Biographies Of The Players OWE-PRA

OWEN, Reginald. B. Wheathamp-stead, Aug. 5, 1887. M. Lydia


Studied as a youth at Tree's Academy of Dramatic Art, and became the first u inner of the Bancroft Gold Medal for acting, April, 1905. Has since travelled extensively in England and America, playing everything from Shakespearean parts to musical comedy, before finally turning his attention to motion pictures. Is part author of Where the Rainbow Ends.

Played in : Platinum Blonde (Col), Lovers Courageous (M.G.M.), The Letter (Para), Man in Possession (M.G.M.). A Woman Commands (Radio), Downstairs (M.G.M.), The Man Called Back (Tiffany), The Bill of Divorcement (Radio), Robbers’ Roost (Fox).

OWSLEY, Monroe. B. Atlanta, Ga. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. и in. Ed. Loomis Institute.

Gained his first stage experience with stock companies, touring throughout America. Following a successful Broadway run opposite Helen Hayes, he went to Hollywood to appear in the screen version of Holiday for Pathe (1930).

Also Played in : Ten Cents a Dance (M.G.M.), Honour Among Lovers (Para), This Modern Age (M.G.M.), Indiscreet (U.A.), Unashamed (M.G.M.), Hat Check Girl (Fox), Phantom of Crestwood (Radio), Call Her Savage (Fox)..

PAGE, Anita. Real name, Anita Pomares. B. Murray Hill, Flushing, L.I., Aug. 4, 1910. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Wt. 8 st. 6 lb. Ed. Washington Irving High School. Was taken by her family to the Famous Players studio on Long Island in the hope that a prompt refusal on the part of the casting manager would cure her of her insatiable film ambition. This, however, served her with the very opportunity she desired, and very soon she was playing in crowds. Was at one time an extra in Rudolph Valentino’s Monsieur Bcaucaire (Para, 1924). Was signed on contract by a small independent company who in time sold the contract to M.G.M. Achieved her first great success opposite Charles King in The Broadway Melody (M.G.M. 1928).

Also Played in : Our Dancing

Daughters (M.G.M.), While the City Steeps (M.G.M.), Flying Ensign (M.G.M.), The Flying Fleet (M.G.M.), The Hollywood Review (M.G.M.), Our Modern Maidens (M.G.M.), Speedway (M.G.M.), Navy Blues (M.G.M.), Caught Short (M.G.M.), Free and Easy (M.G.M.), Our Blushing Brides (M.G.M.), Little Accident (M.G.M.), The Easiest Way (M.G.M.), Sidewalks of New York (M.G.M.), Under Eighteen (Warner), Gentleman's Fate (M.G.M.), War Nurse (M.G.M.), Reducing (M.G.M.), Are You Listening ? (M.G.M.), Justice fur Sale (M.G.M.), Skyscraper Souls (M.G.M.), Prosperity (M.G.M.).

PALLETTE, Eugene. B. Winfield Kan.,

July 8, 1889. Brown hair, blue eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. i3st. 3 lb.

Ed. Culver Military Academy. M.

Marjorie Cagnucci, Sept. 18, 1932.

Six years on the stage preceded his film debut. By 1913 he had risen to leading parts and has continued except for one brief period on the stage.

Played in : Parlour, Bedroom and Bath (Metro), The Santa Fe Trail (Para), Fine Feathers (Metro), Three Musketeers (U.A.), Mantrap (Para), Twelve Hal Roach Comedies (M.G.M.), The Red Mark (Pathe), Girls About Town (Para), Out of the Ruins (F.N.), His Private Life (Para), Light of New York (Warner) The Canary Murder Case (Para), The Dummy (Para), Men Are Like That (Para), The Greene Murder Case (Para), The Studio Murder Case (Para), Pointed Heels (Para), The Love Parade (Para), The Benson Murder Case (Para) Follow Thru (Para), The Sea God (Para), Fighting Caravans (Para), It Pays to Advertise (Para), Gun Smoke (Para), Dude Ranch (Para), The Virginian (Para), Slightly Scarlet (Para), Let’s Go Native (Para), The Border Legion (Para), The Law Rides West (Para), Sea Legs (Para), Playboy of Paris (Para), Huckleberry Finn (Para), Shanghai Express (Para), Dancers in the Dark (Para), Thunder Below (Para), Strangers of the Evening (Tiffany), Night Mayor (Col), Wild Girl (Fox), Phantom Fame (Radio).

