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                                                         American Actor

Walter McGrail
                           Movie Pioneer                         


 Born- Oct. 19, 1888     (Brooklyn, NY)      
           Died- March 19,1970   (San Francisco, CA)             

 Genre- Drama, Romance, Western, Crime, Comedy
  Actor Walter B. McGrail's birthdate is frequently given as 1899, but this
hardly seems likely, inasmuch as he was playing adult leading roles in 
films asearly as 1915. During his first decade before the cameras, McGrail
was often cast as imperious scions of wealth in such films as "Miss 
Ambition"(1918),"Girl Problem"(1918)and "The Country Cousin"(1919).
  In the 1920s, he essayed scores of character roles, often playing a suave
and/or villainous Latin type. The size of his roles decreased in the talkie
era, though he occasionally played such meaty parts as Winsted Omstock in
"The Shadow Strikes"(1937)and the leader of the "action" heavies in the 
1940 serial "Mysterious Dr. Satan". Walter McGrail retired in 1951.

-Hal Erickson,All-Movie Guide
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 WORKED WITH: Production team: Dudley Nichols (Screenwriter),
 Charles Kenyon (Screenwriter), Ralph Dietrich (Producer), C.C.
 Burr (Producer), Robert Kurrle (Cinematographer), George
 Schneiderman (Cinematographer), John A. Ford (Director), Raymond
 K. Johnson (Director), Edwin Carewe (Director), Al Herman
 (Director), George B. Seitz (Director), William S. Darling (Art
 Director), Actors: Richard Tucker, Harry Tenbrook, Francis Ford,
 Blanche Frederici, Harry Harvey, Sr., Raymond Hatton, Warren
 Hymer, John Farrell MacDonald, George O'Brien, Lee Shumway,
 Russell Simpson, Carl Mathews, James Mason, Jack Pennick, John
 Wayne, Joe Sawyer, W.C. Fields, Hoot Gibson, Mabel Normand




         F I L M S  1- Thou Art the Man (1915) .... ("Bearer")                  2- Lights of New York- (1916).... ("Hawk Chovinski")  3- The Scarlet Runner- (1916)  4- Ordeal of Elizabeth, The (1916) .... (Elizabeth's father)  5- Dollar and the Law, The* (1916) .... ("George Gray")      (*...aka Adventures of a Bill, The (1916)(USA: working title)  6- To the Highest Bidder- (1917)  7- Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation* (1917) .... ("Count Dario")     (*...aka Battle Cry of War (1917/II)     (*...aka Womanhood (1917) (copyright title)  8- Adventure Shop- (1918) .... ("Josephus Potts, Jr")  9- Miss Ambition (1918) .... ("Larry Boyle")  10- Everybody's Girl- (1918)  11- Country Cousin- (1919)....("George Tewksbury Reynolds III")  12- The Girls Problem- (1919)....("Ernest Sanford")  13- The Black Secret- (1919)  14- Darling Mine- (1920).... ("Roger Davis")  15- Greater Than Fame- (1920)     16- Her Mad Bargain- (1921)....("David Leighton")  17- Invisible Fear- (1921)....("Arthur Comstock")    18- Breaking Point- (1921)....("Richard Janeway")     19- Playthings of Destiny- (1921).... ("Hubert Randolph")  20- Pilgrims of the Night (1921) .... ("Gilbert Hannaway")  21- The Yosemite Trail- (1922)   22- The Kentucky Derby*- (1922)....("Ralph Gordon")      (*...aka "The Suburban Handicap") (working title)      (*...aka "They're Off") (working title)  23- The Cradle- (1922)....("Courtney Webster")   24- Suzanna- (1922)    25- Eleventh Hour- (1922) ....("Ridgwell"/ "Dick Manley")  26- Top of New York, The (1922) .... ("Emery Gray")  27- The Bad Man- (1923)....("Morgan Pell")  28- Is Divorce a Failure?-  (1923)....("Kelsey Barton")   29- Suzanna- (1923)- .... (Starred as "Ramón")  30- Eleventh Hour - (1923).... ("Duming")  31- Where the North Begins- 1923) (Starred with Claire Adams)  32- Nobody's Money- (1923).... ("Frank Carey")    33- Flaming Youth- (1923)....("Jamieson James")  34- Lights Out (1923) .... ("Sea Bass")   35- Gerald Cranston's Lady- (1924) ....("Gordon Ibbotsleigh")  36- Unguarded Women (1924) .... ("Larry Trent")   37- Is Love Everything?- (1924)....("Boyd Carter")  38- Son of the Sahara, The (1924) .... ("Captain Jean Duval")  39- Her Husband's Secret- (1925)....("Leon Kent")  40- Adventure-  (1925)....("Tudor")  41- The Dancers (1925) .... ("The Argentine")  42- Havoc (1925) ....("Roddy Dunton")  43- The Scarlet West (1925) .... ("Lt. Harper")   44- Champion of Lost Causes- (1925).... ("Zanten/Dick Sterling")  44- A Son of His Father- (1925).... ("Holdbrook")  46- Mad Marriage, The (1925)  47- Teaser, The (1925) .... ("Roderick Caswell")  48- When the Door Opened (1925) .... ("Clive Grenfal")  49- Prisoners of the Storm- (1926)  50- Forbidden Waters- (1926)....("J. Austin Bell")  51- The Combat- (1926)....("Milton Symmons")  53- Marriage License?- (1926).... ("Marcus Heriot")  54- Across the Pacific- (1926) .... ("Captain Grover")


