Monte Blue

Monte Blue

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Humoresque (1946)
  • Birthday: Jan 11, 1887
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A product of the Indiana orphanage system, the part-Cherokee-Indian Monte Blue held down jobs ranging from stevedore to reporter before offering his services as a movie-studio handyman in the early 1910s. Pressed into service as an extra and stunt man, Blue graduated to featured parts in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation (1915). Thanks to his work with Griffith and (especially) Cecil B. DeMille, Blue became a dependable box-office attraction of the 1920s, playing everything from lawyers to baseball players. He was a mainstay of the fledgling Warner Bros. studios, where the profits from his films frequently compensated for the expensive failures starring John Barrymore. In 1928 he was cast in his finest silent role, as the drink-sodden doctor in White Shadows on the South Seas. After making a successful transition to talkies, Blue decided to retire from filmmaking, taking a tour around the world to celebrate his freedom. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1931, Blue found that he had lost his fortune through bad investments, and that the public at large had forgotten him. By now too heavy-set to play romantic leads, Blue rebuilt his career from the bottom up, playing bits in "A" pictures and supporting roles in "B"s. He was busiest in the bread-and-butter westerns produced by such minor studios as Republic, Monogram and PRC; he also showed up in several serials, notably as "Ming the Merciless" clone Unga Khan in 1936's Undersea Kingdom. Movie mogul Jack Warner, out of gratitude for Blue's moneymaking vehicles of the 1920s, saw to it that Monte was steadily employed at Warner Bros., and that his name would appear prominently in the studio's advertising copy. While many of his talkie roles at Warners were bits, Blue was given choice supporting roles in such films as Across the Pacific (1942), Mask of Dimitrios (1944) and especially Key Largo (1948). Extending his activities into TV, Blue continued accepting character roles until retiring from acting in 1954. During the last years of his life, Monte Blue was the advance man for the Hamid-Morton Shrine Circus; it was while making his annual appearance in this capacity in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that Blue suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 73.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

