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Also Known As: Died: February 16, 1979
Born: July 17, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
The Rawhide Years (1956) as Marshal Sommers
Ben Matthews gives up the flashy life of a riverboat gambler, hoping to settle down in Galena with his girlfriend, luscious entertainer Zoe. But Galena's leading citizen is murdered on the boat; Ben, on arrival, finds a lynch mob after his neck, and flees. Three years of wandering later, Zoe's letters stop coming and Ben returns to find her and attempt the hopeless task of clearing himself.
2.
Miracle in the Rain (1956) as Harry Wood
When a lonely woman's wartime lover dies, her loneliness threatens her life.
3.
Dynamite (1949) as Gunner Peterson
Gunner Peterson (William Gargan) is a veteran dynamite man working for Jake (Irving Bacon)and is romantically interested in Jake's daughter Mary (Virginia Welles.) Johnny Brown (Richard Crane), son of Nellie Brown (Mary Newton) who operates a boarding house, finds college too tame after his stint with a demolition squad in the army, and decides to quit. Getting a job with Jake, he is soon resented by Gunner when he tries to introduce some new methods and also starts showing an interest in Mary. A truck loaded with dynamite gets away from Hard-Rock Mason (Frank Ferguson)and the loss of the truck causes Jake to have to borrow money from Nellie to keep his business going. Hard Rock is killed in a blast which Gunner decides was his fault, since he wouldn't listen to Johnny's ideas about how to set the charge, and he leaves. Later, when Johnny is testing charges, there is an unexpected blast and he is trapped in the tunnel.
4.
The Argyle Secrets (1948) as Harry Mitchell
5.
Waterfront at Midnight (1948) as Mike Hanrahan
6.
Swell Guy (1947) as Martin Duncan
7.
Till the End of Time (1946) as Sgt. Gunn Watrous
A returning World War II veteran falls for a troubled war widow.
8.
Behind Green Lights (1946) as Lt. Sam Carson
9.
Strange Impersonation (1946) as Dr. Stephan Lindstrom
A research scientist conducting experiments on a new anaesthetic finds herself being blackmailed by a women she accidentally knocked down with her car; the woman wasn't hurt, but a scheming attorney has convinced her she can get a lot of money for the "accident." Meanwhile, the scientist's research assistant, who is in love with her boss' boyfriend, arranges for an explosion in the laboratory that disfigures the scientist's face, in order to take the boyfriend away from her. The scientist has plastic surgery to make her look like the woman who tried to blackmail her - who while struggling with the scientist fell out of a window and was killed - and determines to get back her boyfriend and punish her scheming assistant.
10.
Murder in the Music Hall (1946) as Inspector Wilson
11.
Night Editor (1946) as Tony Cochrane
A detective hides key evidence in a murder case rather than reveal he was cheating on his wife.
12.
Hot Cargo (1946) as Joe Harkness
Two discharged service men, William Gargan and Philip Reed, go to the redwood country in northern California to visit the family of a buddy killed in the war. There, they find the family's trucking business is being threatned by a rival who will stop at nothing to ruin their business. They take up the fight against the crooks.
13.
Rendezvous 24 (1946) as Larry Cameron
14.
She Gets Her Man (1945) as Breezy [Barton]
15.
Song of the Sarong (1945) as Drew [Allen]
16.
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) as Joe Gallagher
A liberal priest tries to soften the strict nun running St. Mary's school.
17.
Follow That Woman (1945) as Sam Boone
18.
Midnight Manhunt (1945) as Pete Willis
19.
The Canterville Ghost (1944) as Sergeant Benson
A ghost who died a coward tries to inspire U.S. GIs to become heroes.
20.
Swing Fever (1944) as "Waltzy" Malone
A bandleader with hypnotic powers tries to train a boxer.
21.
Harrigan's Kid (1943) as Tom Harrigan
A disgraced jockey teaches a boy to ride and cheat.
22.
