Lyle Talbot

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Lyle Talbot
Lyle Talbot 1947.jpg
Talbot in 1947
Lisle Henderson

(1902-02-08)February 8, 1902
DiedMarch 2, 1996(1996-03-02) (aged 94)
Years active1927–1987
    Elaine Melchior
    (m. 1930;div. 1930)
      Marguerite Ethel Cramer
      (m. 1937;div. 1940)
        Abigail Adams
        (m. 1942;annulled 1942)
          Keven McClure
          (m. 1946;div. 1947)
          • Margaret Epple; stage name Paula Deaven
            (m. 1948; died 1989)
Children4; including

Lyle Florenz Talbot (born Lisle Henderson, also credited Lysle Talbot; February 8, 1902 March 2, 1996) was an American stage, screen and television actor. His career in films spanned three decades, from 1931 to 1960, and he performed on a wide variety of television series from the early 1950s to the late 1980s. [1] Among his notable roles on television was his portrayal of Ozzie Nelson's friend and neighbor Joe Randolph, a character he played for ten years in the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet .


Talbot began his film career under contract with Warner Bros. during the early years of the sound era. Ultimately, he appeared in more than 175 productions with various studios, first as a young matinee idol, then as the star of many B movies, and later as a character actor. [2] He was a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild and also served on its board. [3] His long career is recounted in the 2012 book The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century by his youngest daughter Margaret Talbot, a staff writer for The New Yorker . [4] [lower-alpha 1]

Early life

Lyle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the only child of Florence May (née Talbot) and Joel Edward Henderson, both natives of Nebraska. [5] In May 1902, just three months after Lyle's birth, Florence died at her mother's home in Brainard, Nebraska from complications attributed to typhoid fever. [6] Lyle was then raised in Brainard by his grandmother, Mary Talbot, who legally changed her infant grandson's surname from Henderson to her own and added "Florenz" as his middle name in memory of her daughter. [6] Later, as a teenager, Talbot moved with his grandmother to Omaha, Nebraska. There he graduated from high school before leaving home at age 17 to work as a hypnotist's assistant, part-time magician, and as an actor, entertaining audiences at traveling tent shows and in theatres across the American Midwest. [7]

Film career

After gaining years of stage experience in his travels, Talbot in 1929 established his own theatre company, "The Talbot Players", in Memphis, Tennessee, where he hired his father and stepmother, Anna Henderson, to be among the company's roster of performers. [8] At the end of 1931, however, Talbot decided to move to California to find more lucrative acting opportunities in motion pictures. He already had some experience, though very limited, in performing on screen, namely in small roles in a few shorts, which included a bit part as a gangster in The Nightingale (1931) and playing a police captain in The Clyde Mystery (1931). [9] [10] [lower-alpha 2] Both of those low-budget, two-reel shorts were filmed in New York City, in Brooklyn, and produced by Warner's eastern studio in affiliation with Vitaphone. [9] [11]

Move to Hollywood, 1932

Talbot's arrival in California at the beginning of 1932 proved to be ideal timing, for Hollywood was still in the formative years of the sound era, when studios remained busy searching for potential leading actors who were not only engaging performers, but also had acceptable voices and articulate speech patterns for the early audio technologies being used and refined on film sets. [12] Talbot evidently possessed those qualities, for his screen test at Warner Bros. went well and impressed production chief Darryl F. Zanuck. [12] It also impressed one of the studio's top directors, William Wellman, who immediately wanted to cast the 30-year-old actor in his upcoming film Love Is a Racket . [13] Talbot quickly accepted Zanuck's offer to join the company's growing ranks of contract players, who included the rising stars Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Just prior to his work in Love Is a Racket, Talbot appeared as a major supporting character, Dr. Jerome Preston, in Unholy Love , a drama produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with Albert Ray Productions. Lyle's portrayal of "Jerry" did not go unnoticed by film industry trade publications. [lower-alpha 3] In its July 9, 1932 review of Unholy Love, the popular journal Motion Picture Herald encourages theater owners and prospective audiences to direct special attention on three performers in the film: "Don't overlook Beryl Mercer and Ivan Lebedeff, as well as Lyle Talbot, "whom Warner Brothers are grooming for stellar roles." [14] [lower-alpha 4]

Frame from trailer for Havana Widows (1933). Lyle Talbot in Havana Widows trailer.jpg
Frame from trailer for Havana Widows (1933).

