Character actor, Roy Barcroft, was born Howard Clifford Ravenscroft on Sep 7, 1902 in Crab Orchard, NE. Barcroft died at the age of 67 on Nov 28, 1969 in Woodland Hills, CA .
The tall, solid, dark-haired, often mustachioed western villain who always looked as if he meant business, Barcroft's florid features were probably punched more often by cowboy heroes, especially in Republic 'B' features of the 1940s, than those of any other actor. After service in World War I, the man from Crab Orchard, Nebraska, or Weeping Water, Texas (according to which biographer you believe) tried a career as a clarinetist before settling into scores of films. In later years, he grew a bushy white beard for more sympathetic character roles. An infected leg wound led to his death from cancer.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).
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Nick Kovacs: We grab it... and burn it!
Stash: And sell the ashes?
Nick Kovacs: Where can we sell anything? We grab it and burn it! If shipment don't get to where she go, then they don't pay for it. And then ten thousand dollars is still ten thousand dollars waiting for us in one big bunch.
Mary Cook: How did you get so many people to attend our dance?
Gil Carse: They all owe me money or hope to.
Capt. Mephisto: You wouldn't dare trick me?
Prof. William Forrest: Trick you? I'd kill you if I thought I could escape afterwards! As it is, I'm obeying orders.
Capt. Mephisto: Don't tax my patience too far!
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