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Robert Cummings

Robert Cummings


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Also Known As: Died: December 1, 1990
Born: June 9, 1910 Cause of Death: kidney failure and complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: Joplin, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Airheads (1994) as Singer
The heavy metal rock band The Lone Rangers will do whatever it takes to get their latest demo played on the radio. When their attempts fail, the group inadvertently takes a rock and roll radio station and everybody in the place hostage.
Three on a Date (1978)
The adventures of four couples, winners on a television game show, and their young chaperone on a Hawaiian holiday. A "Love Boat" carbon, set ashore.
Great American Beauty Contest, The (1973) as Dan Carson
The pursuit by America's loveliest girls for a coveted beauty crown is threatened by a scandal which implicates a judge, a former winner, and one of the five finalists.
Partners in Crime (1973)
In this reworking of "The Judge and Jake Wyler" (1972), a judge-turned-detective and her ex-con associate go in search of $750,000 in bank robbery loot. Lee Grant and Lou Antonio step into the roles previously created by Bette Davis and Doug McClure.
Promise Her Anything (1966) as Dr. Peter Brock
A single mother must choose between two suitors.
Stagecoach (1966) as Mr. Gatewood
The Carpetbaggers (1964) as Dan Pierce
A young tycoon takes Hollywood by storm to quench his thirst for power.
What a Way To Go! (1964) as Dr. Stephanson
A very wealthy widow retells her life with the four different husbands who made her rich.
Beach Party (1963) as Professor Sutwell
An anthropologist studies the dating habits of the teens hanging out on a nearby beach.
My Geisha (1962) as Bob Moore
Paul Robaix (Yves Montand) is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell (Shirley MacLaine), a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly, but he doesn't want his wife to play the leading part, as in his previous pictures. Producer Sam Lewis (Edward G. Robinson) and Lucy Dell think up a scheme to get her in the picture after all. Lucy disguises as a Geisha, and gets the leading part in the picture. When Robaix finds out he gets so mad, he wants to divorce Lucy...
How To Be Very, Very Popular (1955) as Fillmore "Wedge" Wedgewood
Song-and-dance girls Curly and Stormy Tornado hide out with the guys at Bristol College when they know they can identify the killer of a fellow performer at their San Francisco cabaret. But they rather stand out in their stage costumes and soon all sorts of trouble is heading their way. The fact that Curly has been hypnotised doesn't help.
Dial M for Murder (1954) as Mark Halliday
A straying husband frames his wife for the murder of the man he'd hired to kill her.
Lucky Me (1954) as Brad Carson
When the members of a musical troupe take cleaning jobs, their lead singer falls for a famous songwriter.
Marry Me Again (1953) as Bill Anderson
Bill (Robert Cummings), a jet pilot hero from the Korean War, returns home with intentions of marrying his sweetheart, Doris (Marie Wilson.) But Doris has inherited a million dollars and Bill won't marry her because he dreams of a home and babies, with himself as the sole source of income on his $65 a week. Doris has to find a way to make him change his mind. No matter her character name, Marie Wilson was playing her usual "Irma" role, and finds an "Irma" solution.
The First Time (1952) as Joe Bennet
Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra bills and no more free time.
Confidence Girl (1952) as Narrator
A con-artist couple pose as a detective and a psychic.
The Barefoot Mailman (1951) as Sylvanus Hurley
A 19th-century con artist flees to the wilds of Florida to elude the law.
The Petty Girl (1950) as George Petty
A cheesecake artist tries to get a college professor to pose for him.
Paid in Full (1950) as Bill Prentice
Jane Langley has always done all she can for her selfish sibling Nancy. When both sisters fall in love with handsome Bill Prentice, Jane graciously steps aside. Relationships among all three are further complicated when the now-married Bill realizes he's still in love with Jane.
For Heaven's Sake (1950) as Jeff Bolton
An angel''''s earthly mission takes a wrong turn when he falls in love with mortal life.
The Black Book (1949) as Charles D'Aubigny
Opponents plot to bring down Robespierre during the French Revolution.
Tell It to the Judge (1949) as Peter Webb
To win back her husband, a divorcee pretends to be married to a loser.
