John Payne

John Payne

Date of Birth: 28 May 1912

Country: USA

Total Credits at Criticker: 60 (Actor), 2 (Writer)

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    Miracle on 34th Street
    When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. (imdb)
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    Springtime in the Rockies
    Broadway partners Vicky Lane and Dan Christy have a tiff over Christy's womanizing. Jealous Vicky takes up with her old flame and former dance partner, Victor Price, and Dan's career takes a nosedive... (imdb)
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    The Razor\
    Well-to-do Chicagoan, Larry Darrell, breaks off his engagement to Isabel and travels the world seeking enlightenment, eventually finding his guru India... (imdb)
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    Sun Valley Serenade
    Band trying to land recording contract goes to Sun Valley but their manager lets a beautiful refugee tag along, and romance ensues.
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    Kid Nightingale
    A singer waiter (Payne) is led into boxing by a boxing promoter (Catlett) looking to make a buck.
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    Kansas City Confidential
    An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits. (imdb)
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    Hidden Fear
    Payne plays an American cop who tries to clear his sister of a murder charge. He has to fight against counterfeiters. (imdb User Comments)
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    To the Shores of Tripoli
    Sergeant Dixie Smith has more raw recruits to turn into Marines, if he can. Among them is cocky casanova Chris Winters, son of an officer, who's just tried to "mash" Mary Carter, a major's niece. Once on base, he finds Mary's a nurse and an off-limits officer. Does this stop him? Of course not. But his attitude problem soon puts him in a position where he must redeem himself, with December 7, 1941 fast approaching. (imdb)
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    Silver Lode
    Dan Ballard, a respected citizen in the western town of Silver Lode, has his wedding interrupted by four men led by Ned McCarthy, an old acquaintance who, as a US Marshal, arrests Ballard for the murder of his brother and the theft of $20,000. (imdb)
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    99 River Street
    Having lost his heavyweight championship match, boxer Ernie Driscoll now drives a taxi for a living and earns the scorn of his nagging wife, Pauline, who blames him for her lack of social status. Involved with jewel thief Victor Rawlins, Pauline is murdered by him when she impedes his ability to fence the jewels. (imdb)
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    Slightly Scarlet
    Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, Ben tries to help June, who he begins to fall for. (imdb)
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    Week-End in Havana
    Nan Spencer is on a boat bound for Havana which runs aground. The man sent to rescue her (Payne) is engaged and she doesn't understand his disinterest. Gambler (Romero) is interested, to the annoyance of his girlfriend (Miranda).
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    Tennessee\
    A tough, womanizing high-stakes gambler known only as Tennessee has an uneasy relationship with Duchess, madam of a thinly-disguised bordello, and no other friends at all. But he's saved from murder by a lonesome cowpoke ('My friends call me Cowpoke'), in town to meet his fiancée Goldie on the steamboat. When she arrives, there's a mysterious undercurrent between Goldie and Tennessee, whose newfound friendship with Cowpoke is destined to be severely tried. (imdb)
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    The Crooked Way
    War hero recovers from amnesia & is confronted by his criminal past. (imdb)
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    The Dolly Sisters
    Two sisters from Hungary become famous entertainers in the early 1900s. Fictionalized biography with lots of songs. (imdb)
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    Hello Frisco, Hello
    The film tells the story of vaudeville performers in San Francisco, during the period of the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition when Alexander Graham Bell made the first transcontinental phone call from New York City to San Francisco. The movie introduced the song "You'll Never Know", which was sung by Alice Faye and won an Academy Award for best original song. (wikipedia.org)
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    Tin Pan Alley
    Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys, now in the army, show up in England. (imdb)
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    Wings of the Navy
    Pilot brothers vie for the same woman. (TCM.com)
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    Larceny
    A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead. (imdb)
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    Sentimental Journey
    An actress becomes taken with Hitty, a young orphan prone to dreaming. Julie soon finds out that she is ill and has only a short time to live. She decides to adopt the child so that her husband Bill will not be alone when she dies. Unfortunately, Bill is not charmed by Hitty. After Julie dies. Bill is so grief stricken, he shuts out everyone in his life, especially Hitty. Hitty begins to receive imaginary visits from Julie who offers Hitty advice on how to make Bill happy. (imdb)
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    Remember the Day
    Elderly schoolteacher Nora Trinell, waiting to meet presidential nominee Dewey Roberts, recalls him as her student back in 1916 and his relation to Dan Hopkins, the man she married and lost. (imdb)
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    Garden of the Moon
    A duplicitous nightclub owner brings a struggling young band to fill in for the house orchestra.
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    Raiders of the Seven Seas
    Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he arranges for her ransom by the officer who was to marry her. Exposing her intended as a coward and a liar, he goes to ask for her hand but she has escaped, and Barbarossa thinks she is the one who killed his aide, Peg-Leg. (imdb)
