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Franklin Pangborn

  • Jan 23, 1889 - Jul 20, 1958 (age 69)
  • 5' 10" (1.79 m)
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1958
Franklin Pangborn
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Franklin Pangborn

Franklin Pangborn passed away.
1957
The Story of Mankind
MovieNov 8, 1957

The Story of Mankind

The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not …
The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.
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1949
My Dream Is Yours
MovieApr 15, 1949

My Dream Is Yours

Conceited singer Garry Mitchell refuses to renew his radio …
Conceited singer Garry Mitchell refuses to renew his radio contract, so agent Doug Blake decides to find a new personality to replace Garry. In New York, he finds Martha Gibson, a single mother with a great voice. He arranges for her to move to Hollywood, but then has a problem trying to sell her to the show's sponsor. Doug tries every trick he can think of to make Martha a star, and as the two work more closely, he falls in love with her. Complicating matters further is when Martha meets and becomes attracted to Garry.
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1948
Romance on the High Seas
MovieJun 25, 1948

Romance on the High Seas

Romantic misunderstandings …
Romantic misunderstandings abound when spouses suspect each other of being unfaithful, and a nightclub singer takes a cruise under a false identity.
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1947
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
MovieFeb 18, 1947

The Sin of Harold Diddlebock

Twenty years after his …
Twenty years after his triumphs as a freshman on the football field, Harold is a mild-mannered clerk who dreams about marrying the girl at the desk down the aisle. But losing his job destroys that dream, and when he finds a particularly potent drink at his local bar, he goes on a very strange and funny rampage (with a lion in tow).
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I'll Be Yours
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MovieFeb 2, 1947

I'll Be Yours

A small-town girl tells a small fib to a wealthy businessman; …
A small-town girl tells a small fib to a wealthy businessman; complications ensue.
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Calendar Girl
MovieJan 31, 1947

Calendar Girl

A songwriter finds out that his beautiful girlfriend is going to …
A songwriter finds out that his beautiful girlfriend is going to be an artist's model.
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1946
Two Guys from Milwaukee
MovieJul 26, 1946

Two Guys from Milwaukee

In the midst of a political …
In the midst of a political vote, a Balkan prince comes to New York City to observe "ordinary" life, where he befriends a cabby, whose girlfriend he ends up falling in love with.
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1945
The Horn Blows at Midnight
MovieApr 20, 1945

The Horn Blows at Midnight

Falling asleep during the …
Falling asleep during the Paradise Coffee ("The Coffee that Makes You Sleep") Program, the band's third trumpeter dreams he's Athanael, an angel deputized to blow the Last Trumpet at exactly midnight on Earth. But Osidro and Doremus, two fallen angels enjoying the physical pleasures of an earthly existence, try to steal Athanael's trumpet, enlisting the aid of suave jewel thief Archie Dexter. Athanael fumbles his first try when he saves Archie's accomplice, Fran, from suicide. His second chance seems doomed when he's forced to leave his trumpet as security for a meal he can't pay for. But he gets it back just in time for a final confrontation with his desperate adversaries, dangling with them from the roof, only seconds from Midnight.
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1944
Hail the Conquering Hero
MovieAug 9, 1944

Hail the Conquering Hero

Having been discharged …
Having been discharged from the Marines for a hayfever condition before ever seeing action, Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) delays the return to his hometown, feeling that he is a failure. While in a moment of melancholy, he meets up with a group of Marines who befriend him and encourage him to return home to his mother by fabricating a story that he was wounded in battle with honorable discharge. They make him wear a uniform complete with medals and is pushed by his new friends into accepting a Hero's welcome when he gets home where he is to be immortalized by a statue that he doesn't want, has songs written about his heroic battle stories, and ends up unwillingly running for mayor. Despite his best efforts to explain the truth, no one will listen.
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The Great Moment
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MovieJul 18, 1944

The Great Moment

The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston …
The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.
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1943
Holy Matrimony
MovieAug 27, 1943

Holy Matrimony

From Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive". An artist …
From Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive". An artist returning from years abroad takes the identity of his dead valet to escape the attentions of the press.
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Two Weeks to Live
MovieFeb 26, 1943

