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Cast (feature film)

The Bounty Killer (1965) as Hank Willis
A tenderfoot goes after easy money as a bounty hunter.
Voodoo Woman (1957) as Harry West
Deep in the jungles a mad scientist is using the natives¿ voodoo for his experiments to create an indestructible being to serve his will. When a party of gold seekers stumbles upon his village, the scientist realizes that Marilyn the expedition¿s evil leader is the perfect subject for his work.
A Hatful of Rain (1957) as John
A man tries to deal with his brother's drug addiction and his growing attraction to the man's wife.
Thunder over Arizona (1956) as Sheriff Hudson
Drum Beat (1954) as Guard
While negotiating a peace treaty with North California Indians, a presidential emissary has to fight off a renegade.
Mighty Joe Young (1949) as
Showmen try to exploit a giant ape raised by an orphan.
Silver River (1948) as Tough
A ruthless gambler''''s rise to power is cut short by character flaws.
Lulu Belle (1948) as Wells
Cheyenne (1947) as Gambler
A gambler falls for the wife of the outlaw he's out to catch.
Angel and the Badman (1947) as Gambler
When a Quaker girl nurses a notorious gunman back to health, he tries to adopt her peaceful ways.
Black Gold (1947) as Monty
A Native American man trains a horse for the Kentucky Derby.
Bandits of Dark Canyon (1947) as Sheriff
As prisoner Ed Archer is being transferred, the stage is attacked and crashes. Archer escapes the attackers but Ranger Rocky Lane catches up with him. As Rocky is bringing him in, Archer is attacked again. Somebody wants Archer killed and Rocky, now suspecting Archer is innocent, decides to find out who and why.
Little Miss Broadway (1947) as Tony Santos
Judy Gibson (Jean Porter), upon leaving finishing school, goes to meet her relatives, whom she believes to be wealthy and socially prominent. Actually, ther are penniless Broadway characters and, in order to avoid Judy learning the truth, they take possession of a Long Island mansion owned by a thief presently doing time in Sing Sing. Judy arrives with her fiance Dick Nichols (John Shelton) and his father (Douglas Wood), an industrialist who tries to sell worthless stock to Judy's family in order to bolster his shaky fiancial status. They give him $200,000, part of the stashed loot they found belonging to the home-owner thief. The latter escapes from prison. Complications arise. Jerry Wald and his band provide music for Jean Porter's singing, and pert-'n-pretty Porter, as usual, carries the show.
Bowery Buckaroos (1947) as Blackjack
The Bowery Boys head west and land themselves in hot water.
Boys' Ranch (1946) as Chief of police
A ball player creates a ranch for troubled kids from the city.
G. I. War Brides (1946) as Motorcycle cop
Linda Powell (Anna Lee), and English girl, stows away on a ship bound for the United States in order to join the G.I. she loves. She assumes the identity of an English war bride, Joyce Giles (Carol Savage), who has decided she no longer loves the American soldier she married and is not going to join him in the U.S. Linda arrives to find that her soldier no longer wishes to marry her...
Heading West (1946) as Rance Hudson
Plainsman and the Lady (1946) as Deputy
St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1859, is divided by a railroad track that separates the richer and poorer classes of people. From the richer side comes Ann Arnesen (Vera Ralston), daughter of Michael Arnesen (Rheinhold Schunzel), owner of the Pony Express. Michael hires Sam Cotton (Bill Elliott as William Elliott) to protect his pony line from hostile Indians and the attacks of the gang of Peter Marquette (Joseph Schildkraut), owner of a stagecoach line who fears losing his contracts to the pony riders. Sam finds himself in a difficult position because Michael's wife, Cathy (Gail Patrick), is in love with Marquette. Sam, despite several attacks by Marquette's men, organizes the pony line. The ailing Michael is shocked to death by his wife's confession of hate, and Marquette tries to destroy the ecpress stations. Sam, with the aid of a friendly Indian tribe, finally wipes out Marquette and his gang, and returns to St. Joseph and Ann, the woman he loves.
San Antonio (1945) as Jay Witherspoon
A reformed rustler tracks down a band of cattle thieves and tries to reform a crooked dance-hall girl.