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    Santa Fe Passage
    A disgraced Indian scout and his partner are hired to escort a wagonload of guns through Indian territory. (imdb)
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    The Eagle and the Hawk
    1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born Benito Juarez. In Mexico they meet General Liguras, who is loyal to Juarez, and the beautiful Madeline -- daughter of or wife to the powerful and manipulative Basil Danzeeger. Croyden falls for Madeline but soon runs afoul of Danzeeger who condemns him to be pulled apart between two horses. (imdb)
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    Hell\
    After being jilted, Payne drank himself out of a job in the L.A. district attorney's office and now serves as bouncer in a Vegas casino. A wheelchair-bound stranger (Francis L. Sullivan) engages him to locate a ruby that disappeared in a Caribbean plane crash; the bait is that it may be in the possession of the woman (Mary Murphy) who jilted him. (imdb)
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    Star Dust
    When the studios reject her because she''s too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own. (tcm.com)
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    The Boss
    Set in the years following WW1, the story concerns a small-town veteran named Matt Brady (John Payne), whose brother, machine politician Tim Brady (Roy Roberts), arranges for Matt to get a cushy government job. When Tim dies, Matt takes over his operation, eventually assuming control of the entire state (which judiciously remains unnamed in the film). (imdb)
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    Crosswinds
    Adventurer tries to recover gold from sunken plane. (imdb)
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    El Paso
    Ex-confederate officer Clay Fletcher jumps at the chance to reunite with his once lady-friend, Susan Jeffers, when his father, Judge Fletcher, sends him on an errand to El Paso, Texas to get the signature of Susan's father, Judge Jeffers, on a legal document. Once there he finds the judge has become a drunk and a laughing stock, doing the bidding of local magnate Bert Donner and his running dog, Sheriff La Farge. (imdb)
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    Footlight Serenade
    A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner. (imdb)
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    The Great Profile
    Barrymore lampoons himself. A famous actor, given to drink, nearly destroys the show, but his leading lady returns to save it. Meanwhile a young girl tries to reform him. (imdb)
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    Hold Back the Night
    A Marine officer tells his squad the story behind a bottle of liquor that he always keeps with him but never drinks from. (imdb)
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    Iceland
    Marine, James Murfin, is unaware of Icelandic customs. When he flirts with Katina her Icelandic family take his actions as a proposal of marriage to Katina. Desperately wanting out, James gets his buddy to help him. Good Luck! (imdb)
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    Maryland
    A woman tormented by the hunting death of her husband forbids her son to have anything to do with horses. But when he falls for the daughter of his father's trainer, he defies his mother by entering the Maryland Hunt. (imdb)
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    Rebel in Town
    Ex-Confederate Bedloe Mason and his four sons ride into a small Western town with robbery in mind. Hearing a suspicious "click," Wes Mason whirls and shoots dead a boy playing with a cap pistol. The Mason clan then flees but Gray Mason, feeling remorse, decides to return to the town. He winds up at the home of John and Nora Willoughby who, unknown to him, are parents of the dead boy. Nora recognizes him as one of the Confederates but keeps quiet, wishing to avoid more violence. (imdb)
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    The Saxon Charm
    Eric Busch, a novelist/playwright, and his wife, Janet, go to New York where he arranges to have Matt Saxon, who has a reputation for ruthlessness, produce his play. Saxon insists on so many meetings, changes and revisions that it cause a rift between Eric and Janet. Saxon goes to Hollywood to get a prominent actor to play the lead but the actor, no fan of Saxon, declines. Saxon then deliberately robs his own girlfriend of her chance in Hollywood. (imdb)
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    Tear Gas Squad
    Nightclub singer becomes police cadet to impress blond female from police family, ends up with her current dating partner as his cadet trainer. (imdb)
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    King of the Lumberjacks
    A lumber camp provides the setting for this romantic drama that chronicles the love between a nightclub singer, her new husband, a lumberjack, and her old flame, who also happens to be working in the same camp. When the singer spies her former love, the affair is rekindled. Unfortunately, neither wants to hurt her gentle new husband. When he spies them embracing, he gets angry and sets them on a runaway train. (allrovi.com)
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    Passage West
    In 1863, having escaped from a rock-quarry prison in Salt Lake, six inmates led by convicted murderer Pete Black take over a small wagon train headed by preacher Jacob Karns. Tensions and hardships grow as the travelers continue to trek toward California across dry, desolate country. (imdb)
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    Rails Into Laramie
    A railroad sends an agent to Laramie to try to find out who is behind the efforts to stop the railroad from building its line into the area. (imdb)
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    The Road to Denver
    The Mayhew brothers flee from one Texas town to another as older brother Bill repeatedly attempts to keep younger brother Sam out of jail. Bill finally gives up on his younger brother and heads for Colorado. He gets a job and all is well until his brother shows up and takes a job that puts them on opposite sides of the law. (imdb)
