Jack Oakie


Actor
Jack Oakie

About

Also Known As
Lewis Delaney Offield
Birth Place
Sedalia, Missouri, USA
Born
November 12, 1903
Died
January 23, 1978
Cause of Death
Aortic Aneurysm

Biography

Delightfully brash character actor of the 1930s and 40s, Oakie was famed for his double-takes and gleeful song-and-dance style. A vaudeville performer from the early 1920s, Oakie first hit Broadway in Mistinguette's "Innocent Eyes" (1924). Talkies proved a boon to Oakie, who was signed by Paramount in 1927 and played wisecracking collegiates in several early musicals (notably "Sweetie," ...

Photos & Videos

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Million Dollar Legs - Movie Poster
The Eagle and the Hawk - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Joan Crawford
Companion
Actor. Dated briefly in the 1920s.
Venita Varden
Wife
Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1938; later died in an airplane crash.
Victoria Horne
Wife
Actor. Married from 1950 till his death.

Bibliography

"Jack Oakie's Double Takes"
Jack Oakie (1980)

Biography

Delightfully brash character actor of the 1930s and 40s, Oakie was famed for his double-takes and gleeful song-and-dance style. A vaudeville performer from the early 1920s, Oakie first hit Broadway in Mistinguette's "Innocent Eyes" (1924). Talkies proved a boon to Oakie, who was signed by Paramount in 1927 and played wisecracking collegiates in several early musicals (notably "Sweetie," 1929, with Helen Kane).

Jack Oakie seemed to turn up in every other film in the 1930s and 40s, usually as the best pal of the leading man (though he himself was the romantic lead in the brilliant "Million Dollar Legs," 1932). Oakie appeared in such films as "Too Much Harmony" and "Alice in Wonderland" (1933), "The Big Broadcast of 1936," "Tin Pan Alley" (1940), and parodying Mussolini in Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" (1940), for which he won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. Extremely wealthy, Oakie retired in the late 40s, making only occasional cameo appearances.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Lover Come Back (1961)
J. Paxton Miller
The Rat Race (1960)
Mac Macreavy
The Wonderful Country (1959)
Travis Hight
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Captain, S.S. Henrietta
Tomahawk (1951)
Sol Beckworth
Last of the Buccaneers (1950)
Sergeant Dominick
Thieves' Highway (1949)
Slob
When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)
Bozo Evans
Northwest Stampede (1948)
Mike Kirby
She Wrote the Book (1946)
Jerry Marlowe
That's the Spirit (1945)
Steve ["Slim" Gogarty]
On Stage Everybody (1945)
Tim Sullivan
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Oscar Cigolini
Bowery to Broadway (1944)
Michael O'Rourke
Sweet and Low-Down (1944)
Popsy
The Merry Monahans (1944)
Pete Monahan
Wintertime (1943)
Skip Hutton
Something to Shout About (1943)
Larry Martin
Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
Dan Daley
Song of the Islands (1942)
Rusty Smith
Iceland (1942)
Slip Riggs
The Great American Broadcast (1941)
Chuck Hadley
Rise and Shine (1941)
Boley [Bolenciecwicz]
The Great Dictator (1941)
[Benzini] Napaloni, Dictator of Bacteria
Little Men (1941)
Willie [the Fox]
Navy Blues (1941)
Cake O'Hare
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Harry Calhoun
Young People (1940)
Joe Ballantine
Radio City Revels (1938)
Harry [Miller]
Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)
Lanny Morgan
The Affairs of Annabel (1938)
[Lanny] Morgan
Thanks for Everything (1938)
Bates
That Girl from Paris (1937)
Whammo
Fight for Your Lady (1937)
Ham Hamilton
Super-Sleuth (1937)
Willard "Bill" Martin
Champagne Waltz (1937)
Happy Gallagher
The Toast of New York (1937)
Luke
Hitting a New High (1937)
Corny Davis
Florida Special (1936)
Bangs Tucker
Colleen (1936)
Joe Cork
King of Burlesque (1936)
Joe Cooney
The Texas Rangers (1936)
[Henry B.] Wahoo Jones
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935)
Spud [Miller]
The Call of the Wild (1935)
"Shorty" Hoolihan
Collegiate (1935)
Jerry Craig
Looking for Trouble (1934)
Casey
Shoot the Works (1934)
Nicky [Nelson]
Murder at the Vanities (1934)
Jack Ellery
College Rhythm (1934)
["Love 'n' Kisses"] Finnegan
College Humor (1933)
Barney Shirrel
Sitting Pretty (1933)
Chick Parker
Sailor Be Good! (1933)
Kelsey "Jonesy" Jones
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
Mike Richards
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
Tweedledum
From Hell to Heaven (1933)
Charlie [Bayne]
Too Much Harmony (1933)
Benny Day
Dancers in the Dark (1932)
Duke [Taylor]
Sky Bride (1932)
Alec Dugan
Madison Sq. Garden (1932)
Eddie Burke
Once in a Lifetime (1932)
George Lewis
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
Migg Tweeney
Uptown New York (1932)
Eddie Doyle
If I Had a Million (1932)
Mulligan
Make Me a Star (1932)
The Gang Buster (1931)
Charlie ["Cyclone"] Case
June Moon (1931)
Fred Stevens
Dude Ranch (1931)
Jenifer
Touchdown! (1931)
Babe Barton
Hit the Deck (1930)
Bilge
Sea Legs (1930)
Searchlight Doyle
Let's Go Native (1930)
Voltaire McGinnis
Galas de la Paramount (1930)
Paramount on Parade (1930)
The Social Lion (1930)
Marco Perkins
The Sap From Syracuse (1930)
Littleton Looney
Street Girl (1929)
Joe Spring
Close Harmony (1929)
Ben Barney
Sin Town (1929)
"Chicken" O'Toole
Sweetie (1929)
Tap-Tap Thompson
Chinatown Nights (1929)
The reporter
The Wild Party (1929)
Al
The Dummy (1929)
Dopey Hart
Hard To Get (1929)
Marty Martin
The Man I Love (1929)
Lew Layton
Fast Company (1929)
Elmer Kane
The Fleet's In (1928)
Searchlight Doyle
Someone To Love (1928)
Michael Casey
Road House (1928)
Sam

