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FRANK ORTH BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Frank Orth was born on February 21st, 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His career as an entertainer began by performing in vaudeville in 1897.  He performed along with his only wife, Ann Codee and they were billed as Codee and Orth.
 
Along with performing live he also began experimenting with song writing and released such songs as, "The Phone Bell Rang" and "Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie".

In 1928 he began to break into the film industry appearing in a number of film shorts with Warner Brothers Studios such as, "42nd Street" (1928) starring Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, George Brent, Bebe Daniels, Una Merkel, Allen Jenkins, Guy Kibbee, Louise Beavers, Lyle Talbot, George Irving, Charles Lane and Ginger Rogers, "Meet the Wife" (1929) co-starring Ann Codee and Joseph Bernard, "A Bird in the Hand" (1929) also starring Lois Wilson, Jason Robards Sr., Ann Codee, Dot Farley and Roy D'Arcy and "Meine Frau" (1929) with Ann Codee and Walter Dreher.
 
In 1937 he was cast in his first major role in the western film, "Prairie Thunder" starring Dick Foran, Ellen Clancy, Wilfred Lucas and Yakima Canutt.  More prominent roles he added to his resume over the course of his career included roles in the films, "His Girl Friday" (1940) starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, John Qualen, Billy Gilbert, Regis Toomey, Roscoe Karns, Porter Hall and Gene Lockhart, "Father is a Prince" (1940) with Grant Mitchell and Nana Bryant, "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941) starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, John Litel, Sydney Greenstreet, Regis Toomey, Hattie McDaniel, Minor Watson, Charlie Grapewin, Anthony Quinn and Gene Lockhart, "The Magnificent Dope" (1942) starring Henry Fonda, Lynn Bari and Edward Everett Horton, "Storm Over Lisbon" (1944) starring Vera Ralston, Richard Arlen and Erich von Stroheim, "It's Great to be Young" (1946) starring Leslie Brooks, Jimmy Lloyd, Jeff Donnell, Bob Haymes, Jack Williams, Jack Fina, Frank Orth, Ann Codee, Pat Yankee, Frank Sully and Milton Delugg, "The Big Clock" (1948) also starring Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Elsa Lanchester, Charles Laughton, Harry Morgan, Noel Neill, George Macready and Richard Webb, "Father of the Bride" (1950) starring alongside Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, and Leo G. Carroll and "Double Dynamite" (1951) with Jane Russell, Groucho Marx and Frank Sinatra.

As his career progressed his most well known role was in the television series, "Boston Blackie" staring Kent Taylor, and portraying Inspector Faraday.  He also had recurring roles in the Dr. Kildare series (with Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore) and also the Nancy Drew series.  Other television appearances included, "The Silver Theatre", "Adventures of Superman", "It's a Great Life" and "The Brothers".  

In 1959 he underwent throat surgery and then retired from the industry after appearing in the television series, "Fibber McGee and Molly".  His wife passed away in 1961 and one year later he passed away on March 17th, 1962 in Hollywood, California.  His remains are buried alongside his wife in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.  


