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Donald Dillaway

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Director (feature film)

The Falcon Out West (1944) as Dialogue Director
A society sleuth turns cowboy to investigate a Texas murder.

Cast (feature film)

Sunrise at Campobello (1960) as Sloan
After a bout with polio, future president Franklin Roosevelt fights to save his political career.
Tall Story (1960) as Waiter
Love puts a college basketball star into a tailspin.
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957) as Reporter
A playboy finds love while managing a posh hotel in Rome.
The Opposite Sex (1956) as Box office man
In this musical remake of The Women, a happily married singer lets her catty friends convince her to file for divorce.
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) as Reporter
A small time investor takes on the management of a major corporation.
Everything but the Truth (1956) as Official
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...
Sincerely Yours (1955) as Man at Carnegie Hall
Hearing loss creates professional and romantic crises for a concert pianist.
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) as
An ex-con dreaming of one last heist faces dissension within his gang.
Ain't Misbehavin' (1955) as Mr. Warden
Tarantula (1955) as Jim Bagny
A scientist's experiments to cure hunger create a giant tarantula.
A Star Is Born (1954) as Man at preview
A falling star marries the newcomer he's helping reach the top.
Dangerous Mission (1954) as Praskins
A woman flees westward after witnessing a mob killing.
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954) as Coronet player
The beloved entertainer rises to stardom from humble beginnings in the slums.
The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Chauffeur
Naval officers begin to suspect their captain of insanity.
Dream Wife (1953) as Man at airport
For state reasons, a diplomat fakes an engagement to a Middle Eastern princess.
She's Back on Broadway (1953) as Charlie
A fading Hollywood star returns to the stage to work with the man who discovered her.
Forbidden (1953) as Lawyer
Eddie Darrow has been hired by Philadelphia mobster Barney Pendleton to locate Christine Lawrence (Eddie's ex-lover and widow of Barney's former associate) and bring her home. Eddie tracks her down in Macao, where he saves the life of casino owner Justin Keet, then finds that Christine is engaged to marry Justin. Life gets awfully complicated...
Call Me Madam (1953) as Reporter
A Washington hostess takes an assignment as ambassador to the world''''s smallest nation.
Sweethearts on Parade (1953) as Father
Captain Scarface (1953) as [Everett] Crofton
A group of foreign agents plots to blow up the Panama Canal.
On Dangerous Ground (1952) as
A tough cop sent to help in a mountain manhunt falls for the quarry's blind sister.
Steel Town (1952) as Collin
Steve Kostain (Lund), nephew of the owner, begins working at a steel mill to learn the business from the bottom up. He rooms with a steel working family, the McNamaras, and falls for the daughter, "Red" (Sheridan), who is already involved with another steelworker, Jim (Duff.) Although he is at first has a hard time with his co-workers, he eventually wins them over, and also wins the girl.
The Pace That Thrills (1952) as Clerk
A reckless motorcycle racer and his designer vie for the same beautiful blonde.
The Las Vegas Story (1952) as Becker
When newlyweds visit Las Vegas, the wife's shady past comes to the surface.
The Narrow Margin (1952) as Reporter
A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster''''s moll on a tense train ride.
Plymouth Adventure (1952) as Stephen Hopkins
Epic dramatization of the Pilgrims'''' journey to the new world on the Mayflower.
Something to Live For (1952) as Executive
Holiday for Sinners (1952) as Captain O'Brien
Three old friends reunite during Mardi Gras and try to forget their problems.
Hunt the Man Down (1951) as Assistant deputy
Lawyer uncovers secrets behind a decade-old murder case.
Sealed Cargo (1951) as Owen
A fisherman tangles with Nazi smugglers off the Canadian coast.
The Racket (1951) as Harris
A tough cop has to fight his superiors in order to battle the mob.
The People Against O'Hara (1951) as Monty
A defense attorney jeopardizes his career to save his client.
The Company She Keeps (1951) as Victim
A lady con artist sets out to steal her parole officer's fiance.
The Whip Hand (1951) as McIntyre
A small-town reporter investigates a mysterious group holed up in a country lodge.
The Petty Girl (1950) as M.C.
A cheesecake artist tries to get a college professor to pose for him.
I'll Get By (1950) as Song plugger
