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Re: One and Done

PostThu Apr 17, 2014 10:54 pm

Frances Ramsden.

Though she had 2 uncredited parts before getting the female lead...as the love-interest of the great Harold Lloyd... in The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, she never made another film.

The film didn't do well. Her boyfriend & director of the film, Preston Sturges, was on the down-slide and it doesn't appear anyone else wanted her.

Very sad! Harold deserved to finish on a better film than this.

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Re: One and Done

PostMon Apr 21, 2014 10:58 am

Grace George - appeared in one silent around 1915, and then 28 years later in one talkie with James Cagney.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue May 13, 2014 6:29 am

Sally Parr starred in The Sun Sets At Dawn (1950), a low-budget thriller, but never appeared in any other films after that. She did make one TV appearance, but could not get another film contract.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue May 13, 2014 6:56 am

Renee Bush - played Raquel Torres's best friend in "White Shadows in the South Seas"(1928) - (IMDb.com)
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Re: One and Done

PostTue May 13, 2014 7:37 am

Henry Grace, the Academy Award winning set decorator who was cast in a brief part in The Longest Day because of a certain resemblance.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue May 13, 2014 3:07 pm

What an interesting scene with Anne Chevalier / Reri. Don't think I'd realised that lovely girl appeared in anything after TABU. I've not seen THE HURRICANE (1937) for at least a dozen years or so. Did she have a credited part? And sad to hear of such a dreadful end...

And Harold Russell made a non-theatrical short, DIARY OF A SERGEANT (1945), which William Wyler apparently saw before making BEST YEARS. It's out there on YouTube...
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Re: One and Done

PostSun May 18, 2014 10:00 am

Found two examples of 'One and Done' found when checking out the early Norma Shearer film A CLOUDED NAME (1923). The young girl who played 'Smiles', Yvonne Logan, made no more films, and died in 1990. Its director, Austin O Huhn, was mainly involved with the stage, and directed no other films, though he wrote A MAN'S LAW (1917). I'd never heard of Huhn, and guess this is the explanation.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue Aug 26, 2014 8:21 pm

Actress Grace George only appeared in one silent film and one sound film. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0313440/
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Re: One and Done

PostMon Nov 17, 2014 12:34 pm

Not a silent, but Chris and Martin Udvarnoky starred as twins in the creepy horror movie The Other (1972), and never made another film.
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PostMon Nov 17, 2014 2:15 pm

Our late night gabber deans- some of whose credits are listed below- acted in films-
as characters or themselves- more often than one would think... but Carson, it seems, just once.

Steve Allen..............Jack Paar........... Johnny Carson......... Dick Cavett............Conan O'Brien.......David Letterman
Casino .......................Love Nest.............Looking for Love..........Forrest Gump .,,,,,....Pittsburgh................I'm Still Here
The Player .................Walk Softly, Stranger.................................Beetlejuice ................Tomorrow Night......Man on the Moon
Great Balls of Fire! ....Easy Living.................................................Moon Over Parador ...Good Money.........Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
The Sunshine Boys ....Footlight Varieties.....................................Rich and Famous.......................................Cabin Boy
The Comic .................Variety Time...............................................HealtH
Something's Got to Give..............................................................Simon
I'll Get By.......................................................................................Annie Hall
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Re: One and Done

PostWed Dec 17, 2014 3:47 pm

Hope Drown - "Hollywood" (1923) directed by James Cruze
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Re: One and Done

PostWed Dec 24, 2014 11:33 pm

Not a silent, but--as an actress rather than as an ice-skater--Carol Heiss in the title role (well, part of the title) for Snow White and the Three Stooges (1961). She's still around, too.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue May 05, 2015 12:55 pm

David Thompson, was cinematographer on one film only; "Sundown" (1924) starring Bessie Love.
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Re: One and Done

PostSat Jul 25, 2015 2:26 pm

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/mildred-joanne-smith-actress-in-no-way-out-dies-at-94/ar-AAdtuWk?ocid=HPCDHP

Mildred Joanne Smith, who portrayed Sidney Poitier's wife in his film debut, the 1950 drama No Way Out, and then saw her career upended when she was severely injured in a plane crash, has died. She was 94.

Smith, who after her lone movie appearance became a magazine editor and a popular English teacher for a junior high school, died July 19, her family announced.

In the 1940s, Smith starred in such Broadway productions as Men to the Sea, Mamba's Daughters, Beggar's Holiday (as the love interest of Alfred Drake), Forward the Heart and A Long Way From Home. All were short-lived, but she received great reviews.

In writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's No Way Out, Smith appeared as stoic young wife Cora Brooks. She comforts her husband Luther (Poitier), a doctor just starting out who is confronted by a racist patient, robbery suspect Ray Biddle (Richard Widmark), who causes all kinds of trouble.

A native of Struthers, Ohio, Smith suffered injuries that included a broken back and ribs when the DC6 that was carrying her en route to Newark Airport crashed in Elizabeth, N.J., in February 1952, narrowly missing an orphanage. Twenty-five of the 59 passengers on board were killed.

Her story was told that month in Jet magazine, with cover lines that described her as "The Magnificent Failure: She Won Fame but Never Quite Could Attain Stardom."

After recovering, Smith concentrated on a singing career and starred with Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in a musical revue, "Cockles and Champagne," created for the London stage.

