MONTY WOOLLEY (1888-1963), born Edgar Montillion Woolley, was a master of droll humor on stage and in film.
Haven't you seen The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941)? Woolley recreates his character, Sheridan Whiteside, from the Broadway smash by Kauffman and Hart. Whiteside is based on Alexander Woolcott, the acerbic critic and wit. Jimmy Durante's character Banjo is Harpo Marx, and other characters are recognizable as Woolcott's contemporaries. A true masterpiece.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
The Pied Piper (1942) Woolley is an English author in France when the Nazis invade. He winds up helping a number of children escape the invaders.
Artists And Models Abroad (1938) Woolley is fine support in this Jack Benny comedy.
Holy Matrimony (1943) Woolley portrays an artist returning from abroad after many years. He takes the identity of his dead valet to avoid publicity. Great cast including Gracie Fields.
As Young As You Feel (1951) A man tries to avoid forced retirement at age 65. Cast includes Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe.
*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Thurs, Jun 22 2006 / 06:22:46 PST
1942 Nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role: THE PIED PIPER
1944 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: SINCE YOU WENT AWAY