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Baker, Frank

Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 18:37

Frank Baker in The new adventures of Tarzan (TV serial, 1935)
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Frank Baker was an Australian actor who went to the USA in1923 where he made some silent movies and was often credited till the beginning of the 1930's. From then on, he became more and more a bit player and in his later years more of an extra. He was also a good friend of director John Ford and was also member of his actor's stock company.

He was born in Melbourne, Victoria on october the 11th, 1892 and died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles on December 30th, 1980. His brother Snowy Baker was also an Australian silent movie actor.

You could say that he was a sort of male equivalent of the American female extra player Leoda Richards.

Filmography
1926
  1. Officer '444' (TV serial) .... Dago Frank (credited)
  2. Tentacles of the north .... First mate (credited)

    1928
  3. Four sons .... A soldier (uncredited)
  4. The bushranger .... Blair (credited?)

    1929
  5. The black watch .... 42nd highlander (uncredited)

    1930
  6. Men without women .... Military police man (uncredited)

    1931
  7. Arrowsmith .... Ship's captain (uncredited)
  8. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde .... Doctor at lecture (uncredited)

    1933
  9. The masquerader .... Member of the Parliament (uncredited)

    1934
  10. Charlie Chan in London .... English bobby (uncredited)
  11. Cockeyed Cavaliers .... Tavern customer (uncredited)
  12. Mandalay .... Ship's first mate (uncredited)
  13. Of human bondage .... Policeman removing Mildred on the stairs (uncredited)
  14. Stingaree .... A constable (uncredited)
  15. The lost patrol .... Rescue patrol colonel (uncredited)

    1935
  16. Steamboat round the bend .... Spectator at the river bank (uncredited)
  17. The new adventures of Tarzan (TV serial) .... Major Francis Martling (credited)

    1936
  18. Mary of Scotland .... Douglas (uncredited)
  19. The charge of the light brigade .... An officer (uncredited - uncertain identification)
  20. The prisoner of Shark island .... Union army officer at the trial (uncredited)

    1937
  21. Bulldog Drummond comes back .... A Bobby (uncredited)
  22. London by night .... Walker, a bobby (uncredited)
  23. Parnell .... George Davis (uncredited)

    1938
  24. Arrest Bulldog Drummond .... A Bobby (uncredited - uncertain identification)
  25. Bulldog Drummond's peril .... Constable announcer (uncredited)
  26. Four men and a prayer .... Defense attorney (uncredited)
  27. Tarzan and the Green Goddess .... Major Francis Martling (credited)
  28. The baroness and the butler .... Member of the parliament (uncredited)
  29. The fighting devil dogs .... General Snell (uncredited)

    1939
  30. A chump at Oxford .... Jenkins, the dean's servant (uncredited)
  31. Drums along the Mohawk .... Commander of the colonial troops (uncredited)
  32. Raffles .... Art gallery attendant (uncredited)
  33. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes .... Tompkins (uncredited)
  34. The little princess .... An Officer (uncredited)

    1940
  35. Gambling on the high seas .... Juror (uncredited)
  36. South of Suez .... A guard (uncredited)
  37. The earl of Chicago .... Policeman (uncredited)

    1941
  38. International Squadron .... Air raid warden (uncredited)
  39. The Blonde from Singapore .... Constable Sims (uncredited)

    1942
  40. Journey for Margaret .... Civil servant nightwatchman (uncredited)

    1943
  41. The falcon and the co-eds .... Audience member (uncredited)

    1944
  42. Ministry of fear .... Scotland Yard man (uncredited)
  43. The Mark of the Whistler .... Club Royale patron (uncredited)

    1945
  44. The man in half moon street .... Policeman (uncredited)
  45. Thrill of a romance .... Club patron (uncredited)

    1946
  46. Dressed to kill .... Photographer (uncredited)
  47. The killers .... Boxing fight spectator (uncredited)