Two Weeks to Live

When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only …
When Abner is mistakenly diagnosed as having only two weeks to live, his partner gets the idea that they can make a ton of money by having Abner perform all kinds of dangerous stunts.
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Reveille with Beverly
MovieFeb 4, 1943

Reveille with Beverly

Beverly Ross moderates an …
Beverly Ross moderates an 5:30 am radio show with swing music, dedicated to the local servicemen. Two buddies of her brother have a chance to meet her and both fall in love. One of them is a wealthy sponser, the other used to be his chauffeur, but before she can decide, which of them she likes more, the soldiers have their marching orders and are away to their destination.
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1942
George Washington Slept Here
MovieOct 30, 1942

George Washington Slept Here

New Yorkers Bill and Connie …
New Yorkers Bill and Connie Fuller have to move from their apartment. Without Bill's knowledge, Connie purchases a delapidated old farmhouse in Pennsylvania, where George Washington was supposed to have actually slept during the American Revolution. Much of the humor comes from the couple's many problems they encounter while trying to fix up the place.
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Now, Voyager
MovieOct 22, 1942

Now, Voyager

Boston spinster Charlotte has had her life controlled entirely by …
Boston spinster Charlotte has had her life controlled entirely by her mother; a wealthy mother, Mrs. Henry Vale. Feeling despondent, she's convinced to spend some time in a sanitarium. Soon, Charlotte's transformed into a sophisticated, confident woman. On a cruise to South America, Charlotte meets, and begins a torrid affair with Jerry Durrance, a married architect. 6 months later, she returns home, and confronts her mother with her independence. One day, after a brief argument, her mother has a heart attack and dies. Charlotte inherits the Vale fortune but feels guilty for her mother's death. She returns to the sanitarium, where she befriends a depressed, young adolescent, named Tina. The young girls' depression brought on by having been rejected by her mother; Charlotte's former lover, Jerry's wife. Charlotte takes Tina home to Boston with her
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The Palm Beach Story
MovieAug 28, 1942

The Palm Beach Story

Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an …
Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets rich businessman being shown around as a prospective tenant. He gives Gerry $700 to start life afresh but Tom refuses to believe her story and they quarrel. Gerry decides the marriage is over and heads to Palm Beach for a quick divorce but Tom has plans to stop her.
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1941
Sullivan's Travels
MovieDec 5, 1941

Sullivan's Travels

Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff …
Sullivan is a successful, spoiled, and naive director of fluff films, with a heart-o-gold, who decides he wants to make a film about the troubles of the downtrodden poor. Much to the chagrin of his producers, he sets off in tramp's clothing with a single dime in his pocket to experience poverty first-hand, and gets some reality shock.
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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
MovieOct 10, 1941

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break

Fields wants to sell a film …
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when her mother is killed in a trapeze fall during the making of a circus movie. He and his niece, who he finds at a shooting gallery, fly to Mexico to sell wooden nutmegs in a Russian colony. Trying to catch his bottle as it falls from the plane, he lands on a mountain peak where lives the man- eating Mrs. Hemogloben. When he gets to the Russian colony he finds Leon Errol (father of the insulting boys and owner of the shooting gallery) already selling wooden nutmegs. He decides to woo the wealthy Mrs. Hemogloben but when he gets there Errol has preceded him. The Mexican adventure is the story that Esoteric Studios would not buy.
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A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
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MovieMar 4, 1941

A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob

Steve is a shy quiet man who …
Steve is a shy quiet man who is an executive for a shipping firm. He meets Dot at the Opera where she had his seats and the next day she shows up as his temporary secretary. Then Coffee Cup comes to town to see Dot, his gal. When Steven is with Cecilia, everything is boring. When he is with Dot and Coffee Cup, everything is exciting and he falls for Dot. But Coffee is getting out of the Navy in a few days and he plans to marry Dot.
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1940
The Bank Dick
MovieNov 29, 1940

