biography

Born Farron Bromfield in South Bend, Indiana, on June 11, 1922, actor John Bromfield starred in a number of film noir classics and westerns during his fairly short film career, which lasted roughly a decade. Bromfield's rugged frame made him a natural for the westerns in which he was often cast, but he also proved to be a sturdy leading man in other film genres as well, including action/adventure, war films, and even a few comedies.

Corinne CalvetTab Hunter and John Bromfield

LEFT: Beautiful Corinne Calvet was the first Mrs. Bromfield. RIGHT: Bromfield with Tab Hunter

John Bromfield's first film roles came in 1948, when he was cast in the film noir thriller Sorry, Wrong Number for Columbia and in the adventure Harpoon at Paramount. During the making of his third film, Rope of Sand, Bromfield met actress Corinne Calvet, also a cast member. The couple married after completing the film in 1948 but parted ways in 1954. His career continued to thrive through the mid 1950s, often starring in film noir releases and adventures, as well as the horror film Revenge of the Creature (1955; with John Agar and Lori Nelson). In 1956, he secured the title role in the Desilu-produced syndicated TV show Sheriff of Cochise, which was retitled U.S. Marshal during its third season. Bromfield met dancer Larri Thomas on the set of Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956; with Beverly Garland), and they married shortly thereafter. But this union ended in 1959, as did his TV show the following year.

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Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

John Bromfield and Leif Erickson

From Paramount's film noir thriller Sorry, Wrong Number with Leif Erickson

Rope of Sand (1949) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

John Bromfield, Paul Henreid, and Corinne Calvet

From the Paramount film noir adventure Rope of Sand with Paul Henreid and Corinne Calvet

Easy to Love (1953) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

John Bromfield and Esther Williams

From Easy to Love with Esther Williams

The Black Dakotas (1954) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

John Bromfield

From the Columbia western The Black Dakotas

Revenge of the Creature (1955)

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LEFT: John Bromfield looks for the Gill Man in the Universal 3-D horror film Revenge of the Creature, the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. CENTER With John Agar and Lori Nelson. RIGHT: Bromfield meets an early end

The Big Bluff (1955)

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From The Big Bluff with Martha Vickers

Hot Cars (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Hot Cars with Joi Lansing


Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)


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Stills from the Universal-International adventure flick Curucu, Beast of the Amazon with Beverly Garland

Crime Against Joe (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Julie London and John Bromfield

From Crime Against Joe with Julie London

Manfish (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Victor Jory and John Bromfield

With Victor Jory in the adventure Manfish

Sheriff of Cochise, aka U.S. Marshal (1956-1960 Syndicated TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: Promotional shot of Bromfield from U.S. Marshal. CENTER: Souvenir program for the 1960 Los Angeles Sportmen's Show featuring John Bromfield (in character as Frank Morgan) on the cover. Spot Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound on the TV inset photo (thanks to Michael Barnum). RIGHT: A 1964 promotional photo

later years

Bromfield portrayed Frank Morgan in the TV series Sheriff of Cochise, produced by Desilu and released in the fall of 1956. Actor Stan Jones, who wrote the hit song Ghost Riders in the Sky, portrayed Deputy Olson. A total of 55 episodes were produced before the title of the series was changed to U.S. Marshal in 1958. More than 60 episodes of the retitled show were lensed until its demise in 1960. Following the cancellation of the series, Bromfield retired from the screen to produce sports shows and to fish off Newport Beach. After putting the wrap on his sports career, he moved to Arizona. Sadly, John Bromfield passed away on September 18, 2005, at the age of 83. He was survived by his third wife, Mary, whom he married in 1962.

