Johnny Downs


This filmography was made in collaboration with Matthew Lydick.


full name: John Morey Downs
nickname: Jack
professional nickname: Johnny
born Oct. 10, 1913, in Brooklyn, NY
died June 6, 1994, in Coronado, CA, of cancer


1923


1924

The Fast Set (undetermined role)
Oct. 20, 1924 - Famous Players-Lasky/Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©Oct. 22, 1924. Featuring Betty Compson, Adolphe Menjou, Elliott Dexter and ZaSu Pitts.
K.O. For Cupid (undetermined role)
Oct. 27, 1924 - Universal - 2 reels - Fight and Win series
©Oct. 1, 1924. Fight and Win #10
An Afternoon Tee (role: one of the kids)
Nov. 15, 1924 - Winkler - 2 reels - Reg'lar Kids series

1925

35. Circus Fever (small part)
Feb. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-35 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 20 to 25, and Nov. 1 to 4, 1924. ©Jan. 19, 1925.
Wildcat Willie (role: one of the kids)
Feb. 15, 1925 - White/Educational - 2 reels - Juvenile Comedies series
©Feb. 12, 1925.
36. Dog Days (small part)
Mar. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-36 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, and Nov. 17 to 24, 1924. ©Mar. 5, 1925.
37. The Love Bug (small part)
Apr. 5, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-37 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 15 to 31, 1924, and possibly early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Red Pepper (role: boy with ice cream cone)
Apr. 5, 1925 - White/Educational - 2 reels - Mermaid Comedies series
©Apr. 6, 1925. Featuring Al St. John.
39. Shootin' Injuns (featured role: Johnnie)
May 3, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-39 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 19 to Feb. 5, 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
38. Ask Grandma (featured role: Johnnie)
May 31, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-38 - Our Gang series
Probably filmed in early Jan. 1925. ©Apr. 2, 1925.
Twinkle, Twinkle (appearance)
June 14, 1925 - Pathé - 1 reel - Grantland Rice Sportlight
© May 8, 1925. Featuring the Our Gang kids.
40. Official Officers (supporting role)
June 28, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-40 - Our Gang series
Premiered June 10, 1925. Filmed Feb. 16 to 27, 1925. ©May 18, 1925.
42. Boys Will Be Joys (supporting role)
July 26, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. A-42 - Our Gang series
Filmed Apr. 13 to 24, 1925. ©July 6, 1925.
44. Your Own Back Yard (supporting role: John Downs)
Sep. 27, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-2 - Our Gang series
Filmed June 30 to July 16, and July 20 to 29, 1925. ©Aug. 28, 1925. The character name derives from its presence on Johnny's scooter in this film.
43. Better Movies (featured role)
Nov. 1, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-1 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 27 to June 16, 1925. Originally production A-43. ©Aug. 20, 1925.
Should Sailors Marry? (small part: the son)
Nov. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. C-2 - Clyde Cook series
Filmed Apr. 27 to May 8, 1925, with retakes June 2 to 8, 1925. Rob Stone's list also states that retakes started on June 6, but his Laurel Or Hardy book says the 2nd. ©Dec. 30, 1925.
'Our Gang' At Home (appearance)
Nov. 8, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 1/3 reel - Pathé Review series
Our Gang segment filmed Mar. 1 to 14, 1925. ©Oct. 8, 1925. This short film was included in the Pathé Review, a weekly release typically consisting of three segments. This particular release was no. 45 for the year 1925, and Our Gang are featured in the middle segment. The other two segments have no relation to the Roach studios. The first is an episode of "American Wild Flowers" called "The Thistle," and is in color. The final segment is called "Forest Food Supplies."
45. One Wild Ride (supporting role: Johnnie)
Dec. 6, 1925 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-3 - Our Gang series
Filmed July 30 to Aug. 4, 1925. ©Nov. 6, 1925.

1926

46. Good Cheer (featured role)
Jan. 10, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-4 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 3 to 18, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
47. Buried Treasure (featured role: Johnnie)
Feb. 14, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-5 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 1 to 19, 1925. ©Jan. 23, 1926.
48. Monkey Business (supporting role)
Mar. 21, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-6 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 30 to Nov. 18, 1925. ©Feb. 6, 1926.
49. Baby Clothes (supporting role)
Apr. 25, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-7 - Our Gang series
Filmed Dec. 7 to 20, 1925, with retakes Jan. 11, 1926. ©Mar. 15, 1926.
50. Uncle Tom's Uncle (supporting role)
May 30, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-8 - Our Gang series
Filmed Jan. 12 to Feb. 3, 1926. ©Apr. 28, 1926.
51. Thundering Fleas (supporting role)
July 4, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-9 - Our Gang series
Also listed for July 28, 1926. Filmed Mar. 8 to 25, 1926. ©May 26, 1926.
52. Shivering Spooks (supporting role)
Aug. 8, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-10 - Our Gang series
Premiered July 4, 1926. Filmed Apr. 7 to 28, 1926. ©July 26, 1926.
53. The Fourth Alarm! (supporting role)
Sep. 12, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-11 - Our Gang series
Filmed May 24 to June 14, 1926. ©Sep. 17, 1926.
54. War Feathers (featured role)
Nov. 21, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-12 - Our Gang series
Filmed Aug. 5 to Sep. 4, 1926. ©Dec. 13, 1926.
56. Telling Whoppers (featured role: Tuffy aka Toughey aka the Thompson boy)
Dec. 19, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-14 - Our Gang series
Also listed for Dec. 29, 1926. Filmed Sep. 10 to 18, 1926. ©Nov. 11, 1926.
45 Minutes From Hollywood (appearance)
Dec. 26, 1926 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. H-3 - Glenn Tryon series
Also featuring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Theda Bara and Our Gang. Filmed Oct. 27 to Nov. 8, 1925, with added scenes Nov. 16, 1925, and retakes Mar. 27, and Apr. 5 and 6, 1926. ©Dec. 13, 1926. A clip from "Thundering Fleas" is briefly seen in this film.

1927

57. Bring Home The Turkey (supporting role)
Jan. 16, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-15 - Our Gang series
Filmed Sep. 29 to Oct. 15, 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927.
55. Seeing The World (supporting role)
Feb. 13, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-13 - Our Gang series
Filmed Oct. 29 to Nov. 15, 1926. European footage shot July and Aug. 1926. ©Jan. 14, 1927.
Outlaws Of Red River (role: Tom Morley as a boy)
May 8, 1927 - Fox - 6 reels - Tom Mix feature
©Aug. 17, 1927. According to IMDB, Johnny is the child actor billed as "Jimmy Downs."
Jesse James (role: Jesse James as a boy)
Oct. 15, 1927 - Paramount - 8 reels - Fred Thomson feature
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62. Chicken Feed (supporting role: Prof. Presto Misterio)
Nov. 6, 1927 - Roach/Pathé - 2 reels - prod. K-20 - Our Gang series
Filmed Mar. 28 to Apr. 15, 1927. ©June 9, 1927.
The Valley Of The Giants (role: Bryce as a boy)
prem. Dec. 4, 1927 - First National - 7 reels - Milton Sills feature
©Dec. 12, 1927. Released Dec. 11, 1927.

1928

The Crowd (small part: Johnny Sims at age 12)
prem. Feb. 18, 1928 - MGM - 9 reels - feature
©Mar. 3, 1928. Released Mar. 3, 1928. Starring James Murray, Eleanor Boardman and Bert Roach.
The Trail Of '98 (role: mother’s boy)
Mar. 20, 1928 - MGM - 10 reels - Ralph Forbes and Dolores del Rio feature
©July 29, 1929. According to IMDb, Johnny was credited as John Down in this film. Starring Dolores del Rio, Ralph Forbes and Karl Dane. Released with musical score and sound effects.

1929


1930


1931

The High School Hoofer (role: high school student)
Dec. 6, 1931 - Vitaphone/Warner Bros. - 1 reel - Vitaphone Varieties series
Starring Hal Le Roy and Eleanore King. Also listed as part of the Pepper Pot series.

1932


1933

The No Man (undetermined role)
Aug. 26, 1933 - Vitaphone/Warner Bros. - 2 reels - Broadway Brevities series
©Aug. 14, 1933. Starring Hugh O’Connell.
Strange Case Of Hennessy (role: newlywed husband)
Dec. 8, 1933 - Van Beuren-RKO - 2 reels - Cliff Edwards series
©Jan. 4, 1934.

