered, Shayne gets blamed.
Skylark (1941) as George Gorell
A neglected housewife falls in love with a handsome attorney.
Glamour Boy (1941) as A. J. Colder
Marathon Pictures is stuck with Billy Doran (Darryl Hickman), Whiz Quiz radio show star but a flop in Hollywood. Ex-child star Tiny Barlow (Jackie Cooper) suggests that the studio remake "Skippy", the film that made him famous, with himself as coach for little Billy. A. J. Colder (Walter Abel), Marathon's Mighty Mogul, agrees. Joan Winslow (Susanna Foster), a contract player who has never had a part, is picked to replace balky Brenda Lee (Ann Gillis) in Marathon's monster musical of the year. Tiny poses as a big shot and takes credit for getting Joan the role. They are soon seen everywhere together as Tiny is taking advantage of her publicity build-up for his own gain, until he suddenly finds out he is in love with her and confesses his duplicity. This occurs when Colder has forbid Joan to see Tiny anymore, directing her to only be seen with important people who can help her career, and Tiny thinks it is because she has dumped him. He enters into a conspiracy with Brenda's agent, Mickey Fadden (John Gallaudet), to make Brenda give up her strike and accept the role Colder gave Joan. She does and Tiny is given the role of her leading man. But he is unhappy about what he has done in costing Joan her big chance, plus his old friend, Georgie Clemons (Jackie Searle) who used to play the mean kid in Tiny's films is also replaced. Faced with the taunts of the production crew because of what he helped engineer and broken hearted about Joan, Tiny walks out on the picture, climbs into his automobile and heads for parts unknown. Little Billy, who adores him, stows away in the luggage compartment. Billy, the high IQ kid, has devised a scheme to set everything right.
Hold Back the Dawn (1941) as Inspector Hammock
A gigolo flees Nazi occupation and sets his sights on a shy schoolteacher who happens to be a US citizen.
Arise, My Love (1940) as Phillips
A dashing pilot and a vivacious reporter find adventure in Europe on the eve of World War II.
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) as Judge
A ballet dancer and a burlesque queen compete for a wealthy suitor.
Who Killed Aunt Maggie? (1940) as Dr. George Benedict
First Offenders (1939) as Gregory Stone
Miracle on Main Street (1939) as Jim [Foreman]
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?
King of the Turf (1939) as Mr. [Robert] Barnes
Law of the Underworld (1938) as Warren Rogers
A respectable citizen lures two innocents into his secret criminal plots.
Men with Wings (1938) as [Nicholas] Nick Ranson
Racket Busters (1938) as [Hugh] Allison
A mobster tries to take over the trucking business.
Green Light (1937) as [Dr.] John Stafford
An idealistic doctor sacrifices his career to protect an elderly surgeon.
Portia on Trial (1937) as Dan Foster
Wise Girl (1937) as Karl [Stevens]
A rich girl plays poor to win over a Greenwich Village artist.
The Lady Consents (1936) as Stanley Ashton
A doctor leaves his wife for another woman then realizes he''''s made a big mistake.
Fury (1936) as District attorney [Adams]
An innocent man escapes a lynch mob then returns for revenge.
The Witness Chair (1936) as James Trent
A woman lets her lover stand trial for the murder she committed.
Second Wife (1936) as Kenneth Carpenter
Two in the Dark (1936) as Ford "Jitney" Adams, also known as David Robbins and Johnny Smith
A man with amnesia fights to prove himself innocent of murder.
We Went to College (1936) as Phil Talbot
Three middle-aged men try to recapture the joys of their college days.
The Three Musketeers (1935) as D'Artagnan
Alexandre Dumas's classic swashbuckler about a young guardsman fighting for the queen's honor.
Liliom (1930) as Carpenter

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