Saturday, 22 December 2012

Myrna Loy

Born: 2 August 1905, Radersburg, Montana, USA
Died: 14 December 1993, New York City, New York, USA

Myrna Loy started her film career in the silent era playing small roles. As sound came in and many of the silent stars faded, Loy was considered more of a talent and was given dialogue in many of her early films, whilst still in supporting roles. Eventually, thanks largely to her role as Nora Charles in 6 'Thin Man' films, Myrna Loy became a star in her own right.

Thirteen Women (1932) as Ursula Georgi

The Animal Kingdom (1932) as Cecelia Henry Collier

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) as Milly Stephenson

With Fredric March.

Harriet Hagman

Born: 1907, Helsingfors, Finland
Died: Unknown

Harriet Hagman was a stage actress in New York, performing in Earl Carroll's Vanities in 1930 and 1931. Very little else is known about this Finnish actress other than she appeared in very few films.

Thirteen Women (1932) as May Raskob

A few lines of dialogue in what sounds like an English accent, although it is quite audible that she is European. This could be one reason why her film roles are so few.

Mary Duncan

Born: 13 Aug 1895, Luttrellville, Virginia, USA
Died: 9 May 1993, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

A Broadway actress who started in films in the late silent era and retired in 1933 after marriage.

Thirteen Women (1932) as June Raskob

Peg Entwistle

Born: 5 February 1908, Port Talbot, Wales
Died: 18 September 1932, Hollywood, California, USA

Peg Entwistle was a Broadway actress of some repute who appeared alongside Billie Burke and Humphrey Bogart, but when jobs became scarce in the early 1930's she moved to Hollywood to try her luck in the booming film industry.. After her only film role she found it difficult to get work and felt that her career was going nowhere. Her ambition was to be a star of films. Entwistle decided to end her life by throwing herself off the H of the 'Hollywoodland' sign (as it was in its complete and original form). Her legend was secure but for the wrong reasons and much has now been written about Peg Entwistle's death and very little about her very short career.

Thirteen Women (1932) as Hazel Clay Cousins

Although her part in this film was originally quite big, owing to its poor response the film was cut and Peg Entwistle's on screen time was eventually only around three minutes.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Eric Fleming

Born: 4 July 1925, Santa Paula, California, USA
Died: 28 September 1966, Tingo Maria area, Peru

His first job in the film industry was as a labourer with Paramount. He acted on stage, including several times on Broadway, between 1946 and 1957.  Eric Fleming drowned whilst filming a scene for a TV show 'High Jungle' in 1966.

Rawhide: Incident of the Tumbleweed (1959) (Season 1, Episode 1) as Gil Favor

The first we see of the character Gil Favor in this classic series of the late 50s.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Chester Tallman

Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Guard (uncredited)

Chester is holding the cell door open. He is seen several times in this film, but this is as close as we get to him.

And here he is again.

Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) as Photographer (uncredited)

Chester is the photographer in the dark suit.

Eddie Hart

Born: 15 August 1890, New York City, New York, USA
Died: Unknown

A bit part actor of over 130 films.

Smartest Girl in Town (1936) as Policeman (uncredited)

Eddie Hart in uniform.

Winterset (1936) as Daily Globe Reporter (uncredited)

With Frances Morris.

Beauty for the Asking (1939) as Reporter at wedding (uncredited)

Eddie Hart is standing directly in front of the bride and groom, Frieda Inescort and Patric Knowles.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Reporter (uncredited)

Eddie Hart is on the right.

A Date with the Falcon (1942) as Policeman outside bar (uncredited)

With Wendy Barrie.

Four Jacks and a Jill (1942) as Wally, a taxi driver (uncredited)

Eddie is punched by Jack Durant.

Roger Laswell

Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Guard (uncredited)

The guard in the foreground on the left is the only one that fits the height and look of Roger Laswell, so this identification is based on IMDB's inclusion of him and evidence from other films.

Half Angel (1951) as Furniture salesman (uncredited)

Roger is on the left.

Frank Mills

Born: 26 January 1891, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Died: 18 August 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sailor's Luck (1933) as Target Shooting Booth Attendant (uncredited)

Frank Mills is on the right, with James Dunn shooting.

