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William Austin is a Actor and Editor British born on 12 june 1884 at Georgetown (Guyana)

William Austin

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Birth name William Crosby Piercy Austin
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 12 june 1884 at Georgetown (Guyana)
Death 15 june 1975 (at 91 years) at Newport Beach (USA)

William Austin (12 June 1884 – 15 June 1975) was an English character actor.


William Austin was born on a sugar plantation in Georgetown in British Guiana (now Guyana). On the death of his father he was brought to England to complete his education. He later filled a business post in Shanghai and on being sent to San Francisco by the company he worked for, he decided to stay in America and take up acting on the stage and later in films. He appeared in many American films and serials between the 1920s and the 1940s, though the vast majority of his roles were small and uncredited. He was the brother of actor Albert Austin.

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Lloyd Corrigan
Lloyd Corrigan
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James Hall
James Hall
(6 films)
Kay Francis
Kay Francis
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of William Austin (78 films)

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National Velvet, 2h3
Directed by Clarence Brown
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film
Actors Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Reginald Owen
Roles Reporter (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.6489353.6489353.6489353.6489353.648935
National Velvet is the story of a 12-year-old girl, Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), who lives in the small town of Sewels in Sussex, England, who wins a spirited gelding in a raffle and decides to train him for the Grand National steeplechase. She is aided by a penniless young drifter named Mi (or Michael) Taylor (Mickey Rooney), who found Mrs. Brown's name and address among his late father's effects, but is unaware of what it was doing there. Hoping to gain some money from the association, Mi stays at the Browns' home, but Mrs. Brown is unwilling to allow Mi to trade on his father's good name and remains vague about how she knew him. Nevertheless she convinces her husband (Donald Crisp) to hire Mi over his better judgment, and Mi is brought into the home as a hired hand. It is revealed that Mi had been a jockey in Manchester, but his career ended in a collision which resulted in the death of another jockey. Since then Mi has not held a job, and he has come to hate horses. Velvet's horse is named "The Pie," short for "Pirate," the epithet given him by his owner due to the horse jumping clear of his paddock and wrecking things in the village. The man decides to be rid of the Pie, and offers him up in a raffle. Velvet wins The Pie, and on realizing the extent of the horses natural talent, she pleads with Mi to train the horse for the Grand National. He believes it a fools errand, not because of the horse, but because they have no real way to support the effort. He makes his case to Mrs. Brown, but she consents to Velvet's desire to train the horse. Velvet and Mi train the horse and enter him into the race. An experienced jockey is hired to ride him. The night before the race Velvet senses that the jockey hired to ride The Pie has no faith in him, and doesn't believe the horse can win. Velvet convinces Mi to fire the jockey, leaving them without a rider. That night Mi determines to overcome his fears and ride The Pie himself. Instead, he discovers that Velvet has slipped on the jockey's colors, and intends to ride the horse in the race herself. Aware of the dangers of such a race, Mi pleads with Velvet but is unable to dissuade her. As the race unfolds Velvet and The Pie avoid a number of falls, clear all the hurdles and win the race. Elated by their win, Velvet faints and falls off her mount at the finish. As she is revived the race doctor realizes she is not a young man, but a young woman. As such she and The Pie are disqualified, but Velvet knows The Pie proved himself. Velvet becomes a media sensation, declining an offer of £5,000 to travel to Hollywood with The Pie to be filmed. She ran the Pie at the Grand National because he deserved to have a chance. He wasn't an oddity to be stared at. In refusing the offer she states simply: "He wouldn't like being looked at." At the close of the film Mi takes his leave, and Mrs. Brown gives Velvet permission to reveal to him the nature of her relationship with his father. Velvet rides off to catch up with Mi and tell him that his father had been Mrs. Brown's coach when she won the prize as the first woman to swim the English Channel, many years before.
Batman (1943)
, 4h20
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Politique, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Batman films, Superhero films, Zombie films, Political films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson, Knox Manning, William Austin
Roles Alfred
Rating63% 3.1986753.1986753.1986753.1986753.198675
Batman and Robin struggle against Dr. Daka, a Japanese scientist and agent of Hirohito who has invented a device that turns people into pseudo-zombies and has a base in a funhouse of horrors in a Japanese area of the city. Daka makes several attempts to defeat the Dynamic Duo before finally falling to his death when Robin hits the wrong switch, opening a trapdoor to a pit of crocodiles.
