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ALLEN, Adriaxne. B. Manchester.

Fair hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in.

M. Raymond Massey.

A Manchester girl who gained her first acting experience on the stage. After her appearance in Noel Coward’s play Easy Virtue, met Raymond Massey, her present husband, who immediately set her to work in The Rat Trap, another Coward play. While appearing in Cynara, on Broadway, she attracted the attention of the Paramount company, by whom she was signed up soon after. Film debut Loose Ends (B.I.P., 1930), in which she played one of the principal parts.

Also Played in : The Stronger Sex (Gains), The Woman Between (B.I.P.), Black Coffee (Twickenham), Merrily We

Go To -! (Para), Night of June 13th


ALLEN, Theresa. B. Indianapolis, Oct.

27, 1912. Bronze hair, blue eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Wt. 8 st. Ed. St.

Agnes Academy, Indianapolis; Cumnock School, Los Angeles.

Opened her public career by winning a “ Miss Personality ” contest, which brought her a stage contract in a revue with Lupino Lane. Entered pictures in 1925 and doubled for Colleen Moore in Twinkletoes (F.N., 1927), also teaching that star dance steps.

Also Played in : The Dance of Life (Para), The Vagabond King (Para), The Two Black Crows (Para), Happy Days (Fox), Golden Calf (Fox), Sevenson’s Wild Party (Fox), Sweet Kitty Bcllairs (Warner), Scarlet Pages (Warner).

ALLISTER, Claud. Full name William

Claud Michel Palmer, son of General

Palmer. B. London, Oct. 3, 1891.

Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. ioi in.

Wt. 10 st. 4 lb. Ed. Felstead. M.

Barbara Fay.

Began life as a stockbroker’s clerk, but soon tired of it. Tried for the stage, gaining experience in London and New York. Film debut, Trial of Mary Dugan (M.G.M., 1929). In the early part of 1932 returned to England to play with Adolphe Menjou in Two White Arms (Eric Hakim) and Diamond Cut Diamond (Erie Hakim).

Also Played in : Bulldog Drummond (U.A.), Three Live Ghosts (U.A.), Monte Carlo (Para), The Gay Nineties (M.G.M.), Czar of Broadway (Univ), Captain Apple

jack (Warner), Charming Sinners (Para), Slightly Scarlet (Para), In the Next Room (F.N.), Such Men Are Dangerous (Fox), Reaching For the Moon (U.A.), Meet the Wife (Col), Papa Loves Mama (Univ), I Like Your Nerve (F.N.), Rougkhouse Rhythm, Platinum Blonde (Col), Return of Raffles (Walton Studios).

ALVARADO, Don. Real name, Jose Paige. B. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nov. 4, 1904. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. Albuquerque High School.

Was intended by his father to take charge of a sheep and cattle ranch but, fascinated by the vision of screen fame, he ran away from home. Made his way to Hollywood and there, after many workless months, obtained his first opportunity as an extra in Mademoiselle Midnight (M.G.M., 1924).

Also Played in : Rio Rita (Radio), Loves of Carmen (Fox), Breakfast at Sunrise (F.N.), Drums of Love (U.A.), Apache (Col), Driftwood (Col), Bridge of San Luis Rey (M.G.M.), The Bad One (U.A.), Forever Yours (U.A.), Beau Ideal (Radio), Captain Thunder (Warner), Reputation (Radio), Bachelors Affair (Fox.)

AM ANN, Betty. B. Germany. Dark hair, brown eyes. Ed. in America. Brought over to England from Berlin by Milton Rosmer. English film debut in The Perfect Lady (B.I.P., 1931). This, however, was preceded by parts in a number of Erich Pommer’s German productions. On her arrival in England was placed under contract by B.I.P.

Also Played in : Paris by Night

(B.I.P.), Strictly Business (B.I.P.), Rich and Strange (B.I.P.), Asphalt (U.F.A.), White Devil (U.F.A.).

AMES, Adrienne. Maiden name, Adrienne McClure. B. Fort Worth, Texas. Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. M. Stephen Ames.

An admiring friend entered her photograph in a beauty competition, which she won, thereby attracting the attention of Hollywood producers. Her career wras not very successful at first, however, and it was not until after her marriage to Stephen Ames, the millionaire, that she began to draw attention. ' Has persistently refused to take advantage of many opportunities which this wealthy match brought her way, preferring to achieve success by her own talent. Played in : The Hours Between (Para),

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Husband’s Holiday (Para), Sinners in the Sun (Para), Twenty-four Hours (Para), Working Girls (Para), Guilty as Charged (Para).

AMES, Robert. B. March 23, 1889, Hartford, Conn. ; Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 10 in. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. Hartford High School. M. (1) Alice Gerry, 1907; 2 children; (2) Frances Goodrich : (3) Vivienne Segal; (4)

Marion Oakes. D. in 1931.

