Biographies Of The Players SHE-SWI

SHELLY, Hal. B. Allegheny, Pa.

Ran away from home at the age of fifteen and joined a travelling circus. Later he went into musical comedy and became known as “ Tumbling Harold Skelly.” Has toured China and Japan, and ivas a member of the first American musical comedy show to tour the Orient. In 1927 was offered the leading role in Burlesque, which was later purchased by Paramount and re-named The Dance of Life (Para, 1929). Skelly then played his original role

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Also Played in : Woman Trap (Para), Behind the Make Up (Para), Men are Like That (Para), The Struggle (U.A.).

SKIPWORTH, Alison. B. London, Eng., 1S75. Auburn liair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Ed. London.

Introduced herself to America in Marie Tempest’s farce, The Artist’s Model, on Christmas Day, 1S95. Made her motion picture debut in silent films, but did not appear very frequently until talkies came.

Played in: To-night or Never (U.A.), Devotion (Rogers), Night Angel (Para), Sinners in the Sun (Para), Sporting Widow (Para), Night after Night (Para), Raffles (U.A.), If I Had a Million (Para), He Learned About Women (Para), Du Barry (U.A.).

SMITH, C. Aubrey. B. London, July 2i, 1863. Son of C. J. Smith, M.D. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 13 st. 8 lb. Ed. Charterhouse; Cambridge.

At Cambridge earned a great reputation as a cricketer, and on leaving the university became captain of the Sussex team. Also captained English team to Australia and South Africa. Stage debut at Hastings in 1892, -with A. B. Tapping’s company. A long and successful stage career followed, during which he occasionally played in British films. Played in the talkie version of The Bachelor Father (M.G.M., 1931), with Marion

Davies, in which he had scored a success on the stage.

Also Played in : The Builder of

Bridges (Frohman), John Glayde’s Honour (Frohman), The Witching Hour (Frohman), Red Pottage (British Actors), Meyrick Milton (British Actors), The Face at the Window (British Actors), Shuttle of Life (British Actors), Castles i n Spain (Locoque), Bumps (Minerva), Bohemian Girl (Alliance), Flames of Passion (Wilcox), Temptation of Carlton Earle (Pathe), The Unwanted (Samuelson), Dancing Partner (M.G.M.), Never the Twain Shall Meet (M.G.M.), The J\Ian in Possession (M.G.M.), Guilty Hands (M.G.M.), Daybreak (M.G.M.), Tarzan, the Ape Man (M.G.M.), Son of India (M.G.M.), Phantom of Paris {M.G.M.), Surrender (Fox), Polly of the Circus (M.G.M.), But the Flesh is Weak (M.G.M.), Love Me To-night (Para), Monkey’s Paw (Radio).

STANDING, Joan. Daughter of Sir Herbert Standing. B. England, June 2i, 1903. Auburn hair, brown eyes, lit. 5 ft. 8 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. New York City; Los Angeles, Cal. M. Otto Pierce.

Without previous stage experience she visited the Goldwyn Studios, was signed on, and made her screen debut with the late Mabel Normand in the film When Doctors Disagree (1919). Has since become well-known on the American screen.

Also Played in : Greed (M.G.),

Branding Iron (Goldwyn), Romance of a Queen (M.G.), Ritzy (Para), Women who Give (M.G.), Beau Sabreur (Para), Home James (Univ), Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (Univ), College Hero (Col), Little Firebrand (Patlie), Reilly of Rainbow Division (Anchor), The Kid's Clever (Univ), My Lady’s Past (Tiffany), Fashiotis in Love (Para), The Street of Chance (Para), Mixed Doubles (Univ), Never The Twain Shall Meet (M.G.M.), Young as You Feel (Fox), Age for Love (Col), American Madness (Col), Dracula (Univ), Jenny Lind (M.G.M.).

STANMORE, Frank. B. London, 1S77. Grey hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5¾ in. A veteran of British motion pictures, who will be remembered by those who followed the activities of the old London Film Company. Had intended, as a youth, to take up medicine for a career, but fate intervened and he became an actor instead.

