Remembering Charles Lane and His 7 Decades of Obscurity

by Ed_Jones_XLIX2 | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public

Mean, miserly, and miserable-looking, Charles Lane made a career playing memorable characters. Many times, those characters had no names. He was just Clerk, or Passerby. From this list of TV shows, movies and the associated role profession, which do you think he is best remembered for? After voting, please discuss here.

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1. The Bride Walks Out (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Romance

Extremely proud, Michael Martin made fashion model Carolyn quit her job, after their marriage. Carolyn quickly, quietly and secretly did get another job, when she realizes Michael cannot successfully make their financial ends meet, alone.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Raymond, Robert Young, Ned Sparks

Votes: 498

(CPR) Charles' Profession Role: Judge

2. Three Men on a Horse (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy

A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Frank McHugh, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Carol Hughes

Votes: 360

(CPR) Cleaner

3. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young, June Lang

Votes: 476

(CPR) Doctor

4. Blondie (1938)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Family

Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 532

(CPR) Furniture Salesman

5. Kentucky (1938)

Passed | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Romeo and Juliet story set amidst horse racing in Kentucky. The family feud of lovers Jack and Sally goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by her Uncle Peter.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Loretta Young, Richard Greene, Walter Brennan, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 427

(CPR) Auctioneer

6. Second Fiddle (1939)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Music

A studio publicist discovers a Minnesota skating teacher and takes her to Hollywood. She goes back to Minnesota but he follows her.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Rudy Vallee, Edna May Oliver

Votes: 361

(CPR) Studio Chief

7. 5th Ave Girl (1939)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale, James Ellison

Votes: 1,158

(CPR) Union Representative

8. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

A naive man is appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate. His plans promptly collide with political corruption, but he doesn't back down.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, Edward Arnold

Votes: 99,242 | Gross: $9.60M

(CPR) Nosey

9. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,339

(CPR) Reporter

10. Johnny Apollo (1940)

Approved | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The son of a jailed Wall Street broker turns to crime to pay for his father's release.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Dorothy Lamour, Edward Arnold, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 1,023

(CPR) Assistant District Attorney

11. The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)

Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner, Gail Patrick

Votes: 731

(CPR) Reporter

12. You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from ... See full summary »

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Lucille Ball, James Ellison, Robert Coote, William Halligan

Votes: 203

Lucy would later have Charles guest star on every TV program that she was involved in. (CPR) Salesman

13. Rhythm on the River (1940)

92 min | Comedy, Musical

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: Bing Crosby, Mary Martin, Basil Rathbone, Oscar Levant

Votes: 296

This one is listed not because of the character profession. Characters name was, Bernard Schwartz. 9 Years later in (1949) Bernard Schwartz, AKA Tony Curtis, would make his first movie!

14. Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Director: Frank R. Strayer | Stars: Penny Singleton, Arthur Lake, Larry Simms, Daisy

Votes: 210

(CPR) Train Conductor

15. Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)

Passed | 68 min | Action, Drama, Romance

With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Ellen Drew, John Howard, Akim Tamiroff, May Robson

Votes: 133

(CPR) Train Passenger

16. Barnacle Bill (1941)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

A grumpy old fisherman tries to avoid marriage, contend with a daughter he never knew he had and scuttle the attempts of landlubbers who want to rob him of his seagiong livelihood, while the locals try to reform him.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main, Leo Carrillo, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 138

Wallace Beery (CPR) Auctioneer

17. The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical

A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Tony Martin

Votes: 4,418

(CPR) Finance Company Man

18. Three Girls About Town (1941)

Passed | 75 min | Adventure, Comedy

To save the reputation of the hotel where they are employed, sisters try to cover up a murder.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Joan Blondell, John Howard, Binnie Barnes, Janet Blair

Votes: 250

(CPR) Mortician

19. A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Two mysterious seamen come from Alan Rogers' past to blackmail him as he seeks to locate his missing daughters. Ellery Queen is called in by Stewart Cole, Rogers' secretary. Queen goes to ... See full summary »

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: William Gargan, Margaret Lindsay, Charley Grapewin, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 64

(CPR) Coroner

20. Home in Wyomin' (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Music

Singing radio cowboy Gene helps out a former employer now in trouble with his failing rodeo.

Director: William Morgan | Stars: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Fay McKenzie, Olin Howland

Votes: 60

(CPR) Newspaper Editor

21. Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit".

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 16,928

(CPR) Doctor

22. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
Episode: Lucy Tells the Truth (1953)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

When Ricky and the Mertzes wager that Lucy can't go a full day without telling a lie, her husband and friends feel more than a bit stung by her unabashed honesty.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 214

(CPR) Casting Director

23. I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
Episode: Staten Island Ferry (1956)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The girls seek a cure for Fred's seasickness.

Director: James V. Kern | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley

Votes: 162

(CPR) Passport Office Clerk

24. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)
Episode: Lucy Goes to Mexico (1958)

60 min | Comedy, Family

At San Diego, California, doing a USO show, Lucy and Mertz duo go to Mexico to shop. But return with an unexpected and surprise stowaway in the trunk which causes problems at the border. Celebrity, Maurice Chevalier.

Director: Jerry Thorpe | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Maurice Chevalier, Vivian Vance

Votes: 61

(CPR) Customs Officer

25. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957–1960)
Episode: Lucy Hunts Uranium (1958)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Lucy, Ricky, Fred, Ethel and Fred MacMurray, are in a one-on-one race in a Las Vegas desert to go uranium hunting, but when they make a find all bets are off and it's a race to get back to the claims office, first.

Director: Jerry Thorpe | Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Fred MacMurray, Vivian Vance

Votes: 94

(CPR) Claims Clerk

26. John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)

96 min | Comedy

During the Cold War, John Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) crashes his spy plane in the Middle East and is taken prisoner by the local government. His captor, King Fawz (Sir Peter Ustinov), soon ... See full summary »

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov, Richard Crenna, Jim Backus

Votes: 586

(CPR) 'Strife' Magazine Editor

27. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Family

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen

Votes: 3,014

(CPR) Judge

28. Eight on the Lam (1967)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy

Bank teller and widower with seven kids, Bob Hope finds $10,000 in a parking lot. His luck quickly changes when it's discovered that his bank discovers a substantial money shortage in their... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Shirley Eaton

Votes: 420

(CPR) Bank Examiner

29. Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.

Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady

Votes: 2,172

I'd have some "Splainin to do Lucy"! if I did not put this in Role: Homer Bedloe

30. The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)

TV-G | 25 min | Comedy, Family

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan, Max Baer Jr.

Votes: 6,911

Ditto this too!! Role: Foster Phinney

31. Soap (1977–1981)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

The soap-operish antics of two families: the Campbells and the Tates.

Stars: Katherine Helmond, Rod Roddy, Richard Mulligan, Cathryn Damon

Votes: 5,418

Double Ditto!! Role: Judge Petrillo

32. Dark Shadows (1991)

45 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.

Stars: Ben Cross, Barbara Blackburn, Jim Fyfe, Joanna Going

Votes: 1,664

(CPR) Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Antique Dealer

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