I read your post on Genealogy.com and since you seem to be in the New York area, I thought you might find some information I have useful and you might have some suggestions for me.
I am Douglas E. Hall, a resident of Edgewater, N.J. and chairman of the Edgewater Cultural and Historical Committee. I am writing to you about George Walz, born in Pennsylvania in 1893, who was an actor in the film industry when it was located in Fort Lee, N.J. (a town just north of Edgewater). Mr. Walz's screen name was George Cline. He and his wife lived in Edgewater on Undercliff Avenue in 1922. On Aug. 20, 1922 he was charged with shooting and killing Jack Bergin, a stunt man, who was assocated with the movie industry in Fort Lee. The shooting took place at the Cline home in Edgewater. During the trial his Cline's wife admitted the affair with Bergin. Also charged in the shooting was Charles Scullion, who I believe was Mary's brother and George's brother-in-law. George and Charles and another person were acquitted by a jury which found in effect that the shooting was justified as there was testimony that Bergin disparaged women in general saying they were all "bums." This was a page 1 story in the NY Times and I believe the manners of the 1920s led the Times to use the word "bums," while Bergin probably used a stronger word implying sexual promiscuity. After the trail George Cline went on to have a minor film acting career appearing in at least two movies -- "Janice Meredith" aka "The Beautiful Rebel" (1924) and "The Pinch Hitter" (1925). That's about all I know. If you can shed further light on George Walz or know someone who can, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Douglas E. Hall
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