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Hugh Herbert

Highest Rated:   100% Footlight Parade (1933)
Lowest Rated:   50% A Song Is Born (1948)
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Birthplace:   Binghamton, New York, USA
Hugh Herbert was a stage and vaudeville performer and playwright before coming to Hollywood as a dialogue director in the early talkie era. Signed as an actor at RKO Radio, Herbert played a variety of comic and noncomic roles in films like Hook Line and Sinker (1930), Danger Lights (1931) and Friends and Lovers (1931). His forte turned out to be comedy, as witness his sidesplitting performances as an arm-wrestling prime minister in Million Dollar Legs (1932) and an aphorism-spouting Chinaman in Diplomaniacs (1933). During his long association with Warner Bros. in the mid-1930s, Herbert developed his familiar half-in-the-bag screen persona, complete with fluttering, hand-clapping gestures and his trademarked cries of "woo woo!" and "oh, wunnerful, wunnerful." In the opinion of several film buffs, the quintessential Hugh Herbert performance can be found in the 1936 Warners musical Colleen (1936). At Universal in the 1940s, Herbert starred in a string of "B" comedies, one of which, There's One Born Every Minute (1942), represented the screen debut of Elizabeth Taylor; he was also a stitch as the resourceful detective in Olsen and Johnson's Hellzapoppin' (1941). From 1943 through 1952, Herbert starred in 23 two-reelers at Columbia Pictures, which were popular at the time but in retrospect represent a low point for the actor. Columbia director Edward Bernds has observed that Herbert considered these shorts beneath his talents, which may account for his listless performance in most of them. Throughout his Columbia stay, Herbert made scattered feature-film appearances, the best of which was in Preston Sturges' The Beautiful Blonde of Bashful Bend (1949). Hugh Herbert died a of heart attack shortly after completing his final Columbia short, A Gink at the Sink (1952); he was preceded in death by his brother, movie bit player Tom Herbert.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal
  • Screenwriter
1951
71% The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
  • Doctor
1949
50% A Song Is Born
  • Prof. Twingle
1948
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus
  • Mercury
1948
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Elisha Hobbs
1948
No Score Yet So This Is New York
  • Mr. Trumbull
1948
No Score Yet Blondie in the Dough
  • Llewellyn Simmons
1947
No Score Yet Music for Millions
  • Uncle Ferdinand
1944
No Score Yet Kismet
  • Feisal
1944
No Score Yet It's a Great Life
  • Timothy Brewster
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet The Black Cat
  • Mr. Penny
1941
No Score Yet Badlands of Dakota
  • Rocky
1941
No Score Yet Hellzapoppin'
  • Detective Quimby
1941
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her
  • Frederick Healy
1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours
  • Benton
1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd
  • Silas Jenkins
1938
No Score Yet Men Are Such Fools
  • Harvey Bates
1938
No Score Yet Gold Diggers in Paris
  • Maurice Giraud
1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz
  • Julius Hofbauer
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Chester Marshall
1937
No Score Yet Sh! The Octopus
  • Kelly
1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl
  • John B. Radway
1937
No Score Yet That Man's Here Again
  • Thomas J. Jesse
1937
No Score Yet Colleen
  • Uncle Cedric Ames
1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • Toto
1936
89% A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Snout
1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady
  • Elmer Niles
1935
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1935
  • T. Mosely Thorpe
1935
No Score Yet Sweet Adeline
  • Rupert Rockingham
1935
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco
  • Izzy Wright
1934
No Score Yet Fashions of 1934
  • Joe Ward
1934
No Score Yet Dames
  • Ezra Ounce
1934
No Score Yet Wonder Bar
  • Corey Pratt
1934
No Score Yet From Headquarters
  • Manny
1933
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Barnett
1933
100% Footlight Parade
  • Charlie Bowers
1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs
  • Chow-Chow, Chinaman
1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons
  • Detective Hank Slade
1933
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs
  • Secretary of Treasury
1932
100% The Lost Squadron
  • Fritz
1932
No Score Yet Faithless
  • Mr. Blainey
1932
No Score Yet Traveling Husbands
  • Hymie Schwartz
1931
No Score Yet The Sin Ship
  • Charlie
1931
No Score Yet Cracked Nuts
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Laugh and Get Rich
  • Joe Austin
1931
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Hotel House Detective
1930
No Score Yet Danger Lights
  • Professor
1930

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