Tuesday 27 January 2015

Robert Middlemass

Born: 3 September 1883, New Britain, Connecticut, USA
Died: 10 September 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Studio Murder Mystery (1932) as Boris Seminoff

Men Are Such Fools (1938) as Elevator Starter (uncredited)

In unform in this bit part.

Slightly Honorable (1939) as Sen. Berry

Robert Middlemass stands up to protest in the Senate.

Thelma Tipson

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Thelma Tipson was a Broadway actress who only made one short film.

The Studio Murder Mystery (1932) as Dolly Demarest

With Robert Middlemass.

Other Works


1930 Garrick Gaieties Directed by Philip Loeb. Guild Theatre: 4 Jun 1930-8 Oct 1930 (158 performances)
Other members of the cast include: Nan Blackstone, Micky Burton, Albert Carroll, Ruth Chorpenning, Imogene Coca, Anna Marie Cotter, Theodore Fetter, Edwin Gilcher, Hildegarde Halliday, Ray Heatherton, Sterling Holloway, Otto Hulett, Eve Latour, Kate Drain Lawson, Philip Loeb, Ginger Meehan, Edith Meiser, Jo Meyers, Ruth Montague, James Norris, Cynthia Rodgers, Polly Rose, Edith Sheldon, Florentine Sherman, Jane Sherman, Midge Sidney, Roger Stearns, Donald Stewart, William Tannen, Velma Vavra.

1931 Free for All as Gracie Maynard. Directed by Oscar Hammerstein II. Manhattan Theatre: 8 Sep 1931-19 Sep 1931 (15 performances)
Other members of the cast include: Charles Althoff as Mr. Vergil Murgatroyd, Seth Arnold as Pete Weber, Olive Bayes as Divorcee, Lilian Bond as Marie Sinnot, Julia Chandler as Divorcee, G. Pat Collins as Terence Canavan, John Donahue as Miner, Al Downing as a Reporter, Edward Emery as Stephen Potter, Sr., Dorris Groday as Joan Summer, Jack Haley as Steve Potter, Jr., Peter Higgins as Michael Byrne, Gus Howard as Miner, David Hutcheson as Joe Butler, Dorothea James as Divorcee, Grace Johnston as Silver Dollar Kate, Dorothy Knapp as Miss Gibbs, Clair Kramer as Miner, Peter Lang as Tom, Jeannette Loff as Mrs. Ida Jones, Philip Lord as Dr. Raymond Allen, Vera Marsh as Anita Allen, Rae Powell as a Nurse, Robert Randall as Digger Watkins, Edwin Saulpaugh as Mr. Preston, Harry Shannon as Jim Allison, Tamara as Marishka Tarasov, Don Tomkins as Andy Bradford, Edward Walters as a Judge.

1932 Blessed Event Amelia Romond. Directed by Harlan Thompson. Longacre Theatre: 12 Feb 1932- May 1932 (closing date unknown/115 performances).
Other members of the cast include: Jean Adair, Robert Allen, Matt Briggs, Charles D. Brown, Ollie Burgoyne, Kenneth Dana, Herbert Duffy, George Greenberg, Allen Jenkins as Frankie Wells, Isabel Jewell, Herman Jones, Walter Kinsella, David Leonard, Ralph Locke as Louis Miller, Eddie Lynch, Herman J. Mankiewicz as Waiter, John Morrissey, Lee Patrick as Gladys Price, Dorothea Petgen, Roger Pryor, John Robb, Lynn Root, Frank Rowan, Henry Shelvey, Mildred Wall, Milton Wallace. Produced by Sidney Phillips and Harlan Thompson. Written by Manuel Seff and Forrest Wilson.

Jane Bramley

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Jane Bramley was a Broadway actress who appeared in one short film.

The Studio Murder Mystery (1932) as Mae Norton

Other Works


1932 The Fatal Alibi.as Ursula Bourne. Directed by Charles Laughton (his U.S. directorial debut). Booth Theatre: 8 Feb 1932- 1 Mar 1932 (24 performances).
Other members of the cast include: Lawrence H. Cecil as Inspector Davies, Andree Corday as Margot, Edward Crandall as Geoffrey Raymond, Lowell Gilmore as Captain Ralph Paton, Kenneth Hunter, Moffat Johnston as Dr. Sheppard, Charles Laughton as Hercule Poirot, A.C. Fotheringham-Lysons as Mr. Hammond, Lionel Pape as Sir Roger Ackroyd, Donald Randolph as Parker, Effie Shannon as Mrs. Ackroyd, Helen Vinson as Caryl Sheppard, Jane Wyatt as Flora. Written by Michael Morton.

