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Charles Butterworth

Highest Rated:   100% Love Me Tonight (1932)
Lowest Rated:   100% Love Me Tonight (1932)
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A master at playing diffident, absentminded middle-aged bachelors, American actor and Notre Dame alumnus Charles Butterworth was an established Broadway musical comedy star when he made his first film, Life of the Party (1930). Butterworth's heyday was in the 1930s, when he appeared as either the hero's silly best friend or a besotted society twit in one film after another. An offscreen drinking buddy of such literary wits as Robert Benchley and Corey Ford, Butterworth became so famous for his dry quips and cynical asides that Hollywood screenwriters began writing only fragmentary scripts for him, hoping that the actor would "fill in the blanks" with his own bon mots. Butterworth hated this cavalier treatment, complaining "I need material as much as anyone else!" By the early 1940s, material of all sorts began running thin, and Butterworth was accepting assignments at such lesser studios as Monogram and PRC, with the occasional worthwhile role in A-films like This Is the Army (1943). Two years after completing his last picture, Dixie Jamboree (1946), the still relatively youthful Butterworth was killed in an automobile accident. His memory was kept alive in the early 1960s by actor Daws Butler, who used a Butterworth-type voice for the cartoon commercial spokesman Cap'n Crunch.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dixie Jamboree
  • Professor
1944
No Score Yet This Is the Army
  • Eddie Dibble
1943
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters
  • Prof. Woof
1942
No Score Yet Sis Hopkins
  • Horace Hopkins
1941
No Score Yet Road Show
  • Harry Whitman
1941
No Score Yet Blonde Inspiration
  • 'Bittsy' Conway
1941
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse
  • Duke of Ephesus
1940
No Score Yet Second Chorus
  • Mr. Chisholm
1940
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring
  • `The Mackerel'
1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory
  • Biney
1938
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low
  • Harry
1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • Larmadou Graves
1937
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River
  • Barrett
1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home
  • Horace Van Steedan
1936
No Score Yet Magnificent Obsession
  • Tommy Masterson
1935
No Score Yet Forsaking All Others
  • Shep
1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Harvey Clemp
1934
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Charles
1934
No Score Yet My Weakness
  • Gerald Gregory
1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover)
  • Layton
1933
No Score Yet The Nuisance
  • Floppy Phil
1933
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Count de Savignac
1932
No Score Yet Beauty and the Boss
  • Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.
1932
No Score Yet The Mad Genius
  • Karimsky
1931
No Score Yet Side Show
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Illicit
  • Georgie Evans
1931
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure
  • Party Guest
1930

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