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Also Known As: Died: February 6, 1970
Born: September 7, 1893 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Bernardino, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) as Major Phipps
A sporting goods salesman who knows nothing about fishing must enter an angling contest.
2.
Onionhead (1958) as Windy Woods
An irresponsible student enlists in the Coast Guard expecting to sit out World War II.
3.
Devil's Cargo (1948) as Lieutenant Hardy
4.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948) as Carmody, the cop
5.
The Inside Story (1948) as Eustace Peabody
A collection agent arrives in a small town with $1000 for a local farmer. Whilst waiting for the farmer to arrive the money is put in a safe at a hotel for safe keeping. However, it is removed by mistake and solves a number of financial problems before it is returned.
6.
Speed to Spare (1948) as Kangaroo
Stunt driver Cliff Jordan (Richard Arlen) takes a job with his old pal Jerry McGee (Richard Travis), branch manager of an express trucking firm. Jerry is married to Mary (Jean Rogers), Cliff's former girl friend. Also working for Jerry is Pete Simmons (Pat Phelan), son of the owner Al Simmons (Paul Harvey), and office secretary Jane Chandler (Nanette Parks), who is Pete's sweetheart. Before long, Cliff has made enemies of Pusher Wilks (Ian MacDonald), a trucker whose run he takes over, and also Pete, whose girl he is trying to take over. Pusher sabotages Cliff's rig at every opportunity causing several near-fatal accidents.
7.
Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947) as Billy Delaney
The ranch of Red Ryder (Allan Lane) and his aunt, The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), is being used as the training site for "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (George Turner) for his upcoming fight in Carson City, Nevada for the heavyweight championship against Bob Fitzsimmons (John Dehner). Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart), the daughter of a U.S. Senator, crusading against prize-fighting in Nevada, complicates matters soemwhat when she conceives the bright idea of having Corbett kidnapped, thus causing the cancellation of the fight. The two men (George Chesebro and George Lloyd) she hires to do the kidnapping also add to the complications by kidnapping Ryder instead of Corbett. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks, led by McKean (Roy Barcroft), descend on the town intent on looting the town and also making off with the fight proceeds.
8.
That's My Man (1947) as Toby Gleeton
9.
Avalanche (1946) as Red Kelly
10.
I Ring Doorbells (1946) as Stubby
11.
One Way to Love (1945) as Hobie Simmons
12.
The Navy Way (1944) as Frankie Gimble
13.
Hi, Good Lookin'! (1944) as Archie
14.
Minstrel Man (1944) as [Lee] "Lasses" White
15.
His Butler's Sister (1943) as Fields
16.
Riding High (1943) as Shorty
17.
My Son, the Hero (1943) as Big Time [Percy Morgan]
18.
Old Acquaintance (1943) as Charlie Archer
Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.
19.
Stage Door Canteen (1943) as
A USO girl defies the rules when she falls for a soldier visiting the star-studded Stage Door Canteen.
20.
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Cassidy
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman (John Howard) who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we see the criminal, who is listening to the show, become alarmed and start to make his escape. The scene shifts to the police department where the chief, fearing for his job, assigns officers to get something, anything, on Sherman and get him off the air. Meanwhile, Greg and his pretty wife Beth (Margaret Lindsay) are parting company. He's going to a party and she's going to visit her pregnant sister in the hospital. The next morning Greg wakes up and nudges his sleeping wife. When she doesn't respond, he pulls off the covers and finds not his wife but a strange woman, dead and with the murder knife still sticking up out of her back. While he's still recovering from the shock, Beth walks into the bedroom. Thinking that she has discovered her husband with another woman, she leaves and calls the police. The police are delighted of course, but Greg escapes as they are arresting him. Now he must solve the mystery by himself...
21.
Woman of the Year (1942) as Phil Whittaker
Opposites distract when a sophisticated political columnist falls for a sportswriter.
22.
Yokel Boy (1942) as Al Devers
23.
You Can't Escape Forever (1942) as "Mac" McTurk
Although she's been demoted to writing the advice column, a newspaper woman still tries to expose a racketeer.
24.
Petticoat Politics (1941) as Joe Higgins
25.
The Gay Vagabond (1941) as Arthur Dixon/Jerry Dixon
26.
Footsteps in the Dark (1941) as Monahan
An aspiring mystery writer stumbles on to a real murder.
27.
Road to Happiness (1941) as Charley Grady
28.