Played in : Spanish Jade (Quality), A Rogue in Love (Globe), Lily of the Alley (Hepworth), Love, Life and Laughter (Welsh Pearson), School for Scandal (Phillips), Squibs JM.P. (Gains), Reveille (Welsh Pearson), The Blackguard, Satan’s Sister (Welsh Pearson), The Only U'ay (F.N.), Mr. Preedy and the Countess (Welsh Pearson), Blinkeyes (Welsh Pearson), Wait and See (Nettlefold), Houp La (British Screen), Little Miss London (B.I.F.), Master and Man (Plionofilm), Leave it to Me (G. King), You’d be Surprised (Nettlefold), Chamber of Horrors (B.I.F.), The House Opposite (B.I.P.), The Great Gay Road (Butcher’s), What a Night (B.I.P.), The Old Man (B.L.), Let’s Love and Laugh (B.I.P.), Lucky Girl (B.I.P.).

STANWYCK, Barbara. Real name Ruby Stevens. B. Brooklyn, New York, July 16, 1907. Auburn hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. M. Frank Fay. Learned dancing at the age of three, later becoming a professional. Appeared first in cabarets, then in musical comedies, and finally in Ziegfeld’s Follies. The Locked Door (U.A., 1922), a silent film, introduced her to the public for the first time.

Also Played in : Mexicali Rose (Col), Ladies of Leisure (Col), Ten Cents a Dance iCol), Illicit (Warner), Night Nurse

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(Warner), So Big (Warner), Shopworn (Col), Forbidden (Col), The Purchase Price (Warner), Bitter Tea of General Yen (Col).

STARRETT, Charles. B. Atliol, Mass.

Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Ht.

6 ft. 2 in.

At one time a star of the famous Dartmouth College Football team in America. Made his film debut in crowds, while still at college. Impatiently finished his education and went back to Hollywood, where he began his screen career.

Played in : Fast and Loose (Para), Royal Family of Broadway (Para), Silence (Para), Touchdown (Para), Age for Love (Col), Playing the Game (Para), Damaged Love (W.W.), The Viking (Sterling), Sky Bride (Para), Lady and Gent (Para), Mask of Fit Mancha (M.G.M.).

STEN, Real name, Anjuschka

Stenski. B. Kief, Russia, 1910. Gold

hair, blue-grey eyes.

Attracted Samuel Goldwyn’s attention after creating a sensation in Berlin by her performances in The Brothers Karamazov (U.F.A.), and in The Tempest (U.F.A.) with Emil Jannings. Goldwyn “ signed her on ” for Hollywood to make a new version of The Brothers Karamazov.

Also Played in : Bombs over Monte Carlo (U.F.A.), Storms of Passion (U.F.A.), Twnultes (U.F.A.).

STENGEL, Leni. B. Berlin, Germany.

Ed. Berlin and New York City.

Following one or two successes in Germany and Russia, returned to New York and sang in night clubs in six different languages. Vaudeville appearances followed, then musical comedies, among them, This Thing Called Love. Finally went into motion pictures, under a contract with Radio.

Played in : Half Shot at Sunrise

(Radio), Road to Reno (Para), Beloved Bachelor (Para), Husband’s Holiday (Para), Man about Town (Fox).

STERLING, Ford. Real name, George

Ford Stitch. B. La Crosse, Wis., 1885.

Black hair, dark-brown eyes. Ht.

5 ft. 11 in.

Like many other celebrities, was foiced to run away from home in an effort to realize his theatrical ambitions. First engagement with George Hutchinson’s Repertory Company, at the termination of which he joined a circus, working with the Flying I.eos. After five years of circus life, took up vaudeville work, touring America extensively. Was seen by Mack Sennett while playing on the New

York stage. Thereafter, devoted the whole of his attention to motion picture comedies.

Played in : Sporting Goods (Para),

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Para), Wife Savers (Para), Figures don’t Lie (Para), Drums of the Desert (Para), For the Love of Mike (F.N.), Chicken a la King (Fox), The Fall of Eve (Col), Oh, Kay ! (F.N.), Sally (F.N.), Bride of the Regiment (F.N.j, Show Girl in Hollywood (F.N.), Spring is Here (F.N.), Kis>nct (F.N.), Her Majesty Love (F.N.).

