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Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley

  • Live, Love And Learn (1937) September 23 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: November 21, 1945
Born: September 15, 1889 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: Cast ...
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COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Janie Gets Married (1946) as John Van Brunt
A war bride helps her husband adjust to civilian life.
2.
Blue Skies (1946) as Business man
Vaudeville partners spend years vying for the same beautiful woman.
3.
The Bride Wore Boots (1946) as Tod Warren
4.
Road to Utopia (1946) as Narrator
Two song-and-dance men on the run masquerade as killers during the Alaskan gold rush.
5.
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) as Randy Morton, the columnist
In this remake of Grand Hotel, guests at a New York hotel fight to survive personal tragedy.
6.
Kiss and Tell (1945) as Uncle George Archer
7.
It's in the Bag! (1945) as Parker
Wealthy Frederick Trumble makes an eccentric new will, secretes much of his wealth in a chair, then, within seconds, is murdered. The new heir, Fred Floogle, runs a flea circus. Of course, the reputed $12 million inheritance goes to his family's heads...then proves to consist of five chairs, which the disgusted Floogle sells just before discovering their secret. Packed with wisecracks, strange cameos, and nothing-sacred, anything-goes digressions.
8.
Duffy's Tavern (1945) as
When Archie, the proprietor of the neighborhood bar discovers that one of his regulars, Michael O'Malley, owner of a record company is going broke, he realizes that many of his regulars will soon be unemployed and therefore, unable to pay their tab at the tavern. Archie immediately begins recruiting
9.
Snafu (1945) as Ben Stevens
A 14-year-old has to re-adjust when he's returned to his family after falsifying his age to become a World War II hero.
10.
Pan-Americana (1945) as Charlie Corker
A New York magazine sends its editors to South America to find beautiful girls.
11.
The Stork Club (1945) as Tom Curtis
A hat-check girl gets rich quick when she saves a millionaire's life.
12.
Song of Russia (1944) as Hank Higgins
An American symphonic conductor trapped in Russia during World War II helps with the resistance.
13.
The National Barn Dance (1944) as Mr. Mitcham
Made at the time when the National Barn Dance program, on radio station WLS (for World's Largest Store and owned by Sears & Roebuck) in Chicago, was as big on a national scale listening audience as "The Grand Ole Opry" out of Nashville. The film highlights the leading acts then performing on the program; comedian Pat Buttram, announcer Joe Kelly (before his Quiz Kids stint), Lulubelle & Scotty (Scott Wiseman and wife Myrtle), the Dinning Sisters trio, Arkie the Arkansas Wood Chooper (Luther W. Osenbrink) and the Hoosier Hot Shots quartet, whose musical abilities and creativity were vastly underrated. The piffle of a story begins in the early days of radio (Calvin Cooledge was President) but otherwise seems to take place in 1944, which made things easier on the Art and Set directors. Agent John Berke (Charles Quigley) thinks advertising executive Mitcham (Robert Benchley) wants to put together a program of hillbilly performers---a term used until later years when Nashville went uptown and changed it to Country & Western---and hies himself down to a country town where Lulubelle (Myrtle Wiseman) & Scotty (Scott Wiseman) hold a barn dance in their barn every Saturday night featuring themselves and their farm hands, although it is not quite clear just what chores the Dinning Sisters perform. He signs all hands to a contract, brings them to Chicago and learns that Mitcham has no intentions of putting together such a program to be sponsored by the Garvey Soup Company owned by the Garveys (Charles Dingle and Mabel Paige). A bit of plot contrivance---a small bit--- changes all of that, and the National Barn Dance is born.
14.
Her Primitive Man (1944) as Martin Osborne
15.
Janie (1944) as John Van Brunt
A small-town girl defies her father by falling for a soldier.
16.
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944) as Mr. Holliday
A green recruit has a series of madcap adventures in the Army.
17.
Practically Yours (1944) as Judge Oscar Stimson
18.
Young and Willing (1943) as Arthur Kenny
Aspiring actors sharing a New York apartment follow a strict "no romance" policy.
19.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as Doakes
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
20.
The Sky's the Limit (1943) as Phil Harriman
A pilot on leave falls for a pretty news photographer.
21.
The Major and the Minor (1942) as Mr. Osborne
A woman disguises herself as a little girl and ends up in a military academy.
22.
Take a Letter, Darling (1942) as G. B. Atwater
A female executive hires a male secretary.
23.
I Married a Witch (1942) as Dr. Dudley White
A 300-year-old witch wreaks havoc when she falls in love with a young politician.
24.
Syncopation (1942) as Doakes
A young trumpeter rises through the jazz world and finds love.
25.
Three Girls About Town (1941) as Wilburforce Puddle
Sisters working at a hotel try to hide a dead body before the next convention arrives.
26.
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) as Himself
27.
Bedtime Story (1941) as Eddie Turner
A stage star's dreams of retirement conflict with her playwright husband's need for a hit -- with her starring.
28.
29.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) as Martin Cortland
A Broadway dancing team splits up when the male dancer is drafted.
30.
Nice Girl? (1941) as [Professor] Oliver [Wendel Holmes] Dana
31.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) as Stebbins
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
32.
Hired Wife (1940) as [Roger] Van Horn
An ad man asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a loophole in order to protect his finances during an important business deal.
33.
Live, Love and Learn (1937) as Oscar
A bohemian artist and a society girl try to adjust to marriage.
34.
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) as Duffy
Backstage problems jeopardize a Broadway musical.
35.
Piccadilly Jim (1936) as [Bill] Macon
A cartoonist pokes fun at his widowed father's future in-laws.
36.
China Seas (1935) as McCaleb
A sea captain caught in a romantic triangle has to fight off modern-day pirates.
37.
Social Register (1934) as Himself
38.
Headline Shooter (1933) as Radio announcer
A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.
39.
Rafter Romance (1933) as [H. Harrington] Hubbell
A salesgirl falls for a night worker without realizing they share the same apartment.
40.
Dancing Lady (1933) as Ward King
A musical star is torn between a millionaire playboy and her stage manager.
41.
The Sport Parade (1932) as Radio announcer
College team mates follow different paths after they graduate.

