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Leon Ames

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Also Known As: Died: October 12, 1993
Born: January 20, 1902 Cause of Death: complications resulting from a stroke
Birth Place: Portland, Indiana, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) as Barney Alvorg
A housewife travels back in time to change the fate of her shotgun wedding.
Jake Speed (1986) as Pop
When a girl is kidnapped by slavers, her sister goes to the 1940s pulp fiction hero Jake Speed for help. She and Jake, who is the star of a popular adventure series, write the latest episode of his story as they travel to Africa to rescue her sister.
Testament (1983) as Henry Abhart
Just You And Me, Kid (1979) as Manduke The Magnificent
A retired entertainer helps a runaway elude drug dealers.
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976) as Daniel Furman
There is an affectionate bow to the master sleuth in this lavishly produced original that has Holmes rushing to New York City after discovering that his old nemesis, Moriarty, not only has kidnapped the son of his (Holmes') long-time love, actress Irene Adler, but also has hatched a scheme to steal
Timber Tramps (1975)
After her husband's death, a widow continued to run their Alaskan logging camp. When her livelihood is threatened by two ruthless businessmen, a group of lumberjacks help her to fight back.
Meal, The (1975)
Hammersmith Is Out (1972) as General Sam Pembroke
The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (Bridges) vast riches if he'll help him escape.
Toklat (1971) as Narr/Old man
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) as Frank Knox
The Japanese take advantage of American blunders to launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) as Clews
A psychiatrist falls in love with a patient's past life.
The Monkey's Uncle (1965) as Judge Holmsby
Midvale College is in fear of losing it's college football team. The players have grades lower than the norm. Judge Holmesby, the team's biggest fan, is at a loss for what to do. Enter Merlin Jones, a bright college student, and his nephew Stanley, an intelligent chimpanzee. The judge wants Merlin to create an "honest way to cheat". Merlin uses "sleep learning" to help the players pass their exams. This saves the college football program from being banished, but not for long...the college is tempted to receive a $1 million dollar check from a Mr. Astorbilt. The catch is though the college must get rid of football. Judge Holmesby finds Darius Green III, who will pay $10 million dollars to the college if they can get a man to fly under his own power. The task is in Merlin's hands again. Can Merlin win the day and save the football team?
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964) as Judge Holmby
Merlin Jones, a precocious and intelligent high-school boy, experiments with hypnosis and creates a mind-reading machine. However, his experiments land him in deep trouble with the law.
Son of Flubber (1963) as Pres. Rufus Daggett
An absent-minded professor gets into legal trouble because of his experiments with a gravity defying substance.
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) as Pres. Rufus Daggett
A college professor fights off corrupt businessmen to market his new anti-gravity invention.
From the Terrace (1960) as Samuel Eaton
A financial wizard is tempted to sacrifice his career for an affair.
Peyton Place (1957) as Leslie Harrington
Small-town scandals erupt when a repressed woman deals with her daughter''''s move into adulthood.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) as George Winfield
A small-town girl's love life goes ballistic when her sweetheart returns from World War I.
Angel Face (1953) as Fred Barrett
An unscrupulous woman murders her loved ones for profit.
Sabre Jet (1953) as Lt. Col. Eckert
A reporter covering the lives of Air Force wives during the Korean War runs into her estranged husband, an Air Force colonel.
Let's Do It Again (1953) as Chet Stuart
A divorced couple finds it impossible to stay out of each other's lives.
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952) as Secret Service man
Seven stories celebrate the glorious diversity of American life.
Watch the Birdie (1951) as Grantland D. Farns
A photographer falls for a rich girl and gets mixed up with crooks.
Cattle Drive (1951) as Chester Graham, Sr.
The son of a wealthy railroad owner gets lost in the middle of nowhere.
On Moonlight Bay (1951) as George Winfield
A small-town tomboy falls for the boy-next-door in the years before World War I.
The Happy Years (1950) as Samuel H. Stover, Sr.
Friends and family try to tame an unruly student at the turn of the century.
The Big Hangover (1950) as Carl Bellcap
A lawyer's path to the top is blocked by his allergy to alcohol.
Dial 1119 (1950) as Earl
A killer holds the customers at a bar hostage.
The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950) as Dr. Philip Abbott
A captain tries to keep home as tight as his ship.
