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Cast (feature film)

Alias Jesse James (1959) as Charlie
An insurance agent lands in hot water when people mistake him for the infamous western outlaw.
The Young Philadelphians (1959) as Officer Barney Flanagan
A young lawyer from the wrong side of town tries to break into society.
Public Pigeon No. 1 (1957) as Harrigan
The Unholy Wife (1957) as Sheriff Wattling
An ambitious beauty marries a vintner, then falls for one of his workers.
Back from Eternity (1956) as Grimsby
When an airliner crashes in the jungle, the repaired plane can only hold five of the survivors.
The Birds and the Bees (1956) as Steward
You're Never Too Young (1955) as Pullman conductor
A murder witness masquerades as a twelve-year-old to escape the killers.
Lucky Me (1954) as Barney Mahoney
When the members of a musical troupe take cleaning jobs, their lead singer falls for a famous songwriter.
Arrowhead (1953) as Cavalryman
An Army scout and an Indian chief resolve their differences in single combat.
Toughest Man in Arizona (1952) as George Ryan
Marshal Landry captures outlaw Girard and bringing him in finds a woman and two children, the only survivors of an Indian attack. Later, transferring the prisoner his brothers free him. Then a stage is robbed of a silver shipment by Girard and his brothers. Examining telegrams gets Landry a confession from Girard's girlfriend. The telegraph line has been tapped and the telegrapher is the supposedly dead husband of the woman he brough in. Now knowing Girard's location he sets out after him.
Lone Star (1952) as Luther Kilgore
A frontiersman helps out with Texas's fight for independence from Mexico.
Denver & Rio Grande (1952) as Sheriff Ed Johnson
Edmund O'Brien and his team of railroading men try to build a rail line through a mountain pass, while a group of less scrupulous construction workers sabotage the entire operation in the hopes that they can get their tracks laid first and get the money from the railroad.
We're Not Married! (1952) as Sgt. Nuckols
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.
His Kind of Woman (1951) as Barkeep
A deported gangster causes problems for guests at a Mexican resort.
Here Comes the Groom (1951) as Policeman
A foreign correspondent woos his former fiancee so he can maintain custody of some orphans he''''s adopted.
Raton Pass (1951) as Hank
A beautiful woman tries to seduce her way into ruling the West.
The Last Outpost (1951) as Gregory
Brothers on opposite sides of the Civil War join forces to fight off marauding Indians.
Warpath (1951) as Old-Timer
A man sets out on a mission of vengeance against three bank robbers responsible for the death of his fiancee and becomes involved in an Indian ambush.
Copper Canyon (1950) as Jeb Bassett
During post civil war, southern veterans move wet to find money to rebuild their homes and are continuously harassed.
Let's Dance (1950) as George
Donald Elwood meets after the war his former USO partner, Kitty McNeil, who is now a rich widow with a little child. She tries to evade her paternal grandmother, who wants her to live in a way according to the customs of her dead husband's class.
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) as Conductor
A lawyer and a widow encounter murder on a train ride.
Mighty Joe Young (1949) as Producer
Showmen try to exploit a giant ape raised by an orphan.
Red, Hot and Blue (1949) as Doorman
An actress''''s rising career is threatened when she finds a dead gangster in her apartment.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) as Cop in park
A beautiful woman takes over a turn-of-the-century baseball team.
Alias Nick Beal (1949) as Bum
A crusading district attorney sells his soul to the devil to fight corruption.
Shamrock Hill (1949) as Michael Rogan
June Bride (1948) as Luke Potter
Two bickering reporters turn a small-town wedding into a battleground.
The Timber Trail (1948) as Old Jed Baker
Beyond Glory (1948) as Bartender
Thinking he may have caused the death of his commanding officer Captain Daniels in Tunisia, Rocky visits Daniels' widow. She falls for him, he falls for her, she encourages him to go to West Point. While there he faces serious disciplinary review for having forced a plebe into resigning. He may even be court-martialled.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948) as Policeman
The Big Clock (1948) as O'Brien
A corrupt publisher tries to frame a career-driven editor for murder.
Night Wind (1948) as Sheriff Hamilton
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947) as Harry Weston
A film that possibly held the record for the most Irish-descent players in an American-produced movie before "The Quiet Man" was shot on location in Ireland, and that includes "The Informer." Barry Fitzgerald is a rapid fan of following the ponies (but none too good at picking the winners)and owns a shabby boarding house east of NYC's Third Avenue. Mostly, he never works, follows his hunches, philosphizes through most of the 77 minutes and changes the life course for most of those around him. His dependence upon his daughter (Diana Lynn) keeps him interfering with her romance with a returning WW II sailor (Sonny Tufts, just before Paramount finally gave up on him.) And he will stretch the truth beyond accepted boundaries. Fitzgerald's real-life brother Arthur Sheilds plays his brother who he has built up to be a rich man, but who is really a diver working for the police department. Could have been a ten if there had been a leprechaun or two or Pat O'Brien in the cast.
Nightmare Alley (1947) as Town marshal
An ambitious carnival worker attempts to scam his way out of the carnival in this brutal noir.
California (1947) as Pokey
"Wicked" Lily Bishop joins a wagon train to California, led by Michael Fabian and Johnnny Trumbo, but news of the Gold Rush scatters the train. When Johnny and Michael finally arrive, Lily is rich from her saloon and storekeeper (former slaver) Pharaoh Coffin is bleeding the miners dry. But worse troubles are ahead: California is inching toward statehood, and certain people want to make it their private empire.
Body and Soul (1947) as Arnold
A young boxer slugs his way out of the slums only to fall prey to organized crime.
Philo Vance's Gamble (1947) as Lt. Burke
Lost Honeymoon (1947) as Bartender
When her best friend dies, a woman takes the orphaned children in search of their father.
Down to Earth (1947) as Kelly
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
The Gas House Kids "in Hollywood" (1947) as Lieutenant Mack
Living in a Big Way (1947) as Murphy
A returning GI and his war bride finally get to know each other and don't really like what they see.
Song of the Thin Man (1947) as Callahan
Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club.
Blaze of Noon (1947) as Farmer
In the 1920s, the four McDonald brothers leave the uncertain life of carnival stunt fliers for steady jobs with the U.S. Air Mail. They've agreed that "guys like us don't have a right to get married," but that's before Colin meets nurse Lucille Stewart and, in a whirlwind courtship, weds her. Can this marriage, or indeed any of the brothers, survive the dangers of their new profession?
Bowery Bombshell (1946) as O'Malley
The Bowery Boys tackle gangsters to clear one of their own from a bogus robbery charge.
The Virginian (1946) as Andy
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
Sister Kenny (1946) as Boy
True story of the Australian nurse who fought to gain acceptance for her polio-treatment methods.
Two Years Before the Mast (1946) as Carrick
Charles Stewart, the "Pilgrim" owner's playboy son, finds himself shanghaied on his father's ship commanded by cruel Captain Thompson. When scurvy breaks out he leads a mutiny and is slapped in irons. Floggings and torture abound.
The Dolly Sisters (1945) as Policeman
Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 20th century.
How Doooo You Do!!! (1945) as Himself
Anchors Aweigh (1945) as Studio cop
A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star.
I Love a Bandleader (1945) as Gibley
An amnesiac thinks he''''s a popular bandleader.
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) as Park policeman
An angel is sent to destroy the earth with a trumpet blast.
Shady Lady (1945) as Crane
Three Men in White (1944) as Policeman
Young doctors compete for a prestigious position as Dr. Gillespie's assistant.
Casanova Brown (1944) as O'Leary
A couple on the verge of divorce learns the wife is pregnant.
No Place for a Lady (1943) as Moriarity
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) as Bill
An Eddie Cantor look-alike organizes an all-star show to help the war effort.
Dixie (1943) as River boat captain
A young songwriter leaves his Kentucky home to try to make it in New Orleans. Eventually he winds up in New York, where he sells his songs to a music publisher, but refuses to sell his most treasured composition: "Dixie." The film is based on the life of Daniel Decatur Emmett, who wrote the classic song "Dixie."
Riding High (1943) as Pete Brown
A Night to Remember (1942) as Pat Murphy
A mystery writer and his wife stumble on a murder in their new apartment.
It Happened in Flatbush (1942) as Shaunnessy
A disgraced ball player turns a Brooklyn team into champions.
My Favorite Blonde (1942) as Union secretary
A vaudevillian gets mixed up with a beautiful blonde spy.
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942) as Sergeant Velie
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942) as Tough mugg
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942) as Sergeant Velie
Army Surgeon (1942) as Brooklyn
A female surgeon pretends to be a nurse so she can serve on the front line.
All Through the Night (1942) as Forbes
A criminal gang turns patriotic to track down a Nazi spy ring.
A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942) as Sergeant Velle
Pot O' Gold (1941) as Lt. Grady
A young man is caught between his music-hating uncle and a pretty girl from a family of musicians.