1934 While Parents Sleep as Bubbles Thompson.  Directed by William A. Brady.
Other members of the cast include: Ilka Chase as Lady Cattering, Jane Corcoran as Nanny, Winifred Harris as Mrs. Hammond, Alan Marshall as Neville Hammond, May Marshall as Vincent, Lionel Pape as Colonel Hammond, Charles Romano as Jerry Hammond. Written by Anthony Kimmins.

Sunday 25 January 2015

Sam Peckinpah

Born: 21 February 1925, Fresno, California, USA
Died: 28 December 1984, Inglewood, California, USA

Better known as a director, Sam Peckinpah started his film career as a production assistant and then in small roles as an actor. Later he made walk-on appearances in some of his own films.

Wichita (1955) as Bank teller (uncredited)

Through the bars, Sam Peckinpah serves Joel McCrea.

Walter Coy

Born: 31 January 1909, Great Falls, Montana, USA
Died: 11 December 1974, Santa Maria, California, USA

Wichita (1955) as Sam McCoy

Walter Coy is on the left, with Carl Benton Reid.

Monday 19 January 2015

Billy Wayne

Born: 12 February 1897, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: 12 June 1970, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Magic Town (1947) as Reporter (uncredited)

Billy Wayne is on the right.

Sunday 18 January 2015

Robert Lowell

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

I Accuse My Parents (1944) as James Wilson

A Walk in the Sun (1945) as Lt. Rand (uncredited)

Myron Healey

Born: 8 June 1923, Petaluma, California, USA
Died: 21 December 2005, Burbank, California, USA
Knock on Any Door (1949) as Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Myron Healey is on the right. George Macready has the fair hair at the front.
In a Lonely Place (1950) as Post Office clerk (uncredited)
Difficult to see Myron Healey through the bars. The man with his back to us is Humphrey Bogart.

The Unearthly (1957) as Mark Houston (Credited as Myron Healy)

Gang Busters: Alvin Karpis (1952) (Season 1, Episode 3) as John Dillinger (uncredited)

Lewis Howard

Born: 16 January 1919, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 29 September 1951

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Junior (uncredited)

Lewis Howard in the middle of Humphrey Bogart on the left and Robert Warwick. This was Howard's last movie.

Cosmo Sardo

Born: 7 March 1909, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 14 July 1989, Los Angeles County, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Greg, bartender (uncredited)

Cosmo Sardo's face is just seen on the right serving drinks to Morris Ankrum, Art Smith, Humphrey Bogart and Robert Warwick.

Saturday 17 January 2015

Vernon Dent

Born: 16 February 1895, San Jose, California, USA
Died: 5 November 1963, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, USA
Mummy's Nightmare (1922) as Delivery Man

Dizzy Doctors (1937) as Dr. Harry Arms (uncredited)


Mendelssohn's Wedding March (1939) as The Baron

Vernon Dent is on the right, with George Sorel in this short film.

Half-Wits Holiday (1947) as Prof. Quackenbrush
With Barbara Slater.

Bride and Gloom (1947) as Sally's Father

With Jean Willes.

Barbara Slater

Born: 17 December 1920, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 14 October 1997, Green Valley, Arizona, USA

Half-Wits Holiday (1947) as Lulu Quackenbush

With Vernon Dent.

Arno Frey

Born: 11 October 1900, Munich, Germany
Died: 26 June 1961, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cass Timberlane (1947) as Waiter at Restaurant (uncredited)
Arno Frey serves Zachary Scott and Lana Turner.
In a Lonely Place (1950) as Joe (uncredited)
Arno Frey, facing the camera, talks to Steven Geray, while Humphrey Bogart leaves.

William Ching

Born: 2 October 1913, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: 1 July 1989, Tustin, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Ted Barton

Don Hamin

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

In a Lonely Place (1950) as John Mason (uncredited)

Don Hamin, standing, squares off to Humphrey Bogart. Gloria Grahame is also in the car. This was probably Don's only film appearance.

