William Frawley Actor

William frawley

William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) was an American stage entertainer, screen and television actor. Although Frawley acted in over 100 films, he is best known for playing landlord Fred Mertz in the situation comedy I Love Lucy, and "Bub" in the TV series My Three Sons. William was born to Michael A. Frawley and Mary E. Brady in Burlington, Iowa. As a young boy, Bill (as he was commonly called) attended Roman Catholic school and sang with the St. Paul's Church choir. As he got older, he loved playing bit roles in local theater productions, as well as performing in amateur shows. However, his mother, a religious woman, discouraged the idea. William did two years of office work at Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. He later relocated to Chicago and found a job as a court reporter. Soon thereafter, against his mother's wishes, Frawley obtained a singing part in the musical comedy The Flirting Princess. To appease his mother, Bill relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, to work for another railroad company. Unhappy with his railroad job, Frawley longed to be an actor.

Personal details

Date of birth
February 26th, 1887
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
March 3rd, 1966 at age of 79
Place of death
Hollywood, California, United States of America
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
Religion
Catholicism
Places lived
Burlington , Iowa
pop. 25,725 (2013)

Family

Parents
Siblings
Spouse

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Comedy226.76
Drama186.86
Family46.68
Crime77.14
Romance106.62
Music27.1
Musical96.42
Western26.65
Film-Noir27.05
Biography26.75
Adventure26.8
Mystery36.4
Sport26.5

1. Safe at Home! (1962)

Comedy, Drama, Family
played Bill Turner
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0
2 Show list

Safe at Home! is a 1962 sports comedy film starring Major League Baseball players Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the New York Yankees. The film also stars William Frawley and Don Collier. There are also appearances by New York Yankees Whitey Ford and Ralph Houk. The film is about a young Florida boy who lies to his Little League teammates, telling them he knows Mantle and Maris and will bring them to their team banquet. His attempts to meet his heroes during Spring Training by sneaking into the stadium and into their hotel room at the Yankee Clipper Hotel result in chaos, and he learns an important lesson about honesty. Filmed in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, Florida.

Awards

Top cast

Johanna Price
Henry
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. I Love Lucy (1953)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
81.0
2 Show list

I Love Lucy, aka I Love Lucy: The Movie is a 1953 American feature film spin-off of the sitcom I Love Lucy. Except for one test screening in Bakersfield, California, the film was never theatrically released and was shelved.

Awards

Top cast

Lucy Ricardo
Ricky Ricardo
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

3. Rancho Notorious (1952)

Drama, Western
played Baldy Gunder
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
Howard Welsch
11 Show list

Rancho Notorious is a 1952 Western film shot in Technicolor, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Marlene Dietrich as the matron of a criminal hideout called Chuck-a-Luck. Arthur Kennedy and Mel Ferrer play rivals for her attention in this tale of frontier revenge. The film was originally titled The Legend of Chuck-a-Luck, but the name was changed at the insistence of Howard Hughes, then head of RKO Pictures.

Awards

Top cast

Comanche Paul
Mort Geary
Vern Haskell
Wilson
Frenchy Fairmont
Jeff Factor
Preacher
Racer with Fat Girl
Beth Forbes
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

4. I Love Lucy: The Movie and Other Great Rarities (1952)

Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
81.0

Awards

Top cast

5. Rhubarb (1951)

Comedy, Family, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
94.0
1 Show list 1 Show list

Rhubarb is a 1951 film adapted from the 1946 novel Rhubarb by humorist H. Allen Smith. Directed by Arthur Lubin, the screwball noir comedy stars the cat Orangey along with Jan Sterling and Ray Milland. Cinematography was by Lionel Lindon.

Awards

1951 Picture Animal Top Star of the Year

Top cast

Young Ball Player
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Baseball
Lionel Lindon
English
United States of America

6. Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0
$627K

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild. The film depicts the misadventures of Lou Francis and Bud Alexander, two private detectives investigating the murder of a boxing promoter. The film was part of a series in which the duo meet classic characters from Universal's stable, including Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Keystone Kops.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
George Robinson
English
United States of America

7. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Crime, Film-Noir, Drama
played Byers
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
102.0
William Cagney
13 Show list

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a 1950 film noir starring James Cagney, directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by William Cagney and based on the novel by Horace McCoy. The film was banned in Ohio as "a sordid, sadistic presentation of brutality and an extreme presentation of crime with explicit steps in commission." Supporting Cagney are Luther Adler as a crooked lawyer, Ward Bond and Barton MacLane as two crooked cops, and Cagney's brother William as Ralph Cotter's brother.