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Devotion (1946)
Special Effects

Cast (Short)

Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove (1934)
Himself

Life Events

1923

Broadway debut in "Little Nelly Kelly"

1927

Film debut, "Finders Keepers"

1928

Signed with Paramount

1928

First talking film, "The Dummy"

1961

Last feature film, "Lover Come Back"

1972

Last TV appearance, on a Johnny Carson special

Photo Collections

Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Rise and Shine - Title Lobby Card
Million Dollar Legs - Movie Poster
Million Dollar Legs - Movie Poster
The Eagle and the Hawk - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Paramount Pictures' The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), starring Fredric March, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, and Jack Oakie.
The Eagle and the Hawk - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from Paramount Pictures' The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), starring Fredric March, Cary Grant and Carole Lombard. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Eagle and the Hawk - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Paramount Pictures' The Eagle and the Hawk (1933), starring Fredric March, Cary Grant, and Carole Lombard. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.

Videos

Movie Clip

Million Dollar Legs (1932) - Klopstokia, Goats And Nuts Opening with pace and absurdity, Edward Cline directing for producer Herman J. Mankiewicz from a story by his brother Joseph L. ., we meet George Barbier as Baldwin, top-billed Jack Oakie as his salesman Tweeny and Susan Fleming with Dickie Moore as her little brother, in Million Dollar Legs, co-starring W.C. Fields.
Million Dollar Legs (1932) - Put Yourself Under Arrest! Introducing second-billed W.C. Fields, president of Klopstokia, dueling with a Dictaphone when he’s intercepted by smitten salesman Tweeny (Jack Oakie), and we soon discover his crush (Susan Fleming) is the president’s daughter, in Million Dollar Legs, 1932, from a story by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
College Humor (1933) - Down The Old Ox Road Joining in an already elaborate musical montage with an original song by Paramount staffers Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow, jock Barney and sorority gal Amber (Jack Oakie and Mary Kornman) on their first date eventually tumble to singing professor Danvers (Bing Crosby), in College Humor 1933.
Eagle And The Hawk, The (1933) - Opening, Great Danger Opening credits featuring introductory clips for Fredric March, Cary Grant and Jack Oakie in The Eagle and the Hawk, 1933, from a story by John Monk Saunders.
Eagle And The Hawk, The (1933) - Got Me Grounded! Flight officer Jerry Young (Fredric March) tells his crew who's shipping off to France, leaving out the impetuous Henry Crocker (Cary Grant) in The Eagle and the Hawk, 1933.
Affairs Of Annabel, The (1938) - Adapted From The Hungarian Working with her gym coach (Maurice Cass), movie star Annabel (Lucile Ball) receives publicist Lanny (Jack Oakie), who aims to trick her into taking a job as a maid to prepare for her next role, his scheme soon uncovered, in RKO’s The Affairs Of Annabel, 1938.
Affairs Of Annabel, The (1938) - Stick You In The Pen! Opening scenes, nutty press agent Morgan (Jack Oakie) persuades studio chief Webb (Bradley Page) and malcontent movie star Annabel (Lucille Ball) that she should go to prison for publicity, in The Affairs Of Annabel, 1938.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - An Obscure Peddler A prologue with the very loose history of the Civil War era robber baron Jim Fisk, then portrayed by Edward Arnold, running a scam with partners Boyd and Luke (Cary Grant, Jack Oakie), in the RKO financial biopic-melodrama The Toast Of New York, 1937, also starring Frances Farmer.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - I'm Going To Be A Great Actress Thriving high-finance scam partners Boyd (Cary Grant) and Fisk (Edward Arnold) rush to be first to make a date with French songstress Fleurique (Thelma Leeds) backstage, where she’s abusing dresser Josie (Frances Farmer), who proves to be the greater prize, in The Toast Of New York,1937.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - The Twelve Temptations In 1860’s New York, financier Fisk (Edward Arnold) is backing a show featuring his mistress Josie (Frances Farmer), when associates Boyd (Cary Grant), Luke (Jack Oakie) and Drew (Donald Meek) arrive with news that their railroad stock scam has been exposed, in The Toast Of New York,1937.
Toast Of New York, The (1937) - Nothing Can Be Too Fine Post-Civil War New York financial schemers Fisk (Edward Arnold), Boyd (Cary Grant) and Luke (Jack Oakie) have staged the launch their fake big-money passenger shipping line, aiming to trick the pious skinflint competitor Drew (Donald Meek) into selling out, in The Toast Of New York,1937.
It Happened Tomorrow (1944) - Opening Credits Opening title sequence from director Rene` Clair's It Happened Tomorrow, 1944, starring Dick Powell, Linda Darnell and Jack Oakie.

Trailer

Family

Mary Evelyn Offield
Mother
Teacher. Founded several schools and taught psychology at Columbia University; appeared in Oakie's film "Too Much Harmony," 1933.

Companions

Joan Crawford
Companion
Actor. Dated briefly in the 1920s.
Venita Varden
Wife
Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1938; later died in an airplane crash.
Victoria Horne
Wife
Actor. Married from 1950 till his death.

Bibliography

"Jack Oakie's Double Takes"
Jack Oakie (1980)