Jack Townley


Biography

Jack Townley brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. Townley started his entertainment career writing for films, including "The Avenger" (1931), "Strange People" (1933) and the comedy "The Plot Thickens" (1936) with James Gleason. He also appeared in "Mummy's Boys" (1936) and the Harry Carey comedy "The Last Outlaw" (1936). Toward the en...

Biography

Jack Townley brought many screenplays to Hollywood throughout the course of his Hollywood career. Townley started his entertainment career writing for films, including "The Avenger" (1931), "Strange People" (1933) and the comedy "The Plot Thickens" (1936) with James Gleason. He also appeared in "Mummy's Boys" (1936) and the Harry Carey comedy "The Last Outlaw" (1936). Toward the end of his career, Townley wrote "Rosie, the Riveter" (1944), "Jamboree" (1944) and "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (1944). He also appeared in "Bells of Rosarita" (1945) and the western "Utah" (1945) with Roy Rogers. Townley last wrote "The Abbott and Costello Show" (1951-54). Townley passed away in October 1960 at the age of 64.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941)
Director
Home on the Prairie (1939)
Director
Guilty Parents (1934)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Crooked Circle (1957)
Wrt by
The Disembodied (1957)
Writer
Up In Smoke (1957)
Screenwriter
Crashing Las Vegas (1956)
Story and Screenplay
Hot Shots (1956)
Screenwriter
Hot Shots (1956)
Story
Untamed Heiress (1954)
Story
Oklahoma Annie (1952)
Screenwriter
The Fabulous Senorita (1952)
Story
The Fabulous Senorita (1952)
Screenwriter
Honeychile (1951)
Writer
Havana Rose (1951)
Writer
Cuban Fireball (1951)
Screenwriter
The Blazing Sun (1950)
Writer
Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949)
Writer
The Last Round-Up (1947)
Screenwriter
The Last Round-Up (1947)
Story
My Pal Trigger (1946)
Screenwriter
One Exciting Week (1946)
Screenwriter
Bells of Rosarita (1945)
Original Screenplay
Utah (1945)
Screenwriter
Hitchhike to Happiness (1945)
Screenwriter
The Chicago Kid (1945)
Screenwriter
Jamboree (1944)
Screenwriter
The Yellow Rose of Texas (1944)
Original Screenplay
Faces in the Fog (1944)
Original Screenplay
Allergic to Love (1944)
Original Story
Goodnight, Sweetheart (1944)
Screenwriter
Jamboree (1944)
Original Story
Rosie, the Riveter (1944)
Screenwriter
Here Comes Elmer (1943)
Original Screenplay
Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943)
Screenwriter
Petticoat Larceny (1943)
Screenwriter
The Great Gildersleeve (1942)
Screenwriter
The Traitor Within (1942)
Screenwriter
Vengeance of the West (1942)
Based upon a story by
Joan of Ozark (1942)
Original Screenplay
Puddin' Head (1941)
Screenwriter
Ice-Capades (1941)
Screenwriter
Sis Hopkins (1941)
Screenwriter
Country Fair (1941)
Original Story
Puddin' Head (1941)
Original Story
Rookies on Parade (1941)
Screenwriter
Grandpa Goes to Town (1940)
Original Screenplay
Scatterbrain (1940)
Original Screenplay
Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940)
Screenwriter
Should Husbands Work? (1939)
Original Screenplay
My Wife's Relatives (1939)
Screenwriter
The Covered Trailer (1939)
Screenwriter
Money to Burn (1939)
Screenwriter
Money to Burn (1939)
Original Story
The Covered Trailer (1939)
Original Story
Romance on the Run (1938)
Screenwriter
Orphans of the Street (1938)
Screenwriter
The Higgins Family (1938)
Screenwriter
Gangs of New York (1938)
Additional Dialogue
Meet the Missus (1937)
Screenwriter
All over Town (1937)
Screenwriter
Quality Street (1937)
Contr to dial
Mummy's Boys (1936)
Screenwriter
The Plot Thickens (1936)
Screenwriter
The Last Outlaw (1936)
Screenwriter
Silly Billies (1936)
Screenwriter
Mummy's Boys (1936)
Story
Yellow Dust (1936)
Contr to dial
Guilty Parents (1934)
Writer
Strange People (1933)
Story and Adapted
Bachelor Mother (1933)
Cont
The Avenger (1931)
Story
The Last Dance (1930)
Story, scen and dial
The Call of the Circus (1930)
Cont
Divorce Among Friends (1930)
Story
Unguarded Girls (1929)
Story
The Bachelor Girl (1929)
Story
The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929)
Story
The Bachelor Girl (1929)
Cont
Father and Son (1929)
Cont
The Wright Idea (1928)
Scen
The Wright Idea (1928)
Story
Twin Triggers (1926)
Story

