Born Fred Bowditch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on December 23, 1906, actor Kane Richmond spent his childhood in Minneapolis before attending St. Thomas College for a period of time. Afterward, he secured a job as a states rights film distributor in the upper midwest, a lucrative job for a young man in the 1920s. He was so successful at booking films that Columbia, then a poverty-row studio, hired him in 1929 to distribute films in Southern California. He also did a bit of extra work for various studios in such films as the early musical Song of Love (1929; with Eve Arden) and Their Own Desire (1929; with Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery). In early 1930, Universal tested the athletic Richmond for its Leather Pusher series of boxing shorts, and to his surprise Richmond was cast in the lead role for all ten shorts shot in 1930 and 1931.
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Universal still of Kane Richmond from 1930

Despite his starring role in The Leather Pushers, Richmond toiled for the next two years in supporting roles and in small uncredited roles made by a wide variety of studios, including MGM, Columbia, Fox, and the poverty row studios. Richmond met actress Marion Burns on the set of the adventure The Devil Tiger (1934), and the couple married in 1934. The following year, Richmond landed breakthrough roles in the independent serial The Lost Jungle (1935; with William 'Stage' Boyd and Claudia Dell) and Mascot's The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935; with Mischa Auer). However, Richmond still often remained uncredited in bigger productions and soon found himself relegated to starring roles in quickly produced second features and such serials as Spy Smasher (1942; with Marguerite Chapman), Haunted Harbor (1944; with Kay Aldridge), Jungle Raiders (1945; with Veda Ann Borg), and Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945; with Joan Woodbury).

the films of kane richmond

The Leather Pushers (1930)

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Richmond's first starring role came in Universal's series of shorts The Leather Pushers, in which Richmond portrayed a boxer

The Lost City (1935)

Kane Richmond and Claudia Dell

With Claudia Dell in the low-budget 12-chapter science fiction serial The Lost City

The Escape (1939)

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LEFT and CENTER: From the 20th Century Fox second feature The Escape with June Gale. RIGHT: With Edward Norris and June Gale. This film was directed by Ricardo Cortez

Winner Take All (1939)

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With Gloria Stuart in the 20th Century Fox second feature Winner Take All

The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)

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With Lynn Bari in the 20th Century Fox western The Return of the Cisco Kid

Double Cross (1941)

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From the PRC crime drama Double Cross with Pauline Moore

Play Girl (1941)

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With Kay Francis in the RKO romantic comedy Play Girl

Spy Smasher (1942)

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From Republic's World War II serial Spy Smasher

Passkey to Danger (1946)

Kane Richmond and Stephanie Bachelor

From Republic's film noir entry Passkey to Danger with Stephanie Bachelor

later years

Following the end of World War II, Kane Richmond's film career was in trouble. He tried to make a go of Monogram's The Shadow series, making three films in 1946. At this time, Richmond was 40 years old and realized that stardom and better productions were not in the cards for him. In 1948, he acted in his final film, Stage Struck (1948; with Ralph Byrd and Wanda McKay) and then ended his career. He went into the fashion business and made much more money than he ever had as an actor. Sadly, Kane Richmond passed away from cancer on March 22, 1973, at the age of 66. He was survived by wife Marion Burns (1907-1993) and their two children.

