Patricia Dane was an American film actress of the 1940s. Dane was born Thelma Pearl Pippins in Blountstown and was known as Thelma Byrnes after her stepfather, she began her career designing clothes for a New York City dress firm and was signed to an MGM contract in 1941. Dane's earliest appearances were two uncredited roles in Ziegfeld Girl and I'll Wait for You, she played the part of "Jennitt Hicks" in Life Begins for Andy Hardy and her well-received performance earned her a long-term contract. Dane played "Garnet" in Johnny Eager directed by Mervyn LeRoy; the film starred Lana Turner. Dane received favorable press for her acting in Grand Central Murder, in which she was billed second to Van Heflin. Dane took a break from her film career, her MGM contract lapsed in 1945. Following her divorce from Dorsey, she resumed her movie career at the low-budget Monogram Pictures studio with Joe Palooka in Fighting Mad. Dane appeared in two television roles for Fireside Theater and Flight Thirteen, both 1951.
Her final film appearances were uncredited parts in Road to Bali and The Harder They Fall. Dane died in 1995 in Blountstown, aged 75, from lung cancer. Long Beach, Release Attachment on Patricia Dane's Salary, August 18, 1944, Page 21. Oakland, California Tribune, If the Dane's Not Great She Can Always Design Clothes, June 14, 1942, Page 65. Oakland Tribune, On the First Rung of the Ladder, January 24, 1943, Page 41. Oakland Tribune and Entrances, October 9, 1947, Page 29. Olivia R. Vickery, 1st cousin and owner of her effects after her death. Tallahassee Democrat, The Stories She Can Tell, May 29, 1988, Page 85 Patricia Dane on IMDb Patricia Dane at Find a Grave
Top Speed (film)
Top Speed is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical comedy film released by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. It was based on a 1929 stage musical of the same name by Guy Bolton and Bert Kalmar; the film stars Joe E. Brown, Bernice Claire, Jack Whiting, Laura Lee, Frank McHugh. Elmer Peters and Gerald Brooks, bond clerks on a weekend vacation, are on the run from a local sheriff after Elmer attempts to fish in a "no fishing" area; the two men arrive at an expensive hotel where they rescue Virginia Rollins and Babs Green, who have just been involved in a car accident. Gerald falls in love with Virginia, Elmer falls for Babs, the two fugitives decide to remain at the hotel for the rest of the weekend. Elmer begins boasting to hotel personnel. Virginia's father owns a speedboat. After he fires his pilot, whom he caught taking a bribe, Virginia convinces her father to let Gerald pilot the boat. A competitor, Spencer Colgate, discovers that Gerald is a fraud and threatens to expose him unless he accepts $30,000 to throw the race.
Gerald, unable to refuse such a princely sum, agrees. Virginia and her father learn during the race. After he wins, Gerald comes clean, all is forgiven; the film was completed as a full musical. However, due to increasing disfavor towards that genre from the public, Warners chose to make many cuts to the film and much of the original music is missing or truncated; the Warner re-cut survives in the Library of Congress collection. The film survives only in the cut version, released in late 1930 by Warner Brothers, with most of the musical numbers removed. Due to the backlash against musicals, Warner Bros. chose to cut most of the musical sequences before releasing the film. The film was released as a full musical outside of the United States, where a backlash against musicals never occurred, it is unknown. The complete soundtrack to the International Sound Version survives at the UCLA Film and Television Archive on Vitaphone disks. "If You Were a Traveling Salesman and I Were a Chambermaid" "Knock Knees" "Looking for the Lovelight in the Dark" "As Long as I Have You and You Have Me" "Goodness Gracious" "I'll Know and She'll Know" "Keep Your Undershirt On" "What Would I Care?"
"Sweeter Than You" "Reaching For the Moon" Top Speed on IMDb synopsis at AllMovie
Diana Lewis was an American film actress and an Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player. The daughter of vaudeville performers, Lewis was born in New Jersey, she attended Fairfax High School in West Hollywood. Lewis began her film career in It's a Gift and worked over the next few years in minor roles, her more notable films include It's a Gift, Gold Diggers in Paris, Go West, Johnny Eager. She was the love interest of Andy Hardy as Daphne Fowler in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante. Lewis met actor William Powell, 27 years her senior, at MGM in 1940, they married after a courtship of just 3 weeks, she retired from acting in 1943. The couple remained together for 44 years until Powell's death at age 91 in 1984. Lewis died from pancreatic cancer in Rancho Mirage, aged 77, she was interred at Cathedral City's Desert Memorial Park in Riverside County, alongside Powell, her stepson, William David Powell. Lewis was an active supporter of women's golf and the LPGA; the LPGA's William and Mousie Powell Award is named in honor of the Powells.
