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Dave O'Brien est un Acteur, Réalisateur, Ecrivain et Cascadeur Américain né le 31 mai 1912 à Big Spring (Etats-Unis)

Dave O'Brien

Dave O'Brien
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Nom de naissance David Poole Fronabarger
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 31 mai 1912 à Big Spring (Etats-Unis)
Mort 8 novembre 1969 (à 57 ans)

Dave O'Brien est un acteur, réalisateur et scénariste américain, né le 31 mai 1912 à Big Spring, au Texas, et mort le 8 novembre 1969 sur l'Île Santa Catalina (Californie).


O'Brien became familiar to movie audiences in the 1940s as the hero of the famous MGM comedy short film series Pete Smith Specialties narrated by Pete Smith. O'Brien wrote and directed many of these subjects under the name David Barclay. O'Brien also had a small dancing part with Bebe Daniels in the Busby Berkeley musical 42nd Street (1933).

He also appeared in many low-budget Westerns, often billed as "Tex" O'Brien, alluding to his home state. To modern audiences, he is most likely best to be remembered as a frantic dope addict in the 1936 low-budget exploitation film Tell Your Children (better known under its re-issue title, Reefer Madness), yelling "Play it faster, play it faster!" to a piano-playing girl. He appeared in Queen of the Yukon (1940) as Bob Adams. In 1940, he appeared in The Devil Bat as part of a comedy team with Donald Kerr. They also appeared together in Son of the Navy (1940) and The Man Who Walked Alone (1945).

In 1942, O'Brien starred in the movie serial Captain Midnight, and had the lead role in the western Brand of the Devil in 1944.

One of his later roles was in the film musical version of Kiss Me, Kate (1953), a rare featured role for the actor in an 'A' list big-budget production.

O'Brien married one of his co-stars of Reefer Madness, Dorothy Short, in 1936, but they divorced in 1954 after having two children. In 1955, he married Nancy O'Brien and had three more children. A very keen yachtsman and sailor, he died aged 57 of a heart attack aboard a 60-foot sloop named The White Cloud while competing in a yachting race off the California coast near Catalina Island.

Le plus souvent avec

Charles King
Charles King
(14 films)
Dorothy Short
Dorothy Short
(11 films)
Sam Katzman
Sam Katzman
(11 films)
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
(10 films)
Elmer Clifton
Elmer Clifton
(6 films)
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Filmographie de Dave O'Brien (89 films)