PANGBORN, Franklyn. B. Newark,

N.J. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht.

5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 11 st. 2 lb. Ed.

Barringer High School, Newark, N.J.

Played for several seasons with Mme. Alla Nazimova in The Marionettes. Also appeared with Pauline Frederick in Joseph and His Brethren. Later played Messala in the stage production of Ben Huy in America, and for five years was a member of the Majestic Theatre, Los Angeles.

(PAR-PEN) Biographies ol the Players

Played in : On Trial (Warner),

Chasing Trouble (Univ), Rejuvenation of Aunt Mary (Pathe), Girl in the Pullman (Pathe), Getting Gertie’s Garter (Pathe), IVatch Out (Fox), My Friend from India (Pathe), The Night Bride (Path6), Blonde for a Night (Pathe), Lady of the Night (U.A.), The Sap (Warner). Masquerade (Fox), The Crazy Nut (Mermaid-Educational), Cheer Up and Smile (Fox), Not So Dumb (M.G.M.), The Lady Surrenders (Univ), The Chumps (Educational-Mack Sennett), Who's the Boss (Vita), Poor Aubrey (Vita), Reno or Bust (Vita), The Doctor’s Wife (Vita), Her Man (Pathe), A Woman of Experience (Path6), A Fool’s Advice (Frank Fay) Torchy Turns the Trick (Educ), Torchy’s Nightcap (Educ), What Price Taxi ? (M.G.M.), Torchy’s Vocation (Educ).

PARKER, Cecilia. B. Fort William, Ontario, Canada, April 26, 1905.

Blonde hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3-£ in. Wt. 7 st. 11 lb. Ed. Blessed Sacrament Parochial School, Hollywood ; Convent of the Immaculate Heart, Hollywood.

Taken to Hollywood when a baby. Specialized in music and dramatics at school, but has never been on the stage. Appeared as an extra in Women of All Nations (Fox, 1931), and had a small part in Young as You Feel (Fox). During the shooting of the latter was seen by Sol Wurtzel, general superintendent of Fox Films, who promptly signed her for lead in Rainbow Trail (Fox, 1932).

Also Played in : Mystery Ranch

(Fox), The Lost Special (Univ), Tombstone Canyon (Tiffany).

PATERSON, Pat. B. Bradford, 1912. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Wt. 7 st.

Stage career began at the age of ten, when she appeared in pantomime. Ran away from school and came to London, where she got a part in Stop Flirting. Three years touring followed, and then in London cabarets. Achieved no little success by her work for the B.B.C. Played her first important screen role in The Professional Guest (Fox-Brit, 1931).

Also Played in : The Great Gay Road (Butcher’s), Partners Please (P.D.C.), Lord Babs (Gains), Murder on the Second Floor (Warner), The Service Flat (P.D.C.).

PATTERSON, Elizabeth. B. Savanah, Tenn. Dark brown hair, dark blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. S st. 3 lb. Ed. Savannah ; Mortin College.

Following numerous stage successes

made her appearance in motion-pictures, one of the earliest being The Boy Friend (M.G.M., 1926).

Also Played in : Peter Grimm,

The Gay Nineties (Warner), Words and Music (Fox), Lone Star Ranger (Fox), South Sea Rose (Fox), Harmony at Home (Fox), The Big Party (Fox), Tarnished Lady (Para), The Smiling Lieutenant (Para), Husband’s Holiday (Fox), Daddy Long Legs (F.N.), Penrod and Sam (Univ), Heaven on Earth (Univ), The Cat Creeps (Univ), So Big (Warner), The Expert (Warner), Play Girl (Warner), Miss Pinkerton (Warner), Two Against the World (Warner), Love Me To-night (Para), New Morals for Old (M.G.M.), Guilty as Charged (Para), Breach of Promise (WAV.), Bill of Divorcement (Radio), The Way of Life (Warner).

