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Rags Ragland

Highest Rated:   83% The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Lowest Rated:   62% Anchors Aweigh (1945)
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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
83% 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 Somewhere I'll Find You
  • Charlie
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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