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Cast (feature film)

The Whip Hand (1951) as Luther Adams
A small-town reporter investigates a mysterious group holed up in a country lodge.
Shadow on the Wall (1950) as Law librarian
A child is left mute by the sight of her stepmother's murder.
Dear Wife (1950) as Bailiff
Teenaged Miriam starts a political campaign to nominate Bill Seacroft, her brother-in-law, for state senator in opposition to the local political machine. Unknown to Miriam, said machine nominates her father, Judge Wilkins. As support grows for Bill, the presence of rival candidates under one roof poses problems, especially for Ruth, wife to Bill and daughter of the judge.
The Yellow Cab Man (1950) as Old man
An inventor's unbreakable glass attracts the attention of businessmen and gangsters.
Please Believe Me (1950) as Pete Drago
Three men pursue a shipboard romance with a woman they think is an heiress.
The Flying Saucer (1950) as Matt Mitchell
The CIA sends playboy Mike Trent to Alaska with agent Vee Langley, posing as his "nurse," to investigate flying saucer sightings. At first, installed in a hunting lodge, the two play in the wilderness. But then they sight a saucer. Investigating, our heroes clash with an inept gang of Soviet spies, also after the saucer secret.
You Gotta Stay Happy (1949) as Old man
Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just wants to sleep. Somehow, she persuades him to take her to California. Her fellow passengers include a chimpanzee, a corpse (in a coffin), an absconding embezzler, and two smoochy newlyweds. Can love be far behind?
The Accused (1949) as Jerry, the janitor
A prim psychology professor fights to hide a murder she committed in self-defense.
Little Women (1949) as Crony
The four daughters of a New England family fight for happiness during and after the Civil War.
Alias Nick Beal (1949) as Asst. tailor
A crusading district attorney sells his soul to the devil to fight corruption.
High Wall (1948) as Old man in tub
Psychiatry provides the key to proving a veteran flyer innocent of his wife''s murder.
An Act of Murder (1948) as Old man
When a judge learns his wife has terminal brain cancer, he begins to consider mercy-killing.
Belle Starr's Daughter (1948) as Old man
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) as Judge Quarles
A New York businessman's dream of a country home is shattered when he buys a tumbledown rural shack.
Down to Earth (1947) as Janitor
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
The Trouble with Women (1947) as Tony, elevator boy
The Woman on the Beach (1947) as Lars
A coast guardsman begins to think his mistress's blind husband can really see.
The Sea of Grass (1947) as Minister
Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star as a husband and wife on America's frontier; farmers in a "sea of grass." The wife has an affair which produces a child, and she is ostracized from the community. Meanwhile, the farmers watch helplesslly as the sea of grass is exploited until it becomes a dustbowl.
Beat the Band (1947) as Mr. Davis
A country girl tries to conquer the world of opera.
That's My Man (1947) as Hotel clerk
Merton of the Movies (1947) as Mr. Henbank
A star-struck hick goes to Hollywood to become a star.
Magic Town (1947) as Quincy
A political pollster discovers the perfect cross-section of American tastes and fights to keep it that way.
A Stolen Life (1946) as Elevator operator
A twin takes her deceased sister''s place as wife of the man they both love.
The Fabulous Suzanne (1946) as Jonathan Tuttle
Bad Bascomb (1946) as Elder Moab McCabe
A western bandit is reformed by his love for a little girl.
Gallant Journey (1946) as Doctor
An aviation pioneer fights his family's objections to invent a flying machine.
Claudia and David (1946) as Charlie
Follow-up to hit film Claudia (1943) finds title characters (Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young) dealing with the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood in their rural Connecticut town. Illness, accidents, and jealousy plague the young couple as they learn to weather life.
My Reputation (1946) as Elevator operator
A widow generates small-town gossip when she falls in love too soon after her husband's death.
The Secret Heart (1946) as Mr. Wiggins
A recent widow tries to help her emotionally disturbed stepdaughter.
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945) as Tenant
A pair of wacky lackeys try to take Tinseltown by storm.
Roughly Speaking (1945) as Timekeeper
A man's wild moneymaking schemes leave his wife to raise their family.
Music for Millions (1945) as Old Western Union messenger
A pregnant musician awaits her husband's return from World War II.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) as Janitor at the Hollywood Bowl
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
Nothing But Trouble (1945) as Old man
A pair of dimwits get jobs as servants to a boy king whose life is in danger.
Counter-Attack (1945) as Partisan
Two Russians fight to escape the seven Nazi soldiers trapped with them in a bombed building.