One of his last films, Rebound (Pathd) starring Ina Claire (with whom it was rumoured he was planning a fifth matrimonial experiment) was attended by a series of misfortunes, among them the untimely death of the other leading man, Robert Williams. A month later Robert Ames was found dead in his hotel room in New York City. His film debut was made in 1925.

Also Played in : Voice of the City (M.G.M.), Marianne (M.G.M.), Rich People (Pathd), Black Waters (W.W.), Nix on Dames (Fox), The Trespasser (U.A.), Holiday (Pa the), Double Cross Roads (Fox), Not Damaged (Fox), A Lady to Love (M.G.M.), Without Mercy (Radio), Wedding Song (Pathe), Three Faces East (Wardour), Crown of Lies (Para), Smart Woman (Radio), Rich Man's Folly (Para), To-morrow and To-morrow (Para), Millie (Radio).

ANDRA, Fern. Real name Baroness Fern Andra von Weichs. B. Chicago, 111. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. Switzerland and Berlin. M. Baron von Weichs.

Studied for the stage under the expert instruction of Professor Max Reinhardt, and afterwards had considerable experience on the European and American stage. Joined U.F.A., 1923, and starred with them for five years.

Played in : Queen Isabella (U.F.A.), Fidore (U.F.A.), Genuine (U.F.A.), The Burgomeister of Siilemonde (British Film-craft), Spangles (British Filmcraft), Introspection (Fogwell), The Lotus Lady (Audible), Eyes of the World (U.A.)

ANDRE, Gwili. B. Copenhagen. Blonde hair. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Was discovered by a Radio official at a New York function and was soon after signed up on contract. Film debut Roar of the Dragon (Radio, 1932) opposite Richard Dix.

Also Played in : Mysteries of French Police (Radio), Man and Wife (Radio).

ANGEL, Heather. B. Oxford, Feb. 9,

1909. Dark hair, dark eyes, Ht. 5ft. Ed. Wycombe Abbey School ; Swinton. Originally intended to learn farming, then to learn and also to teach voice production. Stage debut at the Old Vic, London. Went to Germany, where she made her film debut with U.F.A. Her first film in this country was City of Song (Sterling, 1930). In 1932 she won a five-year contract in Hollywood.

Also Played in : Mr. Bill the Conqueror (B.I.P.), Self-made Lady (B.I.P.), After Office Hours (B.I.P.), A Night in Montmartre (Gains), Hound of the Basher• villes (Gains), Men of Steel (Langham), Early to Bed (Gau-U.F.A.).

ANGELUS, Muriel. Real surname, Findlay. B. Scotland, 1909. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in., Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. in London.

Began her stage career at the age of twelve and has appeared before the public ever since. Made her film debut in Sailors Don’t Care (1928), but this part was cut out and it was not until she appeared in Night Birds (B.I.P., 1931) that she began to attract the attention of London producers.

Also Played in : Let’s Love and

Laugh (B.I.P.), Lloyd of the С. I. D. (Univ-Brit), Hindle Wakes (Gau), My Wife’s Family (B.I.P.), Infamous Lady (New Era), Eve's Fall (P.D.C.), No Exit (W.B.-F.N.), The Blind Spot (W.B.-F.N.),

APFEL, Oscar. B. Cleveland, Ohio.

Producer and director. Many years on the stage preceded his screen debut, appearing in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburg, and Buffalo. He worked in pre-war days for every well known film-producing company, and at one time controlled his own production unit. Among his early pictures are When Seconds Count (Rayart) and Valley of Hunted Men (Action Pictures, 192S).

Also Played in : Code of the Country (Pathe), Cheaters (Tiffany), Marianne (M.G.M.), Not Quite Decent (Fox), True Heaven (Fox), Halfway to Heaven (Para), Smiling Eyes (F.N.), Man Trouble (Fox), Abraham Lincoln (U.A.), Men In Her Life (Col), Shopworn (Col), East Side (Warner), Cardigan’s Last Case (Radio), The Silent Voice (Warner), Business and Pleasure (Fox), Woman in Room 13 (Fox), Huckleberry Finn (Para), Heart of New York (Warner), Five Star Final (F.N.), It’s Tough To Be Famous (F.N.), World and

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the Flesh (Para), Sidewalks of New York (M.G.M.), Old Greatheart (Radio), A Has The Doctor (F.N.), When a Fellow Needs A Friend (M.G.M.), Two Against the World (Warner), Mad Masquerade (M.G.M.), Sporting Widow (Para), Sooky (Para), Make Me a Star (Para), Hell’s Highway (Radio), I Am a Fugitive (Warner), False Faces (Tiffany), You Said a Mouthful (Warner).

