Still living 1930's Stars?

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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

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PostSat May 11, 2013 2:30 pm

Valentina Cortese(born 1923) just makes it with a 1940 appearance in an Italian film, 1940 actually being th e tenth year of the decade of the 1930s.
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PostSun May 12, 2013 2:29 am

Fay McKenzie: Actress who made her debut in 1918.

Mildred Kornman: Was mostly uncredited in Our Gang. Later became a model called Ricki VanDusen.

Lassie Lou Ahern: Also in Our Gang. Recently deceased Peggy Ahern's little sister.

Elena Verdugo: Was possibly in Cavalier of the West (1931) as an uncredited girl.

Peggy Lynch/Margaret Kerry: Was in Our Gang in the 30's. She was the model for Disney's Tinkerbell,

Annie Ross: Singer who also appeared in Our Gang.

Shep Houghton: Was uncredited in almost all his films. Started in silents.

Ruth Terry: Actress who began in 1937.

Leonard Landy: Was also in Our Gang.

Abbe Lane: Was in Toyland Casino (1938).

Bob Hastings:
Don Hasting's older brother was also in Toyland Casin (1938).

Clyde Willson:
Was only in 4 movies in total; one of them was in 1939.

Gale Sherwood: Played Betty in the 1939 movie They Shall Have Music.

Anne Triola: Was an accordian player in the 1939 short Snow Follies.
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostSun May 12, 2013 4:16 pm

Nick wrote:Anne Triola: Was an accordian player in the 1939 short Snow Follies.


Wow, didn't know she was still alive, wish I had some contact info for her. I have an unknown 1948 kinescope of a TV show she did with El Brendel.
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June Lockhart 88 years old was in A Christmas Carol (1938)
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostFri Jul 24, 2015 2:04 pm

UPDATE: More than two years later, we've lost an incredible amount of stars that were mentioned here. :(

Shirley Temple
Mickey Rooney
Deanna Durbin
Luise Rainer
Joan Fontaine
Nova Pilbeam
Carla Laemmle
Dickie Jones
Herb Jeffries
Arthur Gardner
Mary Anderson
Mickey Moore
Alicia Rhett
Marianne Edwards
Jackie Lynn Taylor
Marta Eggerth
Movita Castaneda
Mary Healy
Margaret Pellegrini
Ruth Duccini
Layne Tom Jr
Philip Hurlic
Bill Kerr
Bob Hastings
Pauline Wagner
George Bookasta
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PostSun Jul 26, 2015 6:41 am

I'm going to shudder when we start losing more 1960s stars!


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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostMon Aug 24, 2015 2:03 pm

Here are some of the most prominent films of the decade with at least one living cast member (as of August 24, 2015).

Grand Hotel (1932)
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
42nd Street (1933)
It’s a Gift (1934)
Bright Eyes (1934)
Cleopatra (1934)
Imitation of Life (1934)
David Copperfield (1935)
Les Misérables (1935)
Anna Karenina (1935)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Anthony Adverse (1936)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Camille (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
Pennies from Heaven (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Stage Door (1937)
Captain Courageous (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Topper (1937)
A Day at the Races (1937)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
In Old Chicago (1938)
Boys Town (1938)
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Dodge City (1939)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Intermezzo (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Juarez (1939)
Love Affair (1939)
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostMon Aug 24, 2015 3:10 pm

Nick wrote:Here are some of the most prominent films of the decade with at least one living cast member (as of August 24, 2015).

Grand Hotel (1932)
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
42nd Street (1933)
It’s a Gift (1934)
Bright Eyes (1934)
Cleopatra (1934)
Imitation of Life (1934)
David Copperfield (1935)
Les Misérables (1935)
Anna Karenina (1935)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
Captain Blood (1935)
Anthony Adverse (1936)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Camille (1936)
Modern Times (1936)
Pennies from Heaven (1936)
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Stage Door (1937)
Captain Courageous (1937)
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Topper (1937)
A Day at the Races (1937)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
In Old Chicago (1938)
Boys Town (1938)
Marie Antoinette (1938)
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
A Christmas Carol (1938)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Dodge City (1939)
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Intermezzo (1939)
Destry Rides Again (1939)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Beau Geste (1939)
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Juarez (1939)
Love Affair (1939)


