Saturday 29 February 2020

Alice Joyce

Born: 1 October 1890, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: 9 October 1955, Hollywood, California, USA

Stella Dallas (1925) as Helen Morrison

Sunday 9 February 2020

Marian Swayne

Born: 9 July 1891, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 1973, New York City, New York, USA

Marian Swayne was a silent screen star who retired from films in the mid 1920s.

Falling Leaves (1912) as Winifred Thompson

Marian Swayne is playing the piano on the right. Magda Foy is the little girl in the middle. On the left is Blanche Cornwall, with her back to us.

Sheree North

Born: 17 January 1932, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 4 November 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1975) (TV) as Layla Burden

Madlyn Rhue

Born: 3 October 1935, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: 16 December 2003, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Operation Petticoat (1959) as Lt. Reid RN

Dick Sargent

Born: 19 April 1930, Carmel, California, USA
Died: 8 July 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA

Operation Petticoat (1959) as Ens. Stovall (Credited as Richard Sargent)

With Tony Curtis and Dina Merrill.

Dina Merrill

Born: 29 December 1923, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 22 May 2017, East Hampton, New York, USA

Operation Petticoat (1959) as Lt. Barbara Duran RN

Blonde Dina Merrill, with Cary Grant and Dick Sargent.

With Tony Curtis.

Clarence Lung

Born: 20 October 1914, Boise, Idaho, USA
Died: 15 October 1993, Quitman, Texas, USA

Operation Petticoat (1959) as Sgt. Ramon Gillardo (Credited as Clarence E. Lung)

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Stella Stevens

Born: 1 October 1938, Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Died: 17 February 2023, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977) (TV) as Kate Malloy

Henry Gibson

Born: 21 September 1935, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 14 September 2009, Malibu, Los Angeles County, California, USA

The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977) (TV) as Rolly Royce

Big Stan (2007) as Shorts

This was Henry's last film, although at the time he was still appearing in the television series 'Boston Legal'.

Chuck Connors

Born: 10 April 1921, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 10 November 1992, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (1977) (TV) as Mike O'Toole

Sunday 2 February 2020

Arline Willden

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Arline Willden is only known to have appeared in one film.

Four Wives (1939) as Girl Violinist (uncredited)

Arline Willden is on the right. The other girl is Ruth Tobey.

Al Lloyd

Born: 31 July 1884, Richmond, Virginia, USA
Died: 10 July 1964, Los Angeles, California, USA

Al Lloyd was a bit part player in films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Men Are Such Fools (1938) as Football Game Spectator (uncredited)

Al Lloyd is at the bottom of the screen in the middle.

Four Wives (1939) as Patient in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited)

The nurse is Betty Ross Clarke.

Wendell Niles

Born: 29 December 1904, Twin Valley, Minnesota, USA
Died: 28 March 1994, Toluca Lake, California, USA

Wendell Niles was a radio announcer who appeared in films, usually as a radio announcer. He is the older brother of Ken Niles, also a radio announcer.

Four Wives (1939) as Concert Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Wendell Niles is standing, right.

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Show Announcer

Wendell Niles is on the right. Also standing is William Newell.

Dora Clement

Born: 30 May 1891, Spokane, Washington, USA
Died: May 1979, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Appeared on Broadway in 1944 in the production of 'Harvey'.

Four Wives (1939) as Nurse Attending to Ann (uncredited)

Neal Dodd

Born: 6 September 1879, Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Died: 26 May 1966, Los Angeles, California, USA

Neal Dodd was a real-life minister who was used in many Hollywood movies from the 1920s to the 1950s. He was also a technical and spiritual advisor for films on matters relating to the church and the Christian faith.

Four Wives (1939) as Minister at Wedding (uncredited)

Neal Dodd, on the right, marries the characters played by Eddie Albert and Rosemary Lane. Also in this picture are May Robson, Jeffrey Lynn, Dick Foran, Frank McHugh and Claude Rains.

Betty Ross Clarke

Born: 19 April 1896, Langdon, North Dakota, USA
Died: 31 January 1947, Los Angeles, California, USA

Betty Ross Clarke toured with stock companies in the 1910s and then became a vaudeville dancer. She made an appearance on Broadway in a small role in 1917 in the play 'The Family Exit'. Clarke ventured into films around this time, starring in silent films from 1920 alongside big names like William Farnum, Lloyd Hughes and Fatty Arbuckle. Betty appeared on Broadway again in 1922 in the play 'The Red Poppy'. In the mid 1920s she appeared on stage in London and Europe before making the move to Australia. On her return to Hollywood in 1930, Betty made a few more credited appearances in films before retiring in 1940.

Four Wives (1939) as Nurse in Dr. Forrest's Office (uncredited)

Danny Jackson

Born: 5 October 1924, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: October 1985, New York City, New York, USA
Danny Jackson was a singer and actor who managed to sustain a career in films from the mid 1930s to the 1950s. Although Danny couldn't read or write music, he later wrote musicals with his sister Raisa Sachs, often singing into a tape recorder and having his ideas transcribed by an arranger who was also able to orchestrate from his recordings.
Four Wives (1939) as Boy Soprano (uncredited)

Mutiny in the County (1940) as Boy Judge (uncredited)

Gildersleeve's Bad Day (1943) as Messenger Boy (uncredited)

With Lillian Randolph. Not much to see of Danny here.

Michael Conroy

Born: 14 December 1920, Buffalo, New York, USA
Died: 5 December 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA

Four Wives (1939) as Florist Boy (uncredited)

What's My Line (1955) (Season 6, Episode 38) as Himself

Went on the show as Jack Conroy, but was also called 'John'. Although his line was building swimming pools it was also mentioned his feat of flying an F-86 Sabre Jet, as a member of the California Air National Guard, from Van Nuys, California to Floyd Bennett Field, New York and back again using fuel stops both ways, setting a record of 5058 miles in 11 hours, 26 minutes, 33 seconds.