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George E. Stone



Probably no one came by the label "Runyon-esque" more honestly than Polish-born actor George E. Stone; a close friend of writer Damon Runyon, Stone was seemingly put on this earth to play characters named Society Max and Toothpick Charlie, and to mouth such colloquialisms as "It is known far and wide" and "More than somewhat." Starting his career as a Broadway "hoofer," the diminutive Stone made his film bow as "the Sewer Rat" in the 1927 silent Seventh Heaven. His most prolific film years were 1929 to 1936, during which period he showed up in dozens of Warner Bros. "urban" films and backstage musicals, and also appeared as the doomed Earle Williams in the 1931 version of The Front Page. He was so closely associated with gangster parts by 1936 that Warners felt obligated to commission a magazine article showing Stone being transformed, via makeup, into an un-gangsterish Spaniard for Anthony Adverse (1936). For producer Hal Roach, Stone played three of his oddest film roles: a self-pitying serial killer in The Housekeeper's Daughter (1938), an amorous Indian brave in Road Show (1940), and Japanese envoy Suki Yaki in The Devil With Hitler (1942). Stone's most popular role of the 1940s was as "the Runt" in Columbia's Boston Blackie series. In the late '40s, Stone was forced to severely curtail his acting assignments due to failing eyesight. Though he was totally blind by the mid-'50s, Stone's show business friends, aware of the actor's precarious financial state, saw to it that he got TV and film work, even if it meant that his co-stars had to literally lead him by the hand around the set. No one was kinder to George E. Stone than the cast and crew of the Perry Mason TV series, in which Stone was given prominent billing as the Court Clerk, a part that required nothing more of him than sitting silently at a desk and occasionally holding a Bible before a witness.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Face Behind the Mask
  • Dinky
2003
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Shimley
1961
48% Ocean's Eleven
  • Proprietor
1960
80% Some Came Running
  • Slim
1959
96% Some Like It Hot
  • Toothpick Charlie
1959
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James
  • Gibson Girl Fan
1959
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Waiter
1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • Mr. Hall
1957
No Score Yet Slightly Scarlet
  • Roos
1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm
  • Sam Markette
1955
90% Guys and Dolls
  • Society Max
1955
No Score Yet Jungle Hell
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Woman's World
  • Executive
1954
80% Broken Lance
  • Paymaster
1954
No Score Yet The Miami Story
  • Louie Mott
1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Little Boy's Father
1954
33% The Robe
  • Gracchus
1953
90% Pickup on South Street
  • Police Clerk
1953
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Ropes McGonigle
1952
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port
  • Skeezer
1952
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Cutter
1949
No Score Yet Trapped by Boston Blackie
  • Runt
1948
100% Daisy Kenyon
  • Waiter
1947
No Score Yet Boston Blackie and the Law
  • The Runt
1946
No Score Yet Suspense
  • Max
1946
No Score Yet The Phantom Thief
  • Runt
1946
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey
  • Toy Hawker
1946
No Score Yet Shock
  • Cabdriver
1946
No Score Yet A Close Call for Boston Blackie
  • The Runt
1946
No Score Yet Doll Face
  • Stage Manager
1945
No Score Yet Midnight Manhunt
  • Joe Wells
1945
No Score Yet Boston Blackie's Rendezvous
  • The Runt
1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill
  • Actor
1945
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Booked on Suspicion
  • The Runt
1945
No Score Yet Scared Stiff
  • Mink
1945
No Score Yet One Mysterious Night
  • The Runt
1944
No Score Yet Strangers in the Night
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Timber Queen
  • Squirrel
1944
No Score Yet The Chance of a Lifetime
  • The Runt
1943
No Score Yet After Midnight with Boston Blackie
  • The Runt
1943
No Score Yet Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood
  • The Runt
1942
No Score Yet Alias Boston Blackie
  • The Runt
1942
No Score Yet Last Three
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Confessions of Boston Blackie
  • The Runt
1941
No Score Yet Broadway Limited (The Baby Vanishes )
  • Lefty
1941
No Score Yet Road Show
  • Indian
1941
No Score Yet Unforgotten Crime
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Island of Doomed Men
  • Siggy
1940
No Score Yet I Take This Woman
  • Katz
1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter
  • Benny
1939
100% You and Me
  • Patsy
1938
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble
  • Jerry Connors
1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Ex-Jockey Kirk
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Irving
1938
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde
  • Pete
1937
No Score Yet Rhythm on the Range
  • Shorty
1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots
  • Wires
1936
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Sancho
1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love
  • E. Prendergast Biddle
1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid
  • Solly
1935
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie
  • Small Change
1935
No Score Yet Make a Million
  • Larkey
1935
No Score Yet One Hour Late
  • Benny
1934
No Score Yet The Dragon Murder Case
  • Tatum
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Chavito
1934
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover)
  • Tim Murtoch
1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call
  • Sammie Miller
1933
95% 42nd Street
  • Andy Lee
1933
60% The Vampire Bat (Blood Sucker) (Forced to Sin)
  • Kringen
1933
No Score Yet Sing, Sinner, Sing
  • Spats
1933
No Score Yet The Last Mile
  • Joe Berg
1932
No Score Yet Taxi!
  • Skeets
1932
91% Five Star Final
  • Ziggie Feinstein
1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
91% The Front Page
  • Earl Williams
1931
53% Cimarron
  • Sol Levy
1931
91% Little Caesar
  • Otero
1931
No Score Yet The Spider
  • Dr. Blackstone
1931
No Score Yet The Medicine Man
  • Steve
1930
No Score Yet Weary River
  • Blackie
1929
100% The Racket
  • Joe Scarsi
1928
100% Seventh Heaven (1927)
  • Sewer Rat
1927
No Score Yet Walking Back
  • Crook
1926
No Score Yet Whistle
  • Georgie
1921
No Score Yet Just Pals
  • Bill
1920
No Score Yet The Poppy Girl's Husband
  • Actor
1919
No Score Yet Gretchen, the Greenhorn
  • Micky Garrity
1916
No Score Yet Going Straight
  • Actor
1916
No Score Yet Sob Sister
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Fenwick

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