Thomas Donald Meek was a Scottish-American actor. He first performed publicly at the age of eight and began appearing on Broadway in 1903. Meek is best known for his roles in You Can't Take It with You and Stagecoach. In 1960, he posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Meek was born in Glasgow to Annie Meek. In the 1890's, the Meek family emigrated to Canada and to the United States. By 1900, they were living in Philadelphia where Donald was employed as a dry goods salesman, according to the United States census of that year. Sometime Donald went on the stage. According to Massachusetts marriage records database, he and Isabella "Belle" Walker married in Boston in a Methodist church on 3 January 1909. By this marriage, the American born Belle Meek lost her United States citizenship taking her husband's British nationality. After years on the stage, Meek became a film actor, appearing memorably in several movies including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Miss Broadway, State Fair.
Before becoming an actor, he fought in the Spanish–American War in the United States Army and contracted yellow fever which caused him to lose his hair. He was cast as timid, worried characters in many of his films, is best known for his roles as Mr. Poppins in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You and as whiskey salesman Samuel Peacock in John Ford's Stagecoach. From 1931 through 1932 Meek was featured as criminologist Dr. Crabtree, in a series of twelve Warner Brothers two-reel short subjects written by S. S. Van Dine. Donald Meek died of leukaemia on Monday, 18 November 1946 in Los Angeles, while playing the role of Mr. Twiddle in William A. Wellman's socially-themed comedy Magic Town with Jimmy Stewart and Jane Wyman, which premiered on 7 October 1947, just under a year after Meek's death. A prolific film actor in over 100 Hollywood movies during its Golden Age, he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Buried in California, his body was moved to Fairmount Cemetery mausoleum in Denver, Colorado, USA.
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Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It is on the east coast of Ireland, in the province of Leinster, at the mouth of the River Liffey, is bordered on the south by the Wicklow Mountains, it has an urban area population of 1,173,179, while the population of the Dublin Region, as of 2016, was 1,347,359, the population of the Greater Dublin area was 1,904,806. There is archaeological debate regarding where Dublin was established by the Gaels in or before the 7th century AD. Expanded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin, the city became Ireland's principal settlement following the Norman invasion; the city expanded from the 17th century and was the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State renamed Ireland. Dublin is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts and industry; as of 2018 the city was listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha −", which places it amongst the top thirty cities in the world.
The name Dublin comes from the Irish word Dubhlinn, early Classical Irish Dubhlind/Duibhlind, from dubh meaning "black, dark", lind "pool", referring to a dark tidal pool. This tidal pool was located where the River Poddle entered the Liffey, on the site of the castle gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle. In Modern Irish the name is Duibhlinn, Irish rhymes from County Dublin show that in Dublin Leinster Irish it was pronounced Duílinn; the original pronunciation is preserved in the names for the city in other languages such as Old English Difelin, Old Norse Dyflin, modern Icelandic Dyflinn and modern Manx Divlyn as well as Welsh Dulyn. Other localities in Ireland bear the name Duibhlinn, variously anglicized as Devlin and Difflin. Scribes using the Gaelic script wrote bh with a dot over the b, rendering Duḃlinn or Duiḃlinn; those without knowledge of Irish omitted the dot. Variations on the name are found in traditionally Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland, such as An Linne Dhubh, part of Loch Linnhe.
It is now thought that the Viking settlement was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name. Beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements; the Viking settlement of about 841, a Gaelic settlement, Áth Cliath further up river, at the present day Father Mathew Bridge, at the bottom of Church Street. Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", is the common name for the city in modern Irish. Áth Cliath is a place name referring to a fording point of the River Liffey near Father Mathew Bridge. Baile Átha Cliath was an early Christian monastery, believed to have been in the area of Aungier Street occupied by Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. There are other towns of the same name, such as Àth Cliath in East Ayrshire, Anglicised as Hurlford; the area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times, but the writings of Ptolemy in about AD 140 provide the earliest reference to a settlement there.
He called it Eblana polis. Dublin celebrated its'official' millennium in 1988, meaning the Irish government recognised 988 as the year in which the city was settled and that this first settlement would become the city of Dublin, it is now thought the Viking settlement of about 841 was preceded by a Christian ecclesiastical settlement known as Duibhlinn, from which Dyflin took its name. Beginning in the 9th and 10th century, there were two settlements which became the modern Dublin; the subsequent Scandinavian settlement centred on the River Poddle, a tributary of the Liffey in an area now known as Wood Quay. The Dubhlinn was a pool on the lowest stretch of the Poddle, used to moor ships; this pool was fully infilled during the early 18th century, as the city grew. The Dubhlinn lay where the Castle Garden is now located, opposite the Chester Beatty Library within Dublin Castle. Táin Bó Cuailgne refers to Dublind rissa ratter Áth Cliath, meaning "Dublin, called Ath Cliath". Dublin was established as a Viking settlement in the 10th century and, despite a number of attacks by the native Irish, it remained under Viking control until the Norman invasion of Ireland was launched from Wales in 1169.
