Sunday 25 June 2017

Dick Curtis

Born: 11 May 1902, Newport, Kentucky, USA
Died: 3 January 1952, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Yes, We Have No Bonanza (1939) as Maxey

Taming of the West (1939) as Rawhide

Renegade Girl (1946) as Joe Barnes (Credited as Richard Curtis)

Bride and Gloom (1947) as Joe Keeler

Fred Harper

Born: 11 March 1898, Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: unknown

Here Comes Flossie! (1933) as Hank

Fred Harper is on the left, with Shemp Howard.

Ben Blue

Born: 12 September 1901, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: 7 March 1975, Hollywood, California, USA

Ben Blue was a radio comedian and nightclub performer. He entered films at the end of the silent era but really found his form in short sound comedies of the 1930's. He later made sporadic appearances on television.

Taxi for Two (1932) as Ben Blue

With Bud Jamison as the cop.

Here Comes Flossie! (1933) as Handyman

Saturday 24 June 2017

Victor Wong

Born: 24 September 1906, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 7 April 1972, Los Angeles, California, USA

Taming of the West (1939) as Cholly Wong

Kenneth MacDonald

Born: 8 September 1901, Portland, Indiana, USA
Died: 5 May 1972, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Taming of the West (1939) as Blaisdale

Back to Bataan (1945) as Maj. McKinley (uncredited)

A brief appearance for Kenneth MacDonald in this film.

The Caine Mutiny (1954) as Court-Martial Board Member (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald is on the right.

Janet Reade

Born: 21 July 1910, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 6 February 1943, New York City, New York, USA

Janet Reade was singing and dancing on stage from an early age. She was once part of a vaudeville act called 'The Templeton Brothers'. When Janet moved to New York she started her career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies and later appeared on Broadway. Reade often sang on the radio and on stage and was given the opportunity to sing in some of her screen roles.

Janet Reade made her film debut in a couple of Vitaphone musical shorts. She appeared in only one feature film, 'The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)' in a small role. After her film roles dried up Janet returned to vaudeville for a while. 

Here Comes Flossie! (1933) as Flossie Walters

Other Works


1930 Ballyhoo of 1930 as Goldie La Marr
Hammerstein's Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY (22/12/1930 - 21/2/1931)
Other cast members include: W. C. Fields, The Slate Brothers, Max Hoffmann, Jr.

Iris Meredith

Born: 3 June 1915, Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Died: 22 January 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA

Taming of the West (1939) as Pepper

Maurice Costello

Born: 22 February 1877, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 28 October 1950, Hollywood, California, USA

Maurice Costello was a vaudeville comedian in the 1890's. He made his film debut in 1905 and became a star of the silent screen. He also wrote and directed films during this era. By the time sound came, he found it hard to get work in the film industry and he was relegated to non-speaking bit parts and background work, with very few credits.

Maurice Costello was at one time the father-in-law of John Barrymore and is the great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore.

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Hart (uncredited)

By the time Maurice Costello appeared in this film he had settled for small non-speaking roles. Here he is on the far left. The others are from left to right, Paul Everton, Dorothy Anne Seese (little girl), Dorothy Peterson, a departing Edward LeSaint and Clarence Kolb.

Other Works


1929 Little Theatre Tournament as Durand, Chief of Police (in the play The Yellow Triangle)
This production was composed of the following shows: The Monkey's Paw, Poor Old Jim, Thirst, The Yellow Triangle
Waldorf Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY (09/5/1929 - 09/5/1929)

Tim Holt

Born: 5 February 1919, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 15 February 1973, Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA

Stagecoach (1939) as Lt. Blanchard

Pirates of the Prairie (1942) as Deputy Marshal Larry Durant

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) as Curtin

Friday 23 June 2017

Edward LeSaint

Born: 13 December 1870, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: 10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Line-Up (1929) as Police Chief (uncredited)
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Dr. Emery (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint is on the left talking to Clarence Kolb.

Harry Bernard

Born: 13 January 1878, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 4 November 1940, Hollywood, California, USA
Harry Bernard worked with Laurel and Hardy from their silent days through to the end of their association with Hal Roach Studios.
Going Ga-Ga (1929) as Cop (uncredited)

Another Fine Mess (1930) as Policeman (uncredited)

Okay Toots! (1935) as Neighbour (uncredited)

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Caretaker (uncredited)

Bess Wade

Born: 10 March 1888, Texas, USA
Died: 19 October 1966, Dallas, Texas, USA

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Assistant Cook (uncredited)

Bess Wade is seated, with Ronald Sinclair and Betty Roadman.

Paul Everton

Born: 19 September 1868, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 26 February 1948, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Paul Everton was a stage actor who's Broadway career ran for over 35 years. He simultaneously found time to appear in over 80 films from the silent era through to the late 1940s.

Here Comes Flossie! (1933) as Pa

The Beloved Brat (1938) as Judge Henry Harris

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Townsend (uncredited)

Other Works 
1899 A Romance of Athlone as Major Martin Manning

1901 Garrett O'Magh as Rufus Hardy
1901 A Romance of Athlone
1904 Taps
1906 Lucky Miss Dean/The Daughterof Tumbrils
1912 A Rich Man's Son
1914 The Dragon's Claw
1914 Kick In as 'Whip' Fogarty
1915 My Lady's Garter
1916 Macbeth
1916 The Silent Witness
1919 Five O'Clock as Dr. Gould
1919 The Sign on the Door as Inspector Treffy
1921 The Man in the Making as J. Z. Carswell
1921 The Varying Shore as Garreth Treadway
1922 The Drums of Jeopardy as Boris Karlov
1922 Why Men Leave Home as Sam
1923 Peter Weston as William Harris
1923 Kid Boots as Herbert Pendleton
1927 Lucky as Barlow
1927 A Connecticut Yankee as Arthur Pendragos, King Arthur of Britain
1930 The Vanderbilt Revue
1932 The Inside Story as Capt. Dan Engle
1932 Hired Husband as Andrew Starr
1934 Theodora, The Quean as Belisarius
Other cast members include: Lina Abarbanell, Lester Alden, Robert Anderson, Horace Braham, Raymond Bramley, Julia Colin, Tom Fadden, Harriet Freeborn, Carla Gloer, Hitous Gray, Rex Ingram, Raymond Jones, Sarat Lahiri, Elena Miramova, Minor Watson
1934 Broadway Interlude as Julius Beck
1934 Anything Goes as Elisha J. Whitney

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Clarence Kolb

Born: 31 July 1874, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 25 November 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA

Clarence Kolb was in vaudeville for much of his early career. He performed as one half of Kolb and Dill with Max Dill and was only tempted into film for a short period of time during the silent era before returning to vaudeville. In the mid 1930s he returned to the movie industry and began a twenty-year career playing corrupt politicians, businessmen and the occasional judge.

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Mr. King

Other Works


1908 Lonesome Town as Chico Charlie (Credited as C. William Kolb)
Circle Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY (20/1/1908 - 04/4/1908)
Other cast members include: Max M. Dill, Wilmer Bentley, Ben T. Dillon, Georgia O'Ramey, Robert G. Pitkin, Clyde Allen

Dorothy Peterson

Born: 25 December 1897, Hector, Minnesota, USA
Died: 3 October 1979, New York City, New York, USA

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Mrs. Pepper

Jimmy Leake

Born: 1933, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: unknown

Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) as Davie Pepper

This was Jimmy's only appearance in a film. He was replaced for the next film in this series by Bobby Larson.