Frank Craven


Actor
Frank Craven

About

Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Born
August 24, 1875
Died
September 01, 1945

Biography

Frank Craven was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Craven began his acting career with roles in such films as the Janet Gaynor drama "State Fair" (1933), "City Limits" (1934) and the James Cagney dramatic comedy "He Was Her Man" (1934). He also appeared in the romantic comedy "Vagabond Lady" (1935) with Robert Young. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the ...

Biography

Frank Craven was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Craven began his acting career with roles in such films as the Janet Gaynor drama "State Fair" (1933), "City Limits" (1934) and the James Cagney dramatic comedy "He Was Her Man" (1934). He also appeared in the romantic comedy "Vagabond Lady" (1935) with Robert Young. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the thirties, appearing in the romance "Small Town Girl" (1936) with Janet Gaynor, "Penrod and Sam" (1937) and "You're Only Young Once" (1938). He also appeared in the Billy Mauch adventure "Penrod and His Twin Brother" (1938). In the latter half of his career, he tackled roles in the Bette Davis drama "In This Our Life" (1942), "Pittsburgh" (1942) with Marlene Dietrich and the drama "Keeper of the Flame" (1942) with Spencer Tracy. He also appeared in the comedy "Dangerous Blondes" (1943) with Allyn Joslyn and "Son of Dracula" (1943) with Robert Paige. Craven was most recently credited in the horror flick "Anguish" (1988) with Zelda Rubinstein. Craven passed away in September 1945 at the age of 70.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

That's Gratitude (1934)
Director
Best of Enemies (1933)
Director
The Very Idea (1929)
Dialogue Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Anguish (1988)
2nd Sleepy
Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)
Dewey
Forever Yours (1945)
Uncle Charles
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
Narrator
Destiny (1944)
Clem [Broderick]
My Best Gal (1944)
Danny O'Hara
Dangerous Blondes (1943)
Inspector Clinton
Jack London (1943)
Old Tom
Harrigan's Kid (1943)
Mr. [Walter] Garnet
Son of Dracula (1943)
Doctor [Harry] Brewster
Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Dr. Fielding
In This Our Life (1942)
Asa Timberlake
Thru Different Eyes (1942)
Steve Pettijohn
Pittsburgh (1942)
"Doc" Powers
Girl Trouble (1942)
Ambrose Murdock Flint
Richest Man in Town (1941)
Abb Crothers
The Lady from Cheyenne (1941)
Hank Foreman
Our Town (1940)
Mr. Morgan [The narrator]
City for Conquest (1940)
"Old Timer"
Dreaming Out Loud (1940)
Dr. ["Doc Walt"] Walter Barnes
Our Neighbors--the Carters (1939)
"Doc" Carter
Miracles for Sale (1939)
Dad Morgan
Penrod and His Twin Brother (1938)
Mr. Schofield
Blossoms on Broadway (1937)
P. J. Quinterfield, Sr.
You're Only Young Once (1937)
Frank Redman
Penrod and Sam (1937)
Mr. [Frank] Schofield
Small Town Girl (1936)
Pa Brannan
The Harvester (1936)
Mr. Biddle
It's Up to You (1936)
"Pop" Kane
Car 99 (1935)
Sheriff Pete Arnot
Barbary Coast (1935)
Colonel Marcus Aurelius Cobb
Vagabond Lady (1935)
"Spiggs" Spiggins
City Limits (1934)
J. B. Matthews
That's Gratitude (1934)
Bob Grant
Let's Talk It Over (1934)
Mr. Rockland
He Was Her Man (1934)
Pop Sims
State Fair (1933)
The storekeeper [Fred Cramer]
Handle with Care (1932)
Radio announcer
The Very Idea (1929)
Alan Camp

Writer (Feature Film)

When the Lights Go on Again (1944)
Original Story
Our Town (1940)
Screenwriter
Annapolis Farewell (1935)
Screenwriter
That's Gratitude (1934)
Screenwriter
David Harum (1934)
Contract Writer
The Human Side (1934)
Contract Writer
Best of Enemies (1933)
Screenwriter
Sons of the Desert (1933)
Story
State Fair (1933)
Contract Writer
Handle with Care (1932)
Screenwriter

Cast (Short)

How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 1 The Putter (1931)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

GIVE ME LIBERTY (1936)
Dialogue Director

Life Events

1934

Film directing debut with "That's Gratitude"

Videos

Movie Clip

City For Conquest (1940) - These Boys Better Be Good James Cagney as trucker Danny dipping his toe back into fighting, Frank McHugh as corner-man Mutt, Donald Crisp the visiting promoter, George Tobias his wing-man, and Kit Guard as the worse-for-wear ex-fighter, early in Warner Bros.’ City For Conquest, co-starring Ann Sheridan and Arthur Kennedy.
Sons Of The Desert (1933) - It Must Be The Lightning Hoping to prevent their wives (Mae Busch, Dorothy Christy) from finding out they went to the lodge convention, and weren’t on the liner that sank off Hawaii, Stan (Laurel) and Oliver (Hardy) avoid being discovered in the attic, but get into more trouble, in Sons Of The Desert, 1933.
Sons Of The Desert (1933) - Wholeheartedly Unanimous Joining the opening scene, Los Angelinos Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy arrive at the meeting of their lodge and over-commit, in the fourth of their feature-length comedies, Sons Of The Desert, 1933, from Hal Roach studios, distributed by MGM.
Sons Of The Desert (1933) - Betty Went Duck Hunting Having advised Stan (Laurel) to take charge and tell his wife (Dorothy Christy, not seen here) he’ll be attending the lodge convention, Oliver (Hardy) fails to demonstrate his principles with his own wife (Mae Busch), in their Hal Roach comedy Sons Of The Desert, 1933.
In This Our Life (1942) - Clever With The Knife Director John Huston playing complex tensions, rich uncle William (Charles Coburn) with Peter (Dennis Morgan), husband of his niece Roy (Olivia de Havilland), whose engaged sister Stanley (Bette Davis) is, secretly, about to run off with Peter on the day of her own wedding, in In This Our Life, 1942.
In This Our Life (1942) - Bright Red With A Black Feather George Brent as lawyer Craig has all-but confirmed that his fianceè Stanley (Bette Davis, not seen), daughter of Asa (Frank Craven), has run away with the husband of his other daughter Roy (Olivia de Havilland), who herself takes the news with remarkable composure, in John Huston’s In This Our Life, 1942.
Our Town (1940) - The Way A Person's Born Frank Craven narrates into Martha Scott's first movie scene, as Emily, daughter of Charlie (Guy Kibbee), waylaid by smitten George (William Holden), and William Cameron Menzies' vision of Grover's Corners, NH, replacing the empty set from Thornton Wilder's play, early in Our Town, 1940.
Our Town (1940) - Grover's Corners Actor and writer Frank Craven begins, in the screenplay he helped adapt, his role slightly modified from the Stage Manager he played on Broadway, in the Sol Lesser independent production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, 1940, with William Holden and Martha Scott.
Penrod And Sam (1937) - Young Hoodlums Introduction of Verman (Phillip Hurlic), abused by bully Rodney (Jackie Morrow), together encountering Penrod (Billy Mauch) and Sam (Harry Watson), then the fathers of two combatants (Frank Craven, Charles Halton), early in Warner Bros.' 1937 version of Booth Tarkington's Penrod And Sam.
Barbary Coast (1935) - I Like The Fog Mary (Miriam Hopkins) arriving San Francisco, Col. Cobb (Frank Craven) her companion, locals Jed (Harry Carey) and "Atrocity" (Walter Brennan) dazzled and breaking bad news, in Howard Hawks' Barbary Coast, 1935.

Family

John Craven
Son
Actor. Born 00/00/1917- November 24, 1995.

Bibliography