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Stage Struck (1948) with Conrad Nagel, Ralph Byrd, Pamela Blake, Evelyn Brent, and Wanda McKay
Brick Bradford (1947) with Rick Vallin and Jack Ingram
Black Gold (1947) with Anthony Quinn, Katherine DeMille, Elyse Knox, Raymond Hatton, and Darryl Hickman
The Missing Lady (1946) with Barbara Read and George Chandler
Traffic in Crime (1946) with Anne Nage, Adele Mara, and Wilton Graff
Don't Gamble with Strangers (1946) with Bernadene Hayes, Peter Cookson, and Anthony Caruso
Behind the Mask (1946) with Barbara Read, George Chandler, Robert Shayne, and Joyce Compton
Passkey to Danger (1946) with Adele Mara and Gerald Mohr
The Return of the Shadow (1946) with Barbara Read
Black Market Babies (1945) with Ralph Morgan, Teala Loring, and Dewey Robinson
The Tiger Woman (1945) with Adele Mara
Jungle Raiders (1945) with Eddie Quillan, Veda Ann Borg, and Carol Hughes
Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945) with Joan Woodbury
Haunted Harbor (1944) with Kay Aldridge and Roy Barcroft
Roger Touhy, Gangster (1944) with Preston Foster, Victor McLaglen, Kent Taylor, Anthony Quinn, Harry Morgan, Reed Hadley, and John Archer
Bermuda Mystery (1944) with Preston Foster, Ann Rutherford, and Charles Butterworth
Ladies Courageous (1944) with Loretta Young, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Diana Barrymore, Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers, Phillip Terry, David Bruce, Lois Collier, and June Vincent
Three Russian Girls (1943) with Anna Sten and Kent Smith
There's Something About a Soldier (1943) with Tom Neal, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Jeff Donnell, and Hugh Beaumont
For God and Country (1943) with Ronald Reagan, Hugh Marlowe, Richard Carlson, Richard Crane, and Doodles Weaver
Spy Smasher (1942) with Marguerite Chapman
A Gentleman at Heart (1942) with Cesar Romero, Carole Landis, Milton Berle, J. Carrol Naish, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr., and Charles Lane
Hard Guy (1941) with Jack La Rue, Mary Healy, and Iris Adrian
Great Guns (1941) with Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sheila Ryan, and Mae Marsh
Capt. Baker Riders of the Purple Sage (1941) with George Montgomery, Mary Howard, and Lynne Roberts
Mountain Moonlight (1941) with John Archer
Double Cross (1941) with Pauline Moore and Wynne Gibson
Play Girl (1941) with Kay Francis, James Ellison, Nigel Bruce, and Margaret Hamilton
Murder Over New York (1940) with Sidney Toler, Marjorie Weaver, Robert Lowery, Ricardo Cortez, and Melville Cooper
Knute Rockne All American (1940) with Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp, and John Litel
Charlie Chan in Panama (1940) with Sidney Toler, Lionel Atwill, Mary Nash, Victor Sen Yung, Chris-Pin Martin, and Jack La Rue
20,000 Men a Year (1939) with Randolph Scott, Preston Foster, Margaret Lindsay, Mary Healy, Jane Darwell, Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom, and Victor Sen Yung
The Escape (1939) with June Gale, Scotty Beckett, and Jack Carson
Chicken Wagon Family (1939) with Jane Withers, Leo Carrillo, Marjorie Weaver, and Spring Byington
Charlie Chan in Reno (1939) with Sidney Toler, Ricardo Cortez, Slim Summerville, Victor Sen Yung, and Pauline Moore
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939) with Warner Baxter, Lynn Bari, Cesar Romero, and Henry Hull
Winner Take All (1939) with Tony Martin, Gloria Stuart, and Slim Summerville
Tail Spin (1939) with Alice Faye, Constance Bennett, Nancy Kelly, Joan Davis, Charles Farrell, and Jane Wyman
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) with Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton, C. Montague Shaw, and Kenne Duncan
Young Dynamite (1937) with Frankie Darro
Anything for a Thrill (1937) with Frankie Darro
Tough to Handle (1937) with Frankie Darro and Phyllis Cerf
Headline Crasher (1937) with Frankie Darro
Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937) with Victor McLaglen, Peter Lorre, John Carradine, and Jane Darwell
The Devil Diamond (1937) with Frankie Darro, June Gale, Byron Foulger, and Jack Ingram
With Love and Kisses (1936) with Toby Wing
Racing Blood (1936) with Frankie Darro and Gladys Blake
Born to Fight (1936) with Frankie Darro, Jack La Rue, and Sheila Bromley
Private Number (1936) with Robert Taylor, Loretta Young, Basil Rathbone, Patsy Kelly, Joe E. Lewis, and Jane Darwell
The Lure of Hollywood (1936) with Marian Nixon
Thunderbolt (1935)
Forced Landing (1935) with Sidney Blackmer, Toby Wing, and Barbara Pepper
The Silent Code (1935) with Blanche Mehaffey
Confidential (1935) with Donald Cook, J. Carrol Naish, and Herbert Rawlinson
The Adventures of Rex and Rinty (1935) with Mischa Auer, Smiley Burnette, and Ralph Byrd
Circus Shadows (1935) with Dorothy Wilson
The Lost City (1935) with William 'Stage' Boyd, Claudia Dell, and George 'Gabby' Hayes
I Can't Escape (1934) with Lila Lee and Clara Kimball Young
The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934) with Ralph Bellamy ,Shirley Grey, Gail Patrick, and Ward Bond
Voice in the Night (1934) with Tim McCoy and Ward Bond
The Devil Tiger (1934) with Marion Burns
Huddle (1932) with Ramon Novarro, Madge Evans, and Una Merkel
Torchy Passes the Buck (1931) with Dorothy Dix and Franklin Pangborn
Cavalier of the West (1931) with Harry Carey, Carlotta Monti, and George 'Gabby' Hayes
Politics (1931) with Marie Dressler, Polly Moran, and Roscoe Ates
Stepping Out (1931) with Charlotte Greenwood and Reginald Denny
Open House (1931)
The Champion (1931) with Sally Blane
Kane Meets Abel (1931) with Sally Blane
The Lady Killer (1931) with Sally Blane
Framed! (1931) with Sally Blane
All for a Lady (1930) with Sally Blane
The Mardi Gras (1930) with Sally Blane
The Comeback (1930) with Sally Blane
The Knockout (1930) with Sally Blane
Hammer and Tongs (1930) with Sally Blane
Kid Roberts (1930) with Sally Blane
The Leather Pushers (1930) with Sally Blane

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