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Dick Purcell as Captain America

Dick Purcell

Captain America Starring Dick Purcell:
B-Movie supporting star of Warner Bros. action flicks during the 1930’s & 1940’s who juggled his career playing heroes & villains in films such as “Tough Kid” (1938), “Heroes In Blue” (1939), “Irish Luck” (1939) & “King Of The Zombies” (1941). Dick, however, is best remembered for putting on a super hero costume and starring as Republic’s “Captain America” (1944) in the hugely popular 15 chapter Saturday matinee serial. Sadly, the Marvel Comics super hero, “Captain America” was to be one of Dick’s last roles as he suffered a heart attack on the 10th of April 1944, shortly after playing a round of golf.  

Dick Purcell Fact File:

Birth Name: Dick Purcell

Date Of Birth: 6th Aug. 1908

Place Of Birth:
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Date Of Death:
10th April 1944

Place Of Death: Hollywood, California, USA

Spouse:
Ethelind Terry
(March 1942 - August 1942)

Film Debut: Dick made an uncredited appearance in the James Gagney crime drama “The Doorway To Hell” (1930)

Dick Purcell as Captain America

Dick Purcell’s Top 10 Movies on VHS & DVD :

The Abe Lincoln Of Ninth Avenue(1939) VHS
Jackie Cooper plays the title character, a newsboy-by-day/law student-by-night who puts his foot down when mobsters want a piece of the action. He enlists help from his handicapped pal to clear the streets of these undesirables. With Martin Spellman and Dick Purcell. AKA: "Streets of New York." 68 min.

Irish Luck(1939) VHS
A bellhop turned amateur sleuth gets his Irish up to help exonerate a lovely lass who has been implicated in the murder of a guest at his hotel. Breezy comedy/mystery stars Frankie Darro and Dick Purcell. 58 min.

Heroes In Blue(1939) VHS
Crime yarn about brothers on the force who become sworn enemies when one of them takes up with gangsters and a racetrack murder scheme. Dick Purcell stars. 60 min.

Tough Kid(1939) VHS
Gangsters call all the shots in the boxing career of a street-toughened kid until his smarter brother steps in to set things square. Bare-knuckled urban melodrama stars Frankie Darro and Dick Purcell. 61 min.

The Bank Dick [DVD](1940) DVD
W.C. Fields is at his best as Egbert Souse, henpecked husband and layabout, who inadvertently foils bank robbers, becomes the new guard, and still manages to slip off to the Black Pussycat Cafe. Co-stars Grady Sutton, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard & Dick Purcell. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English; scene access.

King Of The Zombies(1941) VHS
Campy fun by the ton as mad doctor Henry Victor turns black workers on a remote island into automatons that follow the evil whims of Nazi subversives. With Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury and, yes, Mantan Moreland. 67 min.

"X" Marks The Spot(1942) VHS
When his policeman father is killed by crooks running a black-market rubber operation, private eye Damian O'Flynn vows to bring them to justice in this wartime crime drama. Helen Parrish, Dick Purcell co-star. 55 min.

Phantom Killer(1942) VHS
Interesting Monogram mystery with Dick Purcell as a crusading D.A. prosecuting a deaf-mute do-gooder for murder. After the man is acquitted, Purcell quits his post and tries to get the goods on the real culprit, leading to all sorts of surprises. Joan Woodbury, John Hamilton, Mantan Moreland co-star. 60 min.

In Old California(1942) VHS
Who but John Wayne could get away with playing a two-fisted frontier pharmacist? The Duke must trade his pestle for a pistol, though, when he helps some settlers overcome the corrupt gunman who controls their lives. Albert Dekker, Binnie Barnes, Edgar Kennedy & Dick Purcell also star. 88 min.

The Old Texas Trail(1944) VHS
When a group of devious saddle tramps tries to strong-arm their way into running a stagecoach line, Rod Cameron, Fuzzy Knight and their good guy pardners try to put the brakes on their nasty scheme. Virginia Christine and country singer Merle Travis also star. Also, this film marked the final appearance of Dick Purcell of "Captain America" fame. 60 min.

 

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