skip navigation
Roscoe Karns

Roscoe Karns

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (1)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Bob Hope:... Introduce a new generation to the legendary style of one of the most famous... more info $39.98was $39.98 Buy Now

Man's Favorite... From legendary Hollywood director Howard Hawks, Man's Favorite Sport? features... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

It Happened... When her father threatens to annul her marriage to a fortune-hunting playboy,... more info $12.99was $14.99 Buy Now

The Crooked... The Sphinx Club and the Crooked Circle square off in the 1930s comedic mystery... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

Cain And Mabel... Cynical newshounds cracking wise. Chorus cuties tapping Broadway tunes. A... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Laughing... Heartbroken when her traveling-salesman honey throws her over to marry the... more info $11.99was $17.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: February 6, 1970
Born: September 7, 1893 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Bernardino, California, USA Profession: Cast ...
RATE AND COMMENT

COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY WITH SYNOPSIS

Cast (feature film)

1.
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964) as Major Phipps
A sporting goods salesman who knows nothing about fishing must enter an angling contest.
2.
Onionhead (1958) as Windy Woods
An irresponsible student enlists in the Coast Guard expecting to sit out World War II.
3.
The Inside Story (1948) as Eustace Peabody
A collection agent arrives in a small town with $1000 for a local farmer. Whilst waiting for the farmer to arrive the money is put in a safe at a hotel for safe keeping. However, it is removed by mistake and solves a number of financial problems before it is returned.
4.
Devil's Cargo (1948) as Lieutenant Hardy
5.
Speed to Spare (1948) as Kangaroo
Stunt driver Cliff Jordan (Richard Arlen) takes a job with his old pal Jerry McGee (Richard Travis), branch manager of an express trucking firm. Jerry is married to Mary (Jean Rogers), Cliff's former girl friend. Also working for Jerry is Pete Simmons (Pat Phelan), son of the owner Al Simmons (Paul Harvey), and office secretary Jane Chandler (Nanette Parks), who is Pete's sweetheart. Before long, Cliff has made enemies of Pusher Wilks (Ian MacDonald), a trucker whose run he takes over, and also Pete, whose girl he is trying to take over. Pusher sabotages Cliff's rig at every opportunity causing several near-fatal accidents.
6.
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948) as Carmody, the cop
7.
That's My Man (1947) as Toby Gleeton
8.
Vigilantes of Boomtown (1947) as Billy Delaney
The ranch of Red Ryder (Allan Lane) and his aunt, The Duchess (Martha Wentworth), is being used as the training site for "Gentleman Jim" Corbett (George Turner) for his upcoming fight in Carson City, Nevada for the heavyweight championship against Bob Fitzsimmons (John Dehner). Molly McVey (Peggy Stewart), the daughter of a U.S. Senator, crusading against prize-fighting in Nevada, complicates matters soemwhat when she conceives the bright idea of having Corbett kidnapped, thus causing the cancellation of the fight. The two men (George Chesebro and George Lloyd) she hires to do the kidnapping also add to the complications by kidnapping Ryder instead of Corbett. Meanwhile, a gang of crooks, led by McKean (Roy Barcroft), descend on the town intent on looting the town and also making off with the fight proceeds.
9.
I Ring Doorbells (1946) as Stubby
10.
Avalanche (1946) as Red Kelly
11.
One Way to Love (1945) as Hobie Simmons
12.
The Navy Way (1944) as Frankie Gimble
13.
Hi, Good Lookin'! (1944) as Archie
14.
Minstrel Man (1944) as [Lee] "Lasses" White
15.
Old Acquaintance (1943) as Charlie Archer
Two writers, friends since childhood, fight over their books and lives.
16.
Stage Door Canteen (1943) as
A USO girl defies the rules when she falls for a soldier visiting the star-studded Stage Door Canteen.
17.
His Butler's Sister (1943) as Fields
18.
Riding High (1943) as Shorty
19.
My Son, the Hero (1943) as Big Time [Percy Morgan]
20.
Woman of the Year (1942) as Phil Whittaker
Opposites distract when a sophisticated political columnist falls for a sportswriter.
21.
Yokel Boy (1942) as Al Devers
22.
A Tragedy at Midnight (1942) as Cassidy