Kiss and Tell (1945) as Mr. Waldo
Out of This World (1945) as Messenger boy
After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board. Problems arise when Betty and her girls try to find backers to invest in Herbie and they sell 125 percent of him.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Shopkeeper
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Bowery to Broadway (1944) as Vendor
Gentle Annie (1944) as Jake
A frontierswoman turns her family into a band of bank robbers.
Can't Help Singing (1944) as Old man
A senator''''s daughter follows her boyfriend in the days of the California gold rush.
None Shall Escape (1944) as Old man
A Nazi officer on trial for war crimes thinks back on his past.
Rationing (1944) as Joady Peckham
A small-town butcher has problems coping with meat rationing.
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) as Watchman
A college boy has to cope with a pair of beautiful twins.
Home in Indiana (1944) as
A troubled teen gets a new future when he moves to the country to raise a racehorse.
Tall in the Saddle (1944) as Station agent
A woman-hating cowboy signs on with a lady rancher.
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) as Missionary
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943) as Civil War veteran
Nobody's Darling (1943) as Gardener
The Gang's All Here (1943) as Doorman
Playboy Andy Mason, on leave from the army, romances showgirl Eadie Allen overnight to such effect that she's starry-eyed when he leaves next morning for active duty in the Pacific. Only trouble is, he gave her the assumed name of Casey. Andy's eventual return with a medal is celebrated by his rich father with a benefit show featuring Eadie's show troupe, at which she's sure to learn his true identity...and meet Vivian, his 'family-arrangement' fiancée. Mostly song and dance.
Old Acquaintance (1943) as Stage doorman
Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) as Grandpa
A formal black coat that gets passed from one New Yorker to another affects each person's life in a significant way.
The Gay Sisters (1942) as Simmons
A New York aristocrat marries for the money to save the family mansion.
Syncopation (1942) as Court bailiff
A young trumpeter rises through the jazz world and finds love.
Roxie Hart (1942) as [Michael] Finnegan
To try and kick-start her show-business career, a woman admits to a Chicago murder.
Get Hep to Love (1942) as Constable
Almost Married (1942) as Farmer
Gloria Dobson (Jane Frazee) is finding it hard to become a night club singer in New York because she has "no name". She is given a chance to acquire one when her trunk is delivered by mistake to the home of socialite James Manning III (Robert Paige). The latter's wealthy Aunt Matilda (Elizabeth Patterson) has Jimmy tagged for marriage to Louella Marvin (Jan Wiley). Jimmy, not interested in marrying Louella, and his butler, Michael (Charles Coleman) persuade Gloria, who has come to claim her trunk, to be introduced to Aunt Mathilda as Jimmy's "secret bride". The news of his "secret marriage" makes the newspapers, and his lawyers advise him that the only way out is an actual marriage to Gloria, followed by a quick divorce. Gloria agrees and they are married, and she discovers she has fallen in love with Jimmy. But humiliated because Jimmy still wants a divorce, she defiantly obtains a night club singing engagement on the strength of her married name. Jimmy ruins her chances of gaining recognition by buying up all the club's reservations for three weeks. Gloria then heads for Reno to get a divorce. Jimmy, realizing that he does love Gloria, flies to catch her Reno-bound train...
The Mummy's Tomb (1942) as Old man
A high priest travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.
Jackass Mail (1942) as Postmaster
A horse thief marries for profit, but doesn't reckon with his wife's determination to reform him.
Juke Girl (1942) as Elderly farmer
A migrant laborer becomes a champion of farm workers'' rights.
The Panther's Claw (1942) as [Samuel] Wilkins
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) as Jones
True-life story of Edna Gladney, who fought for orphans' rights in Texas.
Unholy Partners (1941) as Elevator operator
A gangster helps pay a tabloid editor's debts to gain control of the paper.
Hurricane Smith (1941) as Pop Wessell
Rodeo rider Hurricane Smith is wrongly convicted of murder and robbery, but escapes and creates a new and happy life for himself. But one of the real criminals shows up to claim the loot which he believes Smith has.
Wide Open Town (1941) as
Belle Langtry runs a town being taken over by cattle rustlers. She is also a front for the outlaws, who are led by Steve Fraser. Hoppy gets elected sheriff and cleans up the town with help from the Bar 20 boys.
