Thursday, May 14, 2009

When You're Born to Be a Sissy

Franklin Pangborn
Born: January 23, 1889
Died: July 20, 1958

Selected Filmography:
Bed of Roses (1933) as Floorwalker
Flying Down to Rio (1933) as Hotel Manager
Design for Living (1933) as Theatrical Producer
She Married Her Boss (1935) as Window Dresser
Dangerous Number (1937) as Hotel Clerk
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938) as Assistant Hotel Manager
The Girl Downstairs (1938) as Adolph Pumphel
Turnabout (1940) as Alan Pingboom
The Bank Dick (1940) as J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Tillie the Toiler (1941) as Perry Tweedale
Tell it to a Star (1945) as Horace Lovelace
Calendar Girl (1947) as Dilly Dillingsworth
My Dream is Yours (1949) as Sourpuss Manager


  1. Henceforth, Peenee shall be known as Peenee Peeningsworth!

  2. Preston Sturges was the only director (and writer) in Hollywood to appreciate that Pangborn was an actor, not just a stereotype. He was always more human in Sturges' films.

  3. Franklin Pangborn is something more than a comic foil in W. C. Fields' THE BANK DICK. It's really about a straight man totally underestimating a gay man's seriousness of purpose. To Keep Pangborn from inspecting the bank's cooked books, Fields steps of Pangborn's eyeglasses. Pangborn merely brings out a case of ten more eyeglasses. And this is the day AFTER Fields tries to destroy him with a Mickey Finn. Painfully hungover, Pangborn reports to work like a superhero.