Alan Curtis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Alan Curtis (July 24, 1909 - February 2, 1953) was an American film actor appearing in over 50 films. Born Harry Ueberroth in Chicago, Illinois, he began his career as a model before becoming an actor, appearing in local newspaper ads. His looks did not go unnoticed in Hollywood. He began appearing in films in the late 1930s (including a Technicolor appearance in the Alice Faye-Don Ameche film Hollywood Cavalcade and a memorable role in High Sierra (1941). He is probably best known as one of the romantic leads in Abbott and Costello's first hit movie Buck Privates. His chance for leading-man stardom came when he replaced the unwilling John Garfield in the 1943 production Flesh and Fantasy. Curtis played a ruthless killer opposite Gloria Jean. Unfortunately for both actors, the studio removed their performances from the final film. The footage was later expanded into a B-picture melodrama Destiny. The film failed to establish Curtis as a major-name star, but it did typecast him in hardbitten roles, like the man framed for murder in Phantom Lady (1944) and the detective Philo Vance. He starred in over two dozen movies and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Alan Curtis was married three times; his wives included actresses Priscilla Lawson and Ilona Massey. He died from complications during an operation in New York City, New York, he was 43. He is buried in the Ueberroth family plot in Evanston, Illinois. Description above ...

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Buck Privates (1941)

Petty con artists, Bud & Lou mistakenly join the Army evading the cops. The cop chasing them winds up as their drill instructor. A rich young man and his former working class chauffeur are not only in the same unit, they're vying for a pretty girl who seems ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Bud Abbott  •  Lou Costello  •  Lee Bowman  •  Alan Curtis

Petty con artists, Bud & Lou mistakenly join the Army evading the cops. The cop chasing them winds up as their drill instructor. A rich young man and his former working class chauffeur are not only in the same unit, they're vying for a pretty girl who seems ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Lubin
CAST:  Bud Abbott  •  Lou Costello  •  Lee Bowman  •  Alan Curtis

High Sierra (1941)

Given a pardon from jail, Roy Earle gets back into the swing of things as he robs a swanky resort.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Ida Lupino  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alan Curtis  •  Arthur Kennedy

Given a pardon from jail, Roy Earle gets back into the swing of things as he robs a swanky resort.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Ida Lupino  •  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alan Curtis  •  Arthur Kennedy

Phantom Lady (1944)

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's only alibi for the night of his wife's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Franchot Tone  •  Ella Raines  •  Alan Curtis  •  Aurora Miranda

A mystery woman is a murder suspect's only alibi for the night of his wife's death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Siodmak
CAST:  Franchot Tone  •  Ella Raines  •  Alan Curtis  •  Aurora Miranda

The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)

An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Jon Hall  •  John Carradine  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  Leon Errol

An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ford Beebe
CAST:  Jon Hall  •  John Carradine  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  Leon Errol

Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)

An auto mechanic suspects sabotage in a recent series of fatal racecar accidents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sedgwick
CAST:  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Cecilia Parker  •  Nat Pendleton  •  Harry Carey

An auto mechanic suspects sabotage in a recent series of fatal racecar accidents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sedgwick
CAST:  Dennis O'Keefe  •  Cecilia Parker  •  Nat Pendleton  •  Harry Carey

Inside Job (1946)

A pair of married ex-convicts trying to go straight get jobs at a department store. A gangster who knows about their past threatens to expose it unless they agree to help him rob the department store.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Yarbrough
CAST:  Preston Foster  •  Ann Rutherford  •  Alan Curtis  •  Milburn Stone

A pair of married ex-convicts trying to go straight get jobs at a department store. A gangster who knows about their past threatens to expose it unless they agree to help him rob the department store.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Yarbrough
CAST:  Preston Foster  •  Ann Rutherford  •  Alan Curtis  •  Milburn Stone

Don't Turn 'em Loose (1936)

A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Stoloff
CAST:  Lewis Stone  •  James Gleason  •  Bruce Cabot  •  Louise Latimer

A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Stoloff
CAST:  Lewis Stone  •  James Gleason  •  Bruce Cabot  •  Louise Latimer

Smartest Girl in Town (1936)

A girl in search of a rich husband mistakes a millionaire for a male model.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Gene Raymond  •  Ann Sothern  •  Eric Blore  •  Helen Broderick

A girl in search of a rich husband mistakes a millionaire for a male model.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Gene Raymond  •  Ann Sothern  •  Eric Blore  •  Helen Broderick

The Witness Chair (1936)

Late one night, secretary Paula Young (Ann Harding) leaves the office of her boss, Stanley Whittaker (Douglas Dumbrille, locking the door and taking the stairs to avoid being seen by the elevator operator (Frank Jenks). The next morning, the cleaning lady finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Nichols Jr.
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Walter Abel  •  Douglass Dumbrille  •  Margaret Hamilton

Late one night, secretary Paula Young (Ann Harding) leaves the office of her boss, Stanley Whittaker (Douglas Dumbrille, locking the door and taking the stairs to avoid being seen by the elevator operator (Frank Jenks). The next morning, the cleaning lady finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Nichols Jr.
CAST:  Ann Harding  •  Walter Abel  •  Douglass Dumbrille  •  Margaret Hamilton

Walking on Air (1936)

A strong-willed young woman hires a student to impersonate a boorish French count and brings him home to meet her parents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Gene Raymond  •  Ann Sothern  •  Jessie Ralph  •  Henry Stephenson

A strong-willed young woman hires a student to impersonate a boorish French count and brings him home to meet her parents.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Santley
CAST:  Gene Raymond  •  Ann Sothern  •  Jessie Ralph  •  Henry Stephenson

Without Orders (1936)