It was upon the death of Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn in early 1166 that Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, proceeded to Dublin and was inaugurated King of Ireland without opposition. According to some historians, part of the city's early economic growth is attributed to a trade in slaves. Slavery in Ireland and Dublin reached its pinnacle in the 10th centuries. Prisoners from slave raids and kidnappings, which captured men and children, brought revenue to the Gaelic Irish Sea raiders, as well as to the Vikings who had initiated the practice; the victims came from Wales, England and beyond. The King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, after his exile by Ruaidhrí, enlisted the help of Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke, to conquer Dublin. Following Mac Murrough's death, Strongbow declared himself King of Leinster after gaining control of the city. In response to Strongbow's successful invasion, King Henry II of England affirmed his ultimate sovereignty by mou
Victor Andrew de Bier Everleigh McLaglen was a British-American film actor. He was known as a character actor in Westerns, made seven films with John Ford and John Wayne. McLaglen won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1935 for his role in The Informer. McLaglen claimed to have been born in Tunbridge Wells, although his birth certificate records Stepney in the East End of London as his true birthplace, his father, Andrew Charles Albert McClaglen, was a bishop of the Free Protestant Episcopal Church of England. The McLaglen family is of South African origin, the name being a phonetic rendering of McLachlan into Dutch. A. C. A. McLaglen was born Andries Carel Albertus McLaglen in Cape Town on 4 April 1851. One of ten siblings, he had a sister. Four of his brothers became actors: Arthur, an actor and sculptor, Clifford and Kenneth. Other siblings included Frederick, Lewis and a sister, Lily. Another brother, Leopold McLaglen, who appeared in one film, gained notoriety prior to World War I as a showman and self-proclaimed world jujutsu champion, who authored a book on the subject.
He moved with his family to South Africa for a time, where his father was Bishop of Claremont, McLaglen left home at 14 to join the British Army with the intention of fighting in the Second Boer War. However, much to his chagrin, he was stationed at Windsor Castle in the Life Guards and was forced to leave the army when his true age was discovered. Four years he moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where he became a local celebrity, earning a living as a wrestler and heavyweight boxer, with several notable wins in the ring, he briefly served as a constable in the Winnipeg Police Force in 1907. One of his most famous fights was against heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in a six-round exhibition bout at the Vancouver Athletic Club on 10 March 1909; this was Johnson's first bout since winning the heavyweight title from Tommy Burns. Between bouts, McLaglen toured with a circus, which offered $25 to anyone who could go three rounds with him, he returned to Britain in 1913 and during the First World War served as a captain with the 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.
He claimed to have served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He served for a time as military Assistant Provost Marshal for the city of Baghdad, he continued boxing, was named heavyweight champion of the British Army in 1918. After the war, he continued boxing, including a defeat at the hands of British champion Frank Goddard, his final fight was a loss by knockout to Arthur Townley in October 1920. He finished his professional career with a record of 16 wins, 8 losses, 1 draw. McLaglen was visiting a sporting club when spotted by a film producer, looking for a boxer to play the lead in a film, The Call of the Road. Although McLaglen had never acted before he auditioned and got the part, he was in the adventure films: Corinthian Jack, The Prey of the Dragon. He followed it with The Sport of Kings. Donald Crisp cast him in The Glorious Adventure and he was in A Romance of Old Baghdad, Little Brother of God, A Sailor Tramp, The Crimson Circle, The Romany, Heartstrings. McLaglen played leads in M'Lord of the White Road, In the Blood, The Boatswain's Mate and Diamonds, The Gay Corinthian.
He was in The Passionate Adventure, co written by Alfred Hitchcock, The Beloved Brute, The Hunted Woman, Percy. McLaglen's career took a surprise turn in 1925, he became a popular character actor, with a particular knack for playing drunks. He usually played Irishmen, leading many film fans to mistakenly assume he was Irish rather than English. McLaglen played one of the titular Unholy Three in Lon Chaney Sr.'s original silent version of the macabre crime drama. McLaglen had a support part in Winds of Chance, directed by Frank Lloyd made The Fighting Heart at Fox, directed by John Ford. Ford would have a major impact on McLaglen's career. McLaglen was in The Isle of Retribution, Men of Steel, Beau Geste, playing Hank in the latter. McLaglen was the top-billed leading man in director Raoul Walsh's First World War classic What Price Glory? with Edmund Lowe and Dolores del Rio. The film was a huge success, making over $2 million, Fox signed McLaglen to a long term contract. Fox put McLaglen in The Loves of Carmen with del Rio, directed by Walsh.