ARBUCKLE, Roscoe. B. Smith Center, Kansas, March 24, 1887. Blue-grey eyes. M. (1) Minta Durfee; div. ; (2) Dorothy Wallace; div. 1920; (3)

Dorothy Dean; div. 1925; (4) Addie McPliail, June, 1932.

After an absence of ten years from the screen, signed a contract with Warner to produce a two-reel comedy which was to be followed by a series, if this first experiment proved successful. It was in September, 1921, that Arbuckle was accused of manslaughter, following the death of Virginia Rappe, a film actress, in a San Francisco hotel. Arbuckle was acquitted, but did not make any more films. During the interval has worked as a director under the name of William Goodrich. (See Directors' Biographies.)

ARLEDGE, John. Real name, Johnson Lundy Arledge. B. Crockette, Texas, March 12, 1907. Brown hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 10 st. 0 lb. Ed. University of Texas. Following two years’ experience of the vaudeville stage, made his film debut in Young Sinners (Fox, 1931).

Also Played in : Daddy Long Legs (Fox), Heartbreak (Fox), Spider (Fox), Careless Lady (Fox), Impossible Lover (M.G.M.), Week-Ends Only (Fox).

ARLEN, Richard. B. Charlottesville Virginia, Sept. 1, 1899. Medium biown hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11 st. 7 lb. Ed. at the High School, St. Paul, Minn. ; St. Thomas College ; the University of Pennsylvania. M. Jobyna Ralston.

Richard Arlen tried his hand at a variety of jobs, from tool-boy to sporting editor, before he finally made his way to Hollywood. Married Jobyna Ralston soon after their appearance in a Paramount film. One of his earliest films is In the Name of Love (Para, 1925). This was followed rapidly with Behind the Front (Para, 1926) and The Enchanted Hill (Para, 1926).

Also Played in : Padlocked (Para), She’s a Sheik (Para), Feel My Pulse (Para), Under the Tonto Rim (Para), Ladies of the

Mob (Para), Beggars of Life (Para), Manhattan Cocktail (Para), Four Feathers (Para), Dangerous Curves (Para), The Man I Love (Para), Thunderbolt (Para), The Virginian (Para), The Border Legion (Para), Burning Up (Para), Dangerous Paradise (Para), The Light of Western Stars (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), The Santa Fe Trail (Para), The Sea God (Para), Touchdown (Para), Wayward (Para), Wings (Para), The Lawyer’s Secret (Para), The Secret Call (Para), Playing the Game (Para), The Sky Bride (Para), Conquering Horde (Para), Gun Smoke (Para), Caught (Para), Guilty as Charged (Para), Tiger Shark (Warner), Hot Saturday (Para), Only Saps Work (Para), All American (Univ).

ARLISS, George. B. London, April 10,

1868. Son of William Arliss-Andrews, printer and publisher. Grey hair, brown eyes. Ht 5 ft. 9 in. M. Florence Montgomery at Harrow Weald, Sept. 16, 1899.

When quite a young man, George Arliss formed his own amateur dramatic society. He was at that time acting with Mrs. Patrick Campbell and attracting no little attention from London audiences. In 1901 he was seen by George C. Tyler, American producer, who subsequently arranged a four months’ American tour for him and Mrs. Patrick Campbell. He scored many successes on the American stage. Made his film debut in the silent version of Disraeli (Distinctive Productions, 1922). He next made The Green Goddess (M.G., 1923), and repeated his success in the talkie version of this film (Warner, 1930).

Also Played in : Disraeli (Warner), Old English (Warner), Alexander Hamilton (Warner), The Millionaire (Warner), The Silent Voice (Warner), A Successful Calamity (Warner).


Achieved his first prominence in Little Accident (Univ, 1930), and is now rapidly establishing himself as a reliable character actor.

Also Played in : Lady of the Night (U.A.), In Old Arizona (Fox), Love, Live, and Laugh (Fox), Lady to Love (M.G.M.), The Climax (Univ), Scarface (Col), Street Angel (Fox), Arsene Lupin (M.G.M.), The Passionate Plumber (M.G.M.), The Doomed Battalion (Univ), Steady Company (Univ), Impossible Lover (M.G.M.), Tiger Shark (Warner), Week-Ends Only (Fox), Speak Easily (M.G.M.), Penalty of Fame (Univ), Central Park (Warner), Cauliflower Alley (Col), Men of America (Radio).

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ARMSTRONG, Robert. B. Nov. 20, 1896, in Saginaw, Mich. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 10 in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. Seattle High School; University of Washington ; Law College, Seattle, Washington.

M. Ethel Kent ; div., 1931.

Studied law on leaving school and also tried his hand at writing plays. Had appeared in many stage productions before making his film debut in 1927. Among the plays in which he scored a success are Boys Will be Boys, The Man Who Came Back and Is Zat So ? One of his earliest films is The Main Event, which was produced by Pathe (1927).

