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Leon Ames is a Actor American born on 20 january 1902 at Portland (USA)

Leon Ames

Leon Ames
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Birth name Harry Wycoff
Nationality USA
Birth 20 january 1902 at Portland (USA)
Death 12 october 1993 (at 91 years) at Laguna Beach (USA)

Leon Ames (January 20, 1902 – October 12, 1993) was an American film and television actor. He is best remembered for playing father figures in such films as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) with Judy Garland as one of his daughters, Little Women (1949), On Moonlight Bay (1951) and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). The fathers whom Ames portrayed were often somewhat stuffy and exasperated by the younger generation, but ultimately kind and understanding. His most famous role came as DA Kyle Sackett from the film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

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Filmography of Leon Ames (101 films)

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Peggy Sue Got Married, 1h43
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Time travel films
Actors Kathleen Turner, Nicolas Cage, Don Murray, Barbara Harris, Joan Allen, Jim Carrey
Roles Barney Alvorg
Rating63% 3.1984253.1984253.1984253.1984253.198425
Peggy Sue Bodell sets off for her 25-year high school reunion in 1985, albeit hesitantly, with her daughter, Beth, who goes along as company. Peggy Sue has just separated from her high school sweetheart, now husband, Charlie, and is wary of attending the reunion because of everyone questioning her about his absence as they have been married since Peggy Sue became pregnant right after graduation. Peggy has dressed like they used to when they were back in high school, unlike everyone else who is dressed in current eighties attire.
Jake Speed
Jake Speed (1986)
, 1h40
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about slavery, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Wayne Crawford, Dennis Christopher, Karen Kopins, John Hurt, Leon Ames, Roy London
Roles Pop Winston
Rating52% 2.605442.605442.605442.605442.60544
In Paris, a girl named Maureen Winston (Becca C. Ashley) is abducted by two evil-looking men. While her family prays for her safe return, Maureen's father heaps guilt on her sister Margaret (Karen Kopins), since she convinced her to go see the world. However, Margaret's grandfather (Leon Ames) has an idea: call for Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford) to go and rescue her. One problem exists: Jake Speed is a character in a series of 40's-style pulp fiction novels.
Testament (1983)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Action
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Jane Alexander, William Devane, Ross Harris, Roxana Zal, Lukas Haas, Leon Ames
Roles Henry Abhart
Rating69% 3.495083.495083.495083.495083.49508
The Wetherly family—husband Tom (William Devane), wife Carol (Jane Alexander), and children Brad (Ross Harris), Mary Liz (Roxana Zal), and Scottie (Lukas Haas) -- live in the fictional suburb of Hamelin, California, within a 90-minute drive of San Francisco, where Tom works.
Just You and Me, Kid, 1h33
Directed by Leonard B. Stern
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Brooke Shields, George Burns, Burl Ives, Ray Bolger, Lorraine Gary, Christopher Knight
Roles Manduke the Magnificent
Rating60% 3.0004553.0004553.0004553.0004553.000455
Bill (George Burns) is an elderly ex-vaudevillian performer who lives alone. He awakens to a special alarm clock. Along the way, Bill looks at photographs of his deceased wife. After breakfast, Bill goes to the supermarket. Inside the market, Bill interacts in a friendly way with two employees, charming them with a magic trick.
Sherlock Holmes in New York, 1h34
Directed by Boris Sagal, Paul Baxley
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Roger Moore, Patrick Macnee, John Huston, Charlotte Rampling, David Huddleston, Signe Hasso
Roles Daniel Furman
Rating58% 2.905522.905522.905522.905522.90552
The great detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted companion Dr. John Watson travel to New York City to investigate a recent threat made by Professor Moriarty.
Timber Tramps, 1h28
Directed by Tay Garnett
Origin USA
Genres Adventure
Actors Claude Akins, Leon Ames, Eve Brent, Joseph Cotten, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero
Roles Deacon
Rating56% 2.8347352.8347352.8347352.8347352.834735
That's Entertainment!, 2h15
Directed by Jack Haley Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities, Musical films, Documentary films about films
Actors Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli
Roles (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating77% 3.895763.895763.895763.895763.89576
Cette nostalgique leçon d'histoire recèle les trésors cachés des plus grandes comédies musicales de la MGM ainsi que de nombreux autres extraits merveilleux mais moins célèbres, avec Esther Williams, Jimmy Durante, Eleanor Powell et même Clark Gable chantant et dansant. « Il était une fois Hollywood » est une véritable gourmandise pour cinéphiles et amateurs de comédies musicales.
Hammersmith Is Out, 1h48
Directed by Peter Ustinov
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Beau Bridges, George Raft, Leon Ames
Roles General Sam Pembroke
Rating59% 2.9554352.9554352.9554352.9554352.955435
Billy Breedlove (Beau Bridges) is an orderly at a Texas psychiatric hospital. He simultaneously falls under the spell of two people: a blonde waitress at a local diner named Jimmie Jean Jackson (Elizabeth Taylor) and an allegedly sociopathic hospital patient named Hammersmith (Richard Burton), who is restrained in a straitjacket within a locked cell.