STOCKFELD, Betty. B. Sydney, N.S.W., Jan. 15, 1905. Fair hair blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Ed. Paris, and London.

Although her part in City of Song (Sterling, 1930) attracted much attention, for some unknown reason it was not until a year or two later that she began playing consistently in British films. Has also appeared on the stage, her first part being with Sir Gerald du Maurier in S.O.S.

Also Played in: Captivation

(J. Harvel), Money for Nothing (B.I.P.), Life Goes On (Para-Brit), Impassive Footman (A.R.P.), Maid of the Mountains (B.I.P.), 77, Park Lane (Famous Players Guild).

STONE, Lewis, B. Worcester, Mass., Nov. 15, 1879. Grey hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. in Massachusetts. M. (1) Margaret Langham; d. (2) Florence Oakley ; (3) Hazel Wolf, 1931 ; 2 dau.

Has been a favourite with cinema-goers for many years, beginning his screen career by playing opposite many famous women long out of pictures, among them, Bessie Barriscale, in Honour’s Altar (Triangle, 1916). Has served in two wars : the Spanish-American and the World War, returning to Hollywood after the Armistice to continue his screen career.

Also Played in : Milestones (Gold

wyn), Scaramouche (M.G.), Prisoner of Zcnda (Para), Cytherea (F.N.), Lady Who Died (F.N.), Don Juan’s Three Nights (F.N.), Lost World (F.N.), Too Much Money (F.N.), Old Loves and New (F.N.), Girl From Montmartre (F.N.), Midnight Lovers (F.N.), Blonde Saint (F.N.), Affair of the Follies (F.N.), Lonesome Ladies (F.N.), Prince of Head Waiters (F.N.), Notorious Lady (M.G.M.), Private Life of Helen of Troy (F.N.), Foreign Legion (Univ), Freedom of the Press (Univ), Patriot (Para), Trial of Mary Dugan (M.G.M.), Madame X (M.G.M.), Wonders of Women (M.G.M.), Woman of Affairs,

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(M.G.M.), Wild Orchids (M.G.M.), Their Own Desire (M.G.M.), Strictly Unconventional (M.G.M.), Big House (M.G.M.), Romance (M.G.M.), Office Wife (Warner), Strictly Dishonourable (Univ), Phantom of Paris (M.G.M.), Passion Flower (M.G.M.), Wet Parade (M.G.M.), Justice for Sale (M.G.M.), Mata Havi (M.G.M.), Letiy Lynton (M.G.M.), Grand Hotel (M.G.M.), New Morals for Old (M.G.M.), Unashamed (M.G.M.), Red-Headed Woman (M.G.M.), Strange Interlude (M.G.M.), After Divorce j (M.G.M.), Always Goodbye (Fox).

STUART, Gloria. Б. Santa Monica,

July 4, 1910. Gold liair, hazel eyes.

M. Blair Gordon Newell.

Without having appeared in a single motion picture, she was the cause of a dispute between Paramount and Universal, both of whom claimed her as their own. The Will Hays organization, which acts as arbitrator in such matters, decided in favour of Universal, with whom she is now under contract.

Played in : Street of Women (Warner), Back Street (Univ), Old Dark House (Univ), Airmail (Univ), Laughter in Hell (Univ).


Chance often plays a part in the lives if film stars, and one day at lunch it served Jeanne Stuart well. A theatrical manager saw her and was later instrumental in setting her on the road to success. He introduced her to Auriol Lee, who engaged her to play in Nine Till Six, and when this company was sent to New York, Jeanne Stuart accompanied it. Later, returned to London in After All. Film debut in Britain in Creeping Shadows (B.I.P., 1932). Is a keen airwoman, trained by the late Glen Kidston.

Also Played in : Mademoiselle

Parley-voo (Gau-Brit), White Face (Gains), Mischief (B. & D.), Once Bitten (Twickenham), A Safe Affair (Eric Hakim).

STUART, J ohn. B. Edinburgh, 1S99.

Dark brown hair, brown eyes. lit.

