Harry Davenport (actor)
Harold George Bryant Davenport was an American film and stage actor who worked in show business from the age of six until his death. After a long and prolific Broadway career, he came to Hollywood in the 1930s, where he played grandfathers, judges and ministers, his roles include Dr. Meade in Gone with Grandpa in Meet Me in St. Louis. Bette Davis once called Davenport "without a doubt the greatest character actor of all time." Harry Davenport was born in Canton, where his family lived during the holidays. He grew up in Philadelphia. Harry came from a long line of stage actors, his sister was actress Fanny Davenport. He made his stage debut at the age of five in Pythias. Davenport appeared there in numerous plays. Harry Davenport was one of the best-known and busiest "old men" in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s, he started his film career at the age of 47. The next year, he starred in Fogg's Millions co-starring Rose Tapley; the film became the first in a series of silent comedy shorts. In addition, he directed some silent features and many shorts between 1915 and 1917, including many of the films in the Mr. and Mrs. Jarr series.
Harry Davenport played Dr. Meade in Gone with the Wind; some of his other film roles are a lone resident in a ghost town in The Bride Came C. O. D. filmed on location in Death Valley, the aged Louis XI of France in The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara and Cedric Hardwicke. He had supporting roles in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Foreign Correspondent, William A. Wellman's western The Ox-Bow Incident and in Kings Row with Ronald Reagan. Davenport played the grandfather of Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's classic Meet Me in St. Louis and the great-uncle of Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, his last film, Frank Capra's Riding High, was released after his death. Harry Davenport appeared in over 160 films. Asked why he made so many films at his age, he replied: I hate to see men of my age sit down as if their lives were ended and accept a dole. An old man must show that he is no loafer. If he can do that, they can buy daisies with it. In 1913, he co-founded, along with actor Eddie Foy, the Actors' Equity Association, an American labor union for actors.
The original organization, known as the White Rats, was spearheaded by Davenport. After a nine-month stretch, the actors' group united in defiance of the appalling treatment of actors by theater owners such as the Shubert family and David Belasco, among others, by refusing to appear on stage by striking; the actions of the association caused the closure of all the theatres on Broadway, the only exception being theaters owned by George M. Cohan's company, he and his wife Alice wed in 1893. They had one daughter, Dorothy Davenport, who became an actress. After divorcing Alice in 1896, he married that same year, they had three biological children: Ned and Kate, who all became actors. Harry adopted Phyllis's son, Arthur Rankin. Actress Anne Seymour and her brother, radio personality Bill Seymour, were Harry Davenport's great-niece and great-nephew by their mother, May Davenport. Harry Davenport's August 10, 1949 Canton Sunday Telegram obituary noted that the couple were together until her death, contrary to reports that he divorced her and remarried.
Through his marriage to Phyllis, he was the brother-in-law of Lionel Barrymore, married at the time to Phyllis' sister Doris. Phyllis's father, McKee Rankin, had been the top actor at the Arch Street Theater, run by Lionel's grandmother and Sidney's mother, Louisa Lane Drew, he was the grandfather of Arthur Rankin Jr. and Wallace Reid Jr.. He is survived through his granddaughter, Phyllis Gail Davenport, her children, Caleb Brooks, Rachel Brooks, her grandchildren, Samuel Brooks, Theodore Brooks, are pursuing different careers. Samuel is attending the University of Arizona for his architecture degree, Theodore owns and manages a bank in Oregon. After Phyllis's death, Davenport lived with his now-grown children, he died of a sudden heart attack at age 83, one hour after he asked his agent Walter Herzbrun about a new film role. In the obituary, a newspaper called him the "white-haired character actor" with "the longest acting career in American history". Harry Davenport on IMDb Harry Davenport at the Internet Broadway Database Harry Davenport at Find a Grave Obituary "Harry Davenport Biography" by Hal Erickson, Allmovie Harry Davenport and Phyllis Rankin family papers, 1857-circa 1946, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Gone with the Wind (film)
Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming. Set in the American South against the backdrop of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era, the film tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, it follows her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes, married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, her subsequent marriage to Rhett Butler. The leading roles are played by Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland. Production was difficult from the start. Filming was delayed for two years because of Selznick's determination to secure Gable for the role of Rhett Butler, the "search for Scarlett" led to 1,400 women being interviewed for the part; the original screenplay was written by Sidney Howard and underwent many revisions by several writers in an attempt to get it down to a suitable length.
