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Walter Catlett

Highest Rated:   100% Pinocchio (1940)
Lowest Rated:   20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
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Walter Catlett began his acting career in stock companies in his hometown of San Francisco. After attending St. Ignacious College, he reached New York in 1911 in the musical The Prince of Pilsen. Catlett's dithering comic gestures and air of perpetual confusion won him a legion of fans and admirers when he starred in several editions of The Ziegfeld Follies, and in the Ziegfeld-produced musical comedy Sally, in which he appeared for three years. Catlett made a handful of silent film appearances, but didn't catch on until the advent of talking pictures allowed moviegoers to see and hear his full comic repertoire. Usually sporting horn-rimmed spectacles or a slightly askew pince-nez, Catlett played dozens of bumbling petty crooks, pompous politicians and sleep-benumbed justices of the peace. Hired for a few days' work in Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby (1938), Catlett proved so hilarious in his portrayal of an easily befuddled small-town sheriff that his role was expanded, and he was retained off-screen to offer advice about comic timing to the film's star, Katharine Hepburn. In addition to his supporting appearances, Catlett starred in several 2-reel comedies, and was co-starred with his lifelong friend Raymond Walburn in the low-budget "Henry" series at Monogram. Busy until a few short years before his death, Walter Catlett appeared in such 1950s features as Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1956) and Beau James (1957) (as New York governor Al Smith).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Beau James
  • Al Smith
1957
No Score Yet Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Col. Plug
1956
88% Friendly Persuasion
  • Prof. Quigley
1956
No Score Yet Here Comes the Groom
  • McGonigle
1951
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet Dancing in the Dark
  • Joe Brooks
1949
89% The Inspector General
  • Col. Castine
1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining
  • Himself
1949
75% The Boy with Green Hair
  • The King
1948
No Score Yet Mr. Reckless
  • Joel Hawkins
1948
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours
  • Mr. Buckingham
1947
No Score Yet Riverboat Rhythm
  • Colonel Jeffrey 'Smitty' Witherspoon
1946
No Score Yet I Love a Bandleader
  • B. Templeton James
1945
No Score Yet The Man Who Walked Alone
  • Wiggins
1945
No Score Yet Up in Arms
  • Maj. Brock
1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister
  • Mortimer Kalb
1943
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • J. Macclellan Davis
1943
20% They Got Me Covered
  • Hotel Manager
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters
  • Gribble
1942
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Manager
1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal
  • Col. Truckee
1942
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hickok Rides
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Heart of the Golden West
  • Colonel Silas Popen
1942
No Score Yet It Started with Eve
  • Dr. Harvey
1941
No Score Yet Million Dollar Baby
  • Simpson
1941
No Score Yet Horror Island
  • McGoon
1941
No Score Yet Honeymoon for Three
  • Waiter
1941
No Score Yet Manpower
  • Sidney Whipple
1941
No Score Yet Li'l Abner
  • Barber
1940
No Score Yet Spring Parade
  • Headwaiter
1940
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays
  • Tommy Lane
1940
No Score Yet Half a Sinner
  • Station Attendant
1940
100% Pinocchio
  • J. Worthington Foufellow
1940
No Score Yet Remedy for Riches
  • Clem
1940
No Score Yet Exile Express
  • Gus
1939
No Score Yet Going Places
  • Franklin Dexter
1939
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Slocum
1938
No Score Yet Varsity Show
  • Prof. Sylvester Biddle
1937
No Score Yet Love Is News
  • Eddie Johnson
1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue
  • Jake Dribble
1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • Nifty Bailey
1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee
  • Warfield Scott
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Morrow
1936
No Score Yet Comin' Round the Mountain
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Cain and Mabel
  • Jake Sherman
1936
100% A Tale of Two Cities
  • Barsad
1935
No Score Yet Lightning Strikes Twice
  • Gus
1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday
  • Barnes
1933
No Score Yet Back Street
  • Bakeless
1932
100% Rain
  • Quartermaster Bates
1932
No Score Yet Okay, America!
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow)
  • McNeill
1931
100% Platinum Blonde
  • Bing Baker
1931
92% The Front Page
  • Murphy
1931
No Score Yet Palmy Days
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Aunt's in the Pants
  • Actor
1930

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