PEERS, Joan. B. Chicago, 111, 1911. Dark brown hair, green eyes. Ht. 5ft. Ed. Alta Loma Grammar School, Los Angeles ; Hyde Park High School, Chicago.

Stage career began soon after she had mastered the art of walking. As a child she was a solo dancer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The untimely withdrawal of a play on which she depended for her income led her to the studios in New York, where she played in crowds.

Played in : Rosita (U.A.), Looking for Trouble (Univ), Applause (Para), Two Black Crows, (Para), Around the Corner (Col), Rain or Shine (Col), Romeo in Pyjamas (M.G.M.), Tol’able David (Col), Over the Hill (Fox).

PENDLETON, Nat. B. Davenport, Iowa, Aug. 9, 1899. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 15 st. Ed. public schools of New York City ; Columbia College.

On leaving college joined the Standard Oil Company for whom he went to Portugal. After twelve months, went into business for himself as general importer. Remained in Spain, and Portugal for four years. On his return to the United States, 1921, became vice-president and general manager of the True-Story Films Corporation. From this he went to professional wrestling which introduced him in time to the stage, where he made his debut as a wrestler in Irene Bordoni’s play Naughty Cinderella. Other small theatrical parts and wrestling bouts followed, until eventually he made his film debut with Lubin.

Also Played in : Laughing Lady

(Para), The Big Pond (Para), Last of the

Biographies of the Players (PET-PIC)

Duanes (Fox), Sea Wolf (Fox), Mr. Lemon of Orange (Fox), Star Witness (Warner), Blonde Crazy (Warner), Pottsville Palooka (Sennett), Beast of the City (M.G.M.), A Fool’s Advice (Col), Secret Witness (Col), Larceny Lane (Warner), Vigour of Youth (Univ), Play Girl (Warner), Cardigan’s Last Case (Radio), Taxi (Warner), Attorney for the Defence (Col), Hell Fire Austin (Tiffany), Exposure (Premier), Cauliflower Alley (Col), You said a Mouthful (Warner), By Whose Hand? (Col) Goldie Gets Along (Radio).

PETROVITCH, Ivan. B. Russia, 1899-

Dark hair, dark eyes. lit. 6 ft.

Screen debut in France. Is best remembered for his performance of the monk in The Garden of Allah (M.G.M.), produced by Rex Ingram at Nice.

Also Played in : The Magician

(M.G.M.), The Sirens of the Sea (Univ), The Three Passions (U.A.), Court Scandal, Dreams of Youth (German), For the Prosecution (German), Morgane (Franco).

PETTINGELL, Frank. B. June 24.

Been on the stage for over twenty years. First appeared in a concert party. Went into revue, Shakespeare, melodrama and repertory in turn, till 1922, when he had his London success in Lass 0’ Laughter. Has also produced stage plays. Scored a hit as Sam Oglethorpe in The Good Companions and takes the same part in the film version (Gau-Brit, 1932).

Also Played in : fealousy (New Era). In a .Monastery Garden (Twickenham), Frail Women (Twickenham), Hobson’s Choice (B.I.P.), Once Bitten (Twickenham), Double Dealing (Twickenham), A Tight Corner (Twickenham), The Crooked Lady (Eric Hakim).

PICHEL, Irving. B. Pittsburg, June 25.

M. Violet Wilson, 1916 ; 3 children,

Wilson, Julian and Marlowe.

Unlike the majority of screen celebrities, Irving Pichel had no thought, intention or desire of becoming an actor. Instead, he had always pictured himself as a surgeon of world renown. Hard luck, however, made him turn his steps towards the stage, where he discovered he had talents which promised to achieve for him great success there and on the screen.

Played in : Murder by the Clock (Para), Westward Passage (Radio), Miracle Man (Para), Two Kinds of Women (Para), Forgotten Commandments (Para), The Cheat (Para), Strange Justice (Radio) Cardigan’s Last Case (Radio).