5 ft. 11 in. Ed. Eastbourne College.

After the war, in which he had served in the Black Watch, made his stage debut with Lena Ashwell’s company. Has appeared in many British films, the first of which was Her Son (1920), with Violet Hopson. First became popular among cinema-goers in this country in a series of war films, the most notable of which was Mademoiselle from Armen-Aieres (Gau).

Also Played in : The Great Gay Road (Broadwest), The Lights of Home (Screen Plays), Land of My Fathers (Glen),

Sinister Street (Ideal), Mademoiselle Parley-voo (Gau-Brit), This Freedom (Ideal), A Sporting Double (Davidson-Granger), If Four Walls Told (British Super Films), The Reverse of the Medal (Quality), Constant Hot Water (Quality), Mary, Queen of Scots (Ideal), Little Miss Nobody (Noy), The School for Scandal (Phillips), Claude Duval (Gau), London Love (Bromhead), Ilindle Wakes (Elvey, silent), Glad Eye (Gau-Brit), Roses of Picardy (Gau-Brit), The Flight Commander (Gau-Brit), Sailors Don’t Care (Gau-Brit), Kitty (Burlington), Smashing Through (Wilcox), The Silver Rosary, High Seas (B.I.P.), Taxi for Two (Gains), Atlantic (B.I.P.), Children of Chance (B.I.P.), No Exit (W.B.-F.N.), Midnight (Fox), Kissing Clip’s Race (Butcher’s), Hound of the Baskcrvilles (Gains), Verdict of the Sea (B.I.P.), Ilindle Wakes (Gau, sound), In a Monastery Garden (Twickenham), Number 17 (B.I.P.), Men of Steel (Langham), Little Fella (W.B.-F.N.), Atlantidc (Pabst).

STUART, Nick. Real name, Nicholas Pratza. B. Abrud, Roumania. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 11 st. Ed. Dayton, Ohio. M. Sue Carol, July, 1929.

After being a shipping clerk, he went to work in a film studio. Was in turn property boy, script clerk, assistant camera-man and, finally, an actor.

Played in : The River Pirate (Fox),

The News Parade (Fox), Girls Gone Wild (Fox), Joy Street (Fox), Chasing Through Europe (Fox), Why Leave Home? (Fox), Swing High (Pathe), Honeymoon Zeppelin (Educ), Campus Crushes (Educ), Goodbye Legs (Educ), Hallo Television (Educ), Sheer Luck (Big Four), The Mystery Train (Continental), Sundown Trail (Radio).

SUMMERVILLE, Slim. Real name, George J. Summerville. B. Calgary, Canada. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2-|- in. Married. Adopted 1 son, Elliott.

Seized with ambition, ran away from home when a young boy, earning his living at all kinds of different jobs. I11 1913, began his association with films, appearing first as an extra, and later as feature player for Mack Sennett. Has also directed a number of films.

Also Played in : The Beloved Rogue (U.A.), Hey, Hey, Cowboy (Univ), The Chinese Parrot (Univ), The Wreck of the Hesperus (Pathe), King of the Rodeo (Univ), Strong Boy (Fox), Shannons oj Broadway (Univ), Tiger Rose (Warner), The Last Warning (Univ), One Hysterical Night (Univ), Troopers Three (Tiffany),

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Under Montana Skies (Tiffany), All Quiet on the Western Front (Univ), King of Jazz (Univ), Little Accident (Univ), Racing Youth (Univ), Unexpected Father (Univ), Heaven on Earth (Univ), The Front Page (U.A.), Reckless Living (Univ), Tom Brown of Culver (Univ), Air Mail (Univ).

SWAIN, Mack. B. Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 16, 1876. Fair hair,

grey-green eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 21 st. 6 lb. Ed. public schools, Salt Lake City. M. Cora King.

Had had many years’ stage experience before turning his attention to motion pictures in 1913 in Keystone comedies.

Also Played in : The Gold Rush

(U.A.), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Para), TheBeloved Rogue(U.A.), Sea Bat (M.G.M.), The Cohens and Kellys (Univ), Marianne (M.G.M.), Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (Univ), The Last Warning (Univ), Finn and Hattie (Para), Midnight Patrol (Mono), The Engineer’s Daughter (Radio).

