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Lee "Lasses" White

Highest Rated:   93% The Talk of the Town (1942)
Lowest Rated:   50% Magic Town (1947)
Birthday:   Not Available
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The Southern-fried sidekick to B-Western stars Tim Holt and Jimmy Wakely, Lee "Lasses" White was, according to writer/director Oliver Drake, "the salt of the earth." A co-worker, perennial bad guy Terry Frost, remembered having "a ball every minute I was with (him)." Coming to films late in his long career, the Texas-born performer became a star in early-20th century minstrel shows, earning his nickname (short for "molasses") while trouping with Honey Childs and the famous A.G. Fields Minstrels. He later performed on Nashville radio, including four years with the Grand Ole Opry, before pulling up stakes and moving to Hollywood. By 1941, White was playing Ed Potts, henpecked husband of town gossip Clara Potts (Fern Emmett), in RKO's Scattergood Baines comedies, and he went on to replace the equally elderly Emmett Lynn in the sidekick role of Whopper in the studio's popular Tim Holt Westerns. RKO let White go when Holt left to enlist, but he was back in the harness by 1944, "sidekicking" this time for Jimmy Wakely, Monogram's low-rent answer to Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. By 1947, Wakely was persuaded to ditch the veteran performer in favor of the younger Dub Taylor, recently released from Columbia. According to Jimmy, the change ultimately proved detrimental to the series as a whole, as Taylor's brand of very physical humor clashed with his own natural reticence. Never a top favorite with the kids, the target audience of B-Westerns in the '40s, White was really more of a comic actor than a clown and his work -- rolling eyes and swaying walk -- belonged squarely to the long-lost era of blackface minstrel shows. He died in 1949 in Hollywood.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Texan Meets Calamity Jane
  • Colorado Charley
1950
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Baggage Master
1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid
  • Charlie, the Hotelkeeper
1947
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
  • Shotgun Rider
1947
50% Magic Town
  • Old Timer
1947
No Score Yet Suspense
  • Woodsman
1946
No Score Yet Fear
  • Janitor
1946
No Score Yet Dillinger
  • Salesman
1945
No Score Yet Cisco Kid - In Old New Mexico
  • Sheriff Clem Petty
1945
No Score Yet In Old New Mexico
  • Sheriff
1945
No Score Yet Betrayed
  • Old Man
1944
No Score Yet Minstrel Man
  • Tiny
1944
No Score Yet Song of the Range
  • Actor
1944
89% The Outlaw
  • Coach Driver
1943
93% The Talk of the Town
  • Hound Keeper
1942
No Score Yet Dude Cowboy
  • Whopper
1941
No Score Yet The Bandit Trail
  • Whopper
1941
84% Sergeant York
  • Luke, the Target Keeper
1941
No Score Yet Six Gun Gold
  • Whopper
1941
80% Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Stage Manager
1940
No Score Yet Too Many Husbands
  • Mailman
1940
No Score Yet Rovin' Tumbleweeds
  • Storekeeper
1939

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