Some other notable films in which Talbot's was cast in his first years at Warner Bros. are Three on a Match (1932), 20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932), College Coach (1933) with Pat O'Brien and Dick Powell, Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933), One Night of Love (1934), and Mandalay (1934). [2] Into the mid-1930s and beyond, he continued to perform in a variety of roles, such as romancing Mae West in Go West, Young Man (1936), playing a gangster in Ladies They Talk About , and portraying an alcoholic doctor trying to kick the habit in Heat Lightning . [2]

The handsome actor appeared opposite an array of other stars during his career, including Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck, Mary Astor, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Glenda Farrell, Joan Blondell, Marion Davies, and Shirley Temple. He also shared the screen with Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Tyrone Power. Overall, Talbot performed in over 175 films. [2] [15]

"The 42nd Street Special"

Early in his career at Warner Bros., Talbot took part in one of Hollywood's most extravagant and ambitious publicity junkets, barnstorming across the country with Bette Davis, cowboy star Tom Mix, comedian Joe E. Brown, boxer Jack Dempsey, and a group of other studio actors and chorus girls on "The 42nd Street Special," a train decorated in silver and gold leaf and festooned with electric lights. With stops in dozens of cities, they were promoting the new Busby Berkeley musical and ended up in Washington, D.C., arriving there for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inauguration in March 1933 and as a show support for the new president by Warner Bros. The press characterized Talbot as the train's "Railway Romeo" and quoted public reactions to him being "'handsome as hell'" and "'likable as a collie.'" [16]

SAG and later films

Back in Hollywood, working long hours six days a week, Talbot became a co-founder of the Screen Actors Guild. His activism in SAG union affairs reportedly hurt his career. [17] Warner Bros. dropped him from its roster, and Talbot seldom received starring roles again. He became a capable character actor, playing affable neighbors or crafty villains with equal finesse. Talbot's supporting roles spanned the gamut, as he played cowboys, pirates, detectives, cops, surgeons, psychiatrists, soldiers, judges, newspaper editors, storekeepers, and boxers. In later years, he would claim to have never rejected a single role offered to him, including three now infamous Ed Wood, films: Glen or Glenda , Jail Bait and Plan 9 from Outer Space . Talbot worked with the Three Stooges in Gold Raiders , was the first actor to portray evil scientist Lex Luthor (wearing a "bald cap") onscreen in Atom Man vs. Superman (1950), played villains in four comedies with The Bowery Boys, and took the role of Commissioner Gordon in the 1949 serial Batman and Robin . His last film role was in the sci-fi comedy film Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).

Return to the stage

Having started his career in the theatre and later co-starred on Broadway in 1940–1941 in Separate Rooms with Glenda Farrell and Alan Dinehart, Talbot returned to the stage in the 1960s and 1970s, starring in national road company versions of Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker with Ann B. Davis; Gore Vidal's The Best Man with Hugh Marlowe and K.T. Stevens; Neil Simon's The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park ; Arthur Sumner Long's play Never Too Late with Penny Singleton; and appearing as Captain Brackett in a 1967 revival of South Pacific at (Lincoln Center) starring Florence Henderson and Giorgio Tozzi. [18] He also starred in Preston Jones' "The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia" at the Alley Theatre in Houston and the Chicago area Lincolnshire Theater. [19] He rode the wave of the dinner theater phenomenon in the 1970s, acting in light comedies onstage in various Midwestern towns where former television actors were major attractions. As early as 1962, Talbot directed and co-starred with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and a young Sally Kellerman in Marriage Go Round, a play Talbot and the Nelsons took on the road again in the early 1970s.

Television, 1950s1980s

Although Talbot once starred in the film Trapped by Television (1936), the invention of TV actually revived his acting career after his movie roles began to decline. Talbot was a frequent presence on American television from the 1950s well into the 1970s with occasional appearances in the 1980s. From 1955 to 1966, he appeared in some seventy episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet , as neighbor Joe Randolph. He also had a recurring role (1955–58) as Robert Cummings's character's buddy from the Air Force, Paul Fonda, in numerous episodes of The Bob Cummings Show . [20]

During the 1950s and 1960s, Talbot acted in every genre from westerns to comedies to mysteries. He played Colonel Billings three times on the syndicated western series, The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1955), and appeared four times as a judge on the syndicated western The Cisco Kid. He guest starred on Gene Autry's The Range Rider .

