American Character Actor

Otto Waldis

  • May 20, 1901 - Mar 25, 1974 (age 72)
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1974
Otto Waldis
PersonalMarch 1974

Otto Waldis

Otto Waldis passed away.
1967
Mannix
TV ShowSep 16, 1967

Mannix

Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from …
Mannix is an American television detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS. Created by Richard Levinson and William Link and developed by executive producer Bruce Geller, the title character, Joe Mannix, is a private investigator. He was played by Mike Connors.
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1966
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
TV ShowSep 16, 1966

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is …
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is an American spy fiction TV series that aired on NBC for one season from September 16, 1966, to April 11, 1967. The series was a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and used the same theme music composed by Jerry Goldsmith, in a different arrangement by Dave Grusin.
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1965
Hogan's Heroes
TV ShowSep 17, 1965

Hogan's Heroes

Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a …
Hogan's Heroes is an American television sitcom set in a German prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. It ran for 168 episodes (six seasons) from September 17, 1965, to April 4, 1971, on the CBS network, the longest broadcast run for an American television series inspired by that war.
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1964
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
TV ShowSep 25, 1964

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy …
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. is an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from September 25, 1964, to May 2, 1969. The series was a spin-off of The Andy Griffith Show, and the pilot episode was aired as the season finale of the fourth season of its parent series on May 18, 1964. The show ran for a total of 150 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons, in black-and-white for the first season, and then in color for the remaining four seasons. In 2006, CBS Home Entertainment (distributed by Paramount) began releasing the series on DVD. The final season was released in November 2008.
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1961
Judgment at Nuremberg
MovieDec 14, 1961

Judgment at Nuremberg

In 1948, an American court …
In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazis judged for war crimes.
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Ben Casey
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TV ShowOct 2, 1961

Ben Casey

Ben Casey is an American medical drama series that aired on …
Ben Casey is an American medical drama series that aired on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols "♂, ♀, ✳, †, ∞" on a chalkboard, as cast member Sam Jaffe uttered, "Man, woman, birth, death, infinity." Neurosurgeon Joseph Ransohoff served as a medical consultant for the show.
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Whispering Smith
TV ShowMay 8, 1961

Whispering Smith

Whispering Smith is an American Western series that originally …
Whispering Smith is an American Western series that originally aired on NBC. It has the same ultimate source material as the 1948 movie of the same title (and some other films), but differs in some significant respects.
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1960
Surfside 6
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TV ShowOct 6, 1960

Surfside 6

Surfside 6 is an ABC television series which aired from 1960 …
Surfside 6 is an ABC television series which aired from 1960 to 1962. The show centered on a Miami Beach detective agency set on a houseboat and featured Troy Donahue as Sandy Winfield II; Van Williams as Kenny Madison (a character recycled from Bourbon Street Beat); and Lee Patterson as Dave Thorne. Diane McBain co-starred as socialite Daphne Dutton, whose yacht was berthed next to their houseboat. Spanish actress Margarita Sierra also had a supporting role as Cha Cha O'Brien, an entertainer who worked at the Boom Boom Room, a popular Miami Beach hangout at the Fontainebleau Hotel, directly across the street from Surfside 6.
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The Tall Man
TV ShowSep 10, 1960

The Tall Man

The Tall Man is a half-hour American western television …
The Tall Man is a half-hour American western television series about Sheriff Pat Garrett and the gunfighter Billy the Kid that aired seventy-five episodes on NBC from 1960 to 1962, filmed by Revue Productions. It was also theatrically released and dubbed in North Korea in the 1960s.
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1959
Shotgun Slade
TV ShowOct 24, 1959

Shotgun Slade

Shotgun Slade is an American western mystery television …
Shotgun Slade is an American western mystery television series starring Scott Brady that aired seventy-eight episodes in syndication from 1959 to 1961 Created by Frank Gruber, the stories were written by John Berardino, Charissa Hughes, and Martin Berkeley. The series was filmed in Hollywood by Revue Studios.
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The Untouchables
TV ShowOct 15, 1959

