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  • Private Hell 36

  • My Son, John

  • Dive Bomber

  • Johnny Tremain

  • The Letter

  • The Greatest Show on Earth

  • Jolson Sings Again

  • The Phantom Planet

  • Dark Victory

  • The Great Locomotive Chase

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David Newell Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Makeup
  • Born: Jan 23, 1905
  • Died: Jan 25, 1980

Handsome, wavy-haired actor David Newell was signed by Paramount Pictures during the industry switchover to talkies. Newell played large roles in such Paramount productions as Hole in the Wall and Dangerous Curves (1929), and made a guest appearance in the all-star Paramount on Parade (1930). For obscure reasons, he failed to catch on, and by the end of the 1930s was making do with bits and extra roles. One of his more famous uncredited assignments was as murder-victim Geoffrey Hammond in the 1940 remake of The Letter; director William Wyler forced the actor to tumble down a flight of stairs ten times then edited the scene so severely that all the audience saw of Newell were his feet. In 1954, David Newell gave up performing to become a makeup artist at Walt Disney studios, where he worked on such productions as Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956), The Great Locomotive Chase (1956), Johnny Tremain (1957), and TV's The Mickey Mouse Club (1955-1959). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi