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Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Highest Rated:   100% The Lost Weekend (1945)
Lowest Rated:   88% Twentieth Century (1934)
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During Hollywood's pre-"politically correct" era, it was not uncommon for African-American performers to be saddled with such demeaning professional monikers as "G. Howe Black," "Stepin Fetchit," and "Sleep 'n' Eat." One of the more egregious racially oriented nicknames was bestowed upon a talented black character actor named Fred Toones. From 1931 until his retirement in 1948, Toones was usually billed as "Snowflake," often playing a character of the same name. His standard characterization, that of a middle-aged "colored" man with high-pitched voice and childlike demeanor, was nearly as offensive as his character name. True to the Hollywood typecasting system of the 1930s and 1940s, "Snowflake" was generally cast as redcaps, bootblacks, and janitors. He appeared in dozens of two-reelers (including the Three Stooges' first Columbia effort, 1934's Woman Haters) and scores of B-Westerns. During the early '40s, Fred Toones was a semi-regular in the zany comedies of producer/director/writer Preston Sturges.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bells of San Angelo
  • The Cook
1947
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Pullman Porter
1946
100% The Lost Weekend
  • Washroom Attendant
1945
No Score Yet The Yellow Rose of Texas
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Meet the People
  • Pullman Porter
1944
No Score Yet Spy Train
  • Porter
1943
No Score Yet Land of Hunted Men
  • Snowflake
1943
No Score Yet Haunted Ranch
  • Sam
1943
No Score Yet Silver Queen
  • Butler
1942
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Bartender
1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters
  • Valet
1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady
  • Fogey
1942
No Score Yet Queen of Broadway
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade
  • Porter
1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast
  • Porter
1941
93% Penny Serenade
  • Train Porter
1941
No Score Yet Back in the Saddle
  • Porter
1941
94% Christmas in July
  • Porter
1940
No Score Yet Ride Tenderfoot Ride
  • Train Porter
1940
No Score Yet The Biscuit Eater
  • Sermon
1940
100% Remember the Night
  • Rufus
1940
No Score Yet Speed Limited
  • Porter
1940
No Score Yet Gaucho Serenade
  • New York City Pier Worker
1940
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James
  • Actor
1939
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Porter
1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade
  • Porter
1939
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds
  • Porter
1939
No Score Yet Mexicali Rose
  • The Cook
1939
No Score Yet Daredevils of the Red Circle
  • Snowflake
1939
No Score Yet Red River Range
  • Bellhop (uncredited)
1938
No Score Yet Hawaiian Buckaroo
  • Flash
1938
No Score Yet Gold Mine in the Sky
  • Snowflake
1938
No Score Yet Under the Big Top
  • Juba
1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness
  • George
1938
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Train Porter
1937
No Score Yet Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
  • Sam
1937
No Score Yet Gunsmoke Ranch
  • Snowflake
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Black Prisoner
1937
100% Way Out West
  • Janitor
1937
No Score Yet Aces Wild
  • Himself
1937
No Score Yet Oh, Susanna!
  • Train Porter (as Snowflake)
1937
No Score Yet College Holiday
  • Porter
1936
No Score Yet Racing Blood
  • Sad Sam
1936
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy
  • Horatius
1936
No Score Yet Born to Fight
  • Snowflake
1936
No Score Yet The Lonely Trail
  • Snowflake
1936
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties
  • Mose
1936
No Score Yet Black Gold
  • Snowflake
1936
No Score Yet Desert Justice
  • Snowflake (bank janitor)
1936
No Score Yet Wildcat Saunders
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Hair-Trigger Casey
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan
  • Pittsburgh
1936
No Score Yet The Singing Cowboy
  • Entertainer
1936
No Score Yet Riddle Ranch
  • Snowflake
1935
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table
  • Porter
1935
No Score Yet Ladies Love Danger
  • Lewis
1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike
  • Elevator Operator
1935
No Score Yet Go Into Your Dance
  • Al's Valet
1935
No Score Yet Mississippi
  • Valet
1935
No Score Yet Frontier Justice
  • Snowflake
1935
No Score Yet Social Error
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Gay Bride
  • Bootblack
1934
100% Imitation of Life
  • Person at Funeral
1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice
  • Mose
1934
No Score Yet Here Comes the Navy
  • Sailor
1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car
  • Titus, Porter
1934
No Score Yet Palooka
  • Smokey
1934
88% Twentieth Century
  • Porter
1934
No Score Yet Dames
  • Porter
1934
No Score Yet The Mayor of Hell
  • Hemingway
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Black Couple
1933
No Score Yet Wayne Murder Case
  • Jeff
1932
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton
  • Ezzy Daniels
1932
No Score Yet The Galloping Ghost
  • Actor
1931

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