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Clarence H. Wilson

Highest Rated:   100% Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Lowest Rated:   40% Son of Kong (1933)
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Evidently weaned on a diet of pickles and vinegar, wizened screen sourpuss Clarence H. Wilson grimaced and glowered his way through over 100 films from 1920 until his death in 1941. Clarence Hummel Wilson was born in Cincinnati, OH. He began his 46-year acting career in Philadelphia in 1895, in a stock company, and spent years touring the United States and Canada in various road shows. On stage in New York, he later played supporting roles to such stars as James K. Hackett, Virginia Harned, Marguerite Clark, Amelia Bingham, Charles Cherry, and Wilton Lackaye. He entered motion pictures in 1920 and ultimately moved to Hollywood. With the coming of sound, his bald, mustachioed, stoop-shouldered persona, topped by a distinctive and annoying high, whining voice, and coupled with his broad approach to acting, made him an ideal villain. Wilson, whose slightly squinty yet hovering gaze seemed to invoke bad fortune upon whomever it landed, played dozens of irascible judges, taciturn coroners, impatient landlords, flat-footed process servers, angry school superintendents, miserly businessmen, and cold-hearted orphanage officials. Whenever he smiled, which wasn't often, one could almost hear the creak of underused facial muscles. Though he generally played bits, he was occasionally afforded such larger roles as the drunken sideshow-impresario father of heroine Helen Mack in Son of Kong (1933), with his pathetic trained animal act. He was the perfect over-the-top villain, a nastier male equivalent to Margaret Hamilton, and indispensable to comedy films, in which he served brilliantly as the humorless foil of such funmakers as W.C. Fields, Wheeler & Woolsey, Charley Chase, and especially the Our Gang kids. Although he appeared in such major films as the 1931 version of The Front Page (playing the corrupt sheriff) and the aforementioned Son of Kong, Wilson's most prominent screen roles for modern audiences were in a pair of short subjects in the Our Gang series of films: first as Mr. Crutch, the greedy orphanage manager who is undone when a pair of adults get transformed into children by a magical lamp in Shrimps for a Day (1934); and, at the other end of the series' history, as nasty schoolboard chairman Alonzo K. Pratt in Come Back, Miss Pipps (1941), his penultimate film release.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Road Show
  • Sheriff
1941
No Score Yet Melody Ranch
  • Judge Henderson
1940
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Paymaster
1939
No Score Yet Let Us Live
  • Lunchroom Proprietor
1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Dr. Mason
1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance)
  • Mr. Ives
1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven
  • Telegraph Operator
1939
91% Son of Frankenstein
  • Dr. Berger
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Actor
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • John Blakely
1938
No Score Yet The Texans
  • Sam Ross
1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Jake Singer
1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway
  • Scully
1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time
  • Mr. G.
1938
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks
  • Stationmaster
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Justice of the Peace
1937
67% In Old Chicago
  • Lawyer
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Waiter
1937
No Score Yet Small Town Boy
  • Mr. French
1937
No Score Yet Damaged Goods
  • Dr. Shryer
1937
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River
  • Pedestrian
1936
No Score Yet Hats Off
  • C.D. Pottingham
1936
No Score Yet The Case of the Black Cat
  • Shuster
1936
No Score Yet Wedding Present
  • Simmons
1936
No Score Yet On the Wrong Trek
  • District manager
1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much
  • Detective
1935
No Score Yet Paddy O'Day
  • Brewster
1935
No Score Yet The Rainmakers
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights
  • Freight Agent
1935
100% Mad Love
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Let 'em Have It
  • Reynolds
1935
No Score Yet One Frightened Night
  • Felix Lawyer
1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap
  • Jake Henshaw
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • President of the Chamber of Commerce
1935
No Score Yet Waterfront Lady
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Splendor
  • Process Server
1935
100% Imitation of Life
  • Landlord
1934
No Score Yet Evelyn Prentice
  • Public Defender
1934
No Score Yet Wake Up and Dream
  • Hildebrand
1934
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Fouquet
1934
No Score Yet The Old Fashioned Way
  • Sheriff Prettywillie
1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Actor
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Jail Official
1934
No Score Yet Bachelor Bait
  • District Attorney
1934
No Score Yet Successful Failure
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Operator 13
  • Claybourne
1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell
  • Davis
1934
No Score Yet Nana
  • Actor
1934
40% Son of Kong
  • Peterson
1933
No Score Yet Tillie and Gus
  • Phineas Pratt, executor
1933
No Score Yet A Shriek in the Night
  • Perkins
1933
No Score Yet The Keyhole
  • Weems, Head of the Detective Agency
1933
No Score Yet The Fighting Phantom
  • Gentry
1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer
  • Dan's Lawyer
1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals
  • Buggs, museum keeper
1933
No Score Yet 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder
  • Bertrand B. Hemingway
1932
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Shirtmaker
1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery
  • The Commissioner
1932
No Score Yet The Purchase Price
  • Justice of the Peace
1932
No Score Yet The Beast of the City
  • Coroner
1932
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Love
  • Cousin Comelius
1931
No Score Yet Ladies' Man
  • Jeweler
1931
91% The Front Page
  • Sheriff Hartman
1931
No Score Yet Night Life in Reno
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Love in the Rough
  • Brown
1930
No Score Yet Big News
  • Coroner
1929

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