Monday, 30 June 2014

Dave O'Brien

Born: 31 May 1912, Big Spring, Texas, USA
Died: 8 November 1969, Catalina Island, California, USA

Dave O'Brien was a writer, director, songwriter, singer, stunt man and actor.

Undercover Agent (1939) as Pool player (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien is on the right. I have yet to find the name of the other man.

















Flying Wild (1941) as Tom Larson

Dave O'Brien is on the left, with Eugene Francis.













Walter Wills

Born: 22 August 1881, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 18 January 1967, Hollywood, California, USA

Undercover Agent (1939) as Cigar store proprietor

Walter Wills is on the right, with Ray Bennett.












Maude Eburne

Born: 10 November 1875, Bronte-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Died: 15 October 1960, Hollywood, California, USA

Local Boy Makes Good (1931) as Maid (uncredited)




















Convict's Code (1939) as Mrs. Magruder

With Robert Kent.


















Undercover Agent (1939) as Mrs. Minnow

Maude Eburne is in the centre of the picture with J. M. Kerrigan and Shirley Deane playing the piano.












Shirley Deane

Born: 16 March 1913, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 26 April 1983, Glendale, California, USA

Shirley Deane was a dancer who became a successful Broadway actress. She was once under contract with 20th Century Fox and was considered for the title role in the long-running 'Blondie' series of films, produced by Columbia Pictures, a role that eventually went to Penny Singleton. During the 1940s, most of her work was in radio and on stage. Shirley was also a singer who occasionally guested as vocalist with swing bands.

Undercover Agent (1939) as Betty Maidson

With Russell Gleason.


















Kill Me Tomorrow (1957) as Nurse

With Richard Pasco.


















Other Works

Stage

24 Sep 1944-unknown (at least 29 Sep 1944). That's a Laff Civic Theatre, Chicago, USA. Other cast members include: Jane Elliott, Margaret Hillias, Lester Podewell, Hitous Gray, Wilms Herbert, Tom Post.

Oscar O'Shea

Born: 8 October 1881, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Died: 6 April 1960, Hollywood, California, USA

Undercover Agent (1939) as Pat Murphy

Russell Gleason and Shirley Deane have their backs to us.















Russell Gleason

Born: 6 February 1907, Portland, Oregon, USA
Died: 26 December 1945, New York City, New York, USA

Undercover Agent (1939) as Bill Trent



















Unexpected Uncle (1941) as Tommy Turner
















Max Hoffman Jr.

Born: 13 December 1902, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: 31 March 1945, New York City, New York, USA

Undercover Agent (1939) as Slicker, henchman



















Invisible Stripes (1939) as Chauffeur showing off car (uncredited)

Max Hoffman Jr is on the right, with William Holden and J. Anthony Hughes.

















Man from Headquarters (1942) as Louis Padroni



















Other Works

Stage

1930 Ballyhoo of 1930 as Junior
Hammerstein's Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY (22/12/1930 - 21/2/1931)
Other cast members include: W. C. Fields, The Slate Brothers, Janet Reade

Ralf Harolde

Born: 17 May 1899, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 1 November 1974, Santa Monica, California, USA

Deluge (1933) as Norwood



















Undercover Agent (1939) as Bartel (Credited as Ralph Harolde)




















The Sea Wolf (1941) as Agent who shaghai's Johnson (uncredited)

With John Garfield.



















Assigned to Danger (1948) as Matty Farmer

Ralf Harolde is on the left, with Martin Kosleck.
















Ricardo Montalban

Born: 25 November 1920, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died: 14 January 2009, Los Angeles, California, USA

In the 1970s and 1980s Ricardo Montalban found great success and global recognition for his role in the television series 'Fantasy Island (1977)'.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Ironshirt















Louis Nicoletti

Born: 7 November 1906, Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: 16 October 1969, Hollywood, California, USA

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Roy DuNord (uncredited)














Jack Holt

Born: 31 May 1888, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 18 January 1951, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, USA

Jack Holt was a leading man in silent films and early talkies. He was one of the 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Bear Ghost

Jack Holt's last film.














John Hodiak

Born: 16 April 1914, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 19 October 1955, Hollywood, California, USA

Lifeboat (1944) as John Kovac



















Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Brecan











Clark Gable

Born: 1 February 1901, Cadiz, Ohio, USA
Died: 16 November 1960, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gone with the Wind (1939) as Rhett Butler





































Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Flint Mitchell



















Band of Angels (1957) as Hamish Bond
















J. Carrol Naish

Born: 21 January 1896, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 24 January 1973, La Jolla, California, USA

Two Seconds (1932) as Tony (Credited as J. Carroll Naish)



















Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Looking Glass














María Elena Marqués

Born: 14 December 1926, Mexico, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died: 11 November 2008, Mexico City, Mexico

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Kamiah














Tex Holden

Born: 28 September 1908, Texas
Died: 21 March 1973, North Hollywood, California, USA

Tex Holden had one leg and so if a part came up for a man with a peg leg, often Tex Holden got the part. He appeared in many B-Westerns from the late 1940s and then eventually found work in television Western series such as Gunsmoke.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Peg Leg













Saturday, 28 June 2014

Elaine Naish

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Elaine Naish was the daughter of the more famous J. Carrol Naish. She appeared on the radio show 'Life with Luigi' with her father in the early 1950s.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Indian girl

Elaine Naish is seen in the background in between Alan Napier and George Chandler. Her father, J Carrol Naish, was featured in this film as an indian chief.












