Joe Sawyer - Rotten Tomatoes

Joe Sawyer

Highest Rated:   100% How the West Was Won (1963)
Lowest Rated:   43% North to Alaska (1960)
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Beefy, puffy-faced Canadian actor Joseph Sawyer spent his first years in films (the early- to mid-'30s) acting under his family name of Sauer. Before he developed his comic skills, Sawyer was often seen in roles calling for casual menace, such as the grinning gunman who introduces "Duke Mantee, the well-known killer" in The Petrified Forest (1936). While under contract to Hal Roach studios in the 1940s, Sawyer starred in several of Roach's "streamliners," films that ran approximately 45 minutes each. He co-starred with William Tracy in a series of films about a GI with a photographic memory and his bewildered topkick: Titles included Tanks a Million (1941), Fall In (1942), and Yanks Ahoy (1943) (he later reprised this role in a brace of B-pictures produced by Hal Roach Jr. for Lippert Films in 1951). A second "streamliner" series, concerning the misadventures of a pair of nouveau riche cabdrivers, teamed Sawyer with another Roach contractee, William Bendix. Baby boomers will remember Joe Sawyer for his 164-episode stint as tough but soft-hearted cavalry sergeant Biff O'Hara on the '50s TV series Rin Tin Tin.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% How the West Was Won
  • Ship's Officer
1963
43% North to Alaska
  • Land Commissioner
1960
No Score Yet The Courage of Rin Tin Tin (The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin)
  • Actor
1957
97% The Killing
  • Mike O'Reilly
1956
No Score Yet The Kettles in the Ozarks
  • Bancroft Baines
1956
No Score Yet Johnny Dark
  • Svenson
1954
No Score Yet Riding Shotgun
  • Tom Biggert
1954
No Score Yet Taza, Son of Cochise
  • Sgt. Hamma
1954
81% It Came from Outer Space
  • Frank Daylon
1953
No Score Yet Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Whitey
1952
No Score Yet Red Skies of Montana
  • Pop Miller
1952
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Kalem McCoy
1951
No Score Yet Operation Haylift
  • George Swallow
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero
  • Sergeant Gateson
1950
No Score Yet Stagecoach Kid
  • Thatcher
1949
No Score Yet The Gay Amigo
  • Sergeant McNulty
1949
No Score Yet Coroner Creek
  • Frank Yordy
1948
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne
  • Steve Davis
1948
No Score Yet Here Comes Trouble
  • Officer Ames
1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie
  • Zero Zantini
1948
No Score Yet Roses Are Red
  • Wall
1947
No Score Yet Christmas Eve
  • Gimlet
1947
71% A Double Life
  • Pete Bonner
1947
No Score Yet Deadline at Dawn
  • Babe Dooley
1946
97% Gilda
  • Casey
1946
No Score Yet The Naughty Nineties
  • Bailey
1945
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions
  • Hacky Smith
1945
No Score Yet Raiders of Ghost City
  • Idaho Jones
1944
No Score Yet Tarzan's Desert Mystery
  • Karl
1944
No Score Yet Hey, Rookie
  • Sergeant
1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It
  • Sgt. Wiggins
1943
No Score Yet Alaska Highway
  • Roughhouse
1943
No Score Yet Hit the Ice
  • Buster
1943
89% The Outlaw
  • Charley
1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier
  • Brannigan
1943
No Score Yet Howard Hughes: The Outlaw
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Tornado
  • Charlie Boswell
1943
No Score Yet Great Guy
  • Joe Burton
1942
No Score Yet Hay Foot
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Wrecking Crew
  • Fred Bunce
1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn
  • Eddie Corbett
1942
85% Sergeant York
  • Sgt. Early
1941
No Score Yet Tanks a Million
  • Sgt. Ames
1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr
  • John Cole
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Hardy Ragan
1941
No Score Yet Down Mexico Way
  • Allen
1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On
  • Sgt. Doolittle
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Davis
1940
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Bushropp
1940
100% The Grapes of Wrath
  • Accountant
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Kitzmiller
1940
No Score Yet West of the Badlands
  • Gulden
1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay
  • Charlie
1940
No Score Yet Melody Ranch
  • Jasper Wildhack
1940
No Score Yet Frontier Marshal
  • Curly Bill
1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific
  • Shamus
1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy
  • Renz
1939
100% The Roaring Twenties
  • Sgt. Pete Jones
1939
No Score Yet Tarzan's Revenge
  • Olaf
1938
No Score Yet San Quentin
  • `Sailor Boy' Hansen
1937
No Score Yet Slim
  • Wilcox
1937
No Score Yet They Gave Him a Gun
  • Doyle
1937
No Score Yet Black Legion
  • Cliff Moore
1937
No Score Yet Murder with Pictures
  • Inspector Bacon
1936
No Score Yet Special Investigator
  • Plummer
1936
No Score Yet Big Brown Eyes
  • Jack Sully
1936
No Score Yet The Walking Dead
  • Trigger Smith
1936
100% The Petrified Forest
  • Jackie
1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love
  • Coach Kendall
1936
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet High Tension
  • Terry Madden
1936
No Score Yet Frisco Kid
  • Slugs Crippen
1935
No Score Yet Moonlight on the Prairie
  • Luke Thomas
1935
No Score Yet Special Agent
  • Rich
1935
No Score Yet Little Big Shot
  • DorĂ©'s Henchman
1935
91% The Informer
  • Bartley Mulholland
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Mannion's Henchman
1935
No Score Yet Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • Ambulance Driver
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet I Found Stella Parish
  • Chuck
1935
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest
  • German Officer
1934
No Score Yet Sing and Like It
  • Gunner
1934
No Score Yet Jimmy the Gent
  • Mike
1934
No Score Yet Eskimo
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Holcomb
1933
No Score Yet Ace of Aces
  • Capt. Daly
1933
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon
  • Swimming Pool Director
1933
No Score Yet College Humor
  • Tex Roust
1933
No Score Yet Blood Money
  • Red
1933
No Score Yet Huddle
  • Slater
1932
No Score Yet Shopworn
  • Construction Camp Doctor (uncredited)
1932

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