Frank Mchugh

Frank Mchugh


Also Known As
Francis Curran Mchugh
Birth Place
Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA
May 23, 1898
September 11, 1981


Longtime actor Frank McHugh was practically born on stage, and amassed an amazing amount of screen credits throughout his career. Born into a theatrical family, McHugh began acting in vaudeville with his siblings and parents when he was a child, then later graduated to Broadway. He was hired by Warners in 1930 as a contract player, and appeared in a dizzying amount of titles in the '30s ...

Photos & Videos

The Roaring Twenties - Publicity Stills
Swing Your Lady - Movie Poster


Longtime actor Frank McHugh was practically born on stage, and amassed an amazing amount of screen credits throughout his career. Born into a theatrical family, McHugh began acting in vaudeville with his siblings and parents when he was a child, then later graduated to Broadway. He was hired by Warners in 1930 as a contract player, and appeared in a dizzying amount of titles in the '30s and '40s, often as comic relief. He played a supporting role to Edward G. Robinson in the crime film "The Widow from Chicago," appeared in the classic romantic comedy "The Front Page," and portrayed a dance director alongside good friend James Cagney in the Busby Berkeley production "Footlight Parade" in 1933. He had supporting roles in some of the era's most celebrated pictures, appearing in the Raoul Walsh thriller "The Roaring Twenties" and co-starring with Bing Crosby in his spiritually-themed musical "Going My Way



Cast (Feature Film)

Easy Come, Easy Go (1967)
Captain Jack
A Tiger Walks (1964)
Bill Watkins
Say One for Me (1959)
Jim Dugan
Career (1959)
Charley Gallagher
The Last Hurrah (1958)
Festus Garvey
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
Eddie Duggan
It Happens Every Thursday (1953)
Fred Hawley
A Lion Is in the Streets (1953)
The Pace That Thrills (1952)
Rocket Anderson
My Son John (1952)
Father O'Dowd
The Tougher They Come (1950)
Gig Rafferty
Paid in Full (1950)
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949)
The Velvet Touch (1948)
Ernie Boyle
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947)
Carnegie Hall (1947)
John Donovan
The Runaround (1946)
Wally Quayle
Little Miss Big (1946)
Charlie Bryan
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
"Three Finger"
State Fair (1945)
A Medal for Benny (1945)
Edgar Lovekin
Marine Raiders (1944)
Sgt. Louis Leary
Bowery to Broadway (1944)
Joe Kirby
Going My Way (1944)
Father Timothy O'Dowd
Her Cardboard Lover (1942)
Chappie Champagne
All Through the Night (1942)
Back Street (1941)
Editor Porter
Manpower (1941)
Four Mothers (1941)
Ben Crowley
City for Conquest (1940)
'Til We Meet Again (1940)
Rockingham T. Rockingham
Virginia City (1940)
Mr. Upjohn
The Fighting 69th (1940)
Crepe Hanger Burke
I Love You Again (1940)
"Doc" Ryan
On Your Toes (1939)
Paddy Reilly
Wings of the Navy (1939)
Scat Allen
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
Four Wives (1939)
Ben Crowley
Daughters Courageous (1939)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Danny Green
Dodge City (1939)
Joe Clemens
Indianapolis Speedway (1939)
Spud Connors
Four Daughters (1938)
Ben Crowley
Boy Meets Girl (1938)
Swing Your Lady (1938)
He Couldn't Say No (1938)
Lambert Hunkins
Valley of the Giants (1938)
"Fingers" McCarthy
Little Miss Thoroughbred (1938)
Todd Harrington
Ever Since Eve (1937)
Mabel DeCraven
Submarine D-1 (1937)
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
"Sniffer" Sears
Marry the Girl (1937)
David Partridge
Moonlight Murder (1936)
Stage Struck (1936)
Snowed Under (1936)
Orlando Rowe
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Herman [McCloskey]
Three Men on a Horse (1936)
Erwin Trowbridge
Freshman Love (1936)
Coach [Speed] Hammond
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935)
Crash Kelly
The Irish in Us (1935)
Mike O'Hara
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Quince, the carpenter
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Humbolt Prentiss
Stars over Broadway (1935)
Offkey Cramer
Page Miss Glory (1935)
Editor Olson
Maybe It's Love (1935)
Willy Sands
Here Comes the Navy (1934)
[Wilbur] Droopy [Mullins]
Smarty (1934)
Happiness Ahead (1934)
Tom [Bradley]
Return of the Terror (1934)
Joe [Hastings]
Let's Be Ritzy (1934)
Bill Damroy
Merry Wives of Reno (1934)
Heat Lightning (1934)
Fashions of 1934 (1934)
6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
Clinton Hemmings
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
Speed [Dennis]
The House on 56th Street (1933)
[Chester] Hunt
Havana Widows (1933)
Convention City (1933)
Will Goodwin
Private Jones (1933)
Footlight Parade (1933)
The Telegraph Trail (1933)
Grand Slam (1933)
Philip [also known as Speed]
Ex-Lady (1933)
Hugo [Van Hugh]
Elmer the Great (1933)
Healy High-Hips
Parachute Jumper (1933)
Toodles [Cooper]
Lilly Turner (1933)
Dave [Dixon]
Son of a Sailor (1933)
Hold Me Tight (1933)
Billy [Wade]
Tomorrow at Seven (1933)
One Way Passage (1932)
Union Depot (1932)
The drunk
Life Begins (1932)
Ringer Banks
High Pressure (1932)
Mike Donoghey
The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932)
The Dark Horse (1932)
The Crowd Roars (1932)
Spud Connors
Blessed Event (1932)
Millie (1931)
John Holmes
Men of the Sky (1931)
Corsair (1931)
Chub Hopping
Bad Company (1931)
Traveling Husbands (1931)
Kiss Me Again (1931)
Up for Murder (1931)
Collins, the reporter
The Front Page (1931)
The Widow From Chicago (1930)
Top Speed (1930)
Tad Jordan
Going Wild (1930)
Ricky Freeman
Bright Lights (1930)
Fish, a reporter
The Dawn Patrol (1930)
College Lovers (1930)
Speed Haskins
Eleven Men and a Girl (1930)

