I recently re-discovered this classic film noir from 1946. I have ordered a copy for my film collection. This film has already been on seven top 10 lists that I have created(i.e. Edmund O'Brien, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster, released in 1946, Robert Siodmak, Jeff Corey and Charles McGraw). Here is my list of top 10 supporting actors. It is pathetic that IMDb has only THREE pictures of these fine supporting actors in their database.
A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, he often played aggressive character roles, a prime example being his double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers
. From 1944-46 he served a term in the California legislature representing the Hollywood district...
Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written in one octave to compensate for his lack of pipes...
Former vaudevillian, who acquired a solid reputation as a practical joker and master of insult, second only to the great Groucho Marx
. Celebrity hosts would often hire Vince to perform gags and put-on jokes at their lavish parties, where he would insult the guests and create mayhem in his wake. He often posed as heavily-accented journalists with names like 'Timothy Glutzspiegel'...
Virginia has a long career as a character actress on the screen, but she will always be best remembered as the "Folgers Coffee Woman". Virginia was born in the small Iowa town of Stanton, which later converted its water tower to resemble a coffee pot in honor of its most famous citizen. When her family moved to Los Angeles...
American character actor specializing in tough guys and heavies. A native of Yonkers, New York, he worked on the Broadway stage and then became an increasingly familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas after World War II. Although almost as familiar a presence in films as his contemporaries Warren Oates
Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such shows as "George White's Scandals" and "Room Service." Taking a chance on Hollywood...
Gravel voiced, stoney faced & grizzled looking actor Charles McGraw notched up dozens of TV and film appearances often portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. Noted appearances include as dogged cop Det. Sgt. Walter Brown protecting a mob witness in the 1952 noir classic The Narrow Margin
William Conrad became a television star relatively late in his career. In fact, the former Army Air Corps World War II fighter pilot began his screen career playing heavies. He was Max, one of The Killers
hired to finish off Burt Lancaster
in his dingy lodgings. He was the corrupt state inspector Turck working for the syndicate in The Racket
Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America. Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an indifferent student...