Douglas Dumbrille

Highest Rated: 100% Road to Utopia (1945)
Lowest Rated: 43% Naughty Marietta (1935)
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Silver-tongued actor Douglas Dumbrille played just about every type in his long screen career, but it was as a dignified villain that he is best remembered. Born in Canada, Dumbrille did most of his stage work in the United States, breaking into films with His Woman in 1931. He bounced between supporting parts and unbilled bits in the early 1930s, usually at Warner Bros., where his sleek brand of skullduggery fit right in with the gangsters, shysters and political phonies popping up in most of the studio's 1930s product. Superb in modern dress roles, Dumbrille also excelled at costume villainy: it is claimed that, in Lives of the Bengal Lancers (1935), he was the first bad guy to growl, "We have ways of making you talk." The actor's pompous demeanor made him an ideal foil for such comedians as the Marx Brothers, with whom he appeared twice, and Abbott and Costello, who matched wits with Dumbrille in four different films. Sometimes, Dumbrille's reputation as a no-good was used to lead the audience astray; he was frequently cast as red-herring suspects in such murder mysteries as Castle in the Desert (1942), while in the Johnny Mack Brown western Flame of the West (1945), Dumbrille piqued the viewer's interest by playing a thoroughly honest, decent sheriff (surely he'd turn bad by the end, thought the audience -- but he didn't). In real life a gentle man whose diabolical features were softened by a pair of spectacles, Dumbrille mellowed his image as he grew older, often playing bemused officials and judges who couldn't make head nor tails of Gracie Allen's thought patterns on TV's The Burns and Allen Show. Late in life, a widowed Douglas Dumbrille married Patricia Mobray, daughter of his close friend -- and fellow screen villain -- Alan Mowbray.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% Road to Zanzibar Slave Trader 2001
No Score Yet Johnny Cool Gang Member 1963
No Score Yet High Time Actor 1960
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Collector of Port 1958
No Score Yet Shake, Rattle and Rock! Eustace 1957
97% The Ten Commandments Jannes 1956
No Score Yet Davy Crockett and the River Pirates Saloon Owner 1956
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling Scipio 1955
No Score Yet World for Ransom Inspector McCollum 1954
No Score Yet Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Powhatan 1953
No Score Yet Plunder of the Sun Carter 1953
95% Julius Caesar Lepidus 1953
No Score Yet Sky Full of Moon Rodeo Official 1952
No Score Yet Scaramouche President 1952
89% Son of Paleface Sheriff McIntyre 1952
No Score Yet Riding High Eddie Morgan 1950
No Score Yet Buccaneer's Girl Capt. Martos 1950
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion Hamud El Khalid 1950
No Score Yet Tell It to the Judge George Ellerby 1949
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf and His Lady John J. Murdock 1949
No Score Yet Alimony Burt Crail 1949
No Score Yet Riders of the Whistling Pines Henry Mitchell 1949
No Score Yet Dynamite Hank Gibbons 1949
No Score Yet Last of the Wild Horses Charlie Cooper 1948
No Score Yet Blonde Savage Mark Harper 1947
No Score Yet Christmas Eve Dr. Bunyan 1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady District Attorney 1947
No Score Yet It's a Joke, Son! Dan Healey 1947
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire George Washington 1946
No Score Yet Spook Busters Dr. Coslow 1946
No Score Yet Under Nevada Skies Arthur Courtney 1946
No Score Yet Pardon My Past Uncle Wills 1945
No Score Yet The Frozen Ghost Inspector Brant 1945
No Score Yet A Medal for Benny General 1945
100% Road to Utopia Ace Larson 1945
No Score Yet Jungle Queen Lang 1945
No Score Yet Lost in a Harem Nimativ 1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory Police Commissioner 1944
No Score Yet Lumberjack Keeper 1944
No Score Yet Forty Thieves Tad Hammond 1944
No Score Yet Jungle Woman District Attorney 1944
No Score Yet False Colors Mark Foster 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Willie/Duc de Rigor 1943
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Baron Szigetti 1942
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Castle in the Desert Manderley 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Gen. William Henry Harrison 1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy Jake Rainwater 1942
No Score Yet Stand By for Action Capt. Ludlow 1942
No Score Yet A Gentleman After Dark Enzo Calibra 1942
67% The Big Store Mr. Grover 1941
No Score Yet South of Pago Pago Williams 1940
No Score Yet Slightly Honorable George Taylor 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Major Drewery 1940
No Score Yet Michael Shayne, Private Detective Gordon 1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at Treasure Island Thomas Gregory 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island Cmdr. La Costa 1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers Athos 1939
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in City in Darkness Petroff 1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds Holloway 1939
No Score Yet Kentucky John Dillon, 1861 1938
No Score Yet Mysterious Rider Pecos Bill/Ben Wade 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Governor Claiborne 1938
No Score Yet Ali Baba Goes to Town Prince Musah 1937
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Korun 1937
100% A Day at the Races Morgan 1937
No Score Yet The Firefly Marquis DeMelito 1937
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town John Cedar 1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across Lorel 1936
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Grilov 1935
No Score Yet Peter Ibbetson Col. Forsythe 1935
No Score Yet Love Me Forever Miller 1935
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu Baradas 1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Mohammed Khan 1935
43% Naughty Marietta Prince de Namours de la Bonfain 1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill Eddie Morgan 1934
No Score Yet Hideout Nightclub Owner 1934
100% Treasure Island "Ugly Israel" Hands 1934
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest General 1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco Joshua Maynard 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! Harvey Dawes 1934
No Score Yet Massacre Chairman 1934
No Score Yet Operator 13 Gen. Stuart 1934
No Score Yet The World Changes Buffalo Bill 1933
80% Female Mumford 1933
100% Baby Face Brody 1933
75% Heroes for Sale Chief Engineer 1933
No Score Yet The Silk Express Myton Associate (uncredited) 1933
No Score Yet Elmer, the Great Stillman 1933
No Score Yet The Working Man Lawyer Hammersmith 1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle District Attorney 1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer Spade Maddock 1933
No Score Yet Rustlers' Roundup Actor 1933
No Score Yet Voltaire Oriental King 1933
No Score Yet That's My Boy Adams 1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies Murchenson 1932

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Doug
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Mr. Halpert
  • 1964

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