    1947
  48. Calcutta .... Police officer (uncredited)
  49. The beginning or the end .... Canadian Officer (uncredited)
  50. The imperfect lady .... Policeman at trial (uncredited)
  51. The sea of grass .... A juror (uncredited)

    1950
  52. All about Eve .... A waiter (uncredited)
  53. Bright leaf .... Man in hotel bar (uncredited)
  54. Gambling house .... Court bailiff (uncredited)
  55. The reformer and the redhead .... Man at support rally (uncredited)
  56. Woman on the run .... Morgue attendant (uncredited)

    1952
  57. April in Paris .... Delegate (uncredited)
  58. Carrie .... Bar patron (uncredited)
  59. Les misérables .... A judge (uncredited)
  60. Ma and Pa Kettle at the fair .... Jam judge at the fair (uncredited)
  61. Something for the birds .... Senate hearing spectator (uncredited)
  62. The belle of New York .... Supper club patron (uncredited)
  63. The girl in white .... Graduation spectator (uncredited)
  64. The quiet man .... Man in Cogan's pub (uncredited)
  65. The winning team .... Shop owner outside stadium (uncredited)

    1953
  66. Count the hours .... Court stenographer (uncredited)
  67. Never wave at a WAC .... Party guest (uncredited)
  68. The desert rats .... British officer (uncredited)
  69. The President's Lady .... Diplomat at inauguration (uncredited)

    1954
  70. Death Valley Days (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 3: "Halfway Girl" .... Auction Spectator (uncredited)
  71. Death Valley Days (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 4: "Black Bart the PO8" .... Restaurant patron (uncredited)
  72. Living it up .... Park Riz hotel guest (uncredited)
  73. White christmas .... Anniversary party guest (uncredited)
  74. The student prince .... Man in church (uncredited)

    1955
  75. East of Eden .... Townsman (uncredited)
  76. Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 2: "The John Wesley Hardin Story" .... Townsman (uncredited)
  77. Prince of Players .... Audience member in theatre (uncredited)
  78. The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing .... Theatre show patron (uncredited)
  79. The Naked Street .... Jury foreman (uncredited)
  80. The tall men .... Store seller

    1956
  81. A Day of Fury .... Townsman (uncredited)
  82. Pardners .... Townsman (uncredited)
  83. The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 13: "Jim Bowie and his Slave" .... Club member (uncredited)
  84. The Man Who Knew Too Much .... Royal Albert Hall attendee (uncredited)
  85. The Opposite Sex .... Club patron (uncredited)
  86. The Rawhide Years .... Riverboat passenger (uncredited)

    1957
  87. Run of the Arrow .... General Robert E. Lee (uncredited)
  88. The Deadly Mantis .... A professor (uncredited)

    1958
  89. Auntie Mame .... Party guest (uncredited)
  90. Playhouse 90 (TV series) S. 2, Ep. 23: "No time at all" .... Man drinking at the bar (uncredited)
  91. Teacher's Pet .... Tour group member (uncredited)
  92. The Last Hurrah .... Plymouth club member (uncredited)
  93. The Texan (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 3: "The Troubled Town" .... Saloon patron (uncredited)

    1959
  94. Imitation of Life .... Party guest (uncredited)
  95. North by Northwest .... Man at auction (uncredited)
  96. Perry Mason (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 2: "The Last of the Watery Witness" .... Courtroom spectator (uncredited)
  97. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV series) S. 4, Ep. 33: "Dodge is Civilized" .... Gambler (uncredited)
  98. The Miracle .... British soldier (uncredited)
  99. The Untouchables (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 10: "The Dutch Schultz Story" .... Juror (uncredited)
  100. Wagon Train (TV series) S. 2, Ep. 30: "The Duke Le May Story" .... Wagon train member (uncredited)
  101. Yancy Derringer (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 25: "Collector's Item" .... Auction guest (uncredited)

