Robert Greig

Robert Greig

  • Highest Rated: 100% Sullivan's Travels (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)
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  • Endowed with a voice like a bellows and a face like a bullfrog, Australian actor Robert Greig specialized in pompous-servant roles. In Greig's first talking picture, the Marx Brothers' vehicle Animal Crackers (1930), he portrays Hives, Margaret Dumont's imperious butler; Hives dominates the film's opening scene by singing his instructions to the rest of the staff, and later participates in Groucho Marx' signature tune "Hooray for Captain Spaulding". Evidently the Marx Brothers liked his work, for in 1932 Greig was cast as an unflappable chemistry professor in Horse Feathers (1932). In most of his films, Greig played variations of Hives, notably in the wacked-out 1932 comedy short Jitters the Butler, in which he willingly offers his ample derriere to be kicked at the slightest provocation. In 1940, Greig became a member of the informal stock company of writer/producer Preston Sturges. Sturges brought out untapped comic possibilities in all of his favorite character actors; accordingly, Greig's performances in The Lady Eve (1941), Sullivan's Travels (1942) and The Palm Beach Story (1942) are among his best. Fans of Robert Greig's work with Sturges and the Marx Brothers are advised to catch his non-butler roles as the Duke of Weskit in Wheeler and Woolseys Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934) and as the wealthy, gross "protector" of Hedy Lamarr in Algiers (1938).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

20% Devil Doll Emil Coulvet 1964
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday Algernon McNiff 1951
No Score Yet Bride of Vengeance Councillor 1949
93% Unfaithfully Yours Jules 1948
11% Forever Amber Magistrate 1947
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock Coachman Thomas 1947
No Score Yet The Cheaters (The Castaways) MacFarland 1945
No Score Yet Nob Hill Butler 1945
No Score Yet Hollywood and Vine Jenkins 1945
92% The Picture of Dorian Gray Sir Thomas 1945
No Score Yet Summer Storm Gregory 1944
No Score Yet Million Dollar Kid Spevin 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Mr. Orlando 1944
97% The Palm Beach Story Members of Ale and Quail Club 1942
95% I Married a Witch Town Crier 1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Lazar 1942
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Major-domo 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Judge 1942
No Score Yet Arabian Nights Eunuch-Story Teller 1942
No Score Yet The Moon and Sixpence Maitland, Butler 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Sullivan's Butler 1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami Brearley 1941
100% The Lady Eve Burrows 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Sir Robert 1941
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Robert 1940
No Score Yet Tower of London Father Olmstead 1939
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Mr. Borst 1939
No Score Yet Way Down South Judge Ravenal 1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone Townsman at Table 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Lord Melville 1938
No Score Yet Algiers Giroux 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Chamberlain 1938
100% Easy Living Graves, Ball Butler 1937
No Score Yet Stowaway Captain 1936
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild Uncle John 1936
No Score Yet Easy to Take Judd 1936
No Score Yet Small Town Girl (One Horse Town) Childers 1936
83% Rose Marie Cafe Manager 1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London Lord Drayton 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Joe 1936
81% The Devil-Doll Emil Coulvet 1936
No Score Yet Trouble for Two Fat Man 1936
No Score Yet The Gay Deception Adolph 1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Peedles 1935
79% Mark of the Vampire Fat Man 1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Henri 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Pemberton 1935
No Score Yet Madame Du Barry Chef 1934
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers Duke of Weskit 1934
No Score Yet Stingaree The Innkeeper 1934
No Score Yet Upper World Caldwell the Butler 1934
70% Morning Glory Roberts 1933
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart Jarvis 1933
No Score Yet Men Must Fight Albert, Butler 1933
No Score Yet The Mind Reader Swami 1933
No Score Yet They Just Had to Get Married Radcliffe 1932
92% Trouble in Paradise Jacques 1932
96% Horse Feathers Prof. Hornsvogel 1932
100% Love Me Tonight Major-Domo Flamond 1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery Henri 1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Baritone 1932
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Chester Field 1932
No Score Yet Beauty and the Boss Chappel 1932
No Score Yet The Tenderfoot Mack 1932
No Score Yet Tonight or Never The Butler 1931
No Score Yet No Limit Doorman 1931
96% Animal Crackers Hives, the Butler 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Actor 1930
83% The Great Moment Morton's Butler 1921

QUOTES FROM Robert Greig CHARACTERS

Wormy
(gives a listing of all the animals Diddlebock now owns via his acquisition of the circus, ending with).. and a puma.
Wormy
[gives a listing of all the animals Diddlebock now owns via his acquisition of the circus, ending with] ...and a puma.
Algernon McNiff
A puma?!?
Algernon McNiff
A puma?!
Wormy
And what a puma!