Carmel Myers was an American actress who achieved her greatest successes in silent film. Myers was born in the daughter of an Australian rabbi and Austrian Jewish mother, her father became well-connected with California's emerging film industry, introduced her to film pioneer D. W. Griffith, who gave Carmel a small part in Intolerance. Myers got her brother Zion Myers into Hollywood as a writer/director. Myers left for New York City, where she acted in theater for the next two years, she was signed by Universal. Her most popular film from this period—which does not feature her in a vamp role—is the romantic comedy All Night, opposite Rudolph Valentino, a little-known actor, she worked with him in A Society Sensation. By 1924, she was working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, making such films as Broadway After Dark, which starred Adolphe Menjou, Norma Shearer, Anna Q. Nilsson. In 1925, she appeared in arguably her most famous role, that of the Egyptian vamp Iras in Ben-Hur, who tries to seduce both Messala and Ben-Hur himself.
This film was a boost to her career, she appeared in major roles throughout the 1920s, including Tell It to the Marines in 1926 with Lon Chaney, Sr. William Haines, Eleanor Boardman. Myers appeared in Four Walls and Dream of Love, both with Joan Crawford in 1928. Myers had a successful sound career in supporting roles due to her image as a vamp rather than as a sympathetic heroine. Subsequently, she began giving more attention to her private life following the birth of her son in May 1932. Amongst her popular sound films are Svengali and The Mad Genius, both with John Barrymore and Marian Marsh, a small role in 1944's The Conspirators, which featured Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet. Myers surfaced in the entertainment world again in 1951, with a short-lived DuMont Television Network show called The Carmel Myers Show, which followed the interview format. After its cancellation, Myers focused on a career in real estate and her own perfume distribution company. In 1976, Myers was one of the few silent stars who were cast in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood, a comedy featuring cameos by dozens of Hollywood stars of the past.
Myers married Isidore "I. B." Kornblum in 1919. Myers and attorney Ralph H. Blum married in 1929 and had three children: author Ralph H. Blum, known for his works on divination through Norse runes, two adopted daughters and radio personality Susan Adams Kennedy and television producer Mary Cossette. Myers and Blum purchased Gloria Swanson's Sunset Boulevard home. After Blum's death, Myers married Paramount Pictures executive Al Schwalberg. Myers died in 1980 at the age of 81, she was buried near her parents at Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles. Carmel Myers on IMDb Carmel Myers at the Internet Broadway Database Carmel Myers Photo Gallery at Silent-Movies.org Carmel Myers at Virtual History
Marion Mitchell Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed'Duke', was an American actor and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. He was among the top box office draws for three decades. Wayne grew up in Southern California, he was president of Glendale High School class of 1925. He found work at local film studios when he lost his football scholarship to the University of Southern California as a result of a bodysurfing accident working for the Fox Film Corporation, he appeared in bit parts, but his first leading role came in Raoul Walsh's Western The Big Trail, an early widescreen film epic, a box-office failure. Only leading roles in numerous B movies followed during the 1930s, most of them Westerns. Wayne's career was rejuvenated, he starred in 142 motion pictures altogether, including the dozens with his name above the title produced before 1939. According to one biographer, "John Wayne personified for millions the nation's frontier heritage. Eighty-three of his movies were Westerns, in them he played cowboys and unconquerable loners extracted from the Republic's central creation myth."Wayne's other roles in Westerns include a cattleman driving his herd on the Chisholm Trail in Red River, a Civil War veteran whose niece is abducted by a tribe of Comanches in The Searchers, a troubled rancher competing with a lawyer for a woman's hand in marriage in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a cantankerous one-eyed marshal in True Grit.
