Saturday 31 March 2018

Edmund Willard

Born: 19 December 1884, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK
Died: 6 October 1956, Kingston, England, UK

Phanotm Ship (1935) as Toby Bilson

Arthur Margetson

Born: 27 April 1897, Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died: 12 August 1951, Park Royal, London, England, UK

Arthur Margetson was a respected stage actor who occasionally worked in films.

Phantom Ship (1935) as Capt. Benjamin Briggs

Arthur Margetson is on the left, with Clifford McLaglen.

Graham Soutten

Born: 7 August 1891, London, England, UK
Died: 1969, London, England, UK

Phantom Ship (1935) as Jack Sampson (uncredited)

Having a drink is Bela Lugosi.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936) as Beadle (Credited as Ben Souten)

Clifford McLaglen

Born: 15 June 1892, Cape Town, South Africa
Died: 7 September 1978, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England, UK

Phantom Ship (1935) as Capt. Jim Morehead

Shirley Grey

Born: 11 April 1902, Naugatuck, Connecticut, USA
Died: 12 August 1981, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, USA
The Golf Specialist (1930) as House Detective's Wife (uncredited)
With Johnny Kane.
Phantom Ship (1935) as Sarah Briggs

Friday 30 March 2018

Brick Sullivan

Born: 28 July 1899, Beresford, South Dakota, USA
Died: 4 September 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA

Brick Sullivan was a bit part actor who appeared in over 300 films from the late 1930s onwards. He was also a regular in several major television series of the 1950s.

Busses Roar (1942) as Bus Driver in Lounge (uncredited)

Brick Sullivan is the man seated on the right. He is talking to Charles Drake. Julie Bishop is in the foreground.

Inez Gay

Born: 3 February 1894, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 3 October 1975, Orange, California, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Billy's Mother (uncredited)

Inez Gay is on the right, hugging the little boy, Henry Blair. Julie Bishop is behind the wheel. Other actors in this picture are Harry C. Bradley, Leah Baird, Lottie Williams and Elisabeth Fraser.

Henry Blair

Born: 3 November 1930, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 7 April 2008, Apple Valley, California, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Billy (uncredited)

Bill Edwards

Born: 14 September 1918, New Jersey, USA
Died: 21 December 1999, Newport Beach, California, USA

Bill Edwards was a former rodeo star who turned to acting.

Busses Roar (1942) as Blond Sailor at Bar (uncredited)

With William Hopper on the left and Rex Williams on the right.

The Fighting Stallion (1950) as Lon Evans

Rex Williams

Born: 23 May 1917, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2 July 2004, Winchester, Massachusetts, USA

Rex Williams was a stage actor who played on Broadway in the 1920s. In the 1930s he moved to Hollywood and began acting in films. Away from the stage and screen, Williams was a painter and sculptor.

Busses Roar (1942) as Jerry Silva

Frank Wilcox

Born: 13 March 1907, DeSoto, Missouri, USA
Died: 3 March 1974, Granada Hills, California, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Detective Quinn

With Elisabeth Fraser on the left and Eleanor Parker.

Cass Timberlane (1947) as Gregg Marl
Frank Wilcox is standing. On the left is Albert Dekker and on the right is Jon Litel.

Julie Bishop

Born: 30 August 1914, Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: 30 August 2001, Mendocino, California, USA

Julie Bishop was a child actress in silent films appearing with some of the biggest stars of the day, like Clara Bow. She played featured roles in the 1930s and was elevated to leading lady, signing a contract with Warner Bros. in 1941. Away from the screen Julie was an accomplished painter.

Busses Roar (1942) as Reba Richards

With Richard Travis.

Creighton Hale

Born: 24 May 1889, County Cork, Ireland
Died: 9 August 1965, South Pasadena, California, USA

Creighton Hale was a stage actor who appeared on Broadway. He started his film career in 1914, during the silent era and was credited in featured roles. By the time sound films came, Hale had settled into the business as a character actor and bit part player and eventually found roles in over 300 films.

Free Wheeling (1932) as Dickie's Father, Creighton

Busses Roar (1942) as Ticket Agent (uncredited)

Crime by Night (1944) as Horace Grayson (uncredited)

Harry C. Bradley

Born: 15 April 1869, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 18 October 1947, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Heat Lightning (1934) as 'Popsy' - a Businessman
With Ann Dvorak.
Danger on Wheels (1940) as Jones
Harry C. Bradley is on the left, with Landers Stevens and Richard Arlen.

Busses Roar (1942) as Henry Dipper

With Vera Lewis.

Richard Fraser

Born: 15 March 1913, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: 19 January 1972, London, England, UK

Richard Fraser began his acting career on the London stage, having studied at RADA. He entered films in the UK, but found greater success in America, signing to 20th Century Fox.

Busses Roar (1942) as Dick Remick

With Eleanor Parker.

