They Made Me a Criminal
They Made Me a Criminal is a 1939 American crime drama film directed by Busby Berkeley and starring John Garfield, Claude Rains, The Dead End Kids. It is a remake of the 1933 film The Life of Jimmy Dolan; the film was featured in an episode of Cinema Insomnia. Portions of the film were shot in the Coachella California. Johnnie Bradfield is a southpaw world champion boxer falsely accused of murder, he is presumed dead. The only witnesses who could have exonerated him were his manager and girlfriend, both of whom have died in an automobile accident. Detective Monty Phalen believes that Johnnie is still alive and hasn't given up on searching for him. Johnnie, meanwhile, is hiding out on Grandma Rafferty's farm in Arizona. There, he meets up with some juvenile delinquents, Angel, Dippy, T. B. and Milty, who are under the guardianship of Tommy's sister Peggy. Johnnie, using the fake name of Jack Dorney, takes Tommy under his wing and encourages him to go in business for himself by buying a gas pump for the farm.
He helps the kids raise money by returning to the boxing ring for a match against an up-and-coming boxer. Johnnie sees Phalen arriving at the fight and decides not to fight, disappointing the kids and Peggy; however his determination to help the kids overcomes him and he decides to fight. He tries to hide who he is by not using his trademark stance in the ring, but not being a good right handed fighter, he is on the verge of losing; because of this, Johnnie reveals who he is, although he is still defeated in the fifth round. He surrenders to Phalen, but the detective allows him to remain in Arizona instead of returning to New York. John Garfield as Johnnie Bradfield Claude Rains as Det. Monty Phelan Ann Sheridan as Goldie West May Robson as Grandma Rafferty Gloria Dickson as Peggy Ward Bond as Lenihan William B. Davidson as the Chief of Detectives Robert Gleckler as Doc Ward Billy Halop as Tommy Bobby Jordan as Angel Leo Gorcey as Spit Gabriel Dell as T. B. Huntz Hall as Dippy Bernard Punsley as Milt When Dippy is operating the shower controls for Jack, showering, he serenades him with the song, By a Waterfall, a hit song from the director's earlier film, Footlight Parade.
This film contains the first malapropism of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids/Bowery Boys series when Jordan says Regenerate, ya dope when Hall used the word degenerate. Malapropisms became a staple of these films, with Gorcey using them on a regular basis throughout the series; as this film is in the public domain, there have been several DVD releases from a variety of companies over the years. The Alpha Video DVD was released on July 30, 2002, they Made Me a Criminal at the American Film Institute Catalog They Made Me a Criminal on IMDb They Made Me a Criminal is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Mandalorians are a fictional people from the planet Mandalore in the Star Wars science fiction franchise created by George Lucas. First conceptualized for The Empire Strikes Back as a group of white-armored "supercommandos", the idea developed into a single bounty hunter character, Boba Fett. Although the term "Mandalorian" is never used in the films, the popularity of Boba Fett inspired an extensive number of works about Mandalorians in the Star Wars expanded universe known as non canon Legends. Recognized by their iconic armor, the Mandalorian people are characterized in the expanded universe as a multi-species warrior people who work as mercenaries and bounty hunters; the Clone Wars television series reintroduced them to the franchise as a human people and introduced the New Mandalorians, pacifists who wish to distance themselves from Mandalore's warrior traditions. Mandalorian warrior characters appear in the Rebels animated television series and in the upcoming live action web television series The Mandalorian.
In production for The Empire Strikes Back, Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston designed armor intended to be worn by soldiers described as supercommandos from the Mandalore system, armed with weapons built into white suits and known for battling the Jedi. The soldiers were called Super Troopers and were intended to look alike; the group developed into a single bounty hunter character, Boba Fett, the costume was reworked, but it retained elements such as wrist lasers, rocket darts, a jetpack. In a 1979 issue of Bantha Tracks, the newsletter of the Official Star Wars Fan Club, Boba's armor was described as that of the "Imperial Shocktroopers, warriors from the olden time" who "came from the far side of the galaxy" and are few in number because they "were wiped out by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars". Mandalorians debuted in Star Wars #68 "The Search Begins", a comic book published by Marvel in 1983, which describes Boba and Fenn Shysa among the supercommandos, the official protectors of the planet Mandalore.