Crisis (1950) as Sam Proctor
An American doctor gets caught in the middle of a revolution when he's forced to operate on a South American dictator.
Ambush (1950) as Major [C. E.] Breverly
A Westerner searches for a white woman held by the Apaches.
Scene of the Crime (1949) as Captain A. C. Forster
A detective tries to solve a policeman's murder.
Little Women (1949) as Mr. March
The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.
Any Number Can Play (1949) as Dr. Palmer
The owner of a gambling casino tries to win back his estranged wife and child.
Battleground (1949) as The chaplain
American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge.
On an Island with You (1948) as Commander Harrisen
A movie star falls for a handsome naval officer during location shooting in Hawaii.
Alias a Gentleman (1948) as Matt Enley
An aging convict tries to keep his daughter from following in his footsteps.
A Date with Judy (1948) as Lucien T. Pringle
A teenager thinks her father is involved with a fiery Latin singer.
The Velvet Touch (1948) as Gordon Dunning
After accidentally killing her lecherous producer, a famous actress tries to hide her guilt.
Lady in the Lake (1947) as Derace Kingsby
Philip Marlowe searches for a missing woman in this mystery shot entirely from the detective''''s viewpoint.
Undercover Maisie (1947) as Amor, [assumed name of] Willis Farnes
A stranded showgirl joins the police force and risks her life to expose a phony psychic.
Merton of the Movies (1947) as Lawrence Rupert
A star-struck hick goes to Hollywood to become a star.
Song of the Thin Man (1947) as Mitchell Talbin
Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.
The Show-Off (1946) as Frank Harlin
A man''''s loud-mouthed bumbling almost ruins his new wife''''s family.
No Leave, No Love (1946) as Colonel Elliott
During a whirlwind two-day pass in New York, a sailor falls in love with an Englishwoman.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) as Kyle Sackett
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman's older husband.
The Cockeyed Miracle (1946) as Ralph Humphrey
Father and son ghosts sort out their family''''s problems.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) as Admiral's aide
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
Yolanda and the Thief (1945) as Mr. Candle
A con man poses as a Latin American heiress'''' guardian angel.
Son of Lassie (1945) as Anton
The beloved collie goes to war to help the resistance in occupied Norway.
They Were Expendable (1945) as Major James Morton
A Navy commander fights to prove the battle-worthiness of the PT boat at the start of World War II.
The Great Morgan (1945) as K. F.
An actor's attempt to produce a movie results in a collection of random musical numbers.
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) as Edgar Draque
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) as Henry Burton
In this remake of Grand Hotel, guests at a New York hotel fight to survive personal tragedy.
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) as Mr. Alonzo ["Lon"] Smith
Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) as Lieut. Jurika
General Jimmy Doolittle trains American troops for the first airborne attacks on Japan.
Crime Doctor (1943) as Captain William Wheeler
A blow on the head forces a renowned psychologist to remember he was once a criminal.
The Iron Major (1943) as Bob Stewart
In this true story, Frank Cavanaugh proves himself as a football coach and a World War I hero.
No Greater Sin (1941) as Dr. [Edward] Cavanaugh
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941) as John Stack
East Side Kids (1940) as Pat O'Day
A street tough searches for evidence to get his brother out of prison.
I Was a Convict (1939) as Jackson
Calling All Marines (1939) as Murdock
Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939) as Commissioner Madero
Code of the Streets (1939) as Chick Foster [also known as Denver Collins]
Panama Patrol (1939) as Major Phillip Waring
The Marshal of Mesa City (1939) as Sheriff Jud Cronin
A retired lawman gets back into action to fight political corruption.
Risky Business (1939) as Hinge Jackson
Man of Conquest (1939) as John Hoskins
Blackwell's Island (1939) as Ballinger
A reporter gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster.
Thunder Afloat (1939) as Recruiting officer
An old sailor is duped into joining the Navy, where he runs into a longtime rival.
Pack Up Your Troubles (1939) as Adjutant
Out of work vaudevillians join the army in WWI and head for France.
Fugitive at Large (1939) as Carter
Suez (1938) as Louis Napoleon
A young French nobleman dreams of building the Suez Canal.
