Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr. was an American actor and producer, a decorated naval officer of World War II. He is best known for starring in such films as The Prisoner of Zenda, Gunga Din and The Corsican Brothers, he was once married to Joan Crawford. Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr. was born in New York City. His paternal grandfather was Jewish. Fairbanks's father was one of cinema's first icons, noted for such swashbuckling adventure films as The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood and The Thief of Bagdad. Fairbanks had small roles in his father's films The Three Musketeers, his parents divorced when he was nine years old, both remarried. He lived with his mother in New York, California and London. On the basis of his father's name, in May 1923 Fairbanks Jr. was given a contract with Paramount Pictures at age 13, at $1,000 a week for three years. He was signed by Jesse L. Lasky who said the junior Fairbanks "is the typical American boy at his best" and said it was he be starred on a film about Tom Sawyer."I do not think it is the right thing for the boy to do," said his father.
"I want to see him continue his education. He is only 13 years old." The young actor was mobbed. Tom Sawyer was not made. Instead Fairbanks Jnr appeared; the film was not a hit. Paramount and he parted ways by mutual consent and Doug went to Paris to resume his studies. A year he returned to the studio, hired at what Fairbanks called "starvation wages" having him work as a camera assistant."I was anxious to build my career as an actor and painstakingly," he said. "I don't want to be a young blonde leading man with an aquiline nose and shiny white teeth."Paramount gave him supporting roles in The Air Mail and Wild Horse Mesa. Sam Goldwyn borrowed him to play the juvenile in Stella Dallas, which wound up being his first box office success, he had supporting roles in Paramount's The American Venus, Padlocked. At Warner Bros. Fairbanks was in Broken Hearts of Hollywood at Metropolitan Pictures, he was in Man Bait. At MGM he was in Edmund Goulding's Women Love Diamonds and for Alfred E. Green at Fox he was in Is Zat So?.
He supported Will Rogers in A Texas Steer. In 1927 Fairbanks made his stage debut in Young Woodley based on a book by John Van Druten. Fairbanks Jr received excellent reviews and the production was a success - the play did much to improve his reputation in Hollywood. A regular audience member was Joan Crawford with, he appeared in a stage production of Saturday's Children. Fairbanks' second lead role was in Dead Man's Curve for FBO, he was Helene Chadwick's leading man in Modern Mothers at Columbia and he starred in The Toilers for Tiffany. Fairbanks starred in another for The Power of the Press, directed by Frank Capra, he went back to supporting roles for The Barker at First National, his first "talkie" and A Woman of Affairs at MGM with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Fairbanks had another starring role at FBO with The Jazz Age and received top billing over Loretta Young in Fast Life at Warner Bros, he appeared in MGM's Our Modern Maidens opposite Crawford. First National gave Fairbanks a starring role in The Careless Age and he was reunited with Young in The Forward Pass.
He was one of many names in The Show of Shows. In September 1929 he returned to the stage in a production of The Youngest. Victor Halperin cast Fairbanks in the lead of Party Girl back at First National he did a third with Young, Loose Ankles. In 1930, Fairbanks Jr. went to Warner Bros. to test for the second lead in Moby Dick. Although he did not win the part, head of production Darryl F. Zanuck was impressed with Douglas's screen test, cast him in an important role in The Dawn Patrol directed by Howard Hawks. Universal borrowed him to have the lead role in Little Accident and at Warners he was in the lead in The Sin Flood, he supported Leslie Howard in the prestigious Outward Bound and was Billie Dove's leading man in One Night at Susie's. Fairbanks had an excellent role supporting Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar, filmed in August 1930. "We knew it was going to be good when we were making it but not that it would become a classic", he said. The movie was a big hit, Warner Bros. offered Fairbanks Jr. a contract with cast and script approval — a condition which, Fairbanks Jr. says, was only offered to one other actor at the studio, Richard Barthelmess.""By sheer accident, I had four successes in a row in the early'30s, although I was still in my 20s, I demanded and received approval of cast and director.
I don't know how I got away with it, but I did!"Because he spoke French he was put in L'aviateur. Back in Hollywood he was in Changes and I Like Your Nerve with Young. In June 1931 he starred in another play The Man in Possession which he produced along with Sid Graumann. Fairbanks Jnr said he wanted to stay away from costume adventures which were associated with his father, he starred in two for Alfred E Green, Gentleman for a Day with Joan Blondell and It's Tough to Be Famous. He starred in a film shot in L'athlète incomplet, he starred in Love Is Scarlet Dawn for William Dieterle. Fairbanks did another with Green, Parachute Jumper, which gave an early co starring role to Bette Davis. Fairbanks sta
Lionel Alfred William Atwill was an English stage and film actor. Atwill was born on 1 March 1885 in Croydon, England, he studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London, in 1904. He became a star in Broadway theatre by 1918 and made his screen debut in 1919, his Broadway credits include The Lodger, The Silent Witness, The Outsider, The Thief, Slaves All, Beau Gallant and Cleopatra, The Outsider, The Comedian, The Grand Duke, Tiger! Tiger!, Another Man's Shoes, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, The Wild Duck, The Indestructible Wife, L'elevation, Eve's Daughter. He acted on the stage in Australia before becoming involved in U. S. horror film roles in the 1930s, including leading roles in Doctor X, The Vampire Bat, Murders in the Zoo and Mystery of the Wax Museum, most memorably as the one-armed Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein, a role famously parodied by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks' 1974 satire Young Frankenstein. He appeared in four subsequent Universal Frankenstein films, as well as many other of the studio's beloved chillers.