Attack of the Clones introduced the character Jango Fett, who wore Mandalorian armor and was revealed to be a bounty hunter from whom Boba is cloned. Though the term "Mandalorian" does not appear in the films, the popularity of Boba Fett inspired an extensive amount of Star Wars expanded universe works known as Star Wars Legends, featuring the Mandalorian people. Star Wars creator George Lucas wished to reintroduce Mandalorians in season two of The Clone Wars 2008 television series, he worked with executive producer Dave Filoni to rework the group, its history, its culture. In October 2018, Lucasfilm and Disney announced they had begun production on a live-action streaming series entitled The Mandalorian, set after the fall of the Galactic Empire but before the rise of the First Order, with the story focusing on a lone Mandalorian gunfighter. Written and Produced by Jon Favreau, the first episode is directed by Dave Filoni, with additional episodes directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow, Rick Famuyiwa and Taika Waititi.
Pedro Pascal will be playing the lead role. In a season two story arc of The Clone Wars television series, the Galactic Republic fears Duchess Satine Kryze is secretly building an army to aid the Separatists and sends Obi-Wan Kenobi to investigate Mandalore. Satine reassures him that the local militant group Death Watch is a small group based on Concordia, Mandalore's moon, that will soon be eliminated. Obi-Wan's investigation uncovers that the governor of Concordia, leads Death Watch. However, he escapes. Death Watch seeks to assume control of Mandalore. With aid from Separatists and Sith lords Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, Death Watch will push the Senate to send peacekeeping troopers to Mandalore. Though Satine insists Death Watch is no threat to the Republic, a doctored recording and Death Watch's attempts to assassinate Satine push the Senate to approve an invasion of Mandalore. Once Satine proves the recording is altered, the order is rescinded. A story arc in season three centers on corruption in the Mandalorian government.
As a neutral planet during the Clone Wars, Mandalore is denied trade with non-neutral planets. This causes a rise in black market activity, smuggled tea poisons numerous children. Satine's investigation uncovers a network of corrupt public officials. However, Prime Minister Almec is unconcerned. In a subsequent episode, Almec admits. To end Satine's efforts against corruption, he attempts to force her to sign a false confession of corruption and remove her from power, he fails, he is imprisoned. Season five of The Clone Wars revisits Mandalore with a story arc following its fall to civil war. With aid from Darth Maul and crime syndicates, Death Watch convinces the public Death Watch can maintain order better than Satine. Having gained popular support, Vizsla imprisons her. However, Vizsla imprisons them as well. Maul escapes, kills Vizsla in a duel for control of Death Watch, installs Almec as puppet leader. However, Bo-Katan refuses Maul's leadership and defects with a minority group, she helps Satine contact Obi-Wan for aid, but Maul kills Satine and captures Obi-Wan.
The capital is engulfed in civil war, Bo-Katan frees Obi-Wan so that he can alert the Senate. When Obi-Wan warns it will trigger a Republic invasion, she accepts this as the price for Maul's death and assures him that the Mandalorian people will survive. Filoni intended for the final story arc of The Clone Wars to center on the Republic's siege of Mandalore, set with Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, but th
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Little Tough Guy
Little Tough Guy is a 1938 crime film that starred several of the Dead End Kids. In the follow-up films, the studio began using the group name The Little Tough Guys, The Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys; this was the first of several films and serials that Universal made using several of the "Kids", whom they borrowed from Warner Bros. Little Tough Guy is in the public domain. Johnny Boylan's father was sentenced to death for a crime that he was never proven to have committed, he and his family move to a poorer section of the East Side in New York City. His sister, Kay resorts to dancing in a burlesque theater after she is fired from her job, her former fiance, Paul Wilson, still cares for her and wants to help her, but she avoids him because of the shame she is feeling. Johnny tries to enlist his fellow newsboy friends to help prove his father's innocence, they are unsuccessful. In frustration, Johnny tosses a brick through the judge's car window, which begins his life of crime, he enlists his friend "Pig" to help him rob a drugstore.
They are subsequently hide out. However, the cops find. Pig leaves the store and is shot and killed by the police. Johnny is sent to reform school; the film was released on DVD on July 22, 2003. Little Tough Guy at the American Film Institute Catalog Little Tough Guy on IMDb Little Tough Guy is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Barney Miller is an American sitcom set in a New York City Police Department police station on East 6th St in Greenwich Village. The series was broadcast from January 23, 1975, to May 20, 1982, on ABC, it was created by Theodore J. Flicker. Noam Pitlik directed the majority of the episodes. Barney Miller takes place entirely within the confines of the detectives' squad room and Captain Barney Miller's adjoining office of New York City's fictional 12th Precinct, located in Greenwich Village. A typical episode featured the detectives of the 12th bringing in several complainants and/or suspects to the squad room. Two or three separate subplots are in a given episode, with different officers dealing with different crimes. Once a year, an episode would feature one or more of the detectives outside of the walls of the precinct, either on a stakeout or at one of their homes. Primary characters: Captain Bernard "Barney" Miller is the sensible captain of the precinct who uses his odd and dry sense of humor to retain his sanity while dealing with the foibles of his staff and the unending stream of budget problems and paperwork that make up his job.
