Glenn Tryon

Glenn Tryon

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hold That Ghost (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% Lonesome (1928)
  • Birthday: Aug 2, 1898
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A lifelong professional, American actor Glenn Tryon appeared in tent shows and stock companies from the age of ten. When comedy producer Hal Roach was casting about for a handsome but trouble-prone young man to replace Harold Lloyd, he signed Tryon for the lead in the feature-length slapsticker The Battling Orioles 19(24). Tryon remained at Roach as a two-reel comedy star, where his ingratiating but unmemorable personality served as contrast for the more aggressive comic turns of supporting clowns Jimmy Finlayson and Oliver Hardy. He also starred in several moneymaking silent programmers, the best of which was 1928's Lonesome. Tryon's first talkie was Broadway (1929), where he registered well as a selfish, synthetic hoofer with aspirations for the Big Time. But Tryon was one of many performers of this type in the early talkies (Ben Lyon, James Cagney, Lee Tracy et. al.) and soon his star was eclipsed by others. He continued acting in B-pictures before switching over to screenwriting with the 1934 Stu Erwin vehicle Bachelor Bait, directed by another Hal Roach alumnus, George Stevens. In 1941 Tryon became a producer at Universal, specializing in comedies: he supervised Abbott and Costello's Hold That Ghost and Keep 'Em Flying (1941), and also presided over the lunacies of Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin' (1941) (for a brief period he was married to Hellzapoppin' leading lady Jane Frazee). In 1942, he moved back to Hal Roach as producer of a handful of 45-minute "streamliners," including the gloriously tasteless wartime farce The Devil with Hitler (1942). Only occasionally lured back before the cameras in the '40s, Glenn Tryon played a significant role in George White's Scandals (1945) -- as producer George White himself.

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No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's Actor 1965
No Score Yet Home Town Story Ken Kenlock 1951
No Score Yet Variety Girl Bill Farris 1947
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945) George White 1945
No Score Yet Law Men Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Keep 'em Flying Producer 1941
100% Hold That Ghost Producer 1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Producer 1941
No Score Yet Beauty for the Asking Director 1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone Director 1938
No Score Yet Small Town Boy Screenwriter Director 1937
No Score Yet Easy to Take Director 1936
No Score Yet The Daring Young Man Screenwriter 1935
86% Roberta Screenwriter 1935
No Score Yet Bachelor Bait Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Rafter Romance Screenwriter 1933
No Score Yet Dragnet Patrol Actor 1932
No Score Yet Tangled Destinies Tommy Preston 1932
No Score Yet Daybreak Franz 1931
No Score Yet The King of Jazz Actor 1930
No Score Yet Dames Ahoy Jimmy Chase 1930
No Score Yet Broadway Roy Lane 1929
No Score Yet Barnum Was Right Freddie Farell 1929
80% Lonesome Jim 1928


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