Friday 31 October 2014

Yvonne De Carlo

Born: 1 September 1922, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 8 January 2007, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Yvonne De Carlo originally trained as a ballet dancer, but was advised that she would not make the grade. After a few jobs in nightclubs, entertaining men with seedy dances, she was offered a part in a 'Soundie' and loved the way she looked on screen. Her focus then shifted to wanting to be a film star.

Although her film career was critically a series of ups and downs, Yvonne made films for over 50 years. On television she is best remembered for her role as Lily Munster in the hit series 'The Munsters (1964)'.

The Pearl of Bagdad (1940)

This was a 'Soundie', a musical short featuring Yvonne De Carlo in her first uncredited screen appearance.

Harvard, Here I Come (1941) as Bathing Girl (uncredited)

With 'Slapsie' Maxie Rosenbloom and Byron Foulger.

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) as Girl in Cafe (uncredited)

Gary Cooper walks down the steps behind a seated Yvonne De Carlo.

Salome Where She Danced (1945) as Salome

This was De Carlo's breakthrough role. With her exotic looks, she was perfectly cast in this film, which became one of the most popular films of the year and Yvonne became an actress in demand.

Song of Scheherazade (1947) as Cara de Talavera

Black Bart (1948) as Lola Montez

Criss Cross (1949) as Anna Dundee

With Burt Lancaster.

Hotel Sahara (1951) as Yasmin Pallas

The Captain's Paradise (1953) as Nita St. James

Band of Angels (1957) as Amantha Starr

With Clark Gable.

Adventures in Paradise: Isle of Eden (1960) (Season 1, Episode 19) as Lianne Zagreb

With Hugo Haas.

McLintock! (1963) as Louise Warren

The Munsters: Pilot (1964) as Lily Munster

The beginning of a two season run and probably Yvonne De Carlo's most remembered role, certainly on television.

The Seven Minutes (1971) as Constance Cumberland

Anna Turner

Born: 6 May 1918, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: 29 March 2014, Hammersmith, London, England

Emergency Call (1952) as Mrs. Jackson

Children Galore (1955) as Louise

Anna Turner is on the right, with Betty Ann Davies, holding the baby.

Avis Scott

Born: 22 February 1918, London, England
Died: 31 May 2010, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Brief Encounter (1945) as Kardomah Waitress (uncredited)
Celia Johnson is seated.


Emergency Call (1952) as Marie

Vida Hope

Born: 16 December 1918, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Died: 23 December 1963, Chelmsford, Essex, England

The 39 Steps (1935) as Usherette (uncredited)

Vida Hope whispers to Robert Donat.

Champagne Charlie (1944) as Rosie, the Elephant and Castle Barmaid (uncredited)

The Man in the White Suit (1951) as Bertha

Emergency Call (1952) as Brenda

With Jack Warner.

The Long Memory (1953) as Mrs. Gedge

With John Mills.

Thora Hird

Born: 28 May 1911, Morecambe, Lancashire, England
Died: 15 March 2003, Brinsworth House, Twickenham, Middlesex, England
Thora Hird was a 'national treasure' making her name on the stage and eventually in film and television. Her most famous roles came when she was already over 50 years old. She appeared in over 150 episodes of the long running, gentle, British comedy 'Last of the Summer Wine (1973)', making her first appearance when she was 75. 
Go to Blazes (1942) as Elsie
A short information film about what to do in case of an incendiary device during WWII.

The Frightened Man (1952) as Vera

Emergency Call (1952) as Mrs. Cornelius

The Lost Hours (1952) as Hotel maid

With Mark Stevens.

The Long Memory (1953) as Mrs. Pewsey

With John McCallum.

Clean Sweep (1958) as Vera Watson

A short comedy.

Screen One: Pat and Margaret (1994) (Season 6, Episode 3) as Jim's Mother

Anthony Steel

Born: 21 May 1920, London, England
Died: 21 March 2001, London, England

Emergency Call (1952) as Dr. Carter

Joy Shelton

Born: 3 June 1922, London, England
Died: 28 January 2000, Surrey, England

Emergency Call (1952) as Laura Bishop

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Milburn Stone

Born: 5 July 1904, Burrton, Kansas, USA
Died: 12 June 1980, La Jolla, California, USA

Captive Wild Woman (1943) as Fred Mason

Killer Dill (1947) as Maboose

Milburn Stone is on the right, with Mike Mazurki.

Cass Timberlane (1947) as Nestor Purdwin (uncredited)

Roadblock (1951) as Egan

Richard Irving

Born: 13 February 1917, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 23 December 1990, San Diego, California, USA

Roadblock (1951) as Partos, the pilot (uncredited)

Saturday 25 October 2014

Lowell Gilmore

Born: 20 December 1906, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Died: 31 January 1960, Hollywood, California, USA

Roadblock (1951) as Kendall Webb

Martha Mears

Born: 18 July 1910, Sugar Creek, Missouri, USA
Died: 13 December 1986, Versailles, Missouri, USA

Roadblock (1951) as Nightclub singer (uncredited)

Joan Dixon

Born: 6 June 1930, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: 20 February 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA

Roadblock (1951) as Diane

Friday 24 October 2014

Louis Jean Heydt

Born: 17 April 1903, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Died: 29 January 1960, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

They Made Me a Spy (1939) as Gillian

Roadblock (1951) as Harry Miller

Sunday 19 October 2014

Lynn Starr

Born: 16 August 1913, Oregon, USA
Died: 3 November 2000, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Yanks Are Coming (1942) as Vicki

Dorothy Dare

Born: 6 August 1911, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 4 October 1981, Orange County, California, USA

Dorothy Dare was an actress and singer.

The Yanks Are Coming (1942) as Peggy

Jack Heller

Born: 1 May 1906, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 15 July 1988, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The Yanks Are Coming (1942) as Sammy Winkle (Credited as Little Jackie Heller)

Saturday 18 October 2014

William Roberts

Born: 18 December 1921, Yolo County, California, USA
Died: 9 April 1997, Waldport, Oregon, USA

William Roberts was bit part actor who was given the lead in a couple of B-movies.

The Yanks Are Coming (1942) as Bob Reynolds

Friday 17 October 2014

Lila Leeds

Born: 28 January 1928, Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Died: 15 September 1999

Apart from appearances in some 1940s films, Lila Leeds is most famous for being arrested with Robert Mitchum on 31 August 1948 for the possession of marijuana.

So You Want to Be a Detective (1948) as Veronica Vacuum (uncredited)

Thursday 16 October 2014

George O'Hanlon

Born: 23 November 1912, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 11 February 1989, Los Angeles, California, USA

Man from Headquarters (1942) as Weeks, reporter

So You Want to Be a Detective (1948) as Joe McDoakes aka Philipe Snarlowe

Kronos (1957) as Dr. Arnold Culver

George O'Hanlon is on the right, with Jeff Morrow and Barbara Lawrence.