Free for All (1949) as Christopher Parker
The Accused (1949) as Warren Ford
A prim psychology professor fights to hide a murder she committed in self-defense.
Sleep, My Love (1948) as Bruce Elcott
Claudette Colbert wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she can't remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.
Let's Live a Little (1948) as Duke Crawford
A harried, overworked advertising executive is being pursued romantically by one of his clients, a successful perfume magnate ... and his former fiancée. The latest client of the agency is a psychiatrist and author of a new book. When the executive goes over to discuss the ad campaign, the psychiatrist turns out to be a woman. But what does he really need? Romance? Or analysis?
Heaven Only Knows (1947) as Mike
An angel lands in the wild West to save a gambler's soul.
The Lost Moment (1947) as Lewis Venable, also known as William Burton
In a long flashback, a New York publisher is in Venice pursuing the lost love letters of an early-19th-century poet, Jeffrey Ashton, who disappeared mysteriously. Using a false name, Lewis Venable rents a room from Juliana Bordereau, once Jeffrey Ashton's lover, now an aged recluse. Running the household is Juliana's severe niece, Tina, who mistrusts Venable from the first moment. He realizes all is not right when late one night he finds Tina, her hair unpinned and wild, at the piano. She calls him Jeffrey and throws herself at him. The family priest warns Venable to tread carefully around her fantasies, but he wants the letters at any cost, even Tina's sanity.
The Bride Wore Boots (1946) as Jeff Warren
The Chase (1946) as Chuck Scott
Returning a lost wallet gains unemployed veteran Chuck Scott a job as chauffeur to Eddie Roman, a seeming gangster whose enemies have a way of meeting violent ends. The job proves nerve-wracking, and soon Chuck finds himself pledged to help Eddie's lovely, fearful, prisoner-wife Lorna to escape. The result leaves Chuck caught like a rat in a trap, vainly seeking a way out through dark streets. But the real chase begins when the strange plot virtually starts all over again...
You Came Along (1945) as Bob Collins
War hero flier Bob Collins goes on a war bond selling tour with two buddies, and substitute "chaperone" Ivy Hotchkiss. Bob's a cheerful Lothario with several girls in every town on the tour. After some amusing escapades, Bob and Ivy become romantically involved, agreeing it's "just fun up in the air." Then Ivy finds out the real reason why it shouldn't be anything more.
Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as Michael
Two clubmen discuss the occult, introducing three weird tales: 1) Plain, bitter Henrietta secretly loves law student Michael. Then on Mardi Gras night, a mysterious stranger gives her a mask of beauty that she must return at midnight. 2) At a party, palmist Podgers makes uncannily accurate predictions, later telling skeptic Marshal Tyler that he will murder someone. The notion obsesses Tyler, with ironic consequences. 3) High wire artist Gaspar dreams of falling, then loses his nerve. He recognizes Joan from his dreams, and falls for her. Will any of his dreams, involving Joan and disaster, come true?
Forever and a Day (1943) as Ned Trimble
During World War II an American travels to Britain to sell an old house near London that belongs to his family. But he mets Susan Trimble who lives in the house and who is strictly against the sale. While they spend the night in an air-raid shelter she tells him the story of the building from it's construction in 1804 until present day.
Princess O'Rourke (1943) as Eddie O'Rourke
A flying ace's romance with a princess creates diplomatic problems.
Between Us Girls (1942) as Jimmy Blake
Carrie (Diana Barrymore), ambitious young actress and her manager Mike Kilinsky (Andy Devine), travel east from Chicago to Long Island so Carrie can see the new mansion that her mother Chris (Kay Francis) has just purchased. Chris is not there when Carrie arrives by Gallagher (Ethel Griffies), the family major domo, tells Carrie that Chris is in love with the very rich Steve (John Boles.) Chris confesses to Carrie that she has lied about her age to Steve, claiming to be 31, and that the photograph of Carrie is Carrie's (non-existent) Aunt Sadie and Carrie is only twelve. Carrie insists that her mother keep up the masquerade, and she will pose as a 12-year-old. Steve arrives and brings with him his friend Jimmy Blake (Robert Cummings). More than a little confusion follows including Carrie starting a fight with another "kid" to keep Jimmy from keeping a date with his fiancee and Mike escorting Chris and the "under-age" Carrie to a night club, and other incidents that only tend to prove that Steve and Jimmy aren't the brightest bulbs shining. Diana Barrymore is better as the 12-year-old than she is later playing Joan of Arc in a Detroit theatre, where the light finally dawns on the perplexed Robert Cummings character.