1934

Nifty Nurses (lead role: Dr. Allenby)
Oct. 19, 1934 - Educational - 2 reels - Johnny Downs and Sally Sweet series
©Oct. 10, 1934. Johnny sings "What Would You Be Without Me?" and "Don't Go, Olivia," both with Sally Sweet.
Babes In Toyland (bit role: Little Boy Blue)
Nov. 30, 1934 - Roach/MGM - 9 reels - prod. F-5 - Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy feature
Also listed for Dec. 14, 1934. Filmed Aug. 6 to 16, and Sep. 24 to Oct. 17, 1934. ©Nov. 28, 1934. US reissue title: March Of The Wooden Soldiers. Johnny is among the singers on "Never Mind, Bo Peep," along with Felix Knight, Jean Darling, Virginia Karns and Charlotte Henry. Publicity photos were taken of Johnny and Jean together.

1935

So Red The Rose (role: wounded Yankee corporal
prem. May 29, 1935 - Paramount - 9 reels - Margaret Sullavan feature
©Nov. 22, 1935. Released Dec. 20, 1935. Starring Margaret Sullivan and Walter Connolly.
College Scandal (role: Paul Gedney)
June 21, 1935 - Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©June 20, 1935. Starring Arline Judge, Kent Taylor, Wendy Barrie, and William Frawley. Johnny sings "In The Middle Of A Kiss" with Arline Judge.
The Virginia Judge (role: Bob Stuart)
Sep. 17, 1935 - Paramount - 7 reels - Walter C. Kelly feature
©Oct. 1, 1935. Starring Walter C. Kelly.
Pirate Party On Catalina Isle (appearance)
Nov. 21, 1935 - Lewyn/MGM - 2 reels - MGM Special series
©Jan 3, 1936. Filmed in Technicolor. Johnny sings "(We're Gonna Have) Smooth Sailing" with Betty Burgess.
Coronado (featured role: Johnny Marvin)
Nov. 28, 1935 - Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©Nov. 29, 1935. Also starring Betty Burgess and Jack Haley. Johnny sings "I've Got Some New Shoes" and "How Do I Rate You?" the latter with Betty Burgess with Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra. He also accompanies Jack Haley on ukulele on "Keep Your Fingers Crossed."

1936

Everybody's Old Man (role: Tommy Sampson)
Mar. 20, 1936 - 20th Century-Fox - 9 reels - Irvin S. Cobb feature
©Mar. 20, 1936.
The First Baby (lead role: Johnny Ellis)
Apr. 2, 1936 - 20th Century-Fox - 75 min. - feature
©May 15, 1936.
The Arizona Raiders (role: Lonesome Alonzo Q. Mulhall)
June 28, 1936 - Paramount - 6 reels - feature
©Jue 26, 1936. Also starring Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Raymond Hatton, Marsha Hunt, Jane Rhodes and Grant Withers.
Fox Movietone News (appearance)
1936 - Fox - 1 reel - newsreel
Our Gang's 15th anniversary is featured in a Hollywood Spotlight segment with Jimmie Fidler.
Pigskin Parade (featured role: Chip Carson)
Oct. 23, 1936 - 20th Century-Fox - 93 min. - feature
©Oct. 23, 1936. Also starring Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, Yacht Club Boys, Betty Grable, Arline Judge, Dixie Dunbar, Tony Martin and Judy Garland. Johnny performs "The Balboa" with Garland, Grable, Haley and Kelly.
College Holiday (role: Johnny Jones)
Dec. 19, 1936 - Paramount - 9 reels - feature
©Dec. 25, 1936. Starring Jack Benny, George Burns and Grace Allen, Mary Boland, and Martha Raye. Johnny sings "A Rhyme For Love" with Eleanore Whitney.

1937

Clarence (role: Bobbie)
Feb. 12, 1937 - Paramount - 7 reels - feature
©Feb. 23, 1937. Also starring Roscoe Karns, Eleanore Whitney, Eugene Pallette, Inez Courtney and Charlotte Wynters.
Turn Off The Moon (role: Terry Keith)
May 14, 1937 - Paramount - 8 reels - Charlie Ruggles feature
©May 14, 1937.
Blonde Trouble (lead role: Fred Stevens)
Aug. 6, 1937 - Paramount - 7 reels - Johnny Downs & Eleanore Whitney feature
©Aug,. 6, 1937.
Thrill Of A Lifetime (role: Stanley Jackson)
Dec. 3, 1937 - Paramount - 8 reels - feature
©Jan. 21, 1938.