SWANSON, Gloria. B. Chicago, 111., March 27, 1899. Reddish-brown hair, blue-grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Ed. in Chicago, 111.; Art Institute, Chicago. M. (1) Wallace Beery, 1916 ; div. 1918; (2) H. Somborn,

1919 ; div. 1923 ; 1 dau., Gloria ; (3) Marquis de la Falaise de la Coudraye, 1925; div. 1930; (4) Michael Farmer,

1931, 1 dau., Michelle Bridget, 6 April,

1932. Also 1 adopted son.

While visiting the old Essanay studios, obtained permission to appear in a crowd scene. Was then noticed and ultimately given parts in bathing comedies. Later made her appearance in drama, the first successful one being The Admirable Crichton. Came to London, March, 1932, and soon after began producing for her own company at the A.R.P. Studios, Ealing.

Also Played in : Elvira Farina

(Essanay), The Meal Ticket (Essanay), The Nick of Time Baby (Keystone), Teddy at the Throttle (Keystone), Haystacks and Steeples (Keystone), The Pullman Bride (Sennett), Station Content (Triangle), Her Decision (Triangle), You can’t Believe Everything (Triangle), Every Woman’s Husband (Triangle), Shifting Sands (Triangle), Wife or Country (Triangle), Secret Code (Triangle),Don't Change Your Husband (De Mille), For Better For Worse (De Mille), Mate and Female (De Mille), Why Change Your Wife? (DeMille), Something to Think About (De Mille), The Affairs of Anatol (De Mille), The Great Moment (Para), Under the Lash (Para), Her Husband’s Trademark (Para),

Beyond the Rocks (Para), Her Gilded Cage (Para), The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (Para), My American Wife (Para), Prodigal Daughter (Para,) Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife (Para), Zaza (Para), The Humming Bird (Para), Society Scandal (Para), Manhandled (Para), Wages of Virtue (Para), Madam Sans Gene (Para), Coast of Folly (Para), Stage Struck (Para), Untamed Lady (Para), Fine Manners (Para), The Loves of Sunya (U.A.), Sadie Thompson (U.A.), The Trespasser (U.A.), What a Widow (U.A.), Indiscreet (U.A.), Tonight or Never (U.A.), Perfect Understanding (Swanson).

SWEET, Blanche. Full name, Sarah Blanche Sweet. B. Chicago, 111., June 18. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 3 lb. M. Marshall Neilan, 1922 ; div.

Began her stage training at the age of one and a half and was therefore entitled to call herself an old trouper when, at the age of thirteen, she turned her attention to motion pictures. Began her screen experience with the Biograph Company, playing opposite such well-known people as Mary Pickford and the Gishes. Came to England in 1928 to star in Wilcox’s The Woman in White (B. & D.). Later toured America in vaudeville.

Played in: The Night Hostess, Judith of Bethulia, The Unpardonable Sin, Tessof the D’Urbervilles (M.G.M.), Singed (Fox), Anna Christie (M.G.M.), Show Girl in Hollywood (F.N.), The Woman Racket (M.G.M.), Always Faithful (Vita), Lights and Shadows (M.G.M.).

SWINBURNE, Nora. B. Bath, July 25, 1903. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. Ed. Rossholme College, Weston-super-Mare; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Her father was a toy manufacturer, and she had 643 dolls—every one with a name. At nine she wouldn’t look a doll in the face. At one time premier danseuse in Russian Ballets with Theodore Kosloff and Marasoff. Was understudying Gladys Cooper one night when Gilbert Miller saw her and promptly starred her in The Bat. Made her screen debut displaying hats in a Gaumont newsreel, which resulted in a contract.

Also Played in : Branded (British

Screencraft), Saved From the Sea (Westminster), Hornet’s Nest (Butcher’s), His Grace Gives Notice (Stoll), Alf's Button (Gaumont), Caste (Rowson), Potiphar's Wife (B.I.P.), Alibi (Twickenham), These Charming People (Para-Brit), Man of

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