Allen Jenkins


Actor
Allen Jenkins

About

Also Known As
Al Mcconegal, Allan Jenkins
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
April 09, 1900
Died
July 20, 1974

Biography

Commonly cast as a dimwitted thug in gangster movies, Allen Jenkins was a popular character actor of the '30s and '40s and part of the so-called "Irish Mafia" of Hollywood actors that included James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Frank McHugh. Jenkins was born to a show business family, and studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts before appearing in numerous Broadway produ...

Photos & Videos

Brother Orchid - Movie Poster
Twenty Million Sweethearts - Lobby Cards
Swing Your Lady - Movie Poster

Biography

Commonly cast as a dimwitted thug in gangster movies, Allen Jenkins was a popular character actor of the '30s and '40s and part of the so-called "Irish Mafia" of Hollywood actors that included James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and Frank McHugh. Jenkins was born to a show business family, and studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts before appearing in numerous Broadway productions throughout the '20s. After replacing Spencer Tracy as the lead in "The Last Mile" he was recruited by Darryl F. Zanuck to work for Paramount Pictures out in Hollywood. For his first film role he recreated his character of Frankie Wells for the 1932 film adaptation of the play "Blessed Event." A series of tough-guy goon roles made Jenkins somewhat of an icon of the '40s, and the image stuck throughout his career. As the style of Hollywood films changed in the '60s and '70s and his steady stream of film roles started to wane, Jenkins went where the work was--television. He often played cops, janitors, or just plain, old blue-collar simpletons on shows like "Adam-12" and "Bewitched." He also voiced the character of Officer Charlie Dibble on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "Top Cat." His last role was that of a telegrapher in Billy Wilder's 1974 comedy feature "The Front Page" with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. He died later that same year of lung cancer.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Front Page (1974)
Getting Away From It All (1972)
Doorman
Doctor, You've Got To Be Kidding (1967)
Joe Bonney
The Spy in the Green Hat (1966)
For Those Who Think Young (1964)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Vermin
I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)
Fred
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Police officer
Pillow Talk (1959)
Harry
Chained for Life (1952)
Hinkley
Oklahoma Annie (1952)
Bartender
The WAC from Walla Walla (1952)
Mr. Redington
Let's Go Navy (1951)
Longnecker
Behave Yourself! (1951)
Detective
Crazy Over Horses (1951)
Weepin' Willie
Bodyhold (1950)
Slats Henry
The Big Wheel (1949)
George
The Inside Story (1948)
Eddy Hale
The Senator Was Indiscreet (1948)
Farrell
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947)
Nick
Wild Harvest (1947)
Higgins
The Case of the Baby Sitter (1947)
Harvard
Fun on a Weekend (1947)
Joe Morgan
The Hat-box Mystery (1947)
Harvard
Singin' in the Corn (1946)
Glen Cummings
The Dark Horse (1946)
Willy Trimble
Meet Me on Broadway (1946)
Deacon McGill
Wonder Man (1945)
Chimp
Lady on a Train (1945)
Danny
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Tortilla Flat (1942)