1938

Algiers (role: Pierrot)
prem. Jan. 16, 1938 - Wanger/UA - 10 reels - Charles Boyer & Hedy Lamarr feature
©Aug. 8, 1938. Released Aug. 5, 1938.
Hunted Men (role: Frank Martin)
May 27, 1938 - Paramount - 7 reels - Mary Carlisle & Lloyd Nolan feature
©May 27, 1938. Starring Lloyd Nolan and Mary Carlisle.
It's In The Stars (featured role: Dorothy's boyfriend)
Aug. 15, 1938 - MGM - 2 reels - MGM Special series
©Aug. 3, 1938. Also starring Eleanor Lynn, Roger Converse, Doris Weston and Brandon Tynan. Johnny sings "It's In The Stars."
Hold That Co-ed (role: Dink)
Sep. 16, 1938 - 20th Century-Fox - 10 reels - John Barrymore feature
©Sep. 16, 1938. Also starring George Murphy, Marjorie Weaver, Joan Davis and Jack Haley.
Swing, Sister, Swing (featured role: Johnny Bennett)
Dec. 16, 1938 - Universal - 8 reels - Ken Murray feature
©Dec. 20, 1938. Johnny sings "Wasn't It You?" and "Baltimore Bubble," the latter with Kathryn Kane.
Once Over Lightly (role: Bob Bradley)
Dec. 17, 1938 - MGM - 2 reels - Special
©Dec. 29, 1938. Costarring Billy Gilbert and Dixie Dunbar. Johnny sings "Let's Live Happily Ever After" with Dixie Dunbar. Also, the cast is credited with singing "Fight, Clipton, Fight," presumably with Johnny among them.

1939

First Offenders (role: Fred Gray)
Apr. 12, 1939 - Columbia - 7 reels - Walter Abel & Beverly Roberts feature
©Feb. 23, 1939. Costarring Walter Abel and Beverly Roberts.
Bad Boy (lead role: John Fraser)
Jul. 10, 1939 - Gateway/Monogram - 70 min. - Johnny Downs & Rosaline Keith feature
Hawaiian Nights (lead role: Tim Hartley)
prem. Sep. 1, 1939 - Universal - 7 reels - feature
©Aug. 14, 1939. Released Sep. 8, 1939. Also starring Mary Carlisle, Constance Moore and Eddie Quillan. Johnny sings "Hawaii Sing Me To Sleep" and "Hey, Good Lookin'!"
Parents On Trial (featured role: Don Martin)
prem. Sep. 21, 1939 - Columbia - 6 reels - Jean Parker & Johnny Downs feature
©July 5, 1939.
Laugh It Off (featured role: Stephen "Steve" Hannis)
Dec. 1, 1939 - Universal - 7 reels - Johnny Downs & Constance Moore feature
©Nov. 1, 1939. Johnny sings "My Dreams And I And You" with Constance Moore. The two of them also appeared on the front cover of the sheet music for this song.
A Child Is Born (role: Johnny Norton)
prem. Dec. 7, 1939 - Warner Bros. - 9 reels - Geraldine Fitzgerald feature
©Dec. 30, 1939. Released Jan. 6, 1940.

1940

I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby (featured role: Robert Lee "Bob" Gunther)
May 1940 - Universal - 6 reels - Broderick Crawford feature
©May 20, 1940.
Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot (featured role: Johnny Cassidy)
Aug. 10, 1940 - Republic - 8 reels - feature
©Aug. 10, 1940. Also starring Ruth Terry, Barbara Allen (Vera Vague) and Billy Gilbert.
Melody And Moonlight (lead role: Danny O'Brien)
Oct. 11, 1940 - Republic - 8 reels - Johnny Downs & Barbara (Vera Vague) Allen feature
©Oct. 11, 1940.
Slightly Tempted (featured role: Jimmy Duncan)
Oct. 18, 1940 - Universal - 6 reels - Hugh Herbert feature
©Aug. 9, 1940.