His other roles include a romantic lead opposite Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternberg's The Devil Is a Woman, a crooked insurance investigator in The Wrong Road for RKO, Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox's film version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Professor Moriarty in the Universal Studios film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, he had a rare comedy role in Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 classic To Be or Not to Be and that same year menaced Abbott and Costello in Pardon My Sarong. Atwill married four times, his first wife was Phyllis Ralph. In 1941 their son, John Arthur Atwill, was killed in action aged 26. Atwill married the actress Elsie Mackay in 1920, he married Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1930, after her divorce from Douglas MacArthur. Atwill married Paula Pruter in 1944, their marriage continued until his death, their son, Lionel Anthony Atwill, is a retired writer. In 1942, Atwill was indicted for perjury by a jury investigating the 1941 proceeding of a grand jury relative to the alleged occurrence of a sex orgy at his home.
He was given five years probation, but Hollywood producers and other executives blacklisted him for minor criminal activity. He made small film appearances afterward. Atwill died on 22 April 1946 of pneumonia at Los Angeles home. At the time of his death, he was filming the serial Lost City of the Jungle, playing the mastermind villain. Universal Pictures retained the footage filmed, adapted the story to enhance the villainous role of another character, used a double for Atwill in some scenes. Mank, Gregory William. Hollywood's Maddest Doctors. A Biography of Lionel Atwill, Colin Clive and George Zucco. Baltimore MD: Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 188766422X. Smith, Ronald L.. Horror stars on The broadcast histories of 29 chilling Hollywood voices. Jefferson NC: McFarland. ISBN 978-0786445257. Pitts, Michael R.. Horror Film Stars. Jefferson NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-89950-004-8. Stuart, Ray. Immortals of the Screen. New York: Bonanza Books. ASIN B000OGH3S2. Twomey, Alfred E.. The Versatiles, A Study of Supporting Character Actors and Actresses in the American Motion Picture, 1930-1955.
South Brunswick NJ: A. S. Barnes & Company. ISBN 978-0498067921. Lionel Atwill on IMDb Lionel Atwill at the Internet Broadway Database Lionel Atwill at Find a Grave
Mary Forbes was a British-American film actress, based in the United States in her latter years, where she died. She appeared in more than 130 films between 1919 and 1958. Forbes was born in England, she made her first public appearance on the concert platform giving recitals. Her acting debut was in 1908 on the London stage at Aldwych Theatre, her American stage debut came in Romance at Maxine Elliott's Theatre in 1913. She took over management of the Ambassadors Theatre in 1913 and had several years experience on stage in Britain and America before her appearances in Hollywood films. Two of her three children by her first marriage in the first quarter of 1904 to Ernest J. Taylor and Dorothy Brenda, known as Brenda, were actors; the middle child of the three, Phyllis Mary Taylor, was not in the acting business. Her second husband was British actor Charles Quartermaine, who married in 1925, she married her third husband, Wesley Wall, an American businessman, in 1935. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1943, with one of her character references being Lucile Webster Gleason and wife of actor James Gleason.
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Sidney Bracey was an Australian-born American actor. After a stage career in Australia, on Broadway and in Britain, he appeared in 321 films between 1909 and 1942. Bracey was born in Melbourne, with the name Sidney Bracy changing the spelling of his last name, he was the son of Welsh tenor Henry Bracy and English actress Clara T. Bracy, his aunt was dancer Lydia Thompson. He began his stage career in Australia with J. C. Williamson's comic opera companies. On Broadway, in 1900, he appeared as the tenor lead, Yussuf, in the first American production of The Rose of Persia at Daly's Theatre in New York, he moved to England, appearing as Moreno in the Edwardian musical comedy hit The Toreador at the Gaiety Theatre, London in June 1901. He next joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company on tour in Britain, playing Terence O'Brian in The Emerald Isle from September 1901 to May 1902, he cintinued his stage career in Britain in Amorelle at London's Comedy Theatre in 1904, The Winter's Tale in 1904–05, A Persian Princess at Queen's Theatre in 1909.
Back on Broadway, in 1912, he played Sir Guy of Gisborne in a revival of Reginald de Koven's Robin Hood at the New Amsterdam Theatre, followed by Rob Roy at the Liberty Theatre in 1913. He moved into film acting, making first silent films and "talkies", until his death in 1942. Early in his film career, he wrote and directed a silent movie called Sid Nee's Finish, Thanhouser Company, in which he played the title character. In 1916, he changed the spelling of his last name to "Bracey". Silent film authority Diane MacIntyre gave this description of him: "Bracey, a stately looking character man, was in big demand for authority like roles, he was thin, dark haired and had an earnest, yet sober, face that could break into a look of wide-eyed exasperation."Bracy died in Hollywood, California on 5 August 1942, aged 64. Sidney Bracey on IMDb Sidney Bracey at AllMovie Sidney Bracey at the Internet Broadway Database Portrait, c. 1920, from Thanhouser Company Film Preservation
Loves of an Actress
Loves of an Actress is a lost 1928 silent film romance directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Pola Negri, it was produced by Jesse Lasky with the distribution through Paramount Pictures. The film had a soundtrack of either Movietone of music and sound effects. Pola Negri - Rachel Nils Asther - Raoul Duval Mary McAllister - Lisette Richard Tucker - Baron Hartman Philip Strange - Count Vareski Paul Lukas - Dr. Durande Nigel De Brulier - Samson Robert Fischer - Count Moorency Helen Giere - Marie Dean Harrell -?_uncredited Loves of an Actress at IMDb.com listing at AllMovie