James Ellison


Actor
James Ellison

About

Also Known As
James Smith, Jimmy Ellison
Birth Place
Guthrie Center, Iowa, USA

Biography

James Ellison was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Ellison started his acting career landing roles in such films as "Bar 20 Rides Again" (1935), "The Eagle's Brood" (1935) and the drama "Reckless" (1935) with Jean Harlow. He also appeared in the Leo Carrillo drama "The Winning Ticket" (1935), "Hopalong Cassidy" (1935) and "Trail Dust" (1936). He continued to work ste...

Biography

James Ellison was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Ellison started his acting career landing roles in such films as "Bar 20 Rides Again" (1935), "The Eagle's Brood" (1935) and the drama "Reckless" (1935) with Jean Harlow. He also appeared in the Leo Carrillo drama "The Winning Ticket" (1935), "Hopalong Cassidy" (1935) and "Trail Dust" (1936). He continued to work steadily in film throughout the thirties, appearing in "Annapolis Salute" (1937), "The Barrier" (1937) and "The Plainsman" (1937). He also appeared in the Fay Bainter dramatic adaptation "Mother Carey's Chickens" (1938). Toward the end of his career, he continued to act in "Charley's Aunt" (1941) with Jack Benny, "Ice-Capades" (1941) and "The Undying Monster" (1942). He also appeared in "The Gang's All Here" (1943) and "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943). Ellison's music was most recently featured in "A Soldier's Story" (1984) with Howard E Rollins Jr.. Ellison passed away in December 1993 at the age of 83.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

When the Girls Take Over (1962)
Axel "Longhorn" Gates
Man from the Black Hills (1952)
Jim Fallon
Texas City (1952)
Jim Kirby, also known as Jim Clark
Kentucky Jubilee (1951)
Jeff Benson
Oklahoma Justice (1951)
Clancy
Texas Lawmen (1951)
Tod Merrick
Whistling Hills (1951)
Dave Holland
The Texan Meets Calamity Jane (1950)
Gordon Hastings
I Killed Geronimo (1950)
Captain Packard [also known as Jeff Smith]
Last of the Wild Horses (1948)
Duke Barnum
Calendar Girl (1947)
Steve Adams
The Ghost Goes Wild (1947)
Monty Crandall
G. I. War Brides (1946)
Steve Giles
Hollywood and Vine (1945)
Larry [Winters, also known as Larry Summers]
Lady, Let's Dance! (1944)
Jerry Gibson
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)
Mike [Burke]
The Gang's All Here (1943)
Sgt. Andrew J. Mason, Jr., also known as Sgt. Pat Casey
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Wesley Rand
Dixie Dugan (1943)
Roger Hudson
That Other Woman (1942)
Henry Summers
Careful Soft Shoulder (1942)
Thomas Aldrich
Army Surgeon (1942)
Captain James Mason
The Undying Monster (1942)
Bob Curtis
Play Girl (1941)
Tom Dice
Ice-Capades (1941)
Bob Clemens
They Met in Argentina (1941)
Tim Kelly
Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (1941)
P. Cadwallader Jones
Charley's Aunt (1941)
Jack Chesney
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940)
Tony Pringle
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)
Andrew Hinklin
Elsa Maxwell's Hotel for Women (1939)
Jeff Buchanan
Zenobia (1939)
Jeff Carter
Sorority House (1939)
Bill Loomis
Almost a Gentleman (1939)
Dan Preston
Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
Mike
Next Time I Marry (1938)
Anthony "Tony" J. Anthony
Vivacious Lady (1938)
Keith [Morgan]
Mother Carey's Chickens (1938)
Ralph Thurston
Borderland (1937)
Johnny Nelson
Annapolis Salute (1937)
Bill J. Martin
23 1/2 Hours Leave (1937)
Sergeant Robert Gray
The Plainsman (1937)
Buffalo Bill Cody
The Barrier (1937)
Lieutenant Burrell
The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936)
"Mac" MacDonald
Heart of the West (1936)
Johnny Nelson
Three on the Trail (1936)
Johnny Nelson
Trail Dust (1936)
Johnny Nelson
Call of the Prairie (1936)
Johnny Nelson
The Winning Ticket (1935)
Jimmy
Reckless (1935)
Dale Every
Hitch Hike Lady (1935)
Jimmy Peyton
Bar 20 Rides Again (1935)
Johnny Nelson
Hop-Along Cassidy (1935)
Johnny Nelson
The Eagle's Brood (1935)
Johnny Nelson
Death on the Diamond (1934)
Cincinnati pitcher
Carolina (1934)
Dancer
Eight Girls in a Boat (1934)
Romantic couple
Central Airport (1933)
Pilot with rabbit's foot
Play Girl (1932)
Elmer

Music (Feature Film)

A Soldier's Story (1984)
Song

Cast (Short)

Buried Loot (1935)
Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)
Himself

Life Events

1932

Film acting debut

Photo Collections

I Walked with a Zombie - Movie Posters
Here are a few original American movie posters for Val Lewton's I Walked with a Zombie (1943).