Ladies Must Live (1940) as Peter Larrabee
A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal from a gold-digging singer.
29.
Double Alibi (1940) as Jermiah Jenkins
30.
Meet the Missus (1940) as Joe Higgins
31.
His Girl Friday (1940) as McCue
An unscrupulous editor plots to keep his star reporter-and ex-wife-from re-marrying.
32.
They Drive by Night (1940) as Irish McGurn
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
33.
Saturday's Children (1940) as Willie Sands
A young inventor's new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems.
34.
King of Chinatown (1939) as Rep Harrigan
35.
Everything's on Ice (1939) as Felix Miller
36.
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939) as Mal Stamp
A band leader has to overcome a film studio head's hatred to make it on the big screen.
37.
Dancing Co-Ed (1939) as Joe Drews
A college girl fights to survive in academia and show business.
38.
Tip-Off Girls (1938) as Tom Benson
39.
Dangerous to Know (1938) as Duncan
Racketeer Steve Recka (Akim Tamiroff), art patron and political power-maker, rules his town and Madame Lan Ying (Anna May Wong), his beautiful Oriental friend and hostess (read:mistress), with an iron hand. He meets Margaret Van Kase (Gail Patrick), a socialite not impressed by his power nor his wealth, having no money herself, and Steve makes frantic efforts to win her and turns away from the loyal Lin Yang. Margaret ignores him as she plans to wed Philip Easton (Harvey Stephens), a penniless bond salesman. The furious Recka, poses as a friend to Easton, while planning to ruin him. His henchmen kidnap Easton when he is carrying a large assignment of bonds, and he is branded as a runaway thief. The only doubters are Margaret and Police Inspector Brandon (Lloyd Nolan), who knows Recka's methods and suspects foul play. Easton is found in an abandoned house and arrested as the gangsters have taken the bonds and tipped the police where to find him. Recka offers to clear Easton if Margaret will become his bride and, while her hatred for Recka is intense, her love for Easton is greater and she consents. Recka, however, has reckoned without Lan Ying.
40.
Scandal Street (1938) as Austin Brown
41.
You and Me (1938) as Cuffy
42.
Thanks for the Memory (1938) as George Trent
A struggling novelist living well beyond his means refuses the financial support of his wife.
43.
On Such a Night (1937) as Joe Flynn
44.
Night of Mystery (1937) as Sergeant Heath
45.
Murder Goes to College (1937) as Sim Perkins
46.
Clarence (1937) as Clarence Smith
47.
Partners in Crime (1937) as Sim Perkins
48.
Border Flight (1936) as Calico Smith, Chief Mechanic
49.
Cain and Mabel (1936) as [Aloysius K.] Reilly
The publicity romance between a prizefighter and a showgirl turns into the real thing.
50.
Three Married Men (1936) as Peter Cary
51.
Three Cheers for Love (1936) as Doc "Short Circuit" Wilson
52.
Woman Trap (1936) as Mopsy
53.
Wings in the Dark (1935) as Nick Williams
54.
Front Page Woman (1935) as Toots [O'Grady]
Rival reporters try to scoop each other while covering a fire.
55.
Two Fisted (1935) as Chick Moran
56.
Alibi Ike (1935) as Carey
A brash baseball star gets mixed up with gamblers and a pretty young girl.
57.
Four Hours to Kill! (1935) as Johnson
58.
Red Hot Tires (1935) as Bud Keene
A race-car driver wrongly convicted of murder escapes prison to prove his innocence.
59.
Elmer and Elsie (1934) as Rocky Cott
60.
Twentieth Century (1934) as [Owen] O'Malley
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
61.
It Happened One Night (1934) as [Oscar] Shapeley
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
62.
Come On Marines! (1934) as [Terence V.] Spud McGurke
63.
Search for Beauty (1934) as Newspaper reporter
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new magazine which is a front for salacious stories and pictures.
64.
Shoot the Works (1934) as Sailor Burke
65.
I Sell Anything (1934) as Monk
A small-time auctioneer tries to break into society.
66.
One Sunday Afternoon (1933) as Snappy Downer
A small-town dentist longs to avenge an old friend who stole his love, but discovers there''s no need.
67.
A Lady's Profession (1933) as Tony
68.
Alice in Wonderland (1933) as Tweedledee
A trip through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole sends an English girl into a world of fantastic characters and strange potions.
69.
Today We Live (1933) as ["Mac"] McGinnis
An aristocratic English girl's tangled love life creates havoc during World War I.
