Leon Ames

  1. Lionel Barrymore, It’s a Wonderful Life,  1946.
  2. Tom Tully, Almost A Bride (ex-A Kiss for Corliss), 1949.   Change of Shirley Temple’s father and, indeed, the ,title (for legal reasons) in  the major flop that ended Shirley’s  career at age 21 – after 58 movies.   Although based on one  of the Corliss Archer books, the script leaned backwards to her Cary Grant hit, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, 1948.  Except this time the older man she fancied was David Niven – in the final film of his Samuel Goldwyn contract.
  3. Louis Calhern, Two Weeks With Love, 1950.  Jane Powell’s father –  Horatio Robinson  no less – went from  Ames to Calhern in MGM’s  lightweight frolic for the just-as-lightweight Powell. This was her  favourite movie – yes,  rather than, say,  Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. 
  4. Paul Fix, Giant, 1955.


 Birth year: 1902Death year: 1993Other name: Casting Calls:  4