Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett (born Harold Herman Brix) was an American actor and Olympic silver medalist shot putter. His first career was as an athlete. At the University of Washington, where he majored in economics, he played football (tackle) in the 1926 Rose Bowl and was a track-and-field star. Two years later, he won the Silver medal for the shot put in the 1928 Olympic Games. Brix moved to Los Angeles in 1929 after being invited to compete for the Los Angeles Athletic Club and befriended actor Douglas Fairbanks Jr., who arranged a screen test for him at Paramount. In 1931, MGM, adapting author Edgar Rice Burroughs's popular Tarzan adventures for the screen, selected Brix to play the title character. Brix, however, broke his shoulder filming the 1931 football film Touchdown, so swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller replaced Brix and became a major star. After Ashton Dearholt convinced Burroughs to allow him to form Burroughs-Tarzan Enterprises, Inc., and make a Tarzan serial film, Dearholt cast Brix in the lead. Pressbook copy has it that Burroughs made the choice himself, but, in fact, in his biography, Brix confirmed that Burroughs never even saw him until after the contract was signed, and then only briefly. The film was begun on location in Guatemala, under rugged conditions (jungle diseases and cash shortages were frequent). Brix did his own stunts, including a fall to rocky cliffs below. The Washington Post quoted Gabe Essoe's passage from his book Tarzan of the Movies: ...

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The Lone Ranger (1938)

In 1865, Captain Mark Smith of the Confederate Army leads a band of deserters to conquer Texas and rule it as a dictator. In one of his first actions, he captures and assumes the identity of Texas' new Finance Commissioner, Colonel Marcus Jeffries, after having the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John English  •  William Witney
CAST:  Chief Thundercloud  •  Lynne Roberts  •  Stanley Andrews  •  George Cleveland

In 1865, Captain Mark Smith of the Confederate Army leads a band of deserters to conquer Texas and rule it as a dictator. In one of his first actions, he captures and assumes the identity of Texas' new Finance Commissioner, Colonel Marcus Jeffries, after having the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John English  •  William Witney
CAST:  Chief Thundercloud  •  Lynne Roberts  •  Stanley Andrews  •  George Cleveland

A Stolen Life (1946)

A twin takes her deceased sister's place as wife of the man they both love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Glenn Ford  •  Dane Clark  •  Walter Brennan

A twin takes her deceased sister's place as wife of the man they both love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Glenn Ford  •  Dane Clark  •  Walter Brennan

Dark Passage (1947)

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Agnes Moorehead

A man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Agnes Moorehead

Love Me Tender (1956)

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Debra Paget  •  Elvis Presley  •  Robert Middleton

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Debra Paget  •  Elvis Presley  •  Robert Middleton

Mildred Pierce (1945)

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Carson  •  Zachary Scott  •  Eve Arden

Movie Crazy (1932)

After a mix-up with his application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a screen test and goes off to Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Lloyd  •  Clyde Bruckman
CAST:  Harold Lloyd  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kenneth Thomson  •  Louise Closser Hale

After a mix-up with his application photograph, an aspiring actor is invited to a screen test and goes off to Hollywood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Lloyd  •  Clyde Bruckman
CAST:  Harold Lloyd  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kenneth Thomson  •  Louise Closser Hale

Mystery Street (1950)

When a young woman's skeletal remains turn up on a Massachusetts beach, Barnstable cop Peter Moralas teams with Boston police and uses forensics, with the help of a Harvard professor, to determine the woman's identity, how she died, and who killed her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Ricardo Montalban  •  Sally Forrest  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Elsa Lanchester

When a young woman's skeletal remains turn up on a Massachusetts beach, Barnstable cop Peter Moralas teams with Boston police and uses forensics, with the help of a Harvard professor, to determine the woman's identity, how she died, and who killed her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Ricardo Montalban  •  Sally Forrest  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Elsa Lanchester

Nora Prentiss (1947)

Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Kent Smith  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Robert Alda

Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Sherman
CAST:  Ann Sheridan  •  Kent Smith  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Robert Alda

Sahara (1943)

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sudden Fear (1952)

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

Actor Lester Blaine has all but landed the lead in Myra Hudson's new play when Myra vetoes him because, to her, he doesn't look like a "romantic leading man." On a train from New York to San Francisco, Blaine sets out to prove Myra wrong...by romancing her. Is he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Miller
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Jack Palance  •  Gloria Grahame  •  Bruce Bennett

The More the Merrier (1943)

It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Joel McCrea  •  Charles Coburn  •  Richard Gaines

