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James Barton


b. 1 November 1890, Gloucester Town, NJ, USA, d. 19 Feb 1962, Mineola, Very long Island, NY, USA. Barton began like a song-and-dance guy in vaudeville. Barton’s Terpsichorean abilities will need to have been significant because Expenses ‘Bojangles’ Robinson recognized his debt towards the lesser-known dancer. Barton made an appearance inside a silent film, Why Ladies Remarry (1923) and within the 30s and early 40s performed little bit parts or small roles in a number of films. Among they were His Family members Tree (1935), Hideaway Young lady (1936, which presented Robert Cummings, Martha Raye and Shirley Ross), as well as the Shepherd FROM THE Hillsides (1941, a brooding crisis starring John Wayne). A well-remembered part of Barton’s was as barroom client Package Carson in ENOUGH TIME YOU WILL EVER HAVE (1948), a film edition of William Saroyan’s play. He previously a supporting part in the trendy western Yellowish Sky (1949, starring Gregory Peck), and in the turn-of-the-century musical The Girl Of Rosie O’Grady (1950, starring June Haver and Gordon MacRae). Also in 1950, Barton is at Wabash Avenue, an enchanting drama with tracks and starring Betty Grable; the film was a remake of Grable’s Coney Isle (1943). He was within the Headscarf, a gloomy thriller starring John Ireland and Mercedes McCambridge, and Right here Comes The Bridegroom (both 1951). The second option film was directed by Frank Capra and starred Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman. Among visitor performances had been Louis Armstrong, Dorothy Lamour and Phil Harris; the melody, ‘In The Great, Cool, Cool FROM THE Evening’, by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, gained an Academy Award. Within the biopic Golden Gal (1951), Mitzi Gaynor portrayed nineteenth-century vocalist and showgirl Lois Crabtree with Barton as her dad. Barton’s last movies were The Nude Hillsides (1956), Quantez (1957), as well as the Misfits (1961). The last mentioned film starred Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe within their last performances in movies. Gable died prior to the film premiered, Monroe in August 1961 where period Barton was also inactive. When Barton was employed in Hollywood within the middle-30s he had been 45 and presumably his dance days were performed; even so, it is extremely unfortunate that no-one thought suit to depict this facet of his skill on film. Provided Robinson’s encomium, Barton will need to have been really worth seeing.

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Full Name James Barton
Died February 19, 1962, Mineola, New York, United States
Profession Character Actor, Vaudeville Performer
Nationality American
Spouse Kathryn Penman
Movies The Misfits, Yellow Sky, Quantez, The Shepherd of the Hills, The Time of Your Life, Here Comes the Groom, The Scarf, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, Wabash Avenue, The Naked Hills, Captain Hurricane, His Family Tree

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1 One of the first genuine jazz dancers in America, he was a genuinely versatile performer: adept at Struts, a Mooche, a knock-about dance, Military drill, a dying Swan burlesque, Ballroom dances, Ballet, Tap, Pedestal dances, Black face comedy, imitations like Charlie Chaplin, Buck and Wing, Acrobatic dance skits, challenge dances, waltzes and more.
2 Befriended fellow dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
3 Cited by Bing Crosby as one of his all-time favorite ten performers.
4 Introduced Babe Ruth to Claire Merritt Hodgson (then Claire Hodgson) before a New York Yankees-Washington Senators game in Washington. Hodgson was on tour with Barton at the time with the Broadway-bound musical "Dew Drop Inn".
5 Screen, vaudeville, and burlesque actor.



Frontier Circus 1962 TV Series Angus MacDuff
Alcoa Premiere 1962 TV Series Hobbs
Naked City 1959-1961 TV Series Tom Dobbins / Bo Giles / Matty
Adventures in Paradise 1961 TV Series Rocky
The Americans 1961 TV Series Old Goodwin
The Misfits 1961 Fletcher's Grandfather
The Loretta Young Show 1960 TV Series Ernie Clevenger
The Rifleman 1959 TV Series Matt 'Pop' Simmons
Hotel de Paree 1959 TV Series Cully Jackson
Playhouse 90 1958 TV Series Kit Carson
Studio 57 1958 TV Series Mansfield
Kraft Theatre 1954-1957 TV Series The Mock Turtle
Quantez 1957 Minstrel
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1956 TV Series Sheriff Adam Griffith
The Naked Hills 1956 Jimmo McCann
Studio One in Hollywood 1956 TV Series Joe Tinker
Lux Video Theatre 1952-1956 TV Series Waters / Uncle Ed / The Stranger
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 1955 TV Series Willie / Hugh Carmody
The Ford Television Theatre 1954 TV Series Old Man Crandall
Justice 1954 TV Series
Golden Girl 1951 John Crabtree
Here Comes the Groom 1951 William 'Pa' Jones
The Scarf 1951 Ezra Thompson
Wabash Avenue 1950 Harrigan
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 Dennis O'Grady
Yellow Sky 1948 Grandpa
The Time of Your Life 1948 Kit Carson (a cowboy also called Murphy)
The Shepherd of the Hills 1941 Old Matt Matthews
Hideaway Girl 1936 Motorcycle cop
Back to Nature 1936 Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
His Family Tree 1935 Patrick 'Bosun' Murphy
Captain Hurricane 1935 Capt. Zenas Henry Brewster
Helldorado 1935 Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
The Pest 1934 Short The Pest
The Under Dog 1930 Short The Down-and-Out Vaudeville Trouper
Pals Is Pals 1929 Short
It Happened to Him 1929 Short
After Seben 1929 Short
Moonshine 1929 Short
Why Women Remarry 1923 Don Compton



Quantez 1957 performer: "THE LONELY ONE"
The Naked Hills 1956 performer: "The Four Seasons"
Golden Girl 1951 performer: "California Moon" - uncredited
Wabash Avenue 1950 performer: "I'VE BEEN FLOATING DOWN THE OLD GREEN RIVER", "HARRIGAN" - uncredited
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 performer: "My Own True Love and I", "Winter" - uncredited
The Time of Your Life 1948 performer: "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning" 1871 - uncredited
Captain Hurricane 1935 performer: "Frühlingslied Spring Song Op.62 #6" 1842, "Keep Away"



The Whole Show 1934 Short script



The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1951 TV Series Himself
The Ed Wynn Show 1950 TV Series Himself
The Saturday Night Revue with Jack Carter 1950 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1948-1950 TV Series Himself - Actor / Himself - Vaudevillian
The Whole Show 1934 Short Himself - James Barton

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