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Dennis Morgan

Highest Rated:   88% Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Lowest Rated:   65% The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Desert Song
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet 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 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 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
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Wynnewood "Wyn" Strafford VI
1940
No Score Yet Three Cheers for the Irish
  • Angus Ferguson
1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th
  • Lt. Ames
1940
No Score Yet River's End
  • John Keith/Sgt. Derry Connison
1940
No Score Yet Flight Angels
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X
  • Dr. Mike Rhodes
1939
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
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Stage Singer
1936
No Score Yet I Conquer the Sea
  • Tommy
1936

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