John Payne

John Payne was an American stage, screen, and television actor. He is best remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox musical films and for his roles in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and the television series The Restless Gun (1957-1959).

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

99 River Street (1953)

A former boxer --now taxi driver-- gets mixed up with jewel thieves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  Brad Dexter  •  Frank Faylen

A former boxer --now taxi driver-- gets mixed up with jewel thieves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Evelyn Keyes  •  Brad Dexter  •  Frank Faylen

Hell's Island (1955)

After being dumped by his fiancée, hard-drinking and depressed Mark Cormack (John Payne) loses his job in the Los Angeles district attorney's office and serves as bouncer in a Las Vegas casino. A wheelchair-using stranger Barzland (Francis L. Sullivan) hires him to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Mary Murphy  •  Eduardo Noriega  •  Francis L. Sullivan

After being dumped by his fiancée, hard-drinking and depressed Mark Cormack (John Payne) loses his job in the Los Angeles district attorney's office and serves as bouncer in a Las Vegas casino. A wheelchair-using stranger Barzland (Francis L. Sullivan) hires him to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Mary Murphy  •  Eduardo Noriega  •  Francis L. Sullivan

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Coleen Gray  •  Preston Foster  •  Neville Brand

A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Karlson
CAST:  John Payne  •  Coleen Gray  •  Preston Foster  •  Neville Brand

Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Kent Taylor

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Kent Taylor

Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Sonja Henie  •  John Payne  •  Glenn Miller  •  Milton Berle

When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Sonja Henie  •  John Payne  •  Glenn Miller  •  Milton Berle

The Crooked Way (1949)

A war veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles from a San Francisco veterans hospital hoping to learn who he is and discovers his criminal past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  John Payne  •  Sonny Tufts  •  Ellen Drew  •  Rhys Williams

A war veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles from a San Francisco veterans hospital hoping to learn who he is and discovers his criminal past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  John Payne  •  Sonny Tufts  •  Ellen Drew  •  Rhys Williams

The Razor's Edge (1946)

An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself, and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Gene Tierney  •  John Payne  •  Anne Baxter

An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself, and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Tyrone Power  •  Gene Tierney  •  John Payne  •  Anne Baxter

Tennessee's Partner (1955)

A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Coleen Gray

A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Coleen Gray

Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Alice Faye  •  John Payne  •  Jack Oakie  •  Lynn Bari

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, an ambitious vaudevillian takes his quartet from a honky tonk to the big time, while spurning the love of his troupe's star singer for a selfish heiress.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. Bruce Humberstone
CAST:  Alice Faye  •  John Payne  •  Jack Oakie  •  Lynn Bari

Silver Lode (1954)

Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dolores Moran

Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarty, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. Ballard seeks to stall ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  John Payne  •  Lizabeth Scott  •  Dan Duryea  •  Dolores Moran

Larceny (1948)

John Payne is the no-good lowdown rat who tries to capitalize on postwar patriotism and grief. He finagles a war widow (Joan Caulfied) into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Payne falls in love with the widow he has pangs of conscience, but he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Payne  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Dan Duryea  •  Shelley Winters

John Payne is the no-good lowdown rat who tries to capitalize on postwar patriotism and grief. He finagles a war widow (Joan Caulfied) into giving up her savings for a nonexistent memorial. When Payne falls in love with the widow he has pangs of conscience, but he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sherman
CAST:  John Payne  •  Joan Caulfield  •  Dan Duryea  •  Shelley Winters

The Road to Denver (1955)

The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Kane
CAST:  John Payne  •  Mona Freeman  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ray Middleton

The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Kane
CAST:  John Payne  •  Mona Freeman  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ray Middleton

Caribbean (1952)

Francis Barclay, a former member of the British Admiralty, who was captured in the early 1700s, and sold into slavery, by Andrew McAllister, and forced into piracy, enlists the aid of Dick Lindsay, to help him invade MacAllister's fortified island. The latter falls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Ludwig
CAST:  John Payne  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Clarence Muse

Francis Barclay, a former member of the British Admiralty, who was captured in the early 1700s, and sold into slavery, by Andrew McAllister, and forced into piracy, enlists the aid of Dick Lindsay, to help him invade MacAllister's fortified island. The latter falls ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Ludwig
CAST:  John Payne  •  Arlene Dahl  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Clarence Muse

Indianapolis Speedway (1939)

This 1939 drama, a reworking of the 1932 James Cagney film "The Crowd Roars", stars Pat O'Brien as a champion auto racer who unhappily learns his kid brother (John Payne) wants to enter the same profession rather than finish school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Ann Sheridan  •  John Payne  •  Frank McHugh

This 1939 drama, a reworking of the 1932 James Cagney film "The Crowd Roars", stars Pat O'Brien as a champion auto racer who unhappily learns his kid brother (John Payne) wants to enter the same profession rather than finish school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Ann Sheridan  •  John Payne  •  Frank McHugh

The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)

Texas Ranger Todd Crayden is assigned a suicide mission South of the Border, to smuggle a government agent into Mexico...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  John Payne  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Thomas Gomez

Texas Ranger Todd Crayden is assigned a suicide mission South of the Border, to smuggle a government agent into Mexico...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis R. Foster
CAST:  John Payne  •  Rhonda Fleming  •  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Thomas Gomez

The Vanquished (1953)

A man returns to his home -- a post Civil-War village -- and finds the law is in the hands of a few scrupulous people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Ludwig
CAST:  John Payne  •  Jan Sterling  •  Coleen Gray  •  Lyle Bettger

A man returns to his home -- a post Civil-War village -- and finds the law is in the hands of a few scrupulous people.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Ludwig
CAST:  John Payne  •  Jan Sterling  •  Coleen Gray  •  Lyle Bettger

Love on Toast (1937)

The plot concerns a female press agent who must select a "Mr. Manhattan" and "Miss Brooklyn" for an ad campaign mounted by a soup company. The Mr. Manhattan chosen is a singing soda jerk, who doesn't want to play along until he is given the honor of choosing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  John Payne  •  Stella Adler  •  Grant Richards  •  Kathryn Kane

The plot concerns a female press agent who must select a "Mr. Manhattan" and "Miss Brooklyn" for an ad campaign mounted by a soup company. The Mr. Manhattan chosen is a singing soda jerk, who doesn't want to play along until he is given the honor of choosing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  John Payne  •  Stella Adler  •  Grant Richards  •  Kathryn Kane

Tear Gas Squad (1940)

A brash night club singer becomes a cop to impress a woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry O. Morse
CAST:  Dennis Morgan  •  John Payne  •  Gloria Dickson  •  George Reeves

A brash night club singer becomes a cop to impress a woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry O. Morse
CAST:  Dennis Morgan  •  John Payne  •  Gloria Dickson  •  George Reeves

The Royal Rodeo (1939)

A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Amy
CAST:  John Payne  •  Lucile Fairbanks  •  Cliff Edwards  •  Scotty Beckett

A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Amy
CAST:  John Payne  •  Lucile Fairbanks  •  Cliff Edwards  •  Scotty Beckett
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