Saturday 28 February 2015

Vivian Blaine

Born: 21 November 1921, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Died: 9 December 1995, New York City, New York, USA
State Fair (1945) as Emily Edwards

This is Your Life: Laurel & Hardy (1954) (Season ?, Episode ?) as Herself
With Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Diane Florentine

Born: 9 August 1935, Los Angeles, California, USA

State Fair (1945) as Daughter of the chief of police (uncredited)

Harry Morgan

Born: 10 April 1915, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: 7 December 2011, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

State Fair (1945) as Barker (Credited as Henry Morgan)

Dick Haymes has his back to us.

Frankie and Johnny (1966) as Cully

Dick Haymes

Born: 13 September 1918, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 28 March 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA

State Fair (1945) as Wayne Frake

Phil Brown

Born: 30 April 1916, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 9 February 2006, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Became more famous than he had ever been before in his long career when he played Luke Skywalker's Uncle Owen in the very first Star Wars film in 1977.

State Fair (1945) as Harry Ware

Jane Nigh

Born: 25 February 1925, Hollywood, California, USA
Died: 5 October 1993, Kern County, California, USA

State Fair (1945) as Eleanor

Percy Kilbride

Born: 16 July 1888, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 11 December 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA

State Fair (1945) as Dave Miller

With Charles Winninger.

Charles Winninger

Born: 26 May 1884, Athens, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 27 January 1969, Palm Springs, California, USA
Soup to Nuts (1930) as Otto Schmidt
Ted Healy is standing over Charles Winninger.

Destry Rides Again (1939) as Washington Dimsdale

Coney Island (1943) as Finnigan

Phil Silvers and George Montgomery stand at the bar.

State Fair (1945) as Abel Frake

Charles Winninger is on the right, with Percy Kilbride.

Fay Bainter

Born: 7 December 1893, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 16 April 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA

Our Town (1940) as Mrs. Gibbs

With Thomas Mitchell.

State Fair (1945) as Melissa Frake

Wednesday 25 February 2015

Jack Lemmon

Born: 8 February 1925, Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 27 June 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA

Some Like It Hot (1959) as Jerry

Jack Lemmon is on the right, with Tony Curtis.

The Apartment (1960) as C.C. Baxter

My Fellow Americans (1996) as President Russell P. Kramer

Tuesday 24 February 2015

Joe E. Brown

Born: 28 July 1892, Holgate, Ohio, USA
Died: 6 July 1973, Brentwood, California, USA
Local Boy Makes Good (1931) as John Augustus Miller

$1,000 a Touchdown (1939) as Marlowe Mansfield Booth 

Some Like It Hot (1959) as Osgood Fielding III
The lady with her back to us is Jack Lemmon.

Barbara Drew

Born: 11 February 1916, Canal Zone, Panama
Died: 17 September 2001, Irvine, California, USA

Some Like It Hot (1959) as Nellie

With Tony Curtis.

Tuesday 10 February 2015

Benita Hume

Born: 14 October 1906, London, England
Died: 1 November 1967, Egerton, England

A Honeymoon Adventure (1931) as Eve Martin

Sunday 8 February 2015

Una Merkel

Born: 10 December 1903, Covington, Kentucky, USA
Died: 2 January 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA
Abraham Lincoln (1930) as Ann Rutledge

42nd Street (1933) as Lorraine Fleming


Menu (1933) as Mrs. Omsk (uncredited)


Destry Rides Again (1939) as Lily Belle Callahan

The Bank Dick (1940) as Myrtle Sousé

With Grady Sutton.

Golden Girl (1951) as Mary Ann Crabtree

With Mitzi Gaynor.

Monday 2 February 2015

Eileen Coghlan

Born: 18 December 1913, Portland, Oregon, USA
Died: unknown

Force of Evil (1948) as Secretary (uncredited)

Barbara Wooddell

Born: 25 May 1910, Lewiston, Illinois, USA
Died: 16 January 1997, Ojai, California, USA 
Force of Evil (1948) as Mary, Joe's Secretary (uncredited)
Marie Windsor is walking away. 
Highway 301 (1950) as Miss Smith, Head Nurse (uncredited)


Will Lee

Born: 6 August 1908, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 7 December 1982, New York City, New York, USA

Will Lee became famous late in life for playing 'Mr. Hooper' in the children's television series 'Sesame Street'.

Force of Evil (1948) as Waiter (uncredited)

Howland Chamberlain is seated on the right and Stanley Prager is in the background.

Lorraine Comerford

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Knock On Any Door (1949) as Teenager in courtroom (uncredited)

Lorraine Comerford is the teenager on the left, with Ann Duncan. Eddie Borden is one of the courtroom spectators in the background.

Bob Stebbins

Born: 12 January 1929, Loyal, Oklahoma, USA

Mokey (1942) as Brickley 'Brick' Autry (Credited as Bobby Stebbins)

Force of Evil (1948) as Norval (uncredited)

Ann Duncan

Born: 6 April 1925, California, USA
Died: 17 March 1990

Force of Evil (1948) as Norval's Girlfriend (uncredited)

With Bob Stebbins.

Knock On Any Door (1949) as Teenager in courtroom (uncredited)

Ann Duncan is on the far right, with Lorraine Comerford as the other teenager. Eddie Borden is one of the courtroom spectators in the background.

Sunday 1 February 2015

Stanley Prager

Born: 8 January 1917, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 18 January 1972, Los Angeles, California, USA

Force of Evil (1948) as Wally

Georgia Backus

Born: 13 October 1900, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Died: 7 September 1983, Sun City, California, USA

Georgia Backus started her acting career in stock companies on stage at the tender age of 14 and later acted in college. Not long after her graduation from college, whilst working in stock companies and on Broadway, Georgia began writing plays and short stories. This began a whole new side to her career as she was chosen to write for the burgeoning new art of the radio play. In 1939 she joined Orson Welles's Mercury Theatre repertory company on radio and it was this association that led her into films by 1940, appearing in the Welles films 'Citizen Kane (1941)' and 'The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)'.

Her career ended in 1953 as a result of the Hollywood blacklist following investigations into Communism in the motion picture industry by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Force of Evil (1948) as Sylvia Morse (uncredited)

With Thomas Gomez.

Howland Chamberlain

Born: 2 August 1911, The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: 1 September 1984, Oakland, California, USA

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) as Thorpe (Credited as Howland Chamberlin)

With Dana Andrews
Angel in Exile (1948) as J. H. Higgins
Force of Evil (1948) as Freddie Bauer (Credited as Howland Chamberlin)

Beatrice Pearson

Born: 27 July 1920, Dennison, Texas, USA
Died: February 1986

Beatrice Pearson was a stage actress who made only a few film appearances.

Force of Evil (1948) as Doris Lowry

Frank Pharr

Born: 25 August 1890, Decatur, Georgia, USA
Died: 10 March 1969, San Diego, California, USA

Frank Pharr was an extra and bit part player in nearly 50 films.

Force of Evil (1948) as Louie, the bootblack (uncredited)

Frank Pharr, facing the camera, listens to the instruction of John Garfield.

John Garfield

Born: 4 March 1913, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 21 May 1952, New York City, New York, USA

Four Daughters (1938) as Mickey Borden

The Sea Wolf (1941) as George Leach

Edward G. Robinson is on the left.

Force of Evil (1948) as Joe Morse