The Maltese Falcon (1941) as Luke
Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade gets caught up in the murderous search for a priceless statue.
Reaching for the Sun (1941) as Norm
Million Dollar Baby (1941) as Callahan
A young innocent's surprise inheritance causes problems with her poor but proud boyfriend.
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941) as Sergeant Velie
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941) as Sergeant Velie
The Golden Fleecing (1940) as Sibley
A mild-mannered insurance salesman gets mixed up with gangsters.
Opened by Mistake (1940) as Sergeant Wilkins
Little Nellie Kelly (1940) as Sergeant McGowan
The daughter of Irish immigrants patches up differences between her father and grandfather and rises to the top on Broadway.
The Saint Takes Over (1940) as Mike
Reformed jewel thief Simon Templar tries to help a police inspector who''''s been framed on bribery charges.
The Way of All Flesh (1940) as Frisco
Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940) as Wilkie
On a cruise ship from Honolulu to San Francisco, the famous Chinese detective encounters four more murders while trying to figure out the murder of a Scotland Yard friend.
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) as Sergeant Velie
The mysteriously ill John Braun (Fred Niblo) makes a new will, leaving out his daughter Barbara (Marsha Hunt), over the protests of his wife (Ann Shoemaker). The trouble began when the daughter wanted to marry Mr. Braun's doctor, James Rogers (Michael Whalen). Mrs. Braun asks Inspector Queen to help find the long-missing Barbara. The inspector's son, Ellery (Ralph Bellamy), works on the case. He goes to a home frequently visited by Dr. Rogers where the bell is answered by Nikki Porter (Margaret Lindsay) who Ellery mistakes for Barbara and insists she return to the Braun home. Nikki does, to protect Barbara, and a short time later finds herself alone in a room outside Braun's bedroom. She finds him dead - his throat cut. No weapons are found and the door to the room where Nikki had been is locked, and she is suspected. Ellery hides Nikki in his apartment. Braun's body, sent for an autopsy, disappears and in its place is a life-sized statue of the dead man. Elley finds the body in a closet, the police prepare to send it downtown but someone drives off with the ambulance. Ellery, with Nikki, visits Braun's bedroom that night and discovers that a pet raven flies in and out taking items.
No Time for Comedy (1940) as Sergeant
A wealthy culture vulture tries to steal a playwright from his actress wife.
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940) as Taxi driver
Radio star Jack Benny, intending to stay in New York for the summer, is forced by the needling of rival Fred Allen to prove his boasts about roughing it on his (fictitious) Nevada ranch. Meanwhile, singer Joan Cameron, whom Jack's fallen for and offended, is maneuvered by her sisters to the same Nevada town. Jack's losing battle to prove his manhood to Joan means broad slapstick burlesque of Western cliches.
Double Alibi (1940) as Captain Orr
The Saint Strikes Back (1939) as Secretary
The Saint helps a young beauty take vengeance on the mobsters who ruined her father.
Within the Law (1939) as "Red"
A wrongly convicted woman studies law and seeks her revenge.
Sudden Money (1939) as McPherson
The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939) as Pop Saunders
Just as Harbison kills a miner, Cisco and Gordito arrive and the dying miner rips his map into three pieces. Harbison tries to get the other two pieces but Cisco continues to outwit him. When Cisco takes the map from Billie who took it from Harbison, she identifies him and he is jailed. Having a change of heart she has a plan to get him out and he has a plan to trap Harbison.
Dodge City (1939) as Cattle auctioneer
A soldier of fortune takes on the corrupt boss of a Western town.
At the Circus (1939) as John Carter
The Marx Bros. team up to keep a circus from going bankrupt.
Fast and Furious (1939) as Clancy
Married book-dealers Joel and Garda Sloane get mixed up with murder during a beauty pageant.
On Borrowed Time (1939) as Sheriff Burlingame
An old man and his grandson trap Death in a tree.
I'm from Missouri (1939) as Walt Bliss
Beau Geste (1939) as Dufour
Three brothers in the French foreign legion fight off murderous Arabs and a sadistic sergeant.
The Dawn Patrol (1938) as Flaherty
A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths.
Men with Wings (1938) as J. A. Nolan
Little Orphan Annie (1938) as Mike Moriarty
The Affairs of Annabel (1938) as [Officer Pat] Muldoon
A screen queen suffers through harebrained publicity stunts schemed up by her press agent.
You Can't Take It with You (1938) as Detective
A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.