In 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, Walk of Stars was dedicated to her. Diana Lewis on IMDb
Glenda Farrell was an American actress of film and theater. She is best known for her role as Torchy Blane in the Warner Bros. Torchy Blane film series and the Academy Award-nominated films Little Caesar, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Lady for a Day. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Farrell appeared in over 100 films and television series, as well as numerous Broadway plays, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 8, 1960, won an Emmy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in the television series Ben Casey in 1963. Farrell was born to Charles and Wilhelmina "Minnie" Farrell, of Irish and German descent, in Enid, Oklahoma. After her family moved to Wichita, Farrell began acting on stage with a theatrical company at age seven, playing the role of Little Eva in the play Uncle Tom's Cabin, she received a formal education at the Mount Carmel Catholic Academy. When her family moved to San Diego, she joined the Virginia Brissac Stock Company. Farrell made the third honor roll in Motion Picture Magazine’s "Fame and Fortune Contest."
Her picture and biography were featured in the magazine’s April 1919 issue, which stated that Farrell had some experience in the chorus and camp entertainments. In 1928, Farrell was cast as the lead actress in the play The Spider and made her film debut in a minor role in Lucky Boy. Farrell moved to New York City in 1929, where she replaced Erin O'Brien-Moore as Marion Hardy in Aurania Rouverol's play Skidding; the play served as the basis for the Andy Hardy film series. By April 1929, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. Farrell appeared in a number of other plays, including Divided Honors and Love, Honor and Betray with George Brent, Alice Brady, Clark Gable. In 1930, she starred in the comedy short film The Lucky Break with Harry Fox, in July 1930 Film Daily announced that Farrell had been cast in Mervyn LeRoy's film Little Caesar as the female lead, Olga Stassoff. Afterward, she starred in On the Spot at the Forrest Theater. At the time, Farrell conceded that motion pictures offered immense salaries, but felt the theater was the foundation of the actor's profession.
She appeared in several more plays, in 1932, starred in the hit play Life Begins. Her performance in the play caught the attention of Jack Warner, who signed her to a long-term contract with the Warner Bros. film studio and cast her to recreate the role in Warner Bros.' Film adaptation of Life Begins that year. Farrell did not return to the stage until 1939. In her first two years with Warner Bros. Farrell starred in 17 films, including Girl Missing, Gambling Ship, Man's Castle opposite Spencer Tracy, Columbia Pictures' Lady for a Day by director Frank Capra. Farrell worked on four films at once and managed to transition from one role to another effortlessly, she worked in over 20 movies between 1934 and 1936, starring in films such as Go into Your Dance, Little Big Shot, High Tension. She appeared with Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in the Academy Award-nominated Gold Diggers of 1935 and Gold Diggers of 1937 musical film series. Farrell was close friends with fellow Warner Bros. actress Joan Blondell, throughout the early 1930s, they were paired as bombshell comedy duo in a series of five Warner Bros. movies: Havana Widows, Kansas City Princess, Traveling Saleslady, We're in the Money, Miss Pacific Fleet.
Farrell and Blondell co-starred in a total of nine films. Together, they came to personify the sassy, wisecracking dames of'30s and'40s film. In 1937, Farrell was given her own film series as Torchy Blane the fast-talking newspaper reporter. In this role, she was promoted as being able to speak 400 words in 40 seconds. Warner Bros. began to develop a film adaptation of "MacBride and Kennedy" stories by detective novelist Frederick Nebel in 1936. For the film version, Kennedy is changed to a woman named Teresa "Torchy" Blane and in love with MacBride's character. Director Frank MacDonald knew whom he wanted for the role of Torchy Blane. Farrell had proved that she could play hard-boiled reporters in Mystery of the Wax Museum and Hi, Nellie!. She was cast as Torchy with Barton MacLane playing detective Steve McBride in the first Torchy Blane film, Smart Blonde. On her portrayal of the Torchy Blane character, Farrell said in her 1969 Time interview: So before I undertook to do the first Torchy, I determined to create a real human being—and not an exaggerated comedy type.
