Franklin Pangborn

Franklin Pangborn

  • Born on
    • January 23rd, 1889
  • Died on
    • July 20th, 1958
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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Acting (46 Credits)

1957The Story of Mankind as Marquis de Varennes
1949My Dream Is Yours as Sourpuss Manager
1948Romance on the High Seas as Rio Hotel Clerk
1947The Sin of Harold Diddlebock as Formfit Franklin
1946Two Guys from Milwaukee as Theatre Manager
1945The Horn Blows at Midnight as Radio Engineer / Sloan
1944Hail the Conquering Hero as Reception Committee Chairman
1944The Great Moment as Dr. Heywood
1943Holy Matrimony as Duncan Farll
1943Stage Door Canteen as Franklin Pangborn
1942Now, Voyager as Mr. Thompson
1942George Washington Slept Here as Mr. Gibney
1942The Palm Beach Story as Manager
1941Sullivan's Travels as Mr. Casalsis
1941Never Give a Sucker an Even Break as The Producer
1941The Flame of New Orleans as Bellows
1940The Bank Dick as J. Pinkerton Snoopington
1940Christmas in July as Don Hartman
1940Turnabout as Mr. Pingboom
1939Fifth Avenue Girl as Higgins
1938Topper Takes a Trip as Louis - Hotel Manager
1938Carefree as Roland Hunter
1938Just Around the Corner as Waters
1938Bluebeard's Eighth Wife as Assistant Hotel Manager
1938Vivacious Lady as Apartment Manager
1938Four's a Crowd as Preston
1938Joy of Living as Orchestra Leader
1938Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm as Hamilton Montmarcy
1937It Happened in Hollywood as Mr. Forsythe
1937Easy Living as Van Buren
1937Swing High, Swing Low as Henri
1937Stage Door as Harcourt
1937A Star Is Born as Billy Moon (uncredited)
1936My Man Godfrey as Guthrie (uncredited)
1936Three Smart Girls as Jeweler
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as The Tailor (uncredited)
1935She Married Her Boss as Window Dresser (uncredited)
1934Imitation of Life as Mr. Carven (uncredited)
1933Design for Living as Mr. Douglas
1933Bed of Roses as Floorwalker
1933Professional Sweetheart as Herbert Childress
1933International House as Hotel Manager
1933Parachute Jumper as Man in Private Office (uncredited)
1933Flying Down to Rio as Hotel Manager Hammerstein (uncredited)
1932The Half-Naked Truth as Hotel Clerk
1930Not So Dumb as Leach

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