Would be interested to know who these are, aside from Olivia and Maureen, of course. Tried to do this for YOUNG MR LINCOLN, and the only possibles I found were for Billy Watson, and perhaps whoever played Richard Cromwell and Arleen Whelan's baby.
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostMon Aug 24, 2015 8:54 pm

Does anybody know if kiddie skater Irene Dare, who appeared in two 1938-39 films (and starred in RKO's EVERYTHING'S ON ICE in 1939), is still living, or if not, when she died?
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostSun Aug 30, 2015 2:25 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
Nick wrote:Would be interested to know who these are, aside from Olivia and Maureen, of course. Tried to do this for YOUNG MR LINCOLN, and the only possibles I found were for Billy Watson, and perhaps whoever played Richard Cromwell and Arleen Whelan's baby.
Yes, Billy Watson is the one I had in mind. The baby is non-notable, and I have no idea whether she's still alive or not.

Here are the survivors from each movie:


Grand Hotel (1932) Mary Carlisle played "Mrs, Hoffman."
Flying Down to Rio (1933) Shep Houghton played a "dancer."
42nd Street (1933) Shep Houghton played a "chorus boy."
It’s a Gift (1934) Jean Rouverol played "Mildred Bissonette." Jane Withers played "little girl playing hopscotch."
Bright Eyes (1934) Jane Withers played "Joy Smythe."
Cleopatra (1934) Shep Houghton played "Roman soldier."
Imitation of Life (1934) Marilyn Knowlden and Juanita Quigley played "Jessie Pullman." Jane Withers played "Peola's classmate."
David Copperfield (1935) Marilyn Knowlden played "Agnes."
Les Misérables (1935) Marilyn Knowlden played "Cosette."
Anna Karenina (1935) Cora Sue Collins played "Tania."
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) Olivia de Havilland played "Hermia." Nini Theilade played "fairie."
Captain Blood (1935) Olivia de Havilland played "Arabella Bishop."
Anthony Adverse (1936) Olivia de Havilland played "Angela Guessippi." Marilyn Knowlden played "Florence Udney."
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Olivia de Havilland played "Ella Campbell." Shep Houghton played "soldier."
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) Dickie Moore played "Joseph Meister."
Camille (1936) Joan Leslie played "Marie Jeanette."
Modern Times (1936) Gloria DeHaven played "Gamin's sister."
Pennies from Heaven (1936) Jack Lindquist played "boy."
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Ann Gillis played "Mary Lou."
Stage Door (1937) Jean Rouverol played "Dizzy."
Captain Courageous (1937) Gene Reynolds played "boy in print shop."
The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Dickie Moore played "Pierre Dreyfus."
Topper (1937) Shep Houghton played "waiter."
A Day at the Races (1937) Lennie Bluett played "black singer."
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Olivia de Havilland played "Marian."
In Old Chicago (1938) Billy Watson played "Jack O'Leary."
Boys Town (1938) Gene Reynolds played "Tony Ponessa."
Marie Antoinette (1938) Marilyn Knowlden played "princess Thérèse."
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Marilyn Knowlden played "Laury."
A Christmas Carol (1938) Terry Kilburn played "tiny Tim." June Lockhart played "Belinda Cratchit."
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) Terry Kilburn played "Billy."
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Terry Kilburn played "John Colley."
Dodge City (1939) Olivia de Havilland played "Abbie Irving."
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Olivia de Havilland played "Penelope Gray." Nanette Fabray played "Margaret Radcliffe."
Gone With the Wind (1939) -
The Wizard of Oz (1939) -
Son of Frankenstein (1939) Donnie Dunagan played "Peter von Frankenstein."
Intermezzo (1939) Ann E. Todd played "Ann Marie."
Destry Rides Again (1939) Ann E. Todd played "claggett girl." Betta St. John played "singing girl in wagon."
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Maureen O'Hara played "Esmeralda."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Billy Watson played "hopper boy."
Beau Geste (1939) Ann Gillis played "Isobel Rivers."
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Billy Watson played "boy."
Juarez (1939) Mickey Kuhn played "Augustin Iturbide."
Love Affair (1939) Joan Leslie played "autograph seeker."
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostSun Aug 30, 2015 2:32 pm

Nick wrote:
earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
Nick wrote:Would be interested to know who these are, aside from Olivia and Maureen, of course. Tried to do this for YOUNG MR LINCOLN, and the only possibles I found were for Billy Watson, and perhaps whoever played Richard Cromwell and Arleen Whelan's baby.
Yes, Billy Watson is the one I had in mind. The baby is non-notable, and I have no idea whether she's still alive or not.

Here are the survivors from each movie:


Grand Hotel (1932) Mary Carlisle played "Mrs, Hoffman."
Flying Down to Rio (1933) Shep Houghton played a "dancer."
42nd Street (1933) Shep Houghton played a "chorus boy."
It’s a Gift (1934) Jean Rouverol played "Mildred Bissonette." Jane Withers played "little girl playing hopscotch."
Bright Eyes (1934) Jane Withers played "Joy Smythe."
Cleopatra (1934) Shep Houghton played "Roman soldier."
Imitation of Life (1934) Marilyn Knowlden and Juanita Quigley played "Jessie Pullman." Jane Withers played "Peola's classmate."
David Copperfield (1935) Marilyn Knowlden played "Agnes."
Les Misérables (1935) Marilyn Knowlden played "Cosette."
Anna Karenina (1935) Cora Sue Collins played "Tania."
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) Olivia de Havilland played "Hermia." Nini Theilade played "fairie."
Captain Blood (1935) Olivia de Havilland played "Arabella Bishop."
Anthony Adverse (1936) Olivia de Havilland played "Angela Guessippi." Marilyn Knowlden played "Florence Udney."
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) Olivia de Havilland played "Ella Campbell." Shep Houghton played "soldier."
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) Dickie Moore played "Joseph Meister."
Camille (1936) Joan Leslie played "Marie Jeanette."
Modern Times (1936) Gloria DeHaven played "Gamin's sister."
Pennies from Heaven (1936) Jack Lindquist played "boy."
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Ann Gillis played "Mary Lou."
Stage Door (1937) Jean Rouverol played "Dizzy."
Captain Courageous (1937) Gene Reynolds played "boy in print shop."
The Life of Emile Zola (1937) Dickie Moore played "Pierre Dreyfus."
Topper (1937) Shep Houghton played "waiter."
A Day at the Races (1937) Lennie Bluett played "black singer."
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Olivia de Havilland played "Marian."
In Old Chicago (1938) Billy Watson played "Jack O'Leary."
Boys Town (1938) Gene Reynolds played "Tony Ponessa."
Marie Antoinette (1938) Marilyn Knowlden played "princess Thérèse."
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) Marilyn Knowlden played "Laury."
A Christmas Carol (1938) Terry Kilburn played "tiny Tim." June Lockhart played "Belinda Cratchit."
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) Terry Kilburn played "Billy."
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Terry Kilburn played "John Colley."
Dodge City (1939) Olivia de Havilland played "Abbie Irving."
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) Olivia de Havilland played "Penelope Gray." Nanette Fabray played "Margaret Radcliffe."
Gone With the Wind (1939) -
The Wizard of Oz (1939) -
Son of Frankenstein (1939) Donnie Dunagan played "Peter von Frankenstein."
Intermezzo (1939) Ann E. Todd played "Ann Marie."
Destry Rides Again (1939) Ann E. Todd played "claggett girl." Betta St. John played "singing girl in wagon."
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) Maureen O'Hara played "Esmeralda."
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Billy Watson played "hopper boy."
Beau Geste (1939) Ann Gillis played "Isobel Rivers."
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) Billy Watson played "boy."
Juarez (1939) Mickey Kuhn played "Augustin Iturbide."
Love Affair (1939) Joan Leslie played "autograph seeker."


Thanks for the confirmation re LINCOLN, as well as the elaboration on who was in what. Let's hope no more have handed in their dinner-pails lately, though I had read that Dickie Moore was unwell.
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PostMon Aug 31, 2015 5:17 pm

What about Betty Jaynes? She and her then-husband Douglas MacPhail were sort of a junior version of MacDonald/Eddy in "Sweethearts" and "Babes in Arms" among other prominent late '30s films. She was also an operetta singer in an I LOVE LUCY episode.
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PostMon Aug 31, 2015 7:16 pm

The consensus on Betty Jaynes seems to be that she might still be around but nobody can track her down. See also this thread - http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=19644&p=148032.
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PostMon Aug 31, 2015 11:27 pm

Here's an interesting one ... an adult-age 1930s actor who almost certainly is dead but has no confirmed death date.

