Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan

Highest Rated: 88% Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Lowest Rated: 20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

Birthday: Dec 20, 1908

Birthplace: Prentice, Wisconsin, USA

Though Dennis Morgan would later allude to Milwaukee, Wisconsin as his hometown, he was actually born in the small burg of Prentice. After attending Carroll College in nearby Waukesha, Morgan acted in stock companies, worked as a radio announcer, and sang with travelling opera troupes. Still using his given name of Stanley Morner, he was signed to an MGM contract in 1936, then spent a frustrating year playing bit parts. What might have been his big break, as soloist in the "Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" number in MGM's mammoth The Great Ziegfeld (1936), was compromised by the fact that the studio dubbed in Allan Jones' singing voice. Morgan then moved to Paramount, where he played supporting roles under the new moniker Richard Stanley. In 1939, he landed at Warner Bros., where he became "Dennis Morgan" for good and all. His Warners roles were better than anything he'd had at MGM or Paramount, though he still was inexplicably prevented from singing. His biggest acting break came about when Warners loaned him to RKO to appear opposite Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). Finally in 1943, he was given a full-fledged singing lead in Warners' The Desert Song. This led to a series of well-received musicals which earned Morgan a faithful fan following--and, for a brief period, he was the studio's highest paid male star. In 1947, Morgan was teamed with Jack Carson for a group of musical comedies which Warners hoped would match the success of Paramount's Hope-Crosby "Road" pictures. Best of the batch was Two Guys From Milwaukee (1947), which had its premiere in that city. When the sort of musicals Morgan starred in went out of fashion in the 1950s, he shifted creative gears and appeared in westerns and adventure yarns. In 1959, he headlined a TV cop series, 21 Beacon Street. For all intents and purposes retired by the 1960s, Dennis Morgan re-emerged to play cameos in two theatrical features, Rogue's Gallery (1968) and Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Desert Song Actor 2015
20% Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Tour Guide 1976
No Score Yet Pearl of the South Pacific Dan Merrill 1955
No Score Yet This Woman Is Dangerous Dr. Ben Halleck 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Town Mike McGann 1952
No Score Yet Painting the Clouds with Sunshine Vince Nichols 1951
No Score Yet Perfect Strangers David Campbell 1950
No Score Yet Pretty Baby Sam Morley 1950
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling Himself 1949
No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Sailor Bill Craig 1949
No Score Yet Two Guys from Texas Steve Carroll 1948
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Timothy L. 'Biff' Grimes 1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid James Wylie 1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose Chauncey Olcott 1947
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Thomas Rufus 'Tom' Collier III 1946
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot Col. Robert L. Scott 1945
88% Christmas in Connecticut Jefferson Jones 1945
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You Sgt. David Stewart 1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon Jack Norworth 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Himself 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Tommy Randolph 1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way Paul Collins 1943
No Score Yet The Desert Song Paul Hudson / El Khobar 1943
No Score Yet In This Our Life Peter Kingsmill 1942
No Score Yet Captains of the Clouds Johnny Dutton 1942
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Rodney Trask 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours "Rickey" Mayberry 1941
80% Kitty Foyle Wynnewood "Wyn" Strafford VI 1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish Angus Ferguson 1940
67% The Fighting 69th Lt. Ames 1940
No Score Yet Flight Angels Actor 1940
No Score Yet River's End John Keith/Sgt. Derry Connison 1940
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Dr. Mike Rhodes 1939
No Score Yet Men with Wings Galton 1938
No Score Yet Navy Blue and Gold Lieutenant of Marines 1937
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Bit 1936
No Score Yet Suzy Lt. Charbret 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Stage Singer 1936
No Score Yet Old Hutch Bit Part 1936
No Score Yet I Conquer the Sea Tommy 1936

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Detective O'Finn 1958

QUOTES FROM Dennis Morgan CHARACTERS

Johnny Dutton says: I wish I had a hole in my head! (Brian was having a bone removed from his head)

Johnny Dutton says: I wish I had a hole in my head! [Brian was having a bone removed from his head]

Johnny Dutton says: Tiny, take good care of the doc, we may need him! (refering to Emily and Johnny wedding)

Johnny Dutton says: Tiny, take good care of the doc, we may need him! [refering to Emily and Johnny wedding]

Brian MacLean says: In a few more weeks I'll be shaking hands with myself (bored with living in the woods).

Brian MacLean says: In a few more weeks I'll be shaking hands with myself. [bored with living in the woods]

Brian MacLean says: Nobody but a chump would talk to a girl when he's kissing her.

Brian MacLean says: Either a fellow has it or he hasn't (kisses Emily)

Brian MacLean says: Either a fellow has it or he hasn't [kisses Emily]

Johnny Dutton says: The guy is nuts! (about Brian)

Johnny Dutton says: The guy is nuts!

Brian MacLean says: You're all wet in case you didn't know it.

Tiny Murphy says: All he did is nick his gourd.(about Brian falling)

Tiny Murphy says: All he did is nick his gourd.

Brian MacLean says: Get this straight, he's no friend of mine! (about Brian).

Brian MacLean says: Get this straight, he's no friend of mine!

Brian MacLean says: I guess its all right if you don't mind wearing a chute (a parachute).

Brian MacLean says: I guess its all right if you don't mind wearing a chute. [a parachute]

Brian MacLean says: Take a good hold, he's coming straight at us. (fellow bush pilots try to ground Brian from the air).

Brian MacLean says: Take a good hold, he's coming straight at us. [fellow bush pilots try to ground Brian from the air]

Brian MacLean says: OH you don't know me, I have a whim of iron. (he came back to Emily on a "whim".)

Brian MacLean says: OH you don't know me, I have a whim of iron. [he came back to Emily on a 'whim']

Tiny Murphy says: I hate to lose that propeller, I just paid it off.

Johnny Dutton says: He won't get away this time (after Brian).

Johnny Dutton says: He won't get away this time. [after Brian]

Emily Foster says: HEY, you're a sick man! (after Brian grabbed at her).

Emily Foster says: HEY, you're a sick man! [after Brian grabbed at her]

Blimp Lebec says: I do not wish to meet the price of a burgler (cagney flew for 25 dollars less)

Blimp Lebec says: I do not wish to meet the price of a burgler [cagney flew for 25 dollars less]

Johnny Dutton says: He won't be hauling cheaper after I catch up to him (cagney stole his customer)

Johnny Dutton says: He won't be hauling cheaper after I catch up to him [cagney stole his customer]

Tiny Murphy says: He's all over the place and we can't catch up with him.

Brian MacLean says: The name is not Johnny, never was Johnny.

Brian MacLean says: I always seem like somebody else.

Brian MacLean says: Lets see if you are as practical as beautiful.

Emily Foster says: The pleasures all yours.

Tom Randolph says: Why don't you relax?

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER.(Horton)

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER. [Horton]

Barney Johnson says: Barney Jackson never let a client down.

Barney Johnson says: Now there's 50 dollars worth of advice and now we're even.

Tom Randolph says: I got my radio deal, 500 bucks, I'm set for life.

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe (her new home).

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe. [her new home]

Tom Randolph says: I'm smart enough to sing nothing but hits.