Rags Ragland

Rags Ragland

  • Highest Rated: 86% The Canterville Ghost (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 62% Anchors Aweigh (1945)
  • Birthday: Aug 23, 1905
  • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  • Before plunging into show business, comedian Rags Ragland was a truck driver, a boxer (which explains his cauliflower ears), and a movie projectionist. He entered burlesque in his twenties, working his way up to "top banana" at Minsky's. Among his fellow burlesque performers, Ragland was famous (or notorious) for his wild ad-libs, his unpredictable intrusions into other comics' acts, and his healthy off-stage libido. In 1940, he graduated to the big time in Ethel Merman's Broadway musical Panama Hattie. Shortly afterward, he became a contract player at MGM, where he gained popularity as Red Skelton's cohort in the Whistling movies (Whistling in the Dark, Whistling in Dixie, and Whistling in Brooklyn). Rags Ragland died suddenly of uremia at the age of 40.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Hoodlum Saint Fishface 1946
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Himself 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Police Sgt. 1945
86% The Canterville Ghost Big Harry 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People Mr. Smith 1944
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn Chester 1943
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Rags 1943
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Louie 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Charlie/Dauphin 1943
No Score Yet Whistling in Dixie Chester Conway/Lester Conway 1942
No Score Yet Sunday Punch Killer 1942
No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Ears Cofflin 1942
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You Charlie 1942
No Score Yet Born to Sing Grunt 1942
No Score Yet Panama Hattie Rags 1942
No Score Yet Whistling in the Dark Sylvester 1941
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie) Vic 1941

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