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Also Known As: Died: June 6, 1994
Born: October 10, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

The Girls of Pleasure Island (1953) as Marine
In the spring of 1945, World War II is coming to a close. Roger Halyard (Leo Genn), a dignified, strait-laced Englishmen, lives on a South Sea atoll with his three daughters, Gloria (Dorothy Bromley), Hester (Audrey Dalton) and Violet (Joan Elan), along with the housekeeper, Thelma (Elsa Lancaster), who has raised the girls since childhood. Other than their father, the girls have never seen another man. Halyard is informed that 1500 U.S. Marines will soon arrive to establish an air base on the island. Halyard is rather apprehensive over the prospect of his daughters, who have never met another man, being thrown together with 1500 Marines who haven't seen a woman in months.
The Caddy (1953) as Shipping clerk
A master golfer suffering from performance anxiety caddies for a man he''s taught everything.
Column South (1953) as Lt. Posick
As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being undermined by the machinations of Confederate sympathizers.
Cruisin' Down the River (1953) as Young Thad
Beaurefard Clemment (Dick Haymes), a New York night club crooner, inherits a broken-down Georgia showboat. He decides to turn it into a nightclub. He falls in love with Sally Jane (Audrey Totter), the granddaughter of Thadeus Jackson (Cecil Kellaway), arch enemy of Beau's late grandfather. Many, many songs (see Soundtrack) and a parody of "Ten Nights in a Barroom" (a Blake Edwards touch), with music featuring the Bell Sisters.
Call Me Madam (1953) as Cameraman
A Washington hostess takes an assignment as ambassador to the world''''s smallest nation.
Here Come the Girls (1953) as Bob
A chorus boy is used as bait to catch an attacker.
Hills of Oklahoma (1950) as Square dance caller
In this remake of Gene Autry's 1942 "Call of the Canyon", Rex Allen (Rex Allen), the newly-elected head of the cattleman's association, is driving the combined herds of the ranchers to the nearest railhead when he runs into trouble. The drive is stopped by Brock Stevens (Robert Karnes), whose father is a power in the meat-packing industry, and whose ownership of the railroad spur line enables him to deal ruthlessly with the local ranchers. Rex and the other ranchers are elated when Brock agrees to pay fair-market price for the cattle until they learn the exorbitant loading fees he charges will eat up their profits. The only alternative is to drive the herd to the main line railroad at Big Bow, but to do so means Brock will crack down on them for the $10,000 feed bill they owe his company. Rex starts to Tulsa to borrow the needed money, after ending a move by Hank (Trevore Bardette), the lone dissenter among the ranchers and actually in league with the Stevens crowd. Brock sends his foreman, Webb (Lane Bradford), to stop Rex and his sidekick Jigg (Fuzzy Knight) and when this fails, Brock contacts his father, Charles Stevens (Robert Emmett Keane) in Tulsa. Whens the elder Stevens learns that Rex is appealing to Kate Carney (Elizabeth Risdon), owner of a rival packing company, he sets a plan in action to undermine Rex's appeal for a loan.
Square Dance Jubilee (1949) as
Two talent scouts for a New York-based country music TV show called "Square Dance Jubilee" are sent out West to get authentic western singing acts. They find what they're looking for, but also get mixed up in cattle rustling and murder.
The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) as Master of ceremonies
A shy milkman gets into boxing when he turns out to have a killer punch.
Forever Yours (1945) as Ricky
Rhapsody in Blue (1945) as Dancer
Fictionalized biography of George Gershwin and his fight to bring serious music to Broadway.
Twilight on the Prairie (1944) as Bucky [Williams]
The Buckaroos, cowboy musicians, are forced down at Little Lip, Texas, while flying to Hollywood to make their first movie. Band members Bucky (Johnny Downs), Phil (Eddie Quillan), Jack (Jack Teagarden), Chuck (Jimmie Dodd) and Giner (Connie Haines)find a "no vacancy" sign at the hotel. A sudden mining boom has exploded the population and, in fact, lured the local cowhands to the mines, leaving the Bar-B ranch foreman, Cactus (Leon Errol), short-handed and short-tempered. Desperate for a place to sleep, the Buckaroos check their instruments and sign on as Bar-B ranch hands, planning to resign the next morning. They find the Bar-B owned by Sally Barton (Vivian Austin.) Their true identity is discovered and the town telegrapher tells the world that the Bucharoos are doing their war bit by helping out with the harvest. When Hollywood calls, and Bucky and his pals leave, Sally thinks Bucky used the Bar-B and her to gain publicity. But Bucky talks the producer into shooting the picture at the ranch so the harvest can be completed, and he and Sally are reconciled.
Trocadero (1944) as Johnny Edwards
What a Man! (1944) as Henry M. Burrows
A timid office worker gets mixed up with the mob when he helps out a beautiful girl.
