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James Dunn



American actor James Dunn's early career embraced bit parts in silent pictures, vaudeville, and Broadway before he made his talking picture bow in Bad Girl (1931). For the next several years, Dunn appeared in sentimental "lovable scamp" leading roles; he also helped introduce Shirley Temple to feature films by co-starring with the diminutive dynamo in Stand Up and Cheer, Baby Take a Bow, and Bright Eyes, all released in 1934. When Fox merged with 20th Century Pictures in 1935, the type of domestic comedy-dramas and free-wheeling musicals in which Dunn specialized came to an end; by the end of the 1930s Dunn's appearance were confined to "B" pictures and poverty-row quickies. Dunn was given a comeback chance as Peggy Ann Garner's irresponsible alcoholic father in the 1945 drama A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. The actor won an Academy Award for his performance. Eight years passed before Dunn would be seen in films again, though he found occasional solace in TV work, including his tenure as the star of a 1955 sitcom, It's a Great Life. Dunn's final movie role, filmed two years before his death, was a minor part as an agent in the all-star "trash classic" The Oscar (1966).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
18% The Oscar
  • Network Executive
1966
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man
  • Telegrapher
1962
No Score Yet Six Gun Law
  • J. Henry Newman
1962
No Score Yet The Bramble Bush
  • Stew Schaeffer
1960
No Score Yet It's a Great Life
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
  • Mike
1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy
  • Brian McCoy
1947
No Score Yet That Brennan Girl
  • Denny Reagan
1946
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Johnny Nolan
1945
No Score Yet The Ghost and the Guest
  • Webster Frye
1943
No Score Yet The Living Ghost
  • Nick Trayne
1942
No Score Yet Hold That Woman
  • Jimmy Parker
1940
No Score Yet Son of the Navy
  • Malone
1940
No Score Yet Shadows over Shanghai
  • Johnny McGinty
1938
No Score Yet Living on Love
  • Gary
1937
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage
  • Lt. Kenneth Reynolds
1936
No Score Yet The Daring Young Man
  • Don McLane
1935
No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals
  • Eddy Taylor
1935
80% Bright Eyes
  • Loop Merritt
1934
No Score Yet 365 Nights in Hollywood
  • Jimmy Dale
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Mack McGowan
1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Jimmy Dugan
1934
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow
  • Eddie Ellison
1934
No Score Yet Sailor's Luck
  • Jimmy Harrigan
1933
No Score Yet Hello, Sister!
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Dance Team
  • Jimmy Mulligan
1932
No Score Yet Over the Hill
  • Johnny as an adult
1931
No Score Yet Bad Girl
  • Eddie Collins
1931
No Score Yet Sob Sister
  • Actor

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