Martha Stewart

Born: 7 October 1922, Bardwell, Kentucky, USA
Died: 25 February 2012, Northeast Harbor, Maine, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Mildred Atkinson

Hadda Brooks

Born: 29 October 1916, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 21 November 2002, Los Angeles, California, USA

Hadda Brooks was a singer and pianist who appeared in a handful of films. In 1957 Brooks had her own television series produced by KLAC Television.

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Singer

Billy Gray

Born: 13 January 1938, Los Angeles, California, USA
In a Lonely Place (1950) as Young boy seeking autographs (uncredited)

On Moonlight Bay (1951) as Wesley Winfield

George Davis

Born: 7 November 1889, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: 19 April 1965, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Waiter (uncredited)

George Davis serves Humphrey Bogart.

Pat Barton

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

In a Lonely Place (1950) as 2nd hat check girl (uncredited)

With Robert Warwick.

Carl Benton Reid

Born: 14 August 1893, Lansing, Michigan, USA
Died: 16 March 1973, Hollywood, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Capt. Lochner

Carl Benton Reid is on the left, with Frank Lovejoy.

Wichita (1955) as Mayor Andrew Hope

Carl Benton Reid is on the right, with Walter Coy.

The Last Wagon (1956) as Gen. Howard

Jack Reynolds

Born: 2 June 1909, Claresholm, Canada
Died: 30 September 1990, San Diego, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Henry Kesler (uncredited)

Jack Reynolds is on the left, with Frank Lovejoy and Humphrey Bogart.

Robert Warwick

Born: 9 October 1878, Sacramento, California, USA
Died: 6 June 1964, West Los Angeles, California, USA
Night Life of the Gods (1935) as Neptune
Robert Warwick stands semi-clothed in the middle. On the left is Alan Mowbray and on the right is Tyler Brooke.

In Old Oklahoma (aka War of the Wildcats) (1943) as Chief Big Tree (uncredited)

The Falcon's Adventure (1946) as Kenneth Sutton

A Woman's Secret (1949) as Roberts
Robert Warwick, on the right, sits next to Melvyn Douglas.

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Charlie Waterman

Robert Warwick is greeted by Humphrey Bogart. Art Smith is on the right.

Laura K. Brooks

Born: 31 March 1887, West Virginia, USA
Died: 22 December 1974, Los Angeles County, California, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Lady wanting matches (uncredited)

Laura K. Brooks is the lady on the right, with Humphrey Bogart and Art Smith.

June Vincent

Born: 17 July 1920, Harrods, Ohio, USA
Died: 20 November 2008, Aurora, Colorado, USA

In a Lonely Place (1950) as Actress in convertable (uncredited)

With Charles Cane.

Friday 16 January 2015

James J. Jeffries

Born: 15 April 1875, Carroll, Ohio, USA
Died: 3 March 1953, Burbank, California, USA

James J. Jeffries was the boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1899 to 1905. In films he often played himself. 

They Never Come Back (1932) as Referee, himself

Charles Sullivan

Born: 24 April 1899, Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Died: 25 June 1972, Los Angeles, California, USA

Charles Sullivan was a bit part actor and stunt man who worked on over 500 films from the late silent era until the 1960s.

They Never Come Back (1932) as Steve, Filmore's henchman (uncredited)

With Gertrude Astor.

Fast and Furious (1939) as Connors' Henchman (uncredited)

Charles Sullivan pulls a face. Ann Sothern and Franchot Tone are behnd him.

The Bank Dick (1940) as Pursuit Driver (uncredited)

In the back of the car are Grady Sutton, Pierre Watkin and Dick Purcell.

The Sea Wolf (1941) as First Mate who died (uncredited)

Strangers in the Night (1944) as Police Driver

William Terry and Virginia Grey are asleep in the back.

Dan Tobey

Born: 22 July 1878, Ulysses, Nebraska, USA
Died: 9 March 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA

Even before appearing in films, Dan Tobey was a boxing and wrestling ring announcer. He was so popular in this role that he was much sought after to appear in many B-movies, cast as type. He also worked in radio and on television commentating on fights.

They Never Come Back (1932) as Ring Announcer (uncredited)