From 1950 to 1955, he was cast five times in different roles on the western, The Lone Ranger . In 1955, he appeared as Baylor in six episodes of the series, Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe . From 1953 to 1957, he was cast as different characters in four episodes of the anthology series, Lux Video Theatre . In 1967, he played Colonel Blake three times on The Beverly Hillbillies , and also appeared three times (between 1965 and 1971) on Green Acres. On one episode of Green Acres Talbot played himself, as a senator, in a spoof on actors who became politicians. In 1959, Talbot played Sheriff Clyde Chadwick in the episode "The Sanctuary" on Colt .45 .

Other series on which Talbot made guest appearances include Annie Oakley ; It's a Great Life ; The Public Defender ; The Pride of the Family ; Crossroads ; Hey, Jeannie! ; The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show ; Broken Arrow ; The Millionaire ; Richard Diamond, Private Detective ; Tales of Wells Fargo ; Buckskin ; Cimarron City ; Angel ; Hawaiian Eye ; 77 Sunset Strip ; Surfside 6 ; The Roaring 20s ; The Restless Gun ; Stagecoach West ; The Red Skelton Show ; The Lucy Show , The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok ; Topper ; The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin ; Laredo ; Perry Mason ; The Real McCoys ; Rawhide ; Wagon Train ; Charlie's Angels ; Newhart ; The Dukes of Hazzard ; St. Elsewhere ; and Who's the Boss? .

Talbot appeared occasionally on television in his eighties and narrated two PBS biographies, The Case of Dashiell Hammett (1982) and World Without Walls (1986) about pioneering pilot Beryl Markham. Both PBS programs were produced and written by his son Stephen Talbot, a former a child actor who portrayed the recurring character Gilbert Bates on Leave It to Beaver , another series on which his father had also appeared. Talbot was the first live-action actor to play two prominent DC Comics characters on-screen: the aforementioned Commissioner Gordon in Batman and Robin , and supervillain Lex Luthor in Atom Man vs. Superman (who at the time was simply known as Luthor). Talbot began a longstanding tradition of actors in these roles that were most recently filled by Gary Oldman and Kevin Spacey, respectively. [21]

Personal life and death

Talbot had several brief marriages to Elaine Melchoir (1930), Marguerite Cramer (1937–1940), Abigail Adams (1942), and Keven McClure (1946-1947) [22] , along with a number of romantic entanglements. He married for the fifth time in 1948 to actress and singer Paula (née Epple) Deaven. [23] She was 20; he was a 46-year-old actor with a drinking problem. [24] Under Epple's influence, Talbot quit drinking, and the couple often performed together on stage in summer stock and community theater. They had four children and remained married for more than 40 years, until Paula's death in 1989. [25] [26]

On March 6, 1996, Talbot died at the age of 94 at his home in San Francisco, California. His death was attributed to congestive heart failure. [27] He was survived by his children, three of whom Stephen Talbot, David Talbot, and Margaret Talbot had established careers in media production, writing, or journalism. Cynthia Talbot, Lyle's elder daughter, had pursued instead a medical career, becoming a physician and later a residency director in Portland, Oregon.