78% Apache Geronimo 1954
No Score Yet Adventure of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush Actor 1954
No Score Yet The Last Posse Kane 1953
No Score Yet Hangman's Knot Maxwell 1952
No Score Yet Rose of Cimarron Lone Eagle 1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers Oklahoma Delegate (uncredited) 1952
No Score Yet Gold Raiders Sawyer 1951
No Score Yet Warpath 1st Emigrant 1951
No Score Yet Dallas The Sheriff 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Detective Sgt. Pluther 1950
No Score Yet Montana Charlie Penrose 1950
No Score Yet South of St. Louis Capt. Jeffrey 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory U.S. marshal 1949
No Score Yet The Younger Brothers Joe 1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin Detective 1949
No Score Yet Homicide Sheriff 1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining St. Clair 1949
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan Turnkey 1948
89% Johnny Belinda Ben 1948
No Score Yet Two Guys from Texas Pete Nash 1948
No Score Yet Speed to Spare Actor 1948
97% Key Largo Sheriff Ben Wade 1948
No Score Yet Silver River Buck Chevigee 1948
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid Timberline 1947
89% Possessed Caretaker 1947
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Businessman 1947
No Score Yet Stallion Road Rancher 1947
No Score Yet That Way with Women MacPherson 1947
No Score Yet Bells of San Fernando Governor 1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love Cop 1947
91% Life With Father Policeman 1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose Barman 1947
60% Humoresque Furniture Moving Man 1946
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Policeman 1946
No Score Yet Shadow of a Woman Police Lieutenant 1946
No Score Yet Easy to Wed Actor 1946
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Mr. Lippencott 1946
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Drapery Man 1946
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Actor 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Fireman on Train 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Cleve Andrews 1945
No Score Yet Danger Signal Policeman 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight The Chef 1945
No Score Yet Janie Policeman 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain Captain 1944
100% The Mask of Dimitrios Dhris Abdul 1944
No Score Yet Passage to Marseille 2nd Mate 1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators Jennings 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Bartender 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Actor 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Heckler 1943
No Score Yet Edge of Darkness Petersen 1943
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit Jean 1943
98% Casablanca American 1942
97% The Palm Beach Story Doorman 1942
No Score Yet The Hidden Hand Matthews, the Undertaker (uncredited) 1942
95% I Married a Witch Doorman 1942
100% My Favorite Blonde Cops at Union Hall 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Man 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Dan Morton 1942
No Score Yet The Remarkable Andrew Policeman 1942
No Score Yet Panama Hattie Actor 1942
92% Road to Morocco Aides to Mullay Kasim 1942
78% Reap the Wild Wind Officer at tea 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Man at Hoyt City 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Cop in slums 1941
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood Sheriff Jordan 1941
No Score Yet Sunset in Wyoming Jim Hayes 1941
No Score Yet Young Bill Hickok Marshal Evans 1940
100% Road to Singapore High Priest 1940
No Score Yet Texas Rangers Ride Again Slide Along 1940
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Uncle Pat 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Indian 1940
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James Fields 1939
No Score Yet Geronimo Interpreter 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Lerdo de Tejada 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Indian 1939
100% Dodge City Barlow, the Indian Agent 1939
No Score Yet Frontier Pony Express Cherokee 1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Rider Cap. Folsom 1938
No Score Yet Spawn of the North Cannam/Official 1938
No Score Yet Rebellious Daughters Charlie/Clint Houston 1938
No Score Yet Hawk of the Wilderness Yellow Weasel 1938
No Score Yet Hell Town Hammond 1937
No Score Yet Sky Racket Benjamin Arnold 1937
No Score Yet Souls at Sea Mate of the 'William Brown' 1937
No Score Yet Wild and Woolly Actor 1937
No Score Yet Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Joe Stafford 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Actor 1937
No Score Yet A Million to One John Kent 1937
No Score Yet Amateur Crook Crone 1937
No Score Yet Helltown Actor 1937
No Score Yet Thunder Trail Jeff Graves 1937
No Score Yet Secret Agent X-9 Baron Michael Karston 1937
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1938 Actor 1937
No Score Yet Song of the Gringo Sheriff 1936
No Score Yet Ride, Ranger, Ride Tavibo/Duval 1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland Messenger 1936
No Score Yet Undersea Kingdom '''Unga Khan''' 1936
No Score Yet Treachery Rides the Range Colonel Drummond 1936
No Score Yet The Lawless Nineties Outlaw 1936
No Score Yet Desert Gold Chetley Kasedon 1936
No Score Yet Prison Shadows Bert McNamee 1936
No Score Yet The Test Pepite La Joie 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Analyst 1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Hamzulia Khan 1935
No Score Yet Social Error Actor 1935
No Score Yet On Probation Al Murray 1935
No Score Yet Wagon Wheels Murdock 1934
No Score Yet Student Tour Jeff 1934
No Score Yet Thundering Herd Actor 1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede Joe 1933
No Score Yet Officer 13 Tom Burke 1933
No Score Yet The Stoker Dick Martin 1932
No Score Yet Forgotten Terrors Actor 1931
No Score Yet White Shadows in the South Seas Dr. Matthew Lloyd 1928
No Score Yet So This Is Paris Dr. Paul Giraud 1926
100% The Marriage Circle Dr. Franz Braun 1924
No Score Yet Lover of Camille Jean Gaspard Deburau 1924
No Score Yet Daddies Actor 1924
No Score Yet Mademoiselle Midnight Owen Burke 1924
No Score Yet Main Street Dr. Will Kennicott 1923
92% Orphans of the Storm Danton 1921
No Score Yet The Affairs of Anatol Abner Elliott 1921
No Score Yet Something to Think About Jim Dirk 1920
No Score Yet Desert Gold Actor 1919
No Score Yet The Man from Painted Post Slim Carter 1917
97% Intolerance Strike Leader 1916
No Score Yet The Matrimaniac Actor 1916
98% The Birth of a Nation Actor 1915

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Wanakawa
  • 1960

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