Awards

Top cast

Insp. Charles Weber
Det. Fowler
Lt. John Reece
Ralph Cotter
'Doc' Darius Green
Vic Mason
Police Chief Tolgate
Joe 'Jinx' Raynor
Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon
Ezra Dobson
Holiday Carleton
Margaret Dobson
Det. Gray
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

8. East Side, West Side (1949)

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
108.0
3 Show list

East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van Heflin. Based on a novel by Marcia Davenport and a screenplay by Isobel Lennart, the film was produced by Voldemar Vetluguin, directed by Mervyn Leroy and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Awards

Top cast

Jessie Bourne
Rosa Senta
Isabel Lorrison
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

9. The Girl from Manhattan (1948)

Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
81.0

The Girl from Manhattan is a 1948 film directed by Alfred Green.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

10. Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948)

Comedy
played Agent
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
76.0
Robert Golden
Lewis Meltzer
11 Show list

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven is a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by William Castle and starring Guy Madison and Diana Lynn.

Awards

Top cast

Ruby Cheever
Bellhop
Carmody
Capt. Bjorn
Gaboolian
Copy Boy
Mike
Eddie Tayloe
Pearl Cheever
Opal Cheever
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

11. Down to Earth (1947)

Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
101.0
Alexander Hall

Down to Earth is a musical comedy starring Rita Hayworth, Larry Parks, and Marc Platt, and directed by Alexander Hall. The film is a sequel to the 1941 film Here Comes Mr. Jordan, also directed by Hall. While Edward Everett Horton and James Gleason reprise their roles from the earlier film, Roland Culver replaces Claude Rains as Mr. Jordan.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Down to Earth
English
United States of America

12. Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Comedy, Crime, Drama
played Jean La Salle
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
119.0
6 Show list 2 Show list $2M

Monsieur Verdoux is a 1947 black comedy film directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, who plays a bigamist wife killer inspired by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru. The supporting cast includes Martha Raye, William Frawley, and Marilyn Nash.

Awards

1953 Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1953 Kinema Junpo Award for Best Foreign Language Film

Top cast

Pierre Couvais
Her Maid
Garden Party Guest
Marie Grosnay
Annabella Bonheur
Maurice Bottello
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Capital punishment
Serial killer
,
Curt Courant
English
United States of America

13. The Inner Circle (1946)

Mystery
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
57.0

The Inner Circle is a film directed by Philip Ford released on August 7, 1946.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

14. Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Musical, Romance, Western
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0
1 Show list $600K

Flame of Barbary Coast is a 1945 American Western starring John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, and Virginia Grey. The movie was scripted by Borden Chase and directed by Joseph Kane.

Awards

Top cast

Duke Fergus
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Adele Palmer
English
United States of America

15. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
110.0
3 Show list $3.24M

Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and Charles Walters. It stars many of MGM leading talents, including Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, William Powell, Red Skelton, and Esther Williams. Producer Arthur Freed wanted to create a film along the lines of the Ziegfeld Follies Broadway shows and so the film is composed of a sequence of unrelated lavish musical numbers and comedy sketches. Filmed in 1944, '45 and '46, it was released in 1946, to considerable critical and box-office success. The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

Awards

Top cast

Dance Specialty
J. Newton Numbskull
Norma
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

16. Going My Way (1944)

Comedy, Drama, Music
played Max Dolan
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
126.0
,
Frank Cavett
20 Show list 9 Show list

Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran. Crosby sings five songs in the film. Going My Way was followed the next year by a sequel, The Bells of St. Mary's. Going My Way was the highest-grossing picture of 1944, and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning 7, including Best Picture. Its success helped to make movie exhibitors choose Crosby as the biggest box-office draw of the year, a record he would hold for the remainder of the 1940s. After World War II, Bing Crosby and Leo McCarey presented a copy of the motion picture to Pope Pius XII at the Vatican.