Orphans of the Street (1938) as Lou Manning
The Buccaneer (1938) as Pirate
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
Flight into Nowhere (1938) as Ike Matthews
Joy of Living (1938) as Mac
A Broadway musical star falls for an eccentric millionaire.
The Mad Miss Manton (1938) as Sullivan
A daffy socialite gets her friends mixed up in a murder investigation.
The Perfect Specimen (1937) as Snodgrass
A wealthy woman tries to keep her grandson secluded only to have him stolen by an ambitious lady reporter.
Champagne Waltz (1937) as Mr. Scribner
Can This Be Dixie? (1937) as Sheriff N. B. F. [Nathan Bedford Forrest] Rider
Dead End (1937) as [Officer] Mulligan
A killer returns to his childhood home to plot his escape from the law.
Great Guy (1937) as Pat Haley
It's the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for...organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist. Will the luck (if not the pluck) of the Irish pull him through?
High, Wide and Handsome (1937) as Stackpole
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly.
Life Begins with Love (1937) as Darby McGraw
Old Hutch (1936) as Teller
A ne''''er-do-well discovers a fortune but can''''t spend it.
36 Hours to Kill (1936) as Doyle
Laughing at Trouble (1936) as Bill Norton
A man convicted of murder escapes from jail and hides out in the home of a smalltown newspaper publisher who has befriended him. She knows who the real killer is.
Rhythm on the Range (1936) as Wabash
A cowboy falls for his boss, a beautiful lady ranch owner.
Dancing Feet (1936) as Phil Moore
Forgotten Faces (1936) as Sergeant Johnny Donovan
In London, August 1914, Austrian star Elsa Duranyi (Gertrude Michael) and English matinee idol Alan Barclay (Herbert Marshall) are in love and plan an immediate marriage. But the War comes and Elsa mysteriously disappears. Alan's ease in speaking German results in his appointment to the British Intelligence and, to aid his use as a spy, they announce he was killed in action. He takes the name and personality of "shell-shocked" Hans Teller, a German prisoner, and is sent into Germany on an exchange of prisoners. Elsa, now a spy in the service of the Fatherland, is in Monte Carlo, where Allied officers on leave can be tempted into revealing war secrets. In Germany, Alan, posing as Teller, is listed as unfit for service, contacts Carl Schrottle (Rod LaRocque), another British agent. They are to locate the German "Big Bertha," the long-range gun bombarding Paris. They are successful and the gun is destroyed. Elsa is recalled and given the assignment of locating the British spy organization and its members. Through her surveillance of Carl, she meets Hans Teller and recognizes him as Alan, but doesn't let on. Alone, she agrees to flee to Holland with him but her superior officer, Ludwig (Lionel Atwill), is not fooled and is in pursuit.
The Leathernecks Have Landed (1936) as Corrigan
Klondike Annie (1936) as Bartender
Rose Carlton is the kept woman of Chan Lo, who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent apartment. Rose ends up killing Chan and boards a ship where burly sea captain Bull Brackett takes a shine to her. When he finds out she killed Chan, he blackmails her into coming
It Had to Happen (1936) as Foreman
A poor boy (Raft) rises to power in politics. When the banker (Dinehart) husband of his secret love (Russell) takes money and flees the country, he replaces the lost amount and becomes implicated in the crime.
Pepper (1936) as Hamburger man
Young Pepper Jolly enters the life of sour old millionaire John Wilkes. She convinces him to take her gang to Coney Island and prevents his daughter from marrying a phony aristocrat.
Song and Dance Man (1936) as Lieutenant Mike Boyle
Mississippi (1935) as Passenger in pilot house
A young pacifist after refusing on principle to defend her sweetheart's honor and being banished in disgrace, joins a riverboat troupe as a singer, acquires a reputation as a crackshot after a saloon brawl in which the villain of the piece accidentally kills himself with his own gun, falls in love with his former fianceƩ's sister and finally bullies an apprehensive family into accepting him.
Rumba (1935) as First reporter
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) as Jeff Tuttle
A Western rancher wins a British valet in a poker game.
Welcome Home (1935) as [Michael] Shaunessey
The Call of the Wild (1935) as Ole
Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields. His luck changes when he pays $250 for Buck, a sled dog that is part wolf to keep him from being shot by an arrogant Englishman also headed for the Yukon.
