George Murphy


Actor
George Murphy

Biography

Genial American leading actor and singer-dancer who enjoyed 15 years of second-string stardom in Hollywood and, prefiguring Ronald Reagan (whom he rather resembled), later enjoyed success in California politics....

Photos & Videos

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Tom, Dick and Harry - Title Lobby Card
Walk East on Beacon - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Julie Johnson
Wife
Dancer, actor.
Bette Murphy
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

"Say, Didn't You Used to Be George Murphy?"
George Murphy

Biography

Genial American leading actor and singer-dancer who enjoyed 15 years of second-string stardom in Hollywood and, prefiguring Ronald Reagan (whom he rather resembled), later enjoyed success in California politics.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

That's Entertainment! III (1994)
MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992)
Talk About a Stranger (1952)
Robert Fontaine, Sr.
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Mr. Callaghan
Walk East on Beacon (1952)
James Belden
No Questions Asked (1951)
Inspector Matt Duggan
Saturday's Hero (1951)
Football player
Battleground (1949)
"Pop" Stazak
Border Incident (1949)
Jack Bearnes
Father Was a Fullback (1949)
Football player
Yes Sir, That's My Baby (1949)
Football player
Big City (1948)
Patrick O'Donnell
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
Steve Abutt
The Arnelo Affair (1947)
Ted Parkson
Cynthia (1947)
Larry Bishop
Up Goes Maisie (1946)
Joseph Morton
Having Wonderful Crime (1945)
Jake Justus
Broadway Rhythm (1944)
Jonnie Demming
Step Lively (1944)
Gordon Miller
Show Business (1944)
George Doane
This Is the Army (1943)
Jerry Jones
The Powers Girl (1943)
Jerry Hendricks
Bataan (1943)
Lieut. Steve Bentley
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
The Mayor of 44th Street (1942)
Joe Jonathan
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Jimmy K. Metcalfe
The Navy Comes Through (1942)
Lieutenant Thomas L. Sands
A Girl, a Guy and a Gob (1941)
Claudius J. "Coffee Cup" Cup
Ringside Maisie (1941)
Skeets Maguire
Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
Tom
Rise and Shine (1941)
Jimmy M'Gonigle
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
Eddie Kerns
Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
King Shaw
Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1 (1940)
Alan Blake
Little Nellie Kelly (1940)
Jerry Kelly
Risky Business (1939)
Dan Clifford
Letter of Introduction (1938)
Barry Paige
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Roger Wendling
Hold That Co-Ed (1938)
Rusty [Stevens]
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Sonny Ledford
Women Men Marry (1937)
Bill Raeburn
London by Night (1937)
Michael Denis
Top of the Town (1937)
Ted Lane
You're a Sweetheart (1937)
Hal Adams
Woman Trap (1936)
Keat Shevlin
The Public Menace (1935)
Red Foster
I'll Love You Always (1935)
Carl Brent
After the Dance (1935)
Jerry Davis [also known as Jerry Blair]
Kid Millions (1934)
Gerald "Jerry" Lane
Jealousy (1934)
Larry O'Roarke

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

King Kong (2005)
Vis Effects Supervisor, Weta Digital Ltd.

Cast (Special)

The Desilu Revue (1959)

Cast (Short)

Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) (1955)
Himself
1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (International) (1955)
Himself
King & Queen Meet the Stars (1954)
Himself
THE HOAXSTERS (1952)
Narrator
Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
Himself
Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga (1939)
Himself
Violets in Spring (1936)

Life Events

1927

Made Broadway debut with Julie Johnson (who would later become his wife) as his dance partner

1944

Updated to the status of "star" on MGM's listing of contract players

1944

Served as president of the Screen Actors' Guild for two terms

1964

Elected to the US Senate

1970

Lost in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate, partially hampered by a throat operation for cancer which left him almost voiceless

Photo Collections

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Tom, Dick and Harry - Title Lobby Card
Tom, Dick and Harry - Title Lobby Card
Walk East on Beacon - Movie Posters
Walk East on Beacon - Movie Posters
Walk East on Beacon - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Columbia Pictures' Walk East on Beacon (1952), starring George Murphy.
Battleground - Action Publicity Stills
Here are several action-oriented publicity stills taken for MGM's Battleground (1949). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Battleground (1949), directed by William Wellman and starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, George Murphy, and many others.
The Public Menace - Lobby Card
Here is a lobby card from Columbia Pictures' The Public Menace (1935), starring Jean Arthur and George Murphy.
The Public Menace - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Public Menace (1935), starring Jean Arthur and George Murphy.
Border Incident - Publicity Still
Here is a publicity still from MGM's Border Incident (1949), directed by Anthony Mann and Starring Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Border Incident - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Border Incident (1949), starring Ricardo Montalban and directed by Anthony Mann. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Tenth Avenue Angel - Publicity Still
Here is a publicity still from MGM's Tenth Avenue Angel (1948), starring Margaret O'Brien, Angela Lansbury, and George Murphy. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Broadway Melody of 1940 - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Broadway Melody of 1940, starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, and George Murphy and directed by Norman Taurog.

