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Also Known As: Died: April 12, 1959
Born: May 23, 1882 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Hot Tip (1935) as Director
A racing fan''''s predictions go wrong and land his friends in debt.
Oh, Yeah (1929) as Dialogue Director

Cast (feature film)

Money, Women and Guns (1959) as Henry Devers
Just after making a large gold discovery, an old prospector is ambushed and killed by three masked men but manages to kill two of his attackers before he dies. He also manages to scribble out a will, which is given to detective "Silver" Ward Hogan, who is hired to track down the legitimate heirs and to try to find the third murderer.
Once Upon a Horse... (1958) as Postmaster
Dan and Doc are incompetent desperados who plan to give crime one more try before going straight. Miss Amity Babb is the shapely toast of Empty Cup, Colorado who sets prices by Wall Street, never loses at poker, and rules the town (and the sheriff) with a cash register in a velvet glove. When Amity and our two heroes meet, the slapstick burlesque of Western cliches grows ever wilder...
The Female Animal (1958) as Tom Maloney
A Hollywood star's adopted daughter falls in love with the star's live-in boyfriend.
Man or Gun (1958) as Sheriff Jim Jackson
The Last Hurrah (1958) as Cuke Gillen
A political boss faces changing times as he runs for re-election.
Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958) as Dr. Simkins
A small-town repairman takes in his childhood sweetheart''''s triplets and is mistaken for their father.
Loving You (1957) as Carl Meade
Elvis Presley plays Deke Rivers, a gas station attendent who is discoverd by publicist Glenda Markle (Lizabeth Scott) and country-western musician Tex Warner (Wendell Corey) who want to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune, first by changing Deke's name to Jimmy Tompkins, and giving him every break he deserves.
Man in the Shadow (1957) as Hank James
A modern sheriff investigates the town boss''''s efforts to cover up a brutal crime.
Spring Reunion (1957) as Mr. Collyer
An alumni reunion spells romance for former college lovers.
Star in the Dust (1956) as Orval Jones
In this western, a lawman tries to mediate between irate farmers and angry ranchers who are trying to decide the fate of a captured killer. The killer was hired by the ranchers who want him freed. The farmers, egged on by a schoolteacher, want to see the gunman swing. Meanwhile the real troublemaker
The Night of the Hunter (1955) as Uncle Birdie Steptoe
A bogus preacher marries an outlaw's widow in search of the man's hidden loot.
The Girl Rush (1955) as Ether Ferguson
Forever Female (1954) as Eddie Woods
An aspiring playwright gets an opportunity to see his play produced but is forced to make significant changes in the script so that the producer can cast his middle-aged ex-wife in the ingenue leading role.
Suddenly (1954) as Pop Benson
Gunmen take over a suburban home to plot a presidential assassination.
Hollywood Thrillmakers (1954) as Risky Russell
Movie stuntman Bill Cummings (James Macklin) is hurt while on location, and local boy Dave Wilson (Bill Henry) takes his place. "Risky" Russell (James Gleason), ex-stuntman turned agent, is mightly impressed and takes Dave to Hollywood, where Dave becomes the second coming of Dave Sharpe or Richard Talmadge, and also marries Russell's daughter, Marion (Thelia Darin.) After being injured, Dave promises to give up stunting. Later, he encourages Cummings to take a risky but good-paying gig and Cummings is killed. The show must go on, so Dave does the stunt.
What Price Glory (1952) as Gen. Cokely
A marine captain and his top sergeant are assigned to take their company from a small village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches.
We're Not Married! (1952) as Duffy
A Justice of the Peace performed weddings a few days before his license was valid. A few years later five couples learn they have never been legally married. Annabel Norris, already Mrs. Mississippi and ready to enter the Mrs. America contest, is now free to enter the Miss Mississippi contest.
The Story of Will Rogers (1952) as Bert Lynn
Oklahoma lad grows up to become America''''s favorite humorist.
I'll See You In My Dreams (1952) as Fred Townsend
Songwriter Gus Kahn fights to make his name, then has to fight again to survive the Depression.
Two Gals and a Guy (1951) as Bill Howard
Joe Palooka in Triple Cross (1951) as Knobby Walsh
Joe and Anne Palooka, along with Joe's trainer Knobby, are vacationing when they a kidnapped by The Professor and his gang. The Professor plans to make Joe throw a fight (and shows up at the fight dressed as Anne's aunt).
Come Fill the Cup (1951) as Charley Dolan
Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering alcoholics. His boss enlists his help to sober up his nephew, Boyd Copeland, who has married Lew's old sweetheart. Boyd, who is involved with a cabaret singer and the mob, presents quite a challenge.
The Jackpot (1950) as Harry Summers
Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.
Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle (1950) as Knobby Walsh
Joe is witness to a mob killing. Two of the killers are after him. He is drugged before the big fight which is watched on TV by his manager Knobby and the thugs who are holding Knobby hostage.
Key to the City (1950) as Sgt. Hogan
Two mayors meet and fall in love during a convention in San Francisco.
Riding High (1950) as Racing secretary
An heiress and her sister''''s fiancee defy her family to race horses.
The Yellow Cab Man (1950) as Mickey Corkins
An inventor's unbreakable glass attracts the attention of businessmen and gangsters.
The Life of Riley (1949) as Gillis
A factory worker tries to cope when his daughter dates the boss's son.
Bad Boy (1949) as "Chief"
A lawman tries to find the source of a juvenile delinquent's bad behavior.
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) as J. Hobart Gleason
An inept secretary goes to work for a bogus real estate firm thinking it's for real.
Take One False Step (1949) as [Capt.] Gledhill
Prof. Andrew Gentling, in Los Angeles to help found a new college, is inveigled by old flame Catherine Sykes into a midnight drive. Next day Catherine is missing, believed killed; friend Martha convinces Andrew that he's a prime suspect and should investigate before he's arrested. But this only puts Andrew in a more deadly kind of danger.
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948) as Lefty Moore
Smart Woman (1948) as Sam Corkle
A crusading DA falls for a defense attorney with a criminal past.
The Bishop's Wife (1948) as Sylvester
An angel helps set an ambitious bishop on the right track.
The Dude Goes West (1948) as Sam Briggs
A tenderfoot tries to help a miner's daughter protect her claim.
The Return of October (1948) as Uncle Willie
An heiress discovers her racehorse is the reincarnation of her rich uncle, back to win the Kentucky Derby.
Tycoon (1947) as Pop [Mathews]
While building a tunnel through the Andes, an engineer falls in love with his possessive boss's daughter.
Down to Earth (1947) as Max Corkle
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
The Homestretch (1947) as Doc Kilborne
A film that qualifies as a Travelogue Documentary in that it contains footage of world-famous race tracks such as England's Ascot, Palermo in South America, and Churchill Downs, Jamaica, Aqueduct, Hollywood Park, Santa Anita, Belmont, Hialeah, Arlington and Saratoga in the United States, and since it begins in London in 1938, the Coronation of the King. Jock Wallace (Cornel Wilde), an easy-going and rootless horse lover, is taken to task by Leslie Hale (Maureen O'Hara), who thinks he has swindled her Aunt Helen (Ethel Griffies) on the purchase of a horse. He finds out that she is engaged to Bill Van Dyke (Glenn Langan), a young diplomat, and follows her to London , entering the horse he acquired from Aunt Helen in the famed Ascot Gold Cup. Jock and Leslie fall in love and are married on a boat to South America. In Buenos Aires, Leslie is jealous of Kitty Brant (Helen Walker), an old flame of Jock's. Leslie wants Jock to settle down on his Maryland farm to raise and sell race horses, but he has too much gypsy in his blood and wants to follow the race-track circuit. They separate and he gives Leslie the horse that brought them together, and he hits the road. Leslie and old-time trainer "Doc" Ellbourne (James Gleason) then proceed to win race after race with the horse. Jock, contrite and converted, returns to his old homestead and begins training another horse. Will his horse beat her horse?
Home Sweet Homicide (1946) as Sergeant Dan O'Hare
Mystery writer Marian Carstairs is hard at work trying to finish her latest novel. Her three children meanwhile are entertaining themselves trying to solve a murder in their own neighborhood. In between gathering clues, the kids play matchmaker by trying to fix up their widowed mom with the handsome detective investigating the case.
Lady Luck (1946) as Sacramento Sam
A woman from a family of gamblers marries one and tries to reform him.
The Well Groomed Bride (1946) as Captain Hornby
The Hoodlum Saint (1946) as "Snarp"
After finding religion, a cynical newspaperman tries to help young hoods.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) as McGarrity
A girl in the slums tries to find her way with the help of her devoted mother and alcoholic father.
The Clock (1945) as Al Henry
A G.I. en route to Europe falls in love during a whirlwind two-day leave in New York City.
