Clarence Muse


Actor
Clarence Muse

About

Birth Place
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Born
October 14, 1889
Died
October 13, 1979

Biography

Clarence Muse was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Muse landed roles in various films, including "Hearts in Dixie" (1929), "Rain or Shine" (1930) with Joe Cook and the Buck Jones western "The Fighting Sheriff" (1931). He also appeared in "The Last Parade" (1931), the drama "Winner Take All" (1932) with James Cagney and "Washington Merry-...

Biography

Clarence Muse was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Muse landed roles in various films, including "Hearts in Dixie" (1929), "Rain or Shine" (1930) with Joe Cook and the Buck Jones western "The Fighting Sheriff" (1931). He also appeared in "The Last Parade" (1931), the drama "Winner Take All" (1932) with James Cagney and "Washington Merry-Go-Round" (1932) with Lee Tracy. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in the drama "Alias Mary Dow" (1935) with Sally Eilers, the Charles Bickford adventure "East of Java" (1935) and the adventure "Daniel Boone" (1936) with George O'Brien. He also appeared in the Irene Dunne drama "Show Boat" (1936). In the latter half of his career, he continued to act in "Watch on the Rhine" (1943), the mystery "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943) with Teresa Wright and the crime picture "Double Indemnity" (1944) with Fred MacMurray. He also appeared in "Jam Session" (1944) and "Follow the Boys" (1944). Muse's music was most recently featured in "Storyville" (1992) with James Spader. Muse passed away in October 1979 at the age of 90.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Black Stallion (1979)
Passing Through (1977)
Papa Harris
Car Wash (1976)
A Dream for Christmas (1973)
The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)
Buck and the Preacher (1972)
Cudjo
Porgy and Bess (1959)
Peter
She Couldn't Say No (1954)
Delivery man
The Sun Shines Bright (1953)
Uncle Zach
Jamaica Run (1953)
Mose
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Pullman porter
Caribbean (1952)
Quashy
Katie Did It (1951)
Mose
Apache Drums (1951)
Jehu
My Forbidden Past (1951)
Pompey
County Fair (1950)
Romulus
Riding High (1950)
Whitey [Clarence White]
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
Voodoo
An Act of Murder (1948)
Mr. Pope
King of the Gamblers (1948)
Tom, the porter
Unconquered (1947)
Jason
The Peanut Man (1947)
Dr. George Washington Carver
Joe Palooka in the Knockout (1947)
Smoky
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Black waiter
My Favorite Brunette (1947)
Condemned row man
A Likely Story (1947)
Porter
Night and Day (1946)
Caleb
Two Smart People (1946)
Porter
Affairs of Geraldine (1946)
Porter
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Porter
Scarlet Street (1945)
Ben
She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
Porter
Boston Blackie's Rendezvous (1945)
Porter
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
Frank
Without Love (1945)
Porter
Follow the Boys (1944)
Stars on Parade (1944)
Carter
In the Meantime, Darling (1944)
Henry
The Racket Man (1944)
George
Jam Session (1944)
Henry
The Soul of a Monster (1944)
Entertainer
San Diego, I Love You (1944)
Porter
Double Indemnity (1944)
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Jeff
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Pullman porter
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Jasper
The Sky's the Limit (1943)
Doorman
Watch on the Rhine (1943)
Horace
Honeymoon Lodge (1943)
Porter
Johnny Come Lately (1943)
Butler
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943)
George
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Doorkeeper
Tough As They Come (1942)
Eddie
Sin Town (1942)
Porter
The Black Swan (1942)
Daniel
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Grandpa
Among the Living (1941)
Waiter, Riverbottom Café
Kisses for Breakfast (1941)
Old Jeff
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
Samuel
Gentleman from Dixie (1941)
Jupe
The Invisible Ghost (1941)
Evans
Love Crazy (1941)
Robert
Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
Sam
Belle Starr (1941)
Black man
Chad Hanna (1940)
Murder over New York (1940)
Butler
Zanzibar (1940)
Bino
Sporting Blood (1940)
Jeff
Broken Strings (1940)
Arthur Williams
That Gang of Mine (1940)
Ben
Maryland (1940)
Reverend Bitters
I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940)
Flowery
Way Down South (1939)
Uncle Catan
The Toy Wife (1938)
Brutus
Secrets of a Nurse (1938)
"Tiger"
Spirit of Youth (1938)
Frankie Walburn
Prison Train (1938)
George
High Hat (1937)
Congo
Jungle Menace (1937)
Laughing Irish Eyes (1936)
Deacon
Mysterious Crossing (1936)
Lincoln
Daniel Boone (1936)
Pompey
Muss 'Em Up (1936)
William
Show Boat (1936)
Janitor [Sam]
Follow Your Heart (1936)
Choir leader
Red Hot Tires (1935)
So Red the Rose (1935)
Cato
O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935)
Jeff
Alias Mary Dow (1935)
"Rufe"
East of Java (1935)
Johnson
Harmony Lane (1935)
Old Joe
After the Dance (1935)
Cook
The Public Menace (1935)
Janitor
Kid Millions (1934)
Colonel Witherspoon
A Very Honorable Guy (1934)
Massacre (1934)
Sam
The Personality Kid (1934)
Shamrock
Broadway Bill (1934)
Whitey
Black Moon (1934)
Lunch
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
Ali
The Wrecker (1933)
Chauffeur
Laughter in Hell (1933)
Jackson
Fury of the Jungle (1933)
Sunrise
The Mind Reader (1933)
Sam
The Death Kiss (1933)
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
Sam
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Haitian golfer
Frisco Jenny (1933)
Singer
Attorney for the Defense (1932)
Jeff [Jefferson Q. Leffingwell]
Hell's Highway (1932)
Rascal
Washington Merry-Go-Round (1932)
Clarence
Lena Rivers (1932)
Lucifer "Lucy" Jones
Is My Face Red? (1932)
Horatio
Winner Take All (1932)
Rosebud
Man Against Woman (1932)
Smoke Johnson
Night World (1932)
The Doorman [Tim]
Prestige (1932)
Nham
The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)
Tombeau
Cabin in the Cotton (1932)
A blind Negro
White Zombie (1932)
Driver
The Wet Parade (1932)
Taylor Tibbs
If I Had a Million (1932)
Death row convict
The Fighting Sheriff (1931)
Curfew
Safe in Hell (1931)
Newcastle
X Marks the Spot (1931)
Secret Service (1931)
Jonas [Polk]
Dirigible (1931)
Clarence, the waiter
Huckleberry Finn (1931)
Jim
The Last Parade (1931)
Alabam'
The Secret Witness (1931)
Jeff
Rain or Shine (1930)
Nero
Guilty? (1930)
Jefferson
A Royal Romance (1930)
Rusty
Hearts in Dixie (1929)
Nappus

