Saturday 23 February 2013

Wilfrid Brambell

Born: 22 March 1912, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 18 January 1985, London, England

His most famous work was as Albert Steptoe in the British comedy series 'Steptoe and Son'.

Some Will, Some Won't (1970) as Henry Russell

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Michael Wilding

Born: 23 January 1912, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Died: 8 July 1979, London, England
Secret Mission (1942) as Private Nobby Clark

Roland Culver

Born: 21 August 1900, London, England, UK
Died: 1 March 1984, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Love on Wheels (1932) as Salesman, Mr Fisher

Old Bill and Son (1941) as Colonel

Secret Mission (1942) as Captain Red Gowan

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Maj. Fordyce

The Iron Maiden (1962) as Lord Upshott

The Missionary (1982) as Lord Fermleigh

Hugh Williams

Born: 6 March 1904, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, England
Died: 7 December 1969, London, England

One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) as Frank Shelley

Secret Mission (1942) as Major Peter Garnett

John Salew

Born: 1902, Portsmouth, England
Died: September 1961, London, England

Secret Mission (1942) as Hauptmann Gruening

London Belongs to Me (1948) as Mr. Barks

With cigarette in mouth, John Salew talks to Wylie Watson.

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Pat Harrington Sr.

Born: 6 February 1901, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 2 September 1965, New York City, New York, USA

The Goldbergs: Unknown Episode (1955) as Boojie

Edith Gresham

Born: 28 September 1897
Died: 31 December 1976, Riverdale, The Bronx, New York, USA

The Goldbergs: Episode Unknown (1955) as Mrs. Fisher

Anabel Shaw

Born: 24 June 1921, Oakland, California, USA
Died: 16 April 2010, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Signed a contract with 20th Century Fox in 1946.

Shock (1946) as Mrs. Janet Stewart

Anita Gombault

Born: unknown
Anita is only known to have been in two fims.
Secret Mission (1942) as Estelle Fayolle

Karel Stepanek

Born: 29 October 1899, BrĂ¼nn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czech Republic)
Died: 25 December 1980, London, England

Work extensively in Germany before WWII and fled the country in 1940. Potrayed many characters sympathetic to the Nazis in films during and after the war. Worked in Hollywood as well as London.

Secret Mission (1942) as Major Lang

Karel is on the right, with John Salew.

Percy Walsh

Born: 24 April 1888, Luton, Bedfordshire, England
Died: 19 January 1952, London, England

A stage actor who appeared in over 60 films.

Old Bill and Son (1941) as Gustave (uncredited)

Percy Walsh's French speaking is excellent is this film. Manning Whiley is being served a stare.

Secret Mission (1942) as M. Fayolle

Fritz Wendhausen

Born: unknown
Died: 1962, London, England

Fritz Wendhausen was a director and actor in Germany and the UK during the 1920's and early 1930's before settling in England in the mid 1930's, before WWII.

Secret Mission (1942) as General von Reichman (credited as F.R. Wendhausen)

Nancy Price

Born: 3 February 1880, Kinver, Worcestershire, England
Died: 31 March 1970, Worthing, Sussex, England

Nancy Price's screen acting days go back to the silent era.

Secret Mission (1942) as Violette, the housekeeper

Yvonne Andre

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Secret Mission (1942) as Martine, money collector

Yvonne is on the left, with Nancy Price.

David Page

Born: 17 February 1936, London, England

A child actor.

Secret Mission (1942) as Rene de Carnot, boy

One of only two known performances on film. With Carla Lehmann on the right and James Mason on the left.

Betty Warren

Born: 31 October 1905, Fareham, England
Died: 15 December 1990, London, England
Secret Mission (1942) as Lulu Clark

Champagne Charlie (1944) as Bessie Bellwood

Passport to Pimlico (1949) as Connie Pemberton
The policeman is Philip Stainton.

Carla Lehmann

Born: 26 February 1917, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 1 December 1990, Berkshire, England

Secret Mission (1942) as Michele de Carnot

With James Mason.

Monday 18 February 2013

Al Mulock

Born: 30 June 1926, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 1968, Guadix, Spain

Kill Me Tomorrow (1957) as Rod

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Nick

Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) as Knuckles, member of Frank's Gang (uncredited)

Toni Palmer

Born: 17 September 1932, London, England

Toni Palmer was a stage, television and film actress and singer from the late 1950's onwards.

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Jackie

Smashing Time (1967) as Toni

Keep Off the Grass (1983) as Stripper

Eastenders: Episode Date 2nd August 2007 (2007) as Alice

The Unforgettable Danny LaRue (2010) as Herself, Danny's Leading Lady

Toni in an archive clip of a stage performance.

Lionel Bart: Reviewing the Situation (2012) as Herself

Catherine Willmer

Born: 28 November 1910
Died: 2001, Camden, London, England, UK

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Miss Stewart

Rachel Gurney

Born: 5 March 1920, Eton, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: 24 November 2001, Holt, Norfolk, England

Rachel Gurney mostly worked on stage and in television with only occasional roles in British films. Her most famous TV role was as Lady Marjorie Bellamy in 'Upstairs, Downstairs'.

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Adele

Sunday 17 February 2013

Allan Cuthbertson

Born: 7 April 1920, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: 8 February 1988, London, England

A stage actor who came over to England in 1947 after his service in the Royal Australian Air Force during the war years. He was in films from the mid 1950's.

The Man Who Never Was (1956) as Vice-Admiral

Allan Cuthbertson sits next to the real Ewan Montagu whose story this film was based upon.

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Garsden

Kenny Lynch

Born: 18 March 1938, Stepney, London, England
Died: 18 December 2019, UK

Kenny Lynch had a varied career in showbusiness.  He was a songwriter, producer, manager and singer in his own right. He can also be said to have been a comedian and actor, on stage and screen. His film career started around the late 1950's or early 1960's. Even before being credited as a performer in 'Just For Fun (1963)', Kenny was appearing in films as walk-ons and non speaking bit parts.

The Criminal (1960) as Man in church (uncredited)

Kenny is in the foreground on the left, with Kenneth Cope.  This is the only time we see Kenny in this film and his screen time is about 4 seconds.

Kenneth Benda

Born: 3 June 1902, Hampstead, London, England, UK
Died: 26 July 1978, Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Kenneth Benda appeared on screen for the first time whilst in his 60's.

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Bryce

Mark Eden

Born: 14 February 1928, London, England, UK
Died: 1 Jan 2021, England, UK

The L-Shaped Room (1962) as Terry

With Leslie Caron.

The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Game for Three Losers (1965) as Oliver Marchant

Coronation Street (1989) as Alan Bradley

Cluedo: The Best Insurance (1991) (Season 2, Episode 2) as George Biddle

The Unforgettable John Le Mesurier (2001) as Himself

Doctors: Loyalty (2006) (Season 7, Episode 131) as Glen Hodgkins

John Le Mesurier: It's All Been Rather Lovely (2012) as Himself, friend