The Return of the Vampire, 1h9
Directed by Lew Landers
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film
Actors Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Miles Mander, Roland Varno, William Austin
Roles Detective Gannett
Rating61% 3.099993.099993.099993.099993.09999
The film begins with Sir Fredrick Fleet (Miles Mander): The following events are taken from the notes of Professor Walter Saunders of King’s College, Oxford...
Charley's Aunt, 1h20
Directed by Archie Mayo
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Jack Benny, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter, James Ellison, Edmund Gwenn, Reginald Owen
Roles Spectator
Rating69% 3.4890353.4890353.4890353.4890353.489035
Babbs, Charley et Jack, étudiants à Oxford, forment un trio que rien n'arrête. Charley et Jack rêvant d'obtenir Un rendez-vous avec deux jeunes filles, il leur faut un chaperon. Les 3 compères ne trouvent rien de mieux que de déguiser Babbs en femme et de prétendre qu'il est la tante de Charley....
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1h25
Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino, George Zucco, Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson
Roles Inquisitive Stranger
Rating73% 3.69583.69583.69583.69583.6958
The film begins with Moriarty and Holmes verbally sparring on the steps outside the Old Bailey where Moriarty has just been acquitted on a charge of murder due to lack of evidence. Holmes remarks, "You've a magnificent brain, Moriarty. I admire it. I admire it so much I'd like to present it, pickled in alcohol, to the London Medical Society". "It would make an impressive exhibit", replies Moriarty.
Doctor Rhythm, 1h20
Directed by Frank Tuttle
Origin USA
Actors Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle, Andy Devine, Beatrice Lillie, Rufe Davis, Laura Hope Crews
Roles Mr. Martingale
Rating59% 2.9663052.9663052.9663052.9663052.966305
Dr. Bill Remsen (Bing Crosby) helps cover for his ailing policeman friend (Andy Devine) and takes the policeman's latest assignment as the bodyguard for a quirky but wealthy matron Mrs. Lorelei Dodge-Blodgett (Bea Lillie). Soon Bill falls in love with the lady's beautiful niece (Mary Carlisle). When the older woman becomes the target of thieves, Bill is able to thwart their efforts.
Renfrew of the Royal Mounted, 57minutes
Directed by Albert Herman
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Carol Hughes, Kenneth Harlan, Dickie Jones, Chief Thundercloud, William Austin, Donald Reed
Roles Constable Holly
Rating58% 2.929182.929182.929182.929182.92918
In the summer of 1937, a dangerous gang of counterfeiters are transporting illegal money from the United States into Canada concealed inside frozen trout. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police assures the United States Treasury officials that they will cooperate fully in helping to apprehend the criminals. RCMP Constable MacDonald is sent out to assist in the investigation. While riding near Deer Lake, he sees a suspicious Indian rowing a canoe. When he calls to him, the Indian flees into the woods. MacDonald investigates the strange block of ice left behind and soon discovers the counterfeit money hidden inside the frozen trout. The Indian Pierre, who works for the counterfeiters, sees what has happened and kills MacDonald with a deadly throw of a knife.
The Garden Murder Case, 1h1
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Edmund Lowe, Henry B. Walthall, Virginia Bruce, Gene Lockhart, Charles Trowbridge, Douglas Walton
Roles Sneed, Hammle's Butler (Uncredited)
Rating61% 3.0513.0513.0513.0513.051
Society swell and dilettante detective Philo Vance investigates a number of murders, beginning with the apparent suicide of a jockey during a "gentleman's race", which is followed by the sudden collapse of his father, Dr. Garden, supposedly from the shock of his son's death. Then, Edgar Lowe Hammle, who seems to be at the center of much of the intriguing going on in his mansion, is shot dead. At first suicide is suspected, until Vance notices that there's no powder burns on the body. From the choice of the weapon used, Vance suspects that one of the women involved is the murderer, but when questioned each of them tries to throw suspicion on one of the others.
$1000 a Minute, 1h10
Directed by Aubrey Scotto
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Roger Pryor, Leila Hyams, Edward Brophy, Sterling Holloway, Edgar Kennedy, Purnell Pratt
Roles Salesman
Rating63% 3.1807653.1807653.1807653.1807653.180765
A broken and pennyless newspaperman takes part in an experiment where two crazy millionaires are offering a prize of $10,000 to anyone that can spend $1,000 a minute, every minute, for 12 hours straight.
Oil For The Lamps Of China
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Pat O'Brien, Josephine Hutchinson, Jean Muir, Lyle Talbot, Arthur Byron, Donald Crisp
Roles Clerk in Chase's office
Rating64% 3.244593.244593.244593.244593.24459
Ambitious, idealistic Stephen Chase (Pat O'Brien) goes to work for the Atlantis Oil Company and is sent to a remote outpost in rural China run by "No. 1 Boss" (Arthur Byron). After a while, he feels secure enough to send for his fiancée and goes to Yokohama to meet and marry her. However, when he gets there, all that is waiting for him is a telegram, in which she explains she is unwilling to live in such a backward country.