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Sky Bandits, 1h45
Origine Royaume-uni
Genres Guerre, Action, Aventure
Thèmes Transport, Aviation, Politique
Acteurs Scott McGinnis, Miles Anderson, Ronald Lacey, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Valérie Steffen, Ingrid Held
Note46% 2.3424752.3424752.3424752.3424752.342475
Quand deux cow-boys sont capturés dans le vieil ouest en essayant de voler une banque, ils sont exilés aux premières lignes de la Première Guerre mondiale pour se battre aux côtés des Britanniques. Ils font un pari pour voir s'ils peuvent piloter un Gunbus, mais ils finissent par se retrouver dans une autre base sous un officier qui est déterminé à traquer un dirigeable allemand.
The Kettles in the Ozarks, 1h21
Réalisé par Charles Lamont
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Marjorie Main, Arthur Hunnicutt, Una Merkel, Ted de Corsia, Richard Deacon, Dave O'Brien
Rôle Conductor
Note69% 3.4775053.4775053.4775053.4775053.477505
With Pa out of the way, Ma and the kids head out to help Pa's brother Sedgewick with the his farm in Mournful Hollow, Arkansas. Things get tighter when a couple of bootleggers rent Sedge's barn to manufacture moonshine. With Ma and the kids, the bootleggers get their pay.
Tennessee Champ, 1h13
Réalisé par Fred M. Wilcox
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Thèmes Sport, La boxe, Le boxe anglaise
Acteurs Dewey Martin, Shelley Winters, Keenan Wynn, Charles Bronson, Earl Holliman, Dave O'Brien
Rôle Luke MacWade
Note58% 2.9155152.9155152.9155152.9155152.915515
Sarah Wurble's husband Willy is the larceny-inclined manager of an illiterate, and very religious boxer from Tennessee named Danny. Gifted with a powerful punch and a nickname that gives the film its title, Danny mistakenly believes he killed a man defending himself in a street brawl, and goes on the lam as a prizefighter.
Embrasse-moi, chérie, 1h49
Réalisé par George Sidney
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie, Comédie romantique, Musical, Romance
Thèmes La musique, Théâtre, Musique, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre, Adaptation d'une comédie musicale, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre de William Shakespeare
Acteurs Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Rall, James Whitmore
Rôle Ralph
Note70% 3.5474953.5474953.5474953.5474953.547495
Le célèbre comédien Fred Graham (Howard Keel) monte la nouvelle comédie musicale de Cole Porter, Kiss Me Kate, inspirée de La Mégère apprivoisée de William Shakespeare. Pour le rôle de Catherine, il pense tout naturellement à son ancienne femme, Lilli Vanessi (Kathryn Grayson), qui accepte à contre-cœur de travailler avec son ancien époux. Fred et Lilli, que leurs succès respectifs ont séparés, s'aiment encore mais refusent de se l'avouer, d'autant que Lilli est fiancée à un riche Texan et que Fred a une aventure avec une autre comédienne de la troupe, Loïs Lane (Ann Miller). Mais cette dernière est en réalité amoureuse de Bill Calhoun (Tommy Rall), un des danseurs de la troupe, dont le goût pour le jeu mettra Fred dans une situation délicate. Au cours de la première de la pièce, Fred et Lilli se réconcilient et se déchirent tour à tour, sur scène et en coulisses, le tout sous l'œil de deux bandits (Keenan Wynn et James Whitmore) qui sont venus recouvrer les dettes de Bill, lequel s'est fait passer pour Fred, et sous l’œil du public, qui n'y voit que du feu et fera un triomphe à la pièce.
A Wife's Life, 8minutes
Réalisé par Dave O'Brien
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Acteurs Dorothy Short, Dave O'Brien
Rôle George T. Hardnose (uncredited)
Note59% 2.9848452.9848452.9848452.9848452.984845
Mrs. George T. Hardnose is an average mid-century housewife burdened by her aloof and patriarchal husband. She calls her husband to say she wants to go to a movie that night; he says, nothing doing, he's tired, he's worked hard, and what has she done all day. In a series of flashbacks, we see - starting with getting George out of bed and off to work, bathing an obstreperous three-year-old, dealing with stopped drains and a faulty defroster, doing dishes, cajoling a rich uncle, washing clothes, mopping floors, sweeping behind heavy furniture, cleaning the stove and a rug, and cooking dinner. When George asks her after dinner to let him have the paper, she cracks him over the head with a metal pipe wrapped in the paper.
The Man Who Walked Alone, 1h11
Réalisé par Christy Cabanne
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie dramatique
Acteurs Dave O'Brien, Kay Aldridge, Walter Catlett, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Isabel Randolph, Charles Williams
Rôle Marion Scott
Note60% 3.012513.012513.012513.012513.01251
