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William Frawley

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Also Known As: Died: March 3, 1966
Born: February 26, 1887 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Burlington, Iowa, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Safe at Home! (1962) as Bill Turner
A little leaguer attends the Yankees'''' spring training camp to back up his lies about knowing the players.
Rancho Notorious (1952) as Baldy Gunder
A cowboy infiltrates a bandit hideout in search of his girlfriend's killer.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) as Detective Roberts
Two bumbling private eyes turn a boxer invisible to save him from being framed for murder.
Rhubarb (1951) as Len Sickles
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb.
The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) as Gloomy Willie
A bookie has the Christmas holidays to raise the money he owes a gangster.
Kill the Umpire (1950) as Jimmy O'Brien
To appease his family, a retired baseball player signs up for umpire school.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) as Byers
From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of gullible heiress Margaret Dobson proves more dangerous to him than any crime...
East Side, West Side (1950) as Bill the bartender
A chic New York couple is torn apart by a seductive model.
Blondie's Hero (1950) as Marty Greer
Pretty Baby (1950) as Corcoran
A pair of advertising executives use a woman's child to snag a client.
Red Light (1949) as Hotel clerk
An embezzler's revenge on the businessman who turned him in leads to a bloody vendetta.
Home in San Antone (1949) as O'Bleery
The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949) as Oliver Harker
A woman is saved from drowning by a mysterious submarine, but nobody believes her.
The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949) as Inspector Crane
A reformed thief tracks a stolen jewel to clear his name.
Chicken Every Sunday (1949) as George Kirby
A woman takes in boarders to support her husband''''s harebrained financial schemes.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948) as The agent
Good Sam (1948) as Tom [Moore]
A family man helps out people in need and ends up broke in the process.
The Girl from Manhattan (1948) as Mr. Bernouti
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All (1948) as Knobby Walsh
The Babe Ruth Story (1948) as Jack Dunn
A childlike oaf becomes the greatest star in baseball.
My Wild Irish Rose (1947) as William Scanlon
Musical biography of Irish songwriter Chauncey Olcott.
Blondie's Anniversary (1947) as Sharkey
When Blondie mistakes a gold watch Dagwood carries home as her anniversary gift, it leads Dagwood into trouble with his boss, a loan shark, and crooked building contractors.
Down to Earth (1947) as Police lieutenant
The goddess of the dance comes to Earth to take over a musical lampooning the gods.
Mother Wore Tights (1947) as Mr. Schneider
A married vaudeville team struggles to raise a family while touring the nation.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) as Charles Halloran
A department store Santa claims to be the real thing.
Hit Parade of 1947 (1947) as Harry Holmes
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now? (1947) as Jim Mason
A biopic of the career of Joe Howard (12 Feb.,1878 - 19 May, 1961), famous songwriter of the early 20th Century. Howard wrote the title song, Goodbye, My Lady Love; and Hello, My Baby among many others. Mark Stevens was dubbed by Buddy Clark, well known singer of the 30's and 40's
Monsieur Verdoux (1947) as Jean La Salle
A man woos and murders rich widows to support his invalid wife.
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946) as Inspector Harry B. Manning
A criminal psychologist investigates the murder of a veteran with amnesia.
Rendezvous with Annie (1946) as General Trent
The Inner Circle (1946) as Webb
Gerry Travis (Adele Mara), a college girl who has always been overshadowed by her sister, is mistakenly believed to have written a sensational best seller, which was actually written by her aunt, the Dean of the college. Complications arise.
The Virginian (1946) as Honey Wiggen
Best friends become enemies when one signs on with a rustler.
Ziegfeld Follies (1946) as Martin in "The Sweepstakes Ticket"
Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the kind of Follies he could produce with MGM's musical stars.
Hitchhike to Happiness (1945) as Sandy Hill
Flame of Barbary Coast (1945) as Smooth "Wolf" Wylie
Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a fortune he opens his own place with Flaxen as the entertainer. The 1906 quake destroys his place.
