Saturday 30 October 2021

William Post Jr.

Born: 19 February 1901, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Died: 26 September 1989, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Mr. and Mrs. North (1942) as Gerald P. North

Thursday 28 October 2021

William Newell

Born: 6 January 1894, Millville, New Jersey, USA
Died: 21 February 1967, Los Angeles, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Swanson, Greg's Agent

Magic Town (1947) as Radio Comic in Montage (uncredited)

Joe Yule is on the right.

Franco Corsaro

Born: 19 August 1900, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 19 April 1982, Los Angeles, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Renaldo (uncredited)

Franco Corsaro is on the far left.

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Herbert Evans

Born: 16 April 1882, London, England, UK
Died: 10 February 1952, San Gabriel, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Maxim's Doorman (uncredited)

Herbert Evans on the right informs John Howard of the dress code.

Sam Bernard

Born: 23 April 1889, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 5 July 1950, Hollywood, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as John (uncredited)

Paul Harvey

Born: 10 September 1882, Sandwich, Illinois, USA
Died: 15 December 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA
Private Number (1936) as Perry Winfield


A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Landeck

John Howard

Born: 14 April 1913, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: 19 February 1995, Santa Rosa, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Greg Sherman

Miles Mander

Born: 14 May 1888, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Died: 8 February 1946, Hollywood, California, USA

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Dr. Hilary Wilton

Bobby Nelson

Born: 17 January 1922, Santa Monica, California, USA
Died: 5 December 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Way of the West (1934) as Bobbie Parker (Credited as Little Bobbie Nelson)

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Myrla Bratton

Born: 12 February 1910, Cave Spring, Alabama, USA
Died: 16 November 1987, Billings, Montana, USA
Myrla Bratton appeared in a handful of films in the mid 1930s. She was briefly married to actor Truman Bradley in the early 1940s.
The Way of the West (1934) as 'Firey' Parker

Hal Taliaferro

Born: 13 November 1895, Sheridan, Wyoming, USA
Died: 10 February 1980, Sheridan, Wyoming, USA

The Way of the West (1934) as Wally Gordon (Credited as Wally Wales)

William Desmond

Born: 23 January 1878, Horseheads, New York, USA
Died: 3 November 1949, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Way of the West (1934) as 'Cash' Horton (Credited as Wm. Desmond)

Wallace Beery

Born: 1 April 1885, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: 15 April 1949, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Old Ironsides (1926) as Bos'n


The Big House (1930) as Butch

Monday 25 October 2021

Marguerita Padula

Born: 1 January 1891, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 22 February 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA
Marguerita Padula was a singer and actress in films during the 1930s and 1940s.

Take a Chance (1933) as Dancehall Girl - Solo Singer (uncredited)

Sunday 24 October 2021

Carol Adams

Born: 15 March 1918, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 9 April 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Joint's Jumping at Juke Box Joe's (1944) as Herself
Carol sings and dances her way through this musical short film.

Saturday 23 October 2021

Lila Lee

Born: 25 July 1901, Union Hill, New Jersey, USA
Died: 13 November 1973, Saranac Lake, New York, USA

The Unholy Three (1930) as Rosie

Mae Clarke

Born: 16 August 1910, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 29 April 1992, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Fall Guy (1930) as Bertha Quinlan

Frankenstein (1931) as Elizabeth

Helen Morgan

Born: 2 August 1900, Danville, Illinois, USA
Died: 9 October 1941, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Roadhouse Nights (1930) as Lola Fagan


Alec B. Francis

Born: 2 December 1867, London, England, UK
Died: 6 July 1934, Hollywood, California, USA

Feet First (1930) as Mr. Carson (Credited as Alec Francis)

Jessie Royce Landis

Born: 25 November 1896, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 2 February 1972, Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Jessie Royce Landis was primarily a stage actress, appearing on Broadway as early as 1926. She made sporadic forays into film in 1930 but preferred to stay on the stage going on to appear in over 30 Broadway productions.

