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Franklin Pangborn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Franklin Pangborn (January 23, 1889 – July 20, 1958) was an American comedic character actor famous for playing small but memorable roles with comic flair. He appeared in scores of feature films playing essentially the same character: prissy, polite, elegant, highly energetic, often officious, fastidious, somewhat nervous, prone to becoming flustered but essentially upbeat, and with immediately recognizable high-speed, patter-type speech. He typically played an officious desk clerk in a hotel, a self-important musician, a fastidious headwaiter, an enthusiastic birdwatcher, and the like, and was usually put in a situation of frustration or flustered by the antics of others. Pangborn was an effective foil for many major comedians.

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Jan 23, 1889 In Newark, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Exit Smiling 1926-11-06
Latest Project:
Movie The Unchained Goddess 1958-02-12
Known For
Poster of This Is Your Life
Poster of The Colgate Comedy Hour
Poster of Down Memory Lane
Poster of The Palm Beach Story
Movie The Unchained Goddess the Cloud Painter (voice) 1958-02-12
Movie The Story of Mankind Marquis de Varennes 1957-11-08
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie My Dream Is Yours Sourpuss Manager 1949-04-15
Movie The Eternal Melody The Cat Lover 1949-12-02
Movie Down Memory Lane archive footage 1949-08-01
Movie Romance on the High Seas Rio Hotel Clerk 1948-06-25
Movie Calendar Girl Dilly Dillingsworth 1947-01-31
Movie I'll Be Yours Barber 1947-02-02
Movie The Sin of Harold Diddlebock Formfit Franklin 1947-04-04
Movie Lover Come Back Hotel desk clerk 1946-06-21
Movie Two Guys from Milwaukee Theatre Manager 1946-07-26
Movie See My Lawyer B.J. Wagonhorn 1945-03-09
Movie Hollywood and Vine Reggie 1945-04-25
Movie You Came Along Hotel Clerk 1945-07-04
Movie Tell It to a Star Horace Lovelace 1945-08-16
Movie The Horn Blows at Midnight Radio Engineer / Sloan 1945-04-28
Movie My Best Gal Mr. Porter 1944-03-28
Movie The Great Moment Dr. Heywood 1944-07-18
Movie Allergic to Love Stewart Ives III 1944-07-21
Movie Reckless Age Mr. Thurtle 1944-08-01
Movie Hail the Conquering Hero Reception Committee Chairman 1944-08-09
Movie Two Weeks to Live Mr. Pinkney 1943-02-26
Movie Reveille with Beverly Vernon Lewis 1943-02-04
Movie Honeymoon Lodge Cathcart 1943-07-23
Movie Stage Door Canteen Franklin Pangborn 1943-06-24
Movie Crazy House Hotel Clerk 1943-10-08
Movie Never a Dull Moment Sylvester 1943-11-19
Movie Holy Matrimony Duncan Farll 1943-08-24
Movie Obliging Young Lady Professor Gibney 1942-04-01
Movie What's Cookin'? Professor Bistell 1942-02-20
Movie Call Out the Marines Wilbur 1942-02-13
Movie Moonlight Masquerade Fairchild 1942-06-10
Movie George Washington Slept Here Mr. Gibney 1942-10-30
Movie Strictly in the Groove Cathcart 1942-11-20
Movie Now, Voyager Mr. Thompson 1942-10-22
Movie The Palm Beach Story Manager 1942-08-28
Movie Bachelor Daddy Williams, Club Manager 1941-06-04
Movie A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob Pet Shop Owner 1941-03-14
Movie Where Did You Get That Girl? Digby 1941-01-03
Movie The Flame of New Orleans Bellows 1941-07-07
Movie Weekend for Three Number Seven, Old Field Inn Waiter 1941-12-12
Movie Never Give a Sucker an Even Break The Producer 1941-10-10
Movie Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Charley Towne 1941-12-18
Movie Sullivan's Travels Mr. Casalsis 1941-11-30
Movie Spring Parade Wiedlemeyer 1940-09-27
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Bartender 1940-09-13
Movie The Villain Still Pursued Her Bartender (uncredited) 1940-10-11
Movie Turnabout Mr. Pingboom 1940-05-17
Movie Hit Parade of 1941 Carter 1940-10-14
Movie The Bank Dick J. Pinkerton Snoopington 1940-11-29
Movie Christmas in July Don Hartman 1940-10-25
Movie Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 Franklin Pangborn 1939-04-08
Movie Broadway Serenade Gene, Collier's Composer 1939-04-07
Movie 5th Ave Girl Higgins 1939-09-22
Movie Three Blind Mice Clerk 1938-06-18
Movie Vivacious Lady Apartment Manager 1938-05-13
Movie Joy of Living Orchestra Leader 1938-05-06
Movie Doctor Rhythm Mr. Stenchfield (Store Clerk) 1938-05-06
Movie Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Hamilton Montmarcy 1938-03-18
Movie Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Assistant Hotel Manager 1938-03-25
Movie Four's a Crowd Preston 1938-08-04
Movie Always Goodbye Bicycle Salesman 1938-06-24
Movie The Girl Downstairs Adolf Pumpfel 1938-12-23
Movie Topper Takes a Trip Louis - Hotel Manager 1938-12-29
