Lately I've watched several films in Fox's outstanding noir DVD series, and it's gotten me wondering about something I've noticed in the past regarding Fox films in general from c. 1945-55. Many of these films list only 6-10 names in the opening credits, although at least 12-20 people had significant speaking roles that would seemingly deserve credit. I know you really had to have a major speaking part to be credited in those days in an A or B film at any studio, but it seems like Fox-film actors got especially short shrift. One example is the just-released "Where the Sidewalk Ends." Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney drew above-the-title billing. Gary Merrill, Tom Tully and four others are credited on the next "page" or card after the title. The IMDb entry for this film, under "rest of cast listed alphabetically," shows that 21 other actors are supposedly credited. Included in this group are some who had numerous lines throughout the movie or several lines within one scene, such as Don Appell, Robert F. Simon, Neville Brand, Harry von Zell and Grayce Mills. All of these are uncredited, going by the DVD. IMDb, however, says that Simon is credited as "Robert" (no "F.") and Mills as "Grace" instead of "Grayce." In the commentary, Eddie Muller mentions that actor Phil Tully (who is among the group of 21 I mentioned) is receiving one of his few screen credits in this film. Some 30 actors beyond these 21 are listed on IMDb as uncredited, and most of these people had few if any lines. I know IMDb is not perfect and may be the source of Muller's info, but I've seen this same situation on other Fox films they list. Could there possibly be cast credits at the end of these films that have gotten lost over the years? Could there have been closing cast credits created for old TV broadcasts that listed more actors and which might have been the source of IMDb's info? One odd thing: when the words "the end" appear on "Where the Sidewalk Ends," the music continues to its proper conclusion, but the picture appears to freeze (the minor film artifacts on the transfer stop moving, as if I had paused the DVD). Many Fox films from before the mid-'40s have a few actors credited in the main title but have a musical fanfare at the end as a list of up to 20-30 actors rolls up the screen. Seems like the character actors of the day would have raised heck if they suddenly began going uncredited despite doing the same amount of work.