Max Davidson

Max Davidson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Mortal Storm (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% Kitty Foyle (1940)
  • Birthday: Invalid date
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A veteran of vaudeville and the legitimate stage, Berlin-born Max Davidson was well past forty when he made his first film appearance. A small man with hunched shoulders and an scraggly beard, Davidson specialized in playing stereotypical Jewish characters: pushcart peddlers, pawnbrokers, shopkeepers, ragmen and the like. He signed with the Hal Roach comedy studio in 1925, at first appearing in support of Charley Chase. Under the supervision of Leo McCarey, Davidson was given his own starring series, resulting in such 2-reel laughspinners as Dumb Daddies (1926), Jewish Prudence (1927), Call of the Cuckoo (1927) and Pass the Gravy (1928). Hal Roach discontinued Davidson's series late in 1928 because of complaints from Jewish filmgoers; even so, the comedian made periodic returns to the Roach lot as a supporting actor in such films as Our Gang's Moan and Groan Inc. (1929) and Charley Chase's Southern Exposure (1935). Elsewhere, Davidson spent the remainder of his career in brief bits, a casualty of the Hays Office's determination to purge the movies of potentially offensive ethnic humor. As in the 1920s, Max Davidson landed his most noticeable roles in short subjects, ranging from his hilarious cameo as a court musician in the 1931 Masquers Club production Oh Oh Cleopatra to his apoplectic appearance as a shopkeeper in the Three Stooges' No Census, No Feeling (1940).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy Actor 1968
No Score Yet Laurel and Hardy's Laughing 20's Actor 1965
No Score Yet Adventure Man in library 1945
80% Kitty Foyle Flower Man 1940
100% The Mortal Storm Old Man 1940
No Score Yet The Great Commandment Old man 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Card Player 1939
No Score Yet The Girl Said No (With Words and Music) Max 1937
No Score Yet Exclusive Tailor 1937
No Score Yet Rosalie Chamberlain 1937
No Score Yet Rogue of the Range The Peddler (uncredited) 1936
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Seller 1935
No Score Yet The World Gone Mad (The Public Be Hanged) (Public Be Damned) Cohen 1933
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble Larson 1933
No Score Yet The Lottery Bride Marriage Broker 1930
No Score Yet So This Is College Moe 1929
No Score Yet My Best Girl The beggar 1927
No Score Yet Hotel Imperial Elias Butterman 1927
No Score Yet The Rag Man Junkman 1925
No Score Yet The Extra Girl Actor 1923
No Score Yet The Hoodlum (The Ragamuffin) Abram Isaacs 1919
97% Intolerance The Kindly Neighbor 1916

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
  • 1940

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