I met those who watched them work on visits to New York City. They were young, intelligent and attractive. By making Torchy true to life, I tried to create a character unique in movies. Smart Blonde was a surprise became a popular second feature with moviegoers. Warner Bros. starred her in several more Torchy Blane movies opposite Barton MacLane. She portrayed Torchy in seven films from 1937 to 1939; the films took Farrell's popularity to a new level. She was received a huge amount of fan mail for the films. Along with starring in the Torchy Blane series, Farrell appeared in a number of other films, including Breakfast for Two, Hollywood Hotel, Prison Break. Additionally, she performed in several radio series, including Vanity and Playhouse in 1937, Manhattan Latin with Humphrey Bogart in 1938. Farrell was elected to a one-year term as the honorary mayor of North Hollywood in 1937, beating her competition Bing Crosby and Lewis Stone by a three-to-one margin. Despite the fact that
Barry Nelson was an American actor, noted as the first actor to portray Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond. Nelson was born in San Francisco, the son of Norwegian immigrants and Trygve Nielsen His year of birth has been subject to some debate, but his 1943 Army enlistment record and his 1993 voter registration records list 1917 as the year of his birth, he began acting in school at the age of 15. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1941 and, because of his theatrical efforts in school, was immediately signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. With MGM, Nelson made his screen debut in the role as Paul Clark in Shadow of the Thin Man starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, with Donna Reed, he followed that with his role as Lew Rankin in the film noir Johnny Eager starring Robert Taylor and Lana Turner. He played the lead in A Yank on the Burma Road. During his service in the United States Army in World War II, Nelson debuted on the Broadway stage in Moss Hart's play Winged Victory in the role of Bobby Grills.
His next Broadway appearance was as Peter Sloan in Hart's Light Up the Sky. He appeared on Broadway with Barbara Bel Geddes in the original Broadway production of The Moon is Blue. During the play's run, he starred in a CBS half-hour drama called The Hunter, premiering in July 1952, he played Bart Adams, a wealthy young American whose business activities involved him in a series of adventures. He appeared with Lauren Bacall in the Abe Burrows comedy Cactus Flower in 1965 and with Dorothy Loudon in The Fig Leaves Are Falling in 1969. Another Broadway role, that of Gus Hammer in The Rat Race, kept Nelson away from the movies again, but after it closed, he starred in the dual roles as Chick Graham and Bert Rand in The Man with My Face, he was the first actor to play James Bond on screen in a 1954 adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale on the television anthology series Climax!. This was considered a pilot for a possible James Bond television series, though it is not known if Nelson intended to continue playing the character.
Nelson played James Bond as an American agent whom some in the program call "Jimmy". In 2004, Nelson said, "At that time, no one had heard of James Bond... I was scratching my head wondering. I hadn't read the book or anything like that because it wasn't well-known." Bond did not become well known in the U. S. until President John F. Kennedy listed From Russia, with Love among his 10 favorite books in a March 17, 1961, Life article; the program featured Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre, the primary villain. Nelson noted the opportunity to work with Lorre was the reason he took the role. Broadcast live, the production was believed lost until a kinescope emerged in the 1980s, it was released to home video and is available on DVD as a bonus feature with the 1967 film adaptation of the novel. Nelson played the lead in a 20-episode television series Hudson's Bay, which featured George Tobias as his sidekick. Nelson appeared as Grant Decker in "Threat of Evil", a 1960 episode of The DuPont Show with June Allyson.
His additional television credits include guest appearances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, Dr. Kildare, years played a hobo on an episode of The Ropers, he appeared on television in the 1960s, having been one of the What's My Line? Mystery guests and serving as a guest panelist on that popular CBS quiz show. From 1963 to 1966, he hosted portions of the NBC Radio program Monitor. Nelson appeared in screen versions of Mary, Mary. In 1978, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Dan Connors in the Broadway musical The Act with Liza Minnelli, his final appearance on Broadway was as Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. William Goldman, in his 1968 book The Season, called Nelson a consummately professional actor. "He was a naturalistic, believable actor," said his agent, Francis Delduca. "He was good at both comedy and the serious stuff."Among his other film credits were Airport and The Shining, he appeared on television series such as Murder, She Wrote, Dallas and Magnum, P.
I. Nelson had two wives, actress Teresa Celli, from whom he was divorced in 1951, Nansilee Hoy, to whom he was married until his death. Nelson and his second wife divided their time between homes in New France. Barry Nelson died on April 7, 2007, while traveling in Bucks County, nine days before his 90th birthday; the cause of his death was not known. The Hunter My Favorite Husband Hudson's Bay Barry Nelson on IMDb Barry Nelson at the Internet Broadway Database Barry Nelson at the Internet Broadway Database Barry Nelson obituary at MI6.co.uk
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry; the award was traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Supporting Actress winner. At the 9th Academy Awards ceremony held in 1937, Walter Brennan was the first winner of this award for his role in Come and Get It. Winners in both supporting acting categories were awarded plaques instead of statuettes. Beginning with the 16th ceremony held in 1944, winners received full-sized statuettes. Nominees are determined by single transferable vote within the actors branch of AMPAS. Since its inception, the award has been given to 74 actors. Brennan has received the most awards in this category with three awards. Brennan, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Arthur Kennedy, Jack Nicholson, Claude Rains were nominated on four occasions, more than any other actor.
As of the 2019 ceremony, Mahershala Ali is the most recent winner in this category for his role as Don Shirley in Green Book. In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, correspond to the year of film release in Los Angeles County. All Academy Award acting nominees BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Crouse, Richard. Reel Winners: Movie Award Trivia. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-1-55002-574-3. Kinn, Gail.
Paul Stewart (actor)
Paul Stewart was an American character actor and producer who worked in theatre, radio and television. He portrayed cynical and sinister characters throughout his career. A friend and associate of Orson Welles for many years, Stewart helped Welles get his first job in radio and was associate producer of the celebrated radio program "The War of the Worlds", in which he performed. One of the Mercury Theatre players who made their film debut in Welles's landmark film Citizen Kane, Stewart portrayed Kane's butler and valet, Raymond, he appeared in 50 films, performed in or directed some 5,000 radio and television shows. Paul Stewart was born in New York, on March 13, 1908, as Paul Sternberg, his parents were Maurice D. Sternberg, a salesman and credit agent for a textile manufacturer, Nathalie C. Sternberg. Stewart completed two years at Columbia University, studying law, he had received first place in the Belasco Theatre Tournament in 1925 and decided on an acting career. Stewart began his stage career in New York as teenager.
He made his Broadway debut in Subway Express. He next appeared in Two Seconds, adapted as a film the next year. In 1932, after two additional Broadway credits, Stewart moved to Cincinnati and went to work at radio station WLW. There, in 1928, radio pioneer Fred Smith had created the program Newscasting, which in 1931 evolved into the popular national news series, The March of Time. For 13 months Stewart worked in all aspects of radio production at WLW — acting, directing, producing and creating sound effects; when he returned to New York he was on The March of Time and a member of radio's elite corps of actors. In 1934, Stewart introduced Orson Welles to director Knowles Entrikin, who gave Welles his first job on radio, on The American School of the Air. "I'd been turning up for auditions and never landing a job until I met Paul Stewart," Welles recalled. "He's a lovely man. He can't be given too much credit."In March 1935 Stewart saw Welles's stage performance in Archibald MacLeish's verse play Panic, recommended him to director Homer Fickett.
Welles was auditioned and hired to join the repertory company that presented The March of Time."It was like a stock company, whose members were the aristocrats of this new profession of radio acting," wrote fellow actor Joseph Julian. At that time Julian had to content himself with being an indistinguishable voice in crowd scenes, envying this "hallowed circle" that included Stewart, Kenny Delmar, Arlene Francis, Gary Merrill, Agnes Moorehead, Jeanette Nolan, Everett Sloane, Richard Widmark, Art Carney, Ray Collins, Pedro de Cordoba, Ted de Corsia, Juano Hernandez, Nancy Kelly, John McIntire, Jack Smart and Dwight Weist; the March of Time was one of radio's most popular shows. Stewart was a founder of the American Federation of Radio Artists in August 1937, one of its inaugural officers, he was a frequent delegate at the national convention. He was a board member of the Screen Actors Guild, a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Stewart played various roles throughout Welles's memorable tenure as Lamont Cranston in The Shadow.
In 1938 Welles expanded the range of the Mercury Theatre from Broadway to network radio with his CBS series, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, Stewart became his associate producer. In addition to playing a number of roles in the drama series and its sponsored continuation, The Campbell Playhouse, Stewart made significant contributions to the celebrated broadcast, "The War of the Worlds", as rehearsal director, actor and co-writer. Welles said that Stewart deserved the largest share of the credit for the quality of "The War of the Worlds". On January 14, 1939, in Arlington, Stewart married actress and singer Peg LaCentra, a vocalist with Artie Shaw's first orchestra who worked in radio and television; that September Welles called Stewart in New York. "The telephone rang and I heard the unmistakable voice of Orson Welles, speaking from California," Stewart recalled:Well, when Orson said he had a part for you, you went. So I left New York to play my first role in a picture at three weeks' guarantee.
I was on Citizen Kane for 11 weeks. ... My first shot was a close-up. I was rigged with tube that went under my clothes and down my finger to the cigarette, but somehow the contraption wouldn't exude smoke. "I want long cigarettes — the Russian kind!" Orson ordered. Everyone waited. Just before the scene Orson Welles warned me: "Your head is going to fill the screen at the Radio City Music Hall" — at that time Citizen Kane was booked for the Music Hall, he said in his gruff manner, "Turn'em." But just before I started, he added in his warm voice, "Good luck." I blew the first take. It was 30, 40 takes; that was 30 years ago, but today I have people repeat it to me, including young students. The line was: "Rosebud … I'll tell you about Rosebud …" Stewart's most famous role is his screen debut as Raymond, the cynical butler in Citizen Kane. Actress Ruth Warrick, who portrayed Kane's first wife, remembered Stewart saying to her at the film's New York premiere, "From this night on, wherever we go or whatever we do in our lives, we will always be identified with Citizen Kane."On the stage, Stewart app