Saturday, June 26, 2021

Slapstick Comedians Become Character Actors

I always love to see old slapstick comedians show up in character roles.

Hank Mann 

Those We Love (1932)

From Headquarters (1933)

Irene (1940)

You Can't Escape Forever (1942)

Always In My Heart (1942) 

The Last Ride (1944)

Big City (1948) (with Charles Conklin and George Murphy)

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

711 Ocean Drive (1950)

As Young As You Feel (1951) 

Mann is a luncheon guest, front and left. 

Charles Conklin

Lilly Turner (1933)

The Bowery (1933)

100 Men and a Girl (1937)

with Clyde Cook

Sing, You Sinners (1938)

Father was a Fullback (1949)

Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)

Billy Bevan

Waterloo Bridge (1931)

Me and My Gal (1932)

Bevan plays a drunk restaurant patron. 

Midnight Club (1933)

Personal Property (1937)

Ford Sterling

Sterling is a cruise ship detective in Black Sheep (1935).

Billy Dooley

Pennies from Heaven (1936)

The Lady Consents (1936)

Paradise for Three (1938)

Sing, You Sinners (1938)

Clyde Cook 

The Perfect Gentleman (1935)

Calm Yourself (1935)

The White Angel (1936)

The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) 

Shemp Howard

The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady (1940)

Warren William shows a dubious regard towards Howard. 

Pittsburgh (1942)

Howard is John Wayne's tailor.

 Strange Affair (1944)  

Carl Switzer

The Human Comedy (1943)

Rosie the Riveter (1944)

On Our Merry Way (1948) 

Russ Powell

Pennies from Heaven (1936)

The Garden of Allah (1936)

It comes as a shock when lovable Joe Besser is gruesomely murdered in Hand Of Death (1962).

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