The Bank Dick

Egbert Sousé leads an ordinary life but is about to have an …
Egbert Sousé leads an ordinary life but is about to have an extraordinary day. Henpecked at home home by his demanding wife Agatha and more or less ignored by his daughter Myrtle, he sets off for the day. He comes across a movie shoot whose drunken director hasn't shown up for work and Egbert, saying he has experience, is hired. Afterward, he gets credit for stopping bank robbers and is rewarded with a job as the bank guard. He seems headed for trouble however when he convinces his son-in-law Og, a teller at the same bank, to use $500 for can't lose investment. The investment is a scam however and when the bank examiner arrives, it looks bad for them. As you would expect however, it all turns out well in the end.
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Christmas in July
MovieOct 18, 1940

Christmas in July

When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into …
When the co-workers of an ambitious clerk trick him into thinking he has won $25,000 in a slogan contest, he begins to use the money to fulfill his dreams. What will happen when the ruse is discovered?
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Turnabout
MovieMay 17, 1940

Turnabout

Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a …
Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.
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1939
5th Ave Girl
MovieAug 25, 1939

5th Ave Girl

Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his …
Troubled with union problems in his business and lonely on his birthday because his wife, Martha, is out with a playboy, millionaire Timothy Borden meets unemployed and hungry Mary Grey in a park and convinces her to help him celebrate at a nightclub. Much to his surprise the following morning, Mary has slept in the guest room for the night. Not unmindful that Martha's interest in Timothy seems renewed, he hires Mary to stay at the house as an employee and they go out on the town virtually every night. Mary meanwhile has a positive effect on other members of the household: daughter Katherine is in love with Michael, the communism-spouting chauffeur, and seeks her advice; and son Tim is forced to take over the neglected business to keep it from running downhill, which Timothy had been trying unsuccessfully to get him to do. Complications arise with the various family members' love interest struggles,. and Mary is caught in the middle.
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Broadway Serenade
MovieApr 7, 1939

Broadway Serenade

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), …
Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ...
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1938
Topper Takes a Trip
MovieDec 29, 1938

Topper Takes a Trip

To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a …
To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed.
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The Girl Downstairs
MovieDec 23, 1938

The Girl Downstairs

A wealthy playboy surreptitiously romances a scullery maid to …
A wealthy playboy surreptitiously romances a scullery maid to gain access to her mistress with whom he is in love, but doesn't count on the maid falling in love with him.
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Just Around the Corner
MovieNov 11, 1938

Just Around the Corner

Shirley helps her idealistic …
Shirley helps her idealistic architect father get his dream of a slum clearance project; The little miss dances with bill "Bojangles" robinson. Based on paul gerard smith's book, "Lucky penny".
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Carefree
MovieSep 2, 1938

Carefree

Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the …
Dr. Tony Flagg's friend, Steven, has problems in the relationship with his fiancee, Amanda, so he persuades her to visit Dr. Flagg. After some minor misunderstandings, she falls in love with Dr. Flagg. When he tries to use hypnosis to strengthen her feelings for Steven, things get complicated.
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Four's a Crowd
MovieAug 4, 1938

Four's a Crowd

Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded …
Robert will do anything to get the big account that has eluded him. His public relations business makes public angels of rich scoundrels. Jean needs someone to save the paper and she wants ...
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Always Goodbye
MovieJun 24, 1938

Always Goodbye

A woman must decide between two men - one she loves, the …
A woman must decide between two men - one she loves, the other she admires and respects.
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Vivacious Lady
MovieMay 10, 1938

Vivacious Lady

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the …
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
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Joy of Living
MovieMay 6, 1938

Joy of Living

Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life …
Broadway star Margaret Garrett has spent her whole life working to support her sponging relatives. When she meets carefree Dan Webster, she learns how to have fun for the first time.
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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
MovieMar 18, 1938

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife

After learning her multi …
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.
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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
MovieMar 18, 1938

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Rebecca's Uncle Harry …
Rebecca's Uncle Harry leaves her with Aunt Miranda who forbids her to associate with show people. But neighbor Anthony Kent is a talent scout who secretly set it up for her to broadcast.
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1937
Living on Love
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MovieNov 12, 1937

