Hugh Herbert

Hugh Herbert

  • Highest Rated: 100% Footlight Parade (1933)
  • Lowest Rated: 50% A Song Is Born (1948)
  • Birthday: Aug 10, 1887
  • 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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No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen Actor 2014
No Score Yet Let's Make It Legal Screenwriter 1951
63% 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 A Little Bit of Heaven Pop Loring 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 Top of the Town Hubert 1937
No Score Yet That Man's Here Again Thomas J. Jesse 1937
No Score Yet The Singing Marine Aeneas Phinney / Clarissa 1937
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen Killigrew Shaw 1937
No Score Yet Colleen Uncle Cedric Ames 1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon Toto 1936
90% A Midsummer Night's Dream Snout 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Elmer Niles 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 The Merry Frinks Joe 'Poppa' Frink 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 Merry Wives of Reno Col. Fitch 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 Goodbye Again Harvey Wilson 1933
No Score Yet Diplomaniacs Chow-Chow, Chinaman 1933
No Score Yet Bureau of Missing Persons Detective Hank Slade 1933
No Score Yet She Had to Say Yes Luther Haines 1933
No Score Yet Convention City Hotstetter 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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