Andrew Tombes

Andrew Tombes

  • Highest Rated: 100% Phantom Lady (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
  • Birthday: Jun 29, 1885
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Excelling in baseball while at Phillips-Exeter academy, American comic actor Andrew Tombes determined he'd make a better living as an actor than as a ballplayer. By the time he became a headliner in the Ziegfeld Follies, Tombes had performed in everything from Shakespeare to musical comedy. He received star billing in five editions of the Follies in the '20s, during which time he befriended fellow Ziegfeldite Will Rogers. It was Rogers who invited Tombes to Hollywood for the 1935 Fox production Doubting Thomas. An endearingly nutty farceur in his stage roles, Tombes' screen persona was that of an eternally befuddled, easily aggravated business executive. The baldheaded, popeyed actor remained at Fox for several years after Doubting Thomas, playing an overabundance of police commissioners, movie executives, college deans, and Broadway "angels." Tombes' problem was that he arrived in talkies too late in the game: most of the larger roles in which he specialized usually went to such long-established character men as Walter Catlett and Berton Churchill, obliging Tombes to settle for parts of diminishing importance in the '40s. Most of his later screen appearances were unbilled, even such sizeable assignments as the would-be musical backer in Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin' (1941) and the royal undertaker's assistant in Hope and Crosby's Road to Morocco (1942). Still, Tombes was given ample opportunity to shine, especially as the secretive, suicidal bartender in the 1944 "film noir" Phantom Lady. Andrew Tombes last picture was How to Be Very Very Popular (1955), which starred a colleague from his busier days at 20th Century-Fox, Betty Grable.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

20% Rhapsody in Blue Mr. Milton 2001
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Moon 1955
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeanie R.E. Howard 1952
No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Mayor 1951
No Score Yet The Jackpot Pritchett 1950
No Score Yet Two Guys from Texas `The Texan' 1948
No Score Yet Christmas Eve Auctioneer 1947
20% Copacabana Murphy 1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Dorseys De Witt 1947
No Score Yet The Devil Thumbs a Ride Joe Brayden 1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose Hermon 1947
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday Mayor Patton 1947
No Score Yet Badman's Territory Doc Grant 1946
No Score Yet Sing While You Dance Gorman 1946
No Score Yet Frontier Gal Judge Prescott 1945
No Score Yet Don't Fence Me In Cartwright 1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Sad Sam 1944
No Score Yet Something for the Boys Southern Colonel 1944
100% Phantom Lady Bartender 1944
No Score Yet Goin' to Town Parker 1944
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Skating Club Head 1944
No Score Yet San Fernando Valley John `Cyclone' Kenyon 1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Brophy 1943
No Score Yet Swing Fever Clyde L. Star 1943
No Score Yet Crazy House Gregory 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Escort 1943
No Score Yet Let's Face It Judge Henry Clay Pidgeon 1943
No Score Yet Hi Diddle Diddle Doorman 1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Big-hearted Charlie 1943
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in the World Judge 1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly Mr. Smith 1943
No Score Yet I Dood It Mr. Spelvin 1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town Roscoe Swade 1943
No Score Yet The Mad Ghoul Eagan 1943
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Crane 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Oscar Engelhart 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Corbin 1942
No Score Yet Blondie Goes to College J.J. Wadsworth 1942
92% Road to Morocco Oso Bucco 1942
No Score Yet Bedtime Story Pierce 1941
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Dean Manning 1941
No Score Yet Sis Hopkins Mayor 1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob Bus Conductor 1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin' Producer 1941
90% Meet John Doe Spencer 1941
No Score Yet Melody for Three Mickey 1941
No Score Yet Texas Tennessee 1941
No Score Yet Down Mexico Way Mayor Tubbs 1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Mr. Kelland 1940
No Score Yet Captain Caution Sad Eyes 1940
No Score Yet Caught in the Draft Justice of the Peace 1939
No Score Yet Romance on the Run Ridgeway 1938
No Score Yet Borrowing Trouble Uncle George 1937
100% Easy Living E.F. Hulgar 1937
No Score Yet Riding on Air Mr. Byrd 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Chief Scott 1937
No Score Yet Sing and Be Happy Thomas Lane 1937
No Score Yet Turn Off the Moon Dr. Wakefield 1937
No Score Yet Ticket to Paradise Nirney 1936
No Score Yet King of Burlesque Slattery 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Mr. Grass 1935
No Score Yet Here Comes Cookie Botts 1935
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Hossefrosse 1935
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Max Lieber 1934
No Score Yet The Bowery Shill 1933

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