This Republic murder mystery starts with a radio broadcast by Greg Sherman (John Howard) who solves cases on the air that the local police cannot solve. As he names the perpetrator of a recent murder we see the criminal, who is listening to the show, become alarmed and start to make his escape. The scene shifts to the police department where the chief, fearing for his job, assigns officers to get something, anything, on Sherman and get him off the air. Meanwhile, Greg and his pretty wife Beth (Margaret Lindsay) are parting company. He's going to a party and she's going to visit her pregnant sister in the hospital. The next morning Greg wakes up and nudges his sleeping wife. When she doesn't respond, he pulls off the covers and finds not his wife but a strange woman, dead and with the murder knife still sticking up out of her back. While he's still recovering from the shock, Beth walks into the bedroom. Thinking that she has discovered her husband with another woman, she leaves and calls the police. The police are delighted of course, but Greg escapes as they are arresting him. Now he must solve the mystery by himself...
23.
You Can't Escape Forever (1942) as "Mac" McTurk
Although she's been demoted to writing the advice column, a newspaper woman still tries to expose a racketeer.
24.
The Gay Vagabond (1941) as Arthur Dixon/Jerry Dixon
25.
Footsteps in the Dark (1941) as Monahan
An aspiring mystery writer stumbles on to a real murder.
26.
Road to Happiness (1941) as Charley Grady
27.
Petticoat Politics (1941) as Joe Higgins
28.
They Drive by Night (1940) as Irish McGurn
Truck driving brothers are framed for murder by a lady psycho.
29.
Saturday's Children (1940) as Willie Sands
A young inventor's new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems.
30.
Double Alibi (1940) as Jermiah Jenkins
31.
Ladies Must Live (1940) as Peter Larrabee
A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal from a gold-digging singer.
32.
Meet the Missus (1940) as Joe Higgins
33.
His Girl Friday (1940) as McCue
An unscrupulous editor plots to keep his star reporter-and ex-wife-from re-marrying.
34.
Everything's on Ice (1939) as Felix Miller
35.
King of Chinatown (1939) as Rep Harrigan
36.
Dancing Co-Ed (1939) as Joe Drews
A college girl fights to survive in academia and show business.
37.
That's Right--You're Wrong (1939) as Mal Stamp
A band leader has to overcome a film studio head's hatred to make it on the big screen.
38.
Tip-Off Girls (1938) as Tom Benson
39.
Dangerous to Know (1938) as Duncan
Racketeer Steve Recka (Akim Tamiroff), art patron and political power-maker, rules his town and Madame Lan Ying (Anna May Wong), his beautiful Oriental friend and hostess (read:mistress), with an iron hand. He meets Margaret Van Kase (Gail Patrick), a socialite not impressed by his power nor his wealth, having no money herself, and Steve makes frantic efforts to win her and turns away from the loyal Lin Yang. Margaret ignores him as she plans to wed Philip Easton (Harvey Stephens), a penniless bond salesman. The furious Recka, poses as a friend to Easton, while planning to ruin him. His henchmen kidnap Easton when he is carrying a large assignment of bonds, and he is branded as a runaway thief. The only doubters are Margaret and Police Inspector Brandon (Lloyd Nolan), who knows Recka's methods and suspects foul play. Easton is found in an abandoned house and arrested as the gangsters have taken the bonds and tipped the police where to find him. Recka offers to clear Easton if Margaret will become his bride and, while her hatred for Recka is intense, her love for Easton is greater and she consents. Recka, however, has reckoned without Lan Ying.
40.
Scandal Street (1938) as Austin Brown
41.
Thanks for the Memory (1938) as George Trent
A struggling novelist living well beyond his means refuses the financial support of his wife.
42.
You and Me (1938) as Cuffy
43.
Night of Mystery (1937) as Sergeant Heath
44.
Partners in Crime (1937) as Sim Perkins
45.
On Such a Night (1937) as Joe Flynn
46.
Clarence (1937) as Clarence Smith
47.
Murder Goes to College (1937) as Sim Perkins
48.
Three Cheers for Love (1936) as Doc "Short Circuit" Wilson
49.
Three Married Men (1936) as Peter Cary
50.
Border Flight (1936) as Calico Smith, Chief Mechanic
51.
Cain and Mabel (1936) as [Aloysius K.] Reilly
The publicity romance between a prizefighter and a showgirl turns into the real thing.
52.
Woman Trap (1936) as Mopsy
53.
Four Hours to Kill! (1935) as Johnson
54.
Two Fisted (1935) as Chick Moran
55.
Alibi Ike (1935) as Carey
A brash baseball star gets mixed up with gamblers and a pretty young girl.
56.
Front Page Woman (1935) as Toots [O'Grady]
Rival reporters try to scoop each other while covering a fire.
57.
Red Hot Tires (1935) as Bud Keene
A race-car driver wrongly convicted of murder escapes prison to prove his innocence.
58.
Wings in the Dark (1935) as Nick Williams
59.
It Happened One Night (1934) as [Oscar] Shapeley
A newspaperman tracks a runaway heiress on a madcap cross-country tour.
60.
I Sell Anything (1934) as Monk
A small-time auctioneer tries to break into society.
61.
Search for Beauty (1934) as Newspaper reporter
Three con artists dupe two Olympians into serving as editors of a new magazine which is a front for salacious stories and pictures.
62.
