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Yes, it's Turhan Bey, who often worked with Maria Montez. He was of Turkish heritage, although he was born in Austria. Good work, MN. Now here is a young man who was quite active in the thirties and early forties. He worked with Shirly Temple and Jackie Cooper, but he is probably best known for an action serial. Do you know him?

 

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Yes, he was quite young when he started in the business.

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Yes, you got him, MN. In 1933 and 1934, he starred in a series of short films with Shirley Temple playing his little sister. He was actually almost twelve years older than Shirley. In the Captain Marvel serial, he played Billy Batson, who becomes Captain Marvel when he says "Shazam". He was given that power by an old man, seen in this picture.

 

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Do you know who played that old man? Here he is without the beard.

 

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Obviously, a bit obscure, but I'm trying to give everyone a little challenge.

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Yes, musicalnovelty get's another obscure actress. Her best known movie role was in "Wild Boys Of The Road". It was directed in 1933 by William Wellman, whom she married in 1934. They stayed married until his death in 1975. They had seven children, including actor William Wellman Jr.

 

Now, who is this grumpy old guy? Even when he was younger, he had that curmudgeon look.

 

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Yes, that's Claude. Let's give him a happy face. :) He needs it. Now MN, that one was probably easy for you. Let's see if this one is as easy for you or someone else. This actress was an athlete before she entered mobies. Do you know her?

 

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After watching some of her movies, most people agreed that she should have stayed with her sport. However, she married well. What's her name?

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That's Vera Hruba Ralston. She was a Czech figure skater. She married well, indeed ... the president of Republic Pictures, Herbert Yates. Much was made of her lack of acting talent, and at one point I believe John Wayne sued somebody for making him be in movies with her, to the deteriment of his career.

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Very good, Dothery. I don't know about the lawsuit, but John Wayne, after being in a couple of movies with her, refused to be in any more. She reportedly was once asked by Adolf Hitler if she would like to skate for the swastika. Her response was that she'd rather skate on the swastika. The name Ralston was added by Republic Studios. They took the name from the breakfast cereal company. Ironically, an actress who came along later had to change her own name because of that. Vera Miles was originally named Vera Ralston.

Here's another athlete who, I believe, made only one movie. It's been shown on TCM. Do you know her?

 

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She was quite pretty, but apparently her acting ability was somewhat minimal. Her leading man in the movie was also a one-timer.

 

 

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It looks like Eleanor Holm, the swimmer, who married Billy Rose, later appearing in his Aquacade. She later divorced him, and during the hostilities surrounding who got what, she held his Rembrandt hostage behind the apartment door while he was trying to have it broken in with an ax, as I recall. Terrible bunch but fun to read about.

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You got her, Dothery. "Tarzan's Revenge" was her only movie. She had been suspended from the 1936 Olympic team by Avery Brundage for having too many drinks on the ship carrying the team to Europe. She claimed that he had propositioned her earlier and she had turned him down, so the suspension was just for spite. True or not, her Olympic career was over. After the Tarzan movie, she swam in Billy Rose's Aquacade, along with Johnny Weismuller, Esther Williams, and Buster Crabbe.

 

Ok, we'll do just one more of these. There's yet another skater who made one movie. She also was an Olympic champion. Do you remember her name or her famous co-stars?

 

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That fellow in the last picture is one of her lesser known co-stars. He was, however, a veteran of "McHale's Navy".

 

 

 

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I checked the IMDB and it seems that Edson Stroll, who was trained as a singer and sang in the aforementioned movie, had a small part in "The Three Stooges In Orbit" and an uncredited part in "G.I. Blues", and he was also in a number of TV shows...

 

Edited by: mudskipper on May 25, 2013 9:53 PM

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