The original director, George Cukor, was fired shortly after filming began and was replaced by Fleming, who in turn was replaced by Sam Wood while Fleming took some time off due to exhaustion. The film received positive reviews upon its release in December 1939, although some reviewers found it overlong; the casting was praised, many reviewers found Leigh suited to her role as Scarlett. At the 12th Academy Awards, it received ten Academy Awards from thirteen nominations, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, it set records for the total number of nominations at the time. Gone with the Wind was immensely popular when first released, it became the highest-earning film made up to that point, held the record for over a quarter of a century. When adjusted for monetary inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history, it became ingrained in popular culture. The film is regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Part 1On the eve of the American Civil War in 1861, Scarlett O'Hara lives at Tara, her family's cotton plantation in Georgia, with her parents and two sisters and their many slaves. Scarlett learns that Ashley Wilkes—whom she secretly loves—is to be married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton, the engagement is to be announced the next day at a barbecue at Ashley's home, the nearby plantation Twelve Oaks. At the Twelve Oaks party, Scarlett declares her feelings to Ashley, but he rebuffs her by responding that he and Melanie are more compatible. Scarlett is incensed when she discovers another guest, Rhett Butler, has overheard their conversation; the barbecue is disrupted by the declaration of war and the men rush to enlist. As Scarlett watches Ashley kiss Melanie goodbye, Melanie's younger brother Charles proposes to her. Although she does not love him, Scarlett consents and they are married.
Scarlett is widowed when Charles dies from a bout of pneumonia and measles while serving in the Confederate Army. Scarlett's mother sends her to the Hamilton home in Atlanta to cheer her up, although the O'Haras' outspoken house slave Mammy tells Scarlett she knows she is going there only to wait for Ashley's return. Scarlett, who should not attend a party while in mourning, attends a charity bazaar in Atlanta with Melanie where she meets Rhett again, now a blockade runner for the Confederacy. Celebrating a Confederate victory and to raise money for the Confederate war effort, gentlemen are invited to bid for ladies to dance with them. Rhett makes an inordinately large bid for Scarlett and, to the disapproval of the guests, she agrees to dance with him; the tide of war turns against the Confederacy after the Battle of Gettysburg in which many of the men of Scarlett's town are killed. Scarlett makes another unsuccessful appeal to Ashley while he is visiting on Christmas furlough, although they do share a private and passionate kiss in the parlor on Christmas Day, just before he returns to war.
Eight months as the city is besieged by the Union Army in the Atlanta Campaign and her young house slave Prissy must deliver Melanie's baby without medical assistance after she goes into premature labor. Afterwards, Scarlett calls upon Rhett to take her home to Tara with Melanie, her baby, Prissy. Upon her return home, Scarlett finds Tara deserted, except for her father, her sisters, two former slaves: Mammy and Pork. Scarlett learns that her mother has just died of typhoid fever and her father has become incompetent. With Tara pillaged by Union troops and the fields untended, Scarlett vows she will do anything for the survival of her family and herself. Part 2As the O'Haras work in the cotton fields, Scarlett's father is killed after he is thrown from his horse in an attempt to chase away a scalawag from his land. With the defeat of the Confederacy, Ashley returns, but finds he is of little help at Tara; when Scarlett begs him to run away with her, he confesses his desire for her and kisses her passionately, but says he cannot leave Melanie.
