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
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) as Mrs. Lillian Gilbreth


Belles on Their Toes (1952) as Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth

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.
The River (1928) as Rosalee

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 film 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.

Other Works


1926 The Man from Toronto as Martha.  Selwyn Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 17 Jun 1926- Jul 1926. 28 performances. Other members of the cast include: Curtis Cooksey, George Graham, Beatrice Hendricks, Mona Hungerford, Ethel Martin, Gavin Muir, Lota Sanders, Marion Stephenson. Written by Douglas Murray. Directed by Albert Bannister. Produced by Bannister and Powell. Produced in association with Miller and Goldreyer.

1926 The Home Towners as Beth Calhoon. Hudson Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 23 Aug 1926 - Oct 1926. 64 performances. Other members of the cast include: Spencer Bentley, Georgia Caine, Walter Calligan, Florence Earle, William Elliott, Doris Freeman, Ben Johnson, Robert McWade, Chester Morris, Walter Plimmer, William Walcott. Written by George M. Cohan. Directed by John Meehan (supervised by Mr. Cohan). Produced by George M. Cohan.

1927 Tommy as Marie Thurber. Gaiety Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 10 Jan 1927 - Aug 1927. 232 performances. Other members of the cast include: Alan Bunce, William Janney, Ben Johnson, Lloyd Neal, Sidney Toler, Maidel Turner, Florence Walcott. Written and directed by Howard Lindsay and Bertrand Robinson. Produced by Bannister and Powell.

1927 The Uninvited Guest as Johanna Jackson. Belmont Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 27 Sep 1927 - Oct 1927. 7 performances. Other members of the cast include: John Carmody, Mabel Colcord, Robert Conness, Walter Davis, Peg Entwistle, Elmer Grandin, Helen Strickland. Written by Bernard J. McOwen. Produced by L. Simmons.

1929 Sherlock Holmes as Alice Faulkner. New Amsterdam Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 25 Nov 1929 - Jan 1930. 45 performances. Other members of the cast include: Alfred Ansel, William H. Barwald, Roberta Beatty, Kate Byron, Donald Campbell, Wallis Clark, William Gillette, Burford Hampden, J. Augustus Keough, Rose Kingston, Henry Lambert, John Miltern, Dorothy Peabody Russell, William Postance, Byron Russell, Brinsley Shaw, Montague Shaw, Fred Tasker, Herbert Wilson. Written by Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette. Directed by William Postance. Produced by George C. Tyler and Abraham L. Erlanger.

1931 She Means Business as Charlotte B. Evans. Ritz Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 26 Jan 1931 - Feb 1931. 8 performances. Other members of the cast include: Kate Byron, Wallis Clark, Robert Cummings, Ann Davis, Ruth Donnelly, Desiree Foster, Ernest Glendinning, Lee Kohlmar, Ivan Miller, Herbert Rawlinson, Houston Richards, Bennett Southard, Tom Tempest, Edwin Walter, Douglas Wood. Written by Samuel Shipman. Directed by Frederick Stanhope. Produced by James Elliott.

1931 Getting Married as Edith Bridgenorth. Guild Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 30 Mar 1931 - May 1931. 48 performances. Other members of the cast include: Romney Brent, Hugh Buckler, Ernest Cossart, Dorothy Gish, Irby Marshall, Reginald Mason, Ralph Roeder, Hugh Sinclair, Oscar Stirling, Henry Travers, Helen Westley, Margaret Wycherly. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Philip Moeller. Produced by The Theatre Guild.

1931 Just to Remind You as Nettie Pierce. Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Sep 1931 - Sep 1931. 16 performances. Other members of the cast include: Isabel Baring, Genevieve Bowman, Jerome Cowan, Tom Fadden, Charlie Fang, Sylvia Field, Jessie Graham, Harold Healy, Gladys Hurlbut, Paul Kelly, Frank McDonald, Charles McNaughton, Charles Richards, Edward H. Robins, Frank Shannon, Henry Shelvey, Charles Slattery, Calvin Thomas. Written by Owen Davis. Directed by Melville Burke. Produced by Sam Harris.

1931 Little Women as Amy. Playhouse Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Dec 1931 - Dec 1931. 17 performances. Other members of the cast include: Burr Caruth, Jane Corcoran, Lee Crowe, Marie Curtis, Carson Davenport, Arthur Donaldson, Jessie Royce Landis, Caroline Newcombe, Lee Patrick, Joanna Roos, Harry Worth. Written by Marian De Forest, from the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Directed by William A. Brady. Produced by William A. Brady.

1932 A Night of Barrie as Amy Grey. Production consisted of "Alice Sit-by-the Fire" and "The Old Lady Shows Her Medals"). Playhouse Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY. 7 Mar 1932 - Apr 1932. 32 performances. Other members of the cast include (in "Alice Sit-by-the-Fire"): Laurette Taylor, Jane Corcoran, Charles Dalton, Robert Harrigan, Lucille Lisle, Nan Sheldon, Alice May Tuck, Maury Tuckerman. Written by J.M. Barrie. Directed by Stanley Logan.  Produced by William A. Brady. Produced by arrangement with Charles Frohman, Inc.

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: 5 December 1895, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 25 March 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA

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.

Dizzy Doctors (1937) as Sleeping Patient (uncredited)


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.

Mister Scoutmaster (1953) as Second Rummage Sale Customer (uncredited)

Frank Mills is on the far left of the picture. Also in the shot is Frances Dee, Clifton Webb (with his back to us) and George Winslow, the cub scout.

The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) as Customer / Man in Crowd Outside Shop (uncredited)

Frank Mills is on the far left, turning round to make sure his face is in the shot. Mel Welles is by the door trying to calm the crowd.

Frank Mills is also on the far right of this shot. In the foreground are Toby Michaels, Mel Welles and Karyn Kupcinet.

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.
Cash and Carry (1937) as Vault Guard (uncredited)

Cy Schindell is on the right, with Jack Hill, in this Three Stooges comedy short.

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

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

Cy Schindell is flanked by Shemp Howard and Moe Howard in this Three Stooges comedy short

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.
Night Life of the Gods (1935) as Masseur (uncredited)
Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Guard in exercise yard (uncreited)
Only a fleeting frame of George's face in this one.

Renegade Girl (1946) as Guard

George Magrill is on the right, with Alan Curtis.

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.
Bachelor Bait (1934) as Don Belden / Diker

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)

Too Many Girls (1940) as Football Coach (uncredited)

The Bank Dick (1940) as Og Ogilby

Four Jacks 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.