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    The Vanquished
    A Southern States official returns home after the Civil War and has to see that in his village the law is in the hands of a few scrupoulos people. (imdb)
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    The Blazing Forest
    Kelly Hansen, the tough boss of a timber crew clearing property owned by Jessie Crain and her niece, Sharon Wilks, is, unknown to anybody else, working to pay back money stolen by his brother, Joe Roberts, who has a changed name, and no love for his brother. Just as the debt is about paid-off, Joe is killed in a truck accident, which starts a blazing forest fire. (imdb)
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    Captain China
    Charles Chinnough, aka Captain China, washed ashore off his ship during a storm, is later rescued, but is relieved of duty when his former first mate, Brendensen (who thought he was dead), and two aides, testify falsely against him in a hearing concerning the loss of his ship. Seeking to clear his name, he books passage on a ship commanded by Brendsen.He and Brendensen both fall for a passenger, Kim Mitchell. (imdb)
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    Caribbean
    Francis Barclay, a former member of the British Admiralty, who was captured in the early 1700s, and sold into slavery, by Andrew McAllister, and forced into piracy, enlists the aid of Dick Lindsay, to help him invade MacAllister's fortified island. The latter falls in love with MacAllister's daughter,Christine. Complications arise as the man thought to be a nephew of one man may not be, and the daughter one one man may be the other man's daughter. (imdb)
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    Bailout at 43,000
    Newly re-energized in the late 1950s, the venerable Pine-Thomas production company moved from Paramount to United Artists, there to make such actioners as Bailout at 43,000. John Payne stars as a courageous test pilot, who joins a team busily testing jet-bomber ejector seats. But before he can prove his worth to the team, Payne loses his nerve. (allrovi.com)
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    Fair Warning
    In California's Death Valley a chemistry whiz-kid helps a sheriff track the man who murdered a wealthy mine owner who had been staying at a fancy winter resort. (imdb)
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    Hats Off
    The first musical comedy from the Grand National assembly line, Hats Off stars John Payne and Mae Clarke as rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen. Both have been assigned to stir up publicity for separate expositions at the 1936 Texas Centennial (newsreel footage of which predominates throughout the film's short running time). To throw Jimmy off the track, Jo pretends to be a schoolteacher, but by the time the ruse has been revealed, the two leading characters have fallen in love. (allrovi.com)
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    Indianapolis Speedway
    Joe is the three time Indy champion who still races to put young Eddie through College. Joe wants a better life for Eddie, and he explodes when he finds out that Eddie quit school for a racing career. Joe tries to teach Eddie the trade, but they separate when Eddie will not drop bad girl Frankie. When Joe causes the death of a driver at the next race, he quits racing and wanders around. Joe winds up at Indianapolis where Eddie is driving the Martin Special. (imdb)
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    Columbo
    Columbo (1971) - TV Series
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    The Restless Gun
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    Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
    A defrosted Holmes teams with a robotic Watson and a female Inspector Lestrade to stop the criminal rampage of Moriarty's clone. (imdb)
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    G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom
    The G.I. Joe team battles Cobra's newest threat, Venomous Maximus and his hybrid troops. (imdb)
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    Tripoli
    In 1805, the United States battles the pirates of Tripoli as the Marines fight to raise the American flag. (imdb)
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    B-29 Flight Engineer
    This government documentary short film depicts and explains proper procedures for functioning as a flight engineer on the B-29 bomber. Lieutenant Anderson is normally the co-pilot of this B-29, but as part of the readiness regimen for aircraft crews, he is being tested as the backup fight engineer. The actual flight engineer monitors his work, helping Anderson follow the checklists for flight preparation and takeoff.
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    Love on Toast
    The plot concerns a female press agent who must select a “Mr. Manhattan” and “Miss Brooklyn” for an ad campaign mounted by a soup company. The Mr. Manhattan chosen is a singing soda jerk, who doesn’t want to play along until he is given the honor of choosing his own Miss Brooklyn.
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    Wake Up and Dream
    A little girl asks her guardians to take her by boat to a nearby swamp believing her older brother, a sailor who recently went M.I.A. in WWII, is somehow there. She finds a grumpy old Crusoe-like hermit, instead, but there's still hope.
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    Dodsworth
    A bittersweet tale of the increasing estrangement of a retired automobile tycoon and his wife. Increasingly obsessed with maintaining an appearance of youth, she falls in with a crowd of frivolous socialites during their "second honeymoon" European vacation. He, in turn, meets a woman who is everything she is not; self-assured, self-confident, and able to take care of herself. (imdb)
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    The Royal Rodeo
    The Royal Rodeo (1939) - Short Film
    A young monarch, bored with responsibility and craving excitement, invites a traveling rodeo show to perform at his palace.
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