This Man's Navy (1945) as [Chief Machinist's Mate] Jimmy Shannon
Two Navy vets compete to see whose son is the bigger hero.
The Keys of the Kingdom (1945) as Dr. Wilbur Fiske
A crusading priest struggles to build a mission in China.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) as Lt. Rooney
A young man about to be married discovers the two aunts who raised him have been poisoning lonely old men.
Once Upon a Time (1944) as The Moke
A Broadway producer finds fame with his new act -- a dancing caterpillar.
A Guy Named Joe (1944) as "Nails" Kilpatrick
A downed World War II pilot becomes the guardian angel for his successor in love and war.
Crash Dive (1943) as McDonnell
Against his personal preference, PT boat commander Ward Stewart is made executive officer of the submarine USS Corsair. On leave before sailing, he meets schoolteacher Jean Hewlett and gives her a romantic rush...unaware that she's the sweetheart of Dewey Connors, his new commander. At sea, the men bond while fighting German Q-ships. When will they discover their mutual romantic rivalry? Will it interfere with a spectacular commando raid on a secret German base?
Manila Calling (1942) as Tim O'Rourke
When the Japanese capture the principal radio station of the American Radio Communications Company in the Philippines, the staff manages to escape into the jungle, tie up with a band of Filipino Scouts (Moros) and make their way to the coast. The party, radio technician Jeff Bailey (Cornel Wilde) and communications men Lucky Matthews (Lloyd Nolan) and Tom O'Rourke (James Gleason), finds an advance Japanese unit on the plantation of an old friend and, working with the Moros as a guerilla unit, attack and seize the site from the Japanese in order to use the radio transmitter. Solidifying themselves in the stronghold they discover there is no food or water and it is surrounded by the Japanese. A night club singer, Edna Fraser (Carole Landis), escaping from the Japanese, gets into the plantation. Jeff is working to fix their radio set, hoping to send a message of hope and courage to the conquered and enslaved Filipinos of the district, and the Japanese, aware of this possibility, are using every means to wipe out the group.
Footlight Serenade (1942) as Bruce McKay
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.
My Gal Sal (1942) as Pat Howley
A chronicle of songwriter Paul Dresser as he moves up into New York society.
Hay Foot (1942) as [Col. J. A.] Barkley
An Army colonel mistakenly thinks his assistant is a crack shot.
Babes on Broadway (1942) as Thornton Reed
Show-biz hopefuls stage a benefit for an orphanage.
The Falcon Takes Over (1942) as Inspector Michael O'Hara
A society sleuth and a lady reporter try to track down a murderous thug's lost girlfriend.
A Date with the Falcon (1942) as Mike O'Hara
The gentleman detective postpones his wedding to find a cache of stolen diamonds.
Tales of Manhattan (1942) as "Father" Joe
New Yorkers from all walks of life come into contact with a supposedly cursed tailcoat.
Affectionately Yours (1941) as Chester Phillips
A foreign correspondent hurries home to stop his wife from getting a divorce.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Max Corkle
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife.
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941) as Sergeant Daniels
A reporter tries to solve a series of boardinghouse murders.
Tanks a Million (1941) as Col. "Spitfire" Barkley
A military man promoted to sergeant because of his photographic memory fights to prove his worth.
Meet John Doe (1941) as [Henry] Connell
A reporter's fraudulent story turns a tramp into a national hero and makes him a pawn of big business.
Earl of Puddlestone (1940) as Joe Higgins
Grandpa Goes to Town (1940) as Joe Higgins
On Your Toes (1939) as Phil Dolan Sr.
A hoofer gets mixed up with a ballet dancer, triggering backstage jealousy.
Should Husbands Work? (1939) as Joe Higgins
My Wife's Relatives (1939) as Joe Higgins
Money to Burn (1939) as Joe Higgins
The Covered Trailer (1939) as Joe Higgins
Army Girl (1938) as Three Star Hennessy
The Higgins Family (1938) as Joe Higgins
Forty Naughty Girls (1937) as Inspector Oscar Piper
A schoolteacher turns detective to solve a theatrical murder.
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) as Danny the Duck
The Big Game (1936) as George Scott
A quarterback stands against gangsters out to control the college sports scene.
Don't Turn 'Em Loose (1936) as Daniels
A ruthless convict threatens to reveal that the head of the parole board is his father.
The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936) as Inspector Corrigan
A detective teams with his ex-wife to solve a murder.
Murder on a Bridle Path (1936) as Inspector Oscar Piper
Schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers matches wits with the police to solve the murder of a society bride in Central Park.
The Plot Thickens (1936) as Oscar Piper
Schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers suspects a deadly link between two seemingly unrelated murders.
Yours for the Asking (1936) as Saratoga
Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow Lucille onto the straight-and-narrow path, which would not be good for business. So they hire Gert Malloy and Dictionary McKinney, a pair of con-artists, to manipulate Johnny back off the path of righteousness.
West Point of the Air (1935) as [Joe] "Bags"
An army sergeant inspires his son to become an ace flyer.
We're Only Human (1935) as Danny Walsh
A cop, who plays by his own rules, brings down a notorious gangster.
Hot Tip (1935) as Jimmy McGill
A racing fan''''s predictions go wrong and land his friends in debt.
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) as Inspector Oscar Piper
A schoolteacher jumps into detective mode when a fellow airplane passenger gets sick and dies.
Search for Beauty (1934) as Dan Healy
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new magazine which is a front for salacious stories and pictures.
The Meanest Gal in Town (1934) as Duke [Slater]
A stranded carnival girl comes between a lady show owner and the town barber.
Murder on the Blackboard (1934) as [Inspector] Oscar Piper
A schoolteacher matches wits with a police detective when they both try to solve a pretty music teacher's murder.
Change of Heart (1934) as Hot dog vendor
Janet Gaynor and James Dunn and their close friends Charles Farrell and Ginger Rogers graduate from a West Coast college and fly to New York City to find work.
Orders Is Orders (1934) as Waggermeyer
Helldorado (1934) as Sam Barnes
Clear All Wires (1933) as Lefty [Williams]
Foreign correspondents clash over working methods and love.
Hoop-la (1933) as Jerry
The Billion Dollar Scandal (1933) as "Ratsy" Harris
The Devil Is Driving (1932) as Beef Evans
The All American (1932) as Chick Knipe
Lady and Gent (1932) as Pin [James] Streaver
Fresh young boxer Buzz Kinney is just out of college. He's able to knock out Stag Bailey when the veteran becomes over confident. Later Buzz is a worn out wreck with a broken nose and cauliflower ear.
The Crooked Circle (1932) as Crimmer
Penguin Pool Murder (1932) as Inspector Oscar Piper
A feisty school teacher sets out to solve a murder in an aquarium.
Fast Companions (1932) as Silk [Henley]
Blondie of the Follies (1932) as Pa [Lou] McClune
Two showgirls on the road from rags to riches compete for the same man.
A Free Soul (1931) as Eddie
A hard-drinking lawyer's daughter falls for one of his underworld clients.
Beyond Victory (1931) as Private Jim Mobley
Four soldiers at the front think back on their reasons for enlisting.
Suicide Fleet (1931) as Skeets [O'Reilly]
Three Navy shipmates fight over the same girl.
It's a Wise Child (1931) as Cool Kelly
Sweepstakes (1931) as Sleepy Jones
A jockey who was falsely accused of cheating and barred from the horse track becomes a singing waiter in Tijuana
The Big Gamble (1931) as Squint [Dugan]
A gambler fakes his death so he can pay off his creditors with the insurance money.
Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) as James Tierney
Crooner Harry Raymond and best friend James Tierney are working for a musical promoter when they meet Dolores Fenton who is trying to make ends meet by selling one of her songs. Raymond collaborates with Miss Fenton on her music but gets fired overzealoulsy selling it to his boss. Raymond and Tierney, along with their girlfriends, work in vaudeville until they are separated by a Broadway offer for Raymond and girlfriend Dolores. Success comes to the crooning Raymond in New York. He starts hobnobbing with high society, drinking heavily, and forgetting his old friends. It's a formula for a big fall.
Dumbbells in Ermine (1930) as Mike
The Matrimonial Bed (1930) as Gustave Corton
Amnesia turns a small-town man into a bigamist.
The Swellhead (1930) as Johnny Trump
Big Money (1930) as Tom
Her Man (1930) as Steve
The Shannons of Broadway (1929) as Mickey Shannon
Oh, Yeah (1929) as Dusty
The Count of Ten (1928) as Billy Williams
Boxer Johnny McKinney has come along to the point where he is ready to fight for the championship. His new bride, Betty, asks Johnny for $5,000. Johnny thinks the money is for her, but in reality it is to pay off her brother's gambling debts. In any event, Johnny doesn't have the money, and when his manager refuses to lend it to him, Johnny breaks up with him. Just as the big fight is coming up, Johnny breaks his hand. But in hopes of winning the money his wife needs, Johnny goes into the ring anyway. But surprises await him, inside the ring and out.
Polly of the Follies (1922) as Paul Gordon