Awards

1944 Academy Award for Best Picture
1944 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1944 Academy Award for Best Screenplay
1944 Academy Award for Best Director
1944 Academy Award for Best Story
1944 Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
1944 Academy Award for Best Actor
1944 Golden Globe Award for Best Picture
1944 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Top cast

Church Usher
Mr. Belknap
Choir Member #2
Herman Langerhanke
Tomaso Bozanni
Ted Haines Sr.
Father Fitzgibbon
Carol James
Father Timothy O'Dowd
Mrs. Carmody
Parishioner #2
Mrs. Quimp's Neighbor at Window
Ted Haines Jr.
Mr. Lilly
Choir Member #1
Tony Scaponi
Cab Driver
Genevieve Linden
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
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Fanz Grüber
,
J.R. Shannon
,
Joseph J. Lilley
Lionel Lindon
English
United States of America

17. The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Drama, Romance, War
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
100.0
2 Show list

The Fighting Seabees is a 1944 war film starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward. The picture portrays a heavily fictionalized account of the dilemma that led to the creation of the U.S. Navy's "Seabees" in World War II. The supporting cast includes Dennis O'Keefe and William Frawley, and the movie was directed by Edward Ludwig.

Awards

Top cast

Lt. Cmdr. Wedge Donovan
Constance Chesley
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Seabee
World War II
Pacific Theater of Operations
Pacific War
William Bradford
Adele Palmer
English
United States of America

18. Gentleman Jim (1942)

Biography, Drama, Romance
played Billy Delaney
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104.0
,
Vincent Lawrence
9 Show list

Gentleman Jim is a 1942 film starring Errol Flynn as heavyweight boxing champion James J. Corbett. The supporting cast includes Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale, William Frawley, and Ward Bond. The movie was based upon Corbett's autobiography, The Roar of the Crowd, and directed by Raoul Walsh. James John Corbett became world heavyweight boxing champion on March 17, 1897 when he knocked out John L. Sullivan in twenty-one rounds. He was the first successful fighter to use the Marquis of Queensberry rules.

Awards

Top cast

John L. Sullivan
Anna Held
James J. Corbett / Gentleman Jim
Walter Lowrie
Pat Corbett
Harry Watson
Victoria Ware
Carlton De Witt
Buck Ware
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Boxing
Milo Anderson
English
United States of America

19. Roxie Hart (1942)

Comedy, Romance
played O'Malley
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
75.0
11 Show list

Roxie Hart is a 1942 American comedy film directed by William A. Wellman and starring Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, William Frawley, and Spring Byington. It is also more known as Chicago or Chicago Gal.

Awards

Top cast

E. Clay Benham
Billy Flynn
Roxie Hart
Mary Sunshine
'2-Gun' Gertie Baxter
Amos Hart
Martin S. Harrison
Matron "Mama" Morton
Velma Kelly
Jake Callahan
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

20. It Happened in Flatbush (1942)

Comedy, Sport
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
80.0

It Happened in Flatbush is a 1942 film written by Harold Buchman and Lee Loeb, directed by Ray McCarey.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

21. Wildcat (1942)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
70.0
Frank McDonald

Wildcatter Johnny Maverick (Richard Arlen) and his pal, Chicopee Nevins (Elisha Cook, Jr.) are speeding toward Antril Bend, a small town in the oil region, that has offered $25,000 to the person bringing in the first oil well. They accidently find oil on the town's outskirts, and Johnny writes a $4,000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane (John Dilson) for $7,000. Sloane hires a crew to start drilling on his half of the property, with Johnny's old enemy, Mile Rawlins (Larry "Buster" Crabbe) as his foreman. Rawlins sabotages Johnny's rig, causing Chicopee's death. Confidence man Oliver Westbrook (William Frawley) and his confederate, Nan Dearing (Arline Judge) hatch a plan to swindle Johnny by having Nan pose as Chicopee's sister. It works and Johnny makes Nan his partner. Another accident staged by Rawlins forces Johnny to sign a note to get money for repair. Nan falls in love with Johnny and abandons her plan to swindle him. As the note deadline approaches, Johnny learns that Sloane has purchased it as a means of taking over the well.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

