Emory Parnell

Highest Rated: 100% Man of the West (1958)
Birthday: Dec 29, 1892
Birthplace: Not Available
Trained at Iowa's Morningside College for a career as a musician, American actor Emory Parnell spent his earliest performing years as a concert violinist. He worked the Chautauqua and Lyceum tent circuits for a decade before leaving the road in 1930. For the next few seasons, Parnell acted and narrated in commercial and industrial films produced in Detroit. Determining that the oppurtunities and renumeration were better in Hollywood, Emory and his actress wife Effie boarded the Super Chief and headed for California. Endowed with a ruddy Irish countenance and perpetual air of frustration, Parnell immediately landed a string of character roles as cops, small town business owners, fathers-in-law and landlords (though his very first film part in Bing Crosby's Dr. Rhythm [1938] was cut out before release). In roles both large and small, Parnell became an inescapable presence in B-films of the '40s; one of his better showings was in the A-picture Louisiana Purchase, in which, as a Paramount movie executive, he sings an opening song about avoiding libel suits! Parnell was a regular in Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle film series (1949-55), playing small town entrepreneur Billy Reed; on TV, the actor appeared as William Bendix' factory foreman The Life of Riley (1952-58). Emory Parnell's last public appearance was in 1974, when he, his wife Effie, and several other hale-and-hearty residents of the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital were interviewed by Tom Snyder.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Words and Music Mr. Feiner 1998
No Score Yet Call Me Madam Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer Sam 1965
No Score Yet Git! T.C. Knox 1965
71% A Hole in the Head Sheriff 1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Sheriff 1959
100% Man of the West Gribble 1958
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent Sgt. Levitch 1957
No Score Yet Pardners Col. Hart 1956
78% Artists and Models Kelly 1955
No Score Yet You're Never Too Young Conductor 1955
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Chief of Police 1955
92% Sabrina Charles the Butler 1954
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home Bill Reed 1954
No Score Yet Battle of Rogue River Sgt. McClain 1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer Officer 1954
No Score Yet Easy to Love Mr. Huffnagel 1953
100% The Band Wagon Man on Train 1953
No Score Yet Fort Vengeance Fitzgibbon 1953
No Score Yet The Lawless Breed Bartender 1953
No Score Yet The Girl Who Had Everything Auctioneer 1953
80% Call Me Madam Sen. Gallagher 1953
No Score Yet Lost in Alaska Sherman 1952
No Score Yet Dreamboat Used Car Salesman 1952
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal) Howard 1952
No Score Yet Has Anybody Seen My Gal? Clancy 1952
44% Macao Ship Captain 1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair Billy Reed 1952
89% Show Boat Jake Green 1951
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm Billy Reed 1951
No Score Yet Golden Girl McGuire 1951
No Score Yet Oklahoma Annie Judge Byrnes 1951
No Score Yet Trail of Robin Hood J. Corwin Aldridge 1950
No Score Yet Chain Gang Capt. Duncan 1950
No Score Yet To Please a Lady Mr. Wendall 1950
No Score Yet Beware of Blondie Herb Woodley 1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town Billy Reed 1950
No Score Yet Key to the City Council Chairman 1950
63% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend Mr. Hingleman 1949
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Billy Reed 1949
43% A Woman's Secret Desk Sergeant 1949
No Score Yet Hellfire Sheriff Duffy 1949
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy Bank Watchman 1948
No Score Yet Blonde Ice Murdock 1948
No Score Yet Summer Holiday Bartender 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Mr. Delford 1948
No Score Yet Here Comes Trouble Winfield Blake 1948
No Score Yet Violence True Dawson 1947
No Score Yet Calendar Girl The Mayor 1947
No Score Yet Strange Triangle (Strange Alibi) Barney Shaefer 1946
No Score Yet The Falcon's Alibi Metcalf 1946
No Score Yet Deadline at Dawn Capt. Bender 1946
No Score Yet Badman's Territory Bitter Creek 1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Joe Alsobrook 1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off Appleton 1946
No Score Yet Sing Your Way Home Captain 1945
80% State Fair Senator 1945
No Score Yet It's in the Bag Mr. Buddoo 1945
No Score Yet Two O'clock Courage Inspector Bill Brenner 1945
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor's Courage, (The Doctor's Courage) Capt. Birch 1945
No Score Yet What a Blonde McPherson 1945
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Crime Sergeant 1945
No Score Yet The Falcon in Hollywood Inspector McBride 1944
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle Sheriff Jackson 1944
No Score Yet Casanova Brown Frank, the Bell Captain 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Radio Cop 1944
No Score Yet A Night Of Adventure Judge 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Mr. Tuerck 1944
No Score Yet The Dancing Masters Featherstone 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Gatekeeper 1943
No Score Yet Let's Face It Colonel 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Speaker of House 1943
80% The Human Comedy Policeman 1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way Policeman 1943
80% The Outlaw Dolan 1943
100% Mr. Lucky Dock Watchman 1943
95% I Married a Witch Allen 1942
No Score Yet They All Kissed the Bride Mahony 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. Off. O'Casey 1942
83% Saboteur Husband in Movie 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Traffic Cop 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Harem Sentry 1942
100% Kings Row Harley Davis 1942
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon Quisling 1942
100% The Major and the Minor Conductor 1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Policeman 1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase Lawyer 1941
100% Sullivan's Travels Man at Railroad Shack 1941
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Col. Mason 1941
100% The Maltese Falcon Mate of the La Paloma 1941
No Score Yet All the World's a Stooge Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Monster and the Girl Dumb Cop 1941
67% Mr. & Mrs. Smith Conway 1941
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night Weiss 1941
94% Foreign Correspondent John Martin, Captain of the Mohican 1940
83% Stranger on the Third Floor Detective 1940
100% The Great McGinty Policeman 1940
No Score Yet If I Had My Way Gustav 1940
No Score Yet Blondie on a Budget Dempsey 1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes Policeman 1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker Mr. Olson 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Policeman in Rain 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Foreman 1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven Doorman 1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight Fifth Avenue Cop 1939
100% The Roaring Twenties Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept Cop 1939
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring Swede 1939
No Score Yet Call of the Yukon Swede Trapper 1938
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton Doorman 1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts Fire Inspector 1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Police Officer 1938
No Score Yet Arson Racket Squad Chief J.P. Riley 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Brophy 1938
No Score Yet Mama Loves Papa O'Leary 1933
83% The Great Moment Gruber, Glassware Shop Owner 1921


No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
Uncle Albert Juror
  • 1967
No Score Yet Green Acres
Sheriff Blake
  • 1966
No Score Yet Maverick
Hank Bill Anders Fred Grady Clarence Cousin Lonnie
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
  • 1953
No Score Yet The Abbott and Costello Show
  • 1953
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
  • 1941