He is remembered for his roles in The Quiet Man, Rio Bravo with Dean Martin, The Longest Day. In his final screen performance, he starred as an aging gunfighter battling cancer in The Shootist, he appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era, made his last public appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony on April 9, 1979. Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 1907 at 224 South Second Street in Winterset, Iowa; the local paper, Winterset Madisonian, reported on page 4 of the edition of May 30, 1907 that Wayne weighed 13 lbs. at birth. His middle name was soon changed from Robert to Mitchell when his parents decided to name their next son Robert. Wayne's father, Clyde Leonard Morrison, was the son of American Civil War veteran Marion Mitchell Morrison. Wayne's mother, the former Mary "Molly" Alberta Brown, was from Nebraska. Wayne's ancestry included English and Irish, he was raised Presbyterian. Wayne's family moved to Palmdale, in 1916 to Glendale at 404 Isabel Street, where his father worked as a pharmacist.
He attended Glendale Union High School where he performed well in academics. Wayne was part of its debating team, he was the president of the Latin Society and contributed to the school's newspaper sports column. A local fireman at the station on his route to school in Glendale started calling him "Little Duke" because he never went anywhere without his huge Airedale Terrier, Duke, he preferred "Duke" to "Marion", the nickname stuck. Wayne attended Wilson Middle School in Glendale; as a teen, he worked in an ice cream shop for a man. He was active as a member of the Order of DeMolay, he played football for the 1924 league champion Glendale High School team. Wayne applied to the U. S. Naval was not accepted. Instead, he attended the University of Southern California, he was a member of the Trojan Knights and Sigma Chi fraternities. Wayne played on the USC football team under coach Howard Jones. A broken collarbone injury curtailed his athletic career, he lost his athletic scholarship, without funds, had to leave the university.
As a favor to USC football coach Howard Jones, who had given silent western film star Tom Mix tickets to USC games, director John Ford and Mix hired Wayne as a prop boy and extra. Wayne credited his walk and persona to his acquaintance with Wyatt Earp, good friends with Tom Mix. Wayne soon moved to bit parts, establishing a longtime friendship with the director who provided most of those roles, John Ford. Early in this period he had a minor, uncredited role as a guard in the 1926 film Bardelys the Magnificent. Wayne appeared with his USC teammates playing football in Brown of Harvard, The Dropkick, Salute and Columbia's Maker of Men. While working for Fox Film Corporation in bit roles, Wayne was given on-screen credit as "Duke Morrison" only once, in Words and Music. Director Raoul Walsh saw him moving studio furniture while working as a prop boy and cast him in his first starring role in The Big Trail. For his screen name, Walsh suggested "Anthony Wayne", after Revolutionary War general "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
Fox Studios chief Winfield Sheehan rejected it as sounding "too Italian". Walsh suggested "John Wayne". Sheehan agreed, the name was set. Wayne was not present for the discussion, his pay was raised to $105 a week. The Big Trail was to be the first big-budget outdoor spectacle of the sound era, made at a then-staggering cost of over $2 million, using hundreds of extras and wide vistas of the American southwest, still unpopulated at the time. To take advantage of the breathtaking scenery, it was filmed in two versions, a standard 35 mm version and another in the new 70 mm Grandeur film p
Philip Merivale was an English film and stage actor and screenwriter. Merivale was a respected stage actor. Merivale appeared in twenty films and scripted one, he died from a heart ailment aged 59. He was twice married: the actress Viva Birkett. Pygmalion - Henry Higgins Pollyanna - Pendleton Mary of Scotland - James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell Valley Forge - George Washington Trilby - Taffy Wynne Whispering Shadows - Stephen Pryde I Love You Wednesday - Give Us This Night - Marcello Bonelli All In Mr. & Mrs. Smith - Mr. Ashley Custer Rage in Heaven - Mr. Higgins Pacific Blackout - John Runnel Lady for a Night - Stephen Alderson This Above All - Dr. Roger Cathaway Crossroads - Commissaire Hangmen Also Die! - Policeman This Land Is Mine - Professor Sorel Lost Angel - Professor Peter Vincent The Hour Before the Dawn - Sir Leslie Buchanon Nothing But Trouble - Prince Saul Tonight and Every Night - Reverend Gerald Lundy Adventure - Old Ramon Estado The Stranger - Judge Adam Longstreet Sister Kenny - Dr. Brack Philip Merivale on IMDb Philip Merivale at the Internet Broadway Database Philip Merivale at Find a Grave
Harry Montagu Love credited as Montagu Love, was an English screen and vaudeville actor. Born in Portsmouth, Love was the son of Harry Love and Fanny Louisa Love, née Poad. Educated in Great Britain, Love began his career as an artist and military correspondent with his first important job as a London newspaper cartoonist. Love honed basic stage talents in London, in 1913 sailed to the Canada and crossed the border into the United States in November with a road-company production of Cyril Maude's Grumpy, he was cast in heartless villain roles. In the 1920s, he played with Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik, opposite John Barrymore in Don Juan, appeared with Lillian Gish in 1928's The Wind, he portrayed'Colonel Ibbetson' in Forever, the silent film version of Peter Ibbetson. Love was one of the more successful villains in silent films. One of Love's first sound films was the part-talkie The Mysterious Island co-starring Lionel Barrymore. In 1937, he played Henry VIII in the first talking film version of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper, with Errol Flynn.
