Frankie Howerd

Highest Rated: 100% The Ladykillers (1955)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1917
Birthplace: Not Available
British actor and revue comedian Frankie Howerd was generally suppressed in his film appearances (starting with Runaway Bus [1954]), and most fans felt he was never quite at his best without a live audience. His movie roles, especially those in The Ladykillers (1955) (with an enormous cast of polished farceurs, including Peter Sellers), Mouse on the Moon (1963) and Carry On Doctor (1968) were amusing, but without the vulgar brashness and direct-to-audience commentary of Howerd's stage work. The comedian was seen at his prime in the British TV series Up Pompeii and its companion movie versions. Here Howerd could truly cut loose, allowing the rest of the cast to play utterly straight while he broke character, made racy commentary about the plotline or the heroine's neckline, and introduced a welcome touch of comic anarchy in the hidebound Roman-epic genre. Those who loved Frankie Howerd are advised to avoid one of his few American films, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1977), where as the villain of the piece he is just as lost as his illustrious costars George Burns, Steve Martin and the Bee Gees.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Up The Front Lurk 1989
No Score Yet HMS Pinafore Actor 1982
No Score Yet Gilbert & Sullivan - H.M.S. Pinafore Actor 1982
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Mr. Mustard 1978
No Score Yet The House in Nightmare Park (Night of the Laughing Dead) Foster Twelvetrees 1977
No Score Yet Catholics Father Colum 1973
No Score Yet Carry On Doctor Francis Bigger 1972
No Score Yet Up Pompeii Lurcio 1971
No Score Yet Up the Chastity Belt (Naughty Knights) Richard I the Lionheart Lurkalot 1971
No Score Yet Carry On up the Jungle Professor Inigo Tinkle 1970
No Score Yet The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Alphonse of Monte Carlo / Alfred Askett 1966
86% The Mouse on the Moon Fenwickian 1963
No Score Yet The Cool Mikado Ko-Ko 1963
No Score Yet The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's Actor 1961
No Score Yet Further Up the Creek! Bos'n 1958
No Score Yet Jumping for Joy Willie Joy 1956
100% The Ladykillers Barrow Boy 1955
No Score Yet The Runaway Bus Percy Lamb 1954
No Score Yet It Grows on Trees Actor 1952


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