Harvest Melody (1943) as Tommy
Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)
Flying students Danny Collins (Johnny Downs), Jinx Roberts (Bobby Jordan), Scrapper Mackay (Ward Wood) and Zombie Parker (Billy Benedict) are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. The latter is an engineer, Arthur Galt (Robert Armstrong), who has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa. Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason (Selmer Jackson) and his daughter Andre (Jennifer Holt). Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Karl Von Heiger (Eduardo Ciannelli). The four cadets, thinking Galt is their friend, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names of the murder charges. They are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson (Regis Toomey).
Campus Rhythm (1943) as Scoop Davis
A radio singer escapes her managers to attend college incognito.
The Mad Monster (1942) as Tom Gregory
A mad scientist''''s experiments turn an innocent man into a nocturnal killer.
Behind the Eight Ball (1942) as Danny
Freckles Comes Home (1942) as Freckles Winslow
Honeymoon for Three (1941) as Chester T. Farrington III
A novelist pretends to be married to hold his fans at bay.
Adam Had Four Sons (1941) as David [Stoddard]
A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies.
All-American Co-Ed (1941) as Bob Sheppard [also known as Bobbie DeWolfe]
A college boy dresses as a girl to infiltrate a women''''s college.
Redhead (1941) as Ted Brown
Sing Another Chorus (1941) as Andy Peyton
Moonlight in Hawaii (1941) as Pete [Fleming]
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby (1940) as Bob Gunther
When Public Enemy No. 3 Sonny McGann (Broderick Crawford) meets composer Bob Gunther (Johnny Downs), he gets the idea of having Bob write music to a poem he has written about his long-lost sweetheart Sadie McGlonsky. Somewhere between kidnapping and gentle persuasion, Sonny takes Bob and his girlfriend Linda Carroll (Peggy Moran) to his penthouse hideout and orders Bob to write the music. After completion, Sonny and his mob use some strong-arm persuasion to get it on "The Hit Parade." Bob tries to trick Sonny saying he can't write any more music because of his unrequited love for music comedy star Magda Delys (Gertrude Michael). Sonny's solution is to have his men bring Magda and a minister with a marriage license to the penthouse. Bob is forced to begin the ceremony but Public Enemy No. 2, Big Foot Louie (Warren Hymer), barges in and reveals that his own hobby is writing music. And Sonny recognizes Magda as his long-lost love Sadie McGlonsky. He and Big Foot decide to quit the rackets and surrender to the District Attorney so they can collaborate on writing hit songs "in the pen."
Slightly Tempted (1940) as Jimmy Duncan
Confidence man Professor Ross (Hugh Herbert) is released from prison and goes to Knoxton where his daughter Judy (Peggy Moran) lives. She has told everyone, including her fiancee Jimmy Duncan (Johnny Downs), that her father has been exploring in South America. Civic leaders ask him to lecture at a gala reception. Because Jimmy needs money to finance a toy train factory, Ross ends his lecture with a sales talk about the valuable Iridium mines he found in South America. Ethelreda Knox (Elisabeth Risdon), big-time toy manufacturer, wants to get a monopoly on the Iridium stock, while Gentleman Jack (Robert Emmett Keane) and The Duchess (Gertrude Michael), a pair of slick crooks, also want to chisel in on the deal. Ross gets the swindlers and civic leaders to deposit $60,000 in the bank and he finances Jimmy's factory with the funds. Feeling somewhat "taken", Gentleman Jack and The Duchess rob the bank, but with the help of his crony Peter (George E. Stone), Ross sees to it that the pair leave town holding an empty bag. Ross reimburses the locals and suggests a merger of the factories owned by his bride-to-be Eltelreda and his future son-in-law Jimmy.
Melody and Moonlight (1940) as Danny O'Brien
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot (1940) as Johnny Cassidy
A Child Is Born (1940) as Johnny Norton
A pregnant prison inmate shares her problems with the patients in a maternity ward.
Laugh It Off (1939) as Stephen Hannis
Parents on Trial (1939) as Don Martin
First Offenders (1939) as Fred Gray
Hawaiian Nights (1939) as Ted Hartley
Bad Boy (1939) as John Fraser
Hold That Co-Ed (1938) as Dink
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.
Algiers (1938) as Pierrot
A thief on the run from the law risks his life for love.