Writer (Feature Film)

Broken Strings (1940)
Additional Dialogue
Way Down South (1939)
Original story and Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Spirit of Youth (1938)
Supervisor

Music (Feature Film)

Storyville (1992)
Song
Satchmo the Great (1957)
Composer
Melody Parade (1943)
Composer
Stormy Weather (1943)
Composer
Way Down South (1939)
Composer
Spirit of Youth (1938)
Original score
Spirit of Youth (1938)
Composer
High Hat (1937)
Congo interpretations by
Safe in Hell (1931)
Composer

Dance (Feature Film)

Way Down South (1939)
Dance Director

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Way Down South (1939)
Technical Advisor

Cast (Short)

Alice in Movieland (1940)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Spirit Of Youth (1937) - He Needs You Now Anthony Scott and Janette O’Dell are the Alabama kids who will be a couple when they grow up, Cleo Desmond his mother, in the at-first idyllic opening to Spirit Of Youth, (1938) which stars heavyweight champion Joe Louis, himself from Alabama, in a fictional story of a troubled boxer.
Spirit Of Youth (1937) - You Deserve It, Joe Years have passed since the injury that left his father (Jesse Lee Brooks) disabled, receiving guests with his mother (Cleo Desmond), as we see the first appearance of heavyweight champ Joe Louis in this fictional role, Edna Mae Harris his now grown-up childhood friend, in Spirit Of Youth, 1938.
Spirit Of Youth (1937) - That's Where You Belong Fighter Joe Louis is “Joe Thomas,” country boy seeking work in the big city, just after his friend Crickie (Mantan Moreland) has discovered he has a terrific punch, Clarence Muse as the big-shot not hiring them, when they strike upon the idea of boxing, in Spirit Of Youth, 1938.
White Zombie (1932) - A Cheerful Introduction Opening by independent producer-director brothers Edward and Victor Halperin, Madeline and Neil (Madge Bellamy, John Harron) arrived in Haiti, their coachman (Clarence Muse) alert and “Murder Legendre” (Bela Lugosi) lurking, in White Zombie, 1932, often cited as the first "zombie" movie.
Count of Monte Cristo, The (1934) - Dust Off Your Memory Dantes (Robert Donat, now as "Monte Cristo") catches Mondego (Douglas Walton) about to commit murder, then reveals himself as his elegant vengeance begins in Rowland V. Lee's The Count of Monte Cristo, 1934.
Way Down South (1939) - Bayou Lovelle Credits notable for their content, co-star Clarence Muse and poet Langston Hughes sharing original screenplay credit, framing scenes at the plantation then Muse, his owner Ralph Morgan, and Edwin Maxwell with exposition, in producer Sol Lesser's musical one-off Way Down South, 1939.
Way Down South (1939) - Good Ground Last piece of a long production number, featuring the Hall Johnson choir, song by screenwriters Clarence Muse and Langston Hughes, ending in a plot twist, as benevolent plantation owner Reid (Ralph Morgan) dies in a mishap, his son (Bobby Breen) suddenly the man, in Way Down South, 1939.
Winner Take All (1932) - Knockout Jimmy Opening scene, ring announcer (Selmer Jackson) helps boxer Jimmy (James Cagney, son of an amateur fighter) solicit charity, manager Pop (Guy Kibbee) and aide Rosebud (Clarence Muse) putting him on the 20th Century, in Roy Del Ruth's Winner Take All, 1932.
Prestige (1932) - Good Old Nurse Now stationed in Indochina, French colonial officer Andre (Melvyn Douglas) has found the bottle and an African American aide "Nham" (Clarence Muse), in director Tay Garnett's Prestige, 1932.

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