1932 Unholy Love Dr. Jerome Preston 'Jerry' Gregory
Love Is a Racket Edw. Griswold 'Eddie' ShawAlternative title: Such Things Happen
Stranger in Town Brice
The Purchase Price Eddie Fields
Miss Pinkerton Newspaper EditorUncredited
The Thirteenth Guest Phil Winston
Klondike Dr. Robert Cromwell
Big City Blues Len 'Lenny' SullyUncredited
Three on a Match Michael Loftus
No More Orchids Tony Gauge
20,000 Years in Sing Sing Bud Saunders
1933 Parachute Jumper Minor Role(scenes deleted)
Ladies They Talk About Don
42nd Street Geoffrey WarningVoice, Uncredited
Girl Missing Raymond Fox
The Life of Jimmy Dolan Doc Woods
She Had to Say Yes Daniel Drew
A Shriek in the Night Ted Kord
Mary Stevens, M.D. Don Andrews
College Coach Herbert P. 'Buck' Weaver
Havana Widows Bob Jones
1934 Mandalay Dr. Gregory Burton
Heat Lightning Jeff
Registered Nurse Dr. Greg Connolly
Fog Over Frisco Spencer Carlton
Return of the Terror Dr. Leonard Goodman
The Dragon Murder Case Dale Leland
One Night of Love Bill Houston
A Lost Lady Neil
Murder in the Clouds 'Three Star' Bob Halsey
The Secret Bride Trailer NarratorVoice, Uncredited
1935 Red Hot Tires Wallace Storm
While the Patient Slept Ross Lonergan
It Happened in New York Charley Barnes
Our Little Girl Rolfe Brent
Chinatown Squad Ted Lacey
Oil for the Lamps of China Jim
Page Miss Glory Slattery of the Express
The Case of the Lucky Legs Dr. Bob Doray
Broadway Hostess Lucky
1936 Boulder Dam Lacy
The Singing Kid Robert 'Bob' Carey
The Law in Her Hands Frank 'Legs' Gordon
Murder by an Aristocrat Dr. Allen Carick
Trapped by Television Fred Dennis
Go West, Young Man Francis X. Harrigan
Mind Your Own Business Crane
1937 Affairs of Cappy Ricks Bill Peck
What Price Vengeance? 'Dynamite' Hogan / Tom Connors
Three LegionnairesPvt. Jimmy Barton
West Bound Limited Dave Tolliver aka Bob Kirk
Second Honeymoon Robert "Bob" Benton
1938 Change of Heart Phillip Reeves
Call of the Yukon Hugo Henderson
One Wild Night Singer Martin
Gateway Henry Porter
The Arkansas Traveler Matt Collins
I Stand Accused Charles Eastman
1939 Forged Passport Jack Scott
They Asked for It Marty Collins
Second Fiddle Willie Hogger
Torture Ship Lt. Bob Bennett
Miracle on Main StreetDick Porter
1940 He Married His Wife Paul Hunter
Parole Fixer Ross Waring
1942 She's in the Army Army Capt. Steve Russell
They Raid by Night Capt. Robert Owen
Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Reddy
1943 Man of Courage George Dickson
A Night for Crime Joe Powell
The Meanest Man in the World Bill PottsUncredited
1944 Up in Arms Sgt. Gelsey
The Falcon Out West Tex Irwin
Gambler's Choice Yellow Gloves Weldon
Are These Our Parents? George Kent
Sensations of 1945 Randall
Dixie Jamboree Anthony 'Tony' Sardell
Trail to GunsightU. S. Marshal Bill Hollister
Mystery of the River Boat Rudolph TollerSerial
One Body Too Many Jim Davis
1945 Sensation Hunters Randsll
1946 Gun Town Lucky Dorgan
Murder Is My Business Buell Renslow
Song of Arizona King Blaine
Strange Impersonation Inspector Malloy
Chick Carter, Detective Chick Carter
1947 Danger Street Charles Johnson
The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the WestGeorge Pierce
1948 Devil's Cargo Johnny Morello
The Vicious Circle Miller
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All Henerson
Thunder in the Pines Nick Roulade
Parole, Inc. Police Commissioner Hughes
Appointment with Murder Fred M. Muller
Quick on the TriggerGarvey Yager
Shep Comes Home Dr. Wilson
Highway 13 Company Detective
1949 Joe Palooka in the Big Fight Lt. Muldoon
Fighting Fools Blinky Harris
The Mutineers Capt. Jim Duncan
Sky Dragon Andrew J. Barrett
Batman and Robin Commissioner Jim Gordon
Mississippi Rhythm
Ringside Radio Announcer
She Shoulda Said No! Police Captain Hayes
1950 Dick Tracy B.R. Ayne aka The BrainTV Series, 7 episodes
The Daltons' Women Jim Thorne
Everybody's Dancin' Contractor
Johnny One-Eye Official from District Attorney's Office
Champagne for Caesar Executive No. 2
