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Erle C. Kenton (1896–1980)

Erle C. Kenton entered films as an actor with the Mack Sennett troupe (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). In addition to acting, he performed pretty much any kind of behind-the-scenes job he could get, and by 1919 Sennett gave him a job directing two-reel comedies. The next year he graduated to features. While specializing in comedies (he ... See full bio »

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Known For

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 1965 The World of Abbott and Costello (archive footage, uncredited)
 1958-1960 The Texan (TV Series) (26 episodes)
- Badman (1960)
- The Accuser (1960)
- Showdown (1960)
- Captive Crew (1960)
 1956-1958 Telephone Time (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- The Frying Pan (1957)
- The Rescue (1957)
- Castle Dangerous (1957)
 1957 Crossroads (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- 9:30 Action (1957)
- The Healing (1957)
- Call for Help (1957)
 1957 Fight for the Title (Short)
 1956 Sneak Preview (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Way Back (1956)
 1954-1956 Passport to Danger (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Batavia (1956)
- Naples (1955)
- Rome (1955)
- Tangiers (1954)
 1954-1955 Public Defender (TV Series) (29 episodes)
- Failure (1955)
- Operation Cleat (1955)
- End of the Line (1955)
 1954 The Joe Palooka Story (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Big Blow-Off (1954)
 1953-1954 Big Town (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Auctioneer (1954)
- Watch the Birdie (1953)
 1952-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Take a Little, Leave a Little (1953) ... (as Earl C. Kenton)
- The System (1953)
- Blessed Expense (1952)
 1952 Flight to the Future the World of Plastics (Documentary short) (as Erl Kenton)
 1950 One Too Many
 1948 Bob and Sally (as Earle C. Kenton)
 1944 In Society (uncredited)
 1944 Prices Unlimited (Short)
 1943 Hit the Ice (: (uncredited; fired, replaced by Charles Lamont - uncredited)
 1943 What We Are Fighting For (Short)
 1943 It Ain't Hay
 1942 Who Done It?
 1942 Frisco Lil
 1941 Flying Cadets
 1941 Naval Academy
 1936 Counterfeit
 1935 Grand Exit
 1935 Party Wire
 1935 The Best Man Wins (as Erle Kenton)
 1934 Search for Beauty (directed by)
 1933 Big Executive
 1933 Disgraced
 1931 Left Over Ladies (as Erle Kenton)
 1930 Those Three French Girls (uncredited)
 1929 Mexicali Rose
 1929 Song of Love
 1928 The Sideshow
 1928 Golf Widows
 1928 Bare Knees
 1927 Wedding Bill$ (as Earle Kenton)
 1927 I'm the Sheriff (Short)
 1927 Broke Again (Short)
 1927 Youth and Beauty (Short)
 1927 Rooms for Rent (Short)
 1926 The Sap
 1926 The Love Toy
 1925 Red Hot Tires
 1924 The Health Farm Wallop (Short)
 1924 The Town Hall to-Night (Short)
 1924 The Title Holder (Short)
 1924 Bring Him In (Short)
 1924 All's Swell on the Ocean (Short)
 1924 So This Is Paris (Short)
 1924/II Westbound (Short)
 1924 West of the Water Bucket (Short)
 1924 A Day of Rest (Short)
 1924 Fight and Win
 1924 Winning His Way (Short)
 1924 Andy's Temptation (Short)
 1924 What's the Use? (Short)
 1924 Flickering Youth (Short)
 1924 Picking Peaches (Short)
 1923 Inbad the Sailor (Short)
 1923 The Income Tax Collector (Short)
 1923 The Roaring Lion (Short)
 1923 Dance or Die (Short)
 1923 The Three Gun-Man (Short)
 1923 Clothes and Oil (Short)
 1923 The Wise Cracker (Short)
 1922 A Poor Fish (Short)
 1922 The Haunted House (Short)
 1922 Splitting Hairs (Short)
 1922 The Landlord (Short)
 1922 The Piper (Short)
 1922 Laughing Gas (Short)
 1922 False Alarm (Short)
 1921 Business Is Business (Short)
 1921 A Rural Cinderella (Short)
 1921 A Perfect Villain (Short)
 1921 Dodge Your Debts (Short)
 1921 A Zero Hero (Short)
 1921 Country Chickens (Short)
 1921 The Lucky Number (Short)
 1921 The Love Egg (Short)
 1921 She Sighed by the Seaside (Short)
 1921 Dabbling in Art (Short)
 1920 Love, Honor and Behave! (as Erle Kenton)
 1920 Fickle Fancy (Short)
 1920 Movie Fans (Short)
 1920 His Youthful Fancy (Short)
 1920 You Wouldn't Believe It (Short)
 1920 Married Life
 1920/I Down on the Farm (as Erle Kenton)
 1919 A Lady's Tailor (Short)
 1919 Salome vs. Shenandoah (Short) (as Erle Kenton)
 1919 Among Those Present (Short)
 1919 No Mother to Guide Him (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Earl C. Kenton | Earle C. Kenton | Earle Kenton | Earl Kenton | Erle Kenton | Erl Kenton

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Started out as an actor at Mack Sennett Studios (as one of the Keystone Kops), worked as a gagman and assistant director and was eventually promoted by Sennett to the director's chair.

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