Robert Preston

Robert Preston

Highest Rated: 100% Blood on the Moon (1948)

Lowest Rated: 33% Mame (1974)

Birthday: Jun 08, 1918

Birthplace: Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, USA

Dynamic musical comedy star from the stage who began his career in entertainment appearing in rugged film melodramas (e.g., the unjustly neglected B-film, "King of Alcatraz" 1938) and occasional lighter fare in the late 1930s. His promising early appearances in the Cecil B. DeMille epics "Union Pacific" (1939), "Northwest Mounted Police" (1940) and "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942) did not, however, spell major stardom with the interruption of WWII. When he returned Preston did enjoy good roles in "The Macomber Affair" (1947) and "Tulsa" (1949), but it took a lengthy sojourn on the stage, in which he surprised many with his aptitude for musical comedy, for him to become a major star.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 60% Crushed Lucas (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outrage! Dennis Riordan (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 80% Finnegan Begin Again Mike Finnegan (Character) - 1985
76% 69% The Last Starfighter Centauri (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet September Gun Ben Sunday (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 64% Rehearsal for Murder Alex Dennison (Character) - 1982
97% 86% Victor/Victoria Carroll "Toddy" Todd (Character) - 1982
89% 31% Semi-Tough Big Ed Bookman (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Father's House Tom Lindholm Sr. (Character) - 1975
33% 48% Mame Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside (Character) - 1974
92% 63% Junior Bonner Ace Bonner (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 52% Child's Play Joseph Dobbs (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of Love Steve Blair (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet All the Way Home Jay Follett (Character) - 1963
86% 74% How the West Was Won Roger Morgan (Character) - 1962
94% 85% The Music Man Harold Hill (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 83% The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Rubin Flood (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 32% Savage Wilderness Col. Frank Marston (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Jack Potter (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face to Face Sheriff Jack Potter (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 40% Cloudburst John Graham (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 25% My Outlaw Brother Joe Walter (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet When I Grow Up Father Reed (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Outlaw Brother Joe Waldner (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 27% Best of the Badmen Matthew Fowler (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 29% The Sundowners James Cloud (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 47% Tulsa Brad Brady (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 27% The Lady Gambles David Boothe (Character) - 1949
83% 65% Whispering Smith Murray Sinclair (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Big City The Rev. Philip Y. Andrews (Character) - 1948
100% 62% Blood on the Moon Tate Riling (Character) - 1948
86% 59% The Macomber Affair Francis Macomber (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 25% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Harvest Jim Davis (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Plane From Chungking Capt. Nick Stanton (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pacific Blackout Robert Draper (Character) - 1942
88% 50% Wake Island Pvt. Joe Doyle (Character) - 1942
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Dan Cutler (Character) - 1942
93% 81% This Gun for Hire Det. Lt. Michael Crane (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Town Paul Bryson Jr. (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Parachute Battalion Donald `'Don'` Morse (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady From Cheyenne Steve Lewis (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night of January 16th Steve Van Ruyle (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moon Over Burma Chuck Lane (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Mounted Police Ronnie Logan (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Typhoon Johnny Potter (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disbarred Bradley Kent (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 65% Union Pacific Dick Allen (Character) - 1939
100% 85% Beau Geste Digby Geste (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Illegal Traffic Charles Bent Martin (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet King of Alcatraz Robert MacArthur (Character) - 1938

TV

Credit
62% 66% Terra Nova Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1966 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1955-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Tom Waycroft (Character) 1955-1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Jack Roberts (Character) 1953-1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Man Against Crime Pat Barnett (Character) 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1950

QUOTES FROM Robert Preston CHARACTERS

Harold Hill says: We got trouble! (Oh, we got trouble!) Right here in River City! (Right here in River City!) With a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool! (That stands for pool!)

Harold Hill says: We got trouble! Right here in River City! With a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for pool!

Centauri says: [voice in video game] Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

Zaneeta Shinn says: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge!

Tommy Djilas says: he answers Zaneeta: First thing after supper?

Winthrop Paroo says: she answers Tommy: All right! Ye Gods!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like "swell" and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Harold Hill says: Mothers of River City, heed that warning before it's too late! Watch for the telltale signs of corruption! The minute your son leaves the house, does he rebuckle his knickerbockers below the knee? Is there a nicotine stain on his index finger? A dime-novel hidden in the corncrib? Is he starting to memorize jokes from Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang? Are certain words creeping into his conversation? Words like 'swell' and "so's your old man"? If so my friends, ya got trouble!

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! (Winthrop had an embarressing lisp)

Winthrop Paroo says: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH! [Winthrop had an embarressing lisp]

Harold Hill says: Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!

Marcellus Washburn says: Well, ain't no call for a boys' band in this town. Anything these Iowa people don't have already, they do without.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Tommy Djilas says: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.

Harold Hill says: Oh, my dear little librarian. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.

Mrs. Paroo says: It's a well-known principle that if you keep the flint in one drawer and the steel in the other, you'll never strike much of a fire.

Marcellus Washburn says: I heard you was in steam automobiles. (to Harold Hill)

Harold Hill says: answers: I was... till someone actually 'invented' one!

Harold Hill says: "Brooklyn"? Marce, this isn't even *Dubuque*!

Harold Hill says: 'Brooklyn'? Marce, this isn't even *Dubuque*!

Harold Hill says: A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500"?

Harold Hill says: A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? 'Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500'?

Mayor Shinn says: It's as clear as a buttonhook in the well water!

Mayor Shinn says: You watch your phraseology!

Mrs. Paroo says: When a woman's got a husband, and you've got none, why should she take advice from you? Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin' Greeks.

Mrs. Paroo says: I know all about your standards and if you don't mind my sayin' so there's not a man alive who could hope to measure up to that blend of Paul Bunyan, Saint Pat, and Noah Webster you've concocted for yourself out of your Irish imagination, your Iowa stubbornness, and your li'berry full of books!

Harold Hill says: The sadder but wiser girl for me.

Harold Hill says: Think, boys. THINK! (Harold uses the Think System to teach music)

Harold Hill says: Think, boys. THINK! [Harold uses the Think System to teach music]

Mayor Shinn says: Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day (the horrid heat).

Mayor Shinn says: Its fine if you want to go around in your drawers all day. [the horrid heat]

Harold Hill says: I always think there's a band kid.