Also Played in : The Leopard Lady (Pathe), The Cop (Pathe), Celebrity (Patli6), Show Folks (Pathe), Ned McCobb’s Daughter (Pathe), Shady Lady (Pathe), Leatherneck (Pathe), A Girl in Every Port (Fox), Square Crooks (Fox), Baby Cyclone (M.G.M.), Woman from Hell (Fox), Big News (Pathe), Oh Yeah (Pathe), Parachute (Pathe), Racketeer (Pathe), War and Women (PatW), Be Yourself (U.A.), Dumbbells in Ermine (Warner) Big Money (Pathe), Suicide Fleet (Pathe), Is Zat So? (Fox), Looking For Trouble (Pathd), Danger Lights (Radio), His Temporary Affair (Univ), Easy Money (Pathe), Iron Man (Univ), The Lost Squadron (Radio), Panama Flo (Radio), Radio Patrol (Radio), Is My Face Red ? (Radio), Penguin Pool Mystery (Radio), Kong (Radio).

ARTHUR, George K. Real name,

George Brest. B. Aberdeen, Scotland, April 27, 1899. Brown hair,

brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 10 st. Ed. Rugby. M. Melba Lloyd, Sept. 1922.

Trained for the stage in Shakespearean drama. Made a name for himself in Kipps, a Stoll production. Went to America in 1924, his maiden film there being Salvation Hunters with Joseph von Sternberg (1925). This film was produced for 4,000 dollars and paid for itself 45 times over; it might never have been completed, but for Douglas Fairbanks, who came to the rescue at the last moment with financial assistance. Returned to England, June, 1932, to take part, with Marta Eggert, in a new Franz Lehar musical film Where is this Lady ? (Amalgamated Films Association).

Also Played in : Paddy the Next Best Thing (Wilcox), Irene (F.N.), Boy Friend (M.G.M.), Rookies (M.G.M.), Circus Rookies (M.G.M.), All at Sea (M.G.M.), In Old Heidelberg (M.G.M.), The Student Prince

(M.G.M.), Brotherly Love (M.G.M,), Chasing Rainbows (M.G.M.), Sunny Side Up (Fox), The Waning Sex (M.G.M.), Bardelys The Magnificent (M.G.M.), Baby Mine (M.G.M.), Tilly The Toiler (M.G.M.), China Bound (M.G.M.), The Road Show (M.G.M.), Last of Mrs. Cheyney (M.G.M.), Shove-Off (Para), House Breakers (Para).

ARTHUR Jean. B. New York City, Oct. 17, 1908. Brown hair, blue

eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Wt. 7 st. 8 lb.

M. Julian Anker, 1920 ; annulled.

Jean Arthur began her screen career in 1923 in two-reelers, subsequently appearing in full length pictures for Pathe, Universal, and F.B.O. (now Radio).

Also Played in : Warming Up (Para), Canary Murder Case (Para), Brotherly Love (M.G.M.), The Greene Murder Case (Para), Here Comes the Band Wagon (Para), The Saturday Night Kid (Para), Sins of the Fathers (Para), Stairs of Sand (Para), Half-way to Heaven (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), Danger Lights (Radio), Silver Horde (Radio), Virtuous Husband (Univ), His Temporary Affair (Univ), Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (Para), The Street of Chance (Para), Young Eagles (Para), Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (Para), The Gang Buster (Para), The Lawyer’s Secret (Para),

ARTHUR Johnny. B. Scottsdale, Pa-Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 8J in. Wt. 10 st. Ed. Columbus, Ohio, High School; College, Washington,


Spent twenty-five years on the stage as a comedy actor, playing in America and London. Was eventually captured for films and made his debut in Mademoiselle Midnight (M.G.M. 1924).

Also Played in : On Trial (Essanay), The Monster (M.G.M.), The Unknown Purple (Truart), The Desert Song (Warner), The Gamblers (Warner), Divorce Made Easy (Para), Cheer Up and Smile (Fox), Lovers’ Delight (Educ), Adam's Eve (Para), Personality (Col), The Aviator (Warner), She Couldn't Say No (Warner), Going Wild (Para), Scrappily Married (Para), Down With Husbands (Para), Paper Hanging (Vita), Bridal Night (Vita), Stimulation (Vita), It’s a Wise Child (M.G.M.), Parading Pyjamas (Pathe), Penrod and Sam (F.N.).

ASTHER, Nils. B. Copenhagen, Jan. 17, 1902. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 6 ft. £ in. Wt. 12 st. 2 lb. Ed. Lunel University; Royal Dramatis School, Stockholm. M. Vivian Duncan, one of the Duncan Sisters, 1930 ; one dau., Evelyn Rosetta.

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