PICKFORD, Jack. Real name, Smith. B. Toronto, Ont., 1896. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 7 in. Ed. St. Francis Military Academy, New York. M. (1) Olive Thomas ; she d.; (2) Marilyn Miller, July 1922 ; div. Nov. 1927 > (з) Mary Mulhern, Aug., 1930 ; div. Feb., 1932.

A brother of Mary Pickford and Lottie Pickford. Began career on the stage, playing in Peg Rohm, Three of Us, etc. Screen debut 1919 with Biograph Co.

Played in : Gang War (Radio), Brown of Harvard (M.G.M.), Exit Smiling. (M.G.M.), Bill Apperson’s Boy (F. N.), The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (Goldwyn), His Majesty Bunker Bean (Para), Mile a Minute Kendall (Para), Sandy (Para), Seventeen (Para), Tom Sawyer (Para), Great Expectations (Para), The Dummy (Para), The Varmint (Para), Freckles (Рага), Double Dyed Deceiver (Goldwyn), Man Who Had Everything (Goldwyn), Just Out of College (Goldwyn), Garrison’s Finish (A.I.), The Bat (U.A.).

PICKFORD, Mary. Real name, Gladys Smith. B. Toronto, April 8, 1893.

Sister of Jack and Lottie Pickford. Golden hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. M. (1) Owen Moore; div. 1920. (2)

Douglas Fairbanks, March 1920.

Began her stage career in her native city, Toronto, when five years of age, playing a speaking part with the Valentine stock company in that city. At eight years of age she could already say she was an actress of considerable experience. Her film debut was in Her First Biscuit with the old Biograph company. Apart from being one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood, and the " World’s sweetheart,” is none the less a very astute business woman, and as early as 1915, was known as vice-president of the Mary Pickford Famous Players Company. In 1916 the Mary Pickford Company vras organized, and she acquired a 50 per cent interest in the profits of her films. Early in 1919 was one of the principal organizers of the famous United Artists Corporation, by whom most of her films were later released. Appeared for the first time with her husband in a talkie version of The Taming of the Shrew (U.A., ig2g).

Also Played in : Violin Maher of

Cremona (Biograph), A Good Little Devil (F.P.), Caprice (F.P.), Bishop’s Carriage (F.P.), Tess of the Storm Country (F.P.), Hearts Adrift (F.P.), Such a Little Queen (F.P.), Eagle’s Mate (F.P.), Behind the Scenes (F.P.), Fanchon the Cruket (F.P.), Cinderella (F.P.), Mistress Nell (F.P.), A Dawn of To-morrow (F.P ), Rags (F.P.),

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Little Pal (F.P.)> Girl of Yesterday (F.P.), Poor Little Pippina (F.P.), Madame Butterfly (F.P.), The Foundling (F.P.), The Eternal Grind (F.P.), Hulda from Holland (F.P.), Less than the Dust (F.P.), Pride of the Clan (Artcraft), Poor Little Rich Girl (Arteraft), Romance of the Redwoods (Artcraft), Little American (Art-craft), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Artcraft), Little Princess (Arteraft), -Stella Maris (Arteraft), Amarilla of Clothes Line Alley (Artcraft), hFLiss (Artcraft), How Could You, Jean ? (Arteraft), Captain Kidd Junior (Artcraft), Johanna Enlists (Artcraft), Daddy Long Legs (F.N.), The Hoodlum (F.N.), Heart 0’ the Hills (F.N.), Polly anna (U.A.), Suds (U.A.), The Love Light (U.A.), Through the Back Door (U.A.), Little Lord Fauntleroy (U.A.), Tess of the Storm Country (U.A.), Rosita (U.A.), Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall (U.A.), Little Annie Rooney (U.A.), Sparrows (U.A.), My Best Girl (U.A.), Coquette (U.A.), For Ever Yours (U.A.), Kiki (U.A.).

PIDGEON, Walter. B. East St. John, Canada, Sept. 23, 1897. Black hair, grey eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 13 st. 8 lb. Ed. in Canada.