The Untouchables

The Untouchables is an American crime drama produced by …
The Untouchables is an American crime drama produced by Desilu Productions that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the ABC Television Network. Based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, it fictionalized Ness's experiences as a Prohibition agent, fighting crime in Chicago in the 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their courage, moral character, and incorruptibility, nicknamed the Untouchables. The book was later made into a film in 1987 by Brian De Palma, with a script by David Mamet, and a second, less-successful TV series in 1993.
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1958
77 Sunset Strip
TV ShowOct 10, 1958

77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective …
77 Sunset Strip is an American television private detective drama series created by Roy Huggins and starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Roger Smith, Richard Long (from 1960 to 1961) and Edd Byrnes (billed as Edward Byrnes). Each episode was one hour long including commercials. The show ran from 1958 to 1964.
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Lawman
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TV ShowOct 5, 1958

Lawman

Lawman is an American western television series originally …
Lawman is an American western television series originally telecast on ABC from 1958 to 1962 starring John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop and Peter Brown as Deputy Marshal Johnny McKay. The series was set in Laramie, Wyoming, during 1879 and the 1880s. Warner Bros. already had several western series on the air at the time.
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Peter Gunn
TV ShowSep 22, 1958

Peter Gunn

Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series, …
Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series, starring Craig Stevens as Peter Gunn with Lola Albright as his girlfriend Edie Hart, which aired on NBC from September 22, 1958, to 1960 and on ABC in 1960–1961. The series was created by Blake Edwards, who, on occasion, was also writer and director.
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Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
MovieMay 18, 1958

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

Nancy Archer is a rich …
Nancy Archer is a rich socialite who is unhappily married to husband Harry who left her once but came back to her when he needed money. It hasn't stopped him from continuing his affair with Honey Parker and Nancy knows it. After a confrontation at a local bar, Nancy takes off in her car and has an encounter with a large sphere on the road. There have been rumors of UFOs in the area but no one will believe her. After a second encounter, Nancy grows to an amazing size. More than enough to get her revenge.
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Shirley Temple's Storybook
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TV ShowJan 12, 1958

Shirley Temple's Storybook

Shirley Temple's Storybook …
Shirley Temple's Storybook is an American children's anthology series hosted and narrated by actress Shirley Temple. The series features adaptations of fairy tales like Mother Goose and other family-oriented stories performed by well-known actors, although one episode, an adaptation of The House of the Seven Gables, was meant for older youngsters. The first season of sixteen black-and-white and colored episodes aired on NBC between January 12, 1958 and December 21, 1958 as Shirley Temple's Storybook. Thirteen episodes of the first season re-ran on ABC beginning on January 12, 1959. The second season of twenty-five color episodes aired on NBC as The Shirley Temple Show between September 18, 1960 and July 16, 1961 in much the same format that it had under its original title.
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1957
The Gray Ghost
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TV ShowOct 10, 1957

The Gray Ghost

The Gray Ghost is an American historical television series …
The Gray Ghost is an American historical television series which aired in syndication from October 10, 1957, to July 3, 1958. The show is based upon the true story of Major John Singleton Mosby, a Virginia officer in the Confederate Army, whose cunning and stealth earned him the nickname "Gray Ghost".
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Maverick
TV ShowSep 22, 1957

Maverick

Maverick is an American Western dramatic television series …
Maverick is an American Western dramatic television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins and originally starring James Garner. The show ran for five seasons from September 22, 1957, to July 8, 1962, on ABC.
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Perry Mason
TV ShowSep 21, 1957

Perry Mason

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally …
Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles criminal-defense lawyer who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner.
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The Thin Man
TV ShowSep 20, 1957

The Thin Man

The Thin Man was a half-hour weekly television series …
The Thin Man was a half-hour weekly television series based on the mystery novel The Thin Man (1933) by Dashiell Hammett. The 72 episodes were produced by MGM Television and broadcast by NBC for two seasons from 1957–1959 on Friday evening. It was the first TV series produced by MGM.
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Wagon Train
TV ShowSep 18, 1957

