Joel Albert McCrea was an American actor whose career spanned five decades and appearances in more than 90 films. These films include Alfred Hitchcock's espionage thriller Foreign Correspondent, Preston Sturges' comedy classics Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, the romance film Bird of Paradise, the adventure classic The Most Dangerous Game, Gregory La Cava's bawdy comedy Bed of Roses, George Stevens' romantic comedy The More the Merrier, the Western classic The Virginian. With the exception of the British thriller film Rough Shoot, McCrea appeared in Western films from 1946 until his retirement in 1976, his most notable Western is Ride the High Country. McCrea was born in South Pasadena, the son of Thomas McCrea, an executive with the L. A. Gas & Electric Company, Louise "Lou" Whipple; as a boy, he had a paper route, delivered the Los Angeles Times to Cecil B. DeMille and other people in the film industry, he had the opportunity to watch D. W. Griffith filming Intolerance, was an extra in a serial starring Ruth Roland.
McCrea graduated from Hollywood High School and Pomona College, where he had acted on stage and took courses in drama and public speaking, while appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse. As a high school student, he worked as a stunt double and held horses for cowboy stars William S. Hart and Tom Mix; the 6'2½" McCrea worked as an extra, stunt man and bit player from 1927-28, when he signed a contract with MGM, where he was cast in a major role in The Jazz Age, got his first leading role that same year in The Silver Horde. He moved to RKO in 1930, where he established himself as a handsome leading man, considered versatile enough to star in both dramas and comedies. In the 1930s, McCrea starred in Bird of Paradise, directed by King Vidor, causing controversy for his nude scenes with Dolores del Río. In RKO's The Sport Parade, McCrea and William Gargan are friends on the Dartmouth football team, who are shown snapping towels at each other in the locker room, while other players are taking a shower.
In 1932 he starred with Fay Wray in The Most Dangerous Game - which used some of the same jungle sets built for King Kong as well as cast members Wray and Robert Armstrong. In 1934, he made his first appearances with two leading ladies he would be paired with often: with Miriam Hopkins he made The Richest Girl in the World, the first of their five films together, with Barbara Stanwyck he appeared in Gambling Lady, the first of their six films. In the decade, he was the first actor to play "Dr. Kildare", in the film Internes Can't Take Money, he starred in two large-scale Westerns, Wells Fargo with his wife Frances Dee, Cecil B. DeMille's Union Pacific. McCrea reached the peak of his early career in the early 1940s, in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, The More the Merrier directed by George Stevens, two by Preston Sturges: Sullivan's Travels and The Palm Beach Story. McCrea starred in two William A. Wellman westerns, The Great Man's Lady, again with Stanwyck, Buffalo Bill, with character actor Edgar Buchanan and a young Maureen O'Hara.
After the success of The Virginian in 1946, McCrea made Westerns for the rest of his career, with the exception of the British-made Rough Shoot. Performing in Westerns was a return to what he had done earlier in his career, McCrea enjoyed the genre. In a 1978 interview, he said: I liked doing comedies, but as I got older I was better suited to do Westerns; because I think it becomes unattractive for an older fellow trying to look young, falling in love with attractive girls in those kinds of situations.... Anyway, I always felt so much more comfortable in the Western; the minute I got a pair of boots on, I felt easier. I didn't feel. I felt. In the early 1950s, McCrea starred as Jace Pearson on the radio series western, Tales of the Texas Rangers. In 1959, McCrea and his son Jody starred in the NBC-TV series Wichita Town, which lasted only one season. A few years McCrea united with fellow veteran of westerns Randolph Scott in Ride the High Country, directed by Sam Peckinpah, after which he did not make another feature film until The Young Rounders.
Four more years were to pass before his next film, but 1970 saw the release of two films: Cry Blood, again with his son Jody, Sioux Nation. He made his final film appearance in Mustang Country. In 1968, McCrea received a career achievement award from the L. A. Film Critics Association, the following year he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Joel McCrea has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. and another star at 6241 Hollywood Blvd. for his contribution to radio. McCrea married actress Frances Dee in Brooklyn on October 20, 1933, after they met while filming The Silver Cord; the couple had three sons, who became a rancher. Joel and Frances remained married until his death — spending 57 years together. According to David Ragan's Stars of the'30s, the McCreas were prodigious savers, accumulating a large estate, which included working-ranch properties.
