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Frank Puglia



Sicilian actor Frank Puglia started his career with a travelling operetta company at age 13. He and his family moved to the US in 1907, where he worked in a laundry until he hooked up with an Italian-language theatrical troupe based in New York. In 1921, Puglia was appearing as Pierre Frochard in a revival of the old theatrical warhorse The Two Orphans when he was spotted by film director D.W. Griffith. Puglia was hired to repeat his role for Griffith's film version of the play, retitled Orphans of the Storm; while Pierre Frochard was slated to die at the end of the film, preview-audience reaction to the death was so negative that Griffith called Puglia back to reshoot his final scenes, allowing him to survive for the fade-out. For the rest of his long film career, Puglia essayed a wide variety of ethnic supporting parts, portraying priests, musicians, diplomats and street peddlers. In 1942's Casablanca, Puglia has a memorable bit as a Morroccan rug merchant who automatically marks down his prices to any friends of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart). Frank Puglia played a larger and less likable role as a treacherous minion to sultan Kurt Katch in Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944); when the film was remade as Sword of Ali Baba in 1965, so much stock footage from the 1944 film was utilized that Puglia was hired to replay his original part.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Serenade
  • Manuel
2000
No Score Yet Mr. Ricco
  • Uncle Enzo
1975
No Score Yet Say Goodbye, Maggie Cole
  • Mr. Alessandro
1972
40% Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • Alexander Stavros
1962
20% The Black Orchid
  • Henry Gallo
1958
80% 20 Million Miles to Earth
  • Dr. Leonardo
1957
No Score Yet The First Texan
  • Pepe
1956
No Score Yet The Burning Hills
  • Tio Perico
1956
No Score Yet Accused of Murder
  • Caesar Cipriano
1956
96% A Star Is Born
  • Bruno
1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night
  • Carabaccio
1954
No Score Yet Jubilee Trail
  • Don Orosco
1954
80% The Caddy
  • Mr. Spezzato
1953
No Score Yet Walk Softly, Stranger
  • A.J. Corelli
1950
No Score Yet Black Hand
  • Carlo Sabballera
1950
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A.
  • Luigi
1950
No Score Yet Special Agent
  • Grandfather Devereaux
1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory
  • Brother Thomas
1949
No Score Yet Bagdad
  • Saleel
1949
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Nicholas de Houppeville
1948
No Score Yet Dream Girl
  • Antonio
1948
No Score Yet Fiesta
  • Doctor
1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road
  • Pelon
1947
71% My Favorite Brunette
  • Baron Montay
1947
100% Road to Rio
  • Rodrigues
1947
91% Brute Force
  • Ferrara
1947
No Score Yet Lost Moment
  • Pietro
1947
No Score Yet Escape Me Never
  • Guide
1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations
  • Ortega
1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • Emile
1945
No Score Yet Roughly Speaking
  • Tony
1945
No Score Yet Blood on the Sun
  • Prince Tatsugi
1945
No Score Yet A Song to Remember
  • M. Jollet
1945
No Score Yet Tall in the Saddle
  • Juan Tala
1944
No Score Yet Tarzan's Desert Mystery
  • Magistrate
1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille
  • Older Guard
1944
No Score Yet Dragon Seed
  • Old Clerk
1944
No Score Yet Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Prince Cassim
1944
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell
  • Javanese Temple Guide
1944
No Score Yet Around the World
  • Native Dealer
1943
No Score Yet The Iron Major
  • Nurse
1943
No Score Yet Princess O'Rourke
  • Greek
1943
75% Phantom of the Opera
  • Villeneuve
1943
No Score Yet Background to Danger
  • Syrian Vendor
1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5
  • Nikola
1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • Capt. Carpolis
1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow
  • Judge Ulrich
1943
77% For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Capt. Gamez
1943
97% Casablanca
  • Arab Vendor
1942
No Score Yet The Boogie Man Will Get You
  • Silvio Baciagalupi
1942
91% Now, Voyager
  • Manoel
1942
No Score Yet Always in My Heart
  • Joe Borrelli
1942
55% Jungle Book
  • The pundit
1942
No Score Yet Billy the Kid
  • Pedro Gonzales
1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio
  • Pedro
1941
No Score Yet No, No, Nanette
  • Art Critic
1940
100% The Mark of Zorro
  • Cafe Proprietor
1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love
  • Father Jacinto
1940
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way
  • Montero
1940
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby!
  • Headwaiter
1940
No Score Yet Torrid Zone
  • Rodriguez
1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again
  • Mexican bartender
1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Panama
  • Achmed Halide
1940
No Score Yet The Fatal Hour
  • Harway
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Handwriting expert
1939
No Score Yet In Name Only
  • Tony, Restaurant Manager
1939
No Score Yet In Old Caliente
  • Don Miguel
1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour
  • Headwaiter
1938
No Score Yet Spawn of the North
  • Red's Gang
1938
No Score Yet Barefoot Boy
  • Hank
1938
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond's Revenge
  • Draven Nogals
1937
No Score Yet Mannequin
  • Hennessey Worker
1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice
  • Porter
1937
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Comes Back
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Johnny
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Postman
1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love
  • Carlos
1937
No Score Yet The Firefly
  • Pablo
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Orchestra Conductor
1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy
  • Monk
1937
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Red
  • Alberto
1937
80% Love on the Run
  • Waiter
1936
No Score Yet The Gay Desperado
  • Lopez
1936
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy
  • Grandma
1936
No Score Yet Bulldog Edition
  • Tony
1936
No Score Yet His Brother's Wife
  • Hotel Clerk
1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary
  • Hotel Clerk
1936
100% Captain Blood
  • French Officer
1935
No Score Yet Bordertown
  • Commissioner
1935
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest
  • German Aide
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Villa's Father
1934
No Score Yet Men in White
  • Dr. Vitale
1934
100% The Man Who Laughs
  • Clown
1928
No Score Yet Romola
  • Adolpo Spini
1925
No Score Yet Isn't Life Wonderful
  • Theodor
1924
91% Orphans of the Storm
  • Pierre Frochard
1921

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