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Max Davidson

Highest Rated:   100% The Mortal Storm (1940)
Lowest Rated:   75% Kitty Foyle (1940)
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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
75% 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 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

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