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Olin Howland

Highest Rated:   100% Them! (1954)
Lowest Rated:   68% The Blob (1958)
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The younger brother of actress Jobyna Howland, Olin Howland established himself on Broadway in musical comedy. The actor made his film debut in 1918, but didn't really launch his Hollywood career until the talkie era. Generally cast as rustic characters, Howland could be sly or slow-witted, depending on the demands of the role. He showed up in scores of Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s, most amusingly as the remonstrative Dr. Croker (sic) in The Case of the Lucky Legs (1934). A favorite of producer David O. Selznick, Howland played the laconic baggage man in Nothing Sacred (1937), the grim, hickory-stick wielding schoolmaster in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) and an expansive Yankee businessman in Gone with the Wind (1939). During the 1940s, he could often as not be found at Republic, appearing in that studio's westerns and hillbilly musicals. One of his best screen assignments of the 1950s was the old derelict who kept shouting "Make me sergeant in charge of booze!" in the classic sci-fier Them (1954). Howland made several TV guest appearances in the 1950s, and played the recurring role of Swifty on the weekly Circus Boy (1956). In the latter stages of his career, Olin Howland billed himself as Olin Howlin; he made his final appearance in 1958, as the first victim of The Blob.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
68% The Blob
  • Old Man
1958
No Score Yet The Storm Rider
  • Collins
1957
84% The Spirit of St. Louis
  • Surplus Dealer
1957
96% A Star Is Born
  • Charley
1954
100% Them!
  • Jensen
1954
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Dan Dugan
1951
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment
  • Hunter
1950
No Score Yet A Ticket to Tomahawk
  • Conductor
1950
No Score Yet The Nevadan
  • Rusty
1950
No Score Yet Grand Canyon
  • Actor
1949
83% Little Women
  • Schoolteacher
1949
No Score Yet Last of the Wild Horses
  • Remedy Williams
1948
100% The Paleface
  • Undertaker
1948
No Score Yet Station West
  • Cook
1948
No Score Yet The Dude Goes West
  • Finnegan
1948
No Score Yet The Return of the Whistler
  • Jeff Anderson
1948
No Score Yet I Walk Alone
  • Watchman
1948
No Score Yet The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap
  • Undertaker
1947
No Score Yet Apache Rose
  • Alkali Elkins
1947
71% Angel and the Badman
  • Bradley
1947
No Score Yet Wyoming
  • Cowboy
1947
100% The Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Newspaper Clerk
1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Painter
1946
80% Fallen Angel
  • Joe Ellis
1945
No Score Yet Dakota
  • Devlin's driver
1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Seeing You
  • Hawker
1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing
  • Bigelow
1944
No Score Yet The Town Went Wild
  • Bit Part
1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling
  • Mr. Morehouse
1944
No Score Yet Jack London
  • Mailman
1943
No Score Yet The Falcon and the Co-eds
  • Goodwillie
1943
No Score Yet The Sky's the Limit
  • 4-F Man
1943
No Score Yet A Stranger in Town
  • Homer Todds
1943
No Score Yet Ridin' Down the Canyon
  • Jailer
1942
No Score Yet Joan of Ozark
  • Game Warden
1942
No Score Yet In Old California
  • Actor
1942
93% This Gun for Hire
  • Blair Fletcher
1942
No Score Yet The Man Who Wouldn't Die
  • Chief Meek
1942
No Score Yet Home in Wyomin'
  • Sunrise
1942
No Score Yet Young and Willing
  • Cop
1942
100% One Foot in Heaven
  • Zeke Harris
1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr
  • Jasper Tench
1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Corky
1941
No Score Yet The Great Lie
  • Ed
1941
No Score Yet Chad Hanna
  • Ciscoe Tridd
1940
No Score Yet Young People
  • Station Master
1940
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife
  • Hotel Clerk
1940
No Score Yet Lucky Partners
  • Tourist
1940
No Score Yet Four Wives
  • Joe
1939
No Score Yet Days of Jesse James
  • Under-Sheriff
1939
94% Gone With the Wind
  • Yankee Businessman
1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X
  • Undertaker
1939
No Score Yet Zenobia, (Elephants Never Forget)
  • Attorney Culpepper
1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Reporter
  • Sgt. Entwhistle
1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other
  • Farmer
1939
No Score Yet Brother Rat
  • Slim
1938
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Mister X
1938
No Score Yet Little Tough Guy
  • Baxter
1938
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Gamble
  • Deputy Sheriff
1938
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West
  • Trinidad Joe
1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Schoolmaster
1938
No Score Yet Swing Your Lady
  • Hotel Proprietor
1938
No Score Yet Sweethearts
  • Appleby the Box Office Man
1938
100% Nothing Sacred
  • Baggage Man
1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl
  • First Southerner
1937
100% A Star Is Born
  • Rustic
1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Earthworm Tractors
  • Mr. Blair
1936
No Score Yet Country Gentlemen
  • Lawyer
1936
No Score Yet The Longest Night
  • Smythe
1936
No Score Yet Satan Met a Lady
  • Dunhill
1936
No Score Yet Snowed Under
  • Sheriff
1936
No Score Yet Boulder Dam
  • Sheriff
1936
No Score Yet Dr. Socrates
  • Catlett
1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Lucky Legs
  • Doctor
1935
No Score Yet The Case of the Curious Bride
  • Coroner
1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere)
  • Stage Manager
1935
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Dick
1934
92% Little Women
  • Mr. Davis
1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson
  • Eddie
1933
No Score Yet So Big
  • Jacob
1932
No Score Yet Over the Hill
  • Isaac as an Adult
1931
No Score Yet Janice Meredith
  • Philemon Hennion
1924

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
  • Motel Owner
  • 1955

Quotes from Olin Howland's Characters