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1. Robert Walker Robert Walker Actor, Strangers on a Train He possessed the same special brand of rebel/misfit sensitivity and charm that made superstars out of John Garfield and (later) James Dean and Montgomery Clift. In the war-torn 1940s, Robert Walker represented MGM's fresh, instinctive breed of up-and-coming talent. His boyish good looks combined with an attractive vulnerability came across the screen with such beauty...
2. Mayo Methot Mayo Methot Actress, Marked Woman
3. Jack Holt Jack Holt Actor, Cat People Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the Virginia Military Institute...
4. Maria Montez Maria Montez Actress, Arabian Nights In a world weary of war and dispirited by the ravages of the Great Depression, Hollywood at the turn of the 1940's concocted a wildly popular, effective lot of escapist fare (though often cheaply made) to regale the sick at heart worldwide. Universal Pictures, more often than not, led in producing such films...
5. Fanny Brice Fanny Brice Actress, The Great Ziegfeld Fanny Brice was a popular and influential American comedienne, singer, theatre and film actress, who made many stage, radio and film appearances but is best remembered as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series, The Baby Snooks Show. Thirteen years after her death, she was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl...
6. Ivor Novello Ivor Novello Soundtrack, Atonement Ivor was described by some who knew him in Cardiff as a truly beautiful man. Ivor, or David as he was then known, made his first public appearances as a pub and working men's club pianist and singer in and around the Cardiff area. His angelic voice and spirit allegedly created a great deal of envy amongst some men, certainly in Wales and very possibly America too.
7. Warner Baxter Warner Baxter Actor, 42nd Street Warner Baxter claimed to have an early pre-disposition toward show business: "I discovered a boy a block away who would eat worms and swallow flies for a penny. For one-third of the profits, I exhibited him in a tent." When he was age 9, his widowed mother moved to San Francisco where, following the earthquake of 1906...
8. Val Lewton Val Lewton Producer, The Body Snatcher Born in Russia in 1904, Lewton moved with his mother and sister to Berlin in 1906, then to USA in 1909. He wrote for newspapers, magazines, novels, pornography, etc.- often using pseudonyms to disguise their origin (the name Val Lewton was one such pseudonym, used first for some novels in the 1930's...
9. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
10. William Randolph Hearst William Randolph Hearst Producer, Little Old New York William Randolph Hearst was the greatest newspaper baron in the history of the United States and is the person whom Citizen Kane, widely regarded as the greatest film ever made, is primarily based on. While there are many similarities between Charles Foster Kane, as limned by the great Orson Welles and his screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz (who knew Hearst), there are many dissimilarities also...
11. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1919) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window onto the American psyche as regards race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
12. Edmund MacDonald Edmund MacDonald Actor, Detour
13. Garry Owen Garry Owen Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace
14. Stanley Ridges Stanley Ridges Actor, Sergeant York Born in England in 1891, Stanley Ridges would become a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical comedies, and spent a great many years learning and honing his craft on the stage. He eventually would make his way over to America, and become a romantic leading man on Broadway. His first film appearance was in Success...
15. Ralph Forbes Ralph Forbes Actor, Twentieth Century Ralph Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in the early British film industry from 1921 to 1926...
16. Clifton Young Clifton Young Actor, Dark Passage Clifton "Bobby" Young gained notoriety as a child actor playing "Bonedust" during Our Gang's sound transition period. Of all the graduates of Our Gang (with the exception of Jackie Cooper and arguably Dickie Moore), Clifton had the greatest shot at adult stardom - at least as far as strong character roles were concerned...
17. Mady Christians Mady Christians Actress, Letter from an Unknown Woman Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the tender age of 16 when she appeared in Audrey. She remained in German films for the next 26 years before coming to the US and starring in The Only Girl...
18. J. Edward Bromberg J. Edward Bromberg Actor, The Mark of Zorro J. Edward Bromberg was a founding member of the legendary Group Theatre. His appearance being rather short and stocky, Bromberg from the start was known as a character actor who was very respected by his peers. He was primarily a stage actor but in the mid-thirties made his way into film where he further enhanced his reputation as a diverse character actor...
19. Louis Jouvet Louis Jouvet Actor, Quai des Orfèvres Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "Hotel du Nord (1938)" or "La La fin du jour (1939)"...
20. Leon Errol Leon Errol Actor, The Invisible Man's Revenge Bald-pated, Hollywood comedy star best remembered for his two-reelers for two decades from 1933, and for his appearances opposite Lupe Velez in the 'Mexican Spitfire' features of the early 40's.
21. Richard Hart Richard Hart Actor, Green Dolphin Street While he had a short life and very short film career, sleekly handsome actor Richard Hart, with his dark and virile looks, demonstrated much promise in those few years, especially on Broadway and in TV's "Golden Age." It all ended quickly, however, with his sudden demise at age 35. Born Richard Comstock Hart...
22. S. Sylvan Simon S. Sylvan Simon Director, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Longtime MGM director S. Sylvan Simon was born in Chicago on March 9, 1910. His father was David Simon, the manager of the Universal Film Exchange office in New York. After finishing Schenley High School, Simon went to the University of Michigan in 1927, graduating in 1931. Following graduation he taught speech and play production for one year...
23. Gibson Gowland Gibson Gowland Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
24. John Berkes John Berkes Actor, Ace in the Hole
25. Don Zelaya Don Zelaya Actor, Macao Named after the King of Spain, pianist Don Alfonso Zelaya was the son of José Santos Zelaya, President of Nicaragua from 1893-1909. He was educated in Europe before his father sent him to America to be a general. He was a graduate of West Point, 1910, and served four years in the U.S. Army during World War I...
26. Edward Rigby Edward Rigby Actor, The Girl Was Young
27. Eddy Duchin Eddy Duchin Soundtrack, Grey Gardens
28. Frank McGlynn Sr. Frank McGlynn Sr. Actor, Captain Blood Gaunt-looking US character actor, best remembered for his many portrayals in 30's and 40's historical films of US President (1861-65) Abraham Lincoln.
29. Richard Wallace Richard Wallace Director, The Young in Heart Richard Wallace was born in Sacramento, California, in 1894. At 14 years of age he got a job as a theater projectionist, a job he held for four years. He later traveled to Los Angeles to get into the film industry, and wound up as an editor for such studios as Triangle and Robertson-Cole. His career was interrupted by service in the US Army Signal Corps during World War I...
30. Georg H. Schnell Georg H. Schnell Actor, Nosferatu
31. Larry Steers Larry Steers Actor, The Terrible People
32. Sinclair Lewis Sinclair Lewis Writer, Elmer Gantry Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a colossus of American letters in the first half of the last century. Arguably, he is the first major "modern" writer of the 20th century, as there is American literature before "Main Street" (1920) and after that seminal novel...
33. Arnold Schönberg Arnold Schönberg Soundtrack, Tom at the Farm Arnold Schonberg was born in the Jewish ghetto of Vienna, in 1874. His parents were Ashkenazim, his mother, Pauline was from Prague, and his father, Samuel, was from Bratislava. His mother was a piano teacher, but he had little interest in early childhood. He took violin lessons when he was eight and began composing at the same time...
34. Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn Actor, The Great Dictator
35. Bill Patton Bill Patton Actor, The Last Chance
36. Robert Elliott Robert Elliott Actor, Gone with the Wind
37. Edwin L. Marin Edwin L. Marin Director, A Christmas Carol Director Edwin L. Marin was born in Jersey City, NJ, in 1899. He traveled to Hollywood as a young man, and at age 20 got a job in the industry as an assistant cameraman. By 1932 he had crossed over to directing, first for low-budget studio Tiffany Pictures. However, he worked his way up the Hollywood food chain and was soon making films for major studios like Warner Brothers and MGM...
38. Monte Collins Monte Collins Actor, Midnight Blunders
39. Henry De Vere Stacpoole Henry De Vere Stacpoole Writer, The Blue Lagoon A ship's surgeon for more than forty years, Stacpoole was an expert on the South Sea islands. His many books contain detailed descriptions of the natural life and civilizations with which he was so at home.
40. Olga Roderick Olga Roderick Actress, Freaks Olga Roderick, Madame Olga, was born Jane Barnell in Wilmington, NC on January 3, 1871 (or February 28, 1877, depending on the source). Her father was a Russian Jew and her mother Catawba Indian. According to historians, she was growing hair by the age of two and was bearded at four. Her deformity caused her mother to believe that Jane was bewitched...
41. Ivan F. Simpson Ivan F. Simpson Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Character actor said to have been a favorite of the film star George Arliss. He appeared in some seven of the latter's pictures, among scores of others from 1915 to 1948.
42. David Torrence David Torrence Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty David Torrence was the second child born out of eleven children to Henry Torrance Thomson and Janet Bryce. Davis given name was 'David Bryce Thomson." Born on Jan 17,1863 in Edinbough,Scotland. David's brother was character star 'Ernest Torrence' who was 15 years younger than David. Ernest was the first of the two to come to California and become actors...
43. Bee Ho Gray Bee Ho Gray Actor, Hey! Hey! Westerner Emberry Cannon Gray was born on April 7, 1885 in Leon, Chickasaw Nation in present day Oklahoma. His family moved to Cache, Indian Territory within two years. The small town of Cache was near Fort Sill. Emberry's mother was 1/4 Chickasaw. His father had been a Texas Ranger in the Trinity Division and later served in the Confederate Army...
44. Johnny Mitchell Johnny Mitchell Actor, Mr. Skeffington
45. Lloyd C. Douglas Lloyd C. Douglas Writer, The Robe
46. Jesse James Jr. Jesse James Jr. Actor, Jesse James as the Outlaw
47. Josephine Norman Josephine Norman Actress, Into No Man's Land
48. Johnny Arthur Johnny Arthur Actor, My Stars American actor who specialized in timid or whiny characters. He appeared on the stage in England and in the USA, and performed in musical comedy. He began his film work in silents and often worked in the films of Hal Roach.
49. Charles Coleman Charles Coleman Actor, The Gay Divorcee Tall, portly, balding, silver-haired actor who portrayed, almost exclusively, butler or manservant.
50. Phil Rosen Phil Rosen Director, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service Russian-born Phil Rosen began his film career as a cameraman during the silent era, and worked his way into directing. Rosen was a highy regarded director in the silent era, as evidenced by the fact that when MGM fired Josef von Sternberg from Exquisite Sinner--for, among other things, his extravagance, slow shooting schedule and total disregard for the budget--the studio brought in Rosen to re-edit...
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