In Old New Mexico (1945) as Will Hastings
The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Martin Garralaga) hold up a stagecoach and kidnap Ellen Roth (Gwen Kenyon). They take the girl, who is wanted on a murder charge, to the mission where Padre Angelo (Pedro de Cordoba) will look after her. She tells Cisco of a mysterious Doctor Willis(Richard Gordon) who called on an aged woman she had been nursing and gave her an overdose of sleeping pills. Convinced that Ellen is innocent, Cisco sets out to prove it. He goes to Bill Hastings (Norman Wills) where he makes a deal to turn Ellen in if Cisco gets part of the money Hastings will inherit when she is convicted. With Ellen safely in jail, Cisco and Pancho force the local newspaper to run a story saying that Doc Willis has been apprehended. Hastings makes another deal with Cisco to kill Ellen before she testifies against Doc.
Apology for Murder (1945) as Allen Webb
Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland (Ann Savage) not knowing that she is married to a man years older than she. By the time he finds out, he is so under her spell that he murders her husband which is what Toni had planned all along. City editor McKee (Charles D. Brown), Kenny's boss and best friend, begins to pursue the tangled threads of the crime relentlessly and gradually closes the net on Kenny. The latter is mortally wounded by Toni, who has deserted him for another man.
The Falcon Out West (1944) as Callahan
A society sleuth turns cowboy to investigate a Texas murder.
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) as Ben Lake
Twain moves from Mississippi riverboats to the Gold Rush to literary immortality.
Gentle Annie (1944) as Cowboy
A frontierswoman turns her family into a band of bank robbers.
The Last Ride (1944) as Guard
A detective suspects foul play in a series of accidental deaths.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944) as Guard
Ali Baba, son of the Kalif of Bagdad is brought up by the 40 Thieves after his father is killed by the soldiers of Hugalu Khan, who received the necessary information by traitor Cassim. Ali becomes the leader of the thieves and they are fighting for the freedom of his land. Per chance Ali captures the fiancée of Hugalu Khan, who turns out to be his girl friend Amara. After a few misunderstandings Ali uses her wedding day with Hugalu Khan as the day for the liberation of Bagdad.
Johnny Come Lately (1943) as Dudley Hirsh
King of the Cowboys (1943) as Buxton
The Governor sends Roy to help bring in a gang of saboteurs. Roy joins a traveling show and soon learns the saboteurs communicate during Maurice's mind reading act that uses a hidden receiver. But Maurice is on to Roy. Roy narrowly escapes when Maurice leaves him tied up in a warehouse they are blowing up. But Maurice then kills a man and blames Roy who now finds himself in jail.
The Avenging Rider (1943) as Red
Two cowhands are wrongly jailed as members of a murderous gang.
Frontier Badmen (1943) as Randall
Hail to the Rangers (1943) as Monte Kerlin
Escape from Crime (1942) as Gangster guard
An ex-con becomes a daredevil photojournalist.
They All Kissed the Bride (1942) as Policeman
A woman running a trucking company falls for the reporter out to expose her business practices.
Always in My Heart (1942) as Saloon proprietor
A convict returns home to find his family has forgotten him.
I Was Framed (1942) as Paul Brenner
A news man''''s political investigations land him in prison.
A Night to Remember (1942) as Policeman
A mystery writer and his wife stumble on a murder in their new apartment.
The Living Ghost (1942) as Cedric
A former detective investigates a wealthy kidnap victim who returns with brain damage.
Overland to Deadwood (1942) as Cash Quinlan
Cash Quinlan (Norman Willis), owner of the Quinlan Hauling Company, is the leader behind a band of raiders, who have been robbing stagecoaches between Mesquite and Deadwood, in an effort to drive his competitors out of business so that he will be able to get the railroad franchise for himself. The only outfit still left is one owned by Linda Banning (Leslie Brooks.) Steve Prescott (Charles Starrett) and Lucky Chandler (Russell Hayden)stop a holdup of a Banning stage and offer the girl their services. They are lodged in her barn, along with Harmony Hobbs (Cliff Edwards), when Quinlan's men set it on fire, but Steve recognizes one of the outlaws. Convinced he must use strategy to trap Quinlan, Steve picks a fight with Lucky and the, after losing it, goes to Quinlan stating he wants revenge against Lucky and Miss Banning, and asks to drive Quinlan's stage in the race to determine which line gets the franchise. Quinlan, though, suspects a trick and puts a broken axel-pin on Steve's wagon. He also has a dynamite charge placed in the stage driven by Lucky and then, has another one of his men drive a third stage.
