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Cast (feature film)

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) as Mr Barber
This time, the coolest team on ice has a new school and a new coach. But it''s the same old Duck attitude that shines through as they face off against an upper-class varsity team of tough hockey players who are determined to melt their winning streak, and the stodgy school alumni who threaten to revoke the Ducks'' scholarships. After winning The Junior Goodwill Games in "D2: The Mighty Ducks," the young hockey champions accept athletic scholarships from exclusive Eden Hall Academy, whose Warriors team have held the state title for 20 years. When Ducks Coach Gordon Bombay does not immediately accompany them to Eden Hall, the team feels abandoned. Adjusting to the pressure of being at a new school, and reporting to a new coach, Orion, are just the beginning of the Ducks'' woes. They face their final test in the exciting showdown game against the bullies of the Warrior Varsity.
Sneakers (1992)
Story about a team of security experts who naively enter into a covert government operation after their leader is blackmailed.
Fire! Trapped on the 37th Floor (1991) as Captain Wyler
When a fire breaks out in one of Los Angeles' tallest buildings, several people are trapped on the upper floors. Based on the 1988 office-building blaze in downtown Los Angeles.
Downtown (1990)
A new member of the police force learns the tricks of the trade from his more experienced partner.
Purple Haze (1983) as 2nd Nco
Missile Monsters (1958) as Bryant
A strange craft spying on industrialist Bryant's plant is brought down by Bryant's new atomic ray. Bryant meets the one survivor... Mota from the planet Mars! Not exactly benevolent, Mota enlists the aid of Bryant (a former Nazi) in a scheme to bring Earth under control of a supreme dictator, for its own good of course, using advanced atomic weapons. But their attempts to steal uranium alert Kent Fowler of Fowler Air Patrol, who sets out singlehanded to foil the villains. Fist-fights and wrecks in every episode.
Francis in the Navy (1955) as Wright
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954) as Bert Glenville
The beloved entertainer rises to stardom from humble beginnings in the slums.
She Couldn't Say No (1954) as Plummer
An heiress decides to pass out anonymous gifts in a small town.
Project Moon Base (1953) as Commodore Carlson
In the not-too-distant future of 1970, the United States is considering building bases on the Moon, and send a female colonel and two men to investigate. One of the men turns out to be a foreign spy, and the entire operation--and the future of the free world--is in danger.
Rogue's March (1953) as Renford
After being unjustly accused of spying, a British officer tries to redeem himself in India.
East of Sumatra (1953) as Drake
Duke Mullane, manager of a Malayan tin mine, goes to a little-known island to open a new mine in the jungle. Initially, the natives there are friendly, especially dancer Minyora...who proves to be affianced to local ruler King Kiang. Alas, a series of unfortunate incidents changes Kiang's attitude to hostility, and Duke is stranded with his crew, Minyora, and his old flame Lory...who's now engaged to his boss! Are romantic triangles more deadly than poisoned darts?
The Royal African Rifles (1953) as Commander
San Antone (1953) as Union officer
Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952) as Captain
A kidnapped beauty gets caught between feuding pirates.
Against All Flags (1952) as Capt. Hornsby
A British officer must face off against the pirates of Madagascar.
The Old West (1952) as Mr. Daniels
Doc Lockwood and his gang are trying to take away Autry's contract for supplying horses to the stagecoach line. Parson Brooks joins Autry in an effort to clean up the town of Sadderlock.
Les Miserables (1952) as Vero
An obsessive policeman relentlessly hunts a man who escaped prison after stealing bread.
Something for the Birds (1952) as VIP
A conservationist fights to save the habitat of the California condor and to do it she works her way into the affections of a representative of the oil company that wants the land for their own purposes.
Target Unknown (1951) as Brigadier general
In 1944, an American bomber squadron is tense and discontented from too many missions over France. Luck runs out for Capt. Stevens and his crew; they must bail out and are promptly taken prisoner. Their wily German captors, sensing that they have valuable information unknown even to themselves, use every form of velvet-glove trickery to worm it out of them. Will Stevens discover the danger? If so, what can he do about it? The fate of 100 planes depends on the answer...
Wells Fargo Gunmaster (1951) as Henry Mills
Rocky, Special Investigator for Wells Fargo, shows up just in time to save the stage from being robbed. Unable to find the mastermind, or even the outlaws who rob the stage, Rocky goes undercover as an outlaw. He goes to Cedarville after robbing the stage, with the help of the driver, and tries to find the big boss. What he does find is that the big boss has a permanent retirement plan as a payoff for the goods.
David and Bathsheba (1951) as Court announcer
King David''''s lust for a married woman has disastrous consequences for Israel.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) as Businessman