Love played the bigoted Bishop of the Black Canons in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Flynn. However, he played gruff authoritarian figures, such as Monsieur Cavaignac, contrary to history, demands the resignation of those responsible for the Dreyfus coverup, in The Life of Emile Zola, as well as Don Alejandro de la Vega, whose son appears to be a fop but is Zorro, in the 1940 version of The Mark of Zorro, starring Tyrone Power. In 1941, he played a doctor in Shining Victory, which starred James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Donald Crisp. In 1939's Gunga Din, it is Montagu Love who reads the final stanza of Rudyard Kipling's original poem over the body of the slain Din. Love's last film to be released, was released three years after his death aged 63 in 1943, he was interred at Chapel of the Pines Crematory. His last acting stint was on Wings Over the Pacific. Montagu Love on IMDb Silent Ladies & Gents Montagu Love at the Internet Broadway Database Montagu Love at Find a Grave Montagu Love at Virtual History
Rose Joan Blondell was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She began her career in vaudeville. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Bros. pictures, appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, during this time, she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold diggers. Blondell continued acting in major film roles for the rest of her life in small character roles or supporting television roles, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil. Near the end of her life, Blondell was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Cassavetes's Opening Night, she featured in roles in two more films — Grease and The Champ — released shortly before her death from leukemia.
Rose Joan Blondell was born in New York to a vaudeville family, gave her birthdate as August 30, 1909. Her father, Levi Bluestein, a vaudeville comedian, known as Ed Blondell, was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1866, he toured for many years starring in Fennessy's stage version of The Katzenjammer Kids. Blondell's mother was Kathryn Cain, born April 1884, in Brooklyn, of Irish American parents, her younger sister, Gloria Blondell an actress, was married to film producer Albert R. Broccoli. Blondell had a brother, Ed Blondell, Jr, her cradle was a property trunk as her parents moved from place to place and she made her first appearance on stage at the age of four months when she was carried on in a cradle as the daughter of Peggy Astaire in The Greatest Love. Her family comprised a vaudeville troupe, the "Bouncing Blondells". Joan had spent a year in Honolulu and six years in Australia and had seen much of the world by the time her family, on tour, settled in Dallas, when she was a teenager.
Under the name Rosebud Blondell, she won the 1926 Miss Dallas pageant, was a finalist in an early version of the Miss Universe pageant in May 1926, placed fourth for Miss America 1926 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September of that same year. She attended Santa Monica High School, where she acted in school plays and worked as an editor on the yearbook staff. While there, she went by the name Rosebud Blondell, she attended what is now the University of North Texas a teacher's college, in Denton, where her mother was a local stage actress. Around 1927, she returned to New York, worked as a fashion model, a circus hand, a clerk in a store, joined a stock company to become an actress, performed on Broadway. In 1930, she starred with James Cagney in Penny Arcade on Broadway. Penny Arcade lasted only three weeks, but Al Jolson saw it and bought the rights to the play for $20,000, he sold the rights to Warner Bros. with the proviso that Blondell and Cagney be cast in the film version. Placed under contract by Warner Bros. she moved to Hollywood, where studio boss Jack L.