Hunted Men (1938) as Frank Martin
Thrill of a Lifetime (1938) as Stanley
Swing Sister Swing (1938) as Johnny [Bennett]
Broadway press agent Nap Sisler (Ken Murray) sees a chance to make a national hit with a new dance, "The Baltimore Bubble", created by Greenvale filling-station attendant Johnny Bennett (Johnny Downs). Nap promotes dance instructor Professor L. Orlando Beebee (Ernest Truex) out of $500 to bring Johnny, his dancing partner Snookie Saunders (Kathryn Kane, formerly known as Katherine "Sugar" Kane but not in this film), and Greenvale grocery clerk and hot trombonist Satchel-Lips Peters (Eddie Quillan) to New York. Introduced at a night club by bandleader Ted Weems, the trio is a hit. The Greenvale trio begin a theatre tour with their dance, now a national sensation. The craze soon dies out and Johnny stays in New York to try for another chance at fame with a dancer, Nona (Edna Sedgwick), while the other two return to Greenvale. The new act soon flops and Johnny returns to Greenvale and is met by Snookie, Satchel-Lips and the town band, who escort him to a new and lavish service station built with the money earned from "The Baltimore Bubble."
Clarence (1937) as Bobbie [Wheeler]
Blonde Trouble (1937) as Fred Stevens
Fred Stevens (Johnny Downs), on his way to New York City with hopes of succeeding as a songwriter, meets and falls in love with Edna Baker, an employee in a dentist's office. In New York, Fred meets Paul Sears (William Demarest), a broken-down songwriter, his wife Lucille (Helen Flint) and her gold-digging sister, Eileen Fletcher (Terry Walker.) They are indifferent to him until they discover he has his life's savings with him. Eileen makes plans to marry Fred and ignores her song-publishing boy friend, Joe Hart (Lynne Overman.) Fred and Paul write a song together and take it to Hart, who sees a way to get Eileen off his hands by giving Fred a large advance. Fred, who is completely swayed by Eileen, parts with Edna. Hart continues the advances but when Fred and Paul go to him asking why the song hasn't been published, Hart tells them it isn't any good and he was using Fred to help rid him of Eileen. Fred now realizes he loves Edna. A popular radio singer sees Fred's song in Hart's office and sings it on the air, and it becomes a hit.
Turn Off the Moon (1937) as Terry Keith
The Arizona Raiders (1936) as Lonesome Alonzo Mulhall
After saving himself from hanging, Laramie Nelson saves Tracks Williams from the same fate. They then travel to Linsay's ranch where they get jobs. There they run into Adams who they learn is planning to rustle Lindsay's horses.
Pigskin Parade (1936) as Chip Carson
College football scouts recruit a country bumpkin with a killer kick.
College Holiday (1936) as Johnny Jones
A group of men are invited to spend the summer with a lady hotelier interested in eugenics.
The First Baby (1936) as Johnny Ellis
By the time daughter (Deane) and son-in-low (Downs) have their second child the mother-in-law (Gateson) learns not to be so domineering.
Everybody's Old Man (1936) as Tommy Sampson
So Red the Rose (1935) as Yankee boy
SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn apart by the War between the States. During the war's darkest days she is sustained by her love for a distant cousin, a Confederate officer, played by Randolph Scott.
Coronado (1935) as Johnny Marvin
The Virginia Judge (1935) as Bob Stuart
College Scandal (1935) as Paul Gedney
Babes in Toyland (1934) as Little Boy Blue
Two employees of a toy maker try to borrow money from their employer to pay off the mortgage on Mother Peep''s shoe.

Cast (short)

Once Over Lightly (1938)
This short film spoofs college musicals, a genre popular during the 1930s.
It's in the Stars (1938)
In this musical short, a fraternity and sorority independently decide to stop dating one another in order to focus on studying and graduation.
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
This short film presents a musical and comedy revue staged as a pirate party on Catalina Island.
Forty-Five Minutes From Hollywood (1926)
A young man visiting Hollywood on family business gets into trouble when he sees a bank robbery in progress, and thinks it is a movie scene in this short film.
Uncle Tom's Uncle (1926)
A gang of children stage their own version of "Uncle Tom''''s Cabin" in this silent short comedy.
Buried Treasure (1926)
A gang of children embark upon a treasure hunt for Captain Kidd''''s buried gold in this short film.
Shivering Spooks (1926)
A gang of children attempt to put an end to a fake séance in this silent short comedy.
Good Cheer (1926)
On Christmas Eve, a gang of children cope with hardships, help capture a gang of thieves, and learn that Santa Claus really exists in this silent short film.
The Fourth Alarm! (1926)
A gang of children assist the fire department with putting out a fire in this silent short film.
Thundering Fleas (1926)
In this silent short film, a gang of kids attend a wedding, bringing along their flea collection... which gets loose.
Monkey Business (1926)
In this silent short comedy, a chimpanzee escapes from a zoo and befriends a group of children.
Official Officers (1925)
A gang of children are given the chance to help the police force in this silent short film.
One Wild Ride (1925)
In this silent short comedy, a gang of kids go into the taxi business... with a motor-less auto and an obliging mule.
Boys Will Be Joys (1925)
A gang of children create their own amusement park in this silent short film.
Shootin' Injuns (1925)
In this silent short comedy, a gang of children playing "cowboys" run away from home and find themselves in a haunted house.

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