He was top billed in Mother Machree, directed by Ford. He was top billed in A Girl in co-starring Robert Armstrong and Louise Brooks, he starred in Hangman's House for Ford, a romantic drama set in Ireland, The River Pirate, Captain Lash. McLaglen made two films for Ford: Strong Boy and The Black Watch. McLaglen was one of many Fox stars, he was reunited with Edmund Lowe and Raoul Walsh in a sequel to What Price Glory?, The Cock-Eyed World, another huge success at the box office. McLaglen made a musical with Walsh, Hot for Paris made On the Level. A Devil with Women was a buddy comedy with Humphrey Bogart, he was borrowed by Paramount for Dishonored, starring Marlene Dietrich and directed by Joseph von Sternberg. He was in Not Exactly hada cameo in the short film The Stolen Jools. McLaglen and Walsh reunited for a second sequel to What Price Glory?, Women of All Nations. He was in Ann
The Informer (novel)
The Informer is a novel by Irish writer Liam O'Flaherty published in 1925. It received the 1925 James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Set in 1920's Dublin in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War, the novel centers on Gypo Nolan. Having disclosed the whereabouts of his friend Frankie McPhillip to the police, Gypo finds himself hunted by his revolutionary comrades for this betrayal. Gypo Nolan - The informer of the novel's title, he is an ex-policeman and member of the Revolutionary Organization. Frankie McPhillip - Gypo Nolan's "bosom friend" and a member of the Revolutionary Organization, he is wanted for a murder committed during a farm labourers' strike and is betrayed to the police by Gypo. Dan Gallagher - A commandant of the Revolutionary Organization bent on finding and killing the informer. Most famously, the novel was made into a film of the same name by John Ford in 1935 starring Victor McLaglen as Gypo Nolan. An earlier film adaptation named The Informer was directed by Arthur Robison in 1929
Preston Stratton Foster, was an American actor of stage, film and television, whose career spanned nearly four decades. He had a career as a vocalist. Born in Ocean City, New Jersey, in 1900, Foster was the eldest of three children of New Jersey natives Sallie R. and Walter Foster. Preston had two sisters and Anna. There his father supported the family working as a painter. Sometime between 1910 and 1918, the Fosters relocated to Pitman, New Jersey, where Preston's father was employed as a machinist; the census for 1920 and Preston's earlier draft registration card from 1918 document that he continued to reside at that time at his parents' home at the intersection of Laurel and Snyder avenues in Pitman. Those records document as well that he had a job as a clerk for the New York Ship Company in Camden, New Jersey, located about 17 miles north of Pitman. A decade additional census records show that Foster had moved to Queens, New York, where he was living with his first wife, Gertrude, a widow and stage actress, seven years his senior.
The federal census of 1930 lists Foster as an actor by one employed in "Legitimate Vaudeville". Foster began working in films in 1929 after acting on Broadway, where he was still performing as late as November 1931 in the cast of Two Seconds, he soon reprised that stage role in Hollywood in the filmed version of the play. Some of his subsequent films include Doctor X, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Annie Oakley, The Last Days of Pompeii, The Informer, Geronimo, My Friend Flicka, Roger Touhy, Gangster. Over the years, as Foster's film experience in Hollywood grew and directors gained increasing respect for his ability to play an array of characters, ranging from the "snarling family‐deserting criminal" in The People's Enemy in 1935 to the soft-spoken, fatherly chaplain on the Pacific battlefront in the 1943 film Guadalcanal Diary. Once, when asked if he regretted performing in villainous roles, Foster gave some insight into his family's reaction to them:I don't, but my mother does; every time I do a part like, she writes, ‘It was a nice picture, but do you have to play roles like that?’ Foster's career was interrupted by World War II, when he served with the United States Coast Guard.
While in active service he rose to the rank of captain, he was awarded the honorary rank of commodore. In addition to performing on stage and in numerous films, Foster was an accomplished singer who performed on both radio and in nightclubs, as well as a voice actor on radio. On July 25, 1943, Foster co-starred with Ellen Drew in "China Bridge," a presentation of Silver Theater on CBS radio. Foster enjoyed a secondary career as a vocalist. In 1948, he created a trio consisting of himself, his second wife Sheila, guitarist Gene Leis. Leis arranged the songs, the trio performed on radio and in clubs, appearing with Orrin Tucker, Peggy Ann Garner and Rita Hayworth. In 1950, Foster began performing on the young but expanding medium of television, his first credited role on the "small screen" was in September of that year on the NBC anthology series Cameo Theatre, in an episode titled "The Westland Case". After a few other appearances on series, he starred in the televised drama Waterfront, playing Captain John Herrick during the 1954-1955 broadcast season.
He guest-starred in 1963 in the ABC drama series Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly. Foster was married twice, the first time to actress Gertrude Elene Leonard, a widow, born in Woodbury, New Jersey in 1893; the two wed on June 1925, in Manhattan, where they both worked as actors. In the early 1930s, the couple relocated to Los Angeles. There, in 1939, they adopted Stephanie. Foster married actress Sheila Darcy in 1946, a union that lasted 24 years, until his death. During times between his performances in films and on television, Foster enjoyed boating and deep-sea fishing for marlin, off California's southern coast, he continued to accept acting offers in his years, although far less during the final decade of his life. His last film credit was in the role of Nick Kassel in Chubasco, released just two years before his death. During his years, Foster lived in the seaside community of La Jolla, part of the city of San Diego. In 1969, when the San Diego Padres made their debut as a Major League Baseball team, Foster wrote a song titled "Let's Go Padres", billed as the team's official song.
He sang it at some home games that season. Forster died in 1970 at age 69 in La Jolla after what The New York Times described as "a long illness", his gravesite is located at El Camino Memorial Park in California. Preston Foster has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. Preston Foster at the Internet Broadway Database Preston Foster at Find a Grave
Heather Angel (actress)
Heather Grace Angel, born Heather Grace Angel, was a British actress. Angel was born 9 February 1909 in Headington, England. In the 1911 UK Census, the family is shown as living at 17 Banbury Road, Oxford along with three servants, she was the younger of two sisters. And the daughter of Mary Letitia Stock and Andrea Angel, an Oxford University chemistry lecturer and a don at Brasenose College and at Christ Church, they were married in 1904 and, after the wedding, they moved to the Banbury Road. Andrea Angel was killed in the Silvertown explosion in January 1917, posthumously awarded the Edward Medal. In his Will, he left his wife £374 and shortly thereafter, his wife moved to London with the two daughters. By 1929, when Heather was 19, she was appearing with an overseas touring theatre company managed by Charles Bradbury-Ingles; the same record shows that she was living at London W4, when she left. Angel began her stage career at the Old Vic in 1926 and appeared with touring companies, her Broadway debut came in Love of Women at the Golden Theatre.
She appeared in The Wookey. Angel appeared in many British films, she made her first screen appearance in City of Song. She had a leading role in Night in Montmartre, followed this success with The Hound of the Baskervilles, she decided to move to Hollywood. She sailed on the Majestic to New York on 21 December 1932 with her mother. Over the next few years, she played strong roles in such films as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Three Musketeers, The Informer and The Last of the Mohicans. In 1937 she made the first of five appearances as Phyllis Clavering in the popular Bulldog Drummond series, she was cast as the maid, Ethel, in Suspicion. Angel was the leading lady in the first screen version of Raymond Chandler's The High Window, released in 1942 as Time to Kill, she was one of the passengers of Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. Her film appearances in the following years were few, but she returned to Hollywood to provide voices for the Walt Disney animated films Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. From 1964 until 1965, she played a continuing role in the television soap opera Peyton Place.
After that role, she played Miss Faversham, a nanny and female friend of Sebastian Cabot's character of Giles French in the situation comedy Family Affair. Angel married actor Ralph Forbes in Arizona in a union that lasted less than ten years. Angel had acted with Henry Wilcoxon in Self Made Lady; when she heard Wilcoxon was in Hollywood, she contacted him. She invited him to polo matches at the home of Will Rogers and taught him horseback riding, they acted together in two other films: The Last of the Mohicans and Lady Hamilton. Though they remained lifelong friends, they never married. Heather and her husband were both present at the wedding of Wilcoxon to his first wife, they had intended to host the wedding at their house in Coldwater Canyon. Angel married Robert B. Sinclair, a film and television director, in 1944. On 4 January 1970, Billy McCoy Hunter, broke into their home; when Sinclair attempted to protect Angel, Hunter killed him in her presence fled. He was found with a knife and pistol when arrested.
