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Hank Mann

Highest Rated:   100% On Moonlight Bay (1951)
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American comedian Hank Mann was a product of the turbulent tenement district of New York in the 1880s, where a kid had better learn to be handy with his fists or lose all his teeth by the age of 12. Putting his physical prowess to practical use, Mann became a circus acrobat, then headed westward for a job at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios. His junkyard-dog face was softened a bit by a huge paintbrush mustache, which emphasized his expressive, almost wistful eyes. Seldom a star comedian at Sennett, Mann quickly learned how to "catch flies" -- steal scenes, that is. In the most famous example of this, Mann played the foreman of a jury where Chester Conklin was on trial for his life; as Conklin energetically pleaded his case, Mann grabbed the audience's attention by silently yanking up his necktie in a hanging motion. Mann left Keystone for his own starring series at Fox, thence to a career as a character comic in feature films. He had the potential to be one of the top comedy stars of the era, but bad management and worse judgment left him broke by the late '20s. Mann was given a good break as Charlie Chaplin's contemptuous boxing opponent in City Lights (1931), and was provided with a meaty role as a house detective in the 1935 two-reeler Keystone Hotel, which reunited such former Sennett headliners as Ford Sterling, Ben Turpin, Chester Conklin and Marie Prevost. But Mann's talkie career consisted primarily of bit parts. He worked steadily in the films of Frank Capra, a friend from the silent days, and appeared prominently in two Three Stooge comedies, 1934's Men in Black (as a long-suffering janitor) and 1937's Goofs and Saddles (performing some bone-crushing pratfalls as a confused cattle rustler). Mann also showed up briefly in the two-reelers of such Columbia contractees as Andy Clyde, Buster Keaton and El Brendel. When jobs were scarce, Mann farmed out his services as a makeup artist, and also ran a small California malt shop. During the '50s, Hank Mann could always be relied upon for newspaper interviews about the good old days, and he was cast along with other silent comedy vets in such nostalgic feature films as Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955) and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% Last Train from Gun Hill
  • Storekeeper
1959
57% Rock-a-Bye Baby
  • Street Sweeper
1958
No Score Yet Daddy-'O'
  • Barney
1958
80% Man of a Thousand Faces
  • Comedy Waiter
1957
No Score Yet Pardners
  • Townspeople
1956
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular
  • News Vendor
1955
27% Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
  • Native
1955
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops
  • Prop Man
1955
No Score Yet Three Hours to Kill
  • Man
1954
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Bus Boy
1954
89% Son of Paleface
  • Bartender
1952
No Score Yet My Favorite Spy
  • Comic
1951
100% On Moonlight Bay
  • Salesman
1951
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Buster Keaton
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Roseanna McCoy
  • Vendor
1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • Man
1948
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline
  • Chef Comic
1947
88% Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Photographer
1944
No Score Yet Crime by Night
  • Desk Clerk
1944
No Score Yet The Dancing Masters
  • Vegetable Man
1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Assistant photographer
1943
75% Phantom of the Opera
  • Stagehand
1943
No Score Yet The Mysterious Doctor
  • Roger
1943
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Moving Man
1942
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters
  • Photographer
1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc.
  • Ballplayer
1942
100% Kings Row
  • Livery Stable Keeper
1942
80% The Man Who Came to Dinner
  • Expressman
1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Reporter
1942
100% The Maltese Falcon
  • Reporter
1941
No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough
  • Newspaper Man
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Ed, a Photographer
1941
92% The Great Dictator
  • Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit
1940
94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • Photographer
1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade
  • Keystone Kop
1939
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Man
1939
No Score Yet The Stranger from Arizona
  • Garrison
1938
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Passengers on Train
1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue
  • Footman in sketch
1937
100% Modern Times
  • Burglar
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie
  • Tom
1936
100% Barbary Coast
  • Waiter
1935
78% The Devil Is a Woman
  • Foreman, Snowbound Train
1935
No Score Yet Fugitive Road
  • Johann
1934
No Score Yet The Big Chance
  • Tugboat
1933
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs
  • Customs Inspector
1932
100% Scarface
  • Worker
1932
No Score Yet Shop Angel
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • Harley
1932
98% City Lights
  • Prizefighter
1931
100% Spite Marriage
  • Stage Manager
1929
No Score Yet Paid To Love
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet The Boob
  • Soda Jerk
1926
No Score Yet The Man Who Played Square
  • The Cook
1924
No Score Yet The Face on the Bar Room Floor
  • Drinker
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Married Life
  • Friend
1914
No Score Yet The Knockout
  • Boxer
1914
No Score Yet Caught in a Cabaret
  • Actor
1914
No Score Yet Twenty Minutes of Love
  • Sleeper
1914
No Score Yet Tango Tangles
  • Guest in Overalls
1914
No Score Yet Mabel's Strange Predicament
  • Actor
1914
83% Tillie's Punctured Romance
  • Actor
1914

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