Living on Love

Mary, a sometimes employed Midwest transplant living in …
Mary, a sometimes employed Midwest transplant living in New York is forced to share an apartment with Jack, a starving artist-night watchman. Both having problems paying their rent, landlord comes up with idea to share one apartment on a shift basis.
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Stage Door
MovieOct 6, 1937

Stage Door

A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and …
A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.
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Easy Living
MovieJul 7, 1937

Easy Living

J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending …
J.B. Ball, a rich financier, gets fed up with his free-spending family. He takes his wife's just-bought (very expensive) sable coat and throws it off the roof, it lands on poor hard-working girl Mary Smith. But it isn't so easy to just give away something so valuable, as he soon learns.
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Swing High, Swing Low
MovieMar 12, 1937

Swing High, Swing Low

In Panama, Maggie King …
In Panama, Maggie King meets soldier Skid Johnson on his last day in the army and reluctantly agrees to a date to celebrate. The two become involved in a nightclub brawl which causes Maggie to miss her ship back to the States. Now stranded, she's forced to move in with Skid and his pal Harry. She soon falls in love with Skid. Skid gets a job playing the trumpet at a local club and becomes a big success. Fame and fortune go to his head which eventually destroys his relationship Maggie and his career.
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1936
Hats Off
MovieDec 6, 1936

Hats Off

Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been …
Rival press agents Jimmy Maxwell and Jo Allen have both been assigned to stir up publicity for separate exhibitions at the 1936 Texas Centennial.
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1934
My Grandfather's Clock
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MovieOct 27, 1934

My Grandfather's Clock

At Phwitterby-on-Thames, …
At Phwitterby-on-Thames, England, a murder has occurred and Philo Holmes and Dr. Watkins are out to investigate it. Seems as if there is a second will and changes have been made in who will receive what. Philo is the ace detective, and he brings everyone from the nightclub to see him solve the case.
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1933
Design for Living
MovieNov 22, 1933

Design for Living

A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and …
A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.
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Wild Poses
MovieOct 28, 1933

Wild Poses

An Our Gang Comedy. Spanky's parents take their reluctant …
An Our Gang Comedy. Spanky's parents take their reluctant boy to get his portrait taken by a prissy photographer.
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Headline Shooter
MovieJul 28, 1933

Headline Shooter

Roguish, cynical newsreel cameraman Bill Allen usually …
Roguish, cynical newsreel cameraman Bill Allen usually has a dame in one hand and a hip flask in the other, yet catches breaking stories and disasters of all sorts on film. When he meets newspaper columnist Jane Mallory, mutual attraction results; but she's too smart to fall for him (or is she?) unless he reforms (but does she really want him to?). Includes exciting stock footage of fire, flood and earthquake.
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Bed of Roses
MovieJun 29, 1933

Bed of Roses

Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, …
Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose between living on a barge with her love, risking his learning about her past, and remaining the mistress of wealthy Stephen Paige.
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Professional Sweetheart
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MovieJun 9, 1933

Professional Sweetheart

A vice-free radio singer …
A vice-free radio singer wants to experience the dark side of life, so a press agent convinces her sponsor to choose a "professional sweetheart" from her fans.
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International House
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MovieMay 27, 1933

International House

Professor Wong has invented a television and invites …
Professor Wong has invented a television and invites everyone to see it at China's International House Hotel. Every time Tommy Nash attempts to wed his fiancée Carol Fortescue, he comes down with an illness, and when he breaks out in a rash, the hotel is quarantined. Into this hotel flies Professor Quail in his auto-gyro.
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1932
The Half-Naked Truth
MovieDec 16, 1932

The Half-Naked Truth

A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a …
A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation.
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1930
Her Man
MovieSep 21, 1930

Her Man

Paris bargirl with tough "protector" falls for young sailor.
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Not So Dumb
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MovieJan 17, 1930

Not So Dumb

Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the …
Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.
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1926
Exit Smiling
MovieNov 6, 1926

Exit Smiling

A maid who works for a traveling theatrical troupe wants …
A maid who works for a traveling theatrical troupe wants desperately to be an actress, and manages to get some small roles in the company's productions, but is determined to do anything she...
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1889
Franklin Pangborn
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Franklin Pangborn

Franklin Pangborn was born.
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