Hugh Herbert (1884–1952)

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Former stage actor and playwright - he wrote over 150 plays and vaudeville sketches - Hugh Herbert went, in the early 1930s to Hollywood, as a comedian. In the 1930s he worked mostly for Warner Bros., impersonating often eccentric millionaires, tycoons and dimwitted professors. In a few movies he collaborated on the screenplays, e.g. on "Gold ... See full bio »

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He Knew Women Writer
The Black Cat Mr. Penny
Goodbye Again Harvey Wilson


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 1952 The Gink at the Sink (Short)
 1951 Trouble in-Laws (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1951 Havana Rose
Filbert Fillmore
 1951 Woo-Woo Blues (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1950 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1950)
 1950 A Slip and a Miss (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1950 One Shivery Night (Short)
 1949 Super Wolf (Short)
Aunt Fanny / Dave McGurk alias Dave the Drip
 1949 Trapped by a Blonde (Short)
 1948 A Pinch in Time (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1948 A Song Is Born
Professor Twingle
 1948 The Girl from Manhattan
Aaron Goss
 1948 One Touch of Venus
Mercury (scenes deleted)
 1948 So This Is New York
Mr. Trumbult
 1948 Tall, Dark and Gruesome (Short)
Hugh Sherlock, playwright
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Eli Hobbs
 1947 Should Husbands Marry? (Short)
 1947 Blondie in the Dough
Llewellyn Simmons
 1947 Nervous Shakedown (Short)
Mr. Penn
 1947 Hot Heir (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1946 Honeymoon Blues (Short)
Hugh 'Hughie' Herbert
 1946 Get Along Little Zombie (Short)
 1946 When the Wife's Away (Short)
 1946 One Way to Love
Eustace P. Trumble
 1945 The Mayor's Husband (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1945 Wife Decoy (Short)
Hughie Hawkins
 1945 Woo, Woo! (Short)
 1944 Music for Millions
Uncle Ferdinand
 1944 A Knight and a Blonde (Short)
 1944 Ever Since Venus
P.G. Grimble
 1944 Kismet
 1944 His Hotel Sweet (Short)
Hugh 'Hughie' Herbert
 1944 Oh, Baby! (Short)
Elmer 'Picklepuss' Burns
 1943 Who's Hugh? (Short)
Hugh Herbert
 1943 Pitchin' in the Kitchen (Short)
Adam Spiggott
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Hugh Herbert
 1943 It's a Great Life
Timothy Brewster
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Marcus Throckmorton
 1942 There's One Born Every Minute
Lemuel P. Twine / Abner Twine / Colonel Cladius Zebediah Twine
 1942 You're Telling Me
Hubert Abercrombie Gumm
 1942 Don't Get Personal
Elmer Whippet / Oscar Whippet
 1941 Hellzapoppin'
 1941 Badlands of Dakota
Rocky Plummer
 1941 Hello, Sucker
Hubert Worthington Clippe
 1941 The Black Cat
Mr. Penny
 1941 Meet the Chump
Hugh Mansfield
 1940 Slightly Tempted
Professor Ross
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
Ferdinand Farraday
 1940 A Little Bit of Heaven
Pop Loring
 1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
Frederick Healy
 1940 Private Affairs
Angus McPherson
 1940 La Conga Nights
Henry I. Dibble Jr. / Faith Dibble / Hope Dibble / ...
 1939 Little Accident
Herbert Pearson
 1939 Eternally Yours
 1939 The Lady's from Kentucky
Mousey Johnson
 1939 The Family Next Door
George Pierce
 1938 The Great Waltz
 1938 Four's a Crowd
 1938 Men Are Such Fools
Harvey Bates
 1938 Gold Diggers in Paris
Maurice Giraud
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Chester Marshall
 1937 Sh! The Octopus
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Killigrew Shaw
 1937 Marry the Girl
John B. Radway
 1937 The Singing Marine
Aeneas Phinney / Clarissa
 1937 A Day at Santa Anita (Short)
Hugh Herbert (uncredited)
 1937 That Man's Here Again
Thomas J. Jesse
 1937 Top of the Town
 1936 Sing Me a Love Song
Siegfried Hammerschlag
 1936 Love Begins at 20
Horatio Gillingwater
 1936 We Went to College
Professor Ellery Standish
 1936 One Rainy Afternoon
 1936 Colleen
Cedric Ames
 1935 Miss Pacific Fleet
Mr. J. August Freytag
 1935 To Beat the Band
Hugo Twist / Elizabeth Twist
 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
Snout - the Tinker
 1935 We're in the Money
Lawyer Homer Bronson
 1935 Traveling Saleslady
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
T. Mosley Thorpe
 1934 Sweet Adeline
Rupert Rockingham
 1934 Good Badminton (Short)
 1934 Kansas City Princess
Junior Ashcraft
 1934 Dames
Ezra Ounce
 1934 Fog Over Frisco
Izzy Wright
 1934 The Merry Frinks
Joe 'Poppa' Frink
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
Colonel Fitch
 1934 Harold Teen
Ed Rathburn
 1934 Wonder Bar
Corby Pratt
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Joe Ward
 1934 Easy to Love
 1933 Convention City
 1933 From Headquarters
Manny Wales
 1933 College Coach
J- Marvin Barnett
 1933 'Tis Spring (Short)
 1933 Footlight Parade
 1933 Bureau of Missing Persons
Hank Slade
 1933 Goodbye Again
Harvey Wilson
 1933 She Had to Say Yes
Luther Haines
 1933 Diplomaniacs
 1933 Strictly Personal
 1932 Sham Poo, the Magician (Short)
Sham Poo
 1932 Faithless
Peter M. Blainey
 1932 Million Dollar Legs
Secretary of the Treasury
 1932 The Lost Squadron
 1931 Friends and Lovers
 1931 Traveling Husbands
Hymie Schwartz
 1931 The Sin Ship
 1931 Laugh and Get Rich
Joe Austin
 1931 She Went for a Tramp (Short)
 1930 Hook, Line and Sinker
Hotel House Detective
 1930 Danger Lights
Professor - the Hobo
 1928 Mind Your Business (Short)
 1928 Caught in the Fog
Detective Riley
 1927 Husbands for Rent
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Shy, stammering, bumbling and widely popular U.S. screen comedian of the 1930's and 1940's whose trademark gesture could be seen in all his fingers fluttering together, usually accompanied by his other trademark - that "woo-woo!" or "hoo-hoo-hoo" exclamation. See more »

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