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TELEVISION
U.S. Marshal [DVD] DVD
Ten episodes-including "Lynching Party," "Pursuit," "Backfire," "Kill or Be Killed," and "The Diner"-are featured in a two-disc set. 4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. **10 episodes on 2 discs. 4 hrs.**
U.S. Marshal, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Escape Artist," "Federal Agent," "Man Who Lived Twice," and "Murder My Darling." 102 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Sheriff Of Cochise, Vol.1 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Bank Robbery," "Husband and Wife," "Lynching Party," and "The Red-Haired Visitor," plus a bonus episode of "Sugarfoot." 104 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Sheriff Of Cochise, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Closed for Repairs," "Helldorado," "Human Bomb," and "The Safe Man." 103 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Sheriff Of Cochise, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Freight Train," "Looters," "Revenge," and "Triangle." 103 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Sheriff Of Cochise, Vol. 4 [DVD] DVD
Includes "Cain and Abel," "Massacre," "Relatives," and "Robbery." 103 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.

FILM
Sorry, Wrong Number [DVD](1948) DVD
Classic suspense thriller stars Barbara Stanwyck in her Oscar-nominated role as a woman who accidentally hears her own murder being planned over the telephone, and must stop the plot before she's permanently disconnected. With Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey. 88 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; theatrical trailer; scene access.
Rope Of Sand [DVD](1949) DVD
Burt Lancaster stars as an American who's tortured and nearly killed in South Africa by a mining company official (Paul Henreid) who wants the location of a stash of diamonds he found in the desert. Lancaster refuses to talk and returns to the region two years later to claim the ice. But this time he'll have to contend with a gorgeous nightclub singer (Corinne Calvet) recruited by the local diamond syndicate boss (Claude Rains) to seduce and double-cross him. Peter Lorre also stars in this taut action yarn. 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Furies [DVD](1950) DVD
Walter Huston made his final screen appearance in director Anthony Mann's moody Western melodrama, playing a landowner in the 1870s New Mexico Territory eager to bequeath his property to daughter Barbara Stanwyck--as long as she marries the "proper" man. When Stanwyck falls for gambler Wendell Corey, whose father was killed by Huston, the old rancher takes a desperate step. Gilbert Roland, Judith Anderson co-star. 109 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; booklet; original novel; more.
The Bowery Boys, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
The boys' new exterminating business has them servicing a haunted house in "Spook Busters" (1946). The boys' detective agency has to deal with a woman's disappearance in "Hard Boiled Mahoney" (1947). When Louie (Bernard Gorcey) is accused of killing his old mining partner, the "Bowery Buckaroos" (1947) go west to clear his name. Slip (Leo Gorcey) believes he's inherited a Long Island estate, and finds it concealing a "Smugglers' Cove" (1948). A benevolent spectre helps Sach (Huntz Hall) expose phony mediums in "Ghost Chasers" (1951). While chasing crooks posing as sailors, the boys wind up enlisting themselves, in "Let's Go Navy!" (1951). The boys get placed in college, due to a rich snob's bet they can be made gentlemen, in "Hold That Line" (1952). The boys are "Loose In London" (1953) to visit Sach's ancestral castle. Slip and Sach help an Air Force buddy framed for treason in "Clipped Wings" (1953). The boys become "Private Eyes" (1953) when Sach becomes telepathic. "The Bowery Boys Meet The Monsters" (1953)--Enough said? The boys help out a hoodwinked young heir in "High Society" (1955). 13 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Classic Western Round-Up, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Prairie fires, snowstorms, hostile Indians, and a gun-smuggling Joan Bennett are just some of the problems trail boss Randolph Scott has to cope with on a 10,000-head cattle drive to Kansas, in "The Texans" (1938). With May Robson, Robert Cummings, Walter Brennan. Barbara Stanwyck is a gambling queen with a shady past who joins forces with an Army deserter and an old-time miner to face off against a powerful land baron, in "California" (1946). Ray Milland, Barry Fitzgerald also star. Then, Audie Murphy is a gunman who is wrongly accused of helping the Dalton gang in a train robbery--then joins them for real, in "The Cimarron Kid" (1952). With Beverly Tyler, James Best, and John Bromfield. Finally, Glenn Ford stars as "The Man from the Alamo" (1953). Branded a coward for his actions at the doomed fortress, Ford must fight to prove himself during the Mexican War. Julia Adams, Victor Jory, Hugh O'Brian co-star. 6 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailers.
TCM Spotlight: Esther Williams, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