He's the actor-singer Guy Robertson, a Broadway leading man who headlined the 1934 movie musical KING KELLY OF THE U.S.A.

I have done some research on him for a book, and he seems to have disappeared from public attention after 1946, when he resumed his performing career after serving in the Navy. He had some personal troubles -- a marriage to an actress that ended in an ugly divorce -- just before enlisting during the war, and his showbizcareer was seemingly in decline.

IMDB lists Robertson as being born in 1892 in Denver. But based on information I have about his family, I believe he was born in 1898 in New York City. A man whose birth date and military record (Robertson served in both world wars) is strongly similar to the actor's died in Erie, Pa., in 1974, but I can't quite connect the two men. The man who died in Erie had been a hotel bartender during the 1950s and '60s, which seems a little incongruous.

Can anyone provide any clarification on this fellow?
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Re: Still living 1930's Stars?

PostTue Sep 01, 2015 2:53 pm

bradleyem wrote:Here's an interesting one ... an adult-age 1930s actor who almost certainly is dead but has no confirmed death date.

He's the actor-singer Guy Robertson, a Broadway leading man who headlined the 1934 movie musical KING KELLY OF THE U.S.A.

I have done some research on him for a book, and he seems to have disappeared from public attention after 1946, when he resumed his performing career after serving in the Navy. He had some personal troubles -- a marriage to an actress that ended in an ugly divorce -- just before enlisting during the war, and his showbizcareer was seemingly in decline.

IMDB lists Robertson as being born in 1892 in Denver. But based on information I have about his family, I believe he was born in 1898 in New York City. A man whose birth date and military record (Robertson served in both world wars) is strongly similar to the actor's died in Erie, Pa., in 1974, but I can't quite connect the two men. The man who died in Erie had been a hotel bartender during the 1950s and '60s, which seems a little incongruous.

Can anyone provide any clarification on this fellow?


The ugly divorce was from Audrey Christie. I think her daughter is still around. I am not sure if the daughter is the issue of Audrey's union with Robertson or Donald Preston Briggs.

If nothing else, you may be able to get the divorce record (Chicago, September 1942) and backtrack to the marriage license for more definite info on Robertson (Date of birth, names of parents, etc.)

or you can look into his WWII record in the Navy, obtain his naval record, and verify date/place of death and burial.
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PostTue Sep 01, 2015 4:25 pm

Silent film player Alexander Gaden (b. 1873) is still alive!!...he's 142 years old. Go on Alexander :wink: :shock: :shock:
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PostTue Sep 01, 2015 4:42 pm

Some help (maybe) on Guy Robertson. Here are some Urls . There's a Guy Robertson, born 1890 died 1960 who is interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, from the findagrave site. Usually a Forest Lawn Glendale burial denotes someone involved in or having been involved in the motion picture industry.

*GoogleBooks:"Enter the Players:New York Stage Actors in the Twentieth Century" by Thomas S. Hischak
https://books.google.com/books?id=d3NJn ... tor&=false

*findagrave: Guy Robertson 1890-1960, a person with this name buried at Forest Lawn, Glendale
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?pa ... 79&df=all&

*findagrave:Guy Robertson matches pages
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?pa ... all&GSob=n

*findagrave:Audrey Christie
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?pa ... 69&df=all&
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PostWed Sep 02, 2015 6:43 am

Thanks for the contributions. Indeed, the divorce was from Audrey Christie, and her accusation (reported by wire services at the time, not my supposition) is that he struck her over her accusations of his gambling problem.

Not long after, Robertson enlisted in the Navy, and this too was also reported widely. Part of the news angle was his age -- 44.

And this is partly why I think the born-in-1898 GR was the actor. Also, the 1900 U.S. Census lists a GR at age 1 in a household in NYC. The names of the mother and other children in the household match those listed in the New York Times obit of Robertson's stepfather, a well-known actor-producer who died in 1934.

I'm confident I can get to the bottom of this through a request for GR's military or full death record, or perhaps through contact with people who might have known the GR from Erie.
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PostThu Sep 03, 2015 1:08 pm

Child actor (and later TV producer) Gene Reynolds (b. 1923) is still with us.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0721728/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1" target="_blank
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