The incident is believed to have been a failed burglary. Angel had one son with Sinclair in 1947 Angel has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the film industry, her star is located at 6301 Hollywood Boulevard. Angel died from cancer in Santa Barbara and was buried in Santa Barbara Cemetery. Wilcoxon, Henry. Lionheart in Hollywood: the autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon. Metuchen, NJ and London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 0-8108-2476-0. Heather Angel on IMDb Heather Angel at AllMovie Heather Angel at the TCM Movie Database Heather Angel at the Internet Broadway Database Photographs and literature Heather Angel at Find a Grave
RKO Pictures is an American film production and distribution company. In its original incarnation, as RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. it was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age. The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America studio were brought together under the control of the Radio Corporation of America in October 1928. RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s, the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum. RKO has long been renowned for its cycle of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid- to late 1930s. Actors Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum had their first major successes at the studio. Cary Grant was a mainstay for years; the work of producer Val Lewton's low-budget horror unit and RKO's many ventures into the field now known as film noir have been acclaimed after the fact, by film critics and historians.
The studio produced two of the most famous films in motion picture history: King Kong and Citizen Kane. RKO was responsible for notable co-productions such as It's a Wonderful Life and Notorious, it distributed many celebrated films by animation producer Walt Disney and leading independent producer Samuel Goldwyn. Maverick industrialist Howard Hughes took over RKO in 1948. After years of disarray and decline under his control, the studio was acquired by the General Tire and Rubber Company in 1955; the original RKO Pictures ceased production in 1957 and was dissolved two years later. In 1981, broadcaster RKO General, the corporate heir, revived it as a production subsidiary, RKO Pictures Inc. In 1989, this business with its few remaining assets, the trademarks and remake rights to many classic RKO films, was sold to new owners, who now operate the small independent company RKO Pictures LLC. In October 1927, Warner Bros. released the first feature-length talking picture. Its success prompted Hollywood to convert from silent to sound film production en masse.
The Radio Corporation of America controlled an advanced optical sound-on-film system, Photophone developed by General Electric, RCA's parent company. However, its hopes of joining in the anticipated boom in sound movies faced a major hurdle: Warner Bros. and Fox, Hollywood's other vanguard sound studio, were financially and technologically aligned with ERPI, a subsidiary of AT&T's Western Electric division. The industry's two largest companies and Loew's/MGM, with two other major studios and First National, were poised to contract with ERPI for sound conversion as well. Seeking a customer for Photophone, in late 1927 David Sarnoff general manager of RCA, approached Joseph P. Kennedy about using the system for Kennedy's modest-sized studio, Film Booking Offices of America. Negotiations resulted in General Electric acquiring a substantial interest in FBO—Sarnoff had already conceived of a plan for the company to attain a central position in the film industry, maximizing Photophone revenue. Next on the agenda was securing a string of exhibition venues like those the leading Hollywood production companies owned.
Kennedy began investigating the possibility of such a purchase. Around that time, the large Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuit of theaters, built around the then-fading medium of live vaudeville, was attempting a transition to the movie business. In mid-1927, the filmmaking operations of Pathé and Cecil B. De Mille had united under KAO's control. Early in 1928, KAO general manager John J. Murdock, who had assumed the presidency of Pathé, turned to Kennedy as an adviser in consolidating the studio with De Mille's company, Producers Distributing Corporation; this was the relationship Kennedy sought. After an aborted attempt by Kennedy to bring yet another studio that had turned to him for help, First National, into the Photophone fold, RCA was ready to step back in: the company acquired Kennedy's stock in both FBO and the KAO theater business. On October 23, 1928, RCA announced the creation of the Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corp. holding company, with Sarnoff as chairman of the board. Kennedy, who withdrew from his executive positions in the merged companies, kept Pathé separate from RKO and under his personal control.
RCA owned the governing stock interest in 22 percent. On January 25, 1929, the new company's production arm, presided over by former FBO vice-president Joseph I. Schnitzer, was unveiled as RKO Productions Inc. A week it filed for the trademark "Radio Pictures". Looking to get out of the film business the following year, Kennedy arranged in late 1930 for RKO to purchase Pathé from him. On January 29, 1931, Pathé, with its contract players, well-regarded newsreel operation, Culver City studio and backlot, was merged into RKO as Kennedy sold off the last of his stock in the company he had been instrumental in creating. RKO began production at the small facility FBO shared with Pathé in New York City while the main FBO studio in Hollywood was technologically refitted. In charge of production was William LeBaron, who had held the same position at FBO; the new company's two initial releases were musicals: The melodramatic Syncopation, which completed shooting before FBO was reincorporated as RKO, premiered on March 29, 1929.
The comedic Street Girl debuted July 30. This was billed as its first to be shot in Hollywood. A few nonsinging pictures followed. RKO spent on the lavish