J. Carrol Naish

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joseph Patrick Carrol Naish (January 21, 1896 – January 24, 1973) was an American character actor born in New York City, New York. Naish did many film roles, but they were eclipsed when he found fame in the title role of radio's Life with Luigi (1948–1953), which surpassed Bob Hope in the 1950 ratings. Naish appeared on stage for several years before he began his film career. He began as a member of Gus Edwards's vaudeville troupe of child performers. In Paris after World War I, Naish formed his own song and dance act. He was traveling the globe from Europe to Egypt to Asia, when his China-bound ship developed engine problems, leaving him in California in 1926. His uncredited bit role in What Price Glory (1926) launched his career in more than two hundred films. He was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the first for his role in the 1943 film Sahara, then for his performance in the 1945 film A Medal for Benny, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture. He notably played Boris Karloff's hunchback assistant in The House of Frankenstein in 1944. He was of Irish descent, but never used his dialect skills to play Irishmen, explaining, "When the part of an Irishman comes along, nobody ever thinks of me." Instead, he portrayed myriad other ethnic groups on screen: Latino, Native American, East Asian, Polynesian, Middle Eastern/North African, South Asian, Eastern ...

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Anthony Adverse (1936)

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Clash by Night (1952)

An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband’s best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Paul Douglas  •  Robert Ryan  •  Marilyn Monroe

An embittered woman seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband’s best friend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fritz Lang
CAST:  Barbara Stanwyck  •  Paul Douglas  •  Robert Ryan  •  Marilyn Monroe

House of Frankenstein (1944)

An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erle C. Kenton
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  John Carradine  •  Anne Gwynne

An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erle C. Kenton
CAST:  Boris Karloff  •  Lon Chaney Jr.  •  John Carradine  •  Anne Gwynne

Rio Grande (1950)

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ben Johnson  •  Claude Jarman Jr.

Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke is posted on the Texas frontier to defend settlers against depredations of marauding Apaches. Col. Yorke is under considerable stress by a serious shortage of troops of his command. Tension is added when Yorke's son (whom he hasn't seen in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ben Johnson  •  Claude Jarman Jr.

Sahara (1943)

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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner crossing the Libyan Desert to rejoin their command after the fall of Tobruk. Tambul, the Sudanese leads them to an abandoned desert fortress ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Dan Duryea  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  J. Carrol Naish

Sitting Bull (1954)

Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux tribe is forced by the Indian-hating General Custer to react with violence, resulting in the famous Last Stand at Little Bighorn. Parrish, a friend to the Sioux, tries to prevent the bloodshed, but is court- martialed for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Salkow
CAST:  Dale Robertson  •  Mary Murphy  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  John Litel

Chief Sitting Bull of the Sioux tribe is forced by the Indian-hating General Custer to react with violence, resulting in the famous Last Stand at Little Bighorn. Parrish, a friend to the Sioux, tries to prevent the bloodshed, but is court- martialed for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Salkow
CAST:  Dale Robertson  •  Mary Murphy  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  John Litel

Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda

That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford

The Beast with Five Fingers (1947)

Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where murder has taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  Robert Alda  •  Andrea King  •  Peter Lorre  •  Victor Francen

Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where murder has taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Florey
CAST:  Robert Alda  •  Andrea King  •  Peter Lorre  •  Victor Francen

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)

In the Northwest Frontier of India, the 41st Bengal Lancers leaded by the harsh Colonel Tom Stone are having trouble with the rebellious leader Mohammed Khan. After two casualties, the experienced but insubordinate Lieutenant Alan McGregor receives as replacement, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Franchot Tone  •  Richard Cromwell  •  Guy Standing

In the Northwest Frontier of India, the 41st Bengal Lancers leaded by the harsh Colonel Tom Stone are having trouble with the rebellious leader Mohammed Khan. After two casualties, the experienced but insubordinate Lieutenant Alan McGregor receives as replacement, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Franchot Tone  •  Richard Cromwell  •  Guy Standing

Captain Blood (1935)

Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Ross Alexander

Dr. Peter Blood, unjustly convicted of treason and exiled from England, becomes a notorious pirate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Errol Flynn  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Basil Rathbone  •  Ross Alexander

The Pied Piper (1942)

Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Monty Woolley  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Anne Baxter  •  Otto Preminger

Englishman Mr Howard is on a fishing holiday in eastern France when the Germans invade in 1940. Setting off to try and get back home he is persuaded to take along the two Cavanaugh children, and as his journey progresses his family keeps growing in size. Once in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Monty Woolley  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Anne Baxter  •  Otto Preminger

A Medal for Benny (1945)

Benny's girl friend (Dorothy Lamour) is being romanced by the town ne'er do well (Arturo de Cordova) who keeps coming up with get-rich-quick schemes. Benny's father (J. Carrol Naish in an Oscar-nominated performance) is a simple man who is bewildered by the world ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Arturo de Córdova  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  Mikhail Rasumny

Benny's girl friend (Dorothy Lamour) is being romanced by the town ne'er do well (Arturo de Cordova) who keeps coming up with get-rich-quick schemes. Benny's father (J. Carrol Naish in an Oscar-nominated performance) is a simple man who is bewildered by the world ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Pichel
CAST:  Dorothy Lamour  •  Arturo de Córdova  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  Mikhail Rasumny

Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)

Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation involving a series of deaths and an elusive murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  John Howard  •  Heather Angel  •  H.B. Warner  •  Reginald Denny

Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want to celebrate their marriage is complicating the situation involving a series of deaths and an elusive murderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  John Howard  •  Heather Angel  •  H.B. Warner  •  Reginald Denny

That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Some of MGM'S musical stars review the studios history of musicals. From The Hollywood Revue of 1929 to Brigadoon, from the first musical talkies to Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael J. Sheridan  •  Bud Friedgen
CAST:  June Allyson  •  Cyd Charisse  •  Lena Horne  •  Howard Keel

Joan of Arc (1948)

In the 15th Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Ingrid Bergman  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  Ward Bond

In the 15th Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Ingrid Bergman  •  Francis L. Sullivan  •  J. Carrol Naish  •  Ward Bond

Dragon Seed (1944)

The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet  •  Jack Conway
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Walter Huston  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Akim Tamiroff

The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold S. Bucquet  •  Jack Conway
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Walter Huston  •  Aline MacMahon  •  Akim Tamiroff

The Toast of New Orleans (1950)

Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Taurog
CAST:  Kathryn Grayson  •  Mario Lanza  •  David Niven  •  J. Carrol Naish

Snooty opera singer meets a rough-and-tumble fisherman in the Louisiana bayous, but this fisherman can sing! Her agent lures him away to New Orleans to teach him to sing opera, but comes to regret this rash decision when the singers fall in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Taurog
CAST:  Kathryn Grayson  •  Mario Lanza  •  David Niven  •  J. Carrol Naish

The Hatchet Man (1932)

When he's forced to kill his best friend, a Chinese hit man adopts the man's daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Loretta Young  •  Dudley Digges  •  Leslie Fenton

When he's forced to kill his best friend, a Chinese hit man adopts the man's daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Wellman
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Loretta Young  •  Dudley Digges  •  Leslie Fenton

The Fugitive (1947)

Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Dolores del Río  •  Pedro Armendáriz  •  J. Carrol Naish

Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Dolores del Río  •  Pedro Armendáriz  •  J. Carrol Naish
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