He gets passed over for a promotion to deputy inspector several times during the series' run before reaching that rank in the series finale. Sgt. Philip K. Fish is the senior detective on the squad. Crotchety, world-weary, near retirement, he always seems to be suffering through some physical ailment, but his years of experience as a police officer make him a good detective and mentor to other members of his squad, he is on the phone dealing with a minor marital crisis with his wife Bernice. The character was spun off into its own series. Det. 3rd Grade Stanley Thaddeus "Wojo" Wojciehowicz is the naive, gung-ho but goodhearted Catholic Polish-American, who transforms from a macho former Marine into a decidedly humanitarian character, while performing his duties as a detective. He takes and fails the sergeant's examination four times, but passes on his fifth try and gets promoted in season four, he is a dedicated and by-the-book police officer who tends to take his duties a little too at times. Det.
1st Grade Ron Nathan Harris is an ambitious, intellectual African American criminologist who has a taste for the finer things in life and thus lives well beyond his means, who seems more preoccupied with his attire and his career as a writer than with his police work. A long-running plotline about his various attempts to establish a writing career has Harris emerge as a published author, with his lurid memoir Blood on the Badge, which becomes a best seller and thus prompts him to become more serious with his works. Harris was served in the Coast Guard prior to becoming a police officer, he is a self-professed Republican, but a former war protester and an ardent supporter of the police officers' union strike action. Sgt. Nick Yemana is a wisecracking Japanese American detective, he is noted for his "off the wall" sense of humor and wry observations about life, as well as for his gambling habits, extraordinarily poor paperwork filing skills, for making the squad's coffee. After the retirement of Fish, Yemana becomes the ranking detective.
In the two-part episode "Eviction," he becomes commanding officer, though he is replaced after a mere few hours. Sgt. Miguel "Chano" Amanguale is a dauntless, beleaguered Puerto Rican detective, emotionally attached to his job, his lowest moment comes in "The Hero,". Sgt. Arthur P. Dietrich is a detective with a calm, unflappable nature and a endless supply of knowledge on a wide array of subjects, he can find a topic to discuss with those he encounters in the squad room, whatever their interest or occupation, though he expresses it in an overly intellectual manner. In "The Photographer," Barney goes so far as to suggest to Dietrich that has a "pedantic" way of expressing himself. Deputy Inspector Frank Luger is Miller's rambling, out-of-touch, unapologetically old-school superior who drops by the precinct to "chat with" Barney, he refers to Harris as "Har'" and Dietrich as "D-D." As time goes by, Luger becomes more and more melancholy and his outdated approach to police work more and more problematic.
Officer Carl Levitt is a diminutive and obsequious uniformed officer who passive-aggressively badgers Miller about being promoted. He is promoted to detective in the series finale. Elizabeth Miller: Barney's wife, a dedicated social worker, was intended to be a regular character, listed in the opening credits during seasons one and two. Liz is seen infrequently, she is, however referred to, Barney is seen on the phone with her. The show's focus was split between the detectives' interactions with each other and with the suspects and witnesses they detained and interviewed; some typical conflicts and long-running plotlines included Miller's frustration with red tape and paperwork, his constant efforts to maintain peace and discipline, his numerous fail
Alla Nazimova was a Russian actress who emigrated to the United States in 1905. On Broadway, she was noted for her work in the classic plays of Ibsen and Turgenev, her efforts at silent film production were less successful, but a few sound-film performances survive as a record of her art. Nazimova conducted relationships with women, her mansion on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard was believed to be the scene of outlandish parties, she is credited with having originated the phrase "sewing circle" as a discreet code for lesbian or bisexual actresses. She was born Marem-Ides Leventon in Yalta, Russian Empire. Although her accepted birth year is 1879, far from certain since there are different sources that indicate 1878 or 1876, her stage name Alla Nazimova was a combination of Alla and the surname of Nadezhda Nazimova, the heroine of the Russian novel Children of the Streets. She was known as just Nazimova, her name was sometimes transcribed as Alia Nasimoff. The youngest of three children born to Jewish parents Yakov Abramovich Leventon, a pharmacist, Sarah Leivievna Gorowitz, who moved to Yalta in 1870 from Kishinev, she grew up in a dysfunctional family.
