Cliff Edwards


Singer
Cliff Edwards

About

Also Known As
Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike), Ukulele Ike, Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards
Birth Place
Hannibal, Missouri, USA
Born
June 14, 1895
Died
July 17, 1971

Biography

Cliff Edwards was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Edwards landed roles in various films, including the Conrad Nagel musical comedy "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" (1929), "Marianne" (1929) and "So This Is College" (1929). He also appeared in the musical "Those Three French Girls" (1930) with Fifi D'Orsay, "Lord Byron of Broadway" (1930) a...

Biography

Cliff Edwards was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Early on in his acting career, Edwards landed roles in various films, including the Conrad Nagel musical comedy "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" (1929), "Marianne" (1929) and "So This Is College" (1929). He also appeared in the musical "Those Three French Girls" (1930) with Fifi D'Orsay, "Lord Byron of Broadway" (1930) and the musical "Montana Moon" (1930) with Joan Crawford. He kept working in film throughout the thirties, starring in "Flying Devils" (1933), "Take a Chance" (1933) and the Rudy Vallee musical "George White's Scandals" (1934). He also appeared in "George White's 1935 Scandals" (1935) with Alice Faye. Film continued to be his passion as he played roles in the Ronald Reagan adaptation "International Squadron" (1941), "Knockout" (1941) and "Power Dive" (1941). He also appeared in the Ellen Drew crime feature "The Monster and the Girl" (1941) and "American Empire" (1942). Edwards's music was most recently featured in the crime drama "Killing Them Softly" (2012) with Brad Pitt. Edwards passed away in July 1971 at the age of 76.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Man From Button Willow (1965)
Platinum High School (1960)
Frank
Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
Voice of Jiminy Cricket
The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
Goldy Locke
Salute for Three (1943)
Foggy
Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1943)
Stormy
Fighting Frontier (1943)
Ike
Sagebrush Law (1943)
Ike
The Avenging Rider (1943)
Ike
Riders of the Northland (1942)
Harmony Bumpus
Overland to Deadwood (1942)
Harmony Hobbs
Lawless Plainsmen (1942)
Harmony Stubbs
West of Tombstone (1942)
Harmony Haines
Bad Men of the Hills (1942)
Harmony Haines
American Empire (1942)
Runty
Sundown Jim (1942)
Stable proprietor
Bandit Ranger (1942)
Ike
Red River Robin Hood (1942)
Ike
Pirates of the Prairie (1942)
Ike
Knockout (1941)
Pinky [Sleepy]
The Monster and the Girl (1941)
Tips
Dumbo (1941)
Voice of Dandy Crow
Riders of the Badlands (1941)
Bones Malloy
Prairie Stranger (1941)
"Bones"
Thunder Over the Prairie (1941)
Bones Malloy
Power Dive (1941)
"Squid" Watkins
International Squadron (1941)
"Omaha" McGrath
Friendly Neighbors (1940)
Notes
She Couldn't Say No (1940)
Banjo Page
Pinocchio (1940)
Voice of Jiminy Cricket
Flowing Gold (1940)
Hot Rocks
High School (1940)
Jeff [Jefferson]
His Girl Friday (1940)
Endicott
Millionaires in Prison (1940)
Happy
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Reminiscent soldier
Maisie (1939)
Shorty
Smuggled Cargo (1939)
Professor
The Little Adventuress (1938)
Handy
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
"Minstrel Joe"
Bad Guy (1937)
"Hi-Line"
Women Men Marry (1937)
Jerry Little
Between Two Women (1937)
Snoopy
They Gave Him a Gun (1937)
Laro
Saratoga (1937)
Tip [O'Brien]
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
"Buzz" McCreedy
The Man I Marry (1936)
Jerry Ridgeway
Red Salute (1935)
[P. J.] Rooney
George White's 1935 Scandals (1935)
Dude [Oliver]
George White's Scandals (1934)
Stew Hart
Take a Chance (1933)
Louie Webb
Flying Devils (1933)
Screwy Edwards
Young Bride (1932)
Pete
Fast Life (1932)
[Franz] Bumpy [Jurgens]
Hell Divers (1932)
Baldy
Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931)
Bell hop
The Prodigal (1931)
Snipe
Sidewalks of New York (1931)
Poggle
Shipmates (1931)
Bilge
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Victor
Stepping Out (1931)
Paul [Perkins]
The Great Lover (1931)
Finny
Laughing Sinners (1931)
Mike
Good News (1930)
Kearney
Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
Joe
Way Out West (1930)
Trilby
Those Three French Girls (1930)
Owly
Doughboys (1930)
Nescopeck
Montana Moon (1930)
Froggy
Marianne (1929)
Soapy
So This Is College (1929)
Windy
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

Music (Feature Film)

