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James Flavin



American actor James Flavin was groomed as a leading man when he first arrived in Hollywood in 1932, but he balked at the glamour treatment and was demonstrably resistant to being buried under tons of makeup. Though Flavin would occasionally enjoy a leading role--notably in the 1932 serial The Airmail Mystery, co-starring Flavin's wife Lucille Browne--the actor would devote most of his film career to bit parts. If a film featured a cop, process server, Marine sergeant, circus roustabout, deckhand or political stooge, chances are Jimmy Flavin was playing the role. His distinctive sarcastic line delivery and chiselled Irish features made him instantly recognizable, even if he missed being listed in the cast credits. Larger roles came Flavin's way in King Kong (1933) as Second Mate Briggs; Nightmare Alley (1947), as the circus owner who hires Tyrone Power; and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949), as a long-suffering homicide detective. Since he worked with practically everyone, James Flavin was invaluable in later years as a source of on-set anecdotes for film historians; and because he evidently never stopped working, Flavin and his wife Lucille were able to spend their retirement years in comfort in their lavish, sprawling Hollywood homestead.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
  • Inspector Wellman
2003
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
1976
83% The Barefoot Executive
  • Father O'Leary
1971
91% In Cold Blood
  • Clarence Duntz
1967
0% Good Times
  • Lieutenant
1967
70% Cheyenne Autumn
  • Sergeant of the Guard
1964
89% The Last Hurrah
  • Police Captain
1958
No Score Yet Wild Is the Wind
  • Wool Buyer
1957
No Score Yet Night Passage
  • Tim Riley
1957
No Score Yet Hold That Hypnotist
  • Morgan
1957
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • MP at Garden Party
1957
No Score Yet The Restless Breed
  • Secret Service Chief
1957
No Score Yet Top Secret Affair
  • Man
1957
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House
  • Chief Martin
1956
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring)
  • Attorney Flanders
1955
92% Mister Roberts
  • MP
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Motorcycle Cop
1954
No Score Yet Fighter Attack
  • Col. Allison
1953
33% Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
  • Policeman in Bank
1953
No Score Yet Trouble Along the Way
  • Buck Holman
1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Conductor
1952
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Cop
1952
No Score Yet Sailor Beware
  • Petty Officer
1952
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Mike the Bartender
1952
No Score Yet The Fighter
  • Policeman
1952
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup
  • Police Captain
1951
86% Flying Leathernecks
  • Shore Patrol Commander
1951
No Score Yet Follow the Sun
  • Henry Gibbs
1951
No Score Yet Operation Pacific
  • Mick, Shore Patrol commander
1951
No Score Yet My Friend Irma Goes West
  • Sheriff
1950
No Score Yet Destination Murder
  • Lt. Brewster
1950
No Score Yet Key to the City
  • Cop
1950
No Score Yet Armored Car Robbery
  • Lt. Phillips
1950
No Score Yet Blondie Hits the Jackpot
  • Brophy
1949
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours
  • Waiter
1949
95% Mighty Joe Young
  • Schultz
1949
No Score Yet Homicide
  • Boylan
1949
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus
  • Corrigan
1948
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch
  • Sgt. Oliphant
1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225
  • Gardner
1948
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek
  • Judge Advocate
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Traffic Cop
1948
60% Desert Fury (Desert Town)
  • Pat Johnson
1947
No Score Yet Dishonored Lady
  • Detective
1947
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue
  • Cop
1947
71% My Favorite Brunette
  • Mac the Detective
1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss
  • District Attorney
1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Dorseys
  • Gorman
1947
100% Nightmare Alley
  • Clem Hoatley
1947
80% Song of the Thin Man
  • Reardon, Cop
1947
No Score Yet Robin Hood of Texas
  • Capt. Danforth
1947
No Score Yet Nobody Lives Forever
  • Shake Thomas
1946
75% Cloak and Dagger
  • Col. Walsh
1946
96% The Big Sleep
  • Cronjager
1946
No Score Yet Step by Step
  • Motorcycle Cop
1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed
  • Joe
1946
No Score Yet Courage of Lassie
  • Lt. Arnold
1946
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Detective No. 1
1946
No Score Yet A Stolen Life
  • Investigator
1946
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey
  • Detective
1946
No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder
  • Bellamy
1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast
  • Crimp with Amazeen
1946
No Score Yet San Antonio
  • Cattleman
1945
No Score Yet Johnny Angel
  • Mate
1945
82% Mildred Pierce
  • Detective
1945
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in The Shanghai Cobra
  • Jarvis
1945
No Score Yet Over 21
  • Captain
1945
No Score Yet Conflict
  • Detective Lt. Workman
1945
100% Wonder Man
  • Bus Driver
1945
No Score Yet God Is My Co-Pilot
  • Major
1945
62% Anchors Aweigh
  • Radio Cop
1945
No Score Yet Without Love
  • Sergeant
1945
No Score Yet Murder, He Says
  • Police Officer
1945
No Score Yet Spider
  • Johnny
1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves
  • Shore Patrolman
1944
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate
  • Naval Officer
1944
100% Laura
  • McAvity
1944
No Score Yet Mr. Winkle Goes to War
  • Sergeant
1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time
  • Business Man
1944
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks
  • Sergeant Wiggins
1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory
  • Captain
1944
No Score Yet Four Jills in a Jeep
  • M.P.