Henri Letondal

Born: 29 June 1901, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: 15 February 1955, Burbank, California, USA

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Lucien Chennault (uncredited)














Alan Napier

Born: 7 January 1903, Birmingham, England
Died: 8 August 1988, Santa Monica, California, USA

Played 'Alfred' the butler in the Batman series of the 1960s.

Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Capt. Humberstone Lyon



















Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) as Dean

With Alan Caillou.











Other Works

Stage

1934 Sweet Aloes 24th Sep - ?, Opera House, Manchester, 31st Oct - 16th Mar 1935 and 3rd May 1935 - 8th Feb 1936, Wyndham's, London.
Other cast members include: Frank Allenby, Joyce Carey, Hartley Power, Ernest Trimmingham, Jack Allen, Margaret Withers, Josephine Dent, Frances Waring, Diana Wynyard, Vivienne Bennett, Evelyn Evers, Katherine Wilson, Maureen O'Moor, Mercia Swinburne. Written by Jay Mallory (a pseudonym for Joyce Carey). 475 performances.

Adolphe Menjou

Born: 18 February 1890, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 29 October 1963, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) as Pierre Revel



















Stage Door (1937) as Anthony Powell



















Across the Wide Missouri (1951) as Pierre

Adolphe Menjou, in the beret, tries to get a drink, but Henri Letondal grabs the jug before he can complete his task. Alan Napier is in the background on the left.
















Other Works

Radio

1937 Apr 5th Lux Radio Theater: A Farewell to Arms Other Cast Members Include: Clark Gable, Josephine Hutchinson, Jack La Rue, Doris Lloyd, Lionel Belmore, Martin Cruttendson (maybe), Louis Merrill, Justine Wayne (maybe), Norman Ainsley, Frank Nelson, Cornelia Osgood, Ruth Easton

Allen Kearns

Born: 14 August 1894, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Died: 20 April 1956, Albany, New York, USA

Allen Kearns was a stage actor and singer who made only a handful of film appearances.

Tanned Legs (1929) as Roger Fleming

With Ann Pennington.











Thursday, 26 June 2014

Murray Melvin

Born: 10 August 1932, St. Pancras, London, England

The Criminal (1960) as Antlers
















Smashing Time (1967) as 1st Exquisite











Tom Bell

Born: 2 August 1933, Liverpool, England
Died: 4 October 2006, Brighton, East Sussex, England

The Criminal (1960) as Flynn

Tom Bell is on the right, with Neil McCarthy.













The L-Shaped Room (1962) as Toby











Neil McCarthy

Born: 26 July 1932, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
Died: 6 February 1985, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England

Breakout (1959) as Chandler's Henchman (uncredited)
















The Criminal (1960) as O'Hara

Neil McCarthy is on the left, with Tom Bell.








Nolan Leary

Born: 26 April 1889, Rock Island, Illinois, USA
Died: 12 December 1987, Los Angeles, California, USA

Nolan Leary was a stage actor who appeared in silent films. It is unclear how many silent films Nolan Leary made, but when sound was established by the early 1930s his career took off and he was never out of work. Television appearances were plenty.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck (1957) (Season 1, Episode 4) as Judge Harry Meeham















Rusty Lane

Born: 31 May 1899, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 10 October 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA

Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck (1957) (Season 1, Episode 4) as Police Chief Glass












Billy House

Born: 7 May 1889, Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Died: 23 September 1961, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Billy House was a musician, actor and stage performer. He was also used several times by Disney as a live-action model for cartoon characters, such as Doc from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

Touch of Evil (1958) as Construction site foreman (uncredited)
















Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Frank Holliday

Born: 15 March 1882, Illinois, USA
Died: 20 August 1962, San Diego, California, USA

Frank Holliday was a bit part actor who appeared in several Laurel and Hardy comedies. His career seemed to fizzle out by the end of the 1930s.

County Hospital (1932) as Hospital visitor (uncredited)

Frank Holliday is on the far right. Stan Laurel is in the foreground.












William Hall

Born: 4 March 1903, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 14 September 1986, Kerr County, Texas, USA

Escape by Night (1937) as Nicholas 'Nick' Allen