Ben Corbett

Highest Rated: 100% Way Out West (1937)
Lowest Rated: 100% Way Out West (1937)
Birthday: Feb 6, 1892
Birthplace: Not Available
A diminutive, pot-bellied supporting player in B-Westerns, Ben Corbett had enjoyed some success at the famous rodeo at Pendleton, OR, and at New York's Madison Square Garden, where his roping and "Roman" riding skills reportedly won him several trophies. Entering films as a riding double for William Desmond and Antonio Moreno in Vitagraph Westerns and action melodramas in the 1910s, Corbett later became a member of Western star Hoot Gibson's stock company at Universal. That studio saw enough comedic potential in the former stunt man to team him with the equally diminutive Gilbert "Pee Wee" Holmes as Magpie and Dirtshirt in a series of rural comedy shorts set in the fictive community of Piperock. The series, which was released on Universal's "Mustang Brand" in the mid-'20s, counted among its leading ladies such future stars as Janet Gaynor and Fay Wray. In the 1930s, Corbett's character of Magpie returned in several independently produced "Bud 'n Ben" western shorts and the now veteran supporting player later became Tim McCoy's sidekick at low-budget Victory Pictures. He seems to have popped up in every other low-budget Western thereafter, usually appearing unbilled. B-Western compiler Les Adams has verified Corbett's presence in about 185 Westerns and half a dozen serials between 1930 and the actor's retirement in the early '50s, but there may actually have been many more. History, alas, has not been kind to the rustic B-Western perennial, whose arcane comedy relief, most fans of the genre agree, often seems more a hindrance than a help in keeping a plot moving.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Come On Tarzan Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Charge At Feather River Carver 1953
No Score Yet Springfield Rifle Sergeant Major 1952
No Score Yet Dallas Bystander 1950
No Score Yet Colt .45 Henchman 1950
No Score Yet Colorado Territory posse member 1949
No Score Yet The Man from Colorado Deputy 1949
No Score Yet Silver River Henchman 1948
No Score Yet Yankee Fakir Driver 1947
No Score Yet Fool's Gold Sergeant 1947
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday Man at Dance 1947
No Score Yet Enemy of the Law Actor 1945
No Score Yet Marked Trails Blackie 1944
No Score Yet Law Men Simmons 1944
No Score Yet Partners of the Trail Duke 1944
No Score Yet Range Law Joe 1944
No Score Yet Sagebrush Law Actor 1943
No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ Card Player 1943
No Score Yet Pirates of the Prairie East Spencerville Townsman Corbett 1942
No Score Yet Ghost Town Law Red Larkin 1942
No Score Yet Back in the Saddle Saloon guest 1941
No Score Yet In Old Cheyenne Townsman 1941
No Score Yet Straight Shooter Magpie 1940
No Score Yet Fighting Renegade Magpie 1939
No Score Yet Outlaw's Paradise Magpie 1939
No Score Yet Texas Wildcats Magpie McGillicuddy 1939
No Score Yet Code of the Cactus Magpie 1939
No Score Yet Six-Gun Trail Magpie 1938
No Score Yet Come On, Rangers Corporal (uncredited) 1938
No Score Yet Lawless Valley Short Ranch Hand (uncredited) 1938
No Score Yet Lightnin' Carson Rides Again Actor 1938
No Score Yet Gold Mine in the Sky Spud Grogan 1938
No Score Yet Six-Shootin' Sheriff Kid 1938
No Score Yet Hopalong Rides Again Henchman 1937
No Score Yet Heroes of the Alamo Alamo Defender 1937
100% Way Out West Actor 1937
No Score Yet Law for Tombstone Henchman Slim 1937
No Score Yet Texas Trail Orderly 1937
No Score Yet Gun Smoke Shorty 1936
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie Henchman #2 1935
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Bandit Actor 1935
No Score Yet Born to Battle Actor 1935
No Score Yet Ridin' Thru Actor 1935
No Score Yet Border Vengeance Bud Benson 1935
No Score Yet The Ivory Handled Gun Henchman Steve 1935
No Score Yet Pals of the Range ranch hand 1935
No Score Yet Trail Drive Actor 1935
No Score Yet Honor of the Range Pete - Gang Lookout (uncredited) 1934
No Score Yet Smoking Guns Ranger (uncredited) 1934
No Score Yet Fargo Express henchman 1933
No Score Yet Outlaw Tamer Actor 1933
No Score Yet Gun Law Henchman Pinto (uncredited) 1933
No Score Yet Trouble Busters Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Fiddlin' Buckaroo Henchman 1933
No Score Yet Haunted Gold Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Riding Tornado Cowboy 1932
No Score Yet The Saddle Buster Actor 1932
No Score Yet Hell Fire Austin Prisoner 1932
No Score Yet Come on, Tarzan Shorty 1932
No Score Yet Cavalier of the West Actor 1930
No Score Yet Shadow Ranch Cowhand Ben 1930
No Score Yet Rio Rita Ranger 1929
No Score Yet Courtin' Wildcats circus hand 1929
No Score Yet The Fearless Rider Actor 1928


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