Portagee Joe
Ball of Fire (1942)
Garbage man
Eyes in the Night (1942)
Marty
A Date with the Falcon (1942)
Jonathan "Goldy" Locke
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
"Pappy" Goodring
The Falcon Takes Over (1942)
Jonathan "Goldy" Locke
They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
Johnny Johnson
Dive Bomber (1941)
"Lucky" James
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Wilfred
The Gay Falcon (1941)
Jonathan "Goldy" Locke
Time Out for Rhythm (1941)
Off-Beat [One Note] Davis
Go West, Young Lady (1941)
Hank
Brother Orchid (1940)
Willie the Knife
Margie (1940)
Kenneth
Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Casey
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love (1940)
Weasel
Meet the Wildcat (1940)
Max
Destry Rides Again (1939)
Gyp Watson
Naughty but Nice (1939)
Joe Dirk
Five Came Back (1939)
Pete
Torchy Blane...Playing with Dynamite (1939)
Lt. Steve McBride
Sweepstakes Winner (1939)
[Xerxes] "Tip" Bailey
Swing Your Lady (1938)
Shiner
Going Places (1938)
Droopy
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
Mike
The Amazing Doctor Clitterhouse (1938)
Okay
Heart of the North (1938)
Corpl. Bill Hardsack
Racket Busters (1938)
Skeets Wilson
Fools for Scandal (1938)
Dewey Gilson
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Duke Dennis
Hard to Get (1938)
Roscoe
Marked Woman (1937)
Louie
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Pinky
The Singing Marine (1937)
Sergeant Mike [Kelly]
Dead End (1937)
Hunk
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Christopher Cross
Ever Since Eve (1937)
Jake Edgall
Marry the Girl (1937)
Specs
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
Dempsey
Ready, Willing and Able (1937)
J. Van Courtland
Dance Charlie Dance (1937)
Alf Morgan
The Singing Kid (1936)
Joe
Three Men on a Horse (1936)
Charlie
Cain and Mabel (1936)
Dodo
Sins of Man (1936)
Crusty
Page Miss Glory (1935)
Petey
Sweet Music (1935)
Barney Cowan
The Case of the Lucky Legs (1935)
Spudsy [Drake]
While the Patient Slept (1935)
Jackson
The Case of the Curious Bride (1935)
Spudsy [Drake]
The Irish in Us (1935)
Carbarn [Hammerschlog]
A Night at the Ritz (1935)
Gyp [Beagle]
Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)
Kewpie [Wiggins]
I Live for Love (1935)
Mac [Jim McNamara]
Broadway Hostess (1935)
Fishcake [Carter]
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Pete
Happiness Ahead (1934)
Chuck
The Big Shakedown (1934)
Lefty
The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
Sgt. Holcomb
The St. Louis Kid (1934)
Buck [Willets]
Bedside (1934)
[Sam] Sparks
Jimmy the Gent (1934)
Louie
I've Got Your Number (1934)
John
The Merry Frinks (1934)
Emmett Frink
Whirlpool (1934)
Mac
Employee's Entrance (1933)
Sweeney
42nd Street (1933)
MacElroy
Lawyer Man (1933)
Izzy Levine
The Silk Express (1933)
Rusty, alias of Raymond Griffith
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
Joe Musik
The Keyhole (1933)
Hank [Wales]
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
O'Connor
Blondie Johnson (1933)
Louis
Hard to Handle (1933)
Radio announcer
The Mind Reader (1933)
Frank
Havana Widows (1933)
Herman Brody
The Mayor of Hell (1933)
Mike
Tomorrow at Seven (1933)
Dugan
Three on a Match (1932)
Dick
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Barney Sykes
Rackety Rax (1932)
Mike Dumphy
Blessed Event (1932)
Frankie Wells
The Girl Habit (1931)
Tony [Maloney]

