Sunday 31 July 2016

Mel Tormé

Born: 13 September 1925, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 5 June 1999, Los Angeles, California, USA

Higher and Higher (1943) as Marty

Mel Tormé is on the left in his first screen appearance, with Jack Haley and Marcy McGuire.

Jack Haley

Born: 10 August 1897, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 6 June 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA

Jack Haley might best be remembered for playing the Tin Man in 'The Wizard of Oz' (1939).

The Wizard of Oz (1939) as Hickory / The Tin Man

With Judy Garland and Ray Bolger.

Higher and Higher (1943) as Mike O'Brien

Ivy Scott

Born: 10 February 1885, Sydney, Australia
Died: 3 February 1947, New York City, New York, USA

Ivy Scott was a Broadway actress who only appeared in two movies. 
Too Many Girls (1940) as Mrs. Tewksbury
Ivy Scott reprises the role that she played on Broadway. With Richard Carlson.

Higher and Higher (1943) as Mrs. Whiffin

Ivy Scott, on the left, is shocked at Grace Hartman.

Other Works


1932 Music in the Air as Frau Direktor Kirschner. 8 Nov 1932 - 16 Sep 1933
Other cast members included: Walter Slezak.  342 performances.

1934 Revenge With Music as Consuela. 28 Nov 1934- 27 Apr 1935. New Amsterdam Theatre.
Other cast members include: Libby Holman, Georges Metaxa, Charles Winninger, Joseph Macaulay, Helen Arden, Walter Armin, Beatrice Berens, Gertrude Berggren, Marcus Blechman, Geraldine Bork, Andre Charise, Ilka Chase, Natalia Danesi, Margaret Daum, Frank Davenport, Marguerite De Anguera, Nunez de Polanco, Madeline de Souter, Bertha Donn, Tamara Doriva, John Dunbar, William Elliott, Frances Farnsworth, Raoul Fernandez, David Friedkin, Ernestine Henoch, Hernandez Brothers, Eleanor King, George Kirk, Ada Korvin, Marion Lawrence, Margaret Lee, Tom Long, Earle MacVeigh, Gene Martel, Paul Mathis, Rex O'Malley, Rosita Ortega, Harry Pick, Detmar Poppen, Frances Reid, Hyla Roberts, Charles Scanlon, Sidney Stark, George Thornton, Rowan Tudor, Omero Valencia, Bianca Volland, Eleanor Waldon, Herman Weiner, Cliff Whitcombe, Jay Wilson, Molly Wood, Paula Yasgour, Imogene Coca. Produced by Arch Selwyn and Harold B. Franklin. Written by Howard Dietz. 158 performances.

1937 Three Waltzes as Kalliwoda. 25 Dec 1937 - 9 Apr 1938. Majestic Theatre.
Other cast members include: Michael Bartlett, Gladys Baxter, Kitty Carlisle, Glenn Anders, Ann Andrews, John Barker, Rosie Moran, Victor Morley, Marion Pierce, Anita Arden, Charles Arnt, Phyllis Avery, Milton Barnett, George Baxter, Marion Broske, Ralph Bunker, Boris Butleroff, Wanda Cochran, Ted Daniels, Richard D'Arcy, Dana Doran, Wheeler Dryden, Lipman Duckat, Joan Engel, Truman Gaige, Roger Gerry, Ellen Gibb, Gene Greenlaw, Barry Gunn, Dorothy Hardy, Alfred Kappeler, Paula Kaye, Walter Lewis, Sylvia Liggett, Ruth MacDonald, Ralph Magelssen, Michael Mann, Jayne Manners, Earl McDonald, Alice McWhorter, Len Mence, Harry Mestayer, Dolly Miller, William Newgord, William Parker, Jack Phillips, Mischa Pompianov, David Preston, Frances Rands, Fred Ratliffe, Adele Rich, Lila Royce, Diana Rutherford, Jean Sharp, June Sharpe, Fred Sherman, Louis Sorin, Marguerita Sylva, Harold Taub, Kay York. Produced by Lee Shubert and J.J. Shubert. Directed by Hassard Short. 122 performances.