It's World War II and there is a severe housing shortage everywhere - especially in Washington, D.C. where Connie Milligan rents an apartment. Believing it to be her patriotic duty, Connie offers to sublet half of her apartment, fully expecting a suitable female ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Joel McCrea  •  Charles Coburn  •  Richard Gaines

Without Honor (1949)

Jane Bandle has recently married, but Bill, her husband's brother, tries to wreck her marriage because Jane rejected his sexual advances before her marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Laraine Day  •  Dane Clark  •  Franchot Tone  •  Agnes Moorehead

Jane Bandle has recently married, but Bill, her husband's brother, tries to wreck her marriage because Jane rejected his sexual advances before her marriage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Laraine Day  •  Dane Clark  •  Franchot Tone  •  Agnes Moorehead

Strategic Air Command (1955)

Air Force reservist Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland is recalled into active duty at the peak of his baseball career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  June Allyson  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Barry Sullivan

Air Force reservist Lt. Col. Robert (Dutch) Holland is recalled into active duty at the peak of his baseball career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  June Allyson  •  Frank Lovejoy  •  Barry Sullivan

The Alligator People (1959)

Under therapeutic hypnosis, a seemingly well-adjusted young woman tells a fantastic story, verified by lie detector, of her forgotten marriage to a man who disappeared on the day of their honeymoon, and of her search for him which takes her to a lonely mansion in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Del Ruth
CAST:  Beverly Garland  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  George Macready

Under therapeutic hypnosis, a seemingly well-adjusted young woman tells a fantastic story, verified by lie detector, of her forgotten marriage to a man who disappeared on the day of their honeymoon, and of her search for him which takes her to a lonely mansion in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Del Ruth
CAST:  Beverly Garland  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  George Macready

The New Adventures of Tarzan (1935)

A feature film. Tarzan, who has returned to Africa after living in England, sets off to Guatemala in search of an old friend who may have survived a plane crash there. Also in Guatemala are Ula Vale and Major Martling who are out to find the riches of the Green ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward A. Kull
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Jean De Briac

A feature film. Tarzan, who has returned to Africa after living in England, sets off to Guatemala in search of an old friend who may have survived a plane crash there. Also in Guatemala are Ula Vale and Major Martling who are out to find the riches of the Green ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward A. Kull
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Jean De Briac

Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Janet Leigh  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Donna Corcoran

Paul Douglas, stars with Janet Leigh, as the hot-tempered Pittsburgh Pirates manager whose hard-luck team goes on a wining streak thanks to some heavenly intervention.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Paul Douglas  •  Janet Leigh  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Donna Corcoran

Student Tour (1934)

A philosophy professor accompanies his school's rowing team on a worldwide tour.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Jimmy Durante  •  Charles Butterworth  •  Phil Regan  •  Maxine Doyle

A philosophy professor accompanies his school's rowing team on a worldwide tour.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Reisner
CAST:  Jimmy Durante  •  Charles Butterworth  •  Phil Regan  •  Maxine Doyle

The Big Tip Off (1955)

A newspaper man uses a mobster's tips to get the scoop on gangster activities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Constance Smith  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Cathy Downs

A newspaper man uses a mobster's tips to get the scoop on gangster activities.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Richard Conte  •  Constance Smith  •  Bruce Bennett  •  Cathy Downs

Atlantic Convoy (1942)

American naval forces are using a port in Iceland as a base for anti-submarine patrols to protect North Atlantic convoys from Nazi subs. The Nazis send undercover agents into the port in a scheme to blow up the entrance to the harbor and keep the patrols blocked in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Virginia Field  •  John Beal  •  Clifford Severn

American naval forces are using a port in Iceland as a base for anti-submarine patrols to protect North Atlantic convoys from Nazi subs. The Nazis send undercover agents into the port in a scheme to blow up the entrance to the harbor and keep the patrols blocked in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Virginia Field  •  John Beal  •  Clifford Severn

Sabotage Squad (1942)

A police lieutenant and a patriotic professional gambler, rivals in life and love, combine efforts to corner a gang of Nazi saboteurs operating out of a barber shop, in which their mutual girlfriend works, and unmask its secret leader.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Kay Harris  •  Edward Norris  •  Sidney Blackmer

A police lieutenant and a patriotic professional gambler, rivals in life and love, combine efforts to corner a gang of Nazi saboteurs operating out of a barber shop, in which their mutual girlfriend works, and unmask its secret leader.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Bruce Bennett  •  Kay Harris  •  Edward Norris  •  Sidney Blackmer
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