In films from 1933, handsome, curly haired leading man Charles Quigley was signed by Columbia Pictures in 1937. Here he was groomed as a leading man in the studio's B-picture product, appearing in such features as Girls Can Play and The Shadow, opposite another young hopeful named Rita Hayworth. In the end, however, it was Hayworth who clicked with the public and Quigley's option was dropped in 1938. He recovered somewhat with a starring role in the 1939 Republic serial Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939), then gradually drifted into character roles. Out of films for nearly 15 years, Charles Quigley died of cirrhosis at the age of 55.