Videos

Movie Clip

Little Miss Broadway (1938) - We Should Be Together Shirley Temple, adopted by the operators of a showbiz hotel, hopes to persuade the owners not to shut it down, and happily meets their agreeable nephew, George Murphy, celebrating with another Harold Spina/Walter Bullock tune, choreographed by Nick Castle, in Little Miss Broadway, 1938.
Border Incident - Open, Braceros Opening credit sequence for director Anthony Mann's Border Incident, 1949, with Ricardo Montalban, followed by newsy narration about migrant "Braceros," cinematography by John Alton.
Border Incident (1949) - I Can Be Very Impatient From a grisly depiction of undocumented Mexican “braceros” robbed and murdered entering the U.S. looking for work, director Anthony Mann follows John C. Higgins’ script into plain exposition, introducing George Murphy and Ricardo Montalban as Rodriguez and Bearnes, Harry Antrim and Martin Garralaga their bosses, in Border Incident, 1949.
Border Incident (1949) - How Can Business Be Bad? Howard Da Silva as American Parkson, leader of a ring that smuggles in exploited workers from Mexico, calls his contacts (Sig Ruman, Arnold Moss), who are then visited by undercover American agent Bearnes (George Murphy), whose mission is to plant stolen immigration permits, in director Anthony Mann’s Border Incident, 1949.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) - The Bastille Is No Fun Tight opening introduces headliners, Carole Landis as affluent amateur detective Helene, Pat O’Brien as bothered lawyer Malone, and George Murphy as her new husband Jake, Emory Parnell the cop, in RKO’s Having Wonderful Crime, 1945, based on a novel by the pseudonymous “Craig Rice.”
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) - Barflies In The Ointment Playboy lawyer Malone (Pat O’Brien) aims to romance the star of the water ballet (Anje Berens) at the resort where he’s followed his newlywed amateur sleuth pals Helene (Carole Landis) and Jake (George Murphy), on what suddenly becomes a real murder case, in Having Wonderful Crime, 1945.
Having Wonderful Crime (1945) - I Might Win A Prize! Elaborate plotting to get pinup Carole Landis (as newlywed amateur sleuth Helene Justus) disrobed, George Murphy her husband, Pat O’Brien their fast-talking lawyer pal, Blanche Ring the rich lady paying him, and Anje Berens the water-ballerina getting excuses, in RKO’s Having Wonderful Crime, 1945.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) - How Does He Look? Gleeful Flavia (Margaret O'Brien), with pal Mac (Rhys Williams) at the news stand, awaiting Steve (George Murphy), returning from prison, though she believes he's been traveling the world, early in Roy Rowland's Tenth Avenue Angel, 1948.
Tenth Avenue Angel (1948) - What Are Phoenicians? Steve (George Murphy), washing cabs because he's not allowed to drive while on probation, fooling around with pal Flavia (Margaret O'Brien, title character), who thinks he's been away traveling, when her aunt, his sweetheart, arrives with an idea, in Tenth Avenue Angel, 1948.
It's A Big Country - Matter Of Some Importance Louis Calhern's narration beginning "Episode Two," directed by John Sturges, in which Mrs. Riordan (Ethel Barrymore) meets editor Callaghan (George Murphy), in the MGM anthology It's A Big Country, 1952.
Step Lively (1944) - As Long As There's Music Playwright Glenn (Frank Sinatra) and producer Gordon (George Murphy) panic when Christine (Gloria DeHaven) reports Jenkins (Eugene Pallette) doesn't like what he's seen, although Miss Abbott (Anne Jeffreys) comes around, song by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, in Step Lively, 1944.
Step Lively (1944) - Come Out! Actress and singer Christine (Gloria DeHaven) coaxes a (Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne) song out of neophyte playwright Glenn (Frank Sinatra), seated with her producer Gordon (Frank Murphy), who's promised to stage his show, before a dinner club audience in RKO's Step Lively, 1944.

Trailer

Tom, Dick And Harry (1941) -- Original Trailer From RK0, the original theatrical trailer for the follow-up to Ginger Rogers’ Academy Award winning performance in Kitty Foyle, the comedy Tom, Dick And Harry, 1941, starring Ginger, Alan Marshal, George Murphy, and Burgess Meredith.
No Questions Asked - (Original Trailer) A young lawyer's primrose path to success gets him framed for murder in No Questions Asked (1951).
Cynthia -- (Original Trailer) 15-year old Elizabeth Taylor receives her first screen kiss in Cynthia (1947).
Broadway Rhythm - (Original Trailer) A retired vaudevillian (Charles Winninger) clashes with his producer son (George Murphy) in this MGM Technicolor musical.
Arnelo Affair, The - (Original Trailer) A neglected wife (Frances Gifford) gets mixed up with an hypnotic charmer and murder (John Hodiak) in The Arnelo Affair (1947).
Battleground - (Original Trailer) American soldiers in France fight to survive a Nazi siege just before the Battle of the Bulge in Battleground (1949), directed by William Wellman and starring Van Johnson, John Hodiak and Ricardo Montalban.
Border Incident - (Original Trailer) Police try to crack down on the illegal immigration racket in Border Incident (1949) starring Ricardo Montalban.
Show Business - (Original Trailer) Eddie Cantor and George Murphy star in the story of four vaudevillians who struggle to make it in Show Business (1944).
Step Lively - (Original Trailer) Fly-by-night producers dodge bill collectors while trying for one big hit in Step Lively (1944) starring Frank Sinatra.
For Me and My Gal - (Original Trailer) An unscrupulous song-and-dance man uses his wife and his best friend to get ahead in For Me and My Gal (1942) with Gene Kelly & Judy Garland.
Ringside Maisie - (Original Trailer) A Brooklyn showgirl (Ann Sothern) sets pulses racing at a boxers' training camp in Ringside Maisie (1941).
London By Night - (Original Trailer) A blackmailer holds the key to several murders in London By Night (1937) starring George Murphy and George Zucco.

Family

Melissa Murphy
Daughter
Survived him.
Dennis Murphy
Son
Survived him.

Companions

Julie Johnson
Wife
Dancer, actor.
Bette Murphy
Wife
Survived him.

Bibliography

"Say, Didn't You Used to Be George Murphy?"
George Murphy