Updated version of "Tin Pan Alley" concerns two songwriters and their romantic entanglements with the pretty pair of sisters helping them plug their songs.
Born to Be Bad (1950) as Photographer
An ambitious girl steals a rich husband but keeps her lover on the side.
Hit Parade of 1951 (1950) as Croupier
Bunco Squad (1950) as Bible salesman
Police try to get the goods on a phony seance racket.
Lonely Hearts Bandits (1950) as Harrie
Two con artists join forces and pose as brother and sister. He then meets rich widows through the "personals" sections of newspapers, marries them, and both kill the widows for their money.
Gunmen of Abilene (1950) as Bill Harper
Abilene gunmen are bent on terrorizing the town of Blue Valley and massacring its inhabitants. They have been hired by local druggist Henry Turner (Peter Brocco), who has discovered gold beneath the town and wishes complete possession. The gunmen rob supply wagons, burn houses, kill leading citizens and then the gang leader, Brink Fallon (Roy Barcroft), having acquired Rocky Lane's paper, poses as the new deputy marshal sent to bring order. Then the real Rocky Lane (Allan Lane as Allan "Rocky" Lane) shows up in his usual bad mood, and the tide begins to turn.
The Big Steal (1949) as Purser
Seduction and murder follow the theft of an Army payroll.
Holiday Affair (1949) as Desk clerk
A young widow is torn between a boring businessman and a romantic ne'er-do-well.
A Dangerous Profession (1949) as Young drunk man
A bail bondsman is asked to raise money to free his girlfriend''s husband.
Amazon Quest (1949) as Clerk, De Ruyter's office
Marine Raiders (1944) as Marine
Marine buddies training in Australia battle over love.
Show Business (1944) as Gambler
Four vaudevillians struggle to make it to the big time.
The Impostor (1944) as Soldier
Music in Manhattan (1944) as Major Hargrove
An actress's publicist starts a rumor that she's a war hero's secret bride.
Youth Runs Wild (1944) as Drunk
During World War II, neglected teens on the home front turn to delinquency.
Flight for Freedom (1943) as Flyer
A female pilot breaks the Los Angeles to New York record and attracts the interest of the U.S. Navy, who want to send her on a spy mission.
Over My Dead Body (1943) as Reporter
The problem with the mystery stories concocted by Jason Cord (Milton Berle) is that he can never figure out who's guilty. Stuck, as usual, he takes his latest unfinished "who-dunit" to the office of his wife, Patricia Cord (Mary Beth Hughes), whose boss, Brennan (Reginald Denny), doesn't know she is married. Hidden in a closet, Jason overhears Brennan and his partners discussing a situation which exactly parallels his new story. He steps out when the discussion reaches the point of his story's current progress and, seeing a chance of finding an ending to his story, offers to make a suicide look like a murder. He soon finds himself the central figure in a front-page murder trial before he proves the supposed suicide to have been an actual murder - committed by one of the victim's partners.
Slightly Dangerous (1943) as McGraw
A small-town girl changes her identity to make it in New York, leaving her boyfriend a suspect in her "disappearance."
Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) as Mechanic
Five people thrown together by World War II review their pasts.
Margin for Error (1943) as Reporter
It is a toss-up as to who is most displeased when Patrolman Moe Finkelstein (Milton Berle) is given the duty of guarding the German consulate ran by Karl Baumer (Otto Preminger); neither Moe nor Baumer are too happy with this turn of events. Moe, however, quickly becomes fiends with the other residents of the consulate: Sophie Baumer (Joan Bennett), the consul's wife; the secretary Baron Max Von Alvenstor (Carl Esmond); and a pretty maid named Freida (Poldi Dur as Poldy Dur.)Moe senses an underlying tension that is not entirely accounted for by the gathering clouds of war. The gambling-loving Baumer has lost a large sum of money belonging to the German government, Sophie has learned to hate her husband and what he stands for and represents, and Baron Max has fallen in love with her. Max confronts Baumer with the discrepancy in the consulate's funds, and Baumer threatens to inform Berlin that one of Max's grandparents was not "Aryan." The arrival of a group of Nazi saboteurs (Ted North, Elmer Jack Semple and J. Norton Dunn) and the insistence they be given the funds to finance their project stirs consulate affairs even further.
Juke Box Jenny (1942) as Graves
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) as Wilbur Minafer
A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family.
Captains of the Clouds (1942) as Instructor
