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Tom Hanlon

Tom Hanlon



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Cast (feature film)

Monkey on My Back (1957) as Ring announcer
Real-life prizefighter Barney Ross fights drug addiction to get back into the ring.
The Roar of the Crowd (1953) as Announcer
Johnny Tracy (Howard Duff), son of veteran race driver Pop Tracy (Harry Shannon), is working his way up on the racing circuit, but is urged by his sweetheart, Marcy Parker (Helene Stanley), to give up the track if he wants to marry her. He persuades her to marry him on the promise that he will quit after racing once in the Indaanapolis 500, but he is injured in a qualifying race and goes to work as a spark plug salesman for Mackey (Minor Watson), an old family friend. He is a failure at selling but Marcy changes her attitude towards his racing, and he qualifies for the 500. Race-car drivers Johnnie Parsons, Duke Nalon, Manuel Ayulo (not the actor Manuel Ayuso) and Henry Banks play themselves.
Jalopy (1953) as Announcer
The Bowery Boys enter an auto race when one of them invents a new super gas.
White Lightning (1953) as Announcer
The Red Devils, a professional ice hockey team, owned by Jack Monohan (Steve Brodie), is in the midst of a long losing streak, due to bribes being accepted from gamblers by the star player. When the team is joined by cocky Mike Connors (Stanley Clements), a boyhood friend of Jack's, they begin to regain their former winning ways. Mike becomes a star who cannot be stopped, but is disliked by his teammates becuase of his selfish play. Jack tries to keek Mike away from his sister Margaret (Barbara Bestar), who is in love with him, which leads to a bloody fight between the two men. The angry Mike accepts a bribe from gambler Rocky Gilbratar (Lyle Talbot) to throw the big final game. But during the game, an appeal from a young boy who idolizes him, Davey (Duncan Richardson), sets Mike on the right road, and his unselfish play helps win the game.
Hold That Line (1952) as Announcer
The Bowery Boys crash college when one of them lands on the football team.
The Pride of St. Louis (1952) as Announcer
Love Is Better Than Ever (1952) as Announcer
A small-town girl falls for a big-city talent agent.
The Harlem Globetrotters (1951) as New York radio announcer
A college student drops out of school to join a famous basketball team.
The Guy Who Came Back (1951) as Himself, announcer
Former football star Harry Joplin is down on his luck, both in his career and in his married life. He seems convinced of his own unworthiness, but a chance to play in a charity football game helps him see his life in a new light.
To Please a Lady (1950) as Greengrove announcer
A ruthless race-car driver falls for a crusading journalist out to clean up the sport.
Kill the Umpire (1950) as Baseball announcer
To appease his family, a retired baseball player signs up for umpire school.
Right Cross (1950) as Sports announcer
A boxer's ego battles his love for his manager's daughter.
I'll Get By (1950) as Announcer
Updated version of "Tin Pan Alley" concerns two songwriters and their romantic entanglements with the pretty pair of sisters helping them plug their songs.
Three Husbands (1950) as Race track announcer
The Undercover Man (1949) as Newsreel announcer
A treasury agent tries to convict a ruthless mobster of tax evasion.
Father Was a Fullback (1949) as Radio announcer
It Happens Every Spring (1949) as St. Louis broadcaster
A scientist invents a baseball that can''''t be hit.
Act of Violence (1949) as Radio voice
An embittered veteran tracks down a POW camp informer.
Down to Earth (1947) as Announcer
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
Lost Honeymoon (1947) as Hotel manager
When her best friend dies, a woman takes the orphaned children in search of their father.
Let's Go Steady (1945) as Announcer
Eve Knew Her Apples (1945) as Announcer
A radio star tries to escape the limelight in the car trunk of a reporter who is eager for a story.
Blonde from Brooklyn (1945) as Announcer
An aspiring singer masquerades as a Southern belle to get a radio job.
It's a Pleasure! (1945) as Announcer
A disgraced hockey player takes up figure skating and falls for the show''''s star.
Follow the Boys (1944) as Announcer
The Woman in the Window (1944) as Radio announcer
A seductive woman gets an innocent professor mixed up in murder.
Swing Fever (1944) as Radio announcer