Five Came Back (1939) as Taxi driver (uncredited)

With Wendy Barrie and Patric Knowles.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Dominic, the chef (uncredited)

Lucky Partners (1940) as Bus driver (uncredited)

The Sea Wolf (1941) as Pipe Smoker in Bar (uncredited)

Frank is on the right.

Powder Town (1942) as Beer drinker at bar (uncredited)

Frank Mills, on the right, listens to Victor McLaglen's stories.

Two Weeks to Live (1943) as Airplane Mechanic (uncredited)

With Chester Lauck.

A Hit with a Miss (1945) as Fight Spectator (uncredited)

A quick glimpse of Frank on the far left. The guy climbing into the ring is Robert B. Williams.

Bride and Gloom (1947) as Garage Mechanic

Heinie Conklin is on the right.

Cy Schindell

Born: 4 March 1907, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 24 August 1948, Hollywood, California, USA

Made 35 short films with The Three Stooges.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Red Vernon (uncredited)

All Gummed Up (1947) as Man with Prescription (uncredited)

Cy Schindell is flanked Shemp Howard and Moe Howard.

George Magrill

Born: 5 January 1900, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 31 May 1952, Los Angeles, California, USA

A bit part player in over 400 films starting in the 1920s silent era.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Guard in exercise yard (uncreited)

Only a fleeting frame of George's face in this one.

Larry McGrath

Born: 28 August 1888, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 6 July 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA

A silent screen actor who became a bit part player in sound films, and did rather a lot of 'referee' parts.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Visitor's room guard (uncredited)

Larry McGrath is in the centre of this picture through the mesh.

Anthony Warde

Born: 4 November 1908, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 8 January 1975, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

A supporting character in over 120 films in the 1930s and 1940s and later in television.

Tell No Tales (1939) as Frankie Lewis (uncredited)

Anthony Warde is on the right, with Norman Willis.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Max, a convict (uncredited)

The Ghost and the Guest (1943) as Killer Blake (Credited as Tony Ward)

Dark Alibi (1946) as Jimmy Slade

Killer Dill (1947) as Louie Moronie

Anthony Warde is on the left, with Mike Mazurki.

Grady Sutton

Born: 5 April 1906, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Died: 17 September 1995, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, USA

A supporting player and extra in over 200 films. He was later a television actor.

Stage Door (1937) as Butch

With Lucille Ball.

They Made Her a Spy (1939) as Man on train (uncredited)

With Harrison Greene.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Jock, Vander's nephew (uncredited)

The Bank Dick (1940) as Og Ogilby

Four Jack and a Jill (1942) as Night club patron

White Christmas (1954) as Mr. Herring, General's Party Guest (uncredited)

Barrie Chase is on the left, with Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Richard Cramer

Born: 3 July 1889, Bryan, Ohio, USA
Died: 9 August 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA

A character actor who often played the villain.

Her Man (1930) as Detective Mac (uncredited)

Richard Cramer is in the centre of the picture, with Marjorie Rambeau on the right.

Night Beat (1931) as Detective Featherstone (Credited as Dick Cramer)

Richard Cramer is on the right, with Walter McGrail.

Danger Ahead (1935) as Detective Hogan (Credited as Dick Cramer)

Richard Cramer is on the left, with Fred Kelsey.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Dick, guard who finds Vander's menu (uncredited)

The Sea Wolf (1941) as Bartender (uncredited)

Carole Wayne

Born: Unknown
Died: Unknown

Made a handful of films from 1938.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Wife of SOS (uncredited)

Standing on the right.

Grace Lenard

Born: 26 November 1913, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died: 7 April 1987, Lakeview Terrace, California, USA

An actor in small roles from 1940 onwards. Her appearances were always sporadic.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Marie Brody (uncredited)

With Elliott Sullivan.

Elliott Sullivan

Born: 4 July 1907, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: 2 June 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA

A supporting actor in films from the mid 1930s.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Tony Brody

Sullivan is on the right with Lee Tracy and Shemp Howard.