Down Rio Grande Way (1942) as [Mack] Vandall
The Yukon Patrol (1942) as Capt. Tarner
Canadian Tom Merritt (Stanley Andrews) has discovered a substance, Compound X, that will cure infantile paralysis, which he extracts from a mine at Caribou, Canada. A country at war with Canada (unnamed because while Canada and the British Empire were at war with Germany, the USA "officially" wasn't in 1940) discovers that Compound X also contains magnetic properties which will make their mines effective against the British fleet, and dispatch one of their intelligence officers, John Kettler (Robert Strange), to work undercover to ensure a steady stream of Compound X for the Fatherland. RCMP Major Ross King (Herbert Rawlinson) is killed in a fray against Kettler's henchmen, and his son, RCMP Sergeant Dave King (Allan Lane) continues on in his place in command of the Mountie post. The foreign agents open a "sham" sanitarium, supposedly to help paralysis victims, but actually to ship the gathered quantities of Compound X abroad to their warring country. Sergeant King discovers the fraud and exposes "Dr. Shelton" (John Davidson), the sham head of the hospital. The Mounties also secure some fuse caps which will provide proof that Kettler and his men are saboteurs. In an effort to recover the fuse caps, the enemy agents kidnap Linda Merritt (Lita Conway), sister of RCMP Corporal Tom Merritt,Jr.(Robert Kellard). King and the Mounties eventually put an end to the enemy agents in chapter 12, "Code of the Mounted", but not without a great personal sacrifice by one of their own.
Belle Starr (1941) as Corporal
A Southern belle turns outlaw when her family loses their land.
Gauchos of Eldorado (1941) as Bart Braden
Gaucho escapes from Braden's gang only to be shot by them. The Mesquiteers drive away the outlaws and take his money on to his mother. But Isabella thinks Tucson is her long lost son and they don't have the heart to tell her he is dead.
Outlaws of the Panhandle (1941) as "Faro Jack" Vaughn
Twilight on the Trail (1941) as Nat Kervy
Hoppy, Lucky and California are chasing cattle rustlers who have been bothering cattle rancher friends of Hoppy. A crooked foreman is the source of the trouble. Johnny and Lucy are the love focus.
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as Deputy
Oklahoma farmers dispossessed during the Depression fight for better lives in California.
Virginia City (1940) as Sergeant
A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl.
Johnny Apollo (1940) as Plainclothesman
A Wall Street broker is jailed for embezzling. His college graduate son then turns to crime to raise money for his father's release.
Beyond the Sacramento (1940) as Nelson
Bill learns that two con artists whom he has dealt with before are at it again. Crowley runs the saloon and Adams the newspaper and both are highly respected by the citizens. Bill has foiled their schemes before and this time he breaks into Adams' office and resets the front page saying Adams confesses to be a fugitive criminal. When the citizens gather the next day the end is near for Adams and Crowley.
Black Diamonds (1940) as Hartley
Legion of the Lawless (1940) as Les Harper
A vigilante group takes over the town they're supposed to be protecting.
The House Across the Bay (1940) as Taresca's henchman
An aircraft designer falls for an imprisoned gangster's wife.
They Drive by Night (1940) as Neves
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
Bad Man from Red Butte (1940) as Hal Benson
Tell No Tales (1939) as Joe Neves
In search of a big scoop for his failing paper, an editor tries to solve a kidnapping case that''''s turned into murder.
Broadway Serenade (1939) as Process server
Career conflicts threaten a singer''''s marriage to a young composer.
Off the Record (1939) as Arnold
A lady reporter adopts the young delinquent her crime exposes helped send to jail.
The Forgotten Woman (1939) as "Stu" Mantle
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as Bootlegger
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
Homicide Bureau (1939) as [Ed] Briggs
A homicide detective clashes with a beautiful citizens'''' rights advocate while investigating war profiteers.
Convict's Code (1939) as Russell
Boy Slaves (1939) as Drift boss
A young runaway ends up in a juvenile labor camp.
City in Terror (1939) as Max
Family who witness a murder are pursued by gangsters.
Blackwell's Island (1939) as Mike Garth
A reporter gets himself sent to prison to expose a mobster.