1939 Too Many Girls as Mrs. Tewksbury. 18 Oct 1939 - 18 May 1940 Imperial Theatre and The Broadway Theatre 1940 - 18 Mar 1940.
Other cast members include: Desi Arnaz, Robert Arnold, Margorie Baglin, Sondra Barrett, Libby Bennett, John Beton, Betty Boyce, Eddie Bracken, Florine Callahan, Renee Cettel, Diosa Costello, Alice Craig, Betty De Elmo, Louise de Forrest, Romolo Di Spirito, Willis Duncan, Marge Ellis, Leila Ernst, Vera Fern, Clyde Fillmore, Vernon Hammer, Charlene Harkins, Bob Howard, Randolph Hughes, Harry Jackson, Clarence Jaeger, Van Johnson, Richard Kollmar, Jeanette Lavis, Mildred Law, Lita Lede, Hal Le Roy, La Verne Lupton, Herb Lurie, James MacColl, William Mende, Russ Milton, Amarilla Morris, Mildred Patterson, Harry Pedersen, Dorothy Poplar, Edison Rice, Jack Riley, Hans Robert, Bob Shaw, Byron Shores, Diane Sinclair, Leonor Sola, Mildred Solly, Olga Suarez, Key Taylor, Anna Mae Tesslo, Mary Jane Walsh, Davenie Watson, Marcy Wescott, James Wilkinson, Claire Wolf, Harold Young. Produced by George Abbott. Directed by George Abbott. 249 performances.

1941 Liberty Jones as Nurse Maggie. 5 Feb 1941 - 22 Feb 1941 Shubert Theatre
Other cast members include:Constance Dowling, Tom Ewell. Directed by John Houseman. 22 performances.

1941 Sunny River as Mother Gervais.

1944 Song of Norway as Mother Grieg

Paul Hartman

Born: 1 March 1904, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 2 October 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA

Paul Hartman was married to Grace Hartman. In 1948 they both won a Tony award.

Higher and Higher (1943) as Byngham

Grace Hartman

Born: 7 January 1907, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 8 August 1955, Van Nuys, California, USA

Grace Hartman was a Tony Award winning stage actress who occasionally used her talent on the big screen. Wife of Paul Hartman who also won a Tony in the same year.

Higher and Higher (1943) as Hilda

Monday 11 July 2016

Mary Wickes

Born: 13 June 1910, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: 22 October 1995, Los Angeles, California, USA

Mary Wickes was employed as a live reference model for the animated character Cruella De Vil in the Disney animated feature 101 Dalmations (1961).

Beauty for the Asking (1939) as Spectator at wedding (uncredited)

Mary Wickes is on the right, with Lucille Ball and Inez Courtney.

Higher and Higher (1943) as Sandy Brooks

White Christmas (1954) as Emma Allen

The Thin Man: Bat McKidderick (1959) (Season 2, Episode 33) as Sally Bearclaw
Chick Chandler is on the left and Stuart Randall is in the black hat in the middle.

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) as Sister Mary Lazarus

With Wendy Makkena.

Michèle Morgan

Born: 29 February 1920, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France
Died: 20 December 2016, Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine, France

Higher and Higher (1943) as Millie Pico (Credited as Michele Morgan)

Le Chateau de Verre (1950) as Evelyne Lorin-Bertal

Tuesday 5 July 2016


Born: 10 May 1917, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died: 17 July 1985, Pacific Palisades, California, USA

Crime Without Passion (1934) as Carmen Brown

This was Margo's first film.

Winterset (1936) as Miriamne Esdras

Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) as Lisette Rene

Monday 4 July 2016

Polly Ann Young

Born: 25 October 1908, Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: 21 January 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA

Sister of Loretta Young and Sally Blane. Half-sister of Georgiana Young.

Invisible Ghost (1941) as Virginia

With John McGuire.