Lucky Losers Bruce McDermott
Federal Man Agent Johnson
Atom Man vs. Superman Luthor / The Atom Man
Triple Trouble Prison Yard GuardUncredited
Big Timber Logger #1
Border Rangers Ranger Capt. McLain
Cherokee Uprising Chief Marshal
The Jackpot Fred Burns
Revenue Agent Augustis King
The Du Pont Story Eugene du Pont
One Too Many Mr. Boyer
1950–1954 The Cisco Kid Various rolesTV Series, 4 episodes
1950–1956 The Lone Ranger Various rolesTV Series, 5 episodes
1951 Colorado Ambush Sheriff Ed Lowery
Blue BloodTeasdale
Abilene Trail Dr. Martin
Fingerprints Don't Lie Police Lt. Grayson
Fury of the Congo Grant
Mask of the Dragon Police Lt. Ralph McLaughlin
Man from SonoraSheriff Frank Casey
The Scarf City DetectiveUncredited
Hurricane Island PhysicianUncredited
Oklahoma Justice Doc WilloughbyUncredited
Gold Raiders TaggertAlternative title: The Stooges Go West
Jungle Manhunt Dr. Mitchell Heller
Lawless CowboysRank - Town BankerUncredited
Purple Heart Diary Maj. Green
Texas Lawmen Dr. RileyUncredited
Stage to Blue RiverPerkins
1951–1956 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok W.T. Emerson / Bank Teller / BlackburnTV Series, 4 episodes
1952 The Old West Doc Lockwood
Texas City Captain Hamilton
With a Song in My Heart Radio DirectorUncredited
Outlaw Women Judge Roger Dixon
Kansas TerritorySam CollinsUncredited
African Treasure Roy DeHaven, alias Pat Gilroy
Down Among the Sheltering PalmsMaj. Gerald CurwinUncredited
Sea Tiger Mr. Williams, Insurance Man
Montana Incident Mooney
Untamed Women Col. Loring
Feudin' Fools Big Jim
Desperadoes' Outpost Walter Fleming
Son of Geronimo: Apache AvengerCol. FosterSerial, [Chs.5-6]
Wyoming RoundupFranklin
The Pathfinder British Ship Captain
1952-1954 Death Valley Days San Francisco Mayor / Dr. Harper / Silas CapshawTV Series, 4 episodes
1953 Star of Texas Telegraph Operator
White Lightning Rocky Gibraltar
Trail BlazersDeputy Sheriff McLain
The Roy Rogers Show John ZacharyTV Series, 1 episode
Glen or Glenda Insp. Warren
Mesa of Lost Women NarratorVoice
Clipped Wings Capt. Blair
Wings of the Hawk JonesUncredited
The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd Boston OfficialSerial, Uncredited
Tumbleweed Weber
Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe BaylorSerial, 6 episodes
1954 Trader Tom of the China Seas Barent
Gunfighters of the Northwest Inspector Wheeler
Jail Bait Inspector JohnsDirected by Ed Wood
The Mad Magician Program HawkerUncredited
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Capt. Pace
The DesperadoJudgeUncredited
Tobor the Great AdmiralUncredited
Two Guns and a Badge DoctorUncredited
There's No Business Like Show Business Stage ManagerUncredited
The Steel Cage Square, Convict(segment "The Hostages")
1954–1958 December Bride Bill Monahan / Mr. Winters / Mr. ButterfieldTV Series, 6 episodes
1955 Hallmark Hall of Fame TV Series, 1 episode
Jail Busters Cy Bowman
Sudden Danger Harry Woodruff
1955–1959 The Bob Cummings Show Paul FondaTV Series, 22 episodes
1956 Navy Log Captain MorganTV Series, 1 episode
The Millionaire Joe PriceTV Series, 1 episode
Calling Homicide Tony Fuller
The Great Man Harry Connors
1956–1966 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Joe RandolphTV Series, 71 episodes
1957 Science Fiction Theatre General DothanTV Series, 1 episode
Tales of Wells Fargo ReporterTV Series, 1 episode
God Is My Partner Dr. Warburton, Psychiatrist
1958 M Squad Paul CrowleyTV Series, 1 episode
The Notorious Mr. Monks Leonardo, Prosecuting Attorney
Leave It to Beaver Charles "Chuck" DennisonTV Series, 2 episodes
High School Confidential William Remington Kane
The Hot Angel Van Richards
1958–1959 The Restless Gun Various rolesTV Series, 2 episodes
1959 City of Fear Chief Jensen
Plan 9 from Outer Space General Roberts
The Ann Sothern Show FinletterTV, 1 episode
1960 Sunrise at Campobello Mr. Brimmer
Surfside 6 Alan CrandellTV Series, 1 episode
Hawaiian Eye George WallaceTV Series, 1 episode
1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson Mr. AndersCBS-TV, 1 episode, "The Trench Coat"
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Victor LongEpisode: "The Lovely Fraud"
1961 Mister Ed George HausnerTV Series, 1 episode
Lawman Orville LusterTV Series, 1 episode
1962 Make Room for Daddy Dr. CrawfordTV Series, 1 episode
Dennis the Menace MayorTV Series, 1 episode
1962–1967 The Beverly Hillbillies Colonel BlakeTV Series, 4 episodes
1963 Arrest and Trial Phil PaigeTV Series, 1 episode
The Lucy Show Howard Wilcox / Mr. StanfordTV Series, 2 episodes
1964 77 Sunset Strip TatumTV Series, 1 episode
Petticoat Junction Mr. CheeverTV Series, 1 episode
1965 Run for Your Life Steven BlakelyTV Series, 1 episode
The Smothers Brothers Show Marty MillerTV Series, 1 episode
1965–1966 Laredo Various rolesTV Series, 2 episodes
1968 Dragnet William Joseph CorneliusTV Series, 1 episode
1969 Green Acres Senator Lyle TalbotTV Series, 1 episode
1970 Here's Lucy Freddy Fox / Harry's LawyerTV Series, 2 episodes
1972 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury Art PrescottTV Series, 1 episode
1973 Adam-12 Avery DawsonTV Series, 1 episode
1979 Charlie's Angels MillsTV Series, 1 episode
1984 The Dukes of Hazzard Carter StewartTV Series, 1 episode
St. Elsewhere Johnny BarnesTV Series, 1 episode
1985 227 HaroldTV Series, 1 episode
1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mr. FletcherTV Series, 1 episode
Who's the Boss? RalphTV Series, 1 episode
1987 Newhart Cousin NedTV Series, 1 episode, "It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To"
Amazon Women on the Moon Prescott Townsend(segment "Amazon Women on the Moon"), Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. A full online copy of Margaret Talbot's 2012 biographical work The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century is available for reading on the Internet Archive.
  2. In the online reference Internet Movie Database (IMDb), a filmography for Lyle Talbot includes the 1928 silent film The Godless Girl , citing Talbot in the uncredited role of an "Inmate barber" in that production; however, a review of that film available on YouTube and posted by "Big list of cinema" under the title "The Godless Girl 1929[ sic ] Cecil B DeMille" shows that the performer playing the noted barber (beginning at Time mark 00:32:25) is clearly not Talbot. For added clarification, it should noted as well that The Godless Girl was released by Warner Bros. in two versions: a silent version in 1928 and a rudimentary "goat gland" sound version in 1929.
  3. Discrepancies in dating early entries in Lyle Talbot's filmographies can be attributed to whether some citations relate to end-of-production dates or actual release dates, which at times can overlap or be back-to-back. The release dates, for example, of Unholy Love and Love Is a Racket were only one day apart in 1932. Warner Bros. released Unholy Love on June 9; Love Is a Racket, on June 10.
  4. A full digital copy of Unholy Love is available for viewing on YouTube under the search title "Unholy Love (1932) PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD".

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  1. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952", database with images of original marriage license and certificate of Lyle Florenz Talbot and Marguerite Ethel Cramer, 28 March 1937; Los Angeles County, California records, copy of FHL microfilm 2,114,019. FamilySearch (FamS) archives, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  3. "The First Board (1933)".
  4. "Margaret Talbot's 'The Entertainer' an engaging tribute". The Los Angeles Times.
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Preceded by
Actors portraying Lex Luthor
for Atom Man vs. Superman
Succeeded by
Gene Hackman
for Superman , Superman II and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace