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Ben Corbett

Highest Rated:   100% Way Out West (1937)
Lowest Rated:   100% Way Out West (1937)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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 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 Trail Drive
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Border Vengeance
  • Bud Benson
1935
No Score Yet Ridin' Thru
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Ivory Handled Gun
  • Henchman Steve
1935
No Score Yet Pals of the Range
  • ranch hand
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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