Tuesday 25 June 2013

Donald McNamee

Born: 22 April 1897, Illinois, USA
Died: 17 July 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA

Walk-on actor and composer.

Millionaires in Prison (1940) as Reporter (uncredited)

By using the unreliable IMDB and by way of elimination I am only assuming that the guy on the far left of the picture is Donald McNamee. Unfortunately there is no other film of the era to go on and he died of a skull fracture the year of this film's release. The other reporters in this photo are Brooks Benedict and Eddie Hart and the photographer with his back to us is unknown, presumably because we never see his face.

Monday 24 June 2013

James Griffith

Born: 13 February 1916, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 17 September 1993, Avila Beach, California, USA

A character actor making over 220 film and television appearances.

Buffalo Bill Jr.: First Posse (1955) (Season 1, Episode 10) as Doc Holliday

Brooks Benedict

Born: 6 February 1896, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 1 January 1968, Houston, Texas, USA

A supporting and bit part actor in over 300 films.

Pick-up (1933) as Tony

Brooks Benedict is on the left, with William Harrigan.

Peter Gawthorne

Born: 1 September 1884, Queen's County, Ireland
Died: 17 March 1962, London, England

Father Steps Out (1937) as Mr. Fitzwilliam

Peter Gawthorne is on the right. George Carney is on the left, with his back to us.

Bell-Bottom George (1944) as Admiral Sir William Coltham

With George Formby.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Erik Schumann

Born: 15 February 1924, Grechwitz, Germany
Died: 9 February 2007, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The Two-Headed Spy (1958) as Lt. Reinisch

Kenneth Griffith

Born: 12 October 1921, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died: 25 June 2006, London, England

A British character actor in films from the 1940s.

The Shop at Sly Corner (1947) as Archie Fellows

Lucky Jim (1957) as Cyril Johns

Two-Headed Spy (1958) as Adolf Hitler

Cleverly masked by the chair, Kenneth Griffith has his back to us, pounding the table.

Rag Doll (1961) as Wilson

Monday 17 June 2013

Gia Scala

Born: 3 March 1934, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
Died: 30 April 1972, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Two-Headed Spy (1958) as Lili Geyr

Andre Charisse

Born: 6 June 1910, Paris, France
Died: 25 August 2004, London, England

The Beauty Jungle (1964) as Bistro barman

With Ian Hendry.

Leslie Nielsen

Born: 11 February 1926, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 28 November 2010, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Tales of Tomorrow: Another Chance (1953) (Season 2, Episode 26) as Harold Mason

The Sheepman (1958) as Col. Stephen Bedford / Johnny Bledsoe

Harvey (1996) (TV) as Dr. Chumley

With Jessica Hecht and Lynda Boyd.

Saturday 15 June 2013

Frank Lovejoy

Born: 28 March 1912, The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: 2 October 1962, New York City, New York, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Det. Sgt. Brub Nicolai

Frank, right, has a violent arm around Jeff Donnell.

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) as Gilbert Bowen

Shack Out on 101 (1955) as Prof. Sam Bastion

Roy Rogers

Born: 5 November 1911, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: 6 July 1998, Apple Valley, California, USA
A singing cowboy star of many B-pictures.
Sunset Serenade (1942) as Roy Rogers
Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Roy Rogers

With George 'Gabby' Hayes.

Harry T. Morey

Born: 21 August 1873, Charlotte, Michigan, USA
Died: 24 January 1936, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Corn on the Cop (1934) as Judge

Harry's last film.

Boyd Davis

Born: 19 June 1885, Santa Rosa, California, USA
Died: 25 January 1963, Hollywood, California, USA

Corn on the Cop (1934) a Bob

Mary Doran

Born: 8 September 1910, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 6 September 1995, New York City, New York, USA

Corn on the Cop (1934) as Alice

Harry Gribbon

Born: 9 June 1885, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 28 July 1961, Los Angeles, California, USA

Harry Gribbon is the brother of Eddie Gribbon.

Corn on the Cop (1934) as Tramp

Art Trouble (1934) as Tall Painter

With Shemp Howard.

Friday 14 June 2013

Jean Del Val

Born: 17 November 1891, France
Died: 13 March 1975, Pacific Palisades, California, USA

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) as Inspector General

With Clark Howat.

Clark Howat

Born: 22 January 1918, Calaveras County, California, USA
Died: 30 October 2009, Arroyo Grande, California, USA

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) as Government Agent

With Jean Del Val.

Suddenly (1954) as Haggerty

Kathy Riggins

Born: 29 October 1945, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) as Little girl at store (uncredited)

This was Kathy Riggins' only known appearance in a film.

Nacho Galindo

Born: 7 November 1908, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: 22 June 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Hitch-Hiker (1953) as Jose - Store Proprietor (uncredited)

Tom London

Born: 24 August 1889, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: 5 December 1963, North Hollywood, California, USA
A prolific character actor making over 630 screen appearances.
Troopers Three (1930) as Sgt. Hank Darby

Mystery Ranch (1934) as Holdup man
Tom London is in the white shirt. On the left is Lafe McKee and on the right is George Chesebro.

Bachelor Bait (1934) as Detective (uncredited)

Tom London stands to the left with his writing pad open ready to take notes. The short man next to him on the far left is Phil Dunham.

In Old Oklahoma (aka War of the Wildcats) (1943) as Tom, a Farmer on the Train (uncredited)
Tom London looks up to Charles Arnt, the conductor. June Pickerell is on the right.

Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Sheriff Bert Morris

Dennis Hoey

Born: 30 March 1893, London, England
Died: 25 July 1960, Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Uncertain Glory (1944) as Father Le Clerc

Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Cole Gregory

Ed Cassidy

Born: 21 March 1893, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 19 January 1968, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Tom Prescott (Credited as Edward Cassidy)

Left, with Dale Evans.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Dale Evans

Born: 31 October 1912, Uvalde, Texas, USA
Died: 7 February 2001, Apple VFalley, California, USA
In Old Oklahoma (aka War of the Wildcats) (1943) as Cuddles Walker

Roll on Texas Moon (1946) as Jill Delaney
With Elisabeth Risdon.

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Boris Karloff

Born: 23 November 1887, Camberwell, London, England
Died: 2 February 1969, Midhurst, Sussex, England
Boris Karloff is best known for his portrayal of monsters, mummies and mysterious doctors, but his career was so much more. However, nobody can forget his performance as the monster in Frankenstein (1931) for which he was billed only as '?'.
The Nickel-Hopper (1926) as Dance Masher (uncredited)


Frankenstein (1931) as The Monster (Credited as ?)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as The Monster (Credited as Karloff)

British Intelligence (1940) as Valdar

Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947) as Gruesome

The Terror (1963) as Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Vincent Price

Born: 27 May 1911, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: 25 October 1993, Los Angeles, California, USA

Brigham Young (1940) as Joseph Smith

The Song of Bernadette (1943) as Prosecutor Vital Dutour

Dragonwyck (1946) as Nicholas Van Ryn

Leave Her to Heaven (1945) as Russell Quinton

The Fly (1958) as Fran├žois Delambre

 With Herbert Marshall.

House On Haunted Hill (1959) as Frederick Loren

Return of the Fly (1959) as Fran├žois Delambre

Convicts 4 (1962) as Carl Carmer

Vincent Price, right. ponders over Ben Gazzara's art.

The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) as Verden Fell