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John Beal

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Also Known As: Died: April 26, 1997
Born: August 13, 1909 Cause of Death: complications from a stroke
Birth Place: Joplin, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

New Faces (1954) as Sketch dir
A filmed performance (in CinemaScope) of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a flimsy plot to meld them all together which, for the most part, worked. The plot involves a performer/producer (Ronny Graham)who finds himself in financial difficulties on the eve of opening night because a big check is needed before the curtain can go up. But a wealthy Texan says he will put up the money, if his daughter is in the show and he can see it first. End of plot, but the beginning of the careers of some young and talented people who have had careers across many decades. Ertha Kitt sings four songs, including "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby" in and around some funny skits; "Trip of the Month", "Snake Charmer", "Crazy Man" and "Oedipus Goes South." Graham and Mel Brooks (in his Melvin Brooks days)are credited with most of the sketch material and just the title of the "Oedipus" bit suggests Brooks. There is a burlesque of "Death of a Salesman", which was probably the easiest to write of all. It also appears that when Brooks later did "The Producers", he hadn't forgotten everything about "New Faces."

Cast (feature film)

Firm, The (1993) as Nathan Locke
Tom Cruise learns that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is, when he accepts an excessively lucrative offer from a Memphis firm after graduating from Harvard Law. In this thriller from director Sydney Pollack, based on the bestselling novel by John Grisham, Cruise''s ambitious character Mitch McDeere discovers that the firm''s prosperity is a direct result of its mob ties. When the murders and seductions pile up, Mitch must get to the truth and get out alive. Also starring Oscar winner Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Paul Sorvino, and Ed Harris.
Amityville 3: The Demon (1983) as Harold Caswell
Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979) as Professor Eric Wohlstrom
The widow of a wealthy shipbuilder tries to hold onto his business and becomes involved with boardroom intrigue in her bitter struggle to maintain control of the company. The British TV series "The Foundation" was the basis of this movie.
Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977) as Dr Carr
A further look into the lives of F.D.R. and Eleanor Roosevelt during their twelve-year residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, reuniting most of the cast and technical crew responsible for the multiple-award-winning first film (1976). Equally as honored (with seventeen Emmy nominations), this film wa
Legend of Lizzie Borden, The (1975) as Dr Bowen
An ethereal retelling, stylishly produced, of the story of the New England spinster accused of the axe murders of her father and stepmother in the 1890s in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. Emmy Award nominations went to Elizabeth Montgomery, art director Jack DeShields, set decorator Henry Gordon, editor John A. Martinelli, and costume designer Guy Verhille. DeShields and Gordon won.
Bride, The (1973) as Father
After she finds her newly-wed husband in bed with his old girlfriend, a bride uses money from her wealthy father to turn her husband's love nest into a place of horror.
House That Cried Murder, The (1973)
The neurotic and newlywed Barbara (Robin Strasser) finds her husband (Arthur Roberts) in bed with his old flame Eva (Iva Jean Saraceni). Robin doesn't get mad-she gets even. Using funds supplied by her wealthy daddy John Beal, the scorned bride turns Roberts and Saraceni's love nest into a dungeon of horror.
Ten Who Dared (1960) as Maj. John Wesley Powell
Based on Major John Wesley Powell's own journal, adventure yarn depicting the perils encountered by Powell and nine boatmen in successfully navigating three small craft down the treacherous Colorado River for the first time in 1869.
The Sound and the Fury (1959) as Howard Compson
Passions divide a declining Southern family.
The Vampire (1957) as Dr. Paul Beecher
An experimental treatment turns a small-town doctor into a vampire.
