THE TWO PAULS

There are two actors I like a lot,but if you showed me their photos,I’d be hard pressed to say who’se who.

Paul Stewart and Paul Kelly were born 10 years apart in New York.

Both were top supporting players,with occasional leading roles. Paul Kelly (1899-1956) was in scores of films (half a dozen in each of the years 1936,37 and 38,for example). Both could be on the side of law and order, or be hardened criminals.

Paul Stewart (1908-1986) was a founder member of the Mercury Players and only made about a dozen films in the 1940s, but was active till 1985. He was in the famous WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast. He once said,”People know my face,but not my name.” He could be sinister (Kiss Me Deadly),or sympathetic (Hell on Frisco Bay).

 

Alan Ladd,Paul Stewart,Edward G. Robinson

Alan Ladd,Paul Stewart,Edward G. Robinson

He was one of the stars of 1949’sTHE WINDOW, and one of the ensemble in 12 O’CLOCK HIGH (he played the doctor).
He married singer Peg La Centra in 1939. (Peg dubbed for stars like Susan Hayward and Ida Lupino).
In the 50s,he turned to directing on TV – Perry Mason,Peter Gunn among many.

Bobby Driscoll, Paul Stewart,Ruth Roman

Bobby Driscoll, Paul Stewart,Ruth Roman

Paul Stewart,Dean Jagger,   Gary Merrill, Gregory Peck

Paul Stewart,Dean Jagger, Gary Merrill, Gregory Peck

Paul Kelly’s personal history was pretty amazing. He had been a child actor from 1911 and appeared in silents.

He served two years in prison for manslaughter (he had fought with the husband of his lover and the man subsequently died). He was out of acting from 1927 till 1932,but was not shunned by either the theatre or Hollywood.He married the lady whom the fatal fight had been over and they remained married till 1940 when she died in an accident.

Paul Kelly had good roles in 3 1940s Noirs – The Glass Alibi (1946) and two in 1947 – Fear In The Night and Crossfire.

 

Paul Kelly,Ann Doran. Fear In The Night

Paul Kelly,Ann Doran. Fear In The Night

Paul Kelly,CrossFire

Paul Kelly,CrossFire

He’s a detective in both The Glass Alibi (trying to help his childhood friend,Douglas Fowley) and in Fear In The Night (the brother-in-law of the troubled DeForest Kelley).
He also has a couple of great scenes in Crossfire as the strange husband of Gloria Grahame.
His career was cut short with his early death in 1956.

Both fine actors, Stewart and Kelly – the two Pauls.

2 responses »

  1. That is so true about Paul Stewart! Whenever I see him I think, “Oh yeah, it’s THAT guy.” Thanks to your post, I will remember his name.

    I also didn’t know much about Paul Kelly, and didn’t realize he was a child actor in the silent era.

    I’m feeling like a real smarty pants, now that I have all this info. 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment. Two good actors who deserve some recognition for their acting ability. I hope I get it right the next time I see one of them!

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