1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen
  • Marine Sergeant
1944
No Score Yet The Iron Major
  • Umpire
1943
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars
  • Policeman
1943
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail!
  • Capt. O'Brien
1943
91% Heaven Can Wait
  • Policeman
1943
No Score Yet Action in the North Atlantic
  • Lieutenant Commander
1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow
  • American Senator
1943
88% Air Force
  • Major A.M. Bagley
1943
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay
  • Cop
1943
No Score Yet Hello, Frisco, Hello
  • Headwaiter
1943
No Score Yet Footlight Glamour
  • Father
1943
No Score Yet Iceland (Katina)
  • Sergeant
1942
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Union Army Veteran
1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point
  • Capt. Luddy
1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc.
  • 2nd Guard
1942
81% Saboteur
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Fingers at the Window
  • Lieutenant Schaeffer
1942
100% Kid Glove Killer
  • Keenan - Detective Grilling Eddie (uncredited)
1942
No Score Yet Ride 'em Cowboy
  • Railroad Detective
1942
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. North
  • Police Captain
1942
No Score Yet Kathleen
  • Moving Man
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • George Corbett
1942
67% Reap the Wild Wind
  • Father of girl
1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Warden
1942
No Score Yet Bedtime Story
  • Room 625
1941
No Score Yet Skylark
  • Subway guard
1941
80% I Wake Up Screaming
  • Detective
1941
83% Shadow of the Thin Man
  • Cop
1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr
  • Sergeant
1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours
  • Tomassetti
1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Trucker
1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold
  • Bud Connolly
1941
80% Western Union
  • Man
1941
No Score Yet Buck Privates
  • Sergeant
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Escort
1941
94% High Sierra
  • Policeman
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Orderly
1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy
  • Policeman
1941
100% The Strawberry Blonde
  • Boat Inspector
1941
No Score Yet Texas
  • Announcer
1941
No Score Yet Tin Pan Alley
  • Sergeant
1940
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Dock Policeman
1940
No Score Yet South of Pago Pago
  • Cafe Customer
1940
83% The Ghost Breakers
  • Hotel porter
1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Parking Attendant
1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo
  • Guard
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Guard
1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson
  • Guard on Death Row
1940
No Score Yet Broadway Melody of 1940
  • Ballroom Worker
1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th
  • Supply sergeant
1940
100% Remember the Night
  • Tough Attendant
1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Coach
1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter
  • Detective
1939
No Score Yet When Tomorrow Comes
  • Coast Guard Man
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Wong in Chinatown
  • Sgt. Jerry
1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die
  • Policeman
1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music
  • Police Sergeant
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • Paddy
1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square
  • Guard
1939
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden
  • Cop
1939
No Score Yet Ice Follies of 1939
  • Doorman
1939
No Score Yet Jesse James
  • Cavalry Captain
1939
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Cisco Kid and the Lady
  • Sergeant
1939
No Score Yet Irish Luck
  • Fluger
1939
No Score Yet Ride a Crooked Mile
  • Hack
1938
No Score Yet Three Loves Has Nancy
  • Jack's Friend
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Jailer
1938
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • Sergeant
1938
No Score Yet Wives Under Suspicion
  • Jenks
1938
71% Test Pilot
  • Pilots in Cafe
1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Theater Doorman
1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • Young Reporter
1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Honolulu
  • Police Dispatcher
1938
No Score Yet The Duke of West Point
  • Plebe Hockey Coach
1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel
  • Guard
1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law
  • Witness
1938
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn
  • Marine
1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway
  • Cop
1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair
  • Prison Guard
1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Submarine Officer
1936
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Detective
1936
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Race Track
  • Police Detective
1936
88% The Littlest Rebel
  • Guard
1935
No Score Yet Remember Last Night?
  • Cop
1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous
  • M.P.
1935
No Score Yet G-Men
  • Agent
1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Henry, the Chauffeur
1935
No Score Yet Shipmates Forever
  • Instructor
1935
No Score Yet The Brand of Hate
  • Holt Orkin
1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab
  • Alumni President
1934
No Score Yet Baby Take a Bow
  • Flannigan
1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday
  • Billy
1933
No Score Yet Police Patrol
  • Det. Mack McCue
1933
98% King Kong
  • 2nd Mate Briggs
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • 1962 Policeman No. 1 Truck Driver

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