Wagon Train

Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on …
Wagon Train is an American Western series that aired on the NBC television network (National Broadcasting Company), 1957–1962 and then on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), 1962–1965. Wagon Train first aired on September 18, 1957, and would eventually place the TV show in the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings. The series format attracted big-name guest stars who would appear in major roles as travelers in the large wagon train or in the settlements they passed by or visited. It initially starred veteran movie supporting actor Ward Bond as the wagon master, later replaced upon his death in 1960 by John McIntire, and Robert Horton as the scout, subsequently replaced by Scott Miller and Robert Fuller.'
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Have Gun – Will Travel
TV ShowSep 14, 1957

Have Gun – Will Travel

Have Gun – Will Travel is an …
Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western series that was produced and originally broadcast by CBS on both television and radio from 1957 through 1963. The television version of the series was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first four seasons, and it is one of the few shows in television history to spawn a successful radio version. That radio series debuted November 23, 1958, more than a year after the premiere of its televised counterpart.
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Tales of Wells Fargo
TV ShowMar 18, 1957

Tales of Wells Fargo

Tales of Wells Fargo is an American Western television …
Tales of Wells Fargo is an American Western television series starring Dale Robertson that ran from 1957 to 1962 on NBC. Produced by Revue Productions, the series aired in a half-hour format until its final season when it expanded to an hour and switched from black and white to color.
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1956
Playhouse 90
TV ShowOct 4, 1956

Playhouse 90

Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama …
Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. Since live anthology drama series of the mid-1950s usually were hour-long shows, the title highlighted the network's intention to present something unusual: a weekly series of hour-and-a-half-long dramas rather than 60-minute plays.
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Circus Boy
TV ShowSep 23, 1956

Circus Boy

Circus Boy is an American action/adventure/drama …
Circus Boy is an American action/adventure/drama series that aired in prime time on NBC, and then on ABC, from 1956 to 1958. It was then rerun by NBC on Saturday mornings, from 1958 to 1960.
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1955
Running Wild
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MovieNov 11, 1955

Running Wild

A young rookie cop goes undercover to bust up an …
A young rookie cop goes undercover to bust up an auto theft ring run by juvenile delinquents.
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Artists and Models
MovieNov 7, 1955

Artists and Models

Rick Todd and Eugene Fullstack share an apartment and …
Rick Todd and Eugene Fullstack share an apartment and have dreams for the future. Rick is an aspiring artist looking for a break. Eugene loves comic books, especially The Bat Lady series. He is so engrossed with her stories that he has nightmares and dreams of his own comic book characters. Their luck begins to change when Abby Parker is fired as the artist for the Bat Lady. Rick pitches his own comic book series and Eugene gets to meet Bessie Sparrowbrush, who, unbeknown to him, is the artist's model the Bat Lady. Rivalry and romance ensues for all four of them, with several song and dance numbers along the way.
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents
TV ShowOct 2, 1955

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Alfred Hitchcock Presents is …
Alfred Hitchcock Presents is an American television anthology series that was created, hosted, and produced by Alfred Hitchcock; the program aired on CBS and NBC between 1955 and 1965. It features dramas, thrillers, and mysteries. Between 1962 and 1965 it was renamed The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
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The Millionaire
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TV ShowJan 19, 1955

The Millionaire

The Millionaire is an American anthology series that aired …
The Millionaire is an American anthology series that aired on CBS from 1955 to 1960. It was originally sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive. The series, produced by Don Fedderson and Fred Henry, explored the ways that sudden and unexpected wealth changed life, for better or for worse, and became a five-season hit during the Golden Age of Television, finishing in the Nielsen ratings at #9 for the 1955–1956 season, #13 in 1956–1957, #17 in 1957–1958 and #30 in 1958–1959. It told the stories of people who were given one million dollars ($9.54 million in 2019 dollars) from a benefactor who insisted they never knew him, with one exception.
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1954
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
TV ShowOct 15, 1954

The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin

The Adventures of Rin Tin …
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin is an American children's television program. Beginning in October 1954 until May 1959, 164 episodes originally aired on ABC television network. It starred Lee Aaker as Rusty, a boy orphaned in an Indian raid, who was being raised by the soldiers at a US Cavalry post known as Fort Apache. He and his German shepherd dog, Rin Tin Tin, helped the soldiers to establish order in the American West. James E. Brown appeared as Lieutenant Ripley "Rip" Masters. Co-stars included Joe Sawyer and Rand Brooks.
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The Lineup
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TV ShowOct 1, 1954

The Lineup

The Lineup is an American police drama which aired on CBS …
The Lineup is an American police drama which aired on CBS radio from 1950 to 1953 and on CBS television from 1954 to 1960. Syndicated reruns of the series were broadcast under the title San Francisco Beat.
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Medic
TV ShowSep 13, 1954

Medic

Medic was an American medical drama that aired on NBC …
Medic was an American medical drama that aired on NBC beginning in 1954. Medic was television's first doctor drama to focus attention on medical procedures. Created by its principal writer James E. Moser, Medic tried to create realism (City Hospital and The Doctor had not) which would typify medical shows from then on. Moser had previously written for the radio shows Dragnet and Dr. Kildare.
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Lassie
TV ShowSep 12, 1954

Lassie

Lassie is an American television series that follows the …
Lassie is an American television series that follows the adventures of a female Rough Collie dog named Lassie and her companions, both human and animal. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax and was televised from September 12, 1954, to March 25, 1973. The fifth longest-running U.S. primetime television series after The Simpsons, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Gunsmoke and Law & Order, the show ran for 17 seasons on CBS before entering first-run syndication for its final two seasons. Initially filmed in black and white, the show transitioned to color in 1965.
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1953
Terry and the Pirates
TV ShowJun 26, 1953

Terry and the Pirates

Terry and the Pirates is an …
Terry and the Pirates is an American adventure series based on Milton Caniff's comic strip, was telecast from June 26, 1953 to November 21, 1953. The syndicated series ran for 18 episodes and was produced by Don Sharpe Enterprises. Canada Dry Ginger Ale was the show's original sponsor.
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General Electric Theater
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TV ShowFeb 1, 1953

General Electric Theater

General Electric Theater was …
General Electric Theater was an American anthology series hosted by Ronald Reagan that was broadcast on CBS radio and television. The series was sponsored by General Electric's Department of Public Relations.
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1952
The Black Castle
MovieNov 20, 1952

The Black Castle

Man investigates the disappearance of two of his …
Man investigates the disappearance of two of his friends who were the guests of a sinister Austrian count.
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Four Star Playhouse
TV ShowSep 25, 1952

Four Star Playhouse

Four Star Playhouse is an American television …
Four Star Playhouse is an American television anthology series that ran from 1952 to 1956. Four Star Playhouse was owned by Four Star International. Its episodes ranged anywhere from surreal mysteries, such as "The Man on the Train", to light comedies, such as "The Lost Silk Hat". The original premise was that Charles Boyer, Ida Lupino, David Niven, and Dick Powell would take turns starring in episodes. However, several other performers took the lead from time to time, including Ronald Colman and Joan Fontaine.
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Adventures of Superman
TV ShowSep 19, 1952

Adventures of Superman

Adventures of Superman is …
Adventures of Superman is an American television series based on comic book characters and concepts that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created in 1938. The show was the first television series to feature Superman and began filming in 1951 in California on RKO-Pathé stages and the RKO Forty Acres back lot. Cereal manufacturer Kellogg's sponsored the show. The first and last airdates of the show, which was produced for first-run syndication rather than for a network, are disputed, but they are generally accepted as September 19, 1952, and April 28, 1958, respectively. The show's first two seasons (episodes 1–52, 26 titles per season) were filmed in black and white; seasons three through six (episodes 53–104, 13 titles per season) were filmed in color but were originally telecast in black and white. Adventures of Superman was not shown in color until 1965, when the series was syndicated to local stations.
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My Little Margie
TV ShowJun 16, 1952

My Little Margie

My Little Margie is an American television situation comedy …
My Little Margie is an American television situation comedy starring Gale Storm and Charles Farrell that alternated between CBS and NBC from 1952 to 1955. The series was created by Frank Fox and produced in Los Angeles, California, at Hal Roach Studios by Hal Roach, Jr., and Roland D. Reed.
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1951
Unknown World
MovieOct 26, 1951