No Place for a Lady (1943) as Jess Arno
23.
Miss Annie Rooney (1942) as [Timothy] Rooney [Jr.]
A young girl has to overcome social prejudice when she falls for a wealthy young man.
24.
Destination Unknown (1942) as Briggs Harrison [alias of Terry Jordan]
25.
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942) as Ellery Queen
26.
Sealed Lips (1942) as Lee [Davis]
27.
Who Done It? (1942) as Lieutenant Moran
Two dumb soda jerks dream of writing radio mysteries. When they try to pitch an idea at a radio station, they end up in the middle of a real murder when the station owner is killed during a broadcast.
28.
Bombay Clipper (1942) as [James Montgomery] Jim [Wilson]
29.
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942) as Ellery Queen
30.
The Mayor of 44th Street (1942) as Tommy Fallon
A dance-band manager has to cope with hooligans trying to get into the act.
31.
A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942) as Ellery Queen
32.
Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) as Sam Peters
On her retirement, students wonder why their favorite teacher never married.
33.
I Wake Up Screaming (1941) as Jerry MacDonald
A celebrity promoter is accused of murdering one of his clients.
34.
Keep 'Em Flying (1941) as Craig Morrison
35.
Flying Cadets (1941) as Trip [Hammer]
36.
Star Dust (1940) as Dane Wharton
When the studios reject her because she's too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own.
37.
Isle of Destiny (1940) as "Stripes" Thornton
Society glamour girl/aviatrix Virginia Allerton (June Lang) decides to alter her around-the-world flight by stopping off on the Pacific isle of Palo Pango where her brother, Lieutenant Allerton (Grant Richards) is stationed with a detachment of U.S. Marines, including "Stripes" Thornton (William Gargan) and "Milly" Barnes (Wallace Ford.) Local smuggler Barton (Gilbert Roland) baits her into a trap using her plane for his gun-smuggling racket and she ends up wrecked on another island. Thornton, as a stowaway on Barton's gun-smuggling plane, and Barnes, by water in a stolen speed boat, rush to her rescue. Inda (Katherine DeMille), the jealous native wife of Barton, with a penchant for dispatching people with poison darts from a blow gun, does her best to do the same for Virginia.
38.
Sporting Blood (1940) as Duffy
A young man trying to rebuild the family racing stables falls for the daughter of a bitter rival.
39.
Turnabout (1940) as Joel Clare
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
40.
Double Alibi (1940) as Walter Gifford
41.
42.
Broadway Serenade (1939) as Bill
Career conflicts threaten a singer's marriage to a young composer.
43.
The Adventures of Jane Arden (1939) as Ed Towers
A reporter poses as a jewel smuggler to unmask a criminal gang.
44.
Three Sons (1939) as Thane Pardway
A shop owner tries to interest his heirs in the family business.
45.
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939) as Ed O'Malley
A gangster's moll runs home to mother, with reporters and amateur detectives hot on her tail.
46.
The House of Fear (1939) as Arthur McHugh
A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play. The actor's body disappeared shortly after the crime, and his ghost is rumored to be haunting the theater.
47.
Within the Law (1939) as Cassidy
A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.
49.
Women in the Wind (1939) as Ace Boreman
Personal conflicts flare between competitors in a women's air race.
50.
The Crowd Roars (1938) as Johnny Martin
A fighter's hard-drinking father gets his son mixed up with the underworld.
51.
The Devil's Party (1938) as Mike O'Mara
53.
The Crime of Doctor Hallet (1938) as Jack Murray
54.
Personal Secretary (1938) as Mark Farrell
55.
You're a Sweetheart (1937) as Fred Edwards
56.
You Only Live Once (1937) as Father Dolan
When he''s framed for murder, an escaped convict returns to crime to protect his wife and child.
57.
Some Blondes Are Dangerous (1937) as George Regan
58.
Fury and the Woman (1937) as Bruce Corrigan
59.