Joel McCrea's work ethic was in part attributed to his Scottish heritage and it may have stemmed from his friendship in the 1930s with fellow personality and sometime actor Wi
Suzanne Lloyd is a Canadian film and television actress, born in Toronto. In addition to her film work, she was a frequent guest star on both British and American television, including Gunsmoke, One Step Beyond, Bourbon Street Beat, The Islanders, Rescue 8, The Texan, Lawman, Tales of Wells Fargo, Bonanza, The Avengers, The Twilight Zone, Bat Masterson, Perry Mason, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Mike Hammer, Have Gun – Will Travel and six episodes of The Saint. Lloyd had a recurring role as Raquel Toledano on the classic Zorro television series, she married television producer and director Allan A. Buckhantz in 1953. After their divorce, Lloyd married record producer and composer Buddy Bregman from 1961 until they divorced in 1988, their daughter, Tracey E. Bregman, is an Emmy Award-winning actress. Suzanne Lloyd official website BFI Film & TV Database: Suzanne Lloyd Suzanne Lloyd on IMDb Suzanne Lloyd at the Internet Broadway Database
Ramrod is a 1947 American Western film directed by Andre DeToth. This cowboy drama from Hungarian director DeToth was the first of several films based on the stories of Western author Luke Short. DeToth's first Western is compared to films noir movies released around the same time; the film stars Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, married to director DeToth. Connie Dickason is the strong-willed daughter of a ranch owner, under the control of powerful local cattleman Frank Ivey, a man her father once wanted Connie to marry. Connie instead takes up with a sheep rancher, run out of town by Ivey, she inherits the man's land. The conniving and manipulative Connie persuades ranch hand Dave Nash to be her "ramrod," or ranch foreman, he recruits an old pal, Bill Schell, who bends the law to his own purposes now and but is fiercely loyal to Dave, to come help him run the ranch and fend off the ruthless Ivey. Rose Leland is in love with Dave and he feels great affection toward her. Connie seduces both Bill to do her bidding, however.
She persuades Bill to stampede her own cattle, without Dave's knowledge, just so Ivey will appear guilty to the law. Sheriff Jim Crew is shot down in cold blood. Dave is ambushed by a couple of Ivey's men, he is badly wounded. Bill hides him. Bill volunteers to distract his men while Dave turns to Rose for shelter. Ivey shoots him in the back. Dave has had enough, he beats him to the draw. Connie is delighted. At last, she has her man. Dave, wants nothing more to do with her, returning to Rose's arms, it was the first film from the independent production company Enterprise and was Lake's first movie as a star outside Paramount. Shooting took place in Grafton in Utah; the film received a positive review from The New York Times, which said in summary "the director and cast, many of whom are no strangers to this sort of emoting, have pitched in with vim to make this horse opera a pleasant variation on a venerable theme." According to Variety the film earned $2 million, with a negative cost of $1.5 million.
This made it one of the more successful films from the short-lived Enterprise Productions. Ramrod on IMDb Ramrod at the TCM Movie Database Ramrod at AllMovie Review of film at Variety
Joel Dee McCrea, known as Jody McCrea, was an American film and television actor. He was the oldest of the three sons of veteran film actors Joel Frances Dee. McCrea went to school in Santa Rosa, at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico, he served in the United States Army Special Services. McCrea had small roles in Wichita, he was in Lucy Gallant. While still at UCLA he had the lead role in Johnny Moccasin, a half hour film made for television by Laslo Benedek as a white boy raised by Indians after a massacre. McCrea followed this with a good supporting role in a feature starring The First Texan. McCrea studied under Sanford Meisner for two years in New York City, he appeared on television in Chevron Hall of Stars, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, Studio One in Hollywood, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Kraft Theatre. He had a supporting role in Naked Gun, The Monster That Challenged the World, he made Trooper Hook and Gunsight Ridge with his father and was one of several young names in Lafayette Escadrille and The Restless Years.