 55- The City (1926)....("Jim Hannock")
 56- Prisoners of the Storm (1926) .... ("Sergeant McClellan")
 57- American Beauty-(1927)....("Claverhouse")
 58- Old San Francisco- (1927) .... (Vasquez' grandson)
 59- Man Crazy- (1927).... ("Van Breamer")
 60- Secret Studio (1927) .... ("Mr. Kyler")    
 61- Confessions of a Wife- (1928)....("Henri Duval")
 62- Old Code- (1928).... ("Pierre Belleu") 
 63- Play Girl- (1928).... ("David Courtney")  
 64- Midnight Madness- (1928).... ("Childers")  
 65- Stop That Man- (1928) ....("Slippery Dick Sylvaine")
 66- Hey Rube- (1928)....("Duke")
 67- Veiled Woman, The (1928) .... ("Diplomatic Attaché")
 68- Blockade- (1929)....("Hayden")   
 69- River of Romance- (1929).... ("Major Patterson")
 70- River's End- (1930) .... ("Martin")
 71- Anybody's War- (1930)....("Capt. Davis") 
 72- Pay Off*- (1930).... ("Emory")
     (*aka Losing Game) 
 73- Last of the Duanes- (1930).... ("Bland")
 74- Soldiers and Women- (1930).... ("Captain Arnold")
 75- Women Everywhere- (1930)  .... (Legionnaire)
 76- Men without Women- (1930) .... ("Cobb")
 77- Part Time Wife*- (1930) .... ("Johnny Spence")
     (*... aka "The Shepper-Newfounder")
 78- Lone Star Ranger- (1931).... ("Phil Lawson")
 79- Night Nurse- (1931) .... ("Mack")
 80- River's End- (1931)....("Martin") 
 81- Seas Beneath- (1931)
 82- Murder by the Clock- (1931).... ("Herbert Endicott")
 83- Last of the Mohicans- (1932)....(French Turncoat)
 84- Under Eighteen- (1932).... ("Gregg")  
 85- McKenna of the Mounted- (1932).... ("Inspector Oliver P. Logan")   
 86- Night Beat- (1932).... ("Martin")  
 87- Exposed- (1932)
 88- Union Depot- (1932)
 89- Sing- Sing Sinner- (1933)....("Louis") 
 90- Police Call*- (1933)
      (*U.K. title: "WANTED")
 91- State Trooper- (1933)....("Burman") 
 92- Robbers' Roost- (1933) 
 93- Demon for Trouble- (1934)....("Dyer")
 94- Men of the Night- (1934) .... ("Louie")
 95- World Moves On- (1934) 
 96- Lemon Drop Kid- (1934)
 97- Sunset Range- (1935) ....("Grant")
 98- Special Agent K-7- (1937)....("Lanny") 
      "McGrail plays a nosey FBI agent who takes over a local murder
      investigation to find that the boy friend of a female buddy of 
      his is the main suspect. The standard mystery devices are all 
      present, including false clues, courtroom histrionics, and 
      predictable "surprise" twists."  
 99- Shadow Strikes- (1937) .... ("Winstead Comstock")
 100- Held for Ransom- (1938)....("Detective Donnelly")
 101- Renfrew On the Great White Trail*- (1938)
       (*...aka On the Great White Trail (1938)
       (*...aka Renfrew of the Royal Mounted on the Great White Trail(1938)
 102- West of Rainbow's End- (1938) .... ("Johnson") 
 103- Calling All Marines- (1939)....("Capt. Chester")
 104- Green Hornet (1939) ....("Dean", a thug)
 105- Code of the Fearless- (1939)....("Ranger Capt. Rawlins")
 106- In Old Montana- (1939)....("Joe Allison")
 107- Stagecoach- (1939)....("Captain Sickel")
 108- My Little Chickadee- (1940) .... (uncredited ... Townsman)
 109- Mysterious Doctor Satan* (1940).... ("Stoner", thug leader)
       (*...aka "Dr. Satan's Robot")
 110- Green Hornet- (1940)
 111- Grapes of Wrath- (1940) ....(uncredited... Gang Leader)
 112- Billy the Kid Outlawed (1940)  
 113- Last of the Duanes- (1941)
 114- Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.* (1941)
       (*....aka Dick Tracy vs. Phantom Empire (1941)
 115- Billy the Kid Trapped- (1942).... ("Judge John McConnell") 
 116- Riders of the West- (1942) ("Miller")                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Billy the Kid Trapped- (1942) .... (Judge John McConnell)
 117- Double Life- (1947) ....(uncredited..."Steve")
 118- Life of Her Own- (1950) 
 119- Here Comes the Groom- (1951) ("Newsreel Director")
       "Likable Frank Capra comedy with songs about a happy-go-lucky
      reporter who competes with a real-estate dealer for the hand of a
      girl. Nice songs, general air of good fun." (mrshowbiz.com)
 120- Dr. Satan's Robots- (1966) (TV)  
   


As "Roddy Dunton" in "HAVOC" (1925)
 
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