First, "Thrill of a Romance" (1945) stars Esther Williams as a swimming newlywed who does a backstroke over Army Air Corps hero Van Johnson--complicating her new nuptials. With Henry Travers, Lauritz Melchior. Next, "Fiesta" (1947) has Williams posing as her matador brother in order to save her family's name. Ricardo Montalban, Cyd Charisse co-star. "This Time for Keeps" (1947) features Esther as a bathing-suited performer who catches the eye of an opera singer's son. Melchior, Jimmy Durante, Johnnie Johnston co-star. In "Pagan Love Song" (1950), Howard Keel shines as a teacher in Tahiti who falls for Williams--mistakenly believing that she is an island native. Rita Moreno co-stars. Then, "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952) is an enjoyable of 1890s swimming great Annette Kellerman, with Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon. AKA: "The One Piece Bathing Suit." Lastly, "Easy to Love" (1953) focuses on secretary Esther's attempts to make boss Van Johnson notice her. With Tony Martin, John Bromfield. 10 hrs. total on six discs. Soundtrack: English; bonus cartoons; bonus shorts; deleted musical sequences; theatrical trailers.
The Black Dakotas [DVD](1954) DVD
In this western favorite, President Abraham Lincoln attempts to make peace with Sioux Indians so that he can transfer troops to the South to serve in the Civil War. When Confederate soldiers catch wind of Honest Abe's plan, they send a spy to pose as a Yankee and steal some gold that would be part of the peace treaty arrangement. Gary Merrill, Wanda Hendrix, John Bromfield star. 65 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
John Wayne's Suspense Collection: Presented By Batjac Productions [DVD] DVD
Four-disc set includes "Man in the Vault," "Plunder of the Sun," "Ring of Fear," and "Track of the Cat."
The Lon Chaney Collection [DVD] DVD
First, a treasure hunter kills his partner after they find pirate loot, in "Manfish" (1956). Lon Chaney, Jr. stars with Victor Jory and John Bromfield. Next, Lon plays an aging Greek immigrant seeking a college education, in "The Golden Junkman," a 1956 episode of the "Telephone Time" program. Then, a small-town sheriff (Chaney) investigates a case of infidelity and murder, in "The Case of Joe Slade," a 1960 episode of "Lock-Up." Finally, silent but deadly Lon is "The Indestructible Man" (1956), a re-animated criminal seeking revenge on the cohorts who sent him to the chair. Max Showalter and Marian Carr also star. 4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; featurette; photo gallery.
Manfish (1956)/Wetbacks [DVD](1956) DVD
First, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Gold-Bug" and "The Tell-Tale Heart," the picturesque suspenser "Manfish" focuses on a greedy treasure hunter who kills and submerges his partner after they find pirate loot in the Caribbean. Victor Jory, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Bromfield star. Then, in "Wetbacks," a cash-strapped fishing boat captain begins ferrying illegal aliens across the border from Mexico-unaware that he is being monitored by U.S. immigration agents. Lloyd Bridges, Nancy Gates, Barton MacLane star. 165 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Crime Against Joe [DVD](1956) DVD
A "class of 1945" pin found on a murdered nightclub singer is enough to get struggling artist Joe-a member of that graduating class-locked up for the crime. After a friend furnishes him with a phony alibi, Joe takes it upon himself to catch the real killer, knowing only that it is likely one of his high school classmates. John Bromfield, Julie London, Henry Calvin star in this overlooked noir thriller. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Hot Cars [DVD](1956) DVD
John Bromfield plays a man of conscience whose son desperately needs an operation he cannot afford. To earn the money, he maintains his job at a used car dealership even after he learns they are involved in the sale of stolen vehicles. When the law closes in on the establishment, the morally compromised father finds himself in even deeper trouble after he is framed for the murder of a police officer. Carol Shannon, Ralph Clanton co-star. 61 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Quincannon, Frontier Scout [DVD](1956) DVD
Musical veteran Tony Martin takes on the western genre in this rip-roaring adventure derived from a pulp novel by Will Cook. Martin plays Linus Quincannon, an ex-soldier who comes to the aid of a grieving young woman who is trying to find out if her brother was killed after a violent raid upon a fort nestled deep inside Indian territory. Peggie Castle, John Bromfield co-star. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Three Bad Sisters [DVD](1956) DVD
When a multimillionaire perishes in a plane crash, his trio of daughters stands to receive his considerable estate. One of the sisters, though, craves more than her third of the cut, and launches a depravedly deceitful campaign to drive each of her siblings to insanity and death. Lurid potboiler stars Kathleen Hughes, Marla English, Sara Shane, John Bromfield, Madge Kennedy. 73 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