Shoot the Works (1934) as Sailor Burke
63.
Come On Marines! (1934) as [Terence V.] Spud McGurke
64.
Elmer and Elsie (1934) as Rocky Cott
65.
Twentieth Century (1934) as [Owen] O'Malley
A tempestuous theatrical director tries to win back the star he created and then drove away.
66.
The Women in His Life (1933) as Lester
When his ex-wife is murdered, a hard-living lawyer defends the chief suspect.
67.
A Lady's Profession (1933) as Tony
68.
Today We Live (1933) as ["Mac"] McGinnis
An aristocratic English girl's tangled love life creates havoc during World War I.
69.
Gambling Ship (1933) as Blooey
Tired of the dangerous life as gambling boss, Ace Corbin 'retires' from the racket and travels cross-country by train to begin a new life with a new name. On the train, he meets Eleanor and they fall in love. Eleanor is afraid to tell Ace she's a soiled dove and Ace doesn't tell Eleanor of his shady past. Old enemies won't let Ace begin his new life, and old commitments's won't free Eleanor of her sordid ties. Ace's old life and Eleanor's deception collide with the typical results. But love conquers all!
70.
Lawyer Man (1933) as Merritt
Success corrupts a smooth-talking lawyer.
71.
One Sunday Afternoon (1933) as Snappy Downer
A small-town dentist longs to avenge an old friend who stole his love, but discovers there''s no need.
72.
Alice in Wonderland (1933) as Tweedledee
A trip through the looking glass and down a rabbit hole sends an English girl into a world of fantastic characters and strange potions.
73.
Grand Slam (1933) as Radio announcer
A hat-check girl's skill with cards lands her a wealthy bridge champion.
74.
Week-end Marriage (1932) as
When her husband loses his job, a woman risks her marriage to become the breadwinner.
75.
Two Against the World (1932) as Segall
A debutante takes the rap for her sibling's mistakes.
76.
One Way Passage (1932) as Ship's bartender
An ocean voyage leads to romance for a dying heiress and a condemned criminal.
77.
Under-Cover Man (1932) as Dannie
78.
Stowaway (1932) as Inspector Redding
79.
Night After Night (1932) as Leo
80.
The Crooked Circle (1932) as Harry Carter
81.
If I Had a Million (1932) as O'Brien
A dying tycoon selects his heirs at random, and each reacts differently to the good fortune.
82.
The Roadhouse Murder (1932) as Jeff Dale
Reporter has bright idea of claiming to be a murderer and writing his own expose.
83.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) as Steve
A World War I veteran faces inhuman conditions when he's sentenced to hard labor.
84.
Many a Slip (1931) as Stan Price
85.
Dirigible (1931) as Sock McGuire
Romantic rivals vie to be the first to fly to the South Pole.
86.
Pleasure (1931) as
87.
Leftover Ladies (1931) as "Scoop" [O'Connor]
88.
Laughing Sinners (1931) as Fred Geer
A Salvation Army preacher saves a troubled girl from suicide.
89.
Man Trouble (1930) as Scott
90.
The Costello Case (1930) as Blair
91.
The Little Accident (1930) as Gilbert
92.
Troopers Three (1930) as Bugs
93.
Safety in Numbers (1930) as Bertram Shapiro
94.
The Gorilla (1930) as Simmons
95.
New York Nights (1929) as Johnny Dolan
96.
This Thing Called Love (1929) as Harry Bertrand
97.
The Shopworn Angel (1929) as Dance director
98.
The Vanishing Pioneer (1928) as Ray Hearn
99.
Warming Up (1928) as Hippo
100.
Beggars of Life (1928) as Hopper
After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada.
101.
Beau Sabreur (1928) as Buddy
102.
Win That Girl (1928) as Johnny Norton, 2d
103.
Jazz Mad (1928) as Sol Levy
104.
Moran of the Marines (1928) as "Swatty"
105.
Object--Alimony (1928) as Al Bryant
106.
Something Always Happens (1928) as George
107.
The Desert Bride (1928) as Private Terry
108.
Ritzy (1927) as Smith's valet
109.
The Jazz Singer (1927) as The agent
A cantor's son breaks with family tradition to go into show business.
110.
Wings (1927) as Lt. Walter Cameron
In this silent film, romantic rivals fly against the enemy in World War I.
111.
Ten Modern Commandments (1927) as Benny
112.
Dollar Down (1925) as Gene Meadows, her son
113.
The Overland Limited (1925) as Pat Madden
114.
Bluff (1924) as Jack Hallowell
115.
The Foolish Virgin (1924) as Chuck Brady
116.
The Midnight Express (1924) as Switch Hogan
117.
Other Men's Daughters (1923) as Hubert
118.
Conquering the Woman (1922) as Shorty Thompson
119.
Afraid To Fight (1922) as Bertie
120.
The Trouper (1922) as Neal Selden
121.
Her Own Money (1922) as Jerry Woodward
122.
Too Much Married (1921) as Bob Holiday
123.
The Man Tamer (1921) as Bradley P. Caldwell, Jr.
124.
The Family Honor (1920) as Dal Tucker
125.
The Life of the Party (1920) as Sam Perkins
126.
Poor Relations (1919) as Henry

Cast (short)

127.
Copy (1929)
In this short film, the wisecracking staff of a newspaper write articles about the serious safety issues of a local excursion steamboat line.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute