Classic Film Club


Walter Connolly

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  • (Walter Connolly in Libeled Lady, 1936)



Walter Connolly was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1887.

In 1916, he made his Broadway debut and appeared in 22 productions through 1935.

His first silent feature was for Schubert Film in 1914, at the age of 27.   Connolly appeared in one more feature the following year and then did not return to the medium until after the advent of “talkies” in 1930.   By this time, he was 43 years old and would specialize as a character actor portraying wealthy businessmen.

He appeared in 47 films between 1930 and 1939.

Connolly married the stage actress Nedda Harrigan in 1923.   They raised one child.

He died of a stroke in 1940, in New York City.   He was 53 years old.



Lady for a Day

Lady for a Day
  • Lady for a Day
  • 1933
  • An old woman, forced to the streets during the Great Depression, still holds on to her old life in letters to her long absent daughter - at least until her daughter writes that she is getting married and soon arriving with her fiancé and his parents.   Directed by Frank Capra.

It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night
  • It Happened One Night
  • 1934
  • Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert sparkle in this romantic comedy about love found on the road. Frank Capra directs.

Twentieth Century

Twentieth Century
  • Twentieth Century
  • 1934
  • A self-aggrandizing stage producer coaxes a lingerie model to stardom. She ultimately leaves him and he must win her back to save his production company. Howard Hawks directs John Barrymore and Carole Lombard.

Libeled Lady

Libeled Lady
  • Libeled Lady
  • 1936
  • A wealthy socialite sues a newspaper for libel. An ace reporter is hired to lure her into an illicit romance in hopes of getting the suit dropped. William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy and Jeanne Harlow star.

The Good Earth

The Good Earth
  • The Good Earth
  • 1937
  • Paul Muni and Luise Rainer star in an adaptation of Pearl Buck's classic novel about a Chinese farmer and his wife who struggle to survive drought and famine during the 1920s.
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