An alien demands that Earth''''s leaders choose between peace and destruction.
Trial Without Jury (1950) as Producer
Bunco Squad (1950) as Swenson
Police try to get the goods on a phony seance racket.
Hit Parade of 1951 (1950) as Director
Lonely Hearts Bandits (1950) as
Two con artists join forces and pose as brother and sister. He then meets rich widows through the "personals" sections of newspapers, marries them, and both kill the widows for their money.
Samson and Delilah (1950) as Prince
Epic re-telling of the story of the Biblical strongman laid low by love.
Adventures of Don Juan (1949) as Captain of horsemen
The legendary lover saves his queen from treason.
Sword in the Desert (1949) as Brig. Gen. Vincent
After smuggling Jewish refugees into pre-Israel Palestine, a freighter captain becomes embroiled in the conflict.
The Clay Pigeon (1949) as John Wheeler
A man awakens from a coma to discover he's accused of treason.
Beyond the Forest (1949) as Man in reception room
The wife of a Wisconsin doctor kills a witness to her affair with an influential man from Chicago.
The Fighting O'Flynn (1949) as The subaltern
O'Flynn, soldier of fortune, returns to Ireland during the Napoleonic wars just in time to save Lady Benedetta from robbers. But they pursue her to ruinous Castle O'Flynn, after secret papers she carries which would reveal Napoleon's plans to invade Ireland. The Napoleonic agents (and British traitors) will stop at nothing to gain their ends, but the swashbuckling exploits of the O'Flynn may be a match for them all
Challenge to Lassie (1949) as Sentry
A faithful dog changes the lives of all who know her after her master dies.
Mighty Joe Young (1949) as
Showmen try to exploit a giant ape raised by an orphan.
Berlin Express (1948) as British major
Allied agents fight an underground Nazi group in post-war Europe.
Strange Gamble (1948) as Mordigan
In the 63rd of the series based on the Clarence E. Mulford character, Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) is working on a counterfeiting case for the government and, with his two pals California Carlson (Andy Clyde) and Lucky Jenkins (Rand Brooks), enters a town where they meet Nora Murray (Elaine Riley) and her brother Sid (William Leicester), who have come to claim the "Silver Belle" mine. The brother is killed by the gang led by Ora Mordigan (James Craven), and Cassidy discovers a lost mine where the gang has been holding John Murray (Herbert Rawlinson), Nora's father, a prisoner and forcing him to print the bogus money.
Johnny Belinda (1948) as Interpreter
A small-town doctor helps a deaf-mute farm girl learn to communicate.
Million Dollar Weekend (1948) as Dr. George Strong
Desperadoes of Dodge City (1948) as Cal Sutton, also known as Greg McBride
Rocky and the Land agent riders need to get an important message to the Army post. The message is stolen but Rocky knows one of the four men on the stagecoach has it. When Rocky and the four get trapped in a shack by the outlaw gang, he learns that one of the four is the gang leader. Rocky has to learn his identity and retrieve the message
13 Rue Madeleine (1947) as R.A.F. Officer
Tragedy occurs when a spy chief finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent.
Smash Up--The Story of a Woman (1947) as Winsley
A singer''''s wife turns to the bottle when she fears she''''s lost her husband to success.
Forever Amber (1947) as Messenger
In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.
13 Rue Madeleine (1947) as British radio announcer, voice only
Tragedy occurs when a spy chief finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent.
The Exile (1947) as Cavalier
A deposed king fights for his life while hiding out at a farm.
Murder in the Music Hall (1946) as Mr. Winters
Days of Buffalo Bill (1946) as Ace Diamond
Ace Diamond (James Craven) and Bill Clinker (Rex Lease) frame Sunset Carson (Sunset Carson) for the murder of a young rancher, Jim Owens (Jay Kirby as Jay Kirby). Sunset and his sidekick, Banty McCade (Tom London) escape and ride to the Owen's ranch to aid Jim's sister Molly (Peggy Stewart) in her fight to hold the ranch from being taken over by town banker Jacob Lewis (Edmund Cobb), secretly in cahoots with Diamond; both men are aware that an assay report indicates there is gold on the Owens property.
Sheriff of Redwood Valley (1946) as Bidwell
Redwood Valley residents raise $50,000 for blasting a mountain tunnel to bring a new railroad there. Town leader Bidwell (James Craven) engineers a plot to steal the money and to blame it on the Reno Kid (Bob Steele)who has recently broken out of prison in order to clear himself of false charges that sent him there and caused him to lose his ranch. The badly-wounded sheriff (Tom London) turns his badge over to Red Ryder (Bill Elliott.) Reno visits his wife, Molly (Peggy Stewart) and their ailing son Johnny (John Wayne Wright), and Red, also wounded, is brought there by Little Beaver (Bobby Blake.) There, Red begins to believe Reno's story about being innocent.
O.S.S. (1946) as Jumpmaster
John Martin is part of an American spy team dropped into France during World War II to destroy the French railway system. After successfully blowing up a tunnel he runs back to save Ellen and is told "Never come back for me again." Later he must choose whether or not to obey her wishes.