Hellzapoppin' (1941) as Messenger
Ole and Chick are making a movie, but th edirector is not satisfied. So he brings them to a young writer, who outlines them a absurd story They have to support Jeff and Kitty in setting up an musical revue in their garden and want to bring it up on Broadway. If Jeff is sucessful he can marry Kitty. But there is his rich friend Woody, who also loves Kitty, Chick's sister Betty, who's in love with a false Russian count, and Detective Quimby. They all make the thing very complicated for Ole and Chick. After some mistakes they think, that Kitty isn't the right girl for Jeff they start sabotating the show, but the Broadway producer is impressed and signs the contract. That's the story the writer tells them. For this he's soot by the director.
Arkansas Judge (1941) as Henry Marsden
Lady Be Good (1941) as Justice of the peace
Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.
Appointment for Love (1941) as Station agent
Charming Andre Cassil woos physician Jane Alexander and the two impulsively get married. The honeymoon ends very quickly when Jane voices her progressive views on marriage which include the two having separate apartments. Andre then tries to make his wife jealous in order to lure her into his bedroom.
Out of the Fog (1941) as Newspaper vendor
A racketeer terrorizes a small fishing community until he falls in love with a fisherman's daughter.
Under Fiesta Stars (1941) as Benjamin Peabody
A mine owner dies and leaves half to Gene and half to easterner Barbara Erwin. Gene wants to continue operation of the mine as requested in the will but Barbara wants to sell and leave with her half of the money. So she hires two lawyers not knowing they are crooks. They then sent their henchman out and Gene's life is soon in danger.
The Way of All Flesh (1940) as Second director
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) as Man on train
An ambitious young teacher, Shirley, arrives in a small town to assume the vice-principal position of the school. She soon runs afoul of the ruling family of the town and becomes the scapegoat of a local feud.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Uncle John
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
Arizona (1940) as Joe
A tough pioneer woman needs a young man's help in fighting land grabbers and finding love.
Pier 13 (1940) as Old man in car
Viva Cisco Kid (1940) as Express man
The Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) tells his pal Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin) that "From now on, Amigo, I am through with women" and then a few minutes later, after rescuing Joan Allen (Jean Rogers) from an attempted stage holdup, tells her "...but you, senorita, you are different!" and therein lies the short summary of all of the films in the 20th Century-Fox Cisco Kid series. The padded plot, so exhibitors could tell the entries apart, finds Towash, Texas saloon owner Hank Gunther (Harold Goodwin) plotting with Jesse Allen (Minor Watson), Joan's father, to rob the money missed on the aborted stage holdup from the express company safe rather than report empty-handed to the "Boss"(Stanley Fields). Allen robs the express office, but is seen by Moses (Nigel de Brulier), an old hermit, who tells the boys in the saloon that he doesn't know the robber's name but recognized him as the man he had seen that day with Joan. The latter has convinced her father to return the money and they will go to Arizona. Cisco, also seen that day with Joan, gets blamed for the robbery as Gunther has killed ol' Mose who is no longer around to identify Cisco as not being the robber, and Joan is not willing to implicate her father. It is beginning to look like Cisco is indeed through with women, albeit on an involuntary basis.
Lillian Russell (1940) as Coachman
Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by bandleader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.
The Doctor Takes A Wife (1940) as Greenwich editor
A man-hating author and a woman-hating doctor have to pretend they're married.
Dark Victory (1939) as Anxious little man
A flighty heiress discovers inner strength when she develops a brain tumor.
Here I Am a Stranger (1939) as Western Union messenger
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) as Old man in jail
Mark Twain''''s classic troublemaker helps a runaway slave escape to the North.
When Tomorrow Comes (1939) as Caretaker at boat house
Blackmail (1939) as Watchman
A man in prison on false charges escapes to save his family from a blackmailer.
Unexpected Father (1939) as Justice of Peace
Jimmy Hanley (Dennis O'Keefe) learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy (Sandra Lee Henville as Baby Sandy), so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko (Mischa Auer). Theatre manager Allen Rand (Donald Briggs) threatens to fire Jimmy for neglecting his work, but Jimmy's girlfriend Diana (Shirley Ross) squares things by going to dinner with Rand over Jimmy's objections. Sandy catches measles and the quarantine causes Jimmy and Boris to miss a big audition.
The Long Shot (1939) as Zeb Zenkins
Sabotage (1939) as Smitty
Maisie (1939) as Pops
A Brooklyn showgirl tries to clear a ranch foreman of murder charges.
Stand Up and Fight (1939) as Daniels
A southern aristocrat clashes with a driver transporting stolen slaves to freedom.
Panama Patrol (1939) as Sam
Jezebel (1938) as Bookkeeper
A tempestuous Southern belle's willfulness threatens to destroy all who care for her.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) as Storekeeper
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery.
Valley of the Giants (1938) as Doctor
A lumberman takes on pirates out to plunder the forest.