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Persons in Hiding
Persons in Hiding is a 1939 American crime film directed by Louis King and written by William R. Lipman and Horace McCoy; the film stars Lynne Overman, Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, William "Bill" Henry, Helen Twelvetrees and William Frawley; the film was released on February 1939, by Paramount Pictures. Lynne Overman as Agent Pete Griswold Patricia Morison as Dorothy Bronson J. Carrol Naish as Freddie'Gunner' Martin William "Bill" Henry as Agent Dan Waldron Helen Twelvetrees as Helen Griswold William Frawley as Alec Inglis Judith Barrett as Blase Blonde William Collier, Sr. as Burt Nast May Boley as Mme. Thompson Dennis Morgan as Mike Flagler Virginia Vale as Flo John Hartley as Joe, Dot's Boyfriend Janet Waldo as Ruth Waldron Richard Denning as Powder Leona Roberts as Ma Bronson Phil Warren as Curly John Eldredge as Chief Agent Gordon Kingsley Richard Carle as Zeke Bronson Roy Gordon as John Nast John Hart as Male Stenographer Lillian Yarbo as Beauty Parlor Maid Persons in Hiding on IMDb
Cary Grant was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, sense of comic timing, he became an American citizen in 1942. Grant was born in Bristol, he became attracted to theater at a young age and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" at age six. He attended Bishop Road Primary School and Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol toured the country as a stage performer, he established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus and She Done Him Wrong, but gained renown for his appearances in romantic comedy and screwball comedy films such as The Awful Truth, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story; these films are cited among the greatest comedy films.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Penny Serenade and None but the Lonely Heart. In the 1940s and 1950s, Grant forged a working relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in films such as Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief, North by Northwest. Hitchcock admired Grant and considered him the only actor that he had loved working with. Towards the end of his film career, Grant was praised by critics as a romantic leading man, he received five nominations for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, including Indiscreet with Ingrid Bergman, That Touch of Mink with Doris Day, Charade with Audrey Hepburn, he is remembered by critics for his unusually broad appeal as a handsome, suave actor who did not take himself too able to play with his own dignity in comedies without sacrificing it entirely. Grant was married five times, three of them elopements with actresses Virginia Cherrill, Betsy Drake, Dyan Cannon, he retired from film acting in 1966 and pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé and sitting on the board of MGM.
He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema. Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach on January 18, 1904 at 15 Hughenden Road in the northern Bristol suburb of Horfield, he was the second child of Elsie Maria Leach. His father worked as a tailor's presser at a clothes factory, while his mother worked as a seamstress, his older brother John died of tuberculous meningitis. Grant considered himself to be Jewish, he had an unhappy upbringing. Grant's mother taught him song and dance when he was four, she was keen on him having piano lessons, she would take him to the cinema where he enjoyed the performances of Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain, Broncho Billy Anderson. He was sent to the Bishop Road Primary School, Bristol when he was 4½. Grant's biographer Graham McCann claimed that his mother "did not know how to give affection and did not know how to receive it either."
Biographer Geoffrey Wansell notes that his mother blamed herself bitterly for the death of Grant's brother John, she never recovered from it. Grant acknowledged that his negative experiences with his mother affected his relationships with women in life, she frowned on alcohol and tobacco, would reduce pocket money for minor mishaps. Grant attributed her behavior towards him as her being overprotective, fearing that she would lose him as she did John; when Grant was nine years old, his father placed his mother in Glenside Hospital, a mental institution, told him that she had gone away on a "long holiday". Grant grew up resenting his mother after she left the family. After she was gone and his father moved into the home of his grandmother in Bristol; when Grant was 10, his father remarried and started a new family, Grant did not learn that his mother was still alive until he was 31. Grant made arrangements for his mother to leave the institution in June 1935, shortly after he learned of her whereabouts.
He visited her in October 1938. Grant enjoyed the theater pantomimes at Christmas which he would attend with his father, he befriended a troupe of acrobatic dancers known as "The Penders" or the "Bob Pender Stage Troupe". He began touring with them. Jesse Lasky was a Broadway producer at the time, he saw him performing at the Wintergarten theater in Berlin around 1914. In 1915, Grant won a scholarship to attend Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol, although his father could afford to pay for the uniform, he was quite capable in most academic subjects, but he excelled at sports fives, his good looks and acrobatic talents made him a popular figure among both girls and boys. He developed a reputation for mischief, refused to do his homework. A former classmate referred to him as a "scruffy little boy", while an old teacher remembered "the naughty little boy, always making a noise in the back
Everybody's Doing It (1938 film)
Everybody's Doing It is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Christy Cabanne using a screenplay by J. Robert Bren, Edmund Joseph, Harry Segall, based on George Beck's story. RKO produced and distributed the film, releasing it on January 14, 1938; the movie stars Sally Eilers. Bruce Keene works in the advertising department of Beyers and Company, which produces cereal, among other things, his heavy drinking conflicts with his work output. He and his fiancé, Penny Wilton, who works in the advertising department, believe that a boost in the sales of Beyers' cereal can come about if Keene draws a series of pictograms to be printed on the cereal boxes over a 30-week period. Customers who solve all 30 pictograms will be eligible to compete for a $100,000 prize. Willy Beyers, the company president, agrees to the concept, the contest is launched; the contest is successful, but Keene tires of creating a new pictogram in the waning weeks of the contest. He resumes his heavy drinking in bars. Wilton fears for her fiancé's future, hires a small-time hood, Softy Blane, to feign Keene's kidnaping so that while in the countryside he will finish the series of pictograms.