Derelict (1930) as Helen Lorber

Reb Russell

Born: 31 May 1905, Paola, Kansas, USA
Died: 16 March 1978, Coffeyville, Kansas, USA

Arizona Badman (1935) as Steve Donovan

Walter Perry

Born: 14 September 1868, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: 22 January 1954, Los Angeles, California, USA
The Unholy Three (1925) as Carnival Announcer
With Vera Vance.

Troopers Three (1930) as Halligan

Walter Perry is on the right, with Rex Lease.

Dorothy Gulliver

Born: 6 September 1908, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died: 23 May 1997, Valley Center, California, USA

Troopers Three (1930) as Dorothy Clark

The feature-length version of Troopers Three is lost. This shot is taken from the surviving 22min version.

With Rex Lease.

A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Miss Kendall (uncredited)

Dorothy Gulliver works in the background as John Howard waits for her to leave.

Friday 22 October 2021

John C. Rice

Born: 7 April 1857, Beaverkill, New York, USA
Died: 5 June 1915, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
John C. Rice was a Broadway actor.

The Kiss (1896) as Billie Bikes

With May Irwin.

May Irwin

Born: 27 June 1862, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Died: 22 October 1938, New York City, New York, USA
Before May Irwin met Thomas Edison she was a Broadway actress.

The Kiss (1896) as The Widow Jones

May Irwin in her famous short appearance in the Thomas Edison film portraying this new medium's first screen kiss, with John C. Rice.

Laura Lee

Born: 31 July 1910, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 13 October 1981, Los Angeles, California, USA
Laura Lee was a singer, dancer and actress of the stage who made a few appearances in films, most notably in 1930 where all of her talents were best seen. 

Top Speed (1930) as Babs Green

Edna Aslin

Born: 15 November 1911, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: 2 July 1976, Long Beach, California, USA

Arizona Trails (1935) as Ellen Randolph

Thursday 21 October 2021

Tommy Bupp

Born: 10 February 1924, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Died: 24 December 1983, Santa Ana, California, USA
Older brother of Sonny Bupp.

Arizona Badman (1935) as Dave Dunston

Love, Honor and Behave (1938) as Boy Playing with Young Ted (uncredited)

Tommy Bupp, in the centre, watches the 'marriage' of Dickie Moore and Audrey Leonard.

Teddy Brown

Born: 25 May 1900, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 30 April 1946, Birmingham, England, UK

Radio Pirates (1935) as Himself, Xylophonist

Although Teddy was not an actor he did have a few improvised lines of dialogue 
in this film.

Hughie Green

Born: 2 February 1920, London, England, UK
Died: 3 May 1997, Chelsea, London, England, UK
Hughie Green was an all-round entertainer of the stage and on film, from childhood to his adult years. In later life he became a successful television presenter, most famously of the long running British variety show/competition 'Opportunity Knocks'.

Radio Pirates (1935) as Impressionist

Mary Lawson

Born: 30 August 1910, Darlington, Durham, England, UK
Died: 4 May 1941, Liverpool, England, UK
Mary Lawson was a singer, dancer and actress of stage and screen. Sadly, Mary was killed alongside her husband during a German bombing raid on Liverpool in World War II. 

Radio Pirates (1935) as Mary

Enid Stamp-Taylor

Born: 12 June 1904, Monkseaton, England, UK
Died: 13 January 1946, London, England, UK

Radio Pirates (1935) as Enid

Warren Jenkins

Born: 7 June 1905, London, England, UK
Died: 19 August 1989, London, England, UK

Radio Pirates (1935) as Willie Brooks (Credited as Willie Jenkins)

Kenneth Kove

Born: 30 April 1892, Wandsworth, London, England, UK
Died: December 1984, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

Radio Pirates (1935) as Thos Turner, Undertaker

Leslie French

Born: 23 April 1904, Bromley, Kent, England, UK
Died: 21 January 1999, Surrey, England, UK

Radio Pirates (1935) as Leslie