Allen Jenkins

Allen Jenkins

  • Highest Rated: 100% Wonder Man (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 43% Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
  • Birthday: Apr 9, 1900
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The screen's premier "comic gangster," Allen Jenkins studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked several years in regional stock companies and on Broadway before talking pictures created a demand for his talents in Hollywood. One of his first films was Blessed Event (1932), in which Jenkins played the role he'd originated in the stage version. This and most subsequent Allen Jenkins films were made at Warner Bros., where the actor made so many pictures that he was sometimes referred to as "the fifth Warner Brother." As outspoken and pugnacious off screen as on, Jenkins was a member in good standing of Hollywood's "Irish Mafia," a rotating band of Hibernian actors (including James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Matt McHugh and Jimmy Gleason) who palled around incessantly. Popular but undisciplined and profligate with his money, Jenkins was reduced to "B" films by the 1940s and 1950s, including occasional appearances in RKO's Falcon films and the Bowery Boys epics at Monogram; still, he was as game as ever, and capable of taking any sort of physical punishment meted out to his characters. TV offered several opportunities for Jenkins in the 1950s and 1960s, notably his supporting role on 1956's Hey Jeannie, a sitcom starring Scottish songstress Jeannie Carson, and 30 weeks' worth of voice-over work as Officer Dibble on the 1961 animated series Top Cat. Going the dinner theater and summer stock route in the 1960s, Jenkins was as wiry as ever onstage, but his eyesight had deteriorated to the point that he had to memorize where the furniture was set. Making ends meet between acting jobs, Jenkins took on work as varied as tool-and-die making for Douglas Aircraft and selling cars for a Santa Monica dealer. Asked in 1965 how he felt about "moonlighting", Jenkins (who in his heyday had commanded $4000 per week) growled, "I go where the work is and do what the work is! Moonlighting's a fact. The rest is for the birds." Towards the end of his life, Jenkins was hired for cameo roles by directors who fondly remembered the frail but still feisty actor from his glory days; one of Jenkins' last appearances was as a telegrapher in the final scene of Billy Wilder's The Front Page (1974).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

70% The Front Page Telegrapher 1974
No Score Yet Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding! Joe Bonney 1967
43% Easy Come, Easy Go Actor 1967
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods Vermin 1964
No Score Yet For Those Who Think Young Cronin's Business Associate 1964
No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich Fred 1964
71% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Police Officer 1963
92% Pillow Talk Harry 1959
No Score Yet Behave Yourself Detective 1951
No Score Yet Chained for Life (1951) Hinkley 1951
No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Bartender 1951
No Score Yet The Big Wheel George 1949
No Score Yet Wild Harvest Higgins 1947
No Score Yet The Hat Box Mystery Harvard 1947
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet Farrell 1947
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Danny 1945
100% Wonder Man Chimp 1945
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night Marty 1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Johnny Johnson 1942
No Score Yet The Falcon Takes Over Jonathan 'Goldy' Locke 1942
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Portagee Joe 1942
No Score Yet A Date with the Falcon Actor 1942
No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man `Pappy' Goodring 1942
No Score Yet Go West, Young Lady Deputy Hank 1941
No Score Yet The Gay Falcon Actor 1941
No Score Yet Dive Bomber Lucky Dice 1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark Wilfred 1941
100% Ball of Fire Garbage Man 1941
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley Casey 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Willie The Knife 1940
95% Destry Rides Again Bugs Watson 1939
No Score Yet Five Came Back Peter 1939
No Score Yet Naughty But Nice Joe Dirk 1939
No Score Yet Going Places Droopy 1939
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Okay 1938
No Score Yet Gold Diggers in Paris Duke Dennis 1938
No Score Yet Fools for Scandal Dewey `Dew' Gibson 1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Mike 1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady Shiner Ward 1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get Roscoe 1938
No Score Yet Racket Busters `Skeets' Wilson 1938
No Score Yet Sh! The Octopus Dempsey 1937
89% Dead End Hunk 1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl Specs 1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve Jack Edgall 1937
100% Marked Woman Louie 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Sgt. Mike Kelly 1937
No Score Yet Ready, Willing and Able Jay Van Courtland 1937
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen Pinky 1937
No Score Yet Three Men on a Horse Charley 1936
No Score Yet The Singing Kid Joe Eddy 1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel Dodo 1936
No Score Yet Broadway Hostess Fishcake Carter 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Spudsy 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Petey 1935
No Score Yet The Irish in Us Car-Barn Hammerschlag 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride Spudsy 1935
No Score Yet Sweet Music Barney Cowan (publicity man) 1935
No Score Yet While The Patient Slept Jackson 1935
No Score Yet The St. Louis Kid Buck 'Bucky' Willets 1934
No Score Yet The Case of the Howling Dog Sgt. Holcomb 1934
No Score Yet The Merry Frinks Emmett Frink 1934
No Score Yet Jimmy the Gent Louie 1934
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number John 1934
No Score Yet The Big Shakedown Lefty 1934
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts 'Uncle' Pete 1934
No Score Yet Happiness Ahead Chuck 1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows Herman Brody 1933
No Score Yet Tomorrow at Seven Dugan 1933
No Score Yet The Mayor of Hell Mike 1933
No Score Yet The Silk Express Rusty 1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart O'Connor 1933
No Score Yet The Keyhole Hank Wales 1933
96% 42nd Street Mac Elory 1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson Louis 1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle Radio Announcer 1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man Issy Levine 1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance Sweeney 1933
No Score Yet The Mind Reader Frank 1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons Detective Joe Musik 1933
95% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Barney 1932
No Score Yet Three on a Match Dick 1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event Frankie Wells 1932

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Alex Cabbie Janitor
  • 1972
  • 1971
93% Batman
1966-1968
Little Al
  • 1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Pretty
  • 1966
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Cop Policeman
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952

QUOTES FROM Allen Jenkins CHARACTERS

Police Officer
Is somethin' wrong?
Police Officer
Is something wrong?