Wings over Honolulu (1937) as Lieutenant Jack Furness
Adapted by Isabel Dawn and Boyce de Gaw from a "Redbook Magazine" story by Mildred Cram with, apparently, none of the three understanding much about military trials or else the Ray Milland character would have ended up with a dishonorable discharge and twenty years in the slammer. Story begins at a birthday party given for Virginia deb Lauralee Curtis (Wendy Barrie) by her adoring aunts Nellie (Margaret McWade) and Evie Curtis (Clara Blandick.) Wealthy yankee Gregory Chandler (Kent Taylor) claims the first dance and spends the night unfolding dazzling vistas of yachts, wealth and far-off romantic places and asks Lauralee to marry him. She declines, as properly brought-up southern girls do not accept first-night proposals or, most of the time, propositions. But this changes when navy flyers Lieutenants Stony Gilchrist (Ray Milland) and Jack Furness (William Gargan) make a forced landing on the Curtis plantation, and it is a case of love at first sight when Lauralee meets Stony,evidently because Lauralee and Stony are the only two people at the party with British accents. She marries him and follows him to Honolulu.But the Navy bungalow is a bit drab---"pitifully drab" to be exact---for a good old girl from a southern plantation, and she isn't too keen about airplanes flying over the house all day even if they are on a Naval base and, for goodness gracious sakes, ol' Stony's duties force him to stay away from home at times. Meanwhile, Gregory sails his yacht into the harbor with the express purpose of winning Lauralee away from Stony, which is not surprising for a damn yankee. She assures the cad that she loves her husband more than ever but...she will attend a party on his yacht since Stony is tied up doing whatever it is he does and a girl just can't stay cooped up all the time and she reckons there is nothing wrong in that. But Stony comes home early, finds out where she is going and reckons otherwise. They quarrel and Lauralee hies herself on to the party, which ends up on a slumming excursion to a disreputable cafe where a drunk makes a pass at Lauralee, and Gregory, miffed that someone other than he is out to spoil Lauralee's honor, fights the drunk. All three are hauled to jail and the story is all over Honolulu's morning newspapers. Grief-stricken and not wishing to bring further shame on Stony, Lauralee sends word she is leaving him for Gregory Chandler. Stony isn't buying any of that and he steals a Navy plane and goes in search of Chandler's yacht. To compound his theft of United States government property, Stony also manages to crash said property. He offers no defense at his court martial, since doing so would involve his wife's good (albeit somewhat tarnished) name. But Lauralee shows up and tells the court martial board it was all her fault, and the board reckons that under these circumstances Stony should be restored to full duty and rank but transferred to another base. In real life, of course, his next base would have been the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas doing a hard-duty twenty years behind the bars.
60.
Reported Missing (1937) as Steve Browning
61.
She Asked for It (1937) as Dwight Stanford
62.
Behind the Mike (1937) as George Hayes
In this The "NEW" Universal presentation, high-tempered New York radio producer George Hayes (William Gargan) quarrels with Cyrus Wittles (William B. Davidson), sponsor of the Crunchie Munchie Hour, and loses his job. He hears that station WBAM in Valley Falls needs a new manager and heads there. Stumbling into the wrong station, WVOX, he meets Jane Arledge (Judith Barrett), program manager for local town-magnate, Harry Fox (Charles Brokaw.) She directs him to WBAM and he finds it is a collection of junk in an abandoned stable. Humiliated, he boasts to Jane that he will put the old station on its feet again. He sends for his announcer friend, Tiny Martin (Don Wilson), after convincing station-owner Pete Jones (Spencer Charters) that Martin can give valuable aid in reviving the station. Merchants fear to use WBAM, although they despise Fox and his crony, Mayor Applegate (Ferris Taylor), who is up for re-election. Learning that the merchants are holding a secret meeting, George uses a ruse to broadcast their suspicions about Fox and Applegate. They repudiate the statements, but George prepares another strong blast against them for a later broadcast. This angers Janes, who believes the attacks on her boss are unjustified and she tells George he should return to New York. While George waits for his train, Jane learns that Fox and Applegate have connived to loot the town treasury and, with Martin, she rushes to WBAM and adds her own evidence to the charges prepared previously by George and reads them over the air.
