American actor Jimmy Lloyd was but one of many handsome contract players who did what he was told and was seldom given a chance to shine. Lloyd was allowed to act rather than just pose as Pvt. Spencer in United Artists' The Story of GI Joe (1944), but most of his appearances during his long contract with Columbia Pictures ranged from "who's he?" to "ho hum." The actor had small roles in such Columbia A-pictures as Gallant Journey (1944), Down to Earth (1947) and Walk a Crooked Mile (1948), and slightly better opportunities in the studio's B-musicals and westerns. But Jimmy Lloyd was considered so far down on the Columbia totem pole that the studio had no compunction about casting him in Hokus Pokus (1949), a Three Stooges two-reeler in which he had all of one scene.