Lady on a Train (1945) as Sergeant Christie
A young woman enlists a mystery writer to help her solve a murder when the corpse vanishes.
The Fighting Seabees (1944) as Eddie Powers
World War II construction workers have to fight the enemy to get the job done.
Going My Way (1944) as Max David
A young priest revitalizes a failing parish and brings new life to the elder priest.
Lake Placid Serenade (1944) as Jiggers
We've Never Been Licked (1943) as Traveling salesman
WWII morale film for Texas A&M graduates fighting overseas. Young Brad Craig (Langton) enters the military school with a chip on his shoulder which Mitchum and other upperclassmen quickly knock off. Once adjusted, Craig falls in love with a professor's beautiful daughter, only to find she is in love with his roommate, played by Noah Beery. In the meantime, Craig associates with Japanese spies (including William Frawley of "I Love Lucy") bent on stealing a secret chemical compound being worked on a the University. But is he one of them, or a double agent for his country?
Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) as Detective Ramsey
A radio sleuth infiltrates the Brooklyn Dodgers to solve a murder.
Larceny with Music (1943) as Mike Simms
In a desperate attempt to get a job for Ken Daniels (Allan Jones) and Alvino Rey (Himself) and his Orchestra (themselves), agent Mike Simms (William Frawley) plots to make Daniels a missing heir. Simms hires Austin J. Caldwell (Gus Schilling) to pose as an attorney and go to Gus Borelli (Leo Carrillo), owner of the swank Blue Room, asking if he has heard about Daniels' inheritance. Borelli, figuring he can cut in on the money, bright Daniels and Simms to the Blue Room just as Pamela Mason (Kitty Carlisle) is rehearsing some songs with Zybisco (Sig Arno) and his string quintet. Simms refuses to let Daniels sing with the quintet,saying he has already made arrangements with Alvino Rey to bring his orchestra and the King Sisters (Alyce, Donna, Louise and Yvonne King) into the Blue Room. This causes Pamela to lose her job and she is furious with Daniels, who tells her he will get her a job with the Rey orchestra. Later, she discovers the hoax tells Borelli, who sets out to kill Daniels and Simms. They, and the orchestra, manage to escape just as the Blue Room is filling with customers drawn by Borelli's heavy advertising of Daniel's debut. He sends Pamela to bring them back.
Moonlight in Havana (1942) as Barney Crane
Singing Johnny Norton (Allan Jones) is the star catcher of the Blue Sox baseball team but he is suspended because of insubordination. Producer Barney Crane (William Frawley) hears Johnny singing and signs him to appear with Gloria Jackson (Jane Frazee), with the promise their first engagement will be in Havana. Johnny, hoping to get his baseball job back, is anxious to get to Cuba where the Blue Sox are having spring training. Patsy Clark (Marjorie Lord), daughter of Blue Sox owner, Joe Clark (Wade Boteler), helps Johnny get another chance with the team. But Johnny has fallen in love with Gloria and hates to walk out on his singing contract. Johnny's troubles are solved when rain prevents the important All-Star exhibition game which was scheduled for the same evening.
Give Out, Sisters (1942) as Harrison
Wildcat (1942) as Oliver Westbrook
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 $4000 hot check for the property. He covers that by having Chicopee sell his half interest to oil promoter Gus Sloane (John Dilson) for $7000. 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.
Treat 'Em Rough (1942) as "Hotfoot"
Accompanied by his trainer, Hotfoot (William Frawley), and his handyman/valet, Snake-eyes (Mantan Moreland), prizefighter Bill Kingsford (Eddie Albert), aka The Panama Kid, returns to his home town to help clear his dad, Gray Kingsford (Lloyd Corrigan), of graft involving several thousand gallons of oil hijacked from his own company. Betty (Peggy Moran), Mr. Kingsford's secretary, overhears a conversation between company officials Wetherbee (Joseph Crehan) and Perkins (Truman Bradley) ordering a gunman to intercept Kingsford on a trip to check a suspicious truck movement, and she warns Bill. The henchman manages to stop and slug Kingsford, but is himself killed when he tries to flee and his car bursts into fire. The police think the dead man is Kingsford, so Bill hides him while he and Betty try to get evidence against the real culprits.