Other Works


1940 Lady in Waiting. The Hanna Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio.
Other cast members included Gladys George, Alan Napier, Michelette Burnai, Carol Curtis-Brown, Lenore Chippendale, Anita Bolster, Paul A. Foley, John Parrish, Audrey Ridgwell, Robert Breen, Leonard Penn, Ethel Morrison, Richard Gould, and George Spelvin.
Directed by Antoinette Perry. Produced by Brock Pemberton. Written by Margery Sharp.

Charles Drake

Born: 2 October 1917, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 10 September 1994, East Lyme, Connecticut, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Eddie Sloan

With Eleanor Parker.

Leah Baird

Born: 20 June 1883, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died:  October 3, 1971 (age 88) in Hollywood, California, USA

Leah Baird began acting in stock companies. After playing several leads in the William F. Brady troupe opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Vitagraph signed her to a contract. She featured in many silent films, especially around 1913-1918 when she was considered to be star quality, after which her career went into decline. Baird retired from acting around 1925 after she struggled to get parts, and she decided to concentrate on scriptwriting. Her return to the screen was as a bit part player from the early 1940s until she retired completely in the late 1950s.

Busses Roar (1942) as Second Old Maid

Leah Baird is on the left, with Lottie Williams.

Eleanor Parker

Born: 26 June 1922, Cedarville, Ohio, USA
Died: 9 December 2013, Palm Springs, California, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Norma

Crime by Night (1944) as Irene Carr

Orville Frye

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as Warehouse Watchman

His only film.

Corinne Allain

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as Police Matron

Corinne Allain is in the centre of this picture. She does nothing and says nothing in this film and yet she is still credited. The other actors are Allan Clark Elder, Jeanne Ferguson, George Graham and Barbara Weeks.

Allan Clark Elder

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as Teddy's Father

Allan Clark Elder's only appearance on film and you can only see the side of his face. He is on the left. The other actors are Jeanne Ferguson, Corinne Allain, George Graham and Barbara Weeks.

Eleise Cameron

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Eleise Cameron was another so-called actress who only appeared in one film, and not a very good one.

Gun Girls (1957) as Trixie - Joe's Other Girl

Harry Keatan

Born: 25 August 1904, Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: 20 May 1983, San Diego, California, USA

Gun Girls (1957) as Luke - Henchman

George Graham

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as The Probation Officer

With Barbara Weeks.

Calvin Booth

Born: 20 July 1932, Illinois, USA
Died: 25 May 2008, Green Valley, Arizona, USA

Gun Girls (1957) as Jimmy - Dora's Guy

With Jacqueline Park.

Jacqueline Park

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as Dora (Credited as Jacquelyn Park)

Jacqueline Park is on the left, with Jeanne Ferguson.

Thursday 29 March 2018

Timothy Farrell

Born: 26 June 1922, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 9 May 1989, Santa Monica, California, USA

Timothy Farrell was a part-time actor in films. He also worked as a bailiff in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. He went on to work for 20 years as an L.A. deputy marshall and eventually was appointed County Marshall in 1971.

Gun Girls (1957) as Joe

Jeanne Ferguson

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Jeanne Ferguson appeared in only a handful of films in the 1950s.

Gun Girls (1957) as Teddy

This was Jeanne Ferguson's biggest film role. It was a cheaply made morality tale in which Jeanne played an influential bad girl.

Eve Brent

Born: 11 September 1929, Houston, Texas, USA
Died: 27 August 2011, Sun Valley, California, USA

Gun Girls (1957) as Joy Jenkins (Credited as Jean Ann Lewis)

Eve stars in this cheap, forgettable morailty tale.

Jo Orendorff

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Gun Girls (1957) as Nurse

Jo Orendorff was probably not an actress, but found herself in a small credited part with no lines in this very cheap morailty tale. It is likely to be her only role on screen.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Alfred Drake

Born: 7 October 1914, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 25 July 1992, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Trading Places (1983) as President of Exchange

Monday 26 March 2018

W.B. Brydon

Born: 20 September 1930, Newcastle, England, UK

Trading Places (1983) as Bank Manager

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Peter Whitney

Born: 24 May 1916, Long Branch, New Jersey, USA
Died: 30 March 1972, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Busses Roar (1942) as Frederick Hoff

Peter Whitney grabs hold of Rex Williams.

Saturday 17 March 2018

Howard Lang

Born: 20 March 1911, Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died: 11 December 1989, West Hampstead, London, England, UK

The Hideout (1956) as Greeko

Howard Lang is on the left, with Arnold Diamond on the right and Edwin Richfield in the background.

Arnold Diamond

Born: 18 April 1915, London, England, UK
Died: 18 March 1992, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK

The Hideout (1956) as Zacki

With Howard Lang on the left and Edwin Richfield in the background.

Friday 16 March 2018

Jessica Cairns

Born: unknown

The Hideout (1956) as Julie

With Sam Kydd.

Rona Anderson

Born: 3 August 1926, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Died: 23 July 2013, Hampstead, London, England, UK

The Hideout (1956) as Helen Grant

Angela Krefeld

Born: unknown

The Hideout (1956) as Bar Hostess, Susie

Angela Krefeld is flanked by Sam Kydd and Dermot Walsh.