The Case of the Missing Man (1935) as Police Sergeant Rorty
Here Comes Cookie (1935) as Broken-nose Reilly
The Affair of Susan (1935) as Father
Make a Million (1935) as Pete
Frisco Waterfront (1935) as Corrigan
The Mystery Man (1935) as Marvin
Broadway Gondolier (1935) as Uncle Andy
A taxi driver travels to Venice and poses as a gondolier to land a radio singing job.
So Red the Rose (1935) as Major Rushton
SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn apart by the War between the States. During the war's darkest days she is sustained by her love for a distant cousin, a Confederate officer, played by Randolph Scott.
Coronado (1935) as Slug Moran
Dinky (1935) as Truck driver
A military school cadet''''s mother is framed and sent to prison.
Princess O'Hara (1935) as A detective
Remember Last Night? (1935) as Motor cop
Long Island socialites set out to solve a murder committed during a wild house party they threw.
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) as Patrolman No. 2
A henpecked husband''''s lie gets him in trouble at home and at work.
Love Time (1934) as Benjamin
Fugitive Lovers (1934) as Joe Cobb
A cross-country bus trip brings together a chorus girl and an escaped convict.
Six of a Kind (1934) as Reynolds ("Sparks")
The Whinneys share expenses for their trip to Hollywood with George and Gracie and thier great Dane. A clerk in Whinney's bank has put fifty thousand dollars in a suitcase, hoping to rob Whinney on the road, but instead Whinney takes another road and is himself arrested in Nevada.
Wharf Angel (1934) as Brooklyn Jack
Lady by Choice (1934) as Brannigan
To improve her image, a fan dancer "adopts" an old woman to be her mother.
City Limits (1934) as King
Ticket to a Crime (1934) as Detective Lt. [John Aloysius] McGinnis
Sisters Under the Skin (1934) as Conroy
Twentieth Century (1934) as Sheriff
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
Gallant Lady (1934) as Policeman
It's a Gift (1934) as Ice man
A disgruntled druggist sells his store to buy an orange grove in California.
Treasure Island (1934) as George Merry
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a young boy out to foil pirates and find a buried treasure.
Little Miss Marker (1934) as Reardon
A big-time gambler picks up a young girl as security on an IOU.
Such Women Are Dangerous (1934) as Detective
The Girl from Missouri (1934) as Policeman
A gold-digging chorus girl tries to keep her virtue while searching for a rich husband.
The Cat's-Paw (1934) as Gargan
Naive Ezekial Cobb, brought up by his missionary father in China returns to America to seek a wife. Corrupt politicians enlist him to run for mayor as a dummy candidate with no chance of winning. Their plan backfires as he wins and embarks upon a reform crusade.
The Merry Frinks (1934) as Expressman
A loving wife and mother tries to keep her eccentric family in line.
It Happened One Night (1934) as Detective
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
The Secret Bride (1934) as Counterman
A district attorney secretly marries the daughter of a man he's trying to convict.
A Very Honorable Guy (1934) as Sergeant
A gambler sells his body to science to pay his debts.
Sadie McKee (1934) as Motor cop
A working girl suffers through three troubled relationships on her road to prosperity.
The Lemon Drop Kid (1934) as First tramp
Good Dame (1934) as Policeman
Friends of Mr. Sweeney (1934) as Cop
A mild-mannered reporter learns to stand up for himself.
The Scarlet Empress (1934) as
A young innocent masters the decadent ways of Imperial Russia in order to reign as Catherine the Great.
All of Me (1934) as Welfare Island guard
Blood Money (1933) as Bodyguard
The Girl in 419 (1933) as Detective Jackson
Jimmy and Sally (1933) as Furniture mover
A Lady's Profession (1933) as Mulroy
College Humor (1933) as Cromwell Dexter
College football players struggle with alcoholism, relationships and a singing drama teacher.
Tillie and Gus (1933) as
Tillie and Augustus Winterbottom are thought to be missionaries when they arrive to find Phineas Pratt trying cheat the Sheridans out of her father's inheritance, including a ferry franchise and a boat. The only way to keep the franchise is to win a race against Pratt's boat.
Bombshell (1933) as Immigration officer
A glamorous film star rebels against the studio, her pushy press agent and a family of hangers-on.
To the Last Man (1933) as Sheriff
In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.
Lady Killer (1933) as Panhandler
A criminal on the run becomes a Hollywood movie star.
The Power and the Glory (1933) as
A man rises to run a railroad company at the cost of his family ties.

Cast (short)

Hot Money (1935)
In this short comedy, Patsy Kelly and Thelma Todd come across some much needed money that just happens to be stolen.

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