Began his professional career with Elsie Janis in At Home, in which they toured U.S.A. and England. Introduced the song hits “What’ll I do?” and “All Alone.” Joseph Schenck obtained his release from a stage contract and dispatched him to Hollywood to make pictures.

Played in : Mannequin (Para), Outsider (Fox), The Desert Healer, Miss Nobody (Pathe), Her Private Life, (F.N.), A Most immoral Lady (F.N.), Bride of the Regiment (F.N.), Mademoiselle Modiste (F.N.), Viennese Nights (Warner), Toast of the Legion (F.N.), Going Wild (F.N.), The Gorilla (F.N.), Hot Heiress (F.N.).

PITTS, Zasu. B. Parsons, Kan., 1898. Brown hair, blue eyes. lit. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. in Cal. M. Tom Gallery, 1920 ; div. 1932 ; 1 dau., 1 adopted son.

Her unusual Christian name combines the first and last two letters of the names of two aunts, Susan and Liza. Had a passionate desire to become a private detective and actually went to Los Angeles in pursuit of such a job. Instead, she became a film actress. Is now the most popular comedienne, but in 1923 was regarded as a queen of tragedy. Made her film debut with Mary Pickford in Little Princess (Artcraft, 1917).

Also Played in : Greed (M.G.M.), Early to Bed (Fox), Old Shoes (Hollywood!,

Her Big Night (Univ), Risky Business (Patlie), Casey at the Bat (Para), Wife Savers (Para), Buck Privates (Univ), Sunny Side Up (Patlie), Thirteen Washington Square (Univ), The Squall (F.N.), Wedding March (Para), Sins of the Fathers (Para), The Dummy (Para), Mannequin (Para), Her Private Life (F.N.), Twin Beds (F.N.), Oh Yeah (Pathe), Paris (F.N.), This Thing Called Love (Patlie), The Devil's Holiday (Para), Honey (Para), Beyond Victory (Pathe), Lottery Bride (U.A.), Unexpected Father (Univ), Little Accident (Univ), Monte Carlo (Para), River's End (Warner). Shopworn (Col), The Secret Witness (Col), Passion Flower (M.G.M.), War Nurse (M.G.M ), Sin Takes a Holiday (M.G.M.), The Guardsman (M.G.M.), Free Love (Univ), No, No, Nanette (F.N.), Big Gamble (Pathe), Their Mad Moment (Fox), Trial of Vivienne Ware (Fox), illan I Killed Para), Westward Passage (Radio), Steady Company (Univ), Strangers of the Evening (Tiffany), Is My Face Red? (Radio) Make Me a Star (Para), Roar of the Dragon (Radio), Destry Rides Again (Univ), Once in a Lifetime (Univ), Backstreet (Univ), The Vanishing Frontier (Para), Walking Down Broadway (Fox), Crooked Circle (Tiffany), Blondie of the Follies (M.G.M.), Madison Square Garden (Para), Woman of Experience (Pathe), Seed (Univ), Finn and Hattie (Para), Penrod and Sam (F.N.).

PLAYFAIR,, Sir Nigel. B. London, July 1, 1874. Ed. Winchester ; Harrow : University College, Oxford. M. May Martyn, July, 1905.

Practised as a barrister before making his first professional stage debut in London, 1902. After a very successful career, which, in 1928, led to the distinction of a knighthood, made his talkie debut in 1932 with the Gloria Swanson Company in Perfect Understanding.

POLLARD, ' Daphne. B. Melbourne, Australia. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 4 ft. 9 in. Wt. 7 st. 2 lb. Ed. Australia. M. Ellington K. Bunch. Made her stage debut when she was eight years of age in the Pollard Lilliputian Opera Company. Appeared in New York 1908, and came to London in 1917, to play in Zigzag. She paid a second visit in 1923 and four years later entered on her screen career.