A bandleader with hypnotic powers tries to train a boxer.
It Ain't Hay (1943) as Radio announcer
Sunday Punch (1942) as Announcer
A young girl copes with a boarding house full of boxers.
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) as Announcer
On the run from a rodeo boss, two greenhorns get jobs as cowboys.
Pardon My Stripes (1942) as Sports announcer
Home in Wyomin' (1942) as Announcer
Radio star Gene Autry (Gene Autry) returns to his home town of Gold Ridge at the request of his old friend Pop Harrison (Forrest Taylor), who wants Gene to straighten out his wayward son, Tex Harrison (James Seay), whose gambling and drinking threaten to bankrupt the rodeo organization which he heads. News photographer Clementine "Clem" Benson (Fay McKenzie) and reporter Hack Hackett (Chick Chandler) are ordered to follow Gene. The group finds quarters at the "Bar Nothing" dude ranch, winter quarters for Tex's rodeo group, and Tex soon tangles with Hackett in a quarrel. The latter wins a thousand-dollar bag of gold from Sunrise (Olin Holwin), a miner who has earned his stake digging in the supposedly abandoned mine beneath Gold Ridge. Hackett spots a fugitive Chicago racketeer, Crowley (George Douglas), who is hiding out from the mob he has double-crossed. During a "Frontier Days" celebration, Hackett is killed and the sheriff (Hal Price) orders an investigation of all the guns of the performers, who were using blanks, and Tex's gun is found with live ammunition and he is charged with murder because of the earlier quarrel. Gene suspects Crowley as he learns of his real background, but the true killer is neither Tex nor Crowley.
Babes on Broadway (1942) as Radio man
Show-biz hopefuls stage a benefit for an orphanage.
Where Did You Get That Girl? (1941) as Announcer
Harmon of Michigan (1941) as Announcer
Tom Harmon (ol' # 98 for the Michigan Wolverines, husband of actress Elyse Knox and father of Mark Harmon and Kelly Harmon)took a back seat to no one on the football field (except the Minnesota Gophers) or, later, in the broadcast booth, but, on film, he managed to find himself in two of the all-time bad sports movies..."The Spirit of West Point" and "Harmon of Michigan." The latter, if it had been a true-life biography of Tom Harmon, might have made a passable film but after a short prologue, narrated by sports writer Bill Henry who is not the same as actor William Henry, that semi-recaps Harmon's football-playing days at the University of Michigan, it quickly develops into a mess that indicates the director and writers used the technical adviser, Coach Jeff Cravath, only to put plays on the blackboard. Once Harmon,(supposedly playing himself but the character he plays here has more character flaws than the law allows), graduates from Michigan, he marries his college sweetheart Peggy Adams (Anita Louise), turns up his nose at the prospect of playing professional football---a poor-paying and not-that-well respected job in 1941---and starts a vagabond tour of coaching tank-water colleges. Authenicity went out the window when the narration ended, as did any kind of time tracking, as everything that follows seems to happen in a single football season. Tom takes an assistant coach job at a cow-pasture college under Jimmy Wayburn (William Hall) and lasts one day before Wayburn fires him. Then he signs to play for a College All-Star team doing exhibition games against pro teams, but his team-mates, hacked because Tom gets star billing, lay down on him and he gets smacked down hard on every play. One of the leaders willing to let Harmon get slaughtered is old Michigan teammate Forrest Evashevski (playing himself), a life-long friend in real life and Godfather to Mark Harmon and a long-time respected coach at the University of Iowa. Harmon wins the game by himself, but decides this isn't his cup of tea. He hangs around the house a few weeks, then gets a job as an assistant under old-time coach Pop Branch at a college that has three buidings on campus and a football stadium seating 100,000 fans. He helps Pop win a few games (still ticking along in what appears to be the same fall football season), but the alumni at Webster College are tired of losing, fire their coach and hire Harmon away from Pop. Harmon takes over the Webster team in mid-season and becomes the all-time example of a hard-ass coach willing to win at any cost, including installing a screen-pass play that depends on an illegal blcoking scheme---the Flying