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Douglas Dumbrille



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Frozen Ghost
  • Inspector Brant
2014
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
94% 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 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 Michael Shayne, Private Detective
  • Gordon
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Major Drewery
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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
100% I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang
  • District Attorney
1932
No Score Yet That's My Boy
  • Adams
1932
No Score Yet Blondie of the Follies
  • Murchenson
1932

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Mr. Halpert

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