Cast (Short)

A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
Himself
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
Himself
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

Three Cheers for the Girls (1943)
Archival Footage

Life Events

Photo Collections

Brother Orchid - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster for Warner Bros' Brother Orchid (1940), starring Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern, and Humphrey Bogart. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Twenty Million Sweethearts - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from First National's Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934). 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.
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.

Videos

Movie Clip

Ball Of Fire (1942) - Two And Two Are Five Allen Jenkins is the garbage man, seeking trivia help from encyclopedia-writing professors (Oscar Homolka, Aubrey Mather, Richard Haydn, S.Z. Sakall et al), Potts (Gary Cooper) committing to new research, in Howard Hawks' Ball Of Fire, 1942.
Blessed Event (1932) - How Can You Say No? Often mentioned but seen now for the first time 30-minutes into the picture, Dick Powell as radio band-leader Bunny Harmon, the frequent target and general enemy of gossip columnist Alvin (Lee Tracy) offers a tune by Joseph Burke, Al Dubin and Irving Kahal, then an insult as he hands off to Alvin, who counters, in Warner Bros.’ Blessed Event, 1932.
Marked Woman (1937) - From Tiddlywinks To Roulette Gangster Johnny Vanning (Eduardo Cianelli), his character inspired by Charles "Lucky" Luciano, surveys the goods (including staff hostesses, Bette Davis as Mary, Lola Lane as Gabby, Isabel Jewell as Emmy Lou and Mayo Methot as Estelle) in the night club he's taken over, early in Marked Woman, 1937.
Hard To Handle (1933) - It Ain't Humanely Possible Joining director Mervyn LeRoy’s breakneck opening, Allen Jenkins the MC at an outrageous Hollywood dance marathon, the last two couples standing are (second-billed) Mary Brian with Matt McHugh and Sterling Holloway with Mary Doran, before we meet the promoter, above-the-title billed James Cagney as Lefty, in Warner Bros.’ Hard To Handle, 1933.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - Did Anyone Ever Tell You? Rollicking start, with Rosemary Lane belting a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin original, Richard Lane her agent Mike at the bar with Harvard man Rudy Vallee, then fisticuffs when Princeton arrives, Allen Jenkins the piano player, in Columbia’s Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - The Boogie-Woogie Man Quite the novelty number, after a time-lapse montage in which Rudy Vallee and Richard Lane have become big-time agents, a number sung by Pee Wee Hunt, with the Glen Gray (Casa Loma) Band, composition by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, Franz/Frank Planer on camera but no credit for special or photographic effects, in the Columbia variety vehicle Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Time Out For Rhythm (1941) - A-Twiddlin' My Thumbs Ann Miller, first-billed among many in a Columbia variety feature, crushes a Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin tune, dance by LeRoy Prinz, as the maid for a singer that agents Rudy Vallee and Allen Jenkins hope to lure back, in B>Time Out For Rhythm, 1941.
Slight Case Of Murder, A (1938) - Douglas Fairbanks Rosenbloom Ex-bootlegger turned legit-but-broke brewer Marko (Edward G. Robinson) visiting his "alma-mater" orphanage, Margaret Hamilton in charge, collecting his annual summer adopt-ee, (Bobby Jordan), in A Slight Case Of Murder, 1938, from the Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay play.
Slight Case Of Murder, A (1938) - Wash Your Neck Speaking from the original Damon Runyon and Howard Lindsay play, bootlegger Remy Marko (Edward G. Robinson) informs his troops (Edward Brophy, Allen Jenkins, Harold Huber et al) of the new plan, early in Warner Bros.' A Slight Case Of Murder, 1938.
Case Of The Curious Bride, The (1935) - Nothing But Deadly Monotony Visiting due to boredom with their friend the San Francisco coroner Wilbur (Olin Howland), Warren William (title character) and sidekicks Spudsy and Toots (Allen Jenkins, Thomas Jenkins), share in the surprise over an exhumed body, in the Warner Bros. Perry Mason serial The Case Of The Curious Bride, 1935.
Case Of The Curious Bride, The (1935) - I Know A Little Jiu Jitsu Arriving with sidekick Spuds (Allen Jenkins) at the San Francisco airport, lawyer Perry Mason (Warren William) manages to intercept ex-girlfriend Rhoda (Margaret Lindsay), now a murder suspect, before the cops (Barton MacLane et al) can grab her, in The Case Of The Curious Bride, 1935.
Jimmy The Gent (1934) - I Love Your Enthusiasm The criminal underbelly of a big-city hospital, medical staff (Mary Treen the nurse, Philip Faversham the intern on the phone) sharing word of a loaded corpse, intercepted by Philip Reed, relaying the call to second-billed Bette Davis, who works for slick Alan Dinehart, in Jimmy The Gent, 1934, starring James Cagney.

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