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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Writer (feature film)

1.
Everything but the Truth (1956) as Based upon an idea by
Willie Taylor, small-town 4th-grade schoolboy, takes to heart his admired teacher's words about truthfulness, and repeats in public his uncle's remark about paying a kickback to the mayor. Result: principal Miss Dabney (a political appointee) suspends Willie from school, and teacher Joan Madison, up against a political machine, enlists amorous columnist Ernie Miller to turn Willie's case into a cause celebre...
2.
Bedtime For Bonzo (1951) as Screenwriter
A college professor tries to raise a chimpanzee as though it were human.
3.
The Time of Their Lives (1946) as Orig scr
Two ghosts from the Revolutionary War haunt a house until they can clear their names of treason charges.
4.
Honeymoon Ahead (1945) as Original Story
5.
Honeymoon Ahead (1945) as Screenwriter
6.
Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid (1944) as Screenwriter
Henry Aldrich (James Lydon) tries to match his unfriendly teacher, Mr. Bradley (vaughan Glaser) with a wife. Henry hopes the teacher will become friendly enough to let him graduate with honors so he can use an inheritance for college.
7.
Pardon My Rhythm (1944) as Screenwriter
8.
You Can't Ration Love (1944) as Screenwriter
Because of the war, there aren't enough men at Adams College for all the girls, but Betty (Betty Jane Rhodes as Betty Rhodes) has no difficulties as she has a monopoly on stud-athlete Pete (Bill Edwards). The other girls, particularly Marian (Marjorie Weaver), think this is unfair, so Marian institutes a system of rationing dates. Pete is rated as thirty points and Betty is furious as the other girls bypass the 4-F's and slide-rule geeks to save their ration points to date Pete. Betty drafts him for the Varsity Show, but when the pressure of preparing for the show hurts his studies, Marian volunteers to tutor him and has him all to herself. Scholarly John "Two-Point" Simpson (Johnny Johnston as Johnnie Johnston) auditions and, since he isn't hep to the jive, is laughed off the stage. Betty helps him and soon "Two-Point" is in the groove and makes a hit, and Betty discovers she is in love with him. The faculty cancels the date-rationing plan and Johnnie, whose point value has gone up, thinks Betty is the cause of the ruling and dates Marian for spite. Betty broods and knits booties for her sister's baby, but conveys the impression to Marian that she is to have a baby. Johnnie learns he is the "suspected" father and, thinking it is another of Betty's tricks, plans to leave school. The other girls, led by Bubbles (Marie Wilson), are worried about Betty's future stigma and round up a justice of the peace and Johnnie. Betty confesses the hoax, and the girls start squabbling over the available-again Johnnie, while Betty and Johnnie make use of the still-available Justice of the Peace.
9.
Passport to Destiny (1944) as Orig scr
A British war widow travels to Berlin to assassinate Hitler.
10.
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret (1944) as Screenwriter
Henry and Dizzy have a baby sitting service and get more than they bargain for when the mother of a 10 month old leaves town to clear her husband of a crime.
11.
Henry Aldrich Haunts a House (1943) as Orig scr
12.
Henry Aldrich Swings It (1943) as Orig scr
Complications arise when Henry, in love with the new music teacher, joins the band. He accidentally gets a Stradivarius that belongs to another man.
13.
True to the Army (1942) as Adaptation
14.
Henry Aldrich, Editor (1942) as Orig scr
Henry (James Lydon) gets into another jam when he becomes the editor of the Centerville Hish School newspaper. The Fire Chief suspects him when he covers fires.
15.
Henry and Dizzy (1942) as Orig scr
16.
Glamour Boy (1941) as Orig scr
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.
17.
Petticoat Politics (1941) as Scr polisher
18.
Henry Aldrich for President (1941) as Orig scr
19.
On Their Own (1940) as Original Story
The Jones family (without father) head for California to open a bungalow court. To increase business they advertise for families with children and pets. A neighbor threatens to sue.
20.
Hullabaloo (1940) as Idea by
A radio star creates a national panic when he announces a Martian invasion.
21.
On Their Own (1940) as Screenwriter
The Jones family (without father) head for California to open a bungalow court. To increase business they advertise for families with children and pets. A neighbor threatens to sue.
22.
Scatterbrain (1940) as Orig scr
23.
Earl of Puddlestone (1940) as Orig scr
24.
Meet the Missus (1940) as Orig scr
25.
Two Bright Boys (1939) as Orig scr
26.
Lord Jeff (1938) as Story
When a good boy goes bad, his family sends him to a naval military school.

Producer (feature film)

27.
The Time of Their Lives (1946) as Producer
Two ghosts from the Revolutionary War haunt a house until they can clear their names of treason charges.

Music (feature film)

