Leonard Carey (25 February 1887 – 11 September 1977) was an English character actor who very often played butlers in Hollywood films of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. He was also active in television during the 1950s. He is perhaps best known for his role as the beach hermit, Ben, in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (1940). One of his biggest roles was as "Dusty" in the film, Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941) with John Sutton. Other memorable appearances included roles in The Awful Truth (1937), Heaven Can Wait (1943), Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951), Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) and Thunder in the East (1953). Carey retired from acting in the late 1950s. He died at aged 90 in Woodland Hills, California. His interment was at Chapel of the Pines Crematory.
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Adventures of Superman
With powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, Superman battles for truth and justice.
Thunder in the East
During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreemen...
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Lady and the Bandit
Highwayman Dick Turpin rides 200 miles to save his wife from the gallows in 18th-century England.
Mary Herries has a passion for art and fine furniture. Even though she is getting on in years, she enjoys being around these priceless articles. One day she meets a strange young painter named Elcott,...
In 17th-century England, Charles II, the rightful heir to the kingdom, is driven from his country by militants working for rogue leader Oliver Cromwell. Charles ends up in the Netherlands, where he fa...
England, 1763. After being convicted of a crime, the young and beautiful Abigail Hale agrees, to escape the gallows, to serve fourteen years as a slave in the colony of Virginia, whose inhabitants beg...
Tomorrow Is Forever
In 1918, Elizabeth MacDonald learns that her husband, John Andrew, was killed in the war. Elizabeth is married to her boss and is the mother of John's son. John has not been known to her, but he is ba...
Heaven Can Wait
Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets He...
This Above All
In 1940 England, aristocratic Prudence Cathaway alarms her snobbish parents by joining the WAF service branch. She soon meets and falls in love with the brooding Clive Briggs, despite his prejudice ag...
The Affairs of Martha
Members of a well-to-do small community become worried when it is revealed that one of their maids is writing a telling exposé.
J. P. Courtney wants to update the music on the radio program he sponsors, but his wife, Agatha Courtney, is the final authority and addicted to the classics and won't allow him to replace Professor B...
West Point Widow
In this romance, a hospital nurse marries a West Point football hero. She soon gets pregnant, but this doesn't stop her from annulling the marriage so as not to interfere with her husband's military c...
Wealthy, sheltered Lina McLaidlaw is swept off her feet by charming ne'er-do-well Johnnie Aysgarth. Though warned that Johnnie is little more than a fortune hunter, Lina marries him anyway and remains...
Moon Over Her Shoulder
Marriage counselor (Sutton) advises his bored wife (Bari) to take up painting through which she meets a hubbie-rival yachtsman (Dailey).
Accent on Love
A young man of privilege abandons his thankless job as a company vice-president, walks out on his spoiled wife, and joins the working classes, leading to his romance with a European immigrant.
That Hamilton Woman
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.
Confirm or Deny
Newsman Mitch and teletype operator Jennifer, whose job is to see he doesn't send inappropriate stuff out of the country, dodge bombs during the blitz of London while falling in love.
Ad man Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a loophole in order to protect his finances during an important business deal. Once the deal is completed, he asks Kendall for a divorc...
A Dispatch from Reuter's
German Julius Reuter (Edward G. Robinson) sends 19th-century news by carrier pigeon and then by wire, founding a news agency.
This final Carter film is a lot of fun, with Nick (unwillingly, at first) taking on a ring of Fifth Columnists (since this was filmed before the US entered the war, we're not told the villains are Naz...
The story of a young woman who married a fascinating widower, only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The wife needs...
In Old Missouri
The Weavers are share-croppers who confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs t...
Stronger Than Desire
An attorney handling a murder case in unaware his own wife played a crucial role in the killing.
A man is a First Class cricketer. Raffles keeps himself solvent by committing daring robberies. He spends the weekend with Gwen's parents, Lord and Lady Melrose, because he fell in love with her again...
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
Michael Lanyard was forced to steal defense secrets in Washington by the spies.
Five Little Peppers And How They Grew
The first of four films in the "Five Little Peppers" series, based on Margaret Sinclair's popular book, about a widowed mother and her five children. In this one the family inherits co-ownership in a ...
The Hound of the Baskervilles
On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from Canada to take charge of his ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire, and finds that Sherlock Holmes is there to investigate the loca...
Fast and Loose
A rare-book dealer (Robert Montgomery) and his wife (Rosalind Russell) tie murder to the theft of a Shakespeare manuscript.
The Zero Hour
A celebrated Broadway actress and a wealthy widowed businessman are brought together through their shared affection for a young orphan.
Socially prominent Michael Ashburn, chief assistant for a London loan broker makes a large loan during a closing time to a man for a pair of earrings. He is unaware that the collateral can not be remo...
Sally, Irene and Mary
Manicurists Sally, Irene and Mary hope to be Broadway entertainers. When Mary inherits an old ferry boat, they turn it into a successful supper club.
Bulldog Drummond in Africa
Drummond has to leave for Morocco on his wedding day with his fiancee and trusted friends to rescue his friend Nielsen who is kidnapped by an international criminal.
