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Jack Oakie

Highest Rated:   100% Thieves' Highway (1949)
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The parents of American actor Jack Oakie had hopes that their son would enter the business world, but a spell as telephone clerk in a brokerage house convinced Oakie to look elsewhere for a career. After appearing at an amateur show staged by Wall Street executives for the Cardiac Society, Oakie was encouraged by the show's director to give acting his full attention. Oakie's professional debut was in the chorus of the 1922 George M. Cohan musical Little Nellie Kelly. Several Broadway productions later, Oakie travelled westward to try his luck in films, the first of which was Finders Keepers. Transferring without a hitch to talkies, Oakie found himself much in demand, usually playing a dimwitted braggart (with one of the best "double takes" in the business) who somehow made good and got the girl before fadeout time. By the late 1930s Oakie's career had gone into decline. The experience humbled the bombastic comedian and convinced him take a new approach to his career. After his unforgettable Mussolini take-off in Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), Oakie entered a new movie phase as second lead and character actor, which sustained him through many a musical comedy of the 1940s. And when called upon to do so, he could still carry a picture with finesse, as witness the 1945 fantasy That's the Spirit. Stage and TV work took up much of his time in the 1950s and 1960s, with occasional choice character parts in such films as The Rat Race (1960) and Lover Come Back (1962). Unpredictable in his likes and dislikes, Oakie was the sort of fellow who brusquely shooed away autograph seekers, but who also visited ailing comedian Stan Laurel, a man Oakie barely knew, to brighten up Stan's hospital stay at a time when some of Laurel's "close" pals didn't want to show up. Just before his death, Jack Oakie committed his memories to a sometimes fanciful but always entertaining biography, Jack Oakie's Double Takes, which was published posthumously by Jack's widow, actress Victoria Horne.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Chinatown Nights
  • Actor
2012
89% Lover Come Back
  • J. Paxton Miller
1961
No Score Yet The Rat Race
  • Mac
1960
No Score Yet The Wonderful Country
  • Travis Hight
1959
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Captain of S.S. Henrietta
1956
No Score Yet Tomahawk
  • Sol Beckworth
1951
100% Thieves' Highway
  • Slob
1949
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • Bozo
1948
No Score Yet The Merry Monahans
  • Pete Monahan
1944
No Score Yet It Happened Tomorrow
  • Uncle Oscar Smith / Cigolini
1944
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello
  • Dan Daley
1943
No Score Yet Wintertime
  • Skip Hutton
1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina)
  • Slip
1942
No Score Yet Song of the Islands
  • Rusty Smith
1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine
  • Boley Bolenciecwcz
1941
No Score Yet The Great American Broadcast
  • Chuck Hadley
1941
No Score Yet Little Men
  • Willie
1940
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley
  • Harry
1940
No Score Yet Young People
  • Joe Ballantine
1940
92% The Great Dictator
  • Napaloni
1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet The Affairs of Annabel
  • Lanny Morgan
1938
No Score Yet The Toast of New York
  • Luke
1937
No Score Yet Super-Sleuth
  • Willard "Bill" Martin
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Whammo Lonsdale
1936
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers
  • Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones
1936
No Score Yet Colleen
  • Joe Cork
1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936
  • Spud Miller
1935
No Score Yet Call of the Wild
  • Shorty Hoolihan
1935
No Score Yet College Rhythm
  • Actor
1934
83% Murder at the Vanities
  • Jack Ellery
1934
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Tweedledum
1933
No Score Yet College Humor
  • Barney Shirrel
1933
No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk
  • Mike Richards
1933
No Score Yet From Hell to Heaven
  • Charlie Bayne
1933
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Uptown New York
  • Eddie Doyle
1932
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden
  • Eddie Burke
1932
No Score Yet Million Dollar Legs
  • Migg Tweeny
1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star
  • Guest Star
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Mulligan
1932
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade
  • Guest Star
1930
No Score Yet Street Girl
  • Joe Spring
1929
No Score Yet The Wild Party
  • Al
1929
No Score Yet The Man I Love
  • Lew Layton
1929

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