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Jack Norton

Highest Rated:   100% Wonder Man (1945)
Lowest Rated:   60% The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
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A confirmed teetotaller, mustachioed American actor Jack Norton nonetheless earned cinematic immortality for his innumerable film appearances as a comic drunk. A veteran vaudevillian - he appeared in a comedy act with his wife Lillian - and stage performer, Norton entered films in 1934, often playing stone-cold sober characters; in one Leon Errol two-reeler, One Too Many, he was a stern nightcourt judge sentencing Errol on a charge of public inebriation! From Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934) onward, however, the Jack Norton that audiences loved began staggering his way from one film to another; it seemed for a while that no film could have a scene in a nightclub or salloon without Norton, three sheets to the wind and in top hat and tails, leaning precariously against the bar. To perfect his act, Norton would follow genuine drunks for several city blocks, memorizing each nuance of movement; to avoid becoming too involved in his roles, the actor drank only ginger ale and bicarbonate of soda. Though his appearances as a drunk could fill a book in themselves, Norton could occasionally be seen sober, notably in You Belong to Me (1940), The Fleet's In (1941) and Harold Lloyd's Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1946); he also "took the pledge" in such short comedies as Our Gang's The Awful Tooth (1938), Andy Clyde's Heather and Yon (1944) and the Three Stooges' Rhythm and Weep (1946). One of Norton's oddest roles was as a detective in the Charlie Chan thriller Shadows over Chinatown (1947), in which he went undercover by pretending to be a souse. Retiring from films in 1948 due to illness, Norton occasionally appeared on live TV in the early '50s. Jack Norton's final appearance would have been in a 1955 episode of Jackie Gleason's The Honeymooners, but age and infirmity had so overwhelmed him that he was literally written out of the show as it was being filmed - though Jackie Gleason saw to it that Norton was paid fully for the performance he was ready, willing, but unable to give.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday
  • James R. Smoke
1951
No Score Yet Variety Time
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Busboy at Brown Derby
1947
No Score Yet Down to Earth
  • Sleeping Man
1947
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock
  • James R. Smoke
1947
No Score Yet Nocturne
  • Drunk
1946
80% Blue Skies
  • Drunk
1946
No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint
  • Drunk
1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn
  • Guest
1946
No Score Yet Man Alive
  • Willie the Wino
1945
No Score Yet Strange Confession (The Missing Head)
  • Inebriated Boarder
1945
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Santa Claus
1945
100% Wonder Man
  • Drunk in Club
1945
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties
  • Drunk
1945
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast
  • Byline Conners
1945
No Score Yet The Scarlet Clue
  • Willie Rand
1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight
  • Drunk
1945
No Score Yet Two O'clock Courage
  • Drunk
1945
No Score Yet Fashion Model
  • Shiftless
1945
No Score Yet Charlie Chan: The Scarlet Clue
  • Willie Rand
1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves
  • Waiter
1944
No Score Yet The Big Noise
  • Drunk
1944
95% Hail the Conquering Hero
  • Regular Bandleader
1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Customer
1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon
  • Drunk
1944
No Score Yet The Chinese Cat
  • Hotel Desk Clerk
1944
78% Going My Way
  • Mr. Lilley
1944
94% Cover Girl
  • Harry the Drunk
1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek
  • Man Opening Champagne
1944
No Score Yet The Story of Dr. Wassell
  • Man Passenger
1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Drunk
1943
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels)
  • The Saloon Drunk (uncredited)
1943
No Score Yet The Falcon Strikes Back
  • Hobo
1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Drunk
1943
96% The Palm Beach Story
  • Members of Ale and Quail Club
1942
No Score Yet Dr. Renault's Secret
  • Austin
1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Mr. Skinner
1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In
  • Kellogg
1942
89% Roxie Hart
  • Producer
1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn
  • Van Nostrum
1942
No Score Yet Louisiana Purchase
  • Jester
1941
No Score Yet You Belong to Me
  • Keckel
1941
No Score Yet Road Show
  • Drunk
1941
No Score Yet A Night at Earl Carroll's
  • Alonzo Smith
1940
83% The Ghost Breakers
  • Drunk
1940
100% The Bank Dick
  • A. Pismo Clam
1940
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • Drunk
1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory
  • Bert Monroe
1938
94% Jezebel
  • Drunk
1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Hotel Manager
1938
No Score Yet Man-Proof
  • Drunk at Fight
1938
No Score Yet The Great Garrick
  • Drunken Gentleman
1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon)
  • Drunk
1937
100% A Day at the Races
  • Drunk
1937
100% Marked Woman
  • Drunk
1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star
  • Oscar the Souse
1937
100% After the Thin Man
  • Reporter
1936
No Score Yet Too Many Parents
  • Drill Instructor
1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home
  • Drunk
1936
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates
  • Drunk
1935
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Reporter
1935
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno
  • Drunk in Cabin
1935
80% Front Page Woman
  • Reporter
1935
No Score Yet Alibi Ike
  • Reporter
1935
No Score Yet The Girl from 10th Avenue
  • Man
1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap
  • Barfly
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Photographer
1935
No Score Yet One Hour Late
  • Manager
1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • King's Physician
1934
No Score Yet Finishing School
  • Drunk
1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell
  • Bits
1934

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