Nella Walker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Walker was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and in her teens became half of the husband and wife vaudeville team "Mack and Walker", with her husband Wilbur Mack. By 1929 she had launched a film acting career, her first film role being in Tanned Legs alongside Sally Blane, Dorothy Revier, June Clyde, and Arthur Lake. She appeared in three films in 1929, and easily transitioned to "talking films", appearing in another four films in 1930, possibly making the smooth transition because she was never an established silent film actress. In 1931 her film career took off, with her appearing in ten films that year, five of which were uncredited. Her marriage ended not long after her film career was on the rise, and from 1932-33 she appeared in fifteen films, only five of which were uncredited. In 1935, her career improved, and between that year and 1938 she had 23 film appearances. Her biggest film appearance during that period was in Young Dr. Kildare alongside Lionel Barrymore and Lew Ayres. Throughout the 1930s her career was strong, and, despite her never being a premier "star", she repeatedly had solid acting roles. She finished that decade strong in 1939 with nine film roles, only three of which were uncredited. The 1940s mirrored her success of the previous decade in many ways, with her appearing in 37 films from 1940 to 1947. Now later in her career, and over 60 years of age, she slowed her career for a time, not having another ...

Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sedgwick
CAST:  Stan Laurel  •  Oliver Hardy  •  Edgar Kennedy  •  Jacqueline White
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
In Name Only (1939)

A wealthy man falls for a widow but is locked into a loveless marriage with a woman who has contrived to convince his parents she is the ideal wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Cromwell
CAST:  Carole Lombard  •  Cary Grant  •  Kay Francis  •  Charles Coburn
Sabrina (1954)


Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
The Locket (1946)

A dark personal secret drives a young woman to use every man she encounters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Brahm
CAST:  Laraine Day  •  Brian Aherne  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Gene Raymond
The Saint Strikes Back (1939)

Suave private detective Simon "The Saint" Templar arrives in San Francisco and meets Val, a woman whose police inspector father killed himself after being accused of corruption and dismissed from the force. Convinced of the man's innocence, Templar takes it upon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Farrow
CAST:  George Sanders  •  Wendy Barrie  •  Jonathan Hale  •  Jerome Cowan
The Saint Takes Over (1940)

The Saint Takes Over, released in 1940 by RKO Pictures, was the fifth motion picture featuring the adventures of Simon Templar, a.k.a. "The Saint" the Robin Hood-inspired crimefighter created by Leslie Charteris. George Sanders returned as Templar, with Wendy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Hively
CAST:  George Sanders  •  Wendy Barrie  •  Jonathan Hale  •  Paul Guilfoyle
Trouble in Paradise (1932)

Thief Gaston Monescu and pickpocket Lily are partners in crime and love. Working for perfume company executive Mariette Colet, the two crooks decide to combine their criminal talents to rob their employer. Under the alias of Monsieur Laval, Gaston uses his position ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ernst Lubitsch
Three Smart Girls (1936)

The three Craig sisters Penny, Kay, and Joan, go to New York to stop their divorced father from marrying gold digger Donna Lyons and re-unite him with their mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Koster
CAST:  Deanna Durbin  •  Barbara Read  •  Nan Grey  •  Charles Winninger
Young Dr. Kildare (1938)

A medical school graduate takes an internship at a big city hospital, only to be subjected to a rigorous (and sometimes embarrassing) testing of his knowledge by the hospital's top dog, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet
CAST:  Lionel Barrymore  •  Lew Ayres  •  Lynne Carver  •  Nat Pendleton
Magic Town (1947)

Rip Smith's opinion-poll business is a failure...until he discovers that the small town of Grandview is statistically identical to the entire country. He and his assistants go there to run polls cheaply and easily, in total secrecy (it would be fatal to let the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Jane Wyman  •  Kent Smith  •  Ned Sparks
Daughter of the Dragon (1931)

Princess Ling Moy, a young and beautiful Chinese aristocrat lives next door, unbeknownst to her, to Dr. Fu Manchu, a brilliant but twisted genius who is out to rule the world. She is involved with Ah Kee, a handsome young man, who also unbeknownst to her, is a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Corrigan
The Common Law (1931)

When a woman models for an artist they fall in love. Can the artist overcome the beauty's recent past as another man's mistress?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul L. Stein
CAST:  Constance Bennett  •  Joel McCrea  •  Lew Cody  •  Hedda Hopper
Is My Face Red? (1932)

Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from showgirl pal his gal, Peggy. Eventually Bill's reckless tattling gets him in deep trouble with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
Reunion in Vienna (1933)

An exiled archduke (John Barrymore) tries to renew romance with a former lover (Diana Wynyard) now wed to a psychiatrist (Frank Morgan).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Franklin
CAST:  John Barrymore  •  Diana Wynyard  •  Frank Morgan  •  Una Merkel
We Were Dancing (1942)

A penniless former princess weds an equally cash-strapped baron, so they support themselves by becoming houseguests at the homes of wealthy American socialites. Norma Shearer's last film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Norma Shearer  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Gail Patrick  •  Lee Bowman
Their Mad Moment (1931)

Dorothy Mackaill stars in this old-fashioned melodrama set in the Basque country of Spain. She is Emily Stanley, betrothed to foppish Englishman Sir Harry Congers (Lawrence Grant), but in love with Basque peasant Esteban Cristera (Warner Baxter). Deciding on a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hamilton MacFadden  •  Chandler Sprague
CAST:  Warner Baxter  •  Dorothy Mackaill  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Nance O'Neil
Ace of Aces (1933)

A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Walter Ruben
CAST:  Richard Dix  •  Elizabeth Allan  •  Ralph Bellamy  •  Theodore Newton
A Dog of Flanders (1935)

Adaptation of Ouida's sentimental classic about a poor Flemish boy (Frankie Thomas) whose ambition is to become a painter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Sloman
CAST:  Frankie Thomas  •  O.P. Heggie  •  Helen Parrish  •  Ann Shoemaker
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