Prison Break (1938) as Cappy
Western Jamboree (1938) as Dad Haskell
Cassidy of Bar 20 (1938) as Pappy
Against a background of exceptional mountain photography, Hoppy rushes to rid former sweetheart Nora Blake and Pappy's range of rustlers and bad guys.
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) as Bill collector [Mr. Barnes]
A small-town boy tries to juggle two girlfriends at once.
Up the River (1938) as Mr. White
Card sharps Chipper Morgan (Preston Foster) and Darby Randall (Arthur Treacher) pick the wrong victim, Detective Willis (Alan Dinehart), on a transatlantic crossing, and are arrested upon docking in New York and returned up the river to Rockwell Prison, their old alma mater. They had played brilliant football for "dear old Pen" during their prior semesters, and prison coach Slim Nelson (Slim Summerville) is happy to see them back for graduate work, especially with the annual grudge game with Larson State Pen coming up. Willis, who has been named the new warden for Rockwell, gives them soft jobs and then places a large bet on the Larson eleven. Both Chipper and Darby feel badly about the raw deal handed fellow "student" Tommy Grant (Tony Martin) and his sweetheart, Helen (Phyllis Brooks), who were innocently caught up in a phoney pension racket ran by swindlers Jeffrey Mitchell (Sidney Toler) and Ray Douglas (Robert Allen), and were both jailed. When Phyllis is released from Stillwell Prison for Women, she tells Tommy about the two men and their racket, and he decides to escape, even though he has only a month more to serve, and put an end to their scheme. He plans his break for the night of the prison's "varsity show" and tells Chipper and Darby, who promise to help him. But the pair tie up Tommy and make the break themselves, dressed as women. They go to Springfield, save the victim's money, get a confession from Mitchell and Douglas clearing Tommy and Helen, turn them over to the sheriff...and race back to Rockwell to find their team behind 14-9 late in the game. Can they lead old Rockwell to a comeback victory?
Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937) as Pete
Trapped by G-Men (1937) as Dad Higbee
Time Out for Romance (1937) as Telegraph operator
Fair Warning (1937) as Hotel doctor
That Certain Woman (1937) as Night porter
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
The Good Old Soak (1937) as Jasper
A small-town drunk catches a temperance campaigner in dirty dealings.
The Toast of New York (1937) as Member of board of directors
A 19th century con artist rises from medicine shows to Wall Street.
Big Town Girl (1937) as Farmer
Riffraff (1936) as Night watchman
Young marrieds in the fishing business run afoul of the law.
Wedding Present (1936) as Cashier
The Moon's Our Home (1936) as Night clerk
A writer and an actress meet and marry without really knowing each other--they are even unaware that both bride and groom are equally famous. During the honeymoon, all hell breaks loose as a comedic war of the sexes leads inevitably to love.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) as
True story of the French scientist''''s battle to establish modern medical methods.
The Walking Dead (1936) as Watchman
A framed man comes back from the dead to seek revenge.
Pennies From Heaven (1936) as Farmer
A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
Easy to Take (1936) as Drug store clerk
Early to Bed (1936) as Pop
Satan Met a Lady (1936) as
In the second screen version of The Maltese Falcon, a detective is caught between a lying seductress and a lady jewel thief.
Captain January (1936) as Storekeeper
An orphaned girl living with a lighthouse keeper is forced to go to boarding school.
Brides Are Like That (1936) as Clem Brown
A young man uses flattery to beat out a romantic rival.
Under Cover Man (1936) as Dizzy Slocum
Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935) as Tourist
The Chinese government calls Charlie Chan to Shanghai to investigate a murder involving an opium ring. Ring leaders kidnap Charlie and attempt to have him killed.
Public Hero No. 1 (1935) as Dr. Hale
An undercover G-man helps with a jailbreak to learn the mob''''s secrets.
Dr. Socrates (1935) as Sam
A small-town doctor gets mixed up with gangsters.
Here Comes the Band (1935) as Pawnbroker
A songwriters takes on the corrupt publisher who stole his music.
Thanks a Million (1935) as Politician
Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be the candidate by backers he later exposes as crooks.
Mad Love (1935) as Lavin
A mad doctor grafts the hands of a murderer on to a concert pianist's wrists.
Life Begins at 40 (1935) as Abercrombie's friend
A small-town newspaper publisher champions a young man who may have been jailed wrongly.