1941

Honeymoon For Three (role: Chester T. Farrington III)
Jan. 18, 1941 - Warner Bros. - 8 reels - Ann Sheridan & George Brent feature
©Jan. 4, 1941.
Adam Had Four Sons (role: the older David Stoddard)
Feb. 18, 1941 - Columbia - 9 reels - Ingrid Bergman & Warner Baxter feature
©Feb. 18, 1941.
Redhead (lead role: Ted Brown)
May 21, 1941 - Chadwick/Monogram - 7 reels - June Lang & Johnny Downs feature
©May 21, 1941.
Sing Another Chorus (featured role: Andy Peyton)
Sep. 19, 1941 - Universal - 7 reels - Jane Frazee feature
©July 28, 1941. Johnny sings "Walk With Me" with June Frazee.
Moonlight In Hawaii (role: Pete Fleming)
prem. Oct. 9, 1941 - Universal - 7 reels - feature
©Aug. 1, 1941. Released Nov. 21, 1941. Starring Jane Frazee, The Merry Macs, Leon Errol and Mishca Auer. Johnny sings "It's People Like You" and "All For One," the latter with the Merry Macs.
All-American Co-ed (featured role: Bob Sheppard/Bobbie DeWolfe)
Oct. 31, 1941 - Roach/UA - 5 reels - prod. F-38 - streamliner
©Oct. 30, 1941. Also starring Frances Langord, Marjorie Woodward, Noah Beery, Jr., Esther Dale, Harry Langdon and The Tanner Sisters. Johnny sings "I'm A Chap With A Chip On My Shoulder" and "The Farmer's Daughter," the latter with Frances Langford and the Tanner Sisters.
I Don1t Want To Set The World On Fire (undetermined role)
1941 - RCM/Soundies - 1 reel - Soundies series
©Nov. 24, 1941.

1942

Freckles Comes Home (lead role: Freckles Winslow)
Jan. 2, 1942 - Monogram - 7 reels - Johnny Downs feature
©Jan. 14, 1942. Johnny sings "Where We Dream Tonight" with Gale Storm.
Groom And Bored (lead role: Jimmy Warren)
Apr. 9, 1942 - Columbia - 2 reels - Johnny Downs series
©Apr. 3, 1942.
The Gay Nineties (featured role: Johnny)
Apr. 15, 1942 - Universal - 2 reels - Name Band Musical
©Jan. 26, 1942. Costarring Susan Miller. Also listed in IMDb as Gay Nineties with a release date of Jan. 1, 1942.
The Mad Monster (featured role: Tom Gregory)
May 15, 1942 - Neufeld/PRC - 8 reels - feature
©May 7, 1942. Also starring George Zucco and Anne Nagel.
Kiss And Wake Up (lead role: Johnny)
Oct. 2, 1942 - Columbia - 2 reels - Johnny Downs series
©Oct. 2, 1942. Also starring Frank Sully.
Behind The Eight Ball (supporting role: Danny)
Dec. 4, 1942 - Universal - 6 reels - The Ritz Brothers & Carol Bruce feature
©Sep. 28, 1942. Johnny sings and dances to "Don't You Think We Ought To Dance" with Grace McDonald.

1943

Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 1: The Black Hangman Strikes (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Feb. 7, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 2: Menaced By Murderers (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Feb. 14, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 3: Into The Flames! (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Feb. 21, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 4: Doorway Of Death (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Mar. 1, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943 as The Door To Death! Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 5: Crashed In A Crater! (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Mar. 8, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 6: Rendezvous With Doom (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Mar. 15, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 7: Gestapo Execution (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Mar. 22, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 8: Masters Of Treachery (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Mar. 28, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 9: Wings Of Destruction (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Apr. 4, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 10: Caught In The Caves Of An-kar-ban (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Apr. 11, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 11: Hostages For Treason (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Apr. 18, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 12: The Black Hangman Strikes Again (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
Apr. 25, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Adventures Of The Flying Cadets chapter 13: The Troll Of Treason! (featured role: Cadet Danny Collins)
May 2, 1943 - Universal - 2 reels - serial
©Aug. 20, 1943. Also starring Bobby Jordan, Robert Armstrong, Jennifer Holt, Eduardo Ciannelli and Regis Toomey.
Campus Rhythm (featured role: "Scoop" Davis)
Nov. 19, 1943 - Monogram - 6 reels - feature
©Oct. 8, 1943. Also starring Gale Storm and Robert Lowery.
Harvest Melody (featured role: Tommy Nelson)
Nov. 22, 1943 - Colmes/PRC - 7 reels - Rosemary Lane feature
©Nov. 22, 1943.

