Emory Parnell - Rotten Tomatoes

Emory Parnell

Highest Rated:   100% Man of the West (1958)
Lowest Rated:   38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
67% 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
71% 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
91% 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 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
71% 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
80% 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
89% 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
81% 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
63% 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 Let Freedom Ring
  • Swede
1939
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept
  • Cop
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

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