Behind the Evidence (1935) as Herbert
The Little Colonel (1935) as Nebler
After Southern belle Elizabeth Lloyd runs off to marry Yankee Jack Sherman, her father, a former Confederate colonel during the Civil War, vows to never speak to her again. Several years pass and Elizabeth returns to her home town with her husband and young daughter. The little girl charms her crusty grandfather and tries to patch things up between him and her mother.
The Perfect Clue (1935) as Stationmaster
Here Comes Cookie (1935) as Clyde
Journal of a Crime (1934) as Stage manager
Before she can confess to shooting her husband''''s mistress, a woman succumbs to amnesia.
The Man with Two Faces (1934) as Doorman
An actor uses his skills to protect his sister from her sinister husband.
Marie Galante (1934) as Ellsworth
Marie is kidnapped and taken aboard ship, then thrown off at Yucatan. She winds up singing in a cafe in the Panama Canal zone. There she gets involved in a plot to destroy the canal and runs into American intelligence officer Crawbett.
Fashions of 1934 (1934) as Jules
A con artist and his beautiful assistant take on the fashion world.
Men of the Night (1934) as Mr. Webley
"Stake-Out" Kelly (Bruce Cabot), ace detective, meets Mary Higgins (Judith Allen) at a small Hollywood sandwich shop where he expects to get some information concerning Packey Davis (Charles Sabin), head of a ring of jewel thieves. His suspicions are confirmed when Mary warns him that Davis is outside - waiting for him. Kelly sets a trap and, in the ensuing battle, one of the gangsters is killed. Davis is interested in rubbing out Kelly as Kelly and Baker are the only two witnesses against Smitty (Arthur Rankin), a Davis henchman. Baker is in the hospital and the plan is bring Smitty there for identification. Kelly accidently slips the secret to Mary, who in turn innocently informs Packey. A trap is laid.
The Gay Bride (1934) as Minister
A gold digger tries to get ahead by marrying a succession of ill-fated racketeers.
The Secret Bride (1934) as Justice of the peace
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
Dames (1934) as Druggist
A reformer's daughter wins the lead in a scandalous Broadway show.
The Firebird (1934) as Butler
A young girl''''s secret romance is exposed when her lover is murdered.
Sing and Like It (1934) as Mr. Fripp, pianist
A gangster tries to turn his tone-deaf girlfriend into a singing star.
From Headquarters (1933) as Manly
A police lieutenant uses scientific methods to solve a decadent playboy's murder.
Professional Sweetheart (1933) as Appleby
A radio star''''s pure image leads to a fake engagement to a hayseed.
Big Executive (1933) as Richardson's secretary
Hello, Everybody! (1933) as Henry Thompson
The setting is a farm. Kate Smith and Sally Blane play sisters; assorted relatives live with the sisters, but everyone at home, and in the whole town, depends on Kate to hold everything together. The power company wants to build a dam which will require flooding many of the farms; Kate is holding out; if Kate sells, everyone else will sell; if Kate refuses, the rest of the town will refuse as well. Randolph Scott meets Kate's beautiful sister, Sally Blane, at a dance. Randolph Scott, as it turns out, is an agent for the power company. Kate thinks he's just using Sally; Sally believes that he truly likes her. Randolph comes to the farm and appears to woo Kate. Kate remains unconvinced about selling out, but falls for Randolph.
The Miracle Man (1932) as Hiram Higgins
A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of funds for a supposed chapel. But when a real healing takes place, a change comes over the gang.
Lady and Gent (1932) as Jim
Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear.
Prosperity (1932) as Ezra Higgins
Feuding mothers almost wreck their children's marriage.
Okay America (1932) as O'Toole
Bad Girl (1931) as Lathrop
June Moon (1931) as Window cleaner
I Take This Woman (1931) as Station agent
The Big Shot (1931) as Postmaster
Swindlers dupe a young go-getter into buying swamp land, then discover it's actually worth a fortune.
Cimarron (1931) as Mr. Bixby
A husband and wife fight to survive in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.
Big Business Girl (1931) as Luke Winters
A college girl uses her brains and her legs to conquer the business world.

Cast (short)

The Last Installment (1945)
In this short film, a criminal idolizes the life of a famous gangster... unaware that his hero met a tragic end.
The Great American Mug (1945)
This short film takes a look at the typical American barbershop.
Nurse to You! (1935)
In this comedic short, Charley Chase is told he has only six months to live, so he decides to make the most of it.
Service with a Smile (1934)
In this comedic short, the owner of a burnt down gas station attempts to fool his insurance company by embellishing the description of his business. Vitaphone Release 1700-1701.
Now We'll Tell One (1932)
In this comedic short, a man unwittingly puts on a belt that has the power to change the wearer''''s personality.

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