Hold That Kiss
Two young people meet at a wedding and begin dating, each thinking the other is wealthy. There is a lot of comedy.
Beg, Borrow or Steal
We find con-man Ingraham Steward living by his wits by steering wealthy Paris visitors to sellers of fake paintings and other assorted dodges. He and his wife, Agatha, have been separated for 15 years...
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney
A chic jewel thief in England falls in love with one of her marks.
My Dear Miss Aldrich
A young woman inherits a newspaper whose editor refuses to hire lady reporters.
Hitting a New High
A Paris singer's (Lily Pons) press agent (Jack Oakie) arranges her Manhattan debut by way of Africa.
Night of Mystery
One of a series of movies based on the character Philo Vance
A shy office worker becomes a hero when a fortune teller calls him another Napoleon.
Strike Me Pink
Meek Eddie Pink becomes manager of an amusement park beset by mobsters.
Little Miss Nobody
A runaway orphan is befriended by a kind-hearted pet store owner with a criminal past.
Small Town Girl
Kay is a girl living in a small rural town whose life is just too dull and repetitious to bear. One night, she meets young, handsome, and rich Bob Dakin, who asks her for directions while drunk and th...
Wife vs. Secretary
Magazine publisher Van Stanhope is a hard-working, dynamic executive very happily married to his beautiful wife Linda. Although their relationship is built on unconditional trust, friends, and even Va...
A Woman Rebels
A Woman Rebels is the story of Pamela Thistlewaite (Katharine Hepburn), whose mission in life is to defy the restrictive and often hypocritical conventions of Victorian England.
Trouble for Two
A decadent prince unhappy over an impending arranged marriage, looking for a good time in London discovers the existence of a secret society called The Suicide Club, and so he seeks to become a member...
Ginger, an orphan, is living with her foster-uncle, Rexford Whittington, a broken-down Shakesperian actor. Although denied the love of a mother and father, Ginger looks after her uncle, gives him lect...
Our Little Girl
Don Middleton is so caught up with his work he neglects his wife Elsa. Lonely Elsa begins to spend more time with Don's best friend and they become attracted to one another. Don and Elsa decide to get...
Here's to Romance
Kathleen Gerard, a high society wife fed up with her husband's artistic "protegées", decides to take one of her own in Nino, a promising tenor, patronizing him to study in Paris. He and her girlfriend...
Hold 'Em Yale
A pretty young socialite falls for a charming but shady hustler, who abandons her when he finds that she has been disowned by her wealthy father. Three of the hustler's partners, who have also been le...
Mike Lee's syndicate runs all the gambling joints in town and is least profitable. Lady Lee is the only way she knows to make a living, because her father Mike walked out under pressure to allow cheat...
I Sell Anything
Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?
The Little Minister
The proper Rev. is the stoic. A priest assigned to a church in a small Scottish village falls in love with a member of the congregation. A village-wide scandal soon erupts over the minister's relation...
The Age of Innocence
An engaged attorney and a divorcee fall for each other in 1870s Manhattan.
Vicki Wallace takes great pleasure in teasing her husband Tony who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and clips her on the chin. Vicki's friend and attorney Verno...
His Greatest Gamble
American gambler Philip Eden, who has ambushed his young daughter Alice from his estranged wife Florence, loses all of his money playing roulette in a French casino. In spite of Philip's sporadic inco...
Based on a 1933 stage production billed as “The Play That Made Broadway Gasp,” it features an over-the-top performance by Mary Morris (repeating her stage role) as a domineering money-bags whose suppr...
Ann Carver's Profession
Newlyweds experience marital problems when the wife's highly successful job as an attorney overshadows her husband's stagnant career.
This pre-Code comedy-thriller centers on Robert Holden, a broke and discouraged veteran, who meets fellow American Elinor Green at a cafe in Paris. After their first encounter, Holden's attempt to ret...
A Lady's Profession
A couple of down-and-out British aristocrats buy an American roadhouse.
King of the Jungle
A white youth who is raised in the jungle by the animals is captured by a safari and brought back to civilization as an attraction in a circus.
A glamorous film star rebels against the studio, her pushy press agent and a family of hangers-on.
Merrily We Go to Hell
A drunken newspaperman, Jerry Corbett, is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress, Joan Prentice, whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania....
Call Her Savage
A high-spirited, short-tempered, young woman hates her father and loves to rebel against him. She learns the errors of her ways after her marriage fails and she is married to a man who her father disl...
Linda Gault is a luxury loving wife who casually seduces other men while getting investment tips from one of her lovers.
Honor Among Lovers
Jerry Stafford falls for his secretary, Julia Traynor, but instead she marries a shady character who causes trouble for both of them.
Two sisters from Indiana, the wide-eyed and innocent Mae, and her sister June, more streetwise, move into the Rolf House for Homeless Girls in New York. June helps Mae get a job as a stenographer for ...
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. is based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are two different sides to the man, according to Henry Jekyll. He believes that man can become liberated if he separates the two. He succeeds...
The beauty of the Follies is married to a man older than she is. Morton Gibson was named after him. She refuses the attentions of her long-time friend, the volatile sculptor, because she is tired of t...
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