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Walter Catlett


Actor

(1889 - 1960)

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Walter Catlett arrived on Broadway via the stock company in his hometown of San Francisco. He appeared in his first show in 1911, The Prince of Pilsen, and introduced “Lady Be Good” in the Gershwins’ 1924 show of that name. He also appeared in several of Ziegfield’s Follies and in the 1920 musical comedy Sally, music and lyrics by Jerome Kern and Clifford Grey.

But Catlett is best known to moviegoers as the confused, fussy, spectacled character actor in many of Hollywood’s top films. His career was a long one, from 1924’s silent Second Youth to 1957’s Beau James in which he played New York governor Al Smith. Some of his more memorable roles include Murphy in The Front Page (1931), the small-town sheriff in Bringing Up Baby (1938), and the flustered colonel in The Inspector General (1949). He played in westerns (Wild Bill Hickok Rides, 1941), comedies (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, 1936), dramas (Friendly Persuasion, 1956), and musicals (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942). He even did the voice-over for J. Worthington Foulfellow in Disney’s Pinocchio (1940) and left filmdom a happier place for his presence.

- Sandra Burlingame


Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett, Douglas Croft, Eddie Foy Jr., Minor Watson, Chester Clute, Odette Myrtil



Friendly Persuasion: Original Music From The Score Of The Motion Picture

Dimitri Tiomkin, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Peter Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale (II), Joel Fluellen, Theodore Newton, John Smith, Edna Skinner, Marjorie Durant, Frances Farwell



On The Avenue (1937 Film) / Rose of Washington Square (1939 Film)

Various Artists - Soundtracks



Pinocchio

Leigh Harline, Leigh Harline, Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Walter Catlett



Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett, Douglas Croft, Eddie Foy Jr., Minor Watson, Chester Clute, Odette Myrtil
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Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien

The Front Page (1931)

DVD


Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant

Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Turner Home Ent

DVD


The Inspector General (1949)

DVD


Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Sony Pictures

DVD


Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

DVD


James Cagney, Joan Leslie

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

DVD


Marion Darlington, Cliff Edwards, Walter Catlett, Don Brodie, Charles Judels

Pinocchio (Disney Gold Classic Collection)

Walt Disney Video

DVD


Jane Powell, Eleanor Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland

Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 3 (Hit the Deck/Deep in My Heart/Kismet/Nancy Goes to Rio/Two Weeks with Love/Broadway Melody of 1936/Broadway Melody of 1938/Born to Dance/Lady Be Good)

Warner Home Video

DVD

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