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.
Tell Your Children (aka Reefer Madness) (1936) as Ralph

With Carleton Young on the left.

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.

New Frontier (1939) as Jason Braddock

Dave O'Brien is in the centre. Eddy Waller is on the left.

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


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.

Four Mothers (1941) as George Edwards, Bank Manager (uncredited)

Oscar O'Shea is on the right, with Claude Rains.

Russell Gleason

Born: 6 February 1907, Portland, Oregon, USA
Died: 26 December 1945, New York City, New York, USA
Off His Base (1932) as Jerry Minor Smith
A short comedy, directed by his father James Gleason, in which he acted with his mother Lucile Gleason.
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

Men Are Such Fools (1938) as Radio Station Doorman (uncredited)

Max Hoffman Jr is on the far left of the picture. In the centre is Wayne Morris and Priscilla Lane, with Penny Singleton.

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


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 shanghai'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.
Father of actors Tim Holt and Jennifer Holt. 

Renegade Girl (1946) as Maj. Barker

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


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

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) as Col. Hector Phyffe

With Dennis O'Keefe in the sailor uniform.

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


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, UK
Died: 14 April 2023, Westminster, London, England, UK
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