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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) as Leon
The ghost of the famous pirate must break the curse put on him by a witch.
2.
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) as Cruncher
A small-town girl hits the big city in search of romance Roaring Twenties style.
3.
What a Way To Go! (1964) as Trentino
A very wealthy widow retells her life with the four different husbands who made her rich.
4.
The Leather Saint (1956) as Tiger
Episcopalian minister Gil Allen (John Derek) keeps up his college days interest in boxing by working out at a gym run by his friend, Tom Kelley (Richard Shannon.) Gil declines when fight manager Gus McAuliffe (Paul Douglas) offers to get him some bouts but, spurred by the need for a new iron lung and a swimming pool in his community, Gil takes on a fight, without disclosing his true profession, and knocks out his opponent with one punch. This impresses Pearl Gorman (Jody Lawrence), girl friend of fight promoter Tony Lorenzo (Cesar Romero.) Pearl was a promising singer until her fiance, a boxer, died in the ring but is now on the bottle. She drinks more heavily when Gil ignores her. Gil is about to quit boxing but when Father Ritchie (Ernest Truex) informs him that a down payment has already been made on the iron lung, he continues. He explains his winnings from his fights to Father Ritchie as donations from a friend in the leather business. Pearl learns his true identity and, through his influence, quits drinking. Gil one-punches his way to enough wins to pay off the iron lung and build a swimming pool for the Boys Club---girls couldn't swim in 1956---and the only surprise in this overdose of sweetness is that Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald didn't show up for the swimming pool dedication.
5.
Prince Valiant (1954) as Capt. of guards
A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur''''s Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.
6.
World for Ransom (1954) as Guzik
Made by the same production set-up on the same lot that was producing the 1953-54 "China Smith/Captain China" TV series that starred Dan Duryea as soldier-of-fortune China Smith, using many of the same players that were regulars on the TV series, including Douglass Dumbrille, as head of the British Intelligence, and the same "Singapore", British Colony colonials and China sets used on the series. In this instance, they had the good grace to actually make a "new" film rather than just paste two of the TV episodes together and sending it out as a "new" movie as many of the TV production companies were doing at the time, i.e., the producers of the "Ramar of the Jungle" and Guy Madison's "Wild Bill Hickok" series. And changed the role names of Duryea and Dumbrille, but the Duryea character is still "China Smith." And hired a good director. This time out China Smith...uh.....Mike Callahan (Dan Duryea), because of his friendship with Julian March (Patric Knowles),becomes involved with a plot to kidnap a nuclear scientist who is one of the three men in the whole wide world who knows how to detonate an H-Bomb and evidently carries most of the makings around with him. March is in league with Alexis Pederas (Gene Lockhart, less lovable than usual)and his henchman Guzik (former boxer Lou Nova and mean as usual), planning to do some blackmailing on a global scale. Lots of killing, kidnappings, crosses and double-crosses, fights and pursuits follow, plus some bit of footsie between March's wife, Frennessy (Marian Carr) and Callahan. Nothing much happens in that area either as she departs Singapore and Callahan both when neither are of further use to her. Better than the TV series because of director Robert Aldrich. And Marian Carr, who Aldrich would use later on.
7.
Clipped Wings (1953) as Maj. Jamison
The Bowery Boys join the air force and almost turn it into a fly-by-night organization.
8.
Salome (1953) as Executioner
Herod's stepdaughter discovers Christianity through her love for a Roman centurion.
9.
Westward the Women (1952) as Blacksmith
A frontiersman leads a wagon train full of mail-order brides.
10.
The Tall Target (1951) as Zouave Sergeant
A detective tries to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln during a train ride.
11.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951) as Veteran
A young Union soldier fights to atone for a moment of cowardice during the Civil War.
12.
Double Dynamite (1951) as Max
A bank teller reaps the rewards of saving a gangster's life, but can't reveal where he got the money.
13.
Inside Straight (1951) as Connegan
A tycoon rises to the top in 19th-century San Francisco through greed and corruption.
14.
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) as Ernie
A police detective's violent nature keeps him from being a good cop.
15.
The Cowboy and the Prizefighter (1949) as Bull, the prizefighter
In the fourth and last Red Ryder (following "Ride, Rider, Ride", "Roll, Thunder, Roll" and "The Fighting Redhead" in that order) of the Equity Pictures for Eagle-Lion distribution, filmed in Cinecolor, Red Ryder (Jim Bannon) takes Steve Stevenson (Don Haggerty), who has saved Red's life, to his ranch and gives him a job. Red's aunt, the Duchess (Marin Sais), knew Steve's father (Forrest Taylor), who supposedly committed suicide after losing his ranch betting on a prizefight. Steve refuses to believe that his father took his own life and the Duchess backs him up. On the way to town, Red, Steve, ranch hand Buckshot Blodgett (Emmett Lynn) and Red's young Indian pal, Little Beaver (Don Kay Reynolds as Little Brown Jug), break up an attempted stagecoach robbery. Mark Palmer (John Hart), the gambler who caused the death of Steve's father, is a passenger. In town, Steve meets Sue Evans (Karen Randle), who is going to work for saloon owner Bart Osborne (Marshall Reed). Palmer and Osborne are working together and want Ryder's ranch, and they develop a plan to have Red fight Palmer's pugilist, Bull Massoon (Lou Nova, former fighter who lost a heavyweight championship fight to Joe Louis in 1941, who has never lost in the "film" ring. Steve, a boxer in college, takes Red's place. Steve loses to Massoon, but before Red can determine whether it was a fair fight, a rider reports a robbery of the stage office. Red goes after the outlaws, and the gold is recovered. Red maneuvers a fight with Massoon, and beats him after Massoon drops a piece of lead pipe hidden in his hand. Palmer admits to having murdered Steve's father, and teve learns that Sue was forced to work for Osborne to pay off a debt owed by her brother.
16.
Calendar Girl (1947) as Clancy
17.
Love and Learn (1947) as Marty
An heiress surreptitiously helps two songwriters waiting for their big break.
18.
Joe Palooka, Champ (1946) as Al Costa
Manager Knobby Walsh discovers young hunk Joe Palooka and trains him to fight the champ. Mobsters try to make life tough for Joe and his socialite girlfriend Anne. Cameos by several boxing stars.
19.
Somewhere in the Night (1946) as Hubert
20.
Swing Fever (1944) as Kid Mandell
A bandleader with hypnotic powers tries to train a boxer.

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