Blane works for Steve Devers, a gangster who has taken an interest in manipulating the contest in order to win the $100,000. Blane doublecrosses Wilton, kidnaps Keene, taking him to Devers' hideout. Keene works in captivity to expose his kidnappers by drawing pictograms that tell of his situation that are sent to Beyers. Wilton understands the clues, uses them to puzzle out where Keene is being held, she leads the police to the hideout, after a shootout, Keene is rescued. Reunited with his fiancé, he marries Wilton. Preston Foster as Bruce Keene Sally Eilers as Penny Wilton Cecil Kellaway as Mr. Beyers Lorraine Krueger as Bubbles Blane William Brisbane as Willy Beyers Richard Lane as Steve Devers Guinn Williams as Softy Blane Arthur Lake as Waldo Solly Ward as Gus Frank M. Thomas as Charlie Herbert Evans as Grady Jack Carson as Lieutenant Fuzzy Knight as Gangster Willie Best as Jasper) In June 1937 it was announced that B. P. Schulberg and Vivienne Osborne had been cast in the picture. By the middle of November 1937 the film, still known by its working title, Easy Millions, had finished production and was in the editing room.
A November Variety article listed Christy Cabanne as the director, as well as William Sistrom as the producer. The screenplay was by J. Robert Bren, Edmund Joseph, Harry Segall, while the cinematographer was announced as Paul Vogel; the cast list was described as Preston Foster, Sally Eilers, Paul Guilfoyle, Cecil Kellaway, Lorraine Krueger. In early December the title of the film was changed to Everybody's Doing It, from its working title of Easy Millions. In mid-December, it was announced that the picture was to be released on January 14, 1938, RKO did release the film on that date; the National Legion of Decency approved the picture for all audiences, rating it class A-1. Harrison's Reports gave the film a mediocre review, stating that the plot was "so thin that, in order to pad it out to a full length feature, the producer had to use up some of the footage in the most stupid type of slapstick imaginable". Motion Picture Daily's opinion was quite lukewarm, saying that the film was an "inexpensive fabrication that may be unusual enough to satisfy the moderate taste moderately."
The Motion Picture Herald gave a ambiguous review, wherein they neither praised nor spoke negatively about the film, instead speaking about the film's structure and relation to recent films written along similar lines. They linked the plot of the film to a past advertising scheme, called "Gold Coast", which bore a striking resemblance to the advertising gambit portrayed in the film; the magazine did comment that the audience's reaction at the showing they viewed was "spotty". Everybody's Doing It on IMDb
The Escape (1939 film)
The Escape is a 1939 American action film directed by Ricardo Cortez and written by Robert Ellis and Helen Logan. The film stars Kane Richmond, Amanda Duff, June Gale, Edward Norris, Henry Armetta and Frank Reicher; the film was released on October 6, 1939, by 20th Century Fox. Kane Richmond as Eddie Farrell Amanda Duff as Juli Peronni June Gale as Annie Qualen Edward Norris as Louie Peronni Henry Armetta as Guiseppi Peronni Frank Reicher as Dr. Shumaker Scotty Beckett as Willie Rogers Leona Roberts as Aunt Mamie Qualen Rex Downing as Tommy Rogers Jimmy Butler as Jim Rogers Roger McGee as Swat Richard Lane as David Clifford Jack Carson as Chet Warren Matt McHugh as Pete Helen Ericson as Helen Gardner The Escape on IMDb
Border Cafe (film)
Border Cafe is a 1937 American Western film directed by Lew Landers and starring Harry Carey. Harry Carey as Tex Stevens John Beal as Keith Whitney Armida as Dominga George Irving as Senator Henry Whitney Leona Roberts as Mrs. Emily Whitney J. Carrol Naish as Rocky Alton Marjorie Lord as Janet Barry Lee Patrick as Ellie Paul Fix as "Doley" Dolson Max Wagner as Shakey, Rocky's Henchman Walter Miller as Evans, Rocky's Henchman List of American films of 1937 Harry Carey filmography Border Cafe at the American Film Institute Catalog Border Cafe in the Internet Movie Database