Unknown World

Dr. Jerimiah Morley becomes convinced that the world is …
Dr. Jerimiah Morley becomes convinced that the world is headed to an inevitable worldwide nuclear war. He organizes an expedition made up of a team of expert scientists and an atomic-powered rock-boring vehicle called a "cyclotram" to find a subterranean environment where holocaust survivors could live indefinitely. When funding falls through, independently rich adventurer Wright Thompson underwrites the project under the condition that he be allowed to go. As the group goes deeper beneath the Earth's crust, personalities clash, tempers flare, and the dangerous journey claims the lives of several expedition members. When they come upon an enormous underground expanse with its own ocean and phosphorescent light, it appears that their goal has been achieved.
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The Whip Hand
MovieOct 1, 1951

The Whip Hand

Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a …
Matt Corbin, a vacationing magazine writer, takes a fishing trip to Minnesota, and stumbles across a lake in which all the fish have mysteriously died. The locals are tight-lipped about it, but Corbin learns that a group of former-Nazis-turned-Communists have purchased a lodge on an island in the middle of the fish-killing lake, and have built some kind of laboratory. Never one to pass up a chance to sell a story to a magazine, Matt decides to investigate. His only ally is Janet Keller, the sister of the local doctor who has been caught up in whatever those nefarious Commie-Nazis are up to. What they are up to, with Soviet financing, is the development of diseases to use in bacteriological warfare against the United States, starting right there in Minnesota.
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Bird of Paradise
MovieMar 14, 1951

Bird of Paradise

André Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, …
André Laurence accompanies his college roommate, Tenga, back to Tenga's Polynesian island home. There, André assumes the native life and, after many trials with the native customs and their suspicions, marries his friend's sister, Kalua. Their marriage is barren of children. A final blow to André comes with the eruption of a volcano, and the island's holy man, the Kahuna, decides that the volcano can only be appeased with the sacrifice of Kalua.
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1949
Border Incident
MovieOct 28, 1949

Border Incident

Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang …
Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.
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I Was a Male War Bride
MovieAug 17, 1949

I Was a Male War Bride

After marrying an American …
After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.
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1948
Studio One
TV ShowNov 7, 1948

Studio One

Studio One is an American radio anthology drama series that …
Studio One is an American radio anthology drama series that was also adapted to television. It was created in 1947 by Canadian director Fletcher Markle, who came to CBS from the CBC. It aired under several variant titles: Studio One in Hollywood, Studio One Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One and Westinghouse Summer Theatre.
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Letter from an Unknown Woman
MovieApr 28, 1948

Letter from an Unknown Woman

A pianist about to flee from a …
A pianist about to flee from a duel receives a letter from a woman he cannot remember, who may hold the key to his downfall.
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1947
The Exile
MovieOct 17, 1947

The Exile

Maria Montez was accorded top billing in this film by …
Maria Montez was accorded top billing in this film by contractual agreement, although she is in the picture only long enough to take a bath in a tricky 17th century bathtub while sipping coffee with Charles Stuart and delivering dialogue in a barely-understandable French-accent. This is the second major film released within a short period with King Charles II as a primary character, and Charles here and Charles (George Sanders) in "Forever Amber" are two very varied approaches to the same character. This one takes place prior to the beginning of "Forever Amber" when Charles II and his followers are hiding out in Holland from Oliver Cromwell's puritan Round Heads. Being temporarily at liberty (or unemployed), Charles takes a day job at the farm/estate of Katie, and falls in love with her. Meanwhile he eludes his enemies by agility, enterprise and sword play, some of the latter performed while riding the blades of a Dutch windmill. He is summoned back to the throne and has to leave Katie and the tulips behind, returns to England, is replaced by George Sanders who pursues Amber St. Clair and forgets all about Katie. "The Exile" and "Forever Amber" should be viewed back-to-back for maximum-contrast enjoyment.
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1901
Otto Waldis
BirthMay 1901

Otto Waldis

Otto Waldis was born.
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