Franklin Pangborn

Place of birth:
Newark, New Jersey, USA :
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Franklin Pangborn (January 23, 1889 – July 20, 1958) was an American comedic character actor famous for playing small but memorable roles with comic flair. He appeared in scores of feature films playing essentially the same character: prissy, polite, elegant, highly energetic, often officious, fastidious, somewhat nervous, prone to becoming flustered but essentially upbeat, and with immediately recognizable high-speed, patter-type speech. 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 flustered by the antics of others. Pangborn was an effective foil for many major comedians.


The Unchained Goddess (1958)
as the Cloud Painter (voice)
The Story of Mankind (1957)
as Marquis de Varennes
Addio Mimí! (1949)
as The Cat Lover
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
as Sourpuss Manager
Romance on the High Seas (1948)
as Rio Hotel Clerk
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947)
as Formfit Franklin
I'll Be Yours (1947)
as Barber
Calendar Girl (1947)
as Dilly Dillingsworth
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
as Theatre Manager
Lover Come Back (1946)
as Hotel desk clerk
Tell It to a Star (1945)
as Horace Lovelace
You Came Along (1945)
as Hotel Clerk
The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
as Radio Engineer / Sloan
Hollywood and Vine (1945)
as Reggie
See My Lawyer (1945)
as B.J. Wagonhorn
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
as Reception Committee Chairman
Reckless Age (1944)
as Mr. Thurtle
Allergic to Love (1944)
as Stewart Ives III
The Great Moment (1944)
as Dr. Heywood
My Best Gal (1944)
as Mr. Porter
Never a Dull Moment (1943)
as Sylvester
Crazy House (1943)
as Hotel Clerk
Holy Matrimony (1943)
as Duncan Farll
Honeymoon Lodge (1943)
as Cathcart
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
as Franklin Pangborn
Two Weeks to Live (1943)
as Mr. Pinkney
Reveille with Beverly (1943)
as Vernon Lewis
Strictly in the Groove (1942)
as Cathcart
George Washington Slept Here (1942)
as Mr. Gibney
Now, Voyager (1942)
as Mr. Thompson
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
as Manager
Moonlight Masquerade (1942)
as Fairchild
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
as Professor Gibney
What's Cookin'? (1942)
as Professor Bistell
Call Out the Marines (1942)
as Wilbur
Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case (1941)
as Charley Towne
Weekend for Three (1941)
as Number Seven, Old Field Inn Waiter
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
as Mr. Casalsis
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)
as The Producer
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
as Bellows
Bachelor Daddy (1941)
as Williams, Club Manager
A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941)
as Pet Shop Owner
Where Did You Get That Girl? (1941)
as Digby
The Bank Dick (1940)
as J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Christmas in July (1940)
as Don Hartman
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
as Carter
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)
as Bartender (uncredited)
Spring Parade (1940)
as Wiedlemeyer
Public Deb No. 1 (1940)
as Bartender
Turnabout (1940)
as Mr. Pingboom
5th Ave Girl (1939)
as Higgins
Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 (1939)
as Franklin Pangborn
Broadway Serenade (1939)
as Gene, Collier's Composer
Topper Takes a Trip (1938)
as Louis - Hotel Manager
The Girl Downstairs (1938)
as Adolf Pumpfel
Just Around the Corner (1938)
as Waters
Carefree (1938)
as Roland Hunter
Four's a Crowd (1938)
as Preston
Always Goodbye (1938)
as Bicycle Salesman
Three Blind Mice (1938)
as Clerk
Vivacious Lady (1938)
as Apartment Manager
Joy of Living (1938)
as Orchestra Leader
Doctor Rhythm (1938)
as Mr. Stenchfield (Store Clerk)
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
as Assistant Hotel Manager
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