    1960
  102. Bells Are Ringing .... Pedestrian (uncredited)
  103. Can Can .... Party guest (uncredited)
  104. Have Gun Will Travel (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 27: "The Gladiators" .... Duel supervisor (uncredited)
  105. Midnight Lace .... Board member (uncredited)
  106. Oklahoma Territory .... Jury foreman (uncredited)
  107. Pepe .... Pedestrian (uncredited)
  108. Polyanna .... Man in church (uncredited)
  109. Seven Thieves .... Casino patron (uncredited)
  110. Sunrise at Campobello .... Convention audience member (uncredited)
  111. Tate (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 6: "A Lethal Pride" .... Store keeper (uncredited)
  112. The Twilight Zone (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 20: "Elegy" .... Hotel guest (uncredited)
  113. Thriller (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 10: "The Prediction" .... Audience member (uncredited)

    1961
  114. A Fever in the Blood .... Courtroom spectator (uncredited)
  115. Have Gun Will Travel (TV series) S. 5, Ep. 10: "Ben Jalisco" .... Poker player (uncredited)
  116. Have Gun Will Travel (TV series) S. 5, Ep. 12: "A Drop of Blood" .... Dinner patron at Hotel Carleton (uncredited)
  117. Judgement at Nuremberg .... Court spectator (uncredited)
  118. Two Rode Together .... Captain Malaprop (uncredited)
  119. Zane Grey Theatre (TV series) S. 5, Ep. 24: "The Empty Shell" .... Saloon customer (uncredited)

    1962
  120. Bonanza (TV series) S. 4, Ep. 2: "The Quest" .... Saloon patron (uncredited)
  121. The Man who shot Liberty Valance .... Gambler (uncredited)
  122. The Notorious Landlady .... Bar customer (uncredited)

    1963
  123. Bonanza (TV series) S. 4, Ep. 13: "The Boss" .... Saloon customer (uncredited)
  124. Bonanza (TV series) S. 4, Ep. 19: "The Last Haircut" .... Townsman (uncredited)
  125. Donovan's Reef .... Captain Martin (uncredited)
  126. My Six Loves .... Actor in rehearsal room (uncredited)
  127. The Jack Benny Program (TV series) S. 13, Ep. 15 "Jack meets Max Bygraves" .... Audience member (uncredited)

    1964
  128. A Distant Trumpet .... Congressman (uncredited)
  129. Mary Poppins .... Bank customer (uncredited)
  130. My Fair Lady .... Guest at the ball (uncredited)
  131. Sex and the Single Girl .... Pretzel vendor (uncredited)
  132. The Pleasure Seekers .... Party guest passing by (uncredited)

    1965
  133. Brainstorm .... Executive (uncredited)
  134. Do not disturb .... Hotel guest (uncredited)
  135. Get Smart (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 7: "Kaos in Control" .... Scientist (uncredited)
  136. Harlow .... Actor at central casting (uncredited)
  137. I Spy (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 3: "Carry me back to old Tsing-Tao" .... Man with jewellery (uncredited)
  138. My Three Sons (TV series) S. 5, Ep. 33: "The Glass Sneaker" .... Hotel guest (uncredited)
  139. My Three Sons (TV series) S. 6, Ep. 12: "The Hong Kong Story" .... Party guest (uncredited)
  140. The Man from UNCLE (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 16: "The Fiddlesticks Affair" .... Casino patron (uncredited)
  141. The Sound of Music .... Party guest (uncredited)

    1966
  142. Alvarez Kelly .... Party guest (uncredited)
  143. Any Wednesday .... Art gallery visitor (uncredited)
  144. Assault on a Queen .... Ship passenger (uncredited)
  145. Mission Impossible (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 14: "The Short Tail Spy" .... Party guest (uncredited)
  146. Not with My Wife, You Don't! .... Official at airport (uncredited)
  147. The Green Hornet (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 3: "Programmed for Death" .... Representative (uncredited)
  148. The Last of the Secret Agents? .... Party guest (uncredited)
  149. The Man from UNCLE (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 11: "The Concrete Overcoat Affair Pt. 1" .... Retirement home resident (uncredited)
  150. The Monkees (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 16: "Son of a Gypsy" .... Party guest (uncredited)
  151. Torn Curtain .... Party guest (uncredited)
  152. Way... Way Out .... Delegate (uncredited)