70.
Grand Slam (1933) as Radio announcer
A hat-check girl's skill with cards lands her a wealthy bridge champion.
71.
The Women in His Life (1933) as Lester
When his ex-wife is murdered, a hard-living lawyer defends the chief suspect.
72.
Gambling Ship (1933) as Blooey
Tired of the dangerous life as gambling boss, Ace Corbin 'retires' from the racket and travels cross-country by train to begin a new life with a new name. On the train, he meets Eleanor and they fall in love. Eleanor is afraid to tell Ace she's a soiled dove and Ace doesn't tell Eleanor of his shady past. Old enemies won't let Ace begin his new life, and old commitments's won't free Eleanor of her sordid ties. Ace's old life and Eleanor's deception collide with the typical results. But love conquers all!
73.
Lawyer Man (1933) as Merritt
Success corrupts a smooth-talking lawyer.
74.
Under-Cover Man (1932) as Dannie
75.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) as Steve
A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he's sentenced to hard labor.
76.
Week-end Marriage (1932) as
When her husband loses his job, a woman risks her marriage to become the breadwinner.
77.
If I Had a Million (1932) as O'Brien
A dying tycoon selects his heirs at random, and each reacts differently to the good fortune.
78.
Stowaway (1932) as Inspector Redding
79.
The Roadhouse Murder (1932) as Jeff Dale
Reporter has bright idea of claiming to be a murderer and writing his own expose.
80.
The Crooked Circle (1932) as Harry Carter
81.
Two Against the World (1932) as Segall
A debutante takes the rap for her sibling's mistakes.
82.
Night After Night (1932) as Leo
83.
One Way Passage (1932) as Ship's bartender
An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal.
84.
Many a Slip (1931) as Stan Price
85.
Laughing Sinners (1931) as Fred Geer
A Salvation Army preacher saves a troubled girl from suicide.
86.
Dirigible (1931) as Sock McGuire
Romantic rivals vie to be the first to fly to the South Pole.
87.
Pleasure (1931) as
88.
Leftover Ladies (1931) as "Scoop" [O'Connor]
89.
Troopers Three (1930) as Bugs
90.
The Gorilla (1930) as Simmons
91.
The Costello Case (1930) as Blair
92.
The Little Accident (1930) as Gilbert
93.
Man Trouble (1930) as Scott
94.
Safety in Numbers (1930) as Bertram Shapiro
95.
This Thing Called Love (1929) as Harry Bertrand
96.
New York Nights (1929) as Johnny Dolan
97.
The Shopworn Angel (1929) as Dance director
98.
Moran of the Marines (1928) as "Swatty"
99.
Jazz Mad (1928) as Sol Levy
100.
Win That Girl (1928) as Johnny Norton, 2d
101.
Beau Sabreur (1928) as Buddy
102.
Object--Alimony (1928) as Al Bryant
103.
Warming Up (1928) as Hippo
104.
The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) as Ray Hearn
105.
The Desert Bride (1928) as Private Terry
106.
Something Always Happens (1928) as George
107.
Beggars of Life (1928) as Hopper
After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.
108.
The Jazz Singer (1927) as The agent
A cantor's son breaks with family tradition to go into show business.
109.
Ritzy (1927) as Smith's valet
110.
Ten Modern Commandments (1927) as Benny
111.
Wings (1927) as Lt. Walter Cameron
In this silent film, romantic rivals fly against the enemy in World War I.
112.
Dollar Down (1925) as Gene Meadows, her son
113.
The Overland Limited (1925) as Pat Madden
114.
The Foolish Virgin (1924) as Chuck Brady
115.
Bluff (1924) as Jack Hallowell
116.
The Midnight Express (1924) as Switch Hogan
117.
Other Men's Daughters (1923) as Hubert
118.
Conquering the Woman (1922) as Shorty Thompson
119.
Afraid To Fight (1922) as Bertie
120.
Her Own Money (1922) as Jerry Woodward
121.
The Trouper (1922) as Neal Selden
122.
Too Much Married (1921) as Bob Holiday
123.
The Man Tamer (1921) as Bradley P. Caldwell, Jr.
124.
The Life of the Party (1920) as Sam Perkins
125.
The Family Honor (1920) as Dal Tucker
126.
Poor Relations (1919) as Henry

Cast (short)

127.
Copy (1929)
In this short film, the wisecracking staff of a newspaper write articles about the serious safety issues of a local excursion steamboat line.

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