Franklin Pangborn

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1889-01-23

Place of Birth
Newark, New Jersey, USA

Also Known As
Frank Pangborn
Franklyn Pangborn

Franklin Pangborn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Franklin Pangborn (January 23, 1889 – July 20, 1958) was an American comedic character actor. Pangborn was famous for small, but memorable roles, with a comic flair. He appeared in many Preston Sturges movies as well as the W. C. Fields films International House, The Bank Dick, and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. For his contributions to motion pictures, Pangborn received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street on February 8, 1960.

One of those character actors who always played essentially the same character no matter the situation, Pangborn portrayed a prissy type of person, polite, elegant, and highly energetic, often officious, fastidious, somewhat nervous, prone to becoming flustered but essentially upbeat, and with an immediately recognizable high-speed patter-type speech pattern. He typically played an officious desk clerk in a hotel, a self-important musician, a fastidious headwaiter, an enthusiastic birdwatcher, and the like, and was usually put in a situation of frustration or was comedically flustered by someone else's topsy-turvy antics.

Pangborn's screen character, was often considered a gay stereotype, although such a topic was too sensitive in his day to be discussed overtly in the dialogue. A rare exception occurred in International House, which was filmed before the Hays Office fully censored filmmaking, and was notable for several risqué references (by 1933 standards)

1940
The Bank Dick
6.7
1937
A Star Is Born
7.0
1947
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
6.8
1934
King Kelly of the U.S.A.
4.0
1949
My Dream Is Yours
6.8
1936
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
7.6
1938
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
7.0
1942
The Palm Beach Story
7.5
1942
Now, Voyager
7.6
1940
Christmas in July
7.1
1942
George Washington Slept Here
6.5
1941
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
7.4
1944
The Great Moment
6.2
1944
Hail the Conquering Hero
7.2
1938
Carefree
7.1
1938
Just Around the Corner
6.3
1957
The Story of Mankind
4.7
1941
The Flame of New Orleans
6.0
1948
Romance on the High Seas
5.0
1937
Stage Door
7.1
1935
The Captain Hits the Ceiling
0.0
1941
Sullivan's Travels
7.8
1936
The Mandarin Mystery
5.8
1938
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
6.4
1945
The Horn Blows at Midnight
5.6
1938
Four's a Crowd
4.2
1937
Easy Living
6.6
1938
Topper Takes a Trip
6.6
1945
Hollywood and Vine
4.8
2013
Design for Living
7.5
1943
Reveille with Beverly
6.0
1932
The Half Naked Truth
6.6
1934
Cockeyed Cavaliers
9.0
1938
Always Goodbye
7.2
1937
Swing High, Swing Low
5.7
1931
Blue of the Night
5.5
1947
I'll Be Yours
6.0
1939
Broadway Serenade
5.5
1932
A Fool's Advice
5.0
1937
Danger - Love at Work
8.0
1930
Her Man
5.3
1947
Calendar Girl
5.0
1943
Holy Matrimony
7.2
1928
A Blonde For A Night
4.3
1933
Art in the Raw
0.0
1934
Manhattan Love Song
5.0
1934
Tomorrow's Youth
0.0
1945
Tell It to a Star
0.0
1937
All Over Town
7.0
1933
Sweepings
7.7
1933
Dream Stuff
5.5
1927
My Friend from India
0.0
1932
The Loud Mouth
0.0
1941
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
6.0
1938
The Girl Downstairs
4.3
1930
Not So Dumb
5.5
1936
Hats Off
0.0
1936
Tango
0.0
1933
Professional Sweetheart
4.0
1937
High Hat
5.0
1946
Lover Come Back
5.5
1937
She's Dangerous
0.0
1937
Rich Relations
0.0
1934
Flirtation
4.3
1937
Dangerous Holiday
0.0
1938
Doctor Rhythm
0.0
1941
Weekend for Three
4.0
1937
It's All Yours
0.0
1938
Three Blind Mice
6.0
1939
5th Ave Girl
7.0
1930
Cheer Up and Smile
0.0
1940
Spring Parade
7.3
1942
Call Out the Marines
4.0
1930
A Lady Surrenders
0.0
1932
Over the Counter
0.0
1945
You Came Along
7.0
1938
Joy of Living
6.0
1933
The Important Witness
0.0
1927
Getting Gertie's Garter
0.0
1942
Obliging Young Lady
4.0
1932
What Price Taxi
0.0
1938
Vivacious Lady
7.2
1937
She Married an Artist
0.0
1931
A Woman of Experience
6.0
1927
The Cradle Snatchers
0.0
1933
Bed of Roses
5.7
1936
Doughnuts and Society
0.0
1937
It Happened in Hollywood
6.0
1937
The Life of the Party
0.0
1937
Dangerous Number
7.0
1937
Living on Love
4.0
1934
Young and Beautiful
4.0
1937
We Have Our Moments
5.8
1937
I'll Take Romance
4.0
1940
Turnabout
5.5
1941
Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case
0.0
1935
Eight Bells
0.0
1936
Three Smart Girls
6.7
1940
Hit Parade of 1941
0.0
1942
Moonlight Masquerade
5.0
1944
My Best Gal
0.0
1935
She Married Her Boss
0.0
1933
Parachute Jumper
6.8
1936
Give Us This Night
0.0
1942
What's Cookin'?
5.0
1937
Love on Toast
0.0
1933
Menu
5.0
1937
When Love Is Young
0.0
1943
Stage Door Canteen
6.2
1935
1,000 Dollars a Minute
6.0
1944
Allergic to Love
0.0
1934
My Grandfather's Clock
0.0
1941
Where Did You Get That Girl?
5.0
1943
Never a Dull Moment
0.0
1943
Honeymoon Lodge
0.0
1949
The Eternal Melody
0.0
1933
International House
6.2
1936
To Mary - with Love
0.0
1935
Hollywood Trouble
0.0
1931
Next Door Neighbors
0.0
1933
Flying Down to Rio
7.0
1946
Two Guys from Milwaukee
5.3
1926
Exit Smiling
8.5
1930
Sunny
0.0
1934
Unknown Blonde
0.0
1936
Don't Gamble with Love
0.0
1930
Poor Aubrey
0.0
1958
The Unchained Goddess
0.0
1933
Wild Poses
8.0
1933
Headline Shooter
6.0
1928
On Trial
0.0
1937
Thrill of a Lifetime
5.0
1934
College Rhythm
5.0
1932
The Giddy Age
0.0
1936
Swing Banditry
0.0
1940
Public Deb No. 1
1.0
1943
Two Weeks to Live
2.0
1936
My Man Godfrey
7.8
1933
Sing, Bing, Sing
4.0
1927
The Girl in the Pullman
0.0
1937
Bad Housekeeping
0.0
1945
See My Lawyer
5.0
1937
She Had to Eat
5.0
1941
Bachelor Daddy
0.0
1943
Crazy House
1.0
1944
Reckless Age
0.0
1935
She Couldn't Take It
7.0
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