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Andrew Tombes



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
No Score Yet 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 Hoppy's Holiday
  • Mayor Patton
1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose
  • Hermon
1947
No Score Yet Badman's Territory
  • Doc Grant
1946
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 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 The Mad Ghoul
  • Eagan
1943
No Score Yet I Dood It
  • Mr. Spelvin
1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town
  • Roscoe Swade
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
89% 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 Ticket to Paradise
  • Nirney
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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