Writer (feature film)

42.
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) as Additional Dialogue
43.
Foreign Correspondent (1940) as Dial
An American reporter covering the war in Europe gets mixed up in the assassination of a Dutch diplomat.
44.
Top of the Town (1937) as Story
45.
Murder on a Honeymoon (1935) as Screenwriter
A schoolteacher jumps into detective mode when a fellow airplane passenger gets sick and dies.
46.
The Gay Divorcee (1934) as Contr to dial
An unhappily married woman mistakes a suitor for the gigolo hired to end her marriage.
47.
After Tonight (1933) as Screenwriter
A female Russian spy falls for the enemy during WWI.
48.
Blind Adventure (1933) as Additional Dialogue
An American in London stumbles on a criminal ring.
49.
Sky Devils (1932) as Dial
Wilkie and Mitchell, trying to desert their draft into the army, stow away on a ship which takes them into the war zone. While AWOL, the rivals for Mary's affections accidently destroy an ammunition dump.
50.
The Sport Parade (1932) as Additional Dialogue
College team mates follow different paths after they graduate.

Writer (special)

51.
Jeremiah of Jacob's Neck (1976) as Writer
The story, set in the town of Jacob's Neck, New England, follows the comic adventures of Police Chief Tom Rankin and his family when they move into a decrepit beach house haunted by the spirit of Jeremiah Starbuck, an eighteenth-century ghost who refuses to depart form his once earthly dwelling.

Cast (short)