    1967
  153. Doctor Dolittle .... Trial spectator (uncredited)
  154. Mission Impossible (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 16: "The Reluctant Dragon" .... Prisoner (uncredited)
  155. The Graduate .... Hotel guest (uncredited)
  156. The Ballad of Josie .... Territorial delegate (uncredited)
  157. The Man from UNCLE (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 30: "The Cap and Gown Affair" .... Faculty member (uncredited)

    1968
  158. Get Smart (TV series) S. 3, Ep. 19: "99 loses Control" .... Gambler (uncredited)
  159. How Sweet It Is! .... Pool party guest (uncredited)

    1969
  160. Dragnet 1966 (TV pilot) .... Party guest (uncredited)
  161. Hello Dolly .... Restaurant patron (uncredited)
  162. The Big Valley (TV series) S. 4, Ep. 17: "Lightfoot" .... Juror (uncredited)
  163. The Reivers .... Townsman at train depot (uncredited)

    1970
  164. The Brotherhood Of The Bell (TV movie, 1970) .... White haired man (uncredited)
  165. The Cheyenne Social Club .... Bar customer (uncredited)

    1971
  166. Bedknobs and Broomsticks .... Passerby in Portobello Road (uncredited)
  167. Columbo (TV Series) episode Murder by the book .... Old man with white beard in Theatre hall (uncredited)

    1972
  168. Search (TV series) S. 1, Ep. 6: "Operation Iceman" .... Pub patron (uncredited)
  169. The War Between Men and Women .... Party guest (uncredited)

    1974
  170. Herbie Rides Again .... Man at building office presentation (uncredited)
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Re: BAKER,FRANK

Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 18:44

Officer '444' (TV serial, 1926) credited as Dago Frank
In this silent serial, he was the main henchman of a criminal named "The Frog"
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Earliest role found so far
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 18:49

Tentacles of the north (1926) credited as First mate
Another early role found, but this was a very poor copy of this silent movie adventure yarn
He must be the man on the left with the cloak
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 18:53

Four sons (1928) as A soldier
Silent war movie with the only visible picture of him, when he looks to the horizon to see if there are Germans in sight.
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 18:59

The bushranger (1928) credited? as Blair (Source: IMDb)
A man is arrested for duelling and sentenced to Van Diemen's island, where he escapes and becomes a bushranger

This silent movie is presumed to be lost. Found only a still of this picture and was lucky to find him on the picture, on the right
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 22:57

The black watch (1929) as 42nd highlander

Early adventure movie from John Ford, set in India with an English captain who goes undercover to free some British prisoners but
his regiment thinks that he is a coward but they don't know that he has a secret mission to do.
There was a remake made in the fifties, King of the Khyber rifles with Tyrone Power.
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Re: Baker, Frank

Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 23:05

Men without women (1930) as Military police man
Another early lesser known movie from director John Ford about navy divers who must clear a torpedo tube of a sunken submarine
in the waters of China.
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 23:13

Arrowsmith (1931) as Ship's captain

As said before, he was again in a John Ford production about a medical researcher named Arrowsmith, who must find a vaccin
to reduce a plague outbreak. This story looks very modern if we see the world now.
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 23:23

The masquerader (1933) as Member of the Parliament

The story is about an important parliament member who is addicted on drugs and one day he meets his cousin who is his lookalike
and he gets the idea that he has to replace him in order to get his life back on track.
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Post by van den bremt rudy » 02/08/2021, 23:30

Mandalay (1934) as Ship's first mate

Adventure movie about a woman who is abandoned by her lover but gets a job at a nightclub, things got worser and she is obliged
to take a ship in direction to Mandalay to get a new life.
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