Friday, April 6, 2012

From my collection: Basil Walker, Frank Wolf

Basil Walker was a photographer's and clothes model (arrow collar?) prior to obtaining a contract with 20th Century-Fox in late 1940. Amusingly, a casting notice picked up by the wire services mistook the gender of Mr. Walker. Which led to the following statement: “Another hopeful clothes model has left New York for Hollywood. Miss Walker [sic] has signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox, which studio will attempt to build her up to starring proportions.” That, of course, never happened but Mr. Walker was still under contract with Fox when the portrait above was listed in the 1946 Academy Players guide. The question remains though: Why would anyone think that anyone named Basil Walker would be a girl, Sidney Fox notwithstanding?

Frank Wolf (who spells his name “Wolfe” in his Academy Players listing) was under contract to 20th Century-Fox as well in 1946 but he did even less than Basil Walker, “playing” bellboy, nightclub patron and “minor role” in his three listed movies respectively: Three Little Girls in Blue (1946), The Razor's Edge (1946) and The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947).

No comments:

Post a Comment