Videos

Movie Clip

Plainsman, The (1936) - Ain't Another Corpse Maker Like Him! Famous and relatively gritty scene from producer-director C.B. DeMille, Wild Bill Hickock (Gary Cooper) intervenes in a riverboat poker game in which his newly married and ingenuous friend Buffalo Bill Cody (James Ellison) is being had by a fancy gambler (Francis McDonald), in The Plainsman, 1936.
Plainsman, The (1936) - Has She Tamed You Yet? We haven’t learned the name yet of Gary Cooper, in St. Louis with a kid (George Ernest), whom he’s shown his watch-case photo of Jean Arthur, and told tales about Buffalo Bill (James Ellison), whom we soon learn is his pal, with his new wife (Helen Burgess), and we meet McCall (Porter Hall), C.B. DeMille at the helm, early in The Plainsman, 1936.
Plainsman, The (1936) - That's Just What I Told Custer Buffalo Bill Cody (James Ellison) and wife (Helen Burgess), who plan to open a hotel, in Kansas with new friend Calamity Jane (Jean Arthur) when her erstwhile boyfriend Wild Bill Hickock (Gary Cooper) appears, making a case on behalf of General Custer, and planning his own risky mission, in C.B. DeMille’s The Plainsman, 1936.
Plainsman, The (1936) - I Didn't Know You Could Read Director C.B. DeMille reveals that Calamity Jane (Jean Arthur) has a pretty spiky thing with boyfriend Wild Bill Hickock (Gary Cooper) as the riverboat carrying him, pal Buffalo Bill (James Ellison) and his new wife, along with gun-runner Lattimer (Charles Bickford), arrives Leavenworth, KS, in The Plainsman, 1936.
Next Time I Marry (1938) - My Wife Lives In Buffalo Opening scene, Garson Kanin directing Lucille Ball in one of her first top-billed roles, as madcap heiress Nancy who invites WPA ditch-digger "Tony" Anthony (James Ellison) to get married, in the RKO B-comedy Next Time I Marry, 1938.
Next Time I Marry (1938) - I'll Set Fire To This Thing! Having locked kooky heiress Nancy (Lucille Ball) in the trailer, so he can be sure to get to Reno first so that he can initiate divorce proceedings, after she paid him to marry her, Tony (James Ellison) stays cool, Garson Kanin directing, in Next Time I Marry, 1938.
I Walked With A Zombie (1943) - By Poison Or Hocus Pocus Dr. Maxwell (James Bell) explains to the mother-in-law (Edith Barrett) that Jessica (Christine Gordon) can't be a zombie, as nurse Betsy (Frances Dee), husband Paul (Tom Conway) and brother-in-law Wesley (James Ellison) face voodoo evidence to the contrary, in Val Letwon's I Walked With A Zombie, 1943.
They Met In Argentina - No More Cigarettes Maureen O'Hara is plausible (?) as Argentine-Irish cigarette-for-charity girl Lolita O'Shea, meeting handsome American James Ellison, and local Alberto (Alberto Vila), opening RKO's They Met In Argentina, 1941.
Vivacious Lady - Put 'Em Up! Professor Peter (James Stewart) is about to tell his family about his secret marriage to Francey (Ginger Rogers) when his previous girlfriend Helen (Frances Mercer) starts a famous fight, in George Stevens' Vivacious Lady, 1938.
Vivacious Lady - Professor Morgan Keith (James Ellison) ushers Francey (Ginger Rogers) into the classroom where his brother Peter (James Stewart), to whom she's secretly married, is trying to keep order, in George Stevens' Vivacious Lady, 1938.
Vivacious Lady - I'm Not Intoxicated Professor Morgan (James Stewart) is trying to collect his wayward brother (James Ellison) when he meets showgirl Francey (Ginger Rogers), with whom he grows enchanted, early in George Stevens' Vivacious Lady, 1938.

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