Cast (Special)

The Spiral Staircase (1961)
Full Moon Over Brooklyn (1960)
Colonel Humphrey J. Flack (1953)
Colonel Humphrey J Flack

Cast (Short)

Alex in Wonderland (1940)
Sunday Night at the Trocadero (1937)
A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
A Dream Comes True The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture (1935)
Hollywood Newsreel (1934)
An Intimate Dinner in Celebration of Warner Bros. Silver Jubilee (1930)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Roaring Twenties - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Warner Bros' The Roaring Twenties (1939), starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, and Frank McHugh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Swing Your Lady - Movie Poster
Here is the American half-sheet movie poster for Warner Bros' Swing Your Lady (1938), starring Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, and Louise Fazenda.


Movie Clip

Front Page, The (1931) -- (Movie Clip) L For Listerine! The boys in the press room tangle then we meet editor Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou), hunting Hildy (Pat O'Brien, not seen), with some remarkable shots from director Lewis Milestone, early in The Front Page 1931, from the play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur.
High Pressure (1932) -- (Movie Clip) No Romance In Sewage Rescued from a bender, promoter Gar Evans (William Powell) meets buddy Mike (Frank McHugh) and entrepreneur Ginsberg (George Sidney), early in High Pressure, 1932, from a play by Aben Kandel.
All Through The Night (1942) -- (Movie Clip) Miracle On 48th Street Future TV stars William Demarest, Phil Silvers and Jackie Gleason in the opening scene, when their ringleader Gloves (Humphrey Bogart) appears, sidekick Barney (Frank McHugh) joining, ex-actor Vincent Sherman directing, in Warner Bros' gangster-comedy-propaganda hybrid All Through The Night, 1942.
Here Comes The Navy (1934) -- (Movie Clip) He Don't Mean Liquor! Now shooting at the Naval Training Station in San Diego, James Cagney and Frank McHugh as recruits Chesty (who signed up just to settle a score with an officer) and Droopy tangle with some real officers recruited as actors, in Warner Bros.’ Here Comes The Navy, 1934.
Here Comes The Navy (1934) -- (Movie Clip) Look At The Trim Lines! Now shooting on board the U.S.S Arizona, before it became the famous memorial at Pearl Harbor, swabbies Droopy (Frank McHugh) and Chesty (James Cagney), who joined the Navy to get even with officer Biff (Pat O’Brien), who stole a previous girlfriend, get their heads turned by Gloria Stuart, not yet knowing she’s Pat’s sister, in Here Comes The Navy, 1934.
Crowd Roars, The (1932) -- (Movie Clip) You're Under Contract Joining director Howard Hawks’ action, exteriors shot apparently at Ventura Speedway near Los Angeles, famous pro driver Joe (James Cagney) toying with ambitious younger brother Eddie (Eric Linden), their first run on a track together, in Warner Bros.’ The Crowd Roars, 1932.
Crowd Roars, The (1932) -- (Movie Clip) You Don't Always Get Killed Champion race driver Joe (James Cagney) with sidekick Spud (Frank McHugh) back at the hometown auto shop for the first time in years with dad (Guy Kibbee) and kid brother (Eric Linden) who, it transpires, has ambitions to become a top driver himself, in Warner Bros.’ The Crowd Roars, 1932.
Crowd Roars, The (1932) -- (Movie Clip) Roaring For Blood Warner Bros. pace opening the James Cagney car-racing drama, the star with his sidekick Spud (Frank McHugh) on a train, headed to his hometown after winning the Indianapolis 500, pausing for girlfriend Lee (Ann Dvorak) to tell us the moral score, in Howard Hawks’ The Crowd Roars, 1932.
Parachute Jumper (1933) -- (Movie Clip) Mucho Gusto! From the top, Warner Bros. with Alfred E. Green directing adapts the headline technique to find goofy pilots Bill and Toodles (Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Frank McHugh) partying in Nicaragua, their companions not credited, Thomas E. Jackson their superior, in Parachute Jumper, 1933, also starring Bette Davis.
Ex-Lady (1933) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Not That Kind Of A Girl Opening with blonde Bette Davis in her first top-billed role, as chic New York illustrator Helen, Frank McHugh asleep, Clare Dodd his wife, Monroe Owsley as amorous Nick, and Gene Raymond the boyfriend Don who bounces back after the party, in the Darryl Zanuck production, from an original David Boehm screenplay, Robert Florey directing, Warner Bros.’ Ex-Lady, 1933.
Fashions Of 1934 (1934) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Not Much Fun At A Funeral Clever opening, William Dieterle directing from a story and screenplay credited to Harry Collins, Warren Duff, Hugh Herbert and Carl Erickson, introducing William Powell who’s running a scam, Frank McHugh his sidekick, Dorothy Burgess the snarky gal-pal and Bette Davis, in a platinum wig, the unexpected inspiration, in Fashions Of 1934, 1934.
Fashions Of 1934 (1934) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Going To Love Paris! Broke investor turned fashion scam artist “Sherry” Nash (William Powell), with his team (Frank McHugh as Snap, Bette Davis as Lynn), has persuaded the New York designers he was ripping-off to send him to Paris to steal fashions, but they meet former partners Glenda and Harry (Dorothy Burgess, Gordon Westcott) at the docks, in Fashions Of 1934, 1934.