Warner wanted her to change her name to "Inez Holmes". She began to appear in short subjects, was named as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1931. Blondell was paired with James Cagney in such films as Sinners' Holiday – the film version of Penny Arcade – and The Public Enemy, was one-half of a gold-digging duo with Glenda Farrell in nine films. During the Great Depression, Blondell was one of the highest-paid individuals in the United States, her stirring rendition of "Remember My Forgotten Man" in the Busby Berkeley production of Gold Diggers of 1933, in which she co-starred with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, became an anthem for the frustrations of the unemployed and the government's failed economic policies. In 1937, she starred opposite Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen. By the end of the decade, she had made nearly 50 films, she left Warner Bros. in 1939. In 1943, Blondell returned to Broadway as the star of Mike Todd's short-lived production of The Naked Genius, a comedy written by Gypsy Rose Lee.
She was well received in her films, despite being relegated to character and supporting roles after 1945, when she was billed below the title for the first time in 14 years in Adventure, which starred Clark Gable and Greer Garson. She was featured prominently in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Nightmare Alley. In 1948, she left the screen for three years and concentrated on theatre, performing in summer stock and touring with Cole Porter's musical, Something for the Boys, she reprised her role of Aunt Sissy in the musical version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for the national tour, starred opposite Tallulah Bankhead in the play Crazy October and played the nagging mother, Mae Peterson, in the national tour of Bye Bye Birdie. Blondell returned to Hollywood in 1950, her performance in her next film, The Blue Veil, earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She played supporting roles in The Opposite Sex, Desk Set, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. She received considerable acclaim for her performance as Lady Fingers in Norman Jewison's The Cincinnati Kid, garnering a Golden Globe nomination and National Board of Review win for Best Supporting Actress.
John Cassavetes cast her as aging playwright in his film Opening Night. Blondell was seen in two films released not long before her death and the remake of The Champ with Jon Voight and Rick Schroder, she appeared in two films released after her death, The Glove and The Woman Ins
Dorothy Burgess was an American stage and motion picture actress. Born in Los Angeles in 1907, Burgess was a niece of Fay Bainter. On her father's side she was related to David C. Montgomery of Montgomery and Stone, her grandfather was Sr.. He came to Los Angeles in 1893, his home was at 637 West 41st Place. He was born in England, her dad was H. A. Burgess, a pioneer air transport executive. For a decade he was an assistant to Harris M. Hanshue, who founded Western Air Express, was its first president. Burgess studied drawing and sculpture at Mrs. Dow's School in Briarcliff Manor, New York, her talent in the three artistic disciplines was evident in the creative objects which decorated her Hollywood apartment. Burgess and her mother, resided in a home in Malibu, California, in 1932. Burgess made her stage debut in a walk-on role in support of Bainter, she first came to light as a specialty dancer in The Music Box Revue. Burgess played a 17-year-old in the comedy, The Adorable Liar, staged at the 49th Street Theater in August 1926.
It was her first appearance in New York City. Her knowledge of the stage was proficient and she combined this with ample charm and attractiveness. Burgess was co-featured in a stock company managed by George Cukor and George Kondolf at the Lyceum Theatre in Rochester, New York, during the summer of 1928, her co-star was Henry Hull. The actors opened in Broadway on April 30, she learned about being a character actor in stock, along with adapting her voice and mannerisms to each new role. Burgess played the title role in Lulu Belle, in Los Angeles. Burgess was given star billing by David Belasco in Lulu Belle; the play was performed at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles in October 1929. Burgess depicted a Mexican girl in The Broken Wing, a Paul Dickerson romantic comedy, staged at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, in July 1931, she was typecast as a Spanish woman so much that one reviewer commented that there was a Spanish onion or a Mexican chili pepper in her family tree. However, offstage she was much more a typical American co-ed than the Carmanesque young ladies, who she played.