Gentleman Jim (1942) as Delaney
Fanciful biography of 19th-century boxing champion Jim Corbett.
It Happened in Flatbush (1942) as Sam Sloan
A disgraced ball player turns a Brooklyn team into champions.
Roxie Hart (1942) as O'Malley
To try and kick-start her show-business career, a woman admits to a Chicago murder.
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) as Sheriff McGee
A pilot and a temperamental heiress are stranded in the desert together.
Footsteps in the Dark (1941) as Hopkins
An aspiring mystery writer stumbles on to a real murder.
Public Enemies (1941) as George "Bang" Carson
Cracked Nuts (1941) as [James] Mitchell
A young man in a small town wins $5000 in a radio contest. He goes to New York City to propose to his girlfriend, but gets mixed up with a crooked attorney and two con men who are trying to sell a fake "robot."
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga (1941) as [Chancy] Beheegan
Steve (Charles Lang), Skat(Eddie Quillan) and other members of a high-ridin', rug-cuttin' musical combo from Oklahoma set off to conquer Broadway, only to find that rhumba-rhythm is all the rage. They decide to sail for Havana to learn the rhythm and pick up the accent, and, on board the ship, Steve meets Rosita Alvarez (Helen Parrish) who is Cuba-bound with her father, Pop Alvarez (Leon Errol), a merry confidence man. All have problems they expect to be solved by Madame La Zonda (Lupe Velez), but they arrive and find that the exotic queen of the rhumba's night club has gone broke. Another confidence man, Beheegan (William Frawley), who has sold a few city halls in his day, provides the answer to everything; using a satchel filled with ill-gotten gains and under the watchful eyes of Alvin (Big Boy Williams), Gabby (Shemp Howard) and Maxwell (Frank Mitchell), he purchases several mythical plantations in South America from Pop.
Blondie in Society (1941) as Waldo Pincus
Dagwood brings home a pedigreed Great Dane which an important company client wants and which Blondie enters in the big dog show. A highlight of this film is the canine burping display.
The Quarterback (1940) as Coach
The Farmer's Daughter (1940) as Scoop Trimble
Sandy Gets Her Man (1940) as Police Chief O'Hara
Opened by Mistake (1940) as Matt Kingsley
Dancing on a Dime (1940) as Mac
Rhythm on the River (1940) as Westlake
Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.
Those Were the Days! (1940) as Prisoner
One Night in the Tropics (1940) as Roscoe
Golden Gloves (1940) as Emory Balzar
Untamed (1940) as Les Woodbury
Persons in Hiding (1939) as Alec Inglis
Night Work (1939) as Bruiser Brown, the family friend??
Saint Louis Blues (1939) as Major Martingale
Ex-Champ (1939) as "Mushy" Harrington
Ambush (1939) as Inspector Weber
Rose of Washington Square (1939) as Harry Long
A singer struggles to keep her criminal boyfriend from trouble.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) as The "Duke"
Mark Twain''''s classic troublemaker helps a runaway slave escape to the North.
Grand Jury Secrets (1939) as Bright Eyes
Stop--Look and Love (1939) as Joe Haller
Mad About Music (1938) as Dusty [Turner]
A young woman at a girl's school in Switzerland makes up stories about and writes herself letters from an imaginary explorer-adventurer father; and is eventually put in a position where she has to produce him. Interesting things happen as she talks a visiting Englishman into helping her out.
