Charles B. Middleton - Rotten Tomatoes

Charles B. Middleton

Highest Rated:   100% Road to Rio (1947)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
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To six decades' worth of filmgoers, Kentucky-born character actor Charles B. Middleton was Ming the Merciless, the megalomaniac ruler of the planet Mongo in three 1930s serials based on Alex Raymond's comic strip Flash Gordon. Beginning his career in circuses and carnivals in the South, Middleton worked in vaudeville and stock companies before his 1927 entree into films. With his hatchet face, bad teeth, and rolling-toned voice, Middleton was ideally cast as stern judges, cruel orphanage officials, backwater sheriffs, and small town bigots. Outside of his extensive work in serials and Westerns, he was used to best advantage in the films of Laurel and Hardy and Will Rogers. In a far less villainous vein, Charles Middleton was cast as Tom Lincoln, father of the 16th president, in Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940); he also portrayed the Great Emancipator himself on several occasions -- while in 1937's Stand-In, Middleton was hilariously cast as an unsuccessful actor who dresses like Lincoln in hopes of landing a movie role.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Purple Death from Outer Space
  • Ming the Merciless
1966
No Score Yet Station West
  • Sheriff
1948
No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
  • Citizen
1948
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Wrecker
1948
No Score Yet Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy
  • Grood
1947
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Mulligan
1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger
  • Farmer Pinkett
1947
17% The Sea of Grass
  • Charley
1947
100% Road to Rio
  • Farmer
1947
No Score Yet The Pretender
  • Butler William
1947
No Score Yet Wyoming
  • Doctor
1947
100% The Killers
  • Farmer Brown
1946
No Score Yet Spook Busters
  • Stiles
1946
No Score Yet Strangler of the Swamp
  • Douglas (Strangler of the Swamp)
1946
No Score Yet Northwest Trail
  • Pierre
1945
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
  • Kurt Jensen
1945
100% Captain Kidd
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet The Town Went Wild
  • District Attorney
1944
No Score Yet Kismet
  • The Miser
1944
No Score Yet The Black Raven
  • Sheriff
1943
No Score Yet The Batman (An Evening with Batman and Robin)
  • Ken Colton
1943
83% Hangmen Also Die
  • Patriot
1943
No Score Yet Two Weeks to Live
  • Kelton
1943
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget
  • Curator of the Zoo
1942
No Score Yet Men of San Quentin
  • Saunderson
1942
85% Sergeant York
  • Mountaineer
1941
No Score Yet Jungle Man
  • Rev. James Graham
1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr
  • Carpetbagger
1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Blacksmith
1941
80% Western Union
  • Stagecoach Rider
1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna
  • Sheriff
1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
  • Mr. Jeremiah Walters
1940
No Score Yet Island of Doomed Men
  • Capt. Cort
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Leader
1940
80% Abe Lincoln in Illinois
  • Tom Lincoln
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Gentry
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Henchman
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Jefferson Davis
1940
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising
  • Doctor Stokes
1939
No Score Yet Way Down South
  • Cass
1939
No Score Yet Wyoming Outlaw
  • Father Parker
1939
No Score Yet Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
  • Ming
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Doctor
1939
83% The Flying Deuces
  • Commandant
1939
No Score Yet The Oklahoma Kid
  • Alec Martin
1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle
  • Granville (39013)
1939
No Score Yet Kentucky
  • Southerner
1938
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone
  • Newspaper Editor
1938
No Score Yet Flaming Frontiers
  • Ace Daggett
1938
94% Jezebel
  • Officer
1938
No Score Yet Dick Tracy Returns
  • Pa Stark
1938
No Score Yet Souls at Sea
  • Jury Foreman
1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid
  • Warden
1937
No Score Yet Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
  • Autry Sr.
1937
No Score Yet Hollywood Cowboy
  • Doc Kramer
1937
94% The Good Earth
  • Banker
1937
No Score Yet Wedding Present
  • Turnbull
1936
100% Show Boat
  • Sheriff Vallon
1936
No Score Yet Rocket Ship
  • Ming The Merciless
1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Blacksmith
1936
No Score Yet Song of the Saddle
  • Phineas P. Hook
1936
No Score Yet Flash Gordon (Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers)
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Spaceship to the Unknown
  • Ming the Merciless
1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid
  • Speaker
1935
No Score Yet Special Agent
  • Cop
1935
No Score Yet Steamboat Round The Bend
  • Fleety Belle's Father
1935
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Enters
  • Buck Peters
1935
No Score Yet The Miracle Rider
  • Zaroff
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • District Attorney
1935
No Score Yet Square Shooter
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Veterinarian
1934
No Score Yet The St. Louis Kid
  • Sheriff
1934
83% Murder at the Vanities
  • Homer Boothby
1934
No Score Yet Massacre
  • Sheriff Scatters
1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
  • Mr. Bagby
1934
No Score Yet Nana
  • Man Announcing Start of the War
1934
94% Duck Soup
  • Prosecutor
1933
No Score Yet White Woman
  • Fenton
1933
No Score Yet Doctor Bull
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet This Day and Age
  • District Attorney
1933
No Score Yet Tomorrow at Seven
  • Simons
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Detective
1933
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • Train Conductor
1932
No Score Yet The Phantom President
  • Lincoln
1932
No Score Yet Hell's Highway
  • Matthew, the Hermit
1932
No Score Yet Pack Up Your Troubles
  • Welfare Assn. officer
1932
No Score Yet Mystery Ranch
  • Henry Steele
1932
No Score Yet High Pressure
  • Banks
1932
33% The Sign of the Cross
  • Tyros
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • Capt. Slade
1932
No Score Yet Beau Hunks
  • Commandant
1931
No Score Yet Caught Plastered
  • Flint
1931
100% The Miracle Woman
  • Simpson
1931
No Score Yet Safe in Hell
  • Jones
1931
No Score Yet An American Tragedy
  • Jephson
1931
No Score Yet Palmy Days
  • Yolando
1931
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Minister
1931
No Score Yet Beau Bandit
  • Lucious J. Perkins
1930
No Score Yet Welcome Danger
  • The Dragon
1929

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