James Dunn

James Dunn

Highest Rated: 94% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Lowest Rated: 83% Bright Eyes (1934)

Birthday: Nov 2, 1901

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

An agreeable juvenile lead who managed to shift into a convincing career in character parts, James Dunn was born in Harlem and started his professional life selling lunch wagons to vendors in New Rochelle, New York. Overtaken by the acting bug, he began getting bit parts at Paramount's Astoria studios in the late 1920s. In 1930 he appeared in two Broadway shows, "The Nightstick" and Helen Morgan's "Sweet Adeline." Signed by Fox in 1931, he made 22 films for them (and several loan-outs) in five years. His first, the melodrama "Bad Girl," shot him to overnight fame and assured the continuance of his Fox contract (if not superstardom). Most of his films there were pleasant, forgettable programmers, and his co-stars included everyone on the Fox lot: Sally Eilers (six films, including his first), Peggy Shannon and Spencer Tracy ("Society Girl," 1932), Ginger Rogers and Janet Gaynor ("Change of Heart," 1934), Alice Faye ("365 Nights in Hollywood," 1934, and "George White's 1935 Scandals"). He is best-remembered in his early days for four 1934 co-starring roles with a very young Shirley Temple, notably in "Baby Take a Bow" and the delightful "Stand Up and Cheer."

Highest rated movies

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Bright Eyes

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Over Elveron Luke Travers (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 31% The Oscar Network Executive (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 54% Adventures of a Young Man Telegrapher (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bramble Bush Stew Schaeffer (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six-Gun Law Unknown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Gloves Story Joe Riley (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Mike (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% Killer McCoy Brian McCoy (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Brennan Girl Denny Reagan (Character) - 1946
94% 91% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Johnny Nolan/The Brooklyn Thrush (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Caribbean Mystery Mr. Smith (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave It to the Irish Terry Moran (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Government Girl Sergeant Joe Blake (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 0% The Ghost and the Guest Webster Frye (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 22% The Living Ghost Nick Trayne (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Son of the Navy Chief Gunners Mate Mike Malone (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mercy Plane "Speed" Leslie (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hold That Woman Jimmy Parker (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pride of the Navy Speed Brennan (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadows Over Shanghai Johnny McGinty (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 33% Living on Love Gary (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Lt. Kenneth Reynolds (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Get Personal Bob (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Come Closer, Folks Jim Keene (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Boy Eddie Nolan (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daring Young Man Don McLane (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Home Richard Foster (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pay-Off Joe McCoy (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet George White's 1935 Scandals Eddy Taylor (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% 365 Nights in Hollywood James "Jimmy" Dale (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 47% Stand Up and Cheer! Jimmy Dugan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 72% Baby, Take a Bow Eddie Ellison (Character) - 1934
83% 75% Bright Eyes Loop Merritt (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 75% Change of Heart Mack McGowan (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have a Heart James "Jimmie" Flaherty (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sailor's Luck Jimmy Fenimore Harrigan (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello Sister Jimmy (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arizona to Broadway Smiley Wells (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 40% Hold Me Tight Chuck (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl in 419 Dr. Daniel French (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy and Sally Jimmy O'Connor (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 40% Bad Girl Eddie Collins (Character) - 1931

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Stanley Schultz (Guest Star) 1962-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Lou Bragan (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Van Carter (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet It's a Great Life Earl Morgan (Character) 1954-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956