James Craven (American actor)

James Craven, circa 1945.

James Craven (born October 2, 1892 – June 29, 1955) was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles and has a minimum of 98 film and television credits including the TV show The Adventures of Kit Carson, as well as the classic motion picture, Johnny Belinda, and the popular movie serials, The Green Archer, Captain Midnight and King of the Rocket Men.

In his book, Serials-ly Speaking: Essays on Cliffhangers author William C. Cline described Craven's screen presence and characterisations in this fashion: "Suave, sophisticated and crafty, James Craven worked both sides of the street in cliffhangers. As a distinguished looking man -- supposedly a gentleman -- he gained the confidence of the good guys while working against them at every turn... Starting with The Green Archer for Columbia Pictures in 1940, Craven schemed his way through seven serials including White Eagle (1941), Captain Midnight (1942) at Columbia, The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), Federal Agents vs. Underworld Inc. (1948), King of the Rocket Men (1949), and Flying Disc Man from Mars (1950) at Republic Pictures."[1]

Partial filmography

Further reading

  • Seymour, Blackie (2010). "Names to Faces". Films of the Golden Age. No. 63. pp. 80–85. ISSN 1083-5369.


  1. ^ Cline, William C. (1994). Serials-Ly Speaking: Essays on Cliffhangers. McFarland & Co. ISBN 978-0899509099.

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