He briefly hosted Country Style, USA, an Army-produced recruiting television program filmed in Nashville, featuring various country music entertainers. In 1959, McCrea costarred with his father in the short-lived NBC western Wichita Town, set in Wichita, Kansas. Joel McCrea appeared as Marshal Mike Dunbar. Jody McCrea did not portray the role of Joel's son on the program but as the deputy marshal, Ben Matheson. McCrea had a small role in All Hands on Deck and could be seen in the episode, "The Wrestler" on the ABC situation comedy, Guestward Ho!, starring Joanne Dru. He toured the country with The Tiger a production from Moral Rearmament, he did The Moon is Look Homeward Angel in stock. McCrea was cast as Lieutenant John J. Pershing in the 1962 episode, "To Walk with Greatness", on the syndicated television anthology series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, three outlaws endanger an Indian treaty. Frank Ferguson was cast in the episode as Colonel Carr. In the early 1960s, McCrea guest starred on the CBS game program, I've Got a Secret with Garry Moore.
His appearance was part of a group of entertainers related to famous Hollywood personalities. McCrea had support parts in Force of The Broken Land, he made Young Guns of Texas with Alana Ladd, daughter of Alan Ladd, James Mitchum, son of Robert. McCrea had a support role in Operation Bikini at American International Pictures starring Tab Hunter and Frankie Avalon, he impressed the studio enough for them to cast him in a comedic role as dumb-minded "Deadhead" in Beach Party starring Avalon and Annette Funicello. When cast in the beach pictures, he realized his comedic potential; when first offered the role of "Deadhead", for example, he was quoted at the time as saying that he "wasn't sure what the character would become". McCrea felt. McCrea was an avid body builder, the only actor appearing in the American International Pictures beach movies who could surf; the film was a big hit and after appearing in Law of the Lawless and The Greatest Show on Earth, McCrea reprised his performance as Deadhead in Muscle Beach Party and Bikini Beach.
He recorded. He wrote a script Stage to Nowhere which appears not to have been made. McCrea played the "Big Lurch" in the 1964 film, Pajama Party, with Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello in the lead parts. McCrea had a small part in Young Fury and played Lieutenant Brannin, a cocky cavalry officer based loosely on George Armstrong Custer, in Sam Peckinpah's Major Dundee, but his scene was deleted from the final cut, he appeared in Wagon Train, before returning to AIP beach movies with Beach Blanket Bingo. McCrea played "Bonehead", again the same character - but it was his biggest role in the series, having a romance with a mermaid. McCrea was back as Bonehead in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, the last Beach Party movie in which he appeared. H was replaced by Aaron Kincaid for Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. McCrea guest starred on Pistols'n' Petticoats, he had a lead role as a biker in The Glory Stompers, starred in Sam for Larry Buchanan. He was a judge on Dream Girl of'67. McCrea had a supporting role in Scream Free! and the lead in The Girls from Thunder Strip.
McCrea starred in a Western Cry Blood, Apache which he produced. He retired after November Children. McCrea became a rancher in New Mexico, he came out of retirement to appear in 1981 in Lady Street Fighter. He died in 2009 of a heart attack at the age of seventy-four, he was married to the former Dusty Ironwing from 1976 until her death in 1996. He is survived by the stepchildren that he reared, David Ironwing. Http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-jody-mccrea17-2009apr17,0,3886252.story Official website Jody McCrea on IMDb Jody McCrea at Find a Grave Jod
Richard P. Coogan was an American actor best known for his portrayal of Captain Video in Captain Video and His Video Rangers, in five episodes, from 1949 to 1950. Born in Short Hills, New Jersey, Coogan worked in radio for some time, including appearing as Abie Levy in Abie's Irish Rose, he appeared on Broadway in five different productions between 1945 and 1955, all of them short-lived except for Diamond Lil with Mae West, The Rainmaker. He was still appearing on Broadway with West when he took the role of Captain Video and His Video Rangers on the DuMont Television Network on June 27, 1949. After the live telecast each day, ending at about 7:30 pm EST, he took a cab to the theatre where Diamond Lil was playing; as the popularity of Captain Video increased, Coogan grew less and less comfortable with both the role and the very low budget of the production. He left Captain Video in December 1950, replaced by Al Hodge, who played the part for the remainder of the run of the series, until April 1, 1955.