22. Treat 'Em Rough (1942)

Action, Crime, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
61.0

Treat 'Em Rough is a film about a boxer called the Panama Kid who returns to his hometown with his trainer Hotfoot and valet Snake Eyes when his father is accused of embezzling, and becomes involved with his father's ravishing secretary. The movie was written by Roy Chanslor and directed by Ray Taylor.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Vera West
English
United States of America

23. The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Comedy, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
92.0
2 Show list

The Bride Came C.O.D. is a 1941 Warner Bros. screwball romantic comedy starring James Cagney as a pilot and Bette Davis as a runaway heiress, and directed by William Keighley. Although the film was publicized as the first screen pairing of Warner Bros.' two biggest stars, they had actually made Jimmy the Gent together in 1934, and had wanted to find another opportunity to work together. The screenplay was written by Kenneth Earl, M. M. Musselman, and twins Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein.

Awards

Top cast

Joan Winfield
Steve Collins
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Aviation
English
United States of America

24. Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Comedy, Mystery, Crime
played Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
96.0
John Wexley
,
13 Show list

Footsteps in the Dark is a light-hearted 1941 mystery film starring Errol Flynn as an amateur detective investigating a murder.

Awards

Top cast

Dr. R.L. Davis
Blondie White
Francis Monroe Warren II
Police Insp. Charles M. Mason
Monahan
Wellington Carruthers
Mr. Wilfred
Mrs. Agatha Archer
Ace Vernon
Leopold Fissue
June Brewster
Rita Warren
Ahmed
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

25. One Night in the Tropics (1940)

Comedy, Music
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
82.0

One Night in the Tropics is a 1940 comedy film noteworthy for being the film debut of Abbott and Costello. The team play minor roles but steal the picture with five classic routines, including an abbreviated version of "Who's On First?" Their work earned them a two-picture deal with Universal, and their next film, Buck Privates, made them bona fide movie stars. Songs in the film were by Jerome Kern. The film is based on a 1914 novel, Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan. Filmed as silent in 1919 as Love Insurance by Paramount with Bryant Washburn and Lois Wilson. and in 1925 by Universal as The Reckless Age.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Vera West
English
United States of America

26. Opened by Mistake (1940)

Comedy, Mystery
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
67.0

Opened by Mistake is a 1940 film starring Charles Ruggles and Janice Logan.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

27. Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Drama, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
86.0
1 Show list

Rose of Washington Square is a 1939 American musical drama film. Set in 1920s New York City, it focuses on singer Rose Sargent and her turbulent relationship with con artist Barton DeWitt Clinton, whose criminal activities threaten her professional success in the Ziegfeld Follies. Although the names of the principal characters were changed, the plot was obviously inspired by vaudeville entertainer Fanny Brice's career and marriage to gambler Nicky Arnstein, and Brice sued 20th Century Fox for $750,000. The studio settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Written by Nunnally Johnson and directed by Gregory Ratoff, it starred Alice Faye and Tyrone Power, with a supporting cast that included Al Jolson, William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Moroni Olsen, Charles Lane, and Louis Prima.

Awards

Top cast

Barton DeWitt Clinton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Adventure, Drama, Family
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
92.0

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a 1939 film adaptation of Mark Twain's classic novel of the same name, starring Mickey Rooney in the title role. The supporting cast features Walter Connolly, William Frawley and Rex Ingram. It was remade in 1974 as a musical.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

29. Sons of the Legion (1938)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
60.0

Sons of the Legion is a 1938 film directed by James P. Hogan.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

30. Professor Beware (1938)

Comedy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0
$820K

Professor Beware is a 1938 comedy film directed by Elliot Nugent.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

31. Something to Sing About (1937)

Comedy, Musical
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
80.0
1 Show list $900K