She made Hollywood her permanent home. Fox Film acquired her services and she debuted in In Old Arizona, the first of the outdoor talking films. Burgess portrayed the Mexican minx, desired by both Edmund Lowe and Warner Baxter. A reviewer noted; the first film made in the Movietone sound system, it was a romance of the old southwest. In May 1929 two large lamps mounted on a tripod toppled over on a sound stage where Burgess was working at the Fox Movietone Studio, she was cut over her left eye by one of the incandescent lamps. Burgess was rushed to a studio hospital. Burgess won the feminine lead in Beyond Victory; the Pathé Pictures release featured William Boyd as the leading man. In December 1931 Burgess signed with First National Pictures for a significant role in Play-Girl, which had a screen story by Maude Fulton; the movie was produced by First National. Burgess had a featured role as a romantic rival of Jean Harlow in Hold Your Man starring Clark Gable. Burgess appeared in Swing High, Taxi!, Ladies They Talk About, Strictly Personal, Headline Shooter, Night Flight, Black Moon, Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen.
Burgess acted with Lowe and Nancy Carroll in the Paramount Pictures release, I Love That Man, directed by Harry Joe Brown and produced by Charles R. Rogers. Burgess strained ligaments in her back and shoulders during filming at Universal Pictures studio in July 1933, she was performing fight scenes with Sally O'Neil. Burgess appeared with Richard Barthelmess and Jean Muir in A Modern Hero, which deals with a young circus rider. Gambling starred George M. Cohan, was produced by Harold B. Franklin at the Eastern Services Studios in Astoria, Queens. Burgess played the part of Dorothy Kane, her role as'Trixie' in The Lone Star Ranger represented a return to playing a dance hall girl, as she did in In Old Arizona. The film was produced by Twentieth Century-Fox. Burgess became engaged to movie director Clarence Brown in 1932, she was involved in a romance with wealthy New York jeweler Jules Galenzer in 1934. Burgess was charged with manslaughter following an auto accident. 17-year-old Louise Manfredi died in the wreck, in San Francisco, on the night of December 23, 1932.
Burgess, driving alone, collided with a car driven by 18-year-old, Andrew Salz, a student at the University of California-Berkeley. Burgess' hearing was postponed and her bail was fixed at $50, she was placed in a San Francisco sanitorium. Salz and Burgess each accused the other of responsibility for the accident. Burgess was sued by Italo Manfredi and his wife, Marie, in January 1933, they sought $25,000 in damages. A compromise payment of $6,150 was approved by the San Francisco Superior Court in August 1933. Earlier a compromise amounting to $6,000 was agreed upon for damages claimed by 18-year-old swimmer, Betty Lou Davis, injured in the same accident. In May 1961, Dorothy Burgess was brought to the hospital from her home in California, but just months on August 21, 1961, she died at the Riverside County General Hospital in Riverside, California. She was only 54, she is interred at the Olivewood Cemetery in California. Dorothy Burges
Nobert Brodine credited as Norbert F. Brodin and Norbert Brodin, was a film cinematographer; the Saint Joseph, Missouri-born cameraman worked on over 100 films in his career before retiring from film making in 1953, at which time he worked in television until 1960. Brodine began his cameraman career working in a camera shop and building on that experience in the Army Signal Corps, as an army photographer during World War I. After studying at Columbia University, he began working as a still photographer in Hollywood before moving to motion pictures in 1919, he began working for Hal Roach Studios in 1937 and moved on to 20th Century Fox in 1943. Brodine's films include the sought after lost film A Blind Bargain starring Lon Chaney, This Thing Called Love, The Death Kiss, Counsellor at Law, The House on 92nd Street, Somewhere in the Night, Kiss of Death, Thieves' Highway, 5 Fingers. Brodine shot several films with Laurel and Hardy at both Roach and Fox, such as Pick a Star, Swiss Miss, The Dancing Masters, The Bullfighters.
Brodine moved back to Hal Roach Studios to end his film career in the early 1950s. He worked in television from 1952 to 1960, finished his career on the well-known television series The Loretta Young Show, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award. Brodine died at the age of 73, on February 28, 1970, he was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California Racket Squad, TV series, 40 episodes Letter to Loretta, TV series, 65 episodes Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson, TV series, 4 episodes Our Gang, series cinematography for 1938 Norbert Brodine on IMDb