Writer (feature film)

Song and Dance Man (1936) as Contract Writer
Murder in the Fleet (1935) as Additional Dialogue
Seamen hunt down a deadly saboteur.
Orders Is Orders (1934) as Additional Dialogue
Servants' Entrance (1934) as Contr to dial
Change of Heart (1934) as Screenwriter
Janet Gaynor and James Dunn and their close friends Charles Farrell and Ginger Rogers graduate from a West Coast college and fly to New York City to find work.
The World Moves On (1934) as Contract Writer
A Louisiana cotton family fights to survive war and the Depression.
The Bowery (1933) as Screenwriter
"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of the globe' ... the cradle of men who were later to be famous." The scene opens in a saloon named "Nigger Joe's" ...
Beyond Victory (1931) as Writer
Four soldiers at the front think back on their reasons for enlisting.
Dumbbells in Ermine (1930) as Dial
What a Widow (1930) as Dial
The Swellhead (1930) as Dial
What a Widow (1930) as Adaptation
His First Command (1929) as Dial
His First Command (1929) as Story
The Broadway Melody (1929) as Dial
Love and success break up a vaudeville sister act.
High Voltage (1929) as Dial
The Shannons of Broadway (1929) as Titles
His First Command (1929) as Scen
High Voltage (1929) as Screenwriter
The Flying Fool (1929) as Dial

Producer (feature film)

The Higgins Family (1938) as Associate Producer

Sound (feature film)

Asylum (1972) as Sound Mixer
The Fugitive Kind (1960) as Sound Recording
A drifter ignites passions among the women of a Mississippi town.
That Kind of Woman (1959) as Sound Recording
A kept woman falls in love with a young paratrooper during the final days of World War II.
Happy Anniversary (1959) as Sound Recording
An accidental slip reveals that a happily married couple were intimate before marriage.

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