Movie Carefree Roland Hunter 1938-09-02
Movie Just Around the Corner Waters 1938-11-11
Movie We Have Our Moments Joe 1937-03-28
Movie A Star Is Born Billy Moon (uncredited) 1937-04-27
Movie Dangerous Holiday Doffle 1937-06-06
Movie When Love Is Young John Dorman 1937-03-26
Movie Step Lively, Jeeves! Head Waiter 1937-06-30
Movie She's Dangerous Fashion Designer 1937-01-24
Movie High Hat Renaldo Breton 1937-01-01
Movie Dangerous Number Hotel Desk Clerk 1937-01-22
Movie Rich Relations Mr. Dwight 1937-02-01
Movie Bad Housekeeping Piano Tuner 1937-03-05
Movie Swing High, Swing Low Henri 1937-03-12
Movie She Had to Eat Mr. Phoecian-Wylie 1937-07-02
Movie She Married an Artist Paul 1937-11-27
Movie Living on Love Ogilvie O. Oglethorpe 1937-11-12
Movie Thrill of a Lifetime Sam Williams 1937-12-03
Movie Love on Toast Finley 1937-12-03
Movie Easy Living Van Buren 1937-07-16
Movie Stage Door Harcourt 1937-10-07
Movie I'll Take Romance Kane's Secretary 1937-11-17
Movie Danger - Love at Work Train dining car headwaiter 1937-09-30
Movie All Over Town The Costumer 1937-08-09
Movie The Life of the Party Beggs 1937-09-03
Movie It's All Yours Schultz 1937-09-01
Movie It Happened in Hollywood Mr. Forsythe 1937-09-07
Movie Doughnuts and Society Benson 1936-03-27
Movie Give Us This Night Forcellini's Secretary 1936-03-06
Movie Tango Oscar, the Photographer 1936-02-13
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town The Tailor (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie Don't Gamble with Love Salesman 1936-02-28
Movie To Mary - with Love Guest 1936-08-01
Movie The Mandarin Mystery Mellish 1936-12-23
Movie Three Smart Girls Jeweler 1936-12-20
Movie Hats Off Mr. Churchill 1936-12-05
Movie Swing Banditry Radio Announcer (uncredited) 1936-09-09
Movie My Man Godfrey Guthrie (uncredited) 1936-09-02
Movie Eight Bells Finch 1935-04-10
Movie Hollywood Trouble Unknown 1935-01-01
Movie The Headline Woman Hamilton 1935-05-14
Movie The Captain Hits the Ceiling Jimmy Martin 1935-07-09
Movie $1000 a Minute Reville 1935-10-21
Movie She Couldn't Take It Spot's Secretary 1935-10-08
Movie She Married Her Boss Window Dresser (uncredited) 1935-09-19
Movie Cockeyed Cavaliers Town Crier 1934-06-29
Movie Many Happy Returns Allen's Secretary 1934-06-08
Movie Unknown Blonde Male Co-Respondent 1934-04-23
Movie King Kelly of the U.S.A. J. Ashton Brockton 1934-09-15
Movie Strictly Dynamite Mr. Bailey 1934-05-11
Movie Manhattan Love Song Garrett Wetherby 1934-04-29
Movie Imitation of Life Mr. Carven (uncredited) 1934-11-23
Movie College Rhythm Peabody 1934-11-23
Movie Flirtation Veterinarian 1934-11-09
Movie Young and Beautiful Radio Announcer 1934-09-16
Movie My Grandfather's Clock Dr. Watkins 1934-10-27
Movie Tomorrow's Youth Thornton 1934-10-14
Movie Dream Stuff Gordon 1933-05-11
Movie International House Hotel Manager 1933-05-27
Movie Sweepings Photographer (Uncredited) 1933-04-14
Movie Art in the Raw Unknown 1933-02-23
Movie Professional Sweetheart Herbert Childress 1933-06-09
Movie Parachute Jumper Man in Private Office (uncredited) 1933-01-28
Movie Sing, Bing, Sing Herbert 1933-03-23
Movie Headline Shooter Adolphus G. Crocker 1933-07-28
Movie Only Yesterday Tom (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie Flying Down to Rio Hotel Manager Hammerstein (uncredited) 1933-12-22
Movie Design for Living Mr. Douglas 1933-12-29
Movie Bed of Roses Floorwalker 1933-06-29
Movie Wild Poses Otto Phocus 1933-10-28
Movie The Important Witness Groom 1933-07-15
Movie Menu John Xavier Omsk (uncredited) 1933-09-23
Movie Lighthouse Love Pvt. Jerry Stone 1932-05-06
Movie A Fool's Advice Egbert - Hotel Clerk 1932-02-20
Movie The Loud Mouth Unknown 1932-06-16
Movie Over the Counter Drake's Assistant 1932-10-15
Movie What Price Taxi Taxi Boy 1932-08-13
Movie The Half Naked Truth Hotel Clerk 1932-12-16
Movie The Giddy Age George 1932-09-25
Movie Next Door Neighbors Landlord 1931-01-28
Movie Blue of the Night Gilbert Sinclair 1931-09-13
Movie A Woman of Experience Hans 1931-08-06
Movie Not So Dumb Leach 1930-02-02
Movie Her Man Sport 1930-01-01
Movie Poor Aubrey Aubrey Piper 1930-01-30
Movie Sunny Party Guest (uncredited) 1930-11-09
Movie A Lady Surrenders Lawton 1930-10-06
Movie Cheer Up and Smile Professor 1930-06-22
Movie Lady of the Pavements M'sieu Dubrey, Dance Master 1929-01-22
Movie A Blonde for a Night Hector 1928-02-25
Movie On Trial Turnbull 1928-12-01
Movie Getting Gertie's Garter Algy Brooks 1927-02-28
Movie Finger Prints The Bandoline Kid 1927-01-08
Movie The Cradle Snatchers Howard Drake 1927-05-28
Movie The Girl in the Pullman Hector Brooks 1927-10-31
Movie My Friend from India William / Tommy Valentine 1927-12-18
Movie Exit Smiling Cecil Lovelace 1926-11-06