Saboteur (1942) as Barry [Kane, also known as Barry Mason]
A young man accused of sabotage goes on the lam to prove his innocence.
Kings Row (1942) as Parris Mitchell
Small town scandals inspire an idealistic young man to take up psychiatry.
Free and Easy (1941) as Max Clemington
A father and son compete in the search for rich wives.
It Started with Eve (1941) as J. [Johnny] Reynolds, Jr.
To please his dying father, a man hires a hatcheck girl to pose as his fiancée.
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) as Joe [O'Brien]
A department store owner goes undercover as an employee to thwart union activists.
Moon Over Miami (1941) as Jeffrey Bolton
Two sisters from Texas travel to Florida looking for rich husbands.
Private Affairs (1940) as Jimmy Nolan
Amos Bullerton, son of an old Boston family, has chosen for twenty years to remain a "black sheep" rather than submit to the dictation of his staid family. Jane Bullerton, his daughter, finds herself in the same quandary, ordered by her crotchety grandfather, Noble Bullerton, to marry a man she doesn't love.
And One Was Beautiful (1940) as Ridley Crane
Two sisters vie for the same dashing young man.
One Night in the Tropics (1940) as Steve [Harper]
Spring Parade (1940) as Harry Marten
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939) as Scotty Hamilton
Scotty Hamilton is a reporter who works for a crooked editor. Bill Banning is another reporter who is about to expose the editor's ties to the mob. When the editor is killed, both reporter Banning and mobster Tony Garcia are suspected. However, Hamilton's friend Edgar Bergen solves the case (without much help from Charlie McCarthy).
Rio (1939) as Bill Gregory
Everything Happens at Night (1939) as Ken Morgan
Two reporters compete to discover a scientist living in hiding and win his daughter.
Oklahoma Frontier (1939) as Rankins
It's the opening of the Cherokee strip and the Rankins are after a particular section. Frazier is also after the same section and has hired outlaws to make sure he gets it. When Jeff gives Rankin a map, the outlaws kill Rankin, steal the map, and frame Jeff for the murder. Scheduled to be hung the day of the land rush, Jeff's pal Frosty has a plan to free him.
Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939) as Harry [Loren]
Now that their parents are back together, the Craig girls think life is going to be easy. It is, until Kay falls in love with Joan's fiance! Complications arise when youngest sister Penny tries to find Joan a new boyfriend so that Kay and Richard can be together.
The Underpup (1939) as Denis
I Stand Accused (1938) as Frederick A. Davis
Fred, a young lawyer fresh out of school, climbs quickly to success as the mouthpiece for a gangland mob. His friend Paul, however, reaches equally quick success - in the district attorney's office. Inevitably, they meet on opposite sides of the courtroom.
College Swing (1938) as Radio announcer
In 1738, a pact is drawn up between the Alden family and a highly respected Colonial college: If any female member of the family can pass her college exams within a 200-year period, ownership of the institution will be turned over to her. Two hundred years later in 1938, the last of the Alden girls, Gracie Alden hires Bud Brady to help her pass her exams. She also tries to win over no-nonsense professor Hubert Dash, who has no intention of handing his college over to a ditzy young lady like Gracie.
You and Me (1938) as Jim
I Am the Law (1938) as Witness
A law professor signs on as special prosecutor to take on the mob.
Touchdown, Army (1938) as Jimmy Howal
Prep football star Jimmy Howal(Robert Cummings)gets a reception far different from what he expected when he enters West Point. His cocky attitude earns him the enmity of many upperclassmen, especially hot-tempered southerner Brandon Culpepper (John Howard), who also sees Howal as a rival for beautiful Toni Denby (Mary Carlisle), daughter of West Point officer Colonel Denby (Minor Watson.) Just before the Army-Navy football game, Howals' name is posted as failing French, and the cadets fear he will be kept from playing because of it. (The Paramount writers overlooked the fact that since Howal was a plebe nee freshman student, he couldn't have played anyway as freshman weren't eligible for the varsity in this period.) Toni agrees to tutor Howal, but she, unknowingly, uses an old examination which Is the basis for the new test. Howal realizes what has happened when he passes the exam with flying colors, and suspects Toni of having set out to make a fool of him.
The Texans (1938) as Alan Sanford
Wells Fargo (1937) as Dan Trimball, prospector
An employee of an express shipping service helps to provide people with the supplies they need.
Souls at Sea (1937) as George Martin
An abolitionist signs on with a slaving ship to sabotage their efforts.
Sophie Lang Goes West (1937) as Curly Griffin
The Last Train from Madrid (1937) as Juan Ramos
The story of seven people: their lives and love affairs in Madrid during the Civil War.
Lady Be Careful (1936) as First officer
Desert Gold (1936) as Fordyce [Ford] Mortimer
Chet Kasedon is after the Indians hidden gold mine but Chief Moya will not reveal it's location. He has also hired mining engineers Gale and Mortimer to locate the mine. When Gale sees Kasedon's cruelty to Moya, he switches sides.
Three Cheers for Love (1936) as Jimmy Tuttle
Arizona Mahoney (1936) as Phil Randall
When Sue Bixby becomes his new boss, stagecoach robber Talbot reforms and goes after her rustled cattle. When he and his men are outnumbered fighting Lloyd's gang, Randall rides to get circus man Mahoney and his man shooting cannon.
Hideaway Girl (1936) as Michael Winslow
Hollywood Boulevard (1936) as Jay Wallace
Border Flight (1936) as Lieutenant, Junior, Bob Dixon
The Accusing Finger (1936) as Jimmy Ellis
An attorney is responsible for sending an innocent man to jail for a murder he did not commit. He soon gets a taste of his own medicine when his wife is murdered and no one will believe him when he claims he didn't do it.
Forgotten Faces (1936) as Clinton Faraday
In London, August 1914, Austrian star Elsa Duranyi (Gertrude Michael) and English matinee idol Alan Barclay (Herbert Marshall) are in love and plan an immediate marriage. But the War comes and Elsa mysteriously disappears. Alan's ease in speaking German results in his appointment to the British Intelligence and, to aid his use as a spy, they announce he was killed in action. He takes the name and personality of "shell-shocked" Hans Teller, a German prisoner, and is sent into Germany on an exchange of prisoners. Elsa, now a spy in the service of the Fatherland, is in Monte Carlo, where Allied officers on leave can be tempted into revealing war secrets. In Germany, Alan, posing as Teller, is listed as unfit for service, contacts Carl Schrottle (Rod LaRocque), another British agent. They are to locate the German "Big Bertha," the long-range gun bombarding Paris. They are successful and the gun is destroyed. Elsa is recalled and given the assignment of locating the British spy organization and its members. Through her surveillance of Carl, she meets Hans Teller and recognizes him as Alan, but doesn't let on. Alone, she agrees to flee to Holland with him but her superior officer, Ludwig (Lionel Atwill), is not fooled and is in pursuit.
The Virginia Judge (1935) as Jim Preston
Millions in the Air (1935) as Jimmy
So Red the Rose (1935) as Archie Pendleton
SO RED THE ROSE is King Vidor's quietly affecting Civil War romance, starring Margaret Sullavan as a Southern aristocrat, the mistress of a Southern plantation, whose sheltered life is torn apart by the War between the States. During the war's darkest days she is sustained by her love for a distant cousin, a Confederate officer, played by Randolph Scott.
The Convict's Code (1930) as Governor Johnson
The Face at Your Window (1920) as Kravo
The Golden Shower (1919) as "Broadway Al" Campbell
The Song of Songs (1918) as Phineas Bennett
Lily, an innocent young girl, is convinced to pose nude for a young sculptor. They fall in love, but the sculptor fears the effect of marriage on his work and neglects Lily. Ultimately, in despair, she marries a wealthy older man but does not find happiness there. Only near-tragedy and scandal are able, ironically, to bring her that happiness.
The Trap (1918) as David Shaw
The Devil's Playground (1917) as The Father
Crime and Punishment (1917) as Porphyus
A Rich Man's Plaything (1917) as "Smash" Regan
Betsy Ross (1917) as Joel Radley
The Law of Compensation (1917) as Horace Benton
Romeo and Juliet (1916) as Friar Laurence
Shakespeare's tragedy of two young people who fall desperately in love despite the ancient feud between their two families, and how the sins of the fathers bring disaster to their children.
The Yellow Passport (1916) as Ivan
A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country.
The Wall Between (1916) as Colonel Dickinson
Fruits of Desire (1916) as Thomas Henley
The story of a beautiful and emotionally/psychologically distraught young woman whose unique perspective (literally, through the lens of a camera) results in suffering and despair. The heroes are Jiney and sexy lesbian roommate-best-friend Jas. Jiney and Jas are casual photographers, but Jiney is t
The Brand of Cowardice (1916) as Colonel Gordon West
A Million a Minute (1916) as Timothy O'Farrell
The Awakening of Helena Richie (1916) as Lloyd Pryor
Paying the Price (1916) as General Corbin, U.S.A.
The Ivory Snuff Box (1915) as Prefect of police
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915) as Doyle
From the Valley of the Missing (1915) as Lem Crabbe
The Cub (1915) as Captain White
The Running Fight (1915) as Peter V. Wilkinson
The Heart of the Blue Ridge (1915) as Dan Hodges
A man seeks out an old friend and enters his home only to be sucked into an all-consuming malady that originates in the soul of a beautiful and treacherous woman.
Camille (1915) as Monsieur Duval
Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls deeply in love with a young man of promise, Armand Duval. When Armand's father begs her not to ruin his hopes of a career and position by marrying Armand, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However, when poverty and terminal illness overwhelm her, Camille discovers that Armand has not lost his love for her.
The Spitfire (1914) as Tracy
Four lifelong friends share one very special summer. Introduced as babies who were born to mothers who met in a prenatal aerobics class, the four grew up together and developed an enduring bond despite their distinctly different emerging personalities. Now, after years of sharing every triumph and l
The Jungle (1914) as Connor
A deadly disease spreads across an island and a vacationing doctor must try to stop it.
The Little Gray Lady (1914) as Richard Graham

Producer (feature film)

Let's Live a Little (1948) as Producer
A harried, overworked advertising executive is being pursued romantically by one of his clients, a successful perfume magnate ... and his former fiancée. The latest client of the agency is a psychiatrist and author of a new book. When the executive goes over to discuss the ad campaign, the psychiatrist turns out to be a woman. But what does he really need? Romance? Or analysis?

Cast (special)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
A variety special on the occasion of Disneyland's 35th anniversary. Features a rededication ceremony led by hosts of the original 1955 Opening Day telecast: former President Ronald Reagan, Art Linkletter and Bob Cummings. Also features comedy sketches, vignettes of celebrities' encounters at Disney
American Film Institute Salute to Barbara Stanwyck, The (1987)
Barbara Stanwyck is the 15th recipient of AFI's Life Achievement Award in a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on 4/9/86. The event marks Stanwyck's 60th anniversary in show business. She made her screen debut in the silent film, "Broadway Nights," in 1926, and went on to appear in
38th Annual Emmy Awards, The (1986)
A live three-hour telecast from Pasadena, California, of the thirty-eighth Annual Emmy Awards which honors excellence in the television industry. David Letterman and Shelley Long are this year's co-hosts. Veteran comedian Red Skelton, recipient of this year's coveted Governor's Award by the Board of
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (1960) as Guest
Celebrity interviews with celebrity gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.
Best Foot Forward (1954) as Jack Haggerty
The story of a fading movie star (Gale Joy) who accompanies a student (Bud Hooper) to his Junior Prom--and the complications that ensue when she is recognized at the dance, stripped practically naked by souvenir-seeking students, and takes refuge in the men's dormitory--a situation that threatens th

Cast (short)

Seasoned Greetings (1933)
In this short film, an innovative greeting card shop owner attempts to beat out neighboring competition by inventing talking greeting cards. Vitaphone Release 1564-1565.

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