Walter Connolly

Walter Connolly

Highest Rated: 100% Nothing Sacred (1937)

Lowest Rated: 71% Man's Castle (1933)

Birthday: Apr 8, 1887

Birthplace: Not Available

Rotund American character actor Walter Connolly cornered the market on film portrayals of exasperated businessmen and newspaper men in the 1930s. A successful stage actor, Connolly refused all entreaties by Hollywood producers to enter films. His resistance was broken down a little by an appearance in the 1930 short Many Happy Returns, then he gave in altogether to Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn. Connolly made his feature-film debut in Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932), then appeared in The Bitter Tea of General Yen(1933), wherein he worked for Columbia's premiere director, Frank Capra. Connolly was featured in Capra's next two films, Broadway Bill (1934) and the Award-winning It Happened One Night (1934), then spent the rest of the 1930s bouncing between Columbia and the other major studios in meaty supporting roles--most enjoyably as the volcanic newspaper editor in David O. Selznick's Nothing Sacred (1937). Generally billed just below the title, Connolly was awarded star status when he essayed the title role in his final film, The Great Victor Herbert (1939).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl Mr. Borden 1939
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn The King 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd John P. Dillingwell 1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Arthur 'Gabby' MacArthur, Union Newsreel chief 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Dist. Atty. Thomas Mathews 1938
No Score Yet First Lady Carter Hibbard 1937
100% Nothing Sacred Oliver Stone 1937
95% The Good Earth Uncle 1937
86% Libeled Lady Allenbury 1936
No Score Yet The King Steps Out Maximilian 1936
No Score Yet The Music Goes 'Round Hector Courtney 1936
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer) Mr. Van Dyke 1935
No Score Yet So Red the Rose Malcolm Bedford 1935
100% Broadway Bill J.L. Higgins 1934
No Score Yet The Captain Hates the Sea Capt. Helquist 1934
No Score Yet Lady by Choice Judge Daly 1934
No Score Yet Servants' Entrance Viktor Nillson 1934
86% Twentieth Century Oliver Webb 1934
98% It Happened One Night Alexander Andrews 1934
71% Man's Castle Ira 1933
100% Lady for a Day Romero 1933
100% The Bitter Tea of General Yen Jones 1933
No Score Yet No More Orchids Bill Holt 1932
No Score Yet Washington Merry-Go-Round Sen. Wylie 1932


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