Secrets of a Nurse (1938) as [Joe] Largo
When battered prize-fighter Lee Burke (Dick Foran) is taken to the West Side hospital, nurse Katherine MacDonald (Helen Mack) leaves her romantically-inclined patient, wealthy attorney John Dodge (Edmund Lowe) to take care of Burke. She discovers that Burke was doped by his handler, Churchill (George McKay), on instructions from gambler Joe Largo (Leon Ames) so the latter can win a $5000 bet from Burke's manager Slice Cavanaugh (Paul Hurst.) Largo orders henchman Larry Carson (Horace MacMahon) to bump off Churchill to keep him from talking. Katherine talks Burke into quitting the ring and Dodge belittles the ex-boxer by getting him a job as a bellhop. Cavanaugh, desperate for money, calls Burke yellow and when Burke happens upon the scene where another Largo henchman, Smiley (Paul Fix), has killed the manager, Burke is tried for the murder.
Mysterious Mr. Moto (1938) as Paul Brissac
Mr. Moto has himself imprisoned on Devil's Island so he can help his cellmate (Ames) escape and thereby get the goods on a gang of international killers.
The Spy Ring (1938) as Frank Denton
The absence of stagecoaches and covered wagons didn't keep director Joseph H. "Wagon Wheel" Lewis from employing his usual camera set-ups of shooting scenes from behind and through various props and fixtures, and the inclusion of a polo game enabled him to get his usual "hitching post" shot, in addition to shooting over and through automobile hood ornaments, champange bottles, baloons and mirror reflections. The soure that dubbed this one in the "musical" genre obviously never saw the film, as there are no songs and only a rinky-dink piece of music used at the Officer's Club dance. This one is about a gang of independent spys after a cigar-shaped device that guarantees accuracy on artillery and large weapons. The spys are headed by Paul Douglas (LeRoy Mason), Jean Bruce (Esther Ralston billed as Jane Carleton) and Frank Denton (Leon Ames), while Captain Todd Hayden (William Hall, in one of his rare starring roles and actually solo- billed above the title) is the protector of the device, and in love with the Colonel's daughter, Elaine Burdette (Jane Wyman, at the peak of her cute, bubbly and pouty stage.) Most of the action is placed at the Presido in Montery and most of it revolves around the outcome of a polo match between the Cavalry team and a civilian team called "The Rainbows", which star player Hayden has to throw in order to catch the spys.
Cipher Bureau (1938) as Philip Waring
Walking Down Broadway (1938) as Frank Gatty
Come On, Leathernecks (1938) as Otto Wagner
Island in the Sky (1938) as Marty Butler
District Attorney's investigator (Whalen) starts his honeymoon and a man is indicated for murder. His bride (Stuart) doubts the man's guilt and enlists the help of a former racketeer (Kelly) to find the real killer.
Strange Faces (1938) as Joe Gurney/William Evans
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) as Ex-chauffeur
A millionaire who''s been married seven times courts wife number eight.
International Settlement (1938) as Monte Silvers
Death in the Air (1937) as Carl Goering
Planes are being shot down by a large black plane with a large "X" painted on the wing. The chief suspects are invited for the weekend to an old dark mansion.
45 Fathers (1937) as Vincent
Dangerously Yours (1937) as Phil
A detective (Romero) poses as a jewel thief and joins a bunch of other crooks sailing from Europe to New York in search a famous gem. He falls in love with one of the crooks (Brooks).
Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) as Buzz Moran
A New York nightclub singer plans to reveal gangsters named in her private diary. The diary disappears and the singer is murdered. Charlie Chan is called into to investigate.
Murder in Greenwich Village (1937) as Rodney Hunter
An heiress enlists a photographer to help clear her name of a murder charge.
Strangers All (1935) as Frank Walker
A mother tries to bring her estranged children closer together.
Get That Man (1935) as Don Clayton
Fighting Pilot (1935) as
Rescue Squad (1935) as Lester Vaughn, a philanderer
Mutiny Ahead (1935) as McMurtrie
Reckless (1935) as Ralph Watson
A theatrical star gets in over her head when she marries a drunken millionaire.
I'll Tell the World (1934) as Marshall
The Crosby Case (1934) as Cliff
Now I'll Tell (1934) as Max
Golden is a two-bit gambler who has promised wife Virginia he'll quit when he makes $200,000. When he fixes a fight he gets mobster Mossiter mad, then loses his fortune to him. He pawns his wife's jewels and takes out an insurance policy on himself.