Something to Sing About, re-released in 1947 as Battling Hoofer, is the second and final film James Cagney made for Grand National Pictures – the first being Great Guy – before mending relations with and returning to Warner Bros. It is one of the few films besides Footlight Parade and Yankee Doodle Dandy to showcase Cagney's singing and dancing talents. It was directed by Victor Schertzinger, who also wrote the music and lyrics of the original songs, as well as the story that Austin Parker's screenplay is based on. Cagney's co-stars are Evelyn Daw and William Frawley, and the film features performances by Gene Lockhart and Mona Barrie. The film, which is a satire on the movie industry's foibles, flopped in theaters, causing the just recently started "Poverty Row" independent Grand National, which had gone significantly overbudget making the film, to close its doors in 1940. When, at 80 years of age, Cagney was asked which of his films – outside of Yankee Doodle Dandy – that he'd like to see again, this was the film he chose. Since the copyright on the film was not renewed in 1965, the film is now in the public domain in the United States.

Awards

Top cast

Terrence 'Terry' Rooney
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

32. Double or Nothing (1937)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0

Double or Nothing is a 1937 American musical comedy film directed by Theodore Reed and starring Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Andy Devine, Mary Carlisle and William Frawley. Based on a story by M. Coates Webster, the film is about a dying millionaire who instructs his lawyer to drop four purses on the streets of New York City, which are found and returned by four honest people. According to the will, each of them is given one million dollars, which they must double within thirty days in order to claim his entire estate. Greedy relatives, who were cut from the will, try to thwart each one's plans. The film features the popular song "The Moon Got In My Eyes".

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

33. Waikiki Wedding (1937)

Comedy, Musical, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
1 Show list

Waikiki Wedding is a 1937 American musical film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, and Shirley Ross. Bing plays the part of Tony Marvin, a PR man charged with extolling the virtues of Hawaii. The female lead, played by Shirley Ross is a local beauty queen who makes unhelpful comments about the islands. Bob Burns, along with Martha Raye, are the "comic relief". Amongst the supporting cast was a young Anthony Quinn. It was made by Paramount Pictures as a rival to the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films then being made by RKO Pictures. A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion. The film is best remembered for the song "Sweet Leilani" with words and music by Harry Owens, which won the Oscar for Best Song in 1937. Other songs included "Blue Hawaii", "In a Little Hula Heaven", "Nani Ona Pua", "Okolehao", and "Sweet Is the Word for You".

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

34. The General Died at Dawn (1936)

Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0
1 Show list

The General Died at Dawn is a 1936 film that tells the story of a mercenary who meets a beautiful girl while trying to keep arms from getting to a vicious warlord in war-torn China. The movie was written by Charles G. Booth and Clifford Odets, and directed by Lewis Milestone. It stars Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff, and Dudley Digges. Director Milestone has a cameo role. The movie was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography and Best Music, Score. There are several scenes in the film that show startling originality at the time. At one point, the camera focuses on a white door knob, and then dissolves to a white billiard ball to connect disparate scenes. In another scene, two characters have a conversation in which they speculate about the fates of other characters in the drama. The answers to their questions appear in screen segments in the corners of the screen, marking an unusual use of split screen to join narrative. The main character, O'Hara, is based on the real-life Anglo-Canadian Jewish adventurer Morris Abraham "Two-Gun" Cohen. During the early 1930s, Cohen ran guns for various warlords in mainland China.

Awards

Top cast

O'Hara
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

35. Desire (1936)

Comedy, Romance, Crime
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
95.0
,
Samuel Hoffenstein
,
1 Show list $1.2M

Desire is an American romantic drama film released in 1936 and directed by Frank Borzage. It was produced by Borzage and Ernst Lubitsch. The picture is a remake of the 1933 German film Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez. The screenplay was written by Samuel Hoffenstein, Edwin Justus Mayer and Waldemar Young based on the play Die Schönen Tage von Aranjuez by Hans Székely and Robert A. Stemmle. The music score was composed by Frederick Hollander and the cinematography was shot by Charles Lang and Victor Milner. Marlene Dietrich's wardrobe was designed by Travis Banton. The film stars Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper and John Halliday, William Frawley, Akim Tamiroff,and Alan Mowbray.

Awards

Top cast

Tom Bradley
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English, Spanish
United States of America

36. Harmony Lane (1935)

Biography, Musical, Romance
played Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
79.0
,
Elizabeth Meehan
9 Show list

Harmony Lane is a 1935 low budget American film directed by Joseph Santley, based upon the life of Stephen Foster, released by Mascot Pictures. This was the first sound film based on the life of the famous composer. Two others would follow, both in color: Swanee River, and I Dream of Jeannie.