Filmography

1959         Fibber McGee and Molly 
1957         Captain David Grief 
1957         Hold That Hypnotist
1956         The Brothers
1956         It's a Great Life
1955         Not as a Stranger
1953         Here Come the Girls
1953         Houdini
1951-1953     Boston Blackie 
1952         Adventures of Superman
1952         Something to Live For
1951         Double Dynamite
1951         The Bigelow Theatre 
1950         The Petty Girl
1950         Father of the Bride
1950         The Silver Theatre
1950         Cheaper by the Dozen
1950         The Great Rupert
1949         Bride for Sale
1949         Red Light
1949         Make Believe Ballroom
1948         Blondie's Secret
1948         Family Honeymoon
1948         The Girl from Manhattan
1948         So This Is New York
1948         Fury at Furnace Creek
1948         The Big Clock
1947         It Had to Be You
1947         Gas House Kids in Hollywood
1947         Mother Wore Tights
1947         Heartaches
1947         The Guilt of Janet Ames
1947         Lady in the Lake
1947         Born to Speed
1946         The Show-Off
1946         Wake Up and Dream
1946         It's Great to Be Young
1946         The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
1946         The Well-Groomed Bride
1946         The Bride Wore Boots
1946         Murder in the Music Hall
1946         The Hoodlum Saint
1946         Blondie's Lucky Day
1946         Colonel Effingham's Raid
1945         Doll Face
1945         The Lost Weekend
1945         She Went to the Races
1945         The Dolly Sisters
1945         Tell It to a Star
1945         Wonder Man
1945         Pillow to Post
1945         I Was a Criminal
1944         Carolina Blues
1944         Storm Over Lisbon
1944         Tall in the Saddle
1944         Greenwich Village
1944         The Impatient Years
1944         Wilson
1944         Summer Storm
1944         Roger Touhy, Gangster
1944         Buffalo Bill
1943         Sweet Rosie O'Grady
1943         Coney Island
1943         The Ox-Bow Incident
1943         Hello Frisco, Hello
1943         The Meanest Man in the World
1942         Over My Dead Body
1942         Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
1942         Springtime in the Rockies
1942         Orchestra Wives
1942         Tales of Manhattan
1942         Footlight Serenade
1942         Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
1942         The Magnificent Dope
1942         Henry and Dizzy
1942         My Gal Sal
1942         To the Shores of Tripoli
1942         Rings on Her Fingers
1942         Roxie Hart
1942         Dr. Kildare's Victory
1942         Right to the Heart
1942         Blue, White and Perfect
1941         Unholy Partner
1941         They Died with Their Boots On
1941         Skylark
1941         I Wake Up Screaming
1941         Navy Blues
1941         Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
1941         Kisses for Breakfast
1941         Sergeant York
1941         Broadway Limited
1941         The Great American Broadcast
1941         The People vs. Dr. Kildare
1941         Ride on Vaquero
1941         Road Show
1941         The Strawberry Blonde
1941         Come Live with Me
1941         Let's Make Music
1941         Respect the Law 
1940         Michael Shayne: Private Detective
1940         You, the People 
1940         Dr. Kildare's Crisis
1940         Father Is a Prince
1940         Gallant Sons
1940         Mexican Spitfire Out West
1940         The Bride Wore Crutches
1940         Dr. Kildare Goes Home
1940         Boom Town
1940         Buyer Beware
1940         Pier 13
1940         Gold Rush Maisi
1940         Brother Orchid
1940         Florian
1940         La Conga Nights
1940         The Doctor Takes a Wife
1940         'Til We Meet Again
1940         Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
1940         Know Your Money
1940         His Girl Friday
1939         The Secret of Dr. Kildare
1939         At the Circus
1939         Fast and Furious
1939         Dust Be My Destiny
1939         Thunder Afloat
1939         Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
1939         Stanley and Livingstone
1939         Young Mr. Lincoln
1939         Tell No Tales
1939         Calling Dr. Kildare
1939         Broadway Serenade
1939         Winner Take All
1939         Society Lawyer
1939         Within the Law
1939         Nancy Drew... Reporter
1939         Fast and Loose
1939         Idiot's Delight
1939         Burn 'Em Up O'Connor
1939         King of the Underworld
1938         Comet Over Broadway
1938         Nancy Drew -- Detective
1938         Young Dr. Kildare
1938         Mr. Chump
1938         Think It Over 
1938         Little Miss Thoroughbred
1938         Torchy Blane in Panama
1938         The Patient in Room 18
1937         Missing Witnesses
1937         Submarine D-1
1937         Prairie Thunder
1937         The Footloose Heiress
1937         The Devil's Saddle Legion
1937         San Quentin
1937         Talent Scout
1937         Marry the Girl
1937         Ever Since Eve
1937         Fly Away Baby
1937         Land Beyond the Law
1936         Polo Joe
1936         Hot Money
1936         Two Against the World
1935         The Payoff
1935         Unwelcome Stranger
1933         Trouble Indemnity 
1931         The Bitter Half
1931         Sleepy Head
1931         The Painter
1931         On the Job
1931         Dumb Luck
1930         Taking Ways 
1930         The Victim 
1930         The Salesman
1930         Imagine My Embarassment
1929         Meine Frau
1929         Music Hath Charms 
1929         A Bird in the Hand
1929         Stranded in Paris
1929         Meet the Wife
1928         42nd Street 





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