At Portland, Oregon, playboy pilot Len Kendrick (Vinton Haworth) lands at the end of a cross-country record flight, met by his father J.P. Kendrick (Charley Grapewin) who owns Amalgamated Air Lines. Len is a media darling, adored by fans for his daring flights. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Sally Eilers  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Frances Sage  •  Charley Grapewin

At Portland, Oregon, playboy pilot Len Kendrick (Vinton Haworth) lands at the end of a cross-country record flight, met by his father J.P. Kendrick (Charley Grapewin) who owns Amalgamated Air Lines. Len is a media darling, adored by fans for his daring flights. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lew Landers
CAST:  Sally Eilers  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Frances Sage  •  Charley Grapewin

Apache Chief (1949)

When his tribesmen begin killing off white settlers, Young Eagle is opposed to the carnage. In order to assure a lasting peace, however, the chief must deal with renegade Apache Black Wolf.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Tom Neal  •  Russell Hayden  •  Carol Thurston

When his tribesmen begin killing off white settlers, Young Eagle is opposed to the carnage. In order to assure a lasting peace, however, the chief must deal with renegade Apache Black Wolf.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Tom Neal  •  Russell Hayden  •  Carol Thurston

One Live Ghost (1936)

Henry Morton just wants to go fishing. Little things thwart him: Maxine the maid makes noise, Sonny, a lad in the household, makes a mess, and Henry's wife wants the car for shopping. A newly arrived friend, Bert, suggests that Henry fake his own death, don a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Goodwins
CAST:  Leon Errol  •  Lucille Ball  •  Vivien Oakland  •  Robert Graves

Henry Morton just wants to go fishing. Little things thwart him: Maxine the maid makes noise, Sonny, a lad in the household, makes a mess, and Henry's wife wants the car for shopping. A newly arrived friend, Bert, suggests that Henry fake his own death, don a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Goodwins
CAST:  Leon Errol  •  Lucille Ball  •  Vivien Oakland  •  Robert Graves

New Wine (1941)

The 1941 Reinhold Schunzel biographical musical composer melodrama based on the life of composer Franz Schubert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reinhold Schünzel
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Ilona Massey  •  Billy Gilbert  •  Binnie Barnes

The 1941 Reinhold Schunzel biographical musical composer melodrama based on the life of composer Franz Schubert.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reinhold Schünzel
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Ilona Massey  •  Billy Gilbert  •  Binnie Barnes

Destiny (1944)

A bank robber reflects on his life of crime while hiding out after a bank heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reginald Le Borg
CAST:  Gloria Jean  •  Alan Curtis  •  Frank Craven  •  Grace McDonald

A bank robber reflects on his life of crime while hiding out after a bank heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Reginald Le Borg
CAST:  Gloria Jean  •  Alan Curtis  •  Frank Craven  •  Grace McDonald

Frisco Sal (1945)

Sal comes to the Barbary Coast from New England to find out who murdered her brother. She gets a job signing in Dude's saloon, falls in love with Dude, then wonders if he might be involved in the murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Susanna Foster  •  Turhan Bey  •  Alan Curtis  •  Andy Devine

Sal comes to the Barbary Coast from New England to find out who murdered her brother. She gets a job signing in Dude's saloon, falls in love with Dude, then wonders if he might be involved in the murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Susanna Foster  •  Turhan Bey  •  Alan Curtis  •  Andy Devine

See My Lawyer (1945)

Ole and Chic are comedians employed in a nightclub, but seeking to be released from their contracts to take a better job. But the prissy nightclub owner, B. J. Wagonhorn, refuses to let them go. In reprisal, they start hurling insults at the nightclub patrons… a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward F. Cline
CAST:  Ole Olsen  •  Chic Johnson  •  Franklin Pangborn  •  Alan Curtis

Ole and Chic are comedians employed in a nightclub, but seeking to be released from their contracts to take a better job. But the prissy nightclub owner, B. J. Wagonhorn, refuses to let them go. In reprisal, they start hurling insults at the nightclub patrons… a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward F. Cline
CAST:  Ole Olsen  •  Chic Johnson  •  Franklin Pangborn  •  Alan Curtis

Shady Lady (1945)

A crook becomes the victim of a crafty card player who works for the District Attorney.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Charles Coburn  •  Robert Paige  •  Ginny Simms  •  Alan Curtis

A crook becomes the victim of a crafty card player who works for the District Attorney.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Waggner
CAST:  Charles Coburn  •  Robert Paige  •  Ginny Simms  •  Alan Curtis

The Daltons Ride Again (1945)

In this action western, the notorious Dalton Boys have decided to go straight and move to Argentina. Just before they leave, they learn of a friend whose land is about to be seized by a greedy land company. Before they can help, the man is killed by a company ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Taylor
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  Kent Taylor  •  Noah Beery Jr.

In this action western, the notorious Dalton Boys have decided to go straight and move to Argentina. Just before they leave, they learn of a friend whose land is about to be seized by a greedy land company. Before they can help, the man is killed by a company ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ray Taylor
CAST:  Alan Curtis  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  Kent Taylor  •  Noah Beery Jr.

Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)

Jenny Swanson, a waitress on a college campus, is dying to visit Paris. Thanks to English professor Ronald Brooke, she manages to make her dream come true. Besides seeing the sights in the French capital she makes friends with a wealthy family there, the Brands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Melvyn Douglas  •  Joan Blondell  •  Walter Connolly  •  Alan Curtis

Jenny Swanson, a waitress on a college campus, is dying to visit Paris. Thanks to English professor Ronald Brooke, she manages to make her dream come true. Besides seeing the sights in the French capital she makes friends with a wealthy family there, the Brands.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Hall
CAST:  Melvyn Douglas  •  Joan Blondell  •  Walter Connolly  •  Alan Curtis
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