Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Gene O'Donnell

Born: 28 February 1911, Iowa, USA
Died: 22 November 1992, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Steve, a Henderson goon (uncredited)

Gene O'Donnell is on the left, with Wheeler Oakman.

Donald Kerr

Born: 5 August 1891, Eagle Grove, Iowa, USA
Died: 25 January 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA

A superior bit part actor, who was often given dialogue, Donald Kerr made over 450 film and television appearances in his career.

The Road to Ruin (1934) as Drunk shooting dice

The Pace That Kills (1935) as Drunk at Nightclub (uncredited)

Donald Kerr tries to chat up Sheila Bromley at the expense of Dean Benton.

Taming the Wild (1936) as Jimmy Taylor, reporter

Convict's Code (1939) as Barfly (uncredited)

Hal Price is behind the bar in the smoke.

Slightly Honorable (1939) as Photographer (uncredited)

Donald Kerr is on the far right, nearest to us. Pat O'Brien and Douglas Fowley are in the middle of the picture.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Prison library clerk (uncredited)

With Lee Tracy.

Kitty Foyle (1940) as Taxi driver (uncredited)

Donald Kerr is on the right, with Dennis Morgan and Ginger Rogers.

Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) as John, the chauffeur (uncredited)

Kerr is in the chauffeur's hat on the left behind Charles 'Buddy' Rogers.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Sailor (uncredited)

With Roger Pryor.

The Big Street (1942) as Pete the Passer (uncredited)

Donald Kerr is in the white hat.

Two Weeks to Live (1943) as Plato's Owner (uncredited)

On the left is Jack Rice.

Irving Mitchell

Born: 18 March 1891, Portland, Oregon, USA
Died: 3 August 1969, Hollywood, California, USA

Small time character actor, often given speaking parts.

Citizen Kane (1941) as Dr. Corey (uncredited)

Irving Mitchell stands over the seated Orson Welles. Renee Godfrey is in the background. Dorothy Comingore is in bed.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Rex Crenshaw (uncredited)

Irving Mitchell is crouching, with Roger Pryor.

Monday, 27 August 2012

Wheeler Oakman

Born: 21 February 1890, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: 19 March 1949, Van Nuys, California, USA

A silent screen actor whose career survived the transition to the talkies. Wheeler mostly portrayed villains or their henchman in westerns and crime dramas.

Mickey (1918) as Herbert Thornhill

Death in the Air (1936) as Lt. Douglas Thompson

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Blackie Hale, Henderson's triggerman (uncredited)

Wheeler Oakman, facing camera, his hand reaching for a gun, as usual. The actor behind him is Gene O'Donnell.

Three of a Kind (1939) as Oliver

With Helen Gilbert.

Jack Chefe

Born: 1 April 1894, Kiev, Ukraine
Died: 1 December 1975, Los Angeles, California, USA

A character actor and bit part player in over 300 films.

Taming the Wild (1936) as Headwaiter (uncredited)

Jack Chefe is on the right, with Rod La Rocque.

Winterset (1936) as Shirley's Dance Partner (uncredited)

Jack Chefe is the man on the left. The lady on the right is Barbara Pepper.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Waiter

The man in black.

I Accuse My Parents (1944) as Headwaiter (uncredited)

Robert Lowell is following Jack Chefe.

Career Girl (1944) as Pierre, headwaiter (uncredited)

With Frances Langford and Edward Norris

Killer Dill (1947) as Speakeasy headwaiter (uncredited)

Jack Chefe is on the left, with Stuart Erwin and Milburn Stone.

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Bartender (uncredited)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck (1957) (Season 1, Episode 4) as Court clerk (uncredited)

Jack Chefe helps Nolan Leary down the steps.

Fred Kelsey

Born: 20 August 1884, Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Died: 2 September 1961, Hollywood, California, USA

A character actor who graced the screens in films starring Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges, among many others. He eventually made over 200 film appearances.

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930) as Chief of Detectives

Quiet Please! (1933) as Train conductor

Danger Ahead (1935) as Detective O'Brien

Tell No Tales (1939) as Police officer at school (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey is in between Charles D. Brown and Lee Phelps.

Frank Austin

Born: 9 October 1877, Mound City, Missouri, USA
Died: 13 May 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA

A character in many major films from Laurel and Hardy to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (1930) as Butler

Lew Davis

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

A bit part actor, mainly uncredited, who appeared in over 80 films. Lew's greatest claim to fame was appearing in nearly 30 Three Stooges shorts.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Cigarette counter man (uncredited)

Uncredited background role for Lew, with no lines of dialogue. A typical part for him.

A Hit with a Miss (1945) as Ring Announcer (uncredited)

Bride and Gloom (1947) as Realtor (uncredited)

Lew is on the left, with Dick Curtis and Chrsitine McIntyre.

George DeNormand

Born: 22 September 1903, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 23 December 1976, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

A stunt man and bit part actor of over 400 film and television appearances.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Boxing referee

DeNormand was also a stunt man in this movie.

George Eldredge

Born: 10 September 1898, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 12 March 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Jake, Mickey O'Banion's trainer

George Eldredge is on the right, with Bud McTaggart.

The Living Ghost (1942) as Tony Weldon (Credited as George Eldridge)

Perry Mason: The Case of the Nervous Accomplice (1957) (Season 1, Episode 3) as Fenton Thompson

George Eldredge is on the right, with Sam Flint.

Jack Mulhall

Born: 7 Oct 1887, Wappingers Falls, New York, USA
Died: 1 Jun 1979, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

A star of silent pictures with D.W.Griffith at Biograph. Before entering films, Mulhall trod the boards in dramatic theatre, musical comedy, and vaudeville as well as a model for magazine illustrators. Jack Mulhall went on to appear in over 400 films and a handful television shows.

Night Beat (1931) as Johnny Molinas

Jack Mulhall is on the right, with Walter McGrail.

Amateur Crook (1937) as Jan Jaffin

Hard Guy (1941) as Tex Cassidy

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Burns

Dick Elliott

Born: 30 April 1886, Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 22 December 1961, Burbank, California, USA

A character actor of over 300 films and many television series. Short, fat and round, he graced the screens as judges, mayors and sheriffs, as well as many other characters.

Woman Unafraid (1934) as Tom Brady (uncredited)

With Lucile Gleason.

Undercover Agent (1939) as Garrison

Man from Headquarters (1942) as Editor Elwin A. Jonas

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Evans

Magic Town (1947) as New arrival (uncredited)

Dick Elliott makes sure he is speaking into the microphone.

Douglas Fowley

Born: 30 May 1911, The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: 21 May 1998, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, USA

Douglas Fowley played many different types in well over 300 films. Rarely uncredited, Fowley rose to supporting player in major films such as Singing In The Rain (1956). Later in his career he found success in television, sometimes in starring roles such as playing Doc Holliday in 'The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp' from 1955 to 1961.

He is the father of record producer Kim Fowley.

I Hate Women (1934) as Nelson

Douglas Fowley is at the back of this picture, with the dark hat. The others, from left to right, are Billy Erwin, James T. Mack and Bradley Page.

Slightly Honorable (1939) as Madder

Douglas Fowley is in the middle of Broderick Crawford and Pat O'Brien.

Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) as Rocky Taylor

With Marion Martin.

So's Your Aunt Emma (1942) as Gus Hammond