Tora! Tora! Tora!, 2h24
Directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Jason Robards
Roles Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox
Rating74% 3.7474853.7474853.7474853.7474853.747485
In 1941, the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Sō Yamamura) and his predecessor, Zengo Yoshida (Junya Usami), discuss America's embargo that starves Japan of raw materials. While both agree that a war with the United States would be a complete disaster, army hotheads and politicians push through an alliance with Germany and start planning for war. With the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, Yamamoto orders the planning of a preventive strike, believing Japan's only hope is to annihilate the American Pacific fleet at the outset of hostilities.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, 2h9
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Bob Newhart, Jack Nicholson
Roles Burt Clews
Rating63% 3.199183.199183.199183.199183.19918
At the behest of her ultra-conservative fiancé Warren, scatterbrained five-pack-a-day chain smoker and clairvoyant Daisy Gamble attends a class taught by psychiatrist Marc Chabot for help in kicking her habit. While undergoing hypnosis, it is discovered she is the reincarnation of Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees, a seductive 18th century coquette who was born the illegitimate daughter of a kitchen maid. She acquired the paternity records of the children housed in the orphanage where her mother worked and used the information to blackmail their wealthy fathers. She eventually married nobleman Robert Tentrees during the period of the English Regency, then was tried for espionage and treason after he abandoned her.
The Monkey's Uncle, 1h27
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Children's films
Actors Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Frank Faylen, Arthur O'Connell, Alan Hewitt
Roles Judge Holmsby
Rating60% 3.0042453.0042453.0042453.0042453.004245
Midvale College is told that a wealthy man, Mr. Astorbilt (Arthur O'Connell), will give a large donation, but he has a strange request — he challenges the school to build a man-powered flying machine. If they succeed by a certain date, they get the donation, otherwise it will go to a rival school.
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, 1h31
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Stuart Erwin, Alan Hewitt, Connie Gilchrist
Roles Judge Holmsby / Lex Fortas
Rating63% 3.154433.154433.154433.154433.15443
Midvale College student Merlin Jones (Tommy Kirk), who is always involved with mind experiments, designs a helmet that connects to an electroencephalographic tape that records mental activity. He is brought before Judge Holmby (Leon Ames) for wearing the helmet while driving and his license is suspended. Merlin returns to the lab and discovers accidentally that his new invention enables him to read minds.
Son of Flubber, 1h40
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety, Tom Leetch, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films
Actors Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Ed Wynn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Kirk
Roles Rufus Daggett
Rating61% 3.0507853.0507853.0507853.0507853.050785
Professor Ned Brainard's discovery of Flubber has not quite brought him or his college the riches he thought. The Pentagon has declared his discovery to be top secret and the IRS has slapped him with a huge tax bill, even if he has yet to receive a cent. He thinks he may have found the solution in the form of "Flubbergas," (the "son" of Flubber) which can change the weather. His wife Betsy becomes fed up with all the stress and starts separating from him, and the professor's old rival Shelby starts trying to woo her again. Brainard's experiments continue, by making it rain inside people's houses, as well as in Shelby's car too while he's driving, which causes him to get into an accident with a police car. It also helps Medfield College's football team to win a game, but it also has one unfortunate side effect: It shatters glass, which eventually places Brainard on the lam. At home, his wife Betsy is jealous of the attention lavished on him by an old high school girlfriend. On trial, Ned's future seems hopeless, until a farmer shows the court that his crops grew extra large because of Ned's experiment, which the farmer names "Dry Rain", and the professor is acquitted, and he and Betsy are reunited.
The Absent-Minded Professor, 1h37
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about education, Sports films, Comedy science fiction films, Basketball films, Children's films
Actors Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Leon Ames, Wally Brown, Elliott Reid
Roles President Rufus Daggett
Rating67% 3.3974453.3974453.3974453.3974453.397445
Professor Brainard (pronounced BRAY-nerd) is an absent-minded professor of physical chemistry at Medfield College who invents a substance that gains energy when it strikes a hard surface. This discovery follows some blackboard scribbling in which he reverses a sign in the equation for enthalpy to energy plus pressure times volume. Brainard names his discovery Flubber, which is a portmanteau of "flying rubber." In the excitement of his discovery, he misses his own wedding to Betsy Carlisle, not for the first time. Subplots include another professor wooing the disappointed Miss Carlisle, Biff Hawk's ineligibility for basketball due to failing Brainard's class, Alonzo Hawk's schemes to gain wealth by means of Flubber, the school's financial difficulties and debt to Mr. Hawk, and Brainard's attempts to interest the government and military in uses for Flubber.