1944

What A Man! (lead role: Henry M. Burrows)
Jan. 31, 1944 - Monogram - 7 reels - feature
©Jan. 3, 1944. Also starring Wanda McKay and Robert Kent.
Trocadero (featured role: Johnny Downs)
Apr. 24, 1944 - Colmes/Republic - 8 reels - Rosemary Lane feature
©Feb. 29, 1944. Johnny sings "How Could You Do That To Me" with Rosemary Lane.
Twilight On The Prairie (featured role: Bucky)
May 1944 - Universal - 6 reels - feature
©June 14, 1944. Also starring Leon Errol, Vivian Austin, Eddie Quillan and Jimmie Dodd. Johnny sings "Where The Prairie Meets The Sky."

1945

Forever Yours (role: Ricky)
Jan. 26, 1945 - Monogram - 10 reels - Gale Storm feature
©Dec. 22, 1944.
Rhapsody In Blue (role: dancer)
prem. June 27, 1945 - Warner Bros. - 151 min. - feature
©Sep. 22, 1945. Released Sep. 22, 1945. 135 minutes without overture.

1946

The Kid From Brooklyn (role: master of ceremonies)
Mar. 21, 1946 - Goldwyn-Trinity/RKO - 113 min. - Danny Kaye feature
©Apr. 18, 1946.

1948

Girl About Town (co-host and featured role: press agent)
late 1948 - 20 min. - NBC - TV series
IMDb credits Johnny with appearing in the debut episode of Sep. 8, 1948, as well as the second episode on Sep. 15th. Apparently this wasn't his entire involvement, as he reportedly left the series in October or November. Another source states that he was on the show during its first month, which would coincide nicely with the start of his second series of the year. "Girl About Town" was aired Wednesdays from 8:00 to 8:30, or sometimes 8:00 to 8:15, though one online source states that it was a 20-minute show, perhaps to make time for the sponsor's commercial. After Johnny left, the show continued until June 26, 1949, by which time it had been renamed Around The Town.
Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall (series regular)
late 1948 - 30 min. - CBS - TV series
Starring Ralph Dumke. Network debut on Oct. 1, 1948. This began either as a TV special or as a local series in August 1948 called Captain Billy's Showboat, but it isn't clear if Johnny was already on board. The name was changed on Sep. 17th. The TV series ended on Nov. 26, 1948.

1949

Manhattan Showcase (co-host)
1949 - CBS - 15 min. - TV series
Johnny co-hosted this series with Helen Gallagher. Debuted on Feb. 28th and ended on June 16th.
Square Dance Jubilee (role: Johnny Downs)
Nov. 11, 1949 - Barry/Lippert - 79 min. - feature
©Nov. 28, 1949. Starring Don Barry, Mary Beth Hughes, Spade Cooley and His Band, and Wally Vernon.

1950

The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue (appearance)
Mar. 26, 1950 - ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Hills Of Oklahoma (role: square dance caller)
June 1, 1950 - Republic - 67 min. - Rex Allen feature
©May 9, 1950.

1951

Racket Squad episode: The Diamond That Wasn't (undetermined role)
Aug. 9, 1951 - Showcase/CBS - 30 min. - TV episode

1952

Racket Squad episode: Fair Exchange (undetermined role)
Feb. 14, 1952 - Showcase/CBS - 30 min. - TV episode
The Unexpected episode: The Slide Rule Blonde (role: Fred)
Apr. 2, 1952 - Ziv - 30 min. - TV episode
Sky King episode: The Porcelain Lion (role: Jeff Bradford)
Dec. 20, 1952 - Chertok/NBC - 30 min. - TV episode
Stars And Stripes Forever (undetermined role)
prem. Dec. 22, 1952 - 20th Century-Fox - 10 reels - Clifton Webb feature
©Dec. 17, 1952.