Happy Landing (1938) as Guard
The Bride's Fair in a small Norwegian village is interrupted by the forced landing of Jimmy Hall (Don Ameche) and Duke Sargent (Cesar Romero), two Americans lost - really, really lost - while flying from New York to Paris. Jimmy is the manager of Duke, a publicity-seeking band leader. An old superstition points to Duke as the appointed husband-to-be (not likely) of Trudy Ericksen (Sonja Henie), daughter of villager Herr Ericksen (Jean Hersholt). Duke, however, has an understanding with Flo Kelly (Ethel Merman) back in the states, and leaves for Paris. Trudy follows him to New York, only to find he has left for Florida with Flo. Jimmy takes Trudy skating in Central Park, falls in love with her and is so impressed that he gets her a contract to skate professionally. Duke hears of her success and flies back and begins a series of romantic entanglements.
The Dawn Patrol (1938) as Von Richter
A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths.
International Settlement (1938) as Marine
Three Comrades (1938) as Eldest Vogt man
Three life-long friends share their love for a dying woman against the turbulent backdrop of Germany between the wars.
Prison Nurse (1938) as Deputy
City Girl (1938) as Leader
Racket Busters (1938) as Gus
A mobster tries to take over the trucking business.
The Devil's Party (1938) as Ed
Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)
A 12-episode serial in which Tim Tyler goes to Africa in search of his father in gorilla country. He meets up with Laura, who is after Spider Webb who has framed her brother. Webb causes the death of Tim's father, but is eventually tracked down.
Marked Woman (1937) as
A crusading DA fights to get a nightclub hostess to testify against her gangster boss.
Midnight Taxi (1937) as Jefferson
G-Man Chick Gardner (Brian Donlevy), posing as a taxi driver, convinces the members of a counterfeiting gang that he is on their side and is taken into the organization by Philip Strickland (Alan Dinehart), the boss, over the objections of gang lieutenant Flash Dillon (Gilbert Roland.) Gardner meets Gilda Lee (Frances Drake), a member of the gang, and learns of the planned smuggling of a load of counterfeit money at a remote wharf. He arranges with the Federal officers to foil the landing but their presence is detected and the gang escapes, with Gardner being wounded in the melee by his own men. Dillon discovers Gardner's true identity and tells Gilda to take him for a ride. Instead, she helps Gardner kill Dillon, in return for which he promises her immunity. She goes with Strickland to the yacht of John Rudd (Sig Rumann), who is the secret leader of the counterfeiters. Gardner and the federal agents follow her.
A Girl with Ideas (1937) as Hanlon
Life Begins in College (1937) as Referee
A wealthy student endows his college''''s football team, with disastrous results.
Bad Guy (1937) as Edwards
A man convinces his brother to bust him out of prison.
Men in Exile (1937) as Rocky Crane
Gun smugglers clash with an island dictator.
Secret Valley (1937) as Nick Collins
Outlaws of the Prairie (1937) as William Lupton
That Certain Woman (1937) as Fred
A gangster's widow fights for love despite society's disapproval.
After the Thin Man (1936) as Fireman
Married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles try to clear Nora''''s cousin of a murder charge.
Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936) as Gangster
While steaming from Honolulu to Los Angeles the owner of a prize racehorse headed for the Santa Anita Handicap is killed, apparently kicked to death by his stallion. Not so, deduces Charlie. Leter he exposes efforts to fix a race at the famous track.
Alibi for Murder (1936) as Joel Balerino
Here Comes Carter (1936) as Steve Moran
A radio commentator avenges an old wrong by blowing the whistle on Hollywood scandals.
F-Man (1936) as Jerry
Lady from Nowhere (1936) as Ed Lustig
Bullets or Ballots (1936) as Vinci
A cop goes undercover to crack an influential crime ring.
Woman Trap (1936) as Miller
Old Hutch (1936) as Surveyor
A ne''''er-do-well discovers a fortune but can''''t spend it.
Florida Special (1936) as Nurse
Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as Joe

Cast (short)

Law of the Badlands (1945)
A cavalry officer is framed for a murder and seeks vengeance in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1327A.
Roaring Guns (1944)
In this short film, farmers take up arms against miners whose operations are destroying their farms. Vitaphone Release 1183A.
Little Miss Pinkerton (1943)
A young girl must save her friends from a gang of burglars in this comedic short.
This "Crime Does Not Pay" short depicts how the police put a horse race betting scam out of business.
You, the People (1940)
This short film focuses on a gangster who tries to get a cooked mayor re-elected.
Give Till It Hurts (1937)
This short film focuses on charity fraud.
Torture Money (1937)
In this short film, the police track down a fraud operation that stages automobile accidents to collect insurance money.

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