28.
Beau James (1957) as Composer
The story of Jimmy Walker who became mayor of New York in the '20s. Used by professional politicians and money-grabbers, Walker himself was "stupid but clean", although his open affair with Betty Compton cost him dear.
29.
Kelly and Me (1957) as Composer
Flop vaudeville performer Len Carmody is adopted by Kelly, a trained dog abandoned by Malo's dog act. When Kelly joins Len's ho-hum song and dance, a popular comedy act is born. On the train, Len meets young Mina Van Runkel, daughter of a movie producer in desperate need of new talent (it's 1930). Successful in making "dog pictures," can Len stand being second banana to Kelly? Complications: a pallid romantic triangle...and the reappearance of Kelly's original owner.
30.
My Friend Irma Goes West (1950) as Composer
31.
Smart Politics (1948) as Composer
The growth of juvenile crime in a small town starts a movement for the building of a youth center. The project leaders discuss with the town mayor about buying an old warehouse from the city, and rebuilding it as the Center. The mayor, however, has his own plans to buy it himself for another project which he would profit from. The Teen-Agers, Freddy Trimball (Freddie Stewart), Dodie Rogers (June Preisser), Lee Watson (Warren Mills), Betty Rogers (Noel Neill), Roy Donne (Frankie Darro) and the rest of Monogram's non-delinquent juveniles, think otherwise and, while the mayor does buy the warehouse, he is forced to donate it to the Youth Center committee.
32.
Sarge Goes to College (1947) as Composer
33.
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946) as Composer
The always-welcome Elyse Knox and her All-American footballer turned broadcaster husband Tom Harmon appear together in this film but are not romantically involved, as she is the co-ed "sweetheart" of the title and he coaches the Varsity rowing crew. Some source describes Miss Knox as a B-actress. A more apt and better description would be one that describes her as an Actress who never got out of B-movies. This one is about half plot and half music but the plot is stretched pretty thin to cover 35 of the 75 minutes when it essentially boils down to: a couple of gamblers pressure the local night club(soft drinks only)owner to rig things so the local college rowing crew will lose their upcoming race. End of plot when the cowswain of the home team uses a rabbit's foot to plug the hole the gamblers cut in the bottom of their racing shell. Two of 1945's top hits, "Five Minutes More" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer, Putti-Putti" are performed, although some people who heard "Cement Mixer" in 1945 are still wondering what it was all about.
34.
Hollywood Bound (1946) as Composer
35.
The Girl Said No (1937) as Composer
36.
Down to Their Last Yacht (1934) as Composer
A society family gone bust uses their yacht for charter tours.
37.
Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934) as Composer
Two nitwits are mistaken for the king's physicians in medieval England.
38.
Deluge (1933) as Music Director
39.
Deluge (1933) as Music Score
40.
Best of Enemies (1933) as Composer
41.
Girl Without a Room (1933) as Composer
42.
Melody Cruise (1933) as Composer
A playboy finds true love during an ocean cruise.
43.
The Warrior's Husband (1933) as Composer
44.
Pleasure Cruise (1933) as Composer
45.
Sailor's Luck (1933) as Composer
U.S. sailor Jimmy Harrigan, on shore leave in San Pedro, meets and falls for Sally Brent She promises to wait for him when he ships out to San Francisco, but Jimmy becomes jealous and tells her off when he learns Sally has entered a marathon dance contest sponsored by a lecherous snake named Baron Portola. Along with several of his Navy pals, Jimmy goes to the ballroom the night of the dance marathon, to try to change Sally's mind and win her back.
46.
Hot Pepper (1933) as Composer
47.
Arizona to Broadway (1933) as Composer
48.
Bondage (1933) as Composer
49.
Face in the Sky (1933) as Composer
Sign painters Joe and Lucky travel around New England looking for jobs. After Joe uses Madge as a model, she hides in their wagon. The painters are about to be charged with kidnapping until she promises to marry Joe. In New York he attempts to paint a huge sign that has stopped others before him.
50.
After Tonight (1933) as Composer
A female Russian spy falls for the enemy during WWI.
51.
State Fair (1933) as Composer
The children of Iowa farmers find love, with mixed results, at the state fair.
52.
Robbers' Roost (1933) as Composer
53.
The Man Called Back (1932) as Composer
54.
False Faces (1932) as Music Director
55.
The Last Mile (1932) as Music Director
Richard Walters is condemned to death for a murder he claims not to have committed. He arrives on death row just before a brutal inmate leads the other convicts in a violent uprising. Walters gets caught up in the riot, while on the outside his friends are trying to find evidence of his innocence.
56.
Those We Love (1932) as Music Director
A young author meets and marries the woman who bought the first copy of his new book. They live happily with their son, but some time later, as the husband is moving into the family's new home, a woman in the neighborhood tries to seduce him. Although he resists, his wife becomes very suspicious, and her distrust threatens to ruin the whole family.
57.
Tess of the Storm Country (1932) as Composer
58.
Me and My Gal (1932) as Composer
A New York cop falls in love with a waterfront waitress whose sister falls for a gangster.
59.
Hotel Continental (1932) as Music Director
60.
Shop Angel (1932) as Music Director
61.
Lena Rivers (1932) as Music Director
62.
Uptown New York (1932) as Music Director
63.
Igloo (1932) as Music Score
64.
Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) as Composer
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.
65.
Paradise Island (1930) as Composer
66.
Border Romance (1930) as Composer
In a cantina across the border, Bob Hamlin shoots a man that threatens his friend. He and his pals escape but return that night for the dance as Bob is attracted to Conchita. Running once more from the Rurales, Bob takes Conchita. They escape again only to find themselves pinned down when Buck and his gang of horse thieves attack.

Writer (short)

67.
The Canary Comes Across (1938)
In this musical short, a prisoner gifted with a good singing voice escapes from prison.
68.
69.
A Girl's Best Years (1937)
A woman reporter is hired by an author-songwriter to help him avoid additional breach-of-promise suits in this comedic short.
70.
Carnival in Paris (1937)
In this short, the janitor of a Paris museum's Egyptology department agrees to help a girl hide from the police.
72.
Violets in Spring (1936)
In this musical short film, a janitor at a carpet sweeping company gets a couple of employees to fall in love.

Music (short)

73.
74.
Apples To You (1934)
A burlesque theater director is enlisted to help a failing opera house in this short musical comedy.

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