Eugene Pallette

Eugene Pallette

Highest Rated: 100% The Love Parade (1929)

Lowest Rated: 33% Pin Up Girl (1944)

Birthday: Jul 8, 1889

Birthplace: Winfield, Kansas, USA

With the transition in Hollywood from silent to talking pictures, audiences most often heard rather than saw Eugene Pallette coming. His once athletic build blown out to rotund proportions and his voice registering an octave lower than a bullfrog's, Pallette was a singular presence among the ranks of studio players during the Great Depression. He found his niche playing irascible big city cops, most famously in five whodunits starring William Powell as debonair sleuth Philo Vance, beginning with "The Canary Murder Case" (1929). Comfortable in the sackcloth of a country cleric, as in "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938) opposite Errol Flynn and "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) with Tyrone Power, Pallette was most widely seen in business attire, playing a Beltway fixer stumped by Senate do-gooder James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), and the patriarch of a wacky Depression-era family in the screwball classic "My Man Godfrey" (1936). Larger than life on the big screen, Pallette was no less outsized in his private life, where he allegedly opposed racial integration and was an early champion of Adolf Hitler. Growing fearful of an impending atomic Armageddon, Pallette stockpiled supplies on an Oregon compound but died of cancer in Hollywood in 1954. The memory of his unpalatable politics lost to time, Pallette lived on in the hearts of moviegoers as an indispensable element of Hollywood's Golden Age, a versatile character actor who could speak for the masses or drown out its voice with his own.

Highest rated movies

The Gang's All Here
The Lady Eve
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Ghost Goes West
Bordertown
The Love Parade
The Virginian
The Three Musketeers

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 50% The Cheaters Mr. Pidgeon (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 22% Step Lively Simon Jenkins (Character) - 1944
33% 55% Pin Up Girl Barney Briggs (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heavenly Days Senator Bigbee (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Henry B. Preston (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Carl Cermak (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 0% The Kansan Tom Waggoner (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 67% Slightly Dangerous Durstin (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 36% It Ain't Hay Gregory Warner (Character) - 1943
85% 75% Heaven Can Wait E.F. Strable (Character) - 1943
100% 68% The Gang's All Here Andrew Mason Sr. (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Ed Keller (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 61% The Big Street Nicely Nicely Johnson (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Forest Rangers Howard Huston (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet World Premiere Gregory Martin (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 62% The Bride Came C.O.D. Lucius K. Winfield (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 68% Swamp Water Sheriff Jeb McKane (Character) - 1941
100% 87% The Lady Eve Horace Pike (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Appointment for Love George Hastings (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Unfinished Business Elmer (Character) - 1941
91% 79% The Mark of Zorro Fray Felipe (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 75% Young Tom Edison Mr. Nelson (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 75% It's a Date Gov. Allen (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 75% First Love James Clinton (Character) - 1939
96% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Chick McGann (Character) - 1939
100% 89% The Adventures of Robin Hood Friar Tuck (Character) - 1938
89% 81% Topper Casey (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crime Nobody Saw "Babe" Lawton (Character) - 1937
88% 54% 100 Men and a Girl John R. Frost (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dishonor Bright Busby (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 63% Stowaway The Colonel (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy to Take Dr. Reginald Kraft aka Doc (Character) - 1936
97% 90% My Man Godfrey Alexander Bullock (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 20% The Golden Arrow Mr. Meyers (Character) - 1936
100% 51% The Ghost Goes West Mr. Joe Martin (Character) - 1936
100% 38% Bordertown Charles "Charlie" Roark (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 69% Steamboat 'Round the Bend Sheriff Rufe Jeffers (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Face Harrington Uncle Henry (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Sheep Col. Upton Calhoun Belcher (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 17% The Dragon Murder Case Sgt. Ernest Heath (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friends of Mr. Sweeney Wynn Rixey (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Sourwood (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got Your Number Joseph "Joe" Flood (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made on Broadway Terwilliger (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet From Headquarters Sgt. Boggs (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 67% Hell Below Mac Dougal - Chief Torpedo Man (Character) - 1933
83% 66% The Kennel Murder Case Detective Sgt. Heath (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Janos (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth Achilles (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Girl Yuba Bill (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strangers of the Evening Detective Brubacher (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Mayor Hymie Shane (Character) - 1932
94% 78% Shanghai Express Sam Salt (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Smoke Stub Wallack (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Pays to Advertise Cyrus Martin (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dude Ranch Judd/Black Jed (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 30% Fighting Caravans Seth Higgins (Character) - 1931
83% No Score Yet Huckleberry Finn Duke of Bilgewater (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls About Town Benjamin Thomas (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow Thru J.C. Effingham (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sea God Square Deal McCarthy (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Santa Fe Trail Doc Brady (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Border Legion Bunco Davis (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Slightly Scarlet Sylvester Corbett (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Are Like That Traffic Officer (Character) - 1930
100% 77% The Love Parade Minister of War (Character) - 1929
100% 88% The Virginian 'Honey' Wiggin (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Greene Murder Case Sgt. Ernest Heath (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet 33% The Canary Murder Case Sgt. Ernest Heath (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lights of New York Gene (Character) - 1928
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fluttering Hearts Motorcycle Cop (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Should Men Walk Home? Detective (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jewish Prudence Rent Collector (uncredited) (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Rodney Casley (Character) - 1927
No Score Yet 80% Mantrap E. Wesson Woodbury (Character) - 1926
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horse Mesa Melberne townsman (uncredited) (Character) - 1925
100% 79% The Three Musketeers Aramis (Character) - 1921
No Score Yet 17% Terror Island Guy Mourdant (Character) - 1920
86% 27% Tarzan of the Apes Unknown (Character) - 1918
No Score Yet No Score Yet Going Straight Jimmy Briggs (Character) - 1916
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Children in the House Arthur Vincent (Character) - 1916
97% 77% Intolerance Prosper Latour (French Story) (Character) - 1916
93% 55% The Birth of a Nation Union soldier (uncredited) (Character) - 1915