WorldCat Identities

Birell, Tala 1908-1959

Works: 21 works in 35 publications in 2 languages and 2,125 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Film and video adaptations 
Roles: Actor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Tala Birell
Bringing up Baby by Howard Hawks ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and French and held by 1,834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A scatterbrained heiress uses her pet leopard, Baby, to attract the attention of a stuffy paleontologist
Greatest classic films collection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Woman of the Year: Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle
The monster maker ( )
4 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A scientist has developed a serum which grotesquely distorts the victim's hands and heads. The scientist decides to use his new serum on a concert pianist to extort money from him for the cure as well as take the man's daughter for a wife. Things do not go as planned for the scientist due to the interference of the pianist's daughter and her boyfriend
Chills ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Monster maker: "Mad scientist Dr. Igor Markhoff finds his romantic advances are scorned by a beautiful young woman who bears a striking resemblance to his dead wife. In a fury of jealous vengeance, Markhoff exacts a gruesome, hideous retribution upon the young woman and her family"--Packaging
Horror classics. 50 movies ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of classic films featuring monsters, aliens, and the unknown
Jungle Queen ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During World War II, the Nazi High Command sends agents into the African jungle to stir up the local Tongghili tribes against the British Allies. This allows them to plant Commander Elise Bork, posing as a scientist, and her subordinate, Lang, within the Tambosa Experimental Farm. Along with the help of Maati, an evil rival tribesman, they search for the legendary "Secret Sword," which has mysterious powers
The Purple Heart ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harvey Ross (Andrews) is captain of a flight crew in the first World War II aerial attack on the Japanese mainland. Their plane has been crippled in the raid, and the eight men bail out over China. Now they have been captured, brought to Japan and charged with murder, falsely accused of bombing schools and hospitals. Subjected to a brutal trial in violation of international law, the final verdict is never in doubt - they will be found guilty and executed - unless they reveal the secret location from which the bombing raid was launched. When the threat of death proves useless, one by one the US airmen are taken and tortured, leaving them physically and mentally shattered
Crime and punishment ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1935 and 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Believing he can commit the perfect crime, a man robs and murders an elderly pawnbroker. He soon finds himself engaged in a battle of wits with a policeman determined to wring a confession out of him
Josette ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Angry that their wealthy father has fallen under the spell of a gold-digging chanteuse, siblings Don Ameche and Robert Young seek the woman out for a confrontation. It gets bad when they mistakenly pursue understudy Simone Simone...and it gets worse when they each find themselves falling for her
Women in bondage ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With her husband ordered to the Russian front during World War II, Margot Bracken (Gail Patrick) returns to Hitler's Germany for the first time in 10 years. Appointed section leader of the local youth movement, she finds herself responsible for the Nazification of a group of teenaged girls. Bearing witness to mercy killings, suicides, torture and pagan baptisms, Margot seeks to stop the atrocities before the SS puts an end to both her and her plans
Women in the night ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Director and co-scriptor William Rowland gives full reign to his flair for the dramatic in this timelessly appealing war thriller. The atrocities that women were subjected to in occupied countries is portrayed with great feeling. Women in the Night is a moving and enthralling account of how victimized women held their own courage and dignity while faced with impossible odds. This evergreen classic weaves an enthralling tale of suspense, romance, intrigue and ultimate sacrifice."--Container
Horror classics ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Maniac: Based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The black cat," the wild plot concerns a mad doctor who blackmails a former vaudeville impersonator into helping him to obtain the corpses he needs to perform Frankenstein-like experiments
My dear children ( Book )
2 editions published in 1939 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
National Theatre, Richard Aldrich and Richard Myers present John Barrymore in "My Dear Children," a new comedy by Catherine Turney and Jerry Horwin, with Elaine Barrie, Tala Birell, Philip Reed, directed by Otto Preminger, setting by Donald Oenslager
White legion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Twenty-five thousand Frenchmen are wiped out by yellow fever, forcing France to abandon its attempt to build the Panama Canal. The Americans take over the project, but realize that unless the deadly jungle fever can be controlled, there is no chance of success. A brilliant team of scientists led by Dr. Julian Murray face death as they wage all-out war on the rapidly spreading plague--Container
Till we meet again ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1944 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A French novitiate nun pretends to be the wife of an American flyer in order to aid his escape from occupied France with secret papers from the French Underground
Girls of the big house ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1945 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The captain hates the sea ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1934 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"As passengers board the cruise ship San Capador, its captain, Helquist, tells a group of reporters how much he hates the sea, and that he only became a sailor to escape his father. He also informs the reporters that, in the case of an accident, he plans to be the first man in a lifeboat, having no intentions of 'going down with the ship.' Newspaperman Steve Bramley arrives at the dock, delivered there by his fiancée, Gerta Klangi. Steve is leaving Hollywood, where he has failed as a screenwriter, to go back to New York, in the hope of both writing a book, and giving up the bottle. Once aboard the ship, Steve runs into his old drinking buddy, Layton, the ship's chief steward. They are soon joined by another old friend, private detective Junius P. Schulte, who is aboard the ship in search of $250,000 in stolen bonds. Just after the ship leaves the dock, the