Tuesday 12 April 2016

John L. Cason

Born: 30 July 1918, Valley View, Texas, USA
Died: 7 July 1961, Santa Barbara, California, USA
John Cason was a stuntman in films who occasionally found himself as a member of the supporting cast, as did many stuntmen of the era.

Ghost Guns (1944) as Bart (Credited as Bob Cason)

John L. Cason is in the background with the dark hat. The cowboy in the foreground is Johnny Mack Brown.

The Kid from Broken Gun (1952) as Chuck (uncredited)

John Cason walks in behind Tristram Coffin.

John Merton

Born: 18 February 1901, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: 19 September 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA

Land of Hunted Men (1943) as Pelham (Mine Manager) (Credited as John Morton)

John Merton is on the right, with Steve Clark.

Ghost Guns (1944) as Matson

John Merton is on the far right. Also in this picture are Marshall Reed (left), Frank LaRue (front centre) and Jack Ingram.

Ralph Bucko

Born: 16 November 1891, Colusa, California, USA
Died: 6 August 1962, Yakima, Washington, USA

Ghost Guns (1944) as Zeke, stagecoach driver (uncredited)

Not a very close picture of Ralph Bucko.

Dick Dickinson

Born: 16 September 1895, Tipton, Iowa, USA
Died: 27 July 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA

Ghost Guns (1944) as Man murdered in saloon (uncredited)

Riley Hill

Born: 20 March 1914, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Died: 16 December 1993, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

Ghost Guns (1944) as Ted Connors

Raymond Hatton

Born: 7 July 1887, Red Oak, Iowa, USA
Died: 21 October 1971, Palmdale, California, USA
New Frontier (1939) as Rusty Joslin
Raymond Hatton is the shorter rider on the left, with Ray Corrigan.
Ghost Guns (1944) as Marshal Sandy Hopkins
Raymond Hatton is on the right, with Johnny Mack Brown.

Jack Ingram

Born: 15 November 1902, Frankfort, Illinois, USA
Died: 20 February 1969, Canoga Park, California, USA
New Frontier (1939) as Harmon
Jack Ingram is on the right, with Bud Osborne.
Ghost Guns (1944) as Waco

Evelyn Finley

Born: 11 March 1916, Douglas, Arizona, USA
Died: 7 April 1989, Big Bear City, California, USA

Evelyn Finley was a stunt rider and trick rider on horses. She was the stunt double for many of the leading actresses in B-westerns, such as Jean Parker, Gale Storm and Sheila Ryan. Evelyn was occasionally given a credited role in a film of her own.

Ghost Guns (1944) as Ann Jordan

With Johnny Mack Brown.
At the end of this film Evelyn is given the chance to show off some of her trick riding.

Johnny Mack Brown

Born: 1 September 1904, Dothan, Alabama, USA
Died: 14 November 1974, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Our Dancing Daughters (1928) as Ben Blaine (Credited as John Mack Brown)

The Single Standard (1929) as Tommy Hewlett (Credited as John Mack Brown)

Ghost Guns (1944) as Marshal Nevada McKenzie

With Evelyn Finley.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Patricia Walthall

Born: 16 March 1918, Los Angeles, California, USA

Empty Holsters (1937) as Judy Ware

Wilfred Lucas

Born: 30 January 1871, Ontario, Canada
Died: 5 December 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA

Empty Holsters (1937) as John Ware

Four Daughters (1938) as Doctor (uncredited)

Wilfred Lucas comforts Priscilla Lane as she cries over John Garfield.

Four Wives (1939) as Stationmaster (uncredited)

A Chump at Oxford (1940) as Dean Williams

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Lilyan Tashman

Born: 23 October 1896, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 21 March 1934, New York City, New York, USA

Girls About Town (1931) as Marie Bailey

Lilyan Tashman is on the right, with Kay Francis.

Kay Francis

Born: 13 January 1905, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Died: 26 August 1968, New York City, New York, USA

During World War II Kay joined Carole Landis, Mitzi Mayfair, and Martha Raye on a four-month USO tour to entertain the troops. The event was turned into a film called 'Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)' in which Kay and the other actresses played themselves. 

For the Defense (1930) as Irene Manners

With William Powell.


The Virtuous Sin (1930) as Marya Ivanova Sablin

Girls About Town (1931) as Wanda Howard

With Robert McWade.

The White Angel (1936) as Florence Nightingale

Sunday 3 April 2016

Ralph Truman

Born: 7 May 1900, London, England
Died: 15 October 1977, Ipswich, Suffolk, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Sir Richard

Stratford Johns

Born: 22 September 1925, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Died: 29 January 2002, Heveningham, Suffolk, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Garage worker (uncredited)

Richard Attenborough is wearing the cap.

David Langton

Born: 16 April 1912, Motherwell, Scotland
Died: 25 April 1994, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Man in Coastal Forces Club Bar (uncredited)

David Langton is on the left, with George Baker.

Bill Owen

Born: 14 March 1914, Acton, Middlesex, England
Died: 12 July 1999, Highgate, London, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Birdie

Virginia McKenna

Born: 7 June 1931, Marylebone, London, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Helen Randall

George Baker

Born: 1 April 1931, Varna, Bulgaria
Died: 7 October 2011, West Lavington, Wiltshire, England

The Ship That Died of Shame (1955) as Bill Randall

Friday 1 April 2016

Blanche Sweet

Born: 18 June 1896, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 6 September 1986, New York City, New York, USA

Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) as Donny Harris