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) as Beauchamp
After escaping prison, an innocent man seeks revenge on the men who framed him.
The Ship of Wanted Men (1933) as Captain John Holden
Only Yesterday (1933) as
Forgotten (1933) as Louis Strauss
Alimony Madness (1933) as John Thurman
State's Attorney (1932) as City prosecutor
A district attorney's arrogance almost costs him his career.
A Successful Calamity (1932) as Barney Davis
A family pulls together to help a member in financial trouble.
That's My Boy (1932) as Al Williams
Featuring members of the 1931 National Champion football team from the University of Southern California Trojans, with team members Russell Saunders and Oscar "Dutch" Hendrian also cast in roles other than just team members. Former USC football player John Wayne (not on the 1931 team) and Olympic swimmer Buster Crabbe also in cast as football players: Thomas Jefferson "Snakehips" Scott (Richard Cromwell, definitely cast against type)is the sensation of the Freshman football squad at Bedford University. After a sensational Sophomore season, varsity coach "Daisy" Adams (Douglass Dunbrille) gets him a summer "job" in the Maine woods as a bond salesman. The coach sends him there for conditioning purposes only, but Tommy is pleased with the $6,000 he gets for selling bonds he never even sees. Nice work if you can get it and, seventy years later, college football players (usually from Texas and California, playing for colleges from some other states that can't "grow their own")still manage to find similar positions. Tommy, figuring that there is more where this came from, tells a graduate manager he will quit the team unless they pay him $50,000. The manager arranges with a broker to start an investment fund named after Thomas Jefferson Smith, the receipts from which will net Tommy his demanded amount. Thousands of shares are sold, for unclear reasons since the buyers had no reason to expect a return, but, hey, the plot must move along. The broker gambles away the funds. The broker kills himself. The district attorney questions Tommy. The father of Tommy's college squueze offers Tommy $50,000 if he will break his engagement to the girl. Tommy holds out for $100,000. Tommy is booed off the field after the first half of "the BIG GAME." Tommy has sent the $100,000 to the district attorney to pay off the investors. The D.A. tells the newspapers. The newspapers print special editions that are delivered to the stadium at half-time. Tommy receives a standing ovation from the crowd. Tommy scores the winning touchdown. Mom Scott (Mae Marsh)is proud of Tommy, for reasons hard to discern.
Uptown New York (1932) as Max Silver
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) as Pierre Dupin
A mad doctor tries to mix human and gorilla blood with deadly results.
Thirteen Women (1932) as
A mysterious Eurasian tries to murder the 12 boarding school roommates who treated her like an outsider.
Cannonball Express (1932) as Jack Logan
Silver Dollar (1932) as Secretary
A farmer strikes it rich out West, then leaves his wife for a young beauty.
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932) as Judd Brooks
Two reporters interested in different stories write about a murder.
Stowaway (1932) as Tommy
Quick Millions (1931) as Henchman
Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day.

Cast (special)

Wide Open Door, The (1967) as Gray
The story of Jill and Jane Marriott, beautiful twins with a penchant for crime, and their efforts to rob a well-stocked jewelry store.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Best Place to Be, The (1979) as William Callahan
A lavish romantic drama in true Ross Hunter style about a young widow whose life is complicated by a hippie daughter, a rebellious teenage son and an ill-starred love affair with a younger man -- and then a former suitor comes back into the picture. The film not only marked Donna Reed''s TV movie debut but also brought her back to television after a twelve-year absence.

Cast (short)

Engagement Party (1956)
In this short film, a man worries about his financial security when pressured into marriage.
Screen Actors (1950)
This short film takes a look at the off-screen personas of screen actors.
The Amazing Mr. Nordill (1947)
This short film focuses on Everett Nordill, a mastermind behind a counterfeiting ring in the mid-nineteenth century.
Soak the Poor (1937)
This short film deals with racketeers shaking down small grocers and working in on the relief tickets, designed to get food to the hungry and needy during the Depression.
Song of Revolt (1937)
This short film tells the story of how France''''s "Le Marseillaise" came to be written during the French Revolution.

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