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filmography

FILM
Crime Against Joe (1956) with Julie London, Patricia Blair, Joel Ashley, Rhodes Reason, and Joyce Jameson
Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956) with Beverly Garland
Hot Cars (1956) with Joi Lansing, Mark Dana, and Dabbs Greer
Manfish (1956) with Victor Jory, Barbara Nichols, and Lon Chaney Jr.
Frontier Scout (1956) with Peggie Castle, Tony Martin, John Smith, Ron Randell, John Doucette, Morris Ankrum, and Peter Mamakos
Three Bad Sisters (1956) with Marla English, Kathleen Hughes, and Brett Halsey
Frontier Gambler (1956) with Coleen Gray, Kent Taylor, Jim Davis, Veda Ann Borg, and Tracey Roberts
The Big Bluff (1955) with Martha Vickers, Robert Hutton, and Rosemarie Stack
Revenge of the Creature (1955) with John Agar and Lori Nelson; once featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Black Dakotas (1954) with Gary Merrill, Wanda Hendrix, Noah Beery Jr., Jay Silverheels, and Clayton Moore
Ring of Fear (1954) with Mickey Spillane, Clyde Beatty, Pat O'Brien, Sean McClory, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, and Kenneth Tobey
Easy to Love (1953) with Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin, King Donovan, and Carroll Baker
Flat Top (1952) with Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, Keith Larsen, William Schallert, and Phyllis Coates
Hold That Line (1952) with Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, and Veda Ann Borg
The Cimarron Kid (1951) with Audie Murphy, Hugh O'Brian, Beverly Tyler, James Best, Yvette Duguay, John Hudson, Leif Erickson, Noah Beery Jr., Gregg Palmer, William Reynolds, and Roy Roberts
The Furies (1950) with Barbara Stanwyck, Gilbert Roland, Wendell Corey, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Beulah Bondi, and Albert Dekker
Paid in Full (1950) with Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, Diana Lynn, Eve Arden, Ray Collins, Kasey Rogers, Carol Channing, Margaret Field, Carole Mathews, and Dewey Robinson
Rope of Sand (1949) with Burt Lancaster, Peter Lorre, Corinne Calvet, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sam Jaffe, Mike Mazurki, and Hayden Rorke
Harpoon (1948) with James Cardwell
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) with Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Ann Richards, Wendell Corey, Ed Begley, Leif Erickson, and William Conrad

TELEVISION SERIES
Sheriff of Cochise, aka U.S. Marshal, 1956-1960 syndicated TV series produced by Desilu. Bromfield portrayed U.S. Marshal Frank Morgan. The half-hour show's title was changed to U.S. Marshal during its last two seasons (1958-1960). More than 115 episodes of the series were produced between 1956 and 1960

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Watch John Bromfield in a May 1957 episode of Sheriff of Cochise titled Bank Robbery

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