Olin Howland

Olin Howland

  • Highest Rated: 100% Them! (1954)
  • Lowest Rated: 66% The Blob (1958)
  • Birthday: Feb 10, 1886
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

66% The Blob Old Man 1958
No Score Yet The Storm Rider Collins 1957
85% The Spirit of St. Louis Surplus Dealer 1957
97% 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 Isn't It Romantic? Hotel Clerk 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 Man from Frisco Eben Whelock 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 Young and Willing Cop 1942
No Score Yet Home in Wyomin' Sunrise 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
90% Gone With the Wind Yankee Businessman A Carpetbagger 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
No Score Yet Kentucky Moonshine Tom Slack 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 Wife, Doctor and Nurse Doorman 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
100% Gold Diggers of 1935 Dr. McDuffy 1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Stage Manager 1935
No Score Yet Behold My Wife Mattingly 1935
No Score Yet Wagon Wheels Bill O'Meary 1934
100% Treasure Island Dick 1934
93% 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 Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Ed
  • 1959
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Motel Owner
  • 1955

QUOTES FROM Olin Howland CHARACTERS

Jensen
Make me a sergeant, in charge of the booze! Make me a sergeant, in charge of the booze!
Jensen
Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze! Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze!