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Fred Kelsey



Ohio-born Fred Kelsey was so firmly typed as a comedy cop in Hollywood films that in the 1944 MGM cartoon classic Who Killed Who?, animator Tex Avery deliberately designed his detective protagonist to look like Kelsey -- mustache, heavy eyebrows, derby hat and all. In films from 1909, Kelsey started out as a director (frequently billed as" Fred A. Kelcey"), but by the '20s he was well into his established characterization as the beat cop or detective who was forever falling asleep on the job or jumping to the wrong conclusion. Often Kelsey's dialogue was confined to one word: "Sayyyyy....!" He seemed to be busiest at Warner Bros. and Columbia, appearing in fleeting bits at the former studio (butchers, bartenders, house detectives), and enjoying more sizeable roles in the B-films, short subjects and serials at the latter studio. From 1940 through 1943, Kelsey had a continuing role as dim-witted police sergeant Dickens in Columbia's Lone Wolf B-picture series. Seldom given a screen credit, Fred Kelsey was curiously afforded prominent featured billing in 20th Century-Fox's O. Henry's Full House (1952), in which he was barely recognizable as a street-corner Santa Claus.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Donovan Affair
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Lost Women
  • The Bartender
1953
80% Hans Christian Andersen
  • 1st Gendarme
1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Santa Claus
1952
No Score Yet My Six Convicts (My 6 Convicts)
  • Store Detective
1952
No Score Yet Dallas
  • Carter
1950
83% The Fountainhead
  • Old Watchman
1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory
  • engineer
1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin
  • Watchman
1949
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Cop
1948
No Score Yet Silver River
  • Townsman
1948
No Score Yet Stallion Road
  • Rancher
1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss
  • Turnkey
1947
No Score Yet Nobody Lives Forever
  • Railroad Conductor
1946
No Score Yet My Reputation
  • Conductor
1946
No Score Yet Detour to Danger
  • Kelsey
1946
88% Christmas in Connecticut
  • Harper
1945
No Score Yet Crime by Night
  • Dad Martin
1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Pub Character
1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit
  • Conductor
1943
No Score Yet X Marks the Spot
  • Riley
1942
No Score Yet Counter-Espionage
  • Det. Wesley Dickens
1942
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Irish Cop in 'Peck's Bad Boy'
1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl
  • Man
1942
No Score Yet In This Our Life
  • Jailer (uncredited)
1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc.
  • Bronson
1942
100% My Favorite Blonde
  • Sam
1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster
  • Cop
1942
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Man
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Sutro
1942
100% Kings Row
  • Bill Hockinson
1942
No Score Yet Blues in the Night
  • Bartender
1941
100% One Foot in Heaven
  • Conductor
1941
No Score Yet Invisible Ghost
  • Detective Ryan
1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance
  • Dickens
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Bartender
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West
  • Cop
1940
No Score Yet The Green Archer
  • Capt. Thompson
1940
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady
  • Dickens
1940
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Reno
  • Police Desk Sergeant
1939
No Score Yet Rough Riders' Round-up
  • Agitator
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble
  • Mahoney
1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star
  • Detective
1938
No Score Yet All Over Town
  • Inspector Murphy
1937
80% A Damsel in Distress
  • Sightseer
1937
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon
  • Reporter
1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth
  • Jailer
1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics
  • Cop
1937
No Score Yet Love Is News
  • Cop
1937
No Score Yet Dimples
  • Policeman
1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Opera
  • Cop
1936
No Score Yet Private Number
  • Detective
1936
No Score Yet The Dark Hour
  • Watson
1936
No Score Yet Danger Ahead
  • Detective O'Brien
1935
No Score Yet One Frightened Night
  • Jenks
1935
No Score Yet Carnival (Carnival Nights)
  • Detective
1935
No Score Yet Sagebrush Troubadour
  • Hank Polk
1935
88% Twentieth Century
  • Detective
1934
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice
  • Dugan
1934
No Score Yet The Moth
  • Detective Blake
1934
100% Footlight Parade
  • Hotel Detective
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Detective Jones
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Detective Kelsey
1933
No Score Yet Red-Haired Alibi
  • Corcoran
1932
No Score Yet Love in High Gear
  • Officer Duffy
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Doctor
1932
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet
  • Detective Sgt. Vincent Molloy
1931
No Score Yet Going Wild
  • Conductor
1931
No Score Yet The Unholy Three
  • Cop at Train
1930
No Score Yet Wide Open
  • Detective
1930
No Score Yet The Last Warning
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Wrong Again
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Paths to Paradise
  • Confederate
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Quinn
1923

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