63.
Breezing Home (1937) as Steve Rowan
64.
The Milky Way (1936) as [Elwood] Speed McFarland
A mild-mannered milkman stumbles onto a career in the boxing ring.
65.
The Blackmailer (1936) as Peter Cornish
66.
Navy Born (1936) as Red Furness
67.
Man Hunt (1936) as Hank Dawson
A bored small-town teacher gets mixed up with an escaped bank robber.
68.
Flying Hostess (1936) as Hal Cunningham
69.
The Sky Parade (1936) as Speed Robertson
70.
Alibi for Murder (1936) as Perry Travis
71.
Broadway Gondolier (1935) as Cliff Stanley
A taxi driver travels to Venice and poses as a gondolier to land a radio singing job.
72.
A Night at the Ritz (1935) as Duke Regan
A publicist doesn't know that his famous chef client can't cook.
73.
Black Fury (1935) as Slim [Johnson]
A coal worker gets mixed up in the mob's efforts to infiltrate his union.
74.
Traveling Saleslady (1935) as Pat O'Connor
A toothpaste tycoon's daughter joins his rival to teach him a lesson.
75.
Bright Lights (1935) as Dan Wheeler
Husband-and-wife vaudeville stars separate when success goes to his head.
76.
Don't Bet on Blondes (1935) as Numbers
An actress's manager tries to keep her from leaving the stage for marriage.
77.
Things Are Looking Up (1935) as Van Guard
Bertha Fytte is a serious and strict schoolmistress, and not well liked by the schoolgirls. Her sister Cicely runs a nearby circus, more or less successfully, and Bertha heartily disapproves. But spinster Bertha suddenly elopes, and Cicely is induced to take her place ... only for one day. Cicely scrapes by teaching advanced geometry and finds an ally in van Gaard, the romantic American music teacher, who discloses to her that his qualifications are not 100% genuine. The school headmistress is retiring and Bertha is on the short list to get her job. Will Cicely try to succeed for her sister, and if she tries can she put on a good enough show to pull it off?
78.
British Agent (1934) as [Bob] Medill
An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.
79.
Strictly Dynamite (1934) as Georgie [Ross]
A radio comic runs out of jokes, triggering a desperate search.
80.
Four Frightened People (1934) as Stewart Corder
81.
The Line Up (1934) as Bob Curtis
82.
Lucky Devils (1933) as Bob [Hughes]
Two Hollywood stuntmen compete for the same pretty extra.
83.
Night Flight (1933) as Brazilian pilot
An airline's owner runs his business with ruthless disregard for safety.
84.
The Story of Temple Drake (1933) as Stephen Benbow
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers.
85.
Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men (1933) as Red Branahan
A socialite can't choose between the tough guy she's turned into a gentleman and the gentleman she's turned into a tough guy.
86.
Emergency Call (1933) as Steve [Brennan]
A promising surgeon discovers his hospital is run by gangsters.
87.
Headline Shooter (1933) as Bill Allen
A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.
88.
Sweepings (1933) as Gene [Pardway]
A man spends his life building a successful business to pass on to his kids who are uninterested.
89.
Rain (1932) as Sergeant ["Handsome"] O'Hara
A missionary tries to reform a streetwalker trapped on a Pacific island.
90.
The Animal Kingdom (1932) as ["Red"] Regan
An intellectual publisher can't choose between his society wife and his free thinking former love.
91.
The Misleading Lady (1932) as Fitzpatrick
92.
The Sport Parade (1932) as Johnny [Baker]
College team mates follow different paths after they graduate.

Cast (short)

93.
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
This short film presents a series of bloopers from various Warner Bros. productions.

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