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Robert Greig



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% Devil Doll
  • Emil Coulvet
1964
No Score Yet Mad Wednesday
  • Algernon McNiff
1951
93% Unfaithfully Yours
  • Jules
1948
14% 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
91% 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
96% 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
80% 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
91% 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
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Cafe Manager
1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London
  • Lord Drayton
1936
65% The Great Ziegfeld
  • Joe
1936
87% 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 Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • Duke of Weskit
1934
No Score Yet Stingaree
  • The Innkeeper
1934
No Score Yet Upper World
  • Caldwell the Butler
1934
67% 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
91% 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

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