pilot ship pulls alongside, and notorious crook Danny Checkett boards the cruise ship, under the name 'Fairaday.' He is immediately greeted by Schulte, who asks him to hand over the bonds. Danny declares his innocence, and their game of 'hide-and-seek' begins. Also aboard the cruise ship are Mr. and Mrs. Jeddock, a seemingly distinguished couple; Mrs. Yolanda Magruder, a feisty rich widow; General Salazaro, a revolutionary; and Bostonian Janet Grayson, a librarian on vacation. At dinner that night, Danny and Schulte both vie for Janet's attention. Afterward, Steve goes back to his room, where he finds a phonograph record of Gerta, in which she proclaims her love and belief in him. Despite her encouragement, Steve immediately 'falls off the wagon, ' and soon becomes a close friend of the head bartender. When Steve sees Mrs. Jeddock for the first time, he recognizes her as an old prostitute he knew under the name 'Goldie.' Mr. Jeddock is so upset by this that he attacks Steve, but the writer, though intoxicated, still beats the hapless husband to the punch. Later, when Danny is alone with Janet, their true relationship is disclosed: they are actually accomplices, engaged to be married. While Danny is pleased that Janet has attracted the attention of Schulte, he, in turn, is being pursued by the elder Mrs. Magruder. Janet, thinking that Schulte is completely taken by her, hides the stolen bonds in the detective's cabin. Schulte, however, is on to her, knowing that her real name is Blanche Ditworthy, and is otherwise known as 'Michigan Red.' Layton discovers the truth about Danny and Janet, and blackmails the crooks to keep their secret from Schulte. After four days at sea, Salazaro is greeted with a hero's welcome by his old friend Juan Gilboa when the ship docks in his country. The other passengers are shocked to learn, a bit later, that Salazaro has been executed by a firing squad, as his revolutionary group had been defeated prior to his arrival. Back at sea, Schulte proposes marriage to Janet, and she accepts as part of her ruse. As Schulte announces their engagement, the band plays The wedding march, just as the Jeddock's arrive in the dining room. Mr. Jeddock explodes at the group, thinking that the song is a snide comment on his wife's past, and is taken away by the ship's crew, who throw him in the brig. Mrs. Jeddock then attempts suicide by jumping off the ship, but both Danny and Schulte jump to her rescue. Janet goes to Schulte to tell him the truth, only to discover that he knows all, having found the bonds, yet still wishes to marry her. As the ship arrives in New York, Mr. and Mrs. Jeddock are reunited in the captain's quarters, where Mrs. Jeddock gives her husband a piece of her mind, as well as part of a blackjack. At the dock, Danny, who realizes that he has lost both Janet and the bonds, renews his acquaintance with the rich Mrs. Magruder, whom, he learns, is worth $7,000,000. Schulte gives his business card to Janet, and tells her to meet him there, which she does. Finally, Steve leaves the ship, in no better condition than he boarded, only to be met by Gerta. Though she realizes he has lost yet another battle with the bottle, she accepts him back in her arms, and they drive away"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
Spring tonic ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"On the night before her wedding, Betty Ingals walks out of the rehearsal angry at her milquetoast fiancé, Caleb Enix, because of his insistence on reasonableness and his lack of ardor. When he refuses to elope, Betty, with her clumsy, easily frightened maid Maggie in tow, sneaks into her car. Sykes, a snooping reporter, climbs onto their rumble seat as Betty heads upstate heedless of Maggie's warning that that part of the country is full of crazy people. As they near the Summit Lodge, Sykes is knocked into the bushes. Nearby, at the Melleh Bros. Wild Animal Circus, tiger trainer Lola rebukes her philandering husband Jose, who then opens the cage of Lola's tiger Mina so that Lola will be preoccupied while he pursues recreation. While searching for Mina, Lola comes across Giffen and Camebridge Nasher, two loony moonshiners, and promises to hire them as acrobats if they help find the tiger. Betty pays Matt, a partner of the Nashers in applejack production, ten dollars to stay in the lodge. When Jose serenades her under her window, Betty is excited to hear that he just wants to make love, rather than reason with her, like Caleb. After Maggie calls Caleb to tell him their location, Sykes arrives at the lodge. Betty denies her identity to him, but when Caleb arrives, Sykes takes notes as Betty explains that she is bored with him and cannot go through with the wedding. As Betty walks off arm in arm with Jose, Caleb, seeing Sykes about to phone in the story about their breakup, wraps the phone line around his neck. With Matt's help, Caleb drops Sykes into a cellar. When Lola arrives with her whip, Jose sneaks out. After Caleb receives advice from Matt that women prefer force to reason, he enters Betty's room, where Jose has returned. When Caleb asks if he intends to marry Betty, Jose leaves by the window, and after Betty closes the door on Caleb, she climbs out to Jose. To help Caleb, Matt kidnaps Maggie, thinking her to be Betty, and they drive off, but return when they discover that they really have Maggie. When Lola catches Jose embracing Betty, he tells Betty to wait in the loft of the barn and then runs from Lola. Caleb captures Jose for Lola, while Maggie falls into the cellar with Sykes. After Caleb ties up Jose, he instructs Caleb in courtship technique, explaining that he is in love with love, and tells him that Betty is waiting in the barn. As Caleb confronts Betty, the tiger comes into the barn. Although Caleb's first reaction is to run, he then grabs a whip and makes the tiger lie down and roll over. After the Nashers see this and tell Lola, she reclaims the tiger, whom she says she had tamed by never letting her forget that she is the master. With his whip, Caleb orders Betty down from the loft and kisses her passionately. Never having experienced such a kiss from him, Betty wants more. Lola returns to the circus with both the tiger and Jose encaged, as Caleb and Betty leave Maggie with Sykes"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940
The power of the whistler ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1945 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
William Everest is a homicidal maniac, victim of amnesia. Jean Lang, a friendly girl who makes his acquaintance and nearly falls victim to the killer. But her sister, Francie, figures out William's true identity before any harm can be done
Curse of a teenage Nazi ( Visual )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"A melodrama which has for its theme the mistreatment of white women by the German and Japanese forces in Shanghai shortly before the collapse of the Japanese government"--Copyright catalog, 1940-1949
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Alternative Names
Bierl, Natalie 1907-1958 Wirklicher Name
Bierle, Natalie, 1908-1959
English (33)
French (1)