Coogan transferred to the soap opera Love of Life. Between 1954 and 1961, Coogan appeared in such films as Three Hours to Kill, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Vice Raid, Girl on the Run. On the NBC Western television series, The Californians set in the California Gold Rush in San Francisco during the 1850s, Coogan appeared as Marshal Matthew Wayne, a character who struck most viewers and critics as a deliberate clone of Gunsmoke's Marshal Matt Dillon, his co-stars included Carole Mathews in a romantic role as the young widow Wilma Fansler and Jeopardy! host, Art Fleming. He had a continuing role on the police procedural series Vice Raid, as Sergeant Whitney Brandon. During 1951–1963 he guest-starred on a number of other television series Westerns such Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Stagecoach West, Sugarfoot and Wichita Town, as well as crime dramas, such as Perry Mason, Surfside 6, 77 Sunset Strip. Coogan retired from film and television in 1963 following an appearance on Perry Mason as Police Sgt. Gifford in "The Case of the Shoplifter's Shoe", his final appearance as Luke Ryan in an episode of Gunsmoke.
In life, he was best known as a professional golfer and golf instructor. Coogan died on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles from natural causes a few weeks before his 100th birthday. Richard Coogan as Captain Video Richard Coogan on IMDb Richard Coogan at the Internet Broadway Database Richard Coogan at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television NY Times entry on Richard Coogan Richard Coogan as Captain Video, another view
Frank S. Ferguson was an American character actor with hundreds of appearances in both film and television. Ferguson was the elder of two children of W. Thomas Ferguson, a native Scottish merchant, his American wife Annie Boynton, he grew up in his native Ferndale. He earned a bachelor's degree in speech and drama at the University of California and a master's degree from Cornell University, he taught at UCLA and Cornell. As a young man, he became connected with Gilmor Brown, the founder and director of the Pasadena Community Playhouse, became one of its first directors, he directed as well as acted in many plays there. He taught at the Playhouse, he made his film debut in 1939 in Gambling on the High Seas, appeared in nearly 200 feature films and hundreds of TV episodes subsequently. Ferguson's best known role was as the Swedish ranch handyman, Gus Broeberg, on the CBS television series, My Friend Flicka, based on a novel of the same name, he appeared with Johnny Washbrook and Anita Louise. At this time, Ferguson portrayed the Calverton veterinarian in the first several seasons of CBS's Lassie.
In 1948, he appeared as "McDougal"- the agitated owner of "McDougal's House of Horrors"- in the Universal comedy/horror film "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein". In 1952, he had an uncredited role as a jailer in Pa Kettle at the Fair, he appeared in Episodes 149, 173, 178 of "The Lone Ranger". Before My Friend Flicka and Lassie, Ferguson appeared in five episodes as "Murdock" in the 1953-1954 ABC sitcom, The Pride of the Family, starring Paul Hartman, Fay Wray, Natalie Wood and Robert Hyatt, he appeared in an episode of Jackie Cooper's NBC sitcom, The People's Choice. He was cast as Doc Spooner in the 1959 episode "Wolf" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, with Will Hutchins in the title role. Ferguson portrayed Roy Bean, justice of the peace in Langtry, Texas, in the 1959 episode "Law West of the Pecos" of the ABC/WB western series, Colt.45, starring Wayde Preston. The Judge Bean role had been filled by Edgar Buchanan in a 1956 syndicated western series. In the Colt.45 episode, Lisa Gaye portrayed June Webster, Douglas Kennedy was cast as Jay Brisco.
