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Al Shean

Highest Rated:   100% The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Lowest Rated:   86% Stella Dallas (1937)
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German-born vaudeville entertainer Al Shean entered show business folklore as one-half of the comedy team of Gallagher and Shean. Few people can remember the team's jokes or routines, but many can recite from memory the duo's signature song, "Absolutely, Mr. Gallagher? Postively, Mr. Shean." Of more significance to the film world, Shean was the younger brother of Minnie Marx, who in turn was the mother of the Marx Brothers. When the merry Marxes were struggling in vaudeville in the World War I years, it was Uncle Al Shean who wrote several of the team's best and most popular sketches; he also decided that Harpo Marx would be a more effective comedian if he didn't try to speak on stage. The Marx Brothers returned the favor by seeing to it that the aging, impecunious Al Shean was cast in substantial character roles in such MGM films as San Francisco (1936), The Great Waltz (1938), and Ziegfeld Girl (1941).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hitler's Madman
  • Priest
1943
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Himself
1941
No Score Yet The Blue Bird
  • Grandpa Tyl
1940
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade
  • Herman
1939
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • Gumpel
1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz
  • Cellist
1938
No Score Yet Tim Tyler's Luck
  • Professor James Tyler
1937
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn
  • Fraum
1937
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Orchestra Leader
1937
86% Stella Dallas
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You
  • Max 'Pa' Barrett
1937
No Score Yet The Road Back
  • Mr. Markheim
1937
No Score Yet Rosalie
  • Herman Schmidt
1937
100% San Francisco
  • Professor
1936
No Score Yet The Law in Her Hands
  • Franz
1936
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Mr. Hamburgher
1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady
  • Schmidt
1935
No Score Yet Symphony of Living
  • Adolph Greig
1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air
  • Dr. Walter Lessing
1934

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