Later, she worked as woman's editor for the black lifestyle publication Our World magazine and as a teacher at Eastview Junior High School in White Plains, N.Y.

Smith married David A. Hepburn, a journalist and vice president for WNEW-TV in New York. He died in 1985.

Survivors include her daughter Vanessa, son David, stepdaughter Valerie and grandchildren Brandon, Chelsea, Cole, Kaleo, Sage and Koa.

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Re: One and Done

PostSun Jul 26, 2015 12:06 am

Gene Tunney played the title role, Dick Farrington, in "The Fighting Marine" (1926).

And, like The Raven, he declared, "Nevermore!"
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Aug 23, 2015 3:44 pm

In the 1927 British ROBINSON CRUSOE (1927), Man Friday was played by Herbert Waithe. It seems to have been his only film, unless there were some uncredited bits, and IMDb does not even mention birth / death dates for him.
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Re: One and Done

PostTue Sep 08, 2015 11:56 am

Clifford Bruce, "Gaston" in Devil-May-Care (1929). IMDB indeed has nothing on him other than the fact that he appeared in this role in this movie.
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Re: One and Done

PostThu Sep 10, 2015 6:41 pm

Radio actor Ray Hedges made his one and only screen appearance in Myrt and Marge (1933), as the very camp wardrobe master, Clarence. Hedges was reputedly at pains to distance himself from the character and emphasised his 'he-man' credentials in real life ... all I can say is that he must have been a VERY good actor.
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Nov 01, 2015 4:15 pm

THE ADVENTURES OF JANE (1949), starred Christabel Leighton-Porter, whose only film this was. It was based on a 'Daily Mirror' strip, and Leighton-Porter also played Jane on stage. The director, Edward G Whiting, made no other films as a director, but produced a handful of films prior to this one.
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Re: One and Done

PostMon Nov 02, 2015 12:02 pm

*Blanche Walsh made one film for Zukor's Famous Players in 1912, it was "Resurrection" based on a Tolstoy story.

*Florence Roberts , a stage actress who died in 1927, made one film also for Zukor in 1912 at the beginning of Famous Players, it was a film version of the then scandalous stage play "Sapho". The performing of the play on Broadway had gotten it's two stars Olga Nethersole and Hamilton Revelle arrested in 1900.
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Re: One and Done

PostThu May 12, 2016 6:06 pm

Joan Marie Lawes was the daughter of Lewis E Lawes, who wrote the book 20,000 Years in Sing, Sing, about the prison of the same name. In the movie Up the River ((1930), she plays the warden's daughter. She co-starred with Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart. It would be her only film.
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Re: One and Done

PostSat Oct 01, 2016 1:41 pm

RUNNING WILD (1927), with Barnett Raskin as W C Fields's horrid stepson appears to be his only film.
THE LIGHTHOUSE-KEEPER'S DAUGHTER (1918) features a Maj Johnson, who was star Mary Johnson's daughter. In the same film, Agnes Onergsson played Lillian, the Professor's daughter, in what seems to be her only film part.
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Re: One and Done

PostSat Nov 26, 2016 1:34 pm

Watched a remarkable British movie last night, A MESSAGE FROM MARS (1913). It appears to have been leading lady Crissie Wells's first and only appearance before the cameras.
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Dec 11, 2016 5:13 am

Gilbert Marbe, who played the effeminate leading man in THE TALK OF HOLLYWOOD (1929). The star was Fay Marbe, but I've not found out yet whether they were married or related.

Also Maria di Zazzo, the little girl (Jenny Hasselqvist and Matheson Lang's daughter) in THE HELL SHIP (1923).
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Dec 11, 2016 8:58 am

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Gilbert Marbe, who played the effeminate leading man in THE TALK OF HOLLYWOOD (1929). The star was Fay Marbe, but I've not found out yet whether they were married or related.


They are said to be brother and sister:

https://books.google.com/books?id=Hu3nN ... od&f=false

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Re: One and Done

PostSun Dec 11, 2016 12:22 pm

TABU (1931) almost had a well-established Hollywood name as the leading man in the picture.

Yep, you guessed who. :)


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I actually found this early on while doing research on Mr. Tyler (I can see why he would fit into the role) and upon speaking with another TT film archivist, was quite surprised to learn it.

Murnau apparently preferred going the purist route and have natives portray all the main characters in the film.

Tom probably could have pulled off the role very well IMHO.
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Dec 11, 2016 1:35 pm

Rick Lanham wrote:
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:Gilbert Marbe, who played the effeminate leading man in THE TALK OF HOLLYWOOD (1929). The star was Fay Marbe, but I've not found out yet whether they were married or related.


They are said to be brother and sister:

https://books.google.com/books?id=Hu3nN ... od&f=false" target="_blank

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Thanks for that. Wondered how much of the camp act was an act...
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Dec 11, 2016 5:28 pm

Even though file footage showed up in Speedy among many others, Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig only acted in one film. A B western called Rawhide (1938).
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Re: One and Done

PostSun Jan 08, 2017 6:34 am

In 1933, Cameron MacPherson wrote, produced and scored a short movie called BLACK DAWN / DAWN TO DAWN. It was his only film.
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Re: One and Done

PostMon May 29, 2017 11:27 am

The Irish film DEVIL'S ROCK (1938) has Gloria Grainger and Geraldine Mitchell as sisters. Neither seem to have made any more films.
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