Killing Them Softly (2012)
Song Performer
Meet Monica Velour (2010)
Song Performer
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
Song Performer
I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
Song Performer
The Avenging Rider (1943)
Composer

Cast (Special)

Vincent Van Gogh: A Stroke of Genius (1997)

Cast (Short)

Cliff Edwards and His Buckaroos (1940)
Himself
The Royal Rodeo (1939)
Pacific Paradise (1937)
Himself
Cinema Circus (1937)
Himself
Starlit Days at the Lido (1935)
Himself
THE CHRISTMAS PARTY (1931)
Himself
Crazy House (1930)

Life Events

1936

Broadway acting debut in "George White's Scandals"

Videos

Movie Clip

His Girl Friday (1940) - The Real Red Menace In the press room at the courthouse, Howard Hawks directs the guys from Ben Hecht’s original play (Roscoe Karns as McCue, Porter Hall as Murphy, Ernest Truex as Roy, Cliff Edwards as Endicott, Frank Jenks as Wilson), and Roz Russell convincing as the title character, their pal Hildy, informing them she’s done, in His Girl Friday, 1940.
Sidewalks Of New York (1931) - There Should Be A Law Against This Landlord Harmon (Buster Keaton), summoned from his bed by aide Poggle (Cliff Edwards), who was unable to collect the rent, means to straighten things out but runs into Clipper (Norman Phillips Jr.) and his sister Margie (Anita Page), early in Sidewalks Of New York, 1931.
Sidewalks Of New York (1931) - Raise Your Right Hand Rich landlord Harmon (Buster Keaton) and minion Poggle (Cliff Edwards) arrive at court where the judge (Oscar Apfel) is investigating the giant neighborhood brawl, in Keaton’s third MGM talkie, into which he had no creative input, in Sidewalks Of New York, 1931.
Sidewalks Of New York (1931) - My Little Friends Harmon (Buster Keaton) has built a gym to impress Margie (Anita Page), sister of neighborhood hoodlum Clipper (Norman Phillips Jr.) but is perplexed when the delinquents don’t show up, in the talking comedy MGM insisted that Keaton make, Sidewalks Of New York, 1931.
Marianne (1929) - Hinky Dinky Parlez Vous After a montage indicating many years of war, Marion Davies (title character) in her French country village is more interested in her pig than in the bunch of American doughboys arriving, Cliff Edwards as Soapy, Benny Rubin as Sam, and Lawrence Gray as soon-smitten Stagg, in Marianne, 1929.
Marianne (1929) - I'm A War Orphan Too! The American soldiers (Cliff Edwards, Benny Rubin, and Lawrence Gray as the more ambitious Stagg) have finagled some food from French single-gal innkeeper Marion Davies (title character), whose fiancè hasn’t been heard from in years, and who begins to thaw a little, in Marianne, 1929.
That's Entertainment! (1974) - Open, Singin' In The Rain Frank Sinatra opens the narration with some of the history of the song by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, especially as it relates to movies and to MGM, in the studio’s hit 50th anniversary documentary feature, That’s Entertainment!, 1974.
Great Lover, The (1931) - I Can Almost See Her Arriving New York on the ship from a European tour, world class lothario and opera singer Paurel (Adolphe Menjou) and his man (Ernest Torrence) fail to identify the voice of Diana (Irene Dunne), meeting press agent Finny (Cliff Edwards) and reporter Rosco (Ates), in The Great Lover, 1931.
Doughboys (1930) - I Want My Mama A rare vocal by Buster Keaton, with “Ukelele Ike” Cliff Edwards, who became a lifelong pal after this picture, reeling off an un-credited vaudeville tune, which they often did between takes, chilling in the barracks, in Keaton’s second MGM talkie, Doughboys, 1930.
Doughboys (1930) - Cold Steel Bloody Business Mostly a riff for Edward Brophy as the manic drill sergeant, given this role after a famous bit in Buster Keaton's first talkie The Cameraman, here in Buster's second showing him (as foppish recruit "Elmer" Stuyvesant) how to use a bayonet, in Doughboys, 1930.
Laughing Sinners (1931) - Rainy Day Girl Opening scenes, delightful young Ivy (Joan Crawford) has driven out 40 miles from Cincinnati to meet traveling salesman boyfriend Howdy (Neil Hamilton) and pals (Roscoe Karns, Cliff Edwards on ukelele) on their train, in MGM's Laughing Sinners, 1931.
Women Men Marry (1937) - Eat A Peck Of Dirt Boss Walter (Sidney Blackmer) with employee Jane (Josephine Hutchinson), realizing Claire (Claire Dodd), with whom he's having an anonymous affair, is married to his host Bill (George Murphy), Jerry (Cliff Edwards) and Sugar (Toby Wing) attending, in Women Men Marry, 1937.

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