With his eight midshipmen

Here’s a publicity photo from the May 15 1937 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a performer who was about to appear in Toronto.

Lester Cole (1896-1962) performed on Broadway in George M. Cohan’s Peggy Ann. He appeared regularly in musical comedies and in occasional movies. The Nitrateville forum has the most information that I could find on him.

This Lester Cole is not to be confused with the screenwriter Lester Cole, who was one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1947. He was sentenced to a year in jail, serving ten months, and was then blacklisted. This probably didn’t help the other Lester Cole’s career either.

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