Barton MacLane

Barton MacLane

Highest Rated: 100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Mummy's Ghost (1944)

Birthday: Dec 25, 1902

Birthplace: Not Available

Barton MacLane may have been born on Christmas Day, but there was precious little chance that he'd ever be cast as Santa Claus. A star athlete at Wesleyan University, MacLane won his first movie role in the 1924 silent Quarterback as the result of his football skills. This single incident sparked his interest in performing, which he pursued on a serious basis at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He performed in stock, on Broadway, and in bit parts in films lensed at Paramount's Astoria studios (notably the Marx Brothers' The Cocoanuts). In 1932, MacLane wrote a slice-of-life play titled Rendezvous, selling it to influential Broadway producer Arthur Hopkins on the proviso, that he, MacLane, be given the lead. The play was a success, leading to a lucrative film contract from Warner Bros. Most effectively cast as a swaggering villain ("who never spoke when shouting would do," as historian William K. Everson observed), MacLane played good-guy leads in several Warner "B"s: he played the conclusion-jumping lieutenant Steve McBride in the studio's Torchy Blaine series. Free-lancing in the 1940s, MacLane made an unfortunate return to writing in 1941, penning the screenplay for the PRC quickie Man of Courage; it is reported that audiences erupted in shrieks of laughter when MacLane, reciting his own lines, recalled his childhood days on the farm by declaring "Boy! Did I love ta plow!" He was better served in a brace of John Huston-directed films, beating up Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (1941) and being beaten up by Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. MacLane's TV-series work included a starring stint on The Outlaws (1960-62) and the recurring role of General Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie (1965-69). Having come into the world on a holiday, Barton MacLane died on New Years' Day, 1969; he was survived by his wife, actress Charlotte Wynters.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Smart Blonde Actor 2013
No Score Yet Buckskin Doc 1968
No Score Yet Arizona Bushwhackers Sheriff Grover 1967
No Score Yet The Rounders Tanner 1965
No Score Yet Law of the Lawless Big Tom Stone 1964
56% Pocketful of Miracles Police Commissioner 1961
No Score Yet Noose for a Gunman Carl Avery 1960
No Score Yet The Geisha Boy Maj. Ridgley 1958
No Score Yet Three Violent People Yates 1957
No Score Yet Naked in the Sun Actor 1957
No Score Yet Backlash George Lake 1956
No Score Yet Wetbacks Karl Shanks 1956
No Score Yet The Silver Star Actor 1955
No Score Yet Treasure of Ruby Hills 'Chalk' Reynolds 1955
No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Deacon Bartlett 1954
88% The Glenn Miller Story Gen. Arnold 1953
No Score Yet Cow Country Marvin Parker 1953
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific Cal Bruce 1953
No Score Yet Captain Scarface Captain Scarface 1953
No Score Yet The Half-Breed Marshal 1952
No Score Yet Bugles in the Afternoon Capt. Myles Moylan 1952
No Score Yet Drums in the Deep South McCardle 1951
No Score Yet Best of the Badmen Joad 1951
No Score Yet Let's Dance Larry Channock 1950
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Lt. John Reece 1950
No Score Yet Red Light Detective Strecker 1949
No Score Yet Unknown Island Capt. Tarnowski 1948
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho Gotch McCurdy 1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West Texas Jack 1948
100% The Treasure of the Sierra Madre McCormick 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Banjo Sweeney 1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid Yancey 1947
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Huntress Paul Weir 1947
No Score Yet San Quentin Nick Taylor 1946
No Score Yet Mysterious Intruder Detective Taggart 1946
No Score Yet Santa Fe Uprising Actor 1946
No Score Yet The Spanish Main Capt. Black 1945
No Score Yet Gentle Annie Sheriff Tatum 1945
No Score Yet Tarzan and the Amazons Ballister 1945
No Score Yet Scared Stiff George 'Deacon' Markham 1945
No Score Yet Cry of the Werewolf Lt. Barry Lane 1944
No Score Yet Secret Command Red Kelly 1944
No Score Yet Marine Raiders Sgt. Maguire 1944
33% The Mummy's Ghost Inspector Walgreen 1944
No Score Yet Nabonga Carl Hurst 1944
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Strangest Case Detective Rief 1943
No Score Yet The Underdog John Tate 1943
No Score Yet Bombardier Sgt. Dixon 1943
No Score Yet Song of Texas Jim Calvert 1943
No Score Yet The Big Street Case Ables 1942
100% All Through the Night Marty Callahan 1941
100% The Maltese Falcon Det. Lt. Dundy 1941
65% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Sam Higgins 1941
80% Western Union Jack Slade 1941
No Score Yet Come Live with Me Barney Grogan 1941
95% High Sierra Jake Kranmer 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Smiley Quinn 1941
No Score Yet Melody Ranch Mark Wildhack 1940
No Score Yet Mutiny in the Big House Red Manson 1939
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown Det. Lt. Steve 1939
No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight Crowder 1939
No Score Yet The Storm Capt. Cogswell 1938
No Score Yet Prison Break Joaquin Shannon 1938
86% You and Me Mickey 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Slag Minton 1938
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde Lt. Steve 'Stevie' MacBride 1937
No Score Yet Wine, Women and Horses Jim Turner 1937
No Score Yet San Quentin Lt. Druggin 1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve Al McCoy 1937
60% The Prince and the Pauper John Canty 1937
100% You Only Live Once Stephen Whitney 1937
No Score Yet God's Country and the Woman Bullhead 1937
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots Al Kruger 1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead Loder 1936
100% Ceiling Zero Al Stone 1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid Spider Burke 1935
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates Red Bastian 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs Bissonette 1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory Blackie 1935
No Score Yet Stranded Sharkey 1935
No Score Yet Black Fury McGee 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Collins 1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance Duke Hutchinson 1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride John Lucas 1935
No Score Yet I Found Stella Parish Clifton 'Cliff' Jeffords 1935
No Score Yet Law of Vengeance Actor 1933
No Score Yet Tillie and Gus Commissioner McLennan 1933
No Score Yet To the Last Man Neil Standing 1933
No Score Yet Man of the Forest Mulvey 1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede Prewitt 1933
95% The Cocoanuts Bather 1929


No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Willard Kerner 1975
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
Gen. Martin Peterson Patterson Peterson 1970
No Score Yet The Monkees
Bart/Ben 1967
83% The Munsters
Big Roy 1966
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Archer Osmond Harold Minter Senator Sheriff Eugene Norris 1964


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