Wedge---to make it work. His Webster team begins to thump their opponents by large scores, usually leaving the other team battered and bloodied by the use of the illegal blocking scheme. They win four or five games which, based on the writers time scheme, would have them playing 20 games a season in what was then a nine-and-ten game season. Plus, the press and other coaches around and about, are up in arms about Harmon's tatics, but the jerks refereeing the games evidently haven't read the rule book nor the newspapers and throw no penalty flags against his team. Well, one referee does once, but he never officiated nor had lunch in that town again. It, by any reasonable calendar must now be July of the next year in a season that should have ended in December, and hard-case Harmon's team is going up against Pop's team (where Harmon coached earlier in this never-ending season) and Pop drops by and tells Tom he ain't all that fond of Tom's coaching methods, but Tom poo-pahs him off, and then sends his team out and they gleefully dismantle Pop's fair-playing team by 109-0. But Webster's quarterback Freddie Davis (Stanley Brown) suffers a concussion running a play Harmon calls just to run up the score even higher---Harmon evidently didn't read the script because nobody using their own name would want this character perceived
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) as Announcer
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife.
Cracked Nuts (1941) as Radio announcer [Mr. Dixon]
A young man in a small town wins $5000 in a radio contest. He goes to New York City to propose to his girlfriend, but gets mixed up with a crooked attorney and two con men who are trying to sell a fake "robot."
We Go Fast (1941) as Radio announcer
Rose Couglin (Lynn Bari) is a wise-cracking waitress at a coffe-pt diner with policemen Bob Brandon (Alan Curtis) and Herman Huff (Don DeFore billed as Don DeForest) vying for her attention. Their argument ends when the place is held up, but Brandon tricks the crook and captures him, but lets Herman take the credit. Herman now must sponsor Bob's application to the motrocycle force and is enev more dismayed when society deb Diana Hempstead (Sheila Ryan)takes a liking to Bob. Rose also finds herself involved with a swindle upon a refrigerator manufacturer by a bogus foreign potentate, Nabob (Gerald Mohr.)
Ringside Maisie (1941) as Radio announcer
A Brooklyn showgirl sets pulses racing at a boxers'''' training camp.
Footlight Fever (1941) as Radio announcer
Two producers will stop at nothing to raise money for their big show.
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940) as Main commentator
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however.
King of the Turf (1939) as Auctioneer
Broadway Serenade (1939) as Announcer
Career conflicts threaten a singer''''s marriage to a young composer.
Saint Louis Blues (1939) as Radio announcer
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939) as Announcer
It's a Wonderful World (1939) as Radio announcer
A runaway poetess helps a fugitive prove himself innocent of murder charges.
Kentucky Moonshine (1938) as Radio announcer
Tony Martin goes to Kentucky to find talent to boost radio ratings. There it is learned that the Ritz brothers are really from New York and only pretending to be hillbillies to get on Martin's show.
The Lady Escapes (1937) as Announcer
A couple who are always quarreling split up temporarily while she goes to France and teams up with a playboy who's being sued for breach of promise.
Navy Blue and Gold (1937) as Commentator
Three buddies fight to survive the rigorous training at Annapolis.
Night Key (1937) as Radio announcer
And Sudden Death (1936) as Policeman
An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving.
The Bride Comes Home (1936) as Man in night club
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935) as Radio announcer
A radio star''''s efforts to save his station get him mixed up with con men, enemy agents and a beautiful countess.
Broadway Gondolier (1935) as Announcer
A taxi driver travels to Venice and poses as a gondolier to land a radio singing job.
Night Alarm (1934) as Vincent Van Dusen
Gift of Gab (1934) as Radio announcer
Romance in the Rain (1934) as Radio announcer

Cast (short)

Radio Bugs (1944)
In this comedic short, a gang of children try out a career as radio stars.
The Heckler (1940)

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