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Franklin Pangborn

Highest Rated:   100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Lowest Rated:   29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
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American actor Franklin Pangborn spent most of his theatrical days playing straight dramatic roles, but Hollywood saw things differently. From his debut film Exit Smiling (1926) to his final appearance in The Story of Mankind (1957), Pangborn was relegated to almost nothing but comedy roles. With his prissy voice and floor-walker demeanor, Pangborn was the perfect desk clerk, hotel manager, dressmaker, society secretary, or all-around busybody in well over 100 films. Except for a few supporting appearances in features and a series of Mack Sennett short subjects in the early 1930s, most of Pangborn's pre-1936 appearances were in bits or minor roles, but a brief turn as a snotty society scavenger-hunt scorekeeper in My Man Godfrey (1936) cemented his reputation as a surefire laugh-getter. The actor was a particular favorite of W.C. Fields, who saw to it that Pangborn was prominently cast in Fields' The Bank Dick (1940) (as hapless bank examiner J. Pinkerton Snoopington) and Never Give a Sucker An Even Break (1941). Occasionally, Pangborn longed for more dramatic roles, so to satisfy himself artistically he'd play non-comic parts for Edward Everett Horton's Los Angeles-based Majestic Theatre; Pangborn's appearance in Preston Sturges' Hail the Conquering Hero (1942) likewise permitted him a few straight, serious moments. When jobs became scarce in films for highly specialized character actors in the 1950s, Pangborn thrived on television, guesting on a number of comedy shows, including an appearance as a giggling serial-killer in a "Red Skelton Show" comedy sketch. One year before his death, Pangborn eased quietly into TV-trivia books by appearing as guest star (and guest announcer) on Jack Paar's very first "Tonight Show."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Marquis de Varennes
1957
No Score Yet Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
  • Steamship Clerk
1957
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday
  • Formfit Franklin
1951
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours
  • Sourpuss Manager
1949
80% Romance on the High Seas
  • Rio Hotel Clerk
1948
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  • Formfit Franklin
1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours
  • Barber
1947
No Score Yet Calendar Girl
  • Dillingsworth/Dilly
1947
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight
  • Sloan
1945
No Score Yet Hollywood and Vine
  • Reggie
1945
95% Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Committee Chairman
1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister
  • Reeves
1943
No Score Yet Crazy House
  • Hotel Clerk
1943
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Duncan Farli
1943
No Score Yet Two Weeks to Live
  • Mr. Pinkney
1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Vernon Lewis
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Mr. Gibney
1942
No Score Yet Strictly in the Groove
  • Cathcart
1942
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Manager
1942
91% Now, Voyager
  • Mr. Thompson
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • No. Seven
1941
100% Sullivan's Travels
  • Mr. Casalais
1941
100% Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
  • The Producer
1941
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans
  • Bellows
1941
No Score Yet A Girl, a Guy and a Gob
  • Pet Shop Owner
1941
94% Christmas in July
  • Radio Announcer
1940
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her
  • Bartender
1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade
  • Wiedelmeyer
1940
No Score Yet Turnabout
  • Mr. Pingboom
1940
100% The Bank Dick
  • J. Pinkerton Snoopington
1940
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl
  • Higgins
1939
No Score Yet Broadway Serenade
  • Gene
1939
No Score Yet Topper Takes a Trip
  • Louis
1938
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner
  • Waters
1938
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd
  • Preston
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Apartment Manager
1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living
  • Radio Broadcast Orchestra Leader
1938
29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Asst. Hotel Manager
1938
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Hamilton Montmarcy
1938
No Score Yet Mad About Music
  • Hotel Manager
1938
50% Carefree
  • Roland Hunter
1938
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor
  • Hotel Clerk
1938
No Score Yet All Over Town
  • Costumer
1937
No Score Yet Living on Love
  • Oglethorpe
1937
95% Stage Door
  • Harcourt
1937
No Score Yet It Happened in Hollywood
  • Mr. Forsythe
1937
100% Easy Living
  • Van Buren
1937
No Score Yet Dangerous Holiday
  • Doffle
1937
No Score Yet Hotel Haywire
  • Fuller Brush Salesman
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Billy Moon
1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low
  • Henri
1937
No Score Yet They Wanted to Marry
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Step Lively, Jeeves
  • Gaston
1937
No Score Yet High Hat
  • Renaldo Breton
1937
No Score Yet The Mandarin Mystery
  • Mellish
1936
86% Three Smart Girls
  • Jeweler
1936
No Score Yet Hats Off
  • Churchill
1936
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Scorekeeper
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Tailor
1936
No Score Yet Doughnuts and Society
  • Benson
1936
No Score Yet Tango
  • Oscar
1936
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Secretary
1935
No Score Yet The Headline Woman
  • Hamilton
1935
No Score Yet Chasing Those Depression Blues
  • Actor
1935
100% Imitation of Life
  • Mr. Carven
1934
No Score Yet King Kelly of the U.S.A.
  • J. Ashton Brockton
1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • Town Crier
1934
No Score Yet Manhattan Love Song
  • Garrett Wetherby
1934
75% Design for Living
  • Mr. Douglas
1933
100% Flying Down to Rio
  • Hammersmith the Hotel Manager
1933
No Score Yet Only Yesterday
  • Tom
1933
No Score Yet Headline Shooter
  • Crocker
1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses
  • Floorwalker
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Childress
1933
No Score Yet International House
  • Hotel Manager
1933
No Score Yet The Half-Naked Truth
  • Wolverton, Hotel Manager
1932
No Score Yet Meet the Mayor
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet A Woman of Experience
  • Hans
1931
No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile
  • Professor
1930
No Score Yet Not So Dumb
  • Leach
1930
No Score Yet Blonde for a Night
  • Actor
1928
No Score Yet Girl in the Pullman
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet Getting Gertie's Garter
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet Exit Smiling
  • Cecile Lovelace
1926
83% The Great Moment
  • Dr. Heywood
1921

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