That Night! (1957) as Commuter [Christopher J. Bowden]
When a driven business man suffers a series of heart attacks, he and his family must reassess their values.
Remains to Be Seen (1953) as Dr. Glenson
A girl vocalist and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.
My Six Convicts (1952) as Dr. "Doc" Wilson
A prison psychologist tries to rehabilitate six hardcore criminals.
Alimony (1949) as Dan Barker
Song of Surrender (1949) as Dubois
So Dear to My Heart (1949) as Narrator
A farm boy adopts a black lamb and tries to keep it out of trouble.
Chicago Deadline (1949) as Paul Jean d'Ur
On Chicago's South Side reporter Ed Ames finds the body of a dead girl. Her address book leads to a host of names of men frightened by her death but claiming never to have known her. Ames comes to know quite a lot, dangerously so.
Key Witness (1947) as Milton Higby, later known as Arthur Ballin
Messenger of Peace (1947) as Rev. Armin Ritter
Let's Have Fun (1943) as Richard Gilbert
Edge of Darkness (1943) as Johann Stensgard
Resistance fighters battle the Nazis in occupied Norway.
One Thrilling Night (1942) as Horace Jason
A couple''''s honeymoon is sabotaged by gangsters looking for missing cash.
Stand by All Networks (1942) as Ben Fallon
A radio reporter sets out to track down and expose Nazi agents.
Atlantic Convoy (1942) as Carl Hansen
The Great Commandment (1941) as Joel
Doctors Don't Tell (1941) as Dr. Ralph Sawyer
Dr. Ralph Snyder (John Beal) and Dr. Frank Blake (Edward Norris) open an office together but soon split over a rivalry for nightclub singer Diana Wayne (Florence Rice) and a difference over ethics. In an effort to make some quick money and marry Diana, Blake becomes a retainer for gangster Joe Grant (Douglas Fowley)while the upright (and uptight)Sawyer (John Beal)becomes a medical examiner in the district attorney's office. Grant is involved in a murder and forces Blake to remove an identifying scar, thereby proving that all gangsters should keep a doctor on retainment. But Blake has a change of heart and shows up at Grant's trial, spills the beans and Grant is convicted. Consequently, Blake loses his license, Diana and then his life, proving that the "do-tell' doctor should have heeded the film title.
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941) as Walter Mathews
The Cat and the Canary (1939) as Fred Blythe
An attorney tries to protect the sole heir to a millionaire¬Ņs creepy estate.
The Arkansas Traveler (1938) as Johnnie Daniels
Port of Seven Seas (1938) as Marius
I Am the Law (1938) as Paul Ferguson
A law professor signs on as special prosecutor to take on the mob.
Double Wedding (1937) as Waldo Beaver
A dress designer tries to break her sister's engagement to a free-living artist, only to discover the man is falling for her instead.
We Who Are About to Die (1937) as John E. Thompson
A San Quentin inmate''s death row conviction is reversed.
Beg Borrow or Steal (1937) as Bill Cherau
Con men on the Riviera live by their wits.
The Man Who Found Himself (1937) as Dr. James Stanton, Jr., later known as Jim Jones
A determined nurse puts a cocky surgeon back on track.
Danger Patrol (1937) as Dan Loring
Tempers ignite when an explosives carrier falls in love with a colleague's daughter.
Madame X (1937) as Raymond Fleuriot
When she kills a blackmailer, a woman is defended by the son she abandoned years earlier.
Border Cafe (1937) as Keith Whitney
Cowboys clash with gangsters and Boston snobs in the modern West.
M'liss (1936) as Stephen Thorne
A young innocent searches a rough mining town for her drunken father.
Laddie (1935) as Laddie Stanton
Les Misérables (1935) as Marius
An obsessed policeman relentlessly pursues an escaped convict.
Break of Hearts (1935) as Johnny Lawrence
An unknown composer tries to save the conductor she loves from his drinking problem.
Hat, Coat, and Glove (1934) as Jerry Hutchins
A lawyer gets mixed up in a net of intrigue when he witnesses a suicide.
The Little Minister (1934) as Gavin [Dishart]
A young miss masquerades as a gypsy to win a minister's love.
Another Language (1933) as Jerry [Hallam]
A newlywed discovers that she and her husband''''s snobby family speak different languages.

Music (feature film)

American Splendor (2003) as Bass
Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with re

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