Friday, 31 January 2014

Lee Phelps

Born: 15 May 1893, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 19 March 1953, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lee Phelps was a prolific bit part player making over 650 screen appearances, mainly in films, going back to silent days.

Local Boy Makes Good (1931) as Assistant Coach (uncredited)

Lee Phelps is on the right, with John Harrington.

Young America (1932) as Court Clerk (uncredited)

Lee Phelps shows Doris Kenyon in.

Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933) as Court bailiff (uncredited)

Lee Phelps reads the verdict.

Woman Unafraid (1934) as Cop (uncredited)

Tough to Handle (1937) as Editor (uncredited)

Undercover Agent (1939) as Pete Higgens, Bartender

With J. M. Kerrigan.

Tell No Tales (1939) as Policeman at school (uncredited)

Lee Phelps is on the right, with Charles D. Brown on the left and Fred Kelsey.

Invisible Stripes (1939) as Policeman (uncredited)

George Raft, Henry O'Neill and Selmer Jackson are watched in the background by Lee Phelps.

Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) as Flynn (uncredited)

Lee Phelps, on the left, looks on as James Burke answers the phone.

Magic Town (1947) as Council member (uncredited)

Lee Phelps is the blurry one in the foreground. This is the best shot we have of his face in this film. Harry Holman is on the right. The lady is Mary Currier.

A Woman's Secret (1949) as District Attorney's Office Clerk (uncredited)

With Jay C. Flippen.

Frank Darien

Born: 18 March 1876, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: 20 October 1955, Hollywood, California, USA

Magic Town (1947) as Quincy

Alix Talton

Born: 7 June 1920, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Died: 7 April 1992, Burbank, California, USA

Also acted under the name Alice Talton.

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Frances 'Fran' Randolph (uncredited)

Jane Wyman

Born: 5 January 1917, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Died: 10 September 2007, in Palm Springs, California, USA

Magic Town (1947) as Mary Peterman

Here Comes the Groom (1951) as Emmadel Jones

James Stewart

Born: 20 May 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2 July 1997, in Los Angeles, California, USA

Art Trouble (1934) as Jack Burton (uncredited)

With Shemp Howard. This short comedy was James Stewart's first film appearance.

Destry Rides Again (1939) as Tom Destry Jr.

The Shop Around the Corner (1940) as Alfred Kralik

Magic Town (1947) as Rip Smith

The Jackpot (1950) as William J. 'Bill' Lawrence

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) as Ransom Stoddard
With John Wayne.

Hawkins: Death and the Maiden (1973) (Season 1, Pilot) as Billy Jim Hawkins

Tom Fadden

Born: 6 January 1895, Bayard, Iowa, USA
Died: 14 April 1980, Vero Beach, Florida, USA

Held for Ransom (1938) as Jalopy driver (uncredited)

Destry Rides Again (1939) as Lem Claggett

The Hairy Ape (1944) as Long

With Roman Bohnen.

Magic Town (1947) as Soda jerk (uncredited)

Other Works


1934 Theodora, The Quean as Tavianus
Other cast members include: Lina Abarbanell, Lester Alden, Robert Anderson, Horace Braham, Raymond Bramley, Julia Colin, Paul Everton, Harriet Freeborn, Carla Gloer, Hitous Gray, Rex Ingram, Raymond Jones, Sarat Lahiri, Elena Miramova, Minor Watson

Art Smith

Born: 23 March 1899, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 24 February 1973, West Babylon, New York, USA

None Shall Escape (1944) as Stys

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Agent, Mel Lippman

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Dayton Lummis

Born: 8 August 1903, Summit, New Jersey, USA
Died: 23 March 1988, Santa Monica, California, USA

The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Uncle Lloyd (uncredited)

With Katherine Warren.

Four Star Theatre: Vote of Confidence (1954) (Season 3, Episode 7) as Warden

David Niven

Born: 1 March 1910, London, England
Died: 29 July 1983, in Ch√Ęteau-d'Oex, Switzerland

Four Star Playhouse: Vote of Confidence (1954) (Season 3, Episode 7) as Tony Stewart

Fay Wray

Born: 15 September 1907, Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Died: 8 August 2004, in New York City, New York, USA

King Kong (1933) as Ann Darrow

Telephone Time: Alice's Wedding Gown (1957) (Season 3, Episode 11) as Miss Perry

Fay Wray is on the right. The other actress is Norma Eberhardt.

Ruth Gillette

Born: 16 August 1906, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 13 May 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA

Coney Island (1943) as Saloon Patron (uncredited)

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Martha, the masseuse

Ruth Gillette on the left has just given a massage to Gloria Grahame.

Ruth Warren

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Effie, the cleaner

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Betty Alden

Born: 21 August 1891, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Died: 7 April 1948, Beverly Hills, California, USA

The Nut Farm (1935) as Helen Barton Bent

Joan Gale

Born: 13 September 1912, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 11 June 1998, New York City, New York, USA

Joan Gale was a beautiful and talented actress who sadly only made a few films in the 1930's before retiring from acting. Her sisters June, Jean and Jane Gale were all actresses.

The Nut Farm (1935) as Agatha Sliscomb

Florence Roberts

Born: 16 March 1861, Frederick, Maryland, USA
Died: 6 June 1940, Hollywood, California, USA
Soup to Nuts (1930) as Junior's Mother (uncredited)
With Ted Healy. Billy Barty is seated on the floor.
Too Many Cooks (1931) as Mother Cook
With Bert Wheeler on the right and Clifford Dempsey on the left.
The Nut Farm (1935) as Ma Barton, Willie's mother

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Edwin Richfield

Born: 11 September 1921, London, England
Died: 2 August 1990, in Shrewsbury, England

The Blue Parrot (1953) as Taps Campelli

The Hideout (1956) as Teacher

Edwin Richfield is on the left, with Arnold Diamond.

Gertrude Messinger

Born: 28 April 1911, Spokane, Washington, USA
Died: 8 November 1995, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Blood and Thunder (1931) as Gertie Daniels (uncredited)

Call a Cop! (1931) as Gertie

The Fighting Pilot (1935) as Jean Reynolds

Dizzy Doctors (1937) as Nurse

Gertrude is the blonde nurse in the background on the right. Hard to see.

Gambling Daughters (1941) as Jane

Gertrude is on the right.

Roger Williams

Born: 13 July 1889, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Died: 6 July 1939, Wildyrie Camp, Mammoth Lakes, California, USA

The Fighting Pilot (1935) as Nate, the mechanic (uncredited)

Roger Williams is on the right, with Eddie Davis.

Richard Talmadge

Born: 3 December 1892, Camburg, Thuringia, Germany
Died: 25 January 1981, Carmel, California, USA

Richard was an actor, stunt man and stunt coordinator from the silent days right up until his retirement from films in the 1960's. He also wrote, directed and produced films.

The Fighting Pilot (1935) as Hal Foster (Credited as Dick Talmadge)

Richard Talmadge did many of the more acrobatic stunts himself in this film.