Thursday, April 5, 2012

From my collection: Leonard East, Ted Plummer

Leonard East joined William Brooks (Ching) and Milburn Stone as Jon Hall's trio of friends in the 1947 Universal-International western Michigan Kid, a sort of latter-day Three Mesqueteers plus one congregation. He was also in Danger Woman (1946) and Song of Sheherazade (1947), as a midshipman, but that seems to have been it for this Universal stock player.

The March 24, 1946 edition of the San Antonio Express proudly proclaimed that


Ted Plummer, 22-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Plummer, of 2435 Leal St., will soon begin a career as a motion picture actor with 20th Century-Fox Studios in Hollywood. Young Plummer's first acting role will be the portrayal of a gallant in the court of Charles II in ,the forthcoming costume epic, Forever Amber. A native of San Antonio, Plummer was recently discharged from the Royal Canadian Airforce with the rank of flight officer after participating in 35-combat missions
over Europe as a radio operator- gunner. While stationed in England, Plummer met Peggy Cummins, the Irish actress who will play
"Amber" in the film, at the Stagedoor Canteen in London. After Plummer's discharge from the R.C.A.F. and a short visit with his parents here, he went to Hollywood, where he signed up with a Little Theater.- Within a week he had received offers of acting contracts from three Hollywood studios. Because of his lack of acting experience, young Plummer is currently being trained in his new career by 20th Century-Fox drama coaches. Plummer graduated from Vocational and Technical High School in June, 1941, and shortly thereafter joined the R.C.A.F.

Ted Plummer should probably have chosen one of the other companies offering contracts: Neither he, nor indeed Miss Cummins, ended up in the released version of Forever Amber (1947), she deemed too inexperienced to play the wanton wench and the role instead going to more veteran contract player Lindas Darnell. What happened to young Plummer remains a mystery to this writer, alas.

Any information regarding these three performers from either themselves or surviving relatives will be very appreciated!

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