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Stuart Erwin

Highest Rated:   86% Son of Flubber (1963)
Lowest Rated:   80% Viva Villa! (1934)
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American actor Stuart Erwin attended the University of California at Berkeley. After stage experience in Los Angeles, Erwin made his earliest screen appearances in silent films, notably a classic two-reel comedy for Hal Roach, A Pair of Tights (1928), in which Erwin and Edgar Kennedy played roles evidently written for Laurel and Hardy (a generous portion of this film appears in the 1960 compilation When Comedy Was King). After his first talking picture, Happy Days (1930), Erwin found himself typed as the vague, ingenuous young man who always seemed to have the cards stacked against him. Contrary to popular belief, Erwin's screen character did get the girl on occasion; in The Big Broadcast (1932), for example, Erwin not only won Leila Hyams away from Bing Crosby, but he was also billed above Crosby in the opening credits. The actor was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a rustic football hero in Pigskin Parade (1936), which also served as the screen debut for Judy Garland (as Erwin's kid sister). In 1942, Erwin made his Broadway bow in the title role of Mr. Sycamore, an odd little failure wherein he played a man who turned into a tree! When TV came in, Erwin made the most of it, co-starring with his wife June Collyeron a sitcom titled The Stu Erwin Show (aka The Trouble With Father). From 1950-55, Erwin played one "Stuart Erwin," a small-town high-school principal; among the supporting cast, in the role of his youngest daughter, was Sheila James, later the memorable Zelda Gilroy on TV's Dobie Gillis. Still very active in the 1960s, Erwin appeared in a few Disney pictures and as a circus advance man on the 1963 TV series The Greatest Show on Earth.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • Capt. Loomis
1964
86% Son of Flubber
  • Coach Wilson
1963
No Score Yet Heading for Heaven
  • Henry Elkins
1947
No Score Yet Killer Dill
  • Johnny 'Killer' Dill
1947
No Score Yet The Great Mike
  • Jay Spencer
1944
No Score Yet Blondie for Victory
  • Pvt. Herschel Smith
1942
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D.
  • Tommy Keenan
1941
83% Our Town
  • Howie Newsome
1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode
  • Ben Dalton
1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade
  • Pete Tinney
1939
No Score Yet Back Door to Heaven
  • Jud Mason
1939
No Score Yet Backdoor to Heaven
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Boggs Steps Out
  • Oliver Boggs
1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon
  • Leo McTavish
1937
No Score Yet It Could Happen to You
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Slim
  • Clarence `Stumpy' Stump
1937
No Score Yet Small Town Boy
  • Henry
1937
No Score Yet Pigskin Parade
  • Amos Dodd
1936
No Score Yet Exclusive Story
  • Timothy Aloysius Higgins
1936
No Score Yet Ceiling Zero
  • Texas Clarke
1936
No Score Yet Chained
  • Johnny
1934
No Score Yet Palooka
  • Joe Palooka
1934
80% Viva Villa!
  • Johnny Sykes
1934
No Score Yet Bachelor Bait
  • Wilbur Fess
1934
No Score Yet Before Dawn
  • Dwight Wilson
1933
No Score Yet Stranger's Return
  • Simon
1933
No Score Yet International House
  • Tommy Nash
1933
No Score Yet Hold Your Man
  • Al Simpson
1933
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast
  • Leslie McWhinney
1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star
  • Merton Gill
1932
No Score Yet Up Pops the Devil
  • Stranger
1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet No Limit
  • Ole Olsen
1931
No Score Yet Men Without Women
  • Jenkins
1930
No Score Yet Young Eagles
  • Actor
1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade
  • Guest Star
1930
No Score Yet Maybe It's Love
  • Brown of Harvard
1930
No Score Yet The Trespasser
  • Reporter
1929
No Score Yet Speakeasy
  • Cy Williams
1929
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Ernest Pratt Baker
1923

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