1953

Call Me Madam (role: cameraman)
prem. Mar. 4, 1953 - 20th Century-Fox - 114 min. - feature
©Mar. 5, 1953. Released in Apr. 1953. Starring Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Vera-Ellen and George Sanders. Filmed in Technicolor.
The Girls Of Pleasure Island (role: Marine)
Apr. 1, 1953 - Paramount - 95 min. - Leo Genn & Don Taylor feature
©Apr. 1, 1953. Filmed in Technicolor.
Column South (role: Lt. Posick)
May 20, 1953 - Universal International - 84 min. - Audie Murphy & Joan Evans feature
©Mar. 10, 1953. Filmed in Technicolor.
Cruisin' Down The River (role: Young Jack)
prem. July 23, 1953 - Columbia - 9 reels - feature
©Aug. 31, 1953. Released Aug. 3, 1953. Starring Dick Haymes, Audrey Taylor, and Billy Daniels.
You Asked For It episode (appearance)
Jul. 27, 1953 - ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Hosted by Art Baker. Featuring a reunion of the silent-era Our Gang kids, along with Bob McGowan, Fern Carter and Art Lloyd.
The Caddy (bit role: shipping clerk)
Aug. 10, 1953 - York/Paramount - 95 min. - Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis feature
©Sep. 4, 1953.
Here Come The Girls (role: Bob)
prem. Aug. 14, 1953 - Hope/Paramount - 78 min. - feature
©Dec. 1, 1953. Released Oct. 22, 1953. Filmed in Technicolor. Starring Bob Hope, Tony Martin, Arlene Dahl and Rosemary Clooney.

late 1950s


1959

Take A Good Look episode (appearance)
Oct. 22, 1959 - Mansfield-Arnell/ABC - 30 min. - TV episode
Hosted by Ernie Kovacs. Johnny appeared along with Jean Darling, Jay R. Smith, Jack Davis, Sherwood Bailey and Farina Hoskins.

1965

That Regis Philbin Show episode 1.82 (guest appearance)
Feb. 16, 1965 - Group W - 90 min. - TV episode

1968


1970


1974

Fred Astaire Salutes The Fox Musicals (archival footage)
Oct. 24, 1974 - 20th Century-Fox Television/ABC - 64 min. - TV movie
Includes footage from "Pigskin Parade" in which Johnny, along with Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Jack Haley and Patsy Kelly, performs "The Balboa."

1970s


1980

Jack White's Journal (appearance)
Sep. 20, 1980 - KGTV - 30 episode - TV episode
Johnny appears to discuss his career. A clip from "One Wild Ride" is shown.

1984

Our Gang: Inside The Clubhouse (archival)
May 8, 1984 - Lang/Camellia City Telecasters - 93 mins. - TV documentary
Includes footage from "You Asked For It."

1994

The Our Gang Story (archival)
1994 - Film Shows/GoodTimes - 120 min. - video documentary
Includes footage from "Monkey Business" and "Shivering Spooks."

2002

E! True Hollywood Story episode: Curse Of The Little Rascals (archival)
Nov. 24, 2002 - E! Entertainment Television - 60 min. - TV documentary

Johnny Downs' payroll history

The following is a list of Johnny's history at the Roach studio, with the amounts he was making from week to week. Interestingly, he's typically referred to as Jack Downs in the ledgers. The dates given are Saturdays, the last day of each week at the studio. The only exceptions would be Saturdays that were also holidays, in which case the Friday date is used for those weeks.

Special note: Production A38 (Ask Grandma), and Production K3 (One Wild Ride) are missing from this list. It appears that in each case, they started off as the previous production, which then got divided into two films.

Johnny returned to the studio about two weeks later.

Johnny again returned to the studio after about two weeks.

After this, it would be about a month before Johnny returned to the studio.

After this, it would be three weeks before Johnny worked at the studio again.

For the weeks ending Aug. 22nd and 29th, the studio was closed, but Johnny still made his $60 salary both weeks.

There were no ledger sheets for the week ending Jan. 2nd, due to the studio being closed, but Johnny was still paid his $75.

For four weeks during July, the studio was closed for summer vacation and Johnny didn't receive his salary, though he did receive an extra $75 the week before the hiatus.

The payroll ledger for 1927 has gone missing, so details about Johnny's brief return to the series in March/April are not available, but it would have been as a day worker.


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