During the final months of World War II, Marion Scott is hitchhiking towards the small town of Plainfield (a common American town name, although fictional in the context of this film). He is offered a ride by a young woman who turns out to be Wilhelmina "Willie" Hammond, a member of a wealthy society family, running from an arranged marriage to another socially prominent type, stolid Alvin Bailey. Acting on the reported theft of Bailey's car, the police stop the pair and, after identifying the stolen car, put the pair in jail. Willie arranges their bail and takes Marion to the family mansion where, having left her keys, she tries to crawl through the window, causing the pair to be arrested again and the story to land in the headlines of the local papers. Willie initially thinks that Marion is an Army deserter, but after he explains his discharge for medical reasons, she gives him a job as the family chauffeur, even though Wiggins, the eccentric old caretaker of the estate, has misgivings. Learning of the "scandal", Willie's widowed mother, Mrs. Hammond, "old maid" Aunt Harriet, younger sister Patricia as well as family dressmaker Camille, all return from New York, along with Alvin Bailey and Alvin's physical trainer and sidekick, the big "dumb" Champ. After a series of family arguments and complications, Alvin willingly gives up Willie so she can marry Marion, who modestly did not disclose that he was a national hero as a result of wartime valor, that he was hitchhiking simply to maintain anonymity, and was now being welcomed by the mayor and the governor, and honored with a parade by Plainfield, the birthplace of his killed-in-battle wartime best friend, which will now become his adopted hometown.
Marked for Murder, 58minutes
Réalisé par Elmer Clifton
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Acteurs Tex Ritter, Dave O'Brien, Charles King, Jack Ingram, Bob Kortman
Rôle Texas Ranger Dave Wyatt
Note53% 2.657312.657312.657312.657312.65731
The Phantom Of 42nd Street, 58minutes
Réalisé par Albert Herman
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Policier
Acteurs Dave O'Brien, Jack Mulhall, Kay Aldridge, Alan Mowbray, Frank Jenks, Stanley Price
Rôle Tony Woolrich
Note51% 2.5781652.5781652.5781652.5781652.578165
An actor is killed during the performance of a play while critic Tony Woolrich (Dave O'Brien) is attending. Initially Woolrich is reluctant to investigate, even though he's encouraged to by his friend Romeo(Frank Jenks), who is also the taxi driver who brought him to the show, and acts as a sort of sidekick throughout the story. Later Tony is chewed out by his editor for not investigating when he happened to be at the scene of the crime, and so he takes an initially reluctant interest. Tony becomes more involved in the investigation when there is another murder, and when Claudia Moore (Kay Aldridge, in her last movie role), the girl he loves, is suspected, and is also possibly threatened by the killer.
Brand of the Devil, 57minutes
Réalisé par Harry L. Fraser
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Acteurs Dave O'Brien, Ellen Hall, I. Stanford Jolley, Charles King, Reed Howes, Budd Buster
Rôle Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
Note57% 2.872772.872772.872772.872772.87277
Une Arme pour la Loi, 56minutes
Réalisé par Elmer Clifton
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Acteurs Dave O'Brien, Jennifer Holt, Budd Buster, Charles King, Jack Ingram, Bob Kortman
Rôle Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
Note58% 2.9066452.9066452.9066452.9066452.906645
Lillian Wilkins et son oncle Jed, vétéran de l'armée confédéréee, possèdent un ranch sur lequel va être posée une pipeline.Trois escrocs, Dan Tyndall, Joe Bishop, et Tom Binns y voient un profit rapide et corromp le géomètre Sam Brisco qui déclare que les plans ont été mal étudiés et que la propriété n'appartient pas aux Wilkins. Mais les rangers Tex Wyatt et Jim Steele prennent la défense du rancher.
Spook Town
Spook Town (1944)
, 59minutes
Réalisé par Elmer Clifton
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Western
Acteurs Dave O'Brien, Dick Curtis, Harry Harvey, Sr., Charles King, Richard Alexander
Rôle Texas Ranger Tex Wyatt (as Dave 'Tex' O'Brien)
Note58% 2.937162.937162.937162.937162.93716
'Neath Brooklyn Bridge, 1h1
Réalisé par Wallace Fox
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Guerre, Comédie, Romance
Acteurs Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Ernie Morrison, Stanley Clements
Rôle Sergeant Lyons
Note71% 3.588913.588913.588913.588913.58891
This time around, the East Side Kids, a gang of well-meaning young rough-necks in New York, get pulled into a murder mystery. They manage to rescue a young girl by the name of Sylvia from her violent stepfather Morley's abuse. Soon after this the stepfather is killed by a gangster called McGaffey for interfering with his racketeering operation by stealing his money.