Played in : The Slim Princess (Gold-wyn), The Girl from Nowhere (Pioneer), Hit of the Show (Radio), Girl from Everywhere (Pathe), Sinners in Love (Radio), The Lion’s Roar (F.N.), The Old Barn

Biographies of the Players (POL-PRE)

(F.N.), Big Time (Fox), Sky Hawk (Fox), South Sea Rose (Fox), Swing High (Pathe), Bulls and Bears (comedy), Sitgay Plum Papa (Sennett), Honeymoon Zeppelin (Sennett), Good-bye Legs (Sennett), America or Bust (Path£ comedy), Wanted—A Man (Vita), Cleo to Cleopatra (Vita), What a Widow (U.A.), Up a Tree (comedy), Seeing Injuns (comedy), Loose Ankles (F.N.), The Lady Refuses (Radio), She Stoops to Conquer.

POLLOCK, Ellen. B. Heidelberg, June

29, 1903. Black hair, green eyes.

Ed. St. Mary’s College, London ;

Convent of the Blessed Sacrament.

M. L. F. Hancock, 1928 ; 1 son.

Teaches dramatic art and French at the Fay Compton Studio. Stage debut in The Melting Pol (1921). Screen debut Too Many Crooks ((George King, 1930).

Also Played in : My Wife's Family (B.I.P.), Let’s Love and Laugh (B.I.P.), The First Mrs. Fraser (Sterling), Down Our Street (Para-Brit), The Last Coupon (B.I.P.).

POWELL, William. B. Kansas City, Mo., July 29, 1892. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. Ed. Pittsburg, Pa. ; American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. M. (1) Eileen Wilson; div.; (2) Carole Lombard. Spent ten years on the stage before making his screen debut in 1921. His first important part was with John Barrymore in Sherlock Holmes (Goldwyn).

Also Played in : When Knighthood

was in Flower (Cosmo), Moriarty (Goldwyn), The Bright Shawl (F.N.), Under the Red Robe (Goldwyn), Romola (M.G.), Two Many Kisses (Para), Dangerous Money (Para), Aloma of the South Seas (Para), The Runaway (Para), Desert Gold (Para), Beau Geste (Para), Tin Gods (Para), The Great Gatsby (Para), New York (Para), Love’s Greatest Mistake (Para), Special Delivery (Para), Time to Love (Para), Ssnorita (Para), Beau Sabreur (Para), She’s a Sheik (Para), The Last Command (Para), Feel My Pulse (Para), Partners in Crime (Para), The Drag Net (Para), 'The Vanishing Pioneer (Para), Forgotten Faces (Para), Interference (Para), The Canary Murder Case (Para), Charming Sinners (Para), Four Feathers (Para), Pointed Heels (Para), The Greene Murder Case (Para), Behind the Make-up (Para), The Benson Murder Case (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), The Shadow of the Law (Para), Street of Chance (Para), High Pressure (Warner), The Road to Singapore (Warner), Heat Wave (Warner), One Way

Passage (Warner), The Jewel Robbery (Warner), For the Defence (Col), Man of the World (Para), Ladies’ Man (Para), Lawyer’s Man (Para).

PRATT, Purnell. B. Bethel, 111. Grey hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb. Ed. public schools of California ; University of Southern California ; University of Pennsylvania. Following twenty-five years on the stage, entered motion pictures in 1928.

Played in : The Trespasser (U.A.), Through Different Eyes (Fox), Fast Life (F.N.), Is Everybody Happy ? (Warner), Alibi (U.A.), On With the Show (Warner), Furies (F.N.), Road to Paradise (F.N.), Common Clay (Fox), The Gorilla (F.N.), Sinners Holiday (Warner), Beyond Victory (Pathfi), The Silver Horde (Radio), Paid (M.G.M.), Within the Law (M.G.M.), Dance Fools Dance (M.G.M.), Up for Murder (Univ), Bachelor Apartment (Radio), Travelling Husbands (Radio), Five Star Final (Warner), The Public Defender (Radio), The Gay Diplomat (Radio), Spider (Fox), Terror by Night (Col), Ladies of the Big House (Para), Emma (M.G.M.), Scarface (U.A.), Secret Witness (Col), Grand Hotel (M.G.M.), Roadhouse Murder (Radio), Famous Ferguson Case (F.N.), Hat Check Girl (Fox), Red Haired Alibi (Tiffany).

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