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Great Gildersleeve, The (1942) - That Female Man Trap! Title character (Harold Peavy) is hiding in the basement (visited by Lillian Randolph as Birdie) to avoid aggressive spinster Amelia (Mary Field), who’s made an unwelcome house call on singing pupil Leroy (Freddie Mercer, a highly trained singer, doing his own vocal, on an aria often sung by Enrico Caruso), who’s sort-of rescued by sister Margie (Nancy Gates) and her band, early in the first feature in the RKO series, The Great Gildersleeve, 1942.
Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) - A Man Who Don't Like Ducks Through contrivance by niece and nephew Margie and Leroy (Nancy Gates, Freddie Mercer), title character “Uncle Morty” (Harold Peary) and the jury are dining at his place, Birdie and aunt Emma (Lillian Randolph, Jane Darwell) serving, Alex Christy the bailiff, Richard LeGrand as Peavy, and semi-crooked George (Harold Landon) on the phone, in GIlderseeve’s Bad Day, 1943.
Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) - Save Some Of The Pep! Troublesome laundry delivery guy George (Harold Landon) bothers Peanuts (Jimmy Clemons Jr.) and Leroy (Freddie Mercer) to get at Margie (Nancy Gates), getting ready to open the canteen, prying her from Jimmy (Russell Wade) as he advances the plot to bribe the jury on which their uncle, the title character, is serving, in the second movie in the RKO series, GIlderseeve’s Bad Day, 1943.
Great Gildersleeve, The (1942) - Saves Rubber And Gas! Headed to the train to pick up Aunt Emma (Jane Darwell) to help convince the court he can take care of the kids, the title character (Harold Peary) finds Leroy (Freddie Mercer) has wasted the gas, and Birdie (Lillian Randolph) can’t help, but there’s another vehicle handy, in The Great Gildersleeve, 1942.
Great Gildersleeve, The (1942) - Biggest Man In Summerfield The orphan kids (Nancy Gates and Freddie Mercer as niece and nephew Margie and Leroy) don’t want to be separated by Judge Hooker (Charles Arnt) from their uncle, the title character (Harold Peary) so they decide to mount an aimless campaign, using his own hobby printing press, on his behalf, in the first movie in the RKO series based on the NBC radio sit-com, The Great Gildersleeve, 1942.
Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) - I'm No Groundhog, Brother! Rapid exposition, Otis (Dink Trout) is serving summons and arrives at the Gildersleeve’s house where Margie (Nancy Gates) and the gals (Barbara Hale et al) are fundraising, while Birdie (Lillian Randolph) serves and the title character (Harold Peary) and Leroy (Freddie Mercer) are busy in the basement (again!) in RKO’s second feature in the series, GIldersleeve’s Bad Day, 1943.
My Pal Trigger (1946) - Livin' Western Style Opening scene, narration from the star (playing, as ever, himself) and the first song, moving on to meet "Susan" (Roy's wife-to-be Dale Evans) and her dad "Gabby" (ever-present George "Gabby" Hayes), in My Pal Trigger, 1946.
My Pal Trigger (1946) - Harriett Neighbor rancher Scoville (Jack Holt) with dinner introductions, then the star (Roy Rogers) cajoled into a song with "Susan," (Dale Evans, soon to become Mrs. Rogers), in My Pal Trigger, 1946.

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