Ferguson had appeared as Todd Slater in the 1958 Colt.45 segment, "Rare Specimen". In 1960, Ferguson portrayed Judge Lloyd "Ol' Hang'em By The Neck" Pomeroy in "Riot At Arroyo Seco" on the syndicated television series, Cheyenne in which he sees through an entire town's deception and dismisses murder charges against Sheriff Body, forced to kill the leader of a lynch mob in order to protect a prisoner. On June 3, 1961, Ferguson was cast as Governor Lew Wallace of the New Mexico Territory in "The Great Western" of the NBC western series, The Tall Man, starring Barry Sullivan as Sheriff Pat Garrett and Clu Gulager as Billy the Kid. In the story line, as Wallace visits Lincoln, New Mexico, Sheriff Garrett tries to keep down brawling in the cantina owned by Big Mamacita, the grandmother of the governor's young aide. In the 1963-1964 season, Ferguson was cast in the recurring role of Judge Gurney in the NBC/Warner Brothers western series Temple Houston, with Jeffrey Hunter as an historical person, the frontier lawyer Temple Lea Houston, youngest son of Sam Houston.
Jack Elam and Mary Wickes were other secondary characters. The series ended after twenty-six weeks. In 1964-1965, Ferguson portrayed Pa Stockdale in the ABC-TV comedy No Time for Sergeants.:769-770Ferguson played three different characters on The Andy Griffith Show, two different characters on Petticoat Junction, four different characters on Bonanza, four different characters on Perry Mason, four different characters on the ABC/WB western, Maverick. He guest starred on other series, including the syndicated Rescue 8, The Everglades. Ferguson appeared twice in 1956 as Henry Murdock on the syndicated western-themed crime drama, Sheriff of Cochise, he guest starred in all three of Rod Cameron's crime series, City Detective, State Trooper (in the 1957 episode "No Blaze of Glory", the story of a presumed arson case with a surprise ending and COronado 9. He guest starred, in the role of a hobo Beaver befriends, during the final season of ABC's Leave It to Beaver sitcom in 1963. Ferguson played the role of Eli Carson in the primetime ABC serial Peyton Place:828-829 and reprised the role in the daytime version Return to Peyton Place.:890Ferguson died in Los Angeles of cancer on September 12, 1978.
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Kansas is a U. S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north. Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe; the tribe's name is said to mean "people of the wind" although this was not the term's original meaning. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth; the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery debate. When it was opened to settlement by the U. S. government in 1854 with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state.
Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists prevailed, on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,505. Residents of Kansas are called Kansans. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 4,041 feet. For a millennium, the land, Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans; the first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Southwest Kansas, was still a part of Spain and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory. The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wagon ruts from the trail are still visible in the prairie today. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state; the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law on May 30, 1854, establishing Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory, opening the area to broader settlement by whites. Kansas Territory stretched all the way to the Continental Divide and included the sites of present-day Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo. Missouri and Arkansas sent settlers into Kansas all along its eastern border; these settlers attempted to sway votes in favor of slavery. The secondary settlement of Americans in Kansas Territory were abolitionists from Massachusetts and other Free-Staters, who attempted to stop the spread of slavery from neighboring Missouri. Directly presaging the American Civil War, these forces collided, entering into skirmishes that earned the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas.
Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861, making it the 34th state to join the United States. By that time the violence in Kansas had subsided, but during the Civil War, on August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led several hundred men on a raid into Lawrence, destroying much of the city and killing nearly 200 people, he was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature. His application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record. After the Civil War, many veterans constructed homesteads in Kansas. Many African Americans looked to Kansas as the land of "John Brown" and, led by freedmen like Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, began establishing black colonies in the state. Leaving southern states in the late 1870s because of increasing discrimination, they became known as Exodusters. At the same time, the Chisholm Trail was opened and the Wild West-era commenced in Kansas.
Wild Bill Hickok was a marshal at Hays and Abilene. Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town. In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. S. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, repealed in 1948. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; the state is divided into 105 counties with 628 cities, is located equidistant from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states is in Smith County near Lebanon; until 1989, the Meades Ranch Triangulation Station in Osborne County was the geodetic center of North America: the central reference point for all maps of North America. The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County. Kansas is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to westward dipping sedimentary rocks.
A sequence of Mississippian and Permian rocks outcrop in the eastern and southern part of the state