Chester Conklin - Rotten Tomatoes

Chester Conklin

Highest Rated:   100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Lowest Rated:   57% Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)
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A former Barnum circus clown, pint-sized Chester Conklin entered movies at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios in 1913. Sporting a huge mustache to hide his youthful appearance, Conklin was usually cast as "A. Walrus." Legend has it that Conklin helped Keystone novice Charlie Chaplin put together his famous Tramp costume; true or not, it is a fact that Chaplin kept Conklin on year-round payroll for his later productions Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940). After leaving Keystone, Conklin remained a popular comedian at the Fox and Sunshine Studios. In the late 1920s, he was teamed with W.C. Fields for a brief series of feature films at Paramount Pictures. In talkies, Conklin mostly appeared in bits in features and supporting parts in 2-reelers; he also showed up in such nostalgic retrospectives as Hollywood Cavalcade (1939) and The Perils of Pauline (1947). At his lowest professional ebb, in the 1950s, Conklin made ends meet as a department-store Santa. In and out of the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in the 1960s, Conklin fell in love with another patient, 65-year-old June Gunther. The two eloped (she was Chester's fourth wife) and settled in a modest bungalow in Van Nuys. Chester Conklin showed up in a handful of films in the 1960s; his last appearance, playing a character appropriately named Chester, was in 1966's A Big Hand for the Little Lady.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Old Man in Saloon
1966
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Beast with a Million Eyes
  • Old Man Webber
1955
No Score Yet Apache Woman
  • Mooney
1955
89% Son of Paleface
  • Townsman
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Comic
1951
No Score Yet Let's Dance
  • Watchman
1950
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Albert
1950
No Score Yet Fancy Pants
  • Guest
1950
No Score Yet Shakedown
  • Man
1950
71% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • Messenger Boy
1949
70% Knock on Any Door
  • Barber
1949
No Score Yet The Golden Stallion
  • Old man
1949
No Score Yet Springtime in the Sierras
  • Old Timer
1947
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline
  • Chef Comic
1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade
  • Sailor
1947
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Cop
1946
No Score Yet Fear
  • Switchman
1946
No Score Yet Little Giant
  • Tailor
1946
No Score Yet Smooth as Silk
  • Doorman
1946
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier
  • Photographer
1944
95% Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Western Union Man
1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain
  • Judge
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Pete
1944
No Score Yet Desirable Lady
  • Waiter
1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Town Crier
1944
No Score Yet Around the World
  • Waiter
1943
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Members of Ale and Quail Club
1942
95% I Married a Witch
  • Bartender
1942
No Score Yet Sons of the Pioneers
  • Old Timer
1942
No Score Yet In Old California
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun
  • Man on Street
1942
100% Sullivan's Travels
  • Old Bum
1941
100% Here Comes Mr. Jordan
  • Newsboy
1941
No Score Yet Harmon of Michigan
  • Gasoline Chuck
1941
No Score Yet Li'l Abner
  • Mayor Gurgle
1940
92% The Great Dictator
  • Barber's Customer
1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade
  • Sheriff in Western
1939
No Score Yet Zenobia, (Elephants Never Forget)
  • Farmer
1939
No Score Yet Hotel Haywire
  • O'Shea
1937
No Score Yet Sing, Cowboy, Sing
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Forlorn River
  • Sheriff Grundy
1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • Cabby
1937
100% Modern Times
  • Mechanic
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie
  • Sandy McQueen
1936
100% Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
  • Sunday
1933
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Love
  • Emil
1931
100% The Virginian
  • Uncle Hughey
1929
No Score Yet We're in the Navy Now
  • Captain Stiffe
1927
No Score Yet The Duchess of Buffalo
  • Hotel Manager
1926
No Score Yet Behind the Front
  • Scottie
1926
No Score Yet The Nervous Wreck
  • Mort
1926
91% Phantom Of The Opera
  • Orderly
1925
100% Greed
  • Hans Sieppe
1925
No Score Yet Woman of the World
  • Sam Poore
1925
No Score Yet Toy that Grew Up
  • The Stranger
1924
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet Anna Christie
  • Tommy
1923
83% The Great Moment
  • Frightened Patient
1921
No Score Yet A Hash House Fraud
  • Actor
1915
No Score Yet Gentlemen of Nerve
  • Ambrose
1914
No Score Yet Dough and Dynamite
  • Jacques
1914
No Score Yet The Rival Mashers
  • Rival
1914
No Score Yet The Masquerader
  • Film Actor
1914
No Score Yet The Face on the Bar Room Floor
  • Drinker
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Busy Day
  • Police Sergeant
1914
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret
  • Waiter
1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love
  • Pickpocket
1914
No Score Yet Mabel at the Wheel
  • Mabel's Father
1914
No Score Yet Cruel, Cruel Love
  • Butler
1914
No Score Yet Tango Tangles
  • Policeman
1914
No Score Yet Between Showers
  • Policeman
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Strange Predicament
  • Husband
1914
No Score Yet Making a Living
  • Policeman
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Mr. Whoozis, Friend of John Banks
1914
No Score Yet Chaplin at Keystone Studios
  • Actor
1914

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