52.
Important Business (1944)
A man faces numerous dilemmas on his trip to Washington, DC in this comedic short.
53.
Why Daddy? (1944)
Joseph Doakes appears on a game show and competes against a child in this comedic short film.
54.
No News Is Good News (1943)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley answers several questions from audience members.
55.
My Tomato (1943)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley attempts to grow his own tomatoes.
56.
Home Movies (1940)
In this short film, a blunderer tries to show some house guests the film he took on a vacation trip.
57.
That Inferior Feeling (1940)
In this comedic short, Joe Doakes attempts to provide a lecture on men who suffer an inferiority complex.
58.
How to Eat (1939)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley discusses how different situations can affect one's ability to consume and digest food.
59.
How to Sub-Let (1939)
In this short film, Robert Benchley tries to demonstrate the proper method of sub-letting an apartment.
60.
Home Early (1939)
In this short film, a businessman goes home early to surprise his family and is treated with suspicion by his wife's bridge club.
61.
See Your Doctor (1939)
In this comedic short film, a lecturer tells of the problems a man faces seeking medical treatment.
62.
Dark Magic (1939)
In this comedic short, a father finds a box of magic tricks and performs for his son.
63.
The Day of Rest (1939)
In this short film, a family man tries to spend a quiet Sunday at home, but his wife and children have other ideas.
64.
An Hour for Lunch (1939)
A man attempts to shows how to budget one's time during lunch hour to get things done efficiently in this comedic short.
65.
MUSIC MADE SIMPLE (1938)
Robert Benchley pitch hits for a no show music critic. In his normal fashion, Benchley takes the simple route to complication and chaos.
66.
Opening Day (1938)
A man attends the opening of a new baseball stadium to throw out the first pitch, but the crowd must first endure his monologue in this comedic short.
67.
Mental Poise (1938)
In this comedic short, a psychoanalyst encounters a patient who eerily resembles himself.
68.
How to Read (1938)
This comedic short makes light of the proper reading technique.
69.
How to Figure Income Tax (1938)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley explains how those income tax papers work... or tries to.
70.
How to Raise a Baby (1938)
This comedic short makes light of raising and taking care of a baby.
71.
The Courtship of the Newt (1938)
A zoology professor provides a spoof biology lesson in this comedic short.
72.
An Evening Alone (1938)
In this comedic short, a man finds a lot to do when his wife decides to go out with a girlfriend.
73.
How to Watch Football (1938)
In this short film, Robert Benchley tries to watch a football game at a stadium but soon realizes he should have stayed at home.
74.
Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)
In this short film, Reginald Denny introduces various singing and dancing acts.
75.
NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, A (1937)
The mishaps of a married couple simply trying to attend a local movie show.
76.
How to Start the Day (1937)
In this short film, Robert Benchley tries his best to demonstrate the routine one should follow to start the day right.
77.
Romance of Digestion, The (1937)
This short film provides a humorous, illustrated lecture on digestion.
78.
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (1936)
Winners of a dance contest spend a day at Palm Springs with famous movie stars in this short film.
79.
How to Behave (1936)
In this comedic short, an etiquette expert finds it increasingly difficult to follow his own advice.
80.
How to Vote (1936)
In this short film, an assistant is called upon to give a speech on his candidate's behalf... much to the chagrin of the audience.
81.
How to Train a Dog (1936)
This comedic short film provides a lesson in how NOT to train a dog.
82.
How to Be a Detective (1936)
Robert Benchley attempts to teach the audience what it takes to be a successful detective in this short film.
83.
David O. Selznick "Your New Producer" (1935)
This promotional short film presents a brief biography of David O. Selznick, showcasing various clips of films he produced.
84.
How to Sleep (1935)
In this comedy short, Robert Benchley tries to teach the audience how to sleep and how to fall asleep.

Writer (short)

85.
Important Business (1944)
A man faces numerous dilemmas on his trip to Washington, DC in this comedic short.
86.
Why Daddy? (1944)
Joseph Doakes appears on a game show and competes against a child in this comedic short film.
87.
No News Is Good News (1943)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley answers several questions from audience members.
88.
That Inferior Feeling (1940)
In this comedic short, Joe Doakes attempts to provide a lecture on men who suffer an inferiority complex.
89.
Home Movies (1940)
In this short film, a blunderer tries to show some house guests the film he took on a vacation trip.
90.
Dark Magic (1939)
In this comedic short, a father finds a box of magic tricks and performs for his son.
91.
How to Sub-Let (1939)
In this short film, Robert Benchley tries to demonstrate the proper method of sub-letting an apartment.
92.
See Your Doctor (1939)
In this comedic short film, a lecturer tells of the problems a man faces seeking medical treatment.
93.
Home Early (1939)
In this short film, a businessman goes home early to surprise his family and is treated with suspicion by his wife's bridge club.
94.
How to Eat (1939)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley discusses how different situations can affect one's ability to consume and digest food.
95.
An Evening Alone (1938)
In this comedic short, a man finds a lot to do when his wife decides to go out with a girlfriend.
96.
How to Watch Football (1938)
In this short film, Robert Benchley tries to watch a football game at a stadium but soon realizes he should have stayed at home.
97.
MUSIC MADE SIMPLE (1938)
Robert Benchley pitch hits for a no show music critic. In his normal fashion, Benchley takes the simple route to complication and chaos.
98.
The Courtship of the Newt (1938)
A zoology professor provides a spoof biology lesson in this comedic short.
99.
How to Read (1938)
This comedic short makes light of the proper reading technique.
100.
Mental Poise (1938)
In this comedic short, a psychoanalyst encounters a patient who eerily resembles himself.
101.
How to Figure Income Tax (1938)
In this comedic short, Robert Benchley explains how those income tax papers work... or tries to.
102.
Romance of Digestion, The (1937)
This short film provides a humorous, illustrated lecture on digestion.
103.
NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, A (1937)
The mishaps of a married couple simply trying to attend a local movie show.
104.
How to Vote (1936)
In this short film, an assistant is called upon to give a speech on his candidate's behalf... much to the chagrin of the audience.
105.
How to Be a Detective (1936)
Robert Benchley attempts to teach the audience what it takes to be a successful detective in this short film.
106.
How to Behave (1936)
In this comedic short, an etiquette expert finds it increasingly difficult to follow his own advice.
107.
How to Sleep (1935)
In this comedy short, Robert Benchley tries to teach the audience how to sleep and how to fall asleep.

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