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Bobby Watson



Not to be confused with lachrymose child actor Bobs Watson (1931-1999), Robert "Bobby" Watson was a musical comedy actor who came to films in 1925. At the advent of talkies, the short, ebullient Watson played a few leads in such musicals as Syncopation (1929), then spent the 1930s essaying bit roles as glib reporters and fey "pansy" types. For a while, he emulated Broadway star Bobby Clark, adopting horn-rimmed glasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a perpetual air of bug-eyed lechery. Watson found his true niche in the 1940s, when his startling resemblance to Adolf Hitler assured him plenty of screen work. He alternately portrayed Der Führer as a raving madman in such serious films as The Hitler Gang (1942) and as a slapsticky buffoon in such comedies as The Devil With Hitler (1942) and That Nazty Nuisance (1943). Legend has it that he faced so much hostility on the set while made up as Hitler that he had to remain locked in his dressing room between takes. After the war, Watson fell from prominence, playing a few sizeable character roles in films like The Paleface (1948) and Red, Hot and Blue (1949) before settling into such uncredited minor parts as the voice coach ("Moses supposes his toeses are roses") in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Until the end of his life, Bobby Watson remained "on call" for one-scene appearances as Hitler in films ranging from The Story of Mankind (1957) to Danny Kaye's On the Double (1961).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Charles Mingus: Epitaph
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Polk County Pot Plane (In Hot Pursuit)
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet On the Double
  • Hitler
1961
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Hitler
1957
No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave
  • Bob
1956
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart
  • Florist
1954
100% The Band Wagon
  • Bobby
1953
100% Singin' in the Rain
  • Diction Coach
1952
No Score Yet G.I. Jane
  • Colonel
1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon
  • Bixby
1950
100% The Paleface
  • Toby Preston
1948
100% A Foreign Affair
  • Adolf Hitler
1948
100% The Big Clock
  • Milton Spaulding
1948
No Score Yet Night and Day
  • Director
1946
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang
  • Adolf Hitler
1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body
  • Hitler (Photo Insert)
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Hitler
1944
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Clerk
1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive
  • Hitler
1942
No Score Yet Dreaming Out Loud
  • Jimmy
1940
99% The Wizard of Oz
  • Ozmite
1939
No Score Yet Lucky Night
  • Orchestra Leader
1939
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde
  • Mugsy
1937
91% The Awful Truth
  • Hotel Clerk
1937
93% Captains Courageous
  • Reporter
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Actor
1937
100% After the Thin Man
  • Leader of Late Crowd
1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Costume Designer/Assistant Stage Manager
1936
80% Love on the Run
  • Italian Boy
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • His Son
1936
100% Show Boat
  • Lost Child
1936
No Score Yet The Gay Bride
  • Auto Salesman
1934
No Score Yet Hideout
  • Emcee
1934
No Score Yet Moonlight and Pretzels
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet High Pressure
  • The Baron
1932
86% Arrowsmith
  • Little Neighbor
1931
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Jack Thompson
1923

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Performer

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