Awards

Top cast

Susan Pentland
Old Joe
Mr. Pentland
Mrs. Foster
Mr. Foster
Professor Henry Kleber
Stephen Foster
Andrew Robinson
Jane McDowell
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Ernest Miller
,
Jack A. Marta
English
United States of America

37. The Witching Hour (1934)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
69.0

The Witching Hour is a 1934 American drama film directed by Henry Hathaway. It stars Guy Standing and John Halliday.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

38. Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
70.0
Alexander Hall

Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen is an American comedy-drama film starring Dorothea Wieck, Alice Brady, and Baby LeRoy, written by Adela Rogers St. Johns and Jane Storm from a novel and story by Rupert Hughes, and directed by Alexander Hall. The events depicted in the film were allegedly based on the Lindbergh kidnapping.

Awards

Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

39. Moonlight and Pretzels (1933)

Musical, Drama
played Mac
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
83.0
Monte Brice
,
William Rowland
, ,
Monte Brice
4 Show list

Moonlight and Pretzels is a musical film directed by Karl Freund, and is about a man who puts on a Broadway show. The film was released by Universal Studios, and featured Mary Brian and William Frawley who was later cast in the TV series I Love Lucy. Freund was also the cinematographer for I Love Lucy. The film was not produced in Hollywood, but was filmed at the Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, New York City, primarily used by Paramount Pictures.

Awards

Top cast

Bertie
Sport Powell
Nick Pappacropolis
Sally Upton
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
William Miller
Brooks
,
Brymer
,
Eaves
English
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
The I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special
Comedy,Documentary,Family
2001
The Funny World of Lucy: Vol. 2
2000

Starring TV roles

1. I Love Lucy

Comedy, Family
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Fred Mertz
CBS
June 15th, 1951 April 1st, 1960 10 English

2. The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

Comedy, Family
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

CBS
Desilu Productions
November 6th, 1957 April 1st, 1960 4 English

3. My Three Sons

Comedy, Family
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

American Broadcasting Company
CBS
September 29th, 1960 August 24th, 1972 12
Tim Considine
English

Guest TV appearances

The Loretta Young Show

Program genre

Drama

External resources

Letter to Loretta is an American anthology drama series telecast on NBC from September 1953 to June 1961 for a total of 165 episodes. The filmed show was hosted by Loretta Young who also played the lead in various episodes.nLetter to Loretta was sponsored by Procter & Gamble from 1953 through 1960. The final season's sponsor was Warner-Lambert's Listerine.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S01-E34 May 16th, 1954

The Lucy Show

Program genre

Comedy
Sitcom

External resources

The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962–68. It was Lucille Ball's follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1965–66 season divides the program into two distinct eras; aside from Ball, only Gale Gordon, who joined the program for its second season, remained. For the first three seasons, Vivian Vance was the co-star.nThe earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but when this title was declined, producers thought of calling the show This Is Lucy or The New Adventures of Lucy, before deciding on the title The Lucy Show. Ball won consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the series' final two seasons, 1966–67 and 1967–68.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S04-E06 October 25th, 1965

This Is Your Life

Program genre

Family
Documentary film
Talk show
Reality television
Biographical film

External resources

This Is Your Life was an American documentary series broadcast on NBC radio 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its producer Ralph Edwards. In the show, the host surprises a guest, and proceeds to take them through their life in front of an audience, including special guest appearances by colleagues, friends and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971-72, while Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980s, before his death in 2005.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E01 January 8th, 1961

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Program genre

Anthology series
Anthology

External resources

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse is an American television anthology series produced by Desilu Productions. The show ran on CBS television between 1958 and 1960. Two of its 48 episodes served as pilots for the 1950s television series The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E10 December 25th, 1959
S01-E22 February 9th, 1959
S01-E28 April 13th, 1959 ,
S01-E14 February 4th, 1959
S01-E09 December 1st, 1958 ,
S01-E01 October 6th, 1958 ,

Wikipedia

Check William Frawley on wikipedia.

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