Sons of the Legion (1938) as Uncle Willie Lee
Touchdown, Army (1938) as Jack Heffernan
Prep football star Jimmy Howal(Robert Cummings)gets a reception far different from what he expected when he enters West Point. His cocky attitude earns him the enmity of many upperclassmen, especially hot-tempered southerner Brandon Culpepper (John Howard), who also sees Howal as a rival for beautiful Toni Denby (Mary Carlisle), daughter of West Point officer Colonel Denby (Minor Watson.) Just before the Army-Navy football game, Howals' name is posted as failing French, and the cadets fear he will be kept from playing because of it. (The Paramount writers overlooked the fact that since Howal was a plebe nee freshman student, he couldn't have played anyway as freshman weren't eligible for the varsity in this period.) Toni agrees to tutor Howal, but she, unknowingly, uses an old examination which Is the basis for the new test. Howal realizes what has happened when he passes the exam with flying colors, and suspects Toni of having set out to make a fool of him.
Professor Beware (1938) as Snoop Donlan
Egyptologist, Dean Lambert (Lloyd), accused of car-theft, skips bail and begins a cross-country trek to join a group in New York headed for Egypt. With the police close on his trail he gets in and out of scrapes along the way.
High, Wide and Handsome (1937) as Mac
The setting is a small town in 1870s Pennsylvania. Sally Waterson and her father have stopped in town with their traveling medicine show, but when their wagon catches fire, they find themselves stranded. They're taken in by Mrs. Cortlandt and her grandson, Peter, who is trying to set up a pipeline that will supply oil throughout the state. Sally and Peter soon fall in love and marry. Neither their marriage nor Peter's pipe dreams flow too smoothly.
Double or Nothing (1937) as [John] Pederson
A dying millionaire instructs his laywer to drop four purses on the streets of New York City. Four honest people find them and return them to the lawyer. Under the terms of the will, each of them is given $1,000,000, which they must double within 30 days in order to claim his entire estate. However, the greedy relative cut from the will are determined to thwart each one's plans.
Blossoms on Broadway (1937) as Francis X. Rush
Something to Sing About (1937) as Hank Meyers
A New York bandleader takes Hollywood by storm.
Rose Bowl (1936) as Soapy Moreland
The General Died at Dawn (1936) as Brighton
In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion.
Princess Comes Across (1936) as Benton
A Brooklyn girl masquerades as a princess to land a Hollywood contract.
Strike Me Pink (1936) as Copple
An assertiveness course gets a shy guy mixed up with racketeers at an amusement park.
Desire (1936) as Mr. Gibson
Before they can marry, two society types run off with lower-class loves.
Three Married Men (1936) as Bill Mullins
F-Man (1936) as Hogan
Three Cheers for Love (1936) as Milton Shakespeare
College Scandal (1935) as Chief of Police Magoun
Hold 'Em Yale (1935) as Sunshine Joe
Car 99 (1935) as Sergeant Barrel
Harmony Lane (1935) as [Edwin P.] Christy
Alibi Ike (1935) as Cap
A brash baseball star gets mixed up with gamblers and a pretty young girl.
Welcome Home (1935) as Painless
It's a Great Life! (1935) as Lieut. McNulty
Ship Cafe (1935) as Briny O'Brien
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934) as Captain Murphy
Shoot the Works (1934) as Larry Hale
Bolero (1934) as Mike [De Baere]
This is the story of an egotistical nightclub dance performer named Raoul, his determination to succeed at all costs, and the only woman in his life that truly matters to him, a dancing partner named Helen. (The highlight of the film is a dance performed atop a circular stage to a truncated version of Ravel's "Bolero.")
The Witching Hour (1934) as Foreman of jury
Crime Doctor (1934) as Fraser
Here Is My Heart (1934) as James Smith
The Lemon Drop Kid (1934) as The Professor [also known as William Dunhill]
Hell and High Water (1933) as Milton J. Bunsey

Cast (special)

Desilu Revue, The (1959) as Guest
An hour review, broadcast as a special segment of "The Desilu Playhouse," that spotlights members of the Desilu Workshop for aspiring performers.

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