Walter Abel

  1. Phillips Holmes, Her Man, 1929.   Abel, George Brent, Russell Gleason (whose father, James, played Steve) Russell Hardie, Dean Jagger and James Murray tested for Dan in Tay Garnett’s melo stemming from the Frankie and Johnnie song. The result is preserved by the US Library of Congress.
  2. Raymond Walburn, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, 1941.  Change of Top Rumson (sic) during the search for a new girl to conquer Broadway. She was Mary Martin. And she did. In reality, too.

  3. Lionel Barrymore, It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946.
  4. Fredric March, The Bridges At Toko-Ri, 1954.    In the Paramount frame for  William Holden’s boss,  Rear Admiral George Tarrant, were: Abel, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Pidgeon, Spencer Tracy…  even director William A Wellman, aka Wild Bill. 


 Birth year: 1898Death year: 1987Other name: Casting Calls:  4