as Hamilton Montmarcy
Thrill of a Lifetime (1937)
as Sam Williams
Love on Toast (1937)
as Finley
She Married an Artist (1937)
as Paul
I'll Take Romance (1937)
as Kane's Secretary
Living on Love (1937)
as Ogilvie O. Oglethorpe
Stage Door (1937)
as Harcourt
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
as Train dining car headwaiter
It Happened in Hollywood (1937)
as Mr. Forsythe
The Life of the Party (1937)
as Beggs
It's All Yours (1937)
as Schultz
All Over Town (1937)
as The Costumer
Easy Living (1937)
as Van Buren
She Had to Eat (1937)
as Mr. Phoecian-Wylie
Step Lively, Jeeves! (1937)
as Head Waiter
Dangerous Holiday (1937)
as Doffle
A Star Is Born (1937)
as Billy Moon (uncredited)
We Have Our Moments (1937)
as Joe
When Love Is Young (1937)
as John Dorman
Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
as Henri
Bad Housekeeping (1937)
as Piano Tuner
Rich Relations (1937)
as Mr. Dwight
She's Dangerous (1937)
as Fashion Designer
Dangerous Number (1937)
as Hotel Desk Clerk
High Hat (1937)
as Renaldo Breton
The Mandarin Mystery (1936)
as Mellish
Three Smart Girls (1936)
as Jeweler
Hats Off (1936)
as Mr. Churchill
Swing Banditry (1936)
as Radio Announcer (uncredited)
My Man Godfrey (1936)
as Guthrie (uncredited)
To Mary - with Love (1936)
as Guest
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
as The Tailor (uncredited)
Doughnuts and Society (1936)
as Benson
Give Us This Night (1936)
as Forcellini's Secretary
Don't Gamble with Love (1936)
as Salesman
Tango (1936)
as Oscar, the Photographer
$1000 a Minute (1935)
as Reville
She Couldn't Take It (1935)
as Spot's Secretary
She Married Her Boss (1935)
as Window Dresser (uncredited)
The Captain Hits the Ceiling (1935)
as Jimmy Martin
Eight Bells (1935)
as Finch
Hollywood Trouble (1935)
College Rhythm (1934)
as Peabody
Imitation of Life (1934)
as Mr. Carven (uncredited)
Flirtation (1934)
as Veterinarian
My Grandfather's Clock (1934)
as Dr. Watkins
Tomorrow's Youth (1934)
as Thornton
Young and Beautiful (1934)
as Radio Announcer
King Kelly of the U.S.A. (1934)
as J. Ashton Brockton
Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934)
as Town Crier
Many Happy Returns (1934)
as Allen's Secretary
Strictly Dynamite (1934)
as Mr. Bailey
Manhattan Love Song (1934)
as Garrett Wetherby
Unknown Blonde (1934)
as Male Co-Respondent
Design for Living (1933)
as Mr. Douglas
Flying Down to Rio (1933)
as Hotel Manager Hammerstein (uncredited)
Only Yesterday (1933)
as Tom (Uncredited)
Wild Poses (1933)
as Otto Phocus
Menu (1933)
as John Xavier Omsk (uncredited)
Headline Shooter (1933)
as Adolphus G. Crocker
The Important Witness (1933)
as Groom
Bed of Roses (1933)
as Floorwalker
Professional Sweetheart (1933)
as Herbert Childress
International House (1933)
as Hotel Manager
Dream Stuff (1933)
as Gordon
Sweepings (1933)
as Photographer (Uncredited)
Sing, Bing, Sing (1933)
as Herbert
Art in the Raw (1933)
Parachute Jumper (1933)
as Man in Private Office (uncredited)
The Half Naked Truth (1932)
as Hotel Clerk
Over the Counter (1932)
as Drake's Assistant
The Giddy Age (1932)
as George
What Price Taxi (1932)
as Taxi Boy
The Loud Mouth (1932)
Lighthouse Love (1932)
as Pvt. Jerry Stone
A Fool's Advice (1932)
as Egbert - Hotel Clerk
Blue of the Night (1931)
as Gilbert Sinclair
A Woman of Experience (1931)
as Hans
Next Door Neighbors (1931)
as Landlord
Sunny (1930)
as Party Guest (uncredited)
A Lady Surrenders (1930)
as Lawton
Cheer Up and Smile (1930)
as Professor
Not So Dumb (1930)
as Leach
Poor Aubrey (1930)
as Aubrey Piper
Her Man (1930)
as Sport
Die Lady von der Straße (1929)
as M'sieu Dubrey, Dance Master
On Trial (1928)
as Turnbull
A Blonde for a Night (1928)
as Hector
My Friend from India (1927)
as William / Tommy Valentine
The Girl in the Pullman (1927)
as Hector Brooks
The Cradle Snatchers (1927)
as Howard Drake
Getting Gertie's Garter (1927)
as Algy Brooks
Finger Prints (1927)
as The Bandoline Kid
Exit Smiling (1926)
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