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Johnny Arthur

  • Highest Rated: 100% Road to Singapore (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 86% Sharky's Machine (1981)
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  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Prissy, trimly mustached comic actor Johnny Arthur was a veteran of 25 years on stage before he entered films in 1923 as a utility player. His screen personality was nebulous enough to allow him to play the romantic lead in the 1925 Lon Chaney vehicle The Monster. At the Al Christie studio, Arthur established himself as a star comedian in a series of slapstick two-reelers. With the coming of talkies, Arthur began specializing in comic "nance" types -- limp-wristed, whiny-voiced homosexual stereotypes. His largest role along these stereotypical lines was as reporter Benny Kidd in the first movie-version of The Desert Song (1929). Once the Production Code was established in 1933, the "pansy" characters played by Arthur were banned from the screen. He spent the rest of the 1930s playing fussy, long-suffering wimps, albeit certifiably "masculine"; he is best-remembered for his appearances as Darla Hood's mealy-mouthed father in Hal Roach's Our Gang series. Most of Arthur's later roles were unbilled bits, with the notable exception of the 1942 Republic serial The Masked Marvel, in which he hissed and slithered his way through the role of Japanese villain Sakima. Unable to find film work in the last years of his life, Johnny Arthur died at the age of 68 at the Motion Picture Country Home.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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86% Sharky's Machine Pusher 1981
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Apartment Manager 1947
No Score Yet Masked Marvel Actor 1943
No Score Yet Always Tomorrow: The Portrait of an American Business Actor 1941
No Score Yet Li'l Abner Montague 1940
100% Road to Singapore Timothy Willow 1940
No Score Yet Danger on the Air Oren 1938
No Score Yet Exiled to Shanghai Poppolas 1937
100% Something to Sing About Daviani 1937
No Score Yet Make a Wish Antoine 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Extra 1937
No Score Yet Pick a Star Ernie 1937
No Score Yet Our Relations underterminded role 1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Frankenstein, Process Server 1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love Fields 1936
No Score Yet The King Steps Out Chief of the Secret Police 1936
No Score Yet Ellis Island Kit 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Comes Home Otto 1936
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment Clerk 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous Code Room Clerk 1935
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady Melton 1935
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Ralph Twiller 1935
No Score Yet The Ghost Walks Erskine 1934
No Score Yet Dames Billings the Secretary 1934
No Score Yet Twenty Million Sweethearts Secretary 1934
No Score Yet Convention City Travis 1933
No Score Yet Going Wild Simpkins 1931
No Score Yet Cheer Up and Smile Andy 1930
No Score Yet The Monster Johnny Goodlittle 1925
No Score Yet Mademoiselle Midnight Carlos de Quiros 1924

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