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Joseph Cawthorn

Highest Rated:   100% Love Me Tonight (1932)
Lowest Rated:   43% Naughty Marietta (1935)
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Joseph Cawthorn launched his seven-decade show business career at age four as a performer in "variety" revues (the precursor to American vaudeville). At age five, Cawthorn was appearing in minstrel shows, and at seven he moved to England, where he became a successful child performer. Back in America, he toured in vaudeville as a "Dutch" comic, fracturing audiences with his Yiddish dialect and hyperkinetic gestures. He first appeared on Broadway in the 1895 musical Excelsior Jr; two years later he got his biggest break when he replaced William Collier as principal comedian in Miss Philadelphia (1897). A popular Broadway attraction for the next 25 years, Cawthorn starred or co-starred in such tuneful extravaganzas as Victor Herbert's The Fortune Teller (1898), Mother Goose (1903, in the title role!), Little Nemo (1910), The Sunshine Girl (1913), The Girl From Utah (1914) and Rudy Friml' s The Blue Kitten (1922). By the time he appeared in the 1925 Marilyn Miller vehicle Sally, however, Cawthorn was being written off as a "fading star. Rather than stubbornly cling to his Broadway fame, Cawthorn moved to Hollywood in 1927, where he began a whole new career as a movie character actor. He revived his old dialect routines as Cornelius Van Horn in Dixiana (1930) and Joe Bruno in Peach o' Reno; both of these films starred Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, who'd known Cawthorn "way back when" in New York (Woolsey in fact had supported Cawthorn in The Blue Kitten). Not always confined to "Dutch" roles, he was effectively cast as Shakespearean suitor Gremio in the Mary Pickford/Doug Fairbanks version of Taming of the Shrew(1929) and as a French physician in Lubitsch's Love Me Tonight (1932). Nor was he limited to comedy parts: he was most persuasive in the largely serious role of Dr. Bruner, the "Van Helsing" counterpart in Bela Lugosi's White Zombie (1932). Because of his celebrated Broadway past, Cawthorn was often cast in period "backstage" musicals, essaying such roles as the title character's father in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Leopold Damrosch in Lillian Russell (1940). Joseph Cawthorn died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in 1949. His wife, actress Queenie Vassar, lived until 1960.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night
  • Potzloch
1941
No Score Yet Lillian Russell
  • Leopold Damrosch
1940
No Score Yet Brides Are Like That
  • Fred Schultz
1936
No Score Yet Freshman Love
  • Wilson, Sr.
1936
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Dr. Ziegfeld
1936
No Score Yet Crime Over London
  • Sherwood/Riley
1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • M. Pelerin
1936
No Score Yet Page Miss Glory
  • Mr. Freischultz
1935
No Score Yet Bright Lights
  • Otto Schlemmer
1935
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1935
  • Schulz
1935
43% Naughty Marietta
  • Herr Schuman
1935
No Score Yet Sweet Adeline
  • Oscar Schmidt
1935
No Score Yet Harmony Lane
  • Kleber
1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air
  • Hans Uppman, Orchestra Conductor
1934
No Score Yet Housewife
  • Kruger
1934
No Score Yet A Very Honorable Guy
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle
  • Rudy
1934
No Score Yet Grand Slam
  • Alex
1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson
  • Jewelry Store Manager
1933
No Score Yet Broken Dreams
  • Pop
1933
100% Love Me Tonight
  • Dr. Armand de Fontinac
1932
89% White Zombie
  • Dr. Bruner
1932
No Score Yet They Call It Sin
  • Mr. Hollister
1932
No Score Yet Peach-O-Reno
  • Joe Bruno
1931
No Score Yet Princess and the Plumber
  • Merkl
1930
No Score Yet Dixiana
  • Cornelius Van Horn
1930
No Score Yet The Taming of the Shrew
  • Gremio
1929
No Score Yet Street Girl
  • Keppel
1929
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Yokel
1929

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