Ernie Adams

Biography

Born June 18, 1885 in San Francisco, California, USA Died November 27, 1947 in Hollywood, California, USA Ernie Adams was an American film actor. He appeared in over 400 films between 1919 and 1948. Scratch a sniveling prison "stoolie" or cowardly henchman and if he were not Paul Guilfoyle or George Chandler, he would be the diminutive Ernie S. Adams, a ubiquitous presence in scores of Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s. Surprisingly, the weasel-looking Adams had begun his professional career in musical comedy -- appearing on Broadway in such shows as Jerome Kern's Toot Toot (1918) -- prior to entering films around 1919. A list of typical Adams characters basically tells the story: "The Rat" (Jewels of Desire, 1927), "Johnny Behind the 8-Ball" (The Storm, 1930), "Lefty" (Trail's End, 1935), "Jimmy the Weasel" (Stars Over Arizona, 1937), "Snicker Joe" (West of Carson City, 1940), "Willie the Weasel" (Return of the Ape Man, 1944) and, of course "Fink" (San Quentin, 1937). The result, needless to say, is that you didn't quite trust him even when playing a decent guy, as in the 1943 Columbia serial The Phantom. One of the busiest players in the '40s, the sad-faced, little actor worked right up until his death in 1947. His final four films were released posthumously.

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Cactus Makes Perfect

Stumpy - Smaller Prospector (uncredited)

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Killer Dill

Little Joe's driver (uncredited)

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Doomed at Sundown

Deputy (uncredited)

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The Studio Murder Mystery

Juror (uncredited)

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Dutiful But Dumb

Prisoner (uncredited)

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One Thrilling Night

Pete Mooney

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Stagecoach Buckaroo

Blinky

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Speedy

Coney Island Baseball Concessionaire (uncredited)

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Leaping Love

George - The Drunk (uncredited)

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Three Chumps Ahead

Pool Hall Attendant (uncredited)

Starring In
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A Family Thing

The Nightclub Band

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The Kid from Broken Gun

The Printer: clips from 'The Fighting Frontiersman) (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Three Stooges: Merry Mavericks

Mr. Higgins - Banker (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Hunted

Service Station Attendant (uncredited)

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Relentless

Barfly (uncredited)

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Flower Truck Driver (uncredited)

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Time Out of Mind

Clacquere (uncredited)

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Buck Privates Come Home

Tie Demo Bystander (uncredited)

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Trail Street

Eben Bowen (uncredited)

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The Thirteenth Hour

McCabe

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The Perils of Pauline

Western Saloon Set Cowboy (uncredited)

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News Hounds

Typesetter (uncredited)

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Smash-Up

Charley, Waiter (uncredited)

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Desperate

Villager (uncredited)

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Der Schrecken von Texas

Leslie - Station Agent (uncredited)

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Killer Dill

Little Joe's driver (uncredited)

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The Millerson Case

Zeke Zilch (uncredited)

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Gene Autry: Last Round Up

Taxicab Driver (uncredited)

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The Killers

Hood with Cane (uncredited)

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Renegade Girl

Ted Rockley

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It's a Wonderful Life

Ed (uncredited)

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Three Wise Fools

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Sinfonie in Swing

Singing Western Union Boy (uncredited)

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Hop Harrigan America's Ace of the Airways

Retner

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San Quentin

The Tailor (uncredited)

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Traffic in Crime

Counter Man

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Suspense

Stage Door Watchman (uncredited)

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Deadline at Dawn

Waiter (uncredited)

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Up Goes Maisie

Fireman (uncredited)

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Rhapsody in Blue

Customer in Bakery (uncredited)

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The Man in Half Moon Street

Porter (uncredited)

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The Jungle Captive

Jim

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Escape in the Fog

George Smith

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Along Came Jones

Townsman (uncredited)

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Murder, My Sweet

Bartender at 'Florian's' (uncredited)

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The Princess and the Pirate

Hold-Up Victim (uncredited)

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The Adventures of Mark Twain

Pickpocket (uncredited)

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Return of the Ape Man

Tramp, Willie the Weasel

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The Suspect

Cabbie (uncredited)

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Riders of Death Valley

Cactus Pete - Prospector [Ch.14]

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The Climax

Man in Audience Next to Franz (uncredited)

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An American Romance

Man and Dog Act (uncredited)

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Wings Over the Pacific

Harry Adams

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Hers to Hold

Flier's Father (uncredited)

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Jack London

Whiskey Bob (uncredited)

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The Pride of the Yankees

Miller Huggins

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They all Kissed the Bride

Truck Driver (uncredited)

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Alias Boston Blackie

Pop - Stage Doorman (uncredited)

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The Lady is Willing

Doorman (uncredited)

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One Thrilling Night

Pete Mooney

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Stagecoach Buckaroo

Blinky

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Cactus Makes Perfect

Stumpy - Smaller Prospector (uncredited)

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

Michaelson (uncredited)

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The Tuttles of Tahiti

Paki

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My Gal Sal

Man in Crowd (uncredited)

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Invisible Ghost

Jules Mason

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Dutiful But Dumb

Prisoner (uncredited)

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Bellhop (uncredited)

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The Face Behind the Mask

Hotel Guest (uncredited)

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The Devil Commands

Elam (uncredited)

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Roaring Frontiers

Jailer (uncredited)

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Bedtime Story

Plumber (uncredited)

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The Sea Wolf

Pickpocket (uncredited)

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The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance

Newsstand Clerk (uncredited)

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The Son of Monte Cristo

Informer

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He Stayed for Breakfast

Workman (uncredited)

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The Man With Nine Lives

Pete Daggett

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Primrose Path

Man in Bluebell (uncredited)

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The Invisible Man Returns

Minor Role (uncredited)

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Before I Hang

Sam - Hospital Prison Orderly (uncredited)

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Young Tom Edison

Passenger Buying Maple Sugar (uncredited)

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Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

Bit part (uncredited)

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Dark Command

Townsman (uncredited)

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Rio

Convict (uncredited)

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Young Mr. Lincoln

Man with Lynch Mob (uncredited)

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WC Fields: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

Eddie - Circus Attendant (uncredited)

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Mandrake the Magician

Henchman Brown [Chs. 2-3]

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Union Pacific

Gen. Philip Sheridan (uncredited)

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The Invisible Killer

Squint

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Tower Of London

Thirsty Prisoner (uncredited)

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Man of Conquest

Tennessee Volunteer (uncredited)

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Frontier Pony Express

Man at Deer Lodge Station (uncredited)

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The Cowboy and the Lady

Bit Part (uncredited)

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The Texans

Confederate Soldier (uncredited)

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Rollin' Plains

Cain Moody (as Ernest Adams)

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Wanted by the Police

Williams' Injured Henchman (uncredited)

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You and Me

Nick (uncredited)

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Hollywood Stadium Mystery

First Stadium Usher (uncredited)

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International Crime

Jail Prisoner (uncredited)

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Thunder in the Desert

Tramp

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San Quentin

Fink

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Come On, Cowboys

Townsman (uncredited)

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Wells Fargo Days

Miner (uncredited)

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Range Defenders

Identifies the Mesquiteers (uncredited)

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The Trusted Outlaw

Dukeb - Farrell's Crony (uncredited)

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Doomed at Sundown

Deputy (uncredited)

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Tim Tyler's Luck

Henchman Becker [Ch. 7] (uncredited)

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My Man Godfrey

Forgotten Man (uncredited)

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Three on the Trail

Idaho

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Road Gang

Jeff - Convict with Bad Leg (uncredited)

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Night Waitress

Diner Who Gets Indigestion (uncredited)

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The Invisible Ray

Bit Part (uncredited)

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Ruggles of Red Gap

Dishwasher (uncredited)

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The Whole Town’s Talking

Reporter (uncredited)

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Times Square Lady

Man at Hockey Ticket Window (uncredited)

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Annie Oakley

Wrangler at Buffalo Bill's Show (uncredited)

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Miracle Rider (Alpha Video/ Chapters 1 - 15)

John Stelter [Chs. 2-7]

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Broadway Bill

Patient in Wheelchair (uncredited)

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It's a Gift

Pedestrian (uncredited)

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Money Means Nothing

Lead Hijacker (uncredited)

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Lost Jungle

Pete - Roustabout [Ch. 1]

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It Happened One Night

The Bag Thief (uncredited)

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Three Chumps Ahead

Pool Hall Attendant (uncredited)

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We're Not Dressing

Card-Tossing Sailor (uncredited)

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Little Miss Marker

Bettor (uncredited)

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Operator 13

Orderly (uncredited)

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The Girl from Missouri

Bit Part (uncredited)

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Lady for a Day

Reception Guest (uncredited)

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She Done Him Wrong

Man in audience (uncredited)

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The Kiss Before the Mirror

Man Seeking a Light (uncredited)

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Day of Reckoning

Second Piano Mover (uncredited)

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King for a Night

Pool Hall Crony (uncredited)

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The Sphinx

Tony, the Bartender (uncredited)

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Hallelujah I'm a Bum

Man Thrown out of Apartment Building (uncredited)

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Blood Money

Prisoner in Visiting Room (uncredited)

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Midnight Mary

Court Photographer (uncredited)

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Broadway to Cheyenne

Owens henchman (uncredited)

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Hold 'Em Jail

Referee (uncredited)

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The Hurricane Express

Barney (as Ernie S. Adams)

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WC Fields: Million Dollar Legs

Klopstokian Athlete (uncredited)

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Freaks

Sideshow Patron (uncredited)

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The Shadow of the Eagle

Kelly (as Ernie S. Adams)

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¡Mira como Tiemblo!

Joe - Informant (uncredited)

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Bob Steele Double Feature: The Trusted Outlaw/Fighting Champ

Dukeb - Farrell's Crony (uncredited)

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Merrily We Go to Hell

Reporter (uncredited)

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Little Caesar

Cashier (uncredited)

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Dance, Fools, Dance

Luva's Henchman (uncredited)

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Phantom of the West:Chapters 1 10

Lafe Johnson (uncredited)

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All Quiet on the Western Front

2nd Medic Orderly (uncredited)

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Leaping Love

George - The Drunk (uncredited)

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Thunderbolt

Thug in Bank at Robbery (uncredited)

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The Studio Murder Mystery

Juror (uncredited)

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Speedy

Coney Island Baseball Concessionaire (uncredited)

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The Blackbird

Bertie's No. 2 Man

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The Show

Magician / Audience Member (uncredited)

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The Delicious Little Devil

Agency Employee (uncredited)

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Murder in the Private Car

Taxi Driver (uncredited)

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