Pursuit to Algiers (1945) as Customer
Sherlock Holmes tries to protect a foreign leader traveling on an ocean liner.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as Radio announcer
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
The Human Comedy (1943) as Man at Steeds' party
A small-town telegraph boy deals with the strains of growing up during World War II.
Bombardier (1943) as Major Morris
Military officers compete for the same woman while training pilots for war.
Pilot #5 (1943) as English lieutenant
While their buddy flies a suicide mission, World War II airmen recall the events that led him to this noble sacrifice.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943) as
Sherlock Holmes fights to keep a new bombsite design from the Nazis.
Immortal Sergeant (1943) as "Non com"
During WWII, a corporal in the desert reminisces about the love he left behind and faces uncertainty about his strength as a leader.
Flight for Freedom (1943) as Wake
A female pilot breaks the Los Angeles to New York record and attracts the interest of the U.S. Navy, who want to send her on a spy mission.
Danger in the Pacific (1942) as Aviator
The Invisible Agent (1942) as Ship's radio operator
Frank Raymond, grandson of the original Invisible Man, still has the old formula but considers it too dangerous to use, even when Axis agents try to get it. But Pearl Harbor brings him to volunteer his own services as an invisible agent in Germany. Though a bit cold (clothes aren't invisible), his adventures are more comedy than thriller (with occasional grim reminders) as he makes fools of Nazi officials and romances a luscious double agent, in search of Hitler's secret plan...
Reunion in France (1942) as Officer
A Frenchwoman tries to help a downed U.S. flyer escape the Nazis.
Eagle Squadron (1942) as Fire warden
Footlight Serenade (1942) as Clerk
Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout.
Captains of the Clouds (1942) as Instructor
A mail flyer joins the Canadian air force for fun but has to prove his worth when he goes to war.
Son of Fury (1942) as Guard
A young adventurer seeks his fortune in the South Seas so he can return to England and reclaim his birthright.
Today I Hang (1942) as Joseph Rand
Henry Courtney, a wealthy importer is found murdered and the famous DeNormand necklace has been stolen. The false testimony of two witnesses, Rand and Hobbs, puts Jim O'Brien in the shadow of the hangman's noose. Martha Courtney, widow of the murdered man and Jim's former sweetheart is convinced he isn't guilty, and promises crooked lawyer Roger Lanning the necklace - which Jim doesn't have - if he can arrange for Jim's escape. Rand and Lanning killed Courtney, but Lanning doesn't know that Rand has the necklace.
Little Joe, the Wrangler (1942) as Lloyd Chapin
They Met in Bombay (1941) as Captain in car
Rival jewel thieves on the run find love in the Far East.
Down in San Diego (1941) as Flight commander
Teenagers take on enemy spies at a Navy base.
A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941) as Instructor
A hot shot flyer discovers the hero within when he joins the British Air Force during World War II.
Green Archer, The (1941)
Columbia's 12th serial of 57 total (following 1940's "Deadwood Dick" and ahead of 1941's "White Eagle") is another of director's James Horne's "classics" where he evidently figured that the same reactions that served him well in Laurel and Hardy films would work well in action serials where he has all hands, heroes and villains alike, doing some kind of over-the top "take", no matter the situation. This loose adaptation of an Edgar Wallace story finds Michael Bellamy (Kenne Duncan in his Kenneth Duncan period) inheriting Garr Castle, but his brother, Abel Bellamy (James Craven, as usual making Oil-Can Harry look smooth), has him imprisoned unjustly and moves into the castle himself. When Michael's wife, Elaine Bellamy (Dorothy Fay), fails to return after visiting Abel, her sister Valerie Howett (Iris Meredith), accompanied by their father, Parker Howett (Forrest Taylor) and private detective Spike Holland (Victor Jory, who even when playing the lead hero gets a villain's name), rent an adjoining estate, determined to investigate the case. Abel is afraid they will discover his association with a gang of jewel thieves and desperately - with Horne directing and Craven emoting, desperate is the only word - tries to have them all killed, and anybody else that might be standing around wondering how ten henchmen could fit in a six-passenger car. Each attempt is thwarted by the sudden appearance of the mysterious Green Archer, who is always there with his deadly bow and arrows whenever needed. It takes Abel most of the 15 chapters before he succeeds in capturing Spike, Valerie and Mr. Howett, but the shadow of the Green Archer's feathered Robin-Hood cap is on one of the walls of Garr Castle, and moving in.

Cinematography (special)

Titanic Live (1998)
Live coverage of an expedition to the famous wreck site of the Titanic in the North Atlantic. A team of ocean specialists, naval architects, archeologists, microbiologists, engineers, authors and historians visit the shipwreck to learn more about how the ship sank and how quickly it is disintegratin

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Tiger Cruise (2004) as Tiger

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