A mail flyer joins the Canadian air force for fun but has to prove his worth when he goes to war.
Blue, White and Perfect (1942) as Purser
Detective Michael Shayne aids the war effort by fighting industrial diamond smugglers. They operate through Hawaii and part of the movie takes place on an ocean liner headed for there.
The Mad Martindales (1942) as Lawyer
The Postman Didn't Ring (1942) as Reporter
A government mail sack, missing for fifty years, is now being delivered. Stamp collector Julie Martin (Brenda Joyce) follows postal inspector Brennon (Stanley Andrews) on his delivery tour, hoping to find some rare stamps for her philatelist customers. One letter brings love and warmth to a lonely spinster from a sweetheart lost in a war, another a welcome bravery citation to Civil War veteran Slade (Will Wright) and a third is to the parents of the now-state governor from his high school principal requesting he be disciplined for throwing spitballs in class. Dan Carter (Richard Travis), the owner of the village supply store who extends local farmers unlimited credit and, as a result, is on the verge of foreclosure by the ruthless Harwood banking family, get a letter sent by his grandfather to his father containing 500 shares of stock in the Harwood bank. The Harwood family fights back by charging Dan with fraud, but Judge Colt (Spencer Charters) and Dan's Aunt Martha (Emma Dunn) aid him.
I'm Still Alive (1940) as Tommy Briggs
The dangers of his job threaten to break up a stuntman and his movie star wife.
Sporting Blood (1940) as Mr. Plunket
A young man trying to rebuild the family racing stables falls for the daughter of a bitter rival.
Frontier Pony Express (1939) as Brett Langhorne
In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers. When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson and his gang and this leads to trouble.
They All Come Out (1939) as F.B.I. man
The getaway driver for a gang of thieves is captured by the police and sent to a prison, where he contemplates a life of reform.
Cipher Bureau (1938) as Paul Waring
Circus Clown (1934) as Jack [Oakley]
A young man defies his father''''s wishes to join the circus.
The Important Witness (1933) as Steve [Connors]
Men Must Fight (1933) as Steve [Chase]
Prophetic tale of a mother in 1940 trying to keep her son out of war.
Sing Sinner Sing (1933) as Ted Rendon
Marriage on Approval (1933) as Lawrence Bennett
The Little Giant (1933) as Gordon Cass
When Prohibition ends, a bootlegger tries to break into high society.
One Year Later (1933) as Jim Collins
Under Secret Orders (1933) as Henry Ames
Notorious but Nice (1933) as Dick Hamilton
The Mind Reader (1933) as Jack
A fake mentalist tries to go straight, only to end up in jail.
Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) as Eddie Smith
Two World War I veterans try help a comrade''s orphaned daughter find her family.
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) as Ralph
A woman's bad taste in men leads to pregnancy out of wedlock.
Lady with a Past (1932) as Jerry
A good girl raises her popularity when she pretends to be bad.
The Animal Kingdom (1932) as Joe [Fiske]
An intellectual publisher can''''t choose between his society wife and his free thinking former love.
Miss Pinkerton (1932) as Charles Elliott
A private duty nurse gets herself mixed up in a murder investigation.
Attorney for the Defense (1932) as Paul Wallace
A ruthless attorney tries to make amends for convicting an innocent man.
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) as Humphrey
Impoverished Jane Miller is loved by millionaire Roger and newspaperman William. Though William warns her otherwise, she goes with the millionaire to his French chateau where she risks terrible cruelty and even death.
Cross-Examination (1932) as David Wells
The Night Mayor (1932) as Fred Fields
Young As You Feel (1931) as Billy Morehouse
Mr. Lemon of Orange (1931) as Jerry
Skyline (1931) as Gerry Gaige
Men in Her Life (1931) as Dick Webster
Body and Soul (1931) as Tap Johnson
Andress, Watson and Johnson are with a Royal Air Force squadron in France. When Watson is killed in combat, Andrews tries to return the letters Watson received from a girl called "Pom-Pom." There are two possibilities: one is Watson's widow, the other is a German spy.
Cimarron (1931) as "Cim," as an adult
A husband and wife fight to survive in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory.
Platinum Blonde (1931) as Michael Schuyler
A heartless heiress seduces a hard-working reporter into a disastrous marriage.
Min and Bill (1930) as Dick
Two crusty waterfront characters try to protect their daughter from a terrible secret.

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