Her parents divorced. After her parents separated, she was shuffled among boarding schools, foster relatives; as a teenager she began to pursue an interest in the theatre and took acting lessons at the Academy of Acting in Moscow. She joined Constantin Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre using the name of Alla Nazimova for the first time. Nazimova's theater career blossomed early, by 1903 she was a major star in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, she toured Europe, including London and Berlin, with her boyfriend Pavel Orlenev, a flamboyant actor and producer. In 1905 they founded a Russian-language theater on the Lower East Side; the venture was unsuccessful. She was signed up by the American producer Henry Miller and made her Broadway debut in New York City in 1906 to critical and popular success, her English-language premiere in November 1906 was in the title role of Hedda Gabler. She became popular and remained a major Broadway star for years acting in the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Anton Chekhov. Dorothy Parker described her as the finest Hedda Gabler she had seen.
Due to her notoriety in a 35-minute 1915 play entitled War Brides, Nazimova made her silent film debut in 1916 in the filmed version of the play, produced by Lewis J. Selznick, she was paid $1,000 a day and the film was a success. A young actor with a bit part in the movie was Richard Barthelmess, whose mother taught Nazimova English. Nazimova had encouraged him to try out for movies and he became a star. In 1917, she negotiated a contract with Metro Pictures, a precursor to MGM, that included a weekly salary of $13,000, she moved from New York to Hollywood, where she made a number of successful films for Metro that earned her considerable money. In 1927, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Nazimova soon felt confident enough in her abilities to begin producing and writing films in which she starred. In her film adaptations of works by such notable writers as Oscar Wilde and Ibsen, she developed her own filmmaking techniques, which were considered daring at the time, her projects, including A Doll's House, based on Ibsen, Salomé, based on Wilde's play, were critical and commercial failures.
By 1925, she could no longer afford to invest in more films and financial backers withdrew their support. Left with few options, she gave up on the film industry, returning to perform on Broadway, notably starring as Natalya Petrovna in Rouben Mamoulian's 1930 New York production of Turgenev's A Month in the Country and an acclaimed performance as Mrs. Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts, which critic Pauline Kael described as the greatest performance she had seen on the American stage. In the early 1940s, she appeared in a few more films, playing Robert Taylor's mother in Escape and Tyrone Power's mother in Blood and Sand; this late return to motion pictures preserves Nazimova and her art on sound film. In 1899 she married a fellow actor. From 1912 to 1925 Nazimova maintained a "lavender marriage" with Charles Bryant, a British-born actor. To bolster this arrangement with Bryant, Nazimova kept her marriage to Golovin secret from the press, her fans and her friends. In 1923, she arranged to divorce Golovin without traveling to the Soviet Union.
Her divorce papers, which arrived in the United States that summer, stated that on May 11, 1923, the marriage of "citizeness Leventon Alla Alexandrovna" and Sergius Arkadyevitch Golovin, "consummated between them in the City Church of Boruysk June 20, 1899", had been dissolved. A little over two years on November 16, 1925, Charles Bryant 43, surprised the press, Nazimova's fans and Nazimova herself by marrying Marjorie Gilhooley, 23, in Connecticut; when the press uncovered the fact that Charles had listed his current marital status as "single" on his marriage license, the revelation that the marriage between Alla and Charles had been a sham from the beginning embroiled Nazimova in a scandal that damaged her career. From 1917-22, Nazimova wielded considerable power in Hollywood, she helped start the careers of Jean Acker and Natacha Rambova. Although she was involved in an affair with Acker, it is debatable as to whether he
Donald Harvey Francks known as Iron Buffalo, was a Canadian actor and musician. Don Francks was born on February 28, 1932, shortly after his birth he was adopted, his mother worked at a music store and his father was an electrician. As a child, he performed on Vancouver radio doing imitations of singers. After dropping out of high school at age 15, he worked in several jobs. In 1955 he won a recurring role on the CBC television program Burns Chuckwagon from the Stampede Corral. After guest appearances on television shows during the late 1950s, he received his first lead role in the 1959–60 CBC program R. C. M. P. Playing Constable Bill Mitchell. During the 1960s he had roles on the American television programs Mission: Impossible, The Man from U. N. C. L. E; the Wild Wild West, Mannix. His most famous film part was in Francis Ford Coppola's adaptation of Finian's Rainbow, he acted on Broadway in On a Clear Day You Can See Kelly. In 1969 he rejected an offer to work with Katharine Hepburn in her only stage musical.
In 1962 Francks led Three, an avant-garde jazz trio with Lenny Breau on guitar and Eon Henstridge on double bass. The band performed in Toronto and New York City and appeared in the National Film Board documentary Toronto Jazz. In 1963 Franks released No One in This World Is Like Don Francks, his first solo album, recorded at the Village Vanguard in New York City; the title of the album derived from a remark made by Jackie Gleason when the trio performed on the April 23, 1963 The Jackie Gleason Show playing "Bye Bye Blackbird". Two years he recorded his second album, Lost... and Alone, with orchestral arrangements by Patrick Williams. He recorded 21st Century Francks, in 2002 at the Top o' the Senator in Toronto; the album was released in 2014. In 1962 Francks married Nancy Sue Johnson, they had a son and daughter before divorcing in 1967. While filming Finian's Rainbow Francks met Lili Clark, a dancer from San Francisco. After persuading her to travel with him to the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, the two married in a field on May 4, 1968.
Franks and Clark had a daughter, Cree Summer, a son, Rainbow Sun. During the 1970s Francks and Clark lived at Red Pheasant. During this time the Cree chief King Bird Baptiste gave Francks the name "Iron Buffalo", meaning "someone, strong, who knows where to go, who provides well for his family". An avid motorcycle rider, he had a collection of twelve antique cars Model-T Ford racing cars from 1912 to 1927, he was a poet, native nations champion and peace activist. He supported the Tibetan independence movement. After quitting alcohol at the age of 21, Francks smoked marijuana, performing a song called "Smoking Reefers"; as a spokesman for Other Voices in mid-1960s, he investigated a boy's murder at Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan. Francks died in Toronto on April 2016 of lung cancer. Francks composed songs and played trombone and flute, he performed in jazz clubs such as George's Spaghetti House in Toronto and the Village Vanguard in New York City, where he recorded the album Jackie Gleason Says No One in This World Is Like Don Francks.
In New York City he recorded Lost...and Alone. In August 1962 his avant-garde jazz group Three debuted unrehearsed at the Purple Onion coffeehouse in Toronto, Canada. Francks, Lenny Breau, Eon Henstridge were joined on stage by tap dancer Joey Hollingsworth; the evening was recorded live by Breau's manager, George B. Sukornyk, but wasn't released until 2004 under the name Live at the Purple Onion. A National Film Board documentary called Toronto Jazz included rehearsals and performances by Three and two other groups. Francks and Breau reprised Three in early 1968 in Toronto with bassist Dave Young in place of Eon Henstridge, who had died the year before. In 1999, Francks appeared in the documentary The Genius of Lenny Breau. Francks' acting career began with CBC Television as a regular on Burns Chuckwagon from the Stampede Corral and Riding High in the drama The Fast Ones. In 1957 he had a part in the American series The Adventures of Tugboat Annie back to Canada in 1958 for Cannonball and Long Shot.
In 1959–60 he starred in the CBC-TV series R. C. M. P. Playing Constable Bill Mitchell. In 1968 he co-starred with Petula Clark in the film version of Finian's Rainbow; this Land was a CBC-TV documentary series on Canadian nature, natural resources, life in remote communities. Francks was the narrator, he portrayed writer Grey Owl, returning fifty years after his death to be disturbed by the ecological deterioration. From 1997 to 2001, he played "Walter" in La Femme Nikita. Early television credits include: Mission: Impossible, Wild Wild West, several other episodic television appearances. In the 2015 six-part series Gangland Undercover on the History Channel, he played "Lizard", his film work includes My Bloody Valentine and Johnny Mnemonic. On February 16, 1964, he appeared on Broadway in the title role of the musical Kelly, as a daredevil planning to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge; the show was the first on Broadway in a generation to close on opening night. Francks played Archie Goodwin with Mavor Moore as Nero Wolfe for a 1982 series on Canadian radio.
He provided the voice of "Skunk" in My Dad the Rock Star. According to differing sources, either Francks or Gabriel Dell was the uncredited actor providing the voice of Boba Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter, in the Star Wars Holiday Sp