Arthur Hoyt (March 19, 1874 – January 4, 1953) was an American film character actor who appeared in more than 275 films in his 34-year film career, about a third of them silent films. He was a brother of Harry O. Hoyt.
Born in Georgetown, Colorado in 1874, Hoyt made his Broadway debut in 1905 in the play The Prince Consort, which was not a success. He also appeared in Ferenc Molnár's The Devil in 1908, and made his final stand on the Great White Way in The Great Name in 1911.Hoyt made one silent movie in 1914, a comedy short called The Scrub Lady, but his film acting career did not begin in earnest until 1916 when he appeared in another short, The Heart of a Show Girl. From that time until 1944, not a year passed without a film being released that Hoyt had acted in – and frequently a number of them, up to a dozen or so. Hoyt had large roles in such silent films as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), Souls for Sale (1923), and The Lost World (1925). He also directed two silent features, Station Content starring Gloria Swanson and High Stakes, and was the casting director for another, Her American Husband, all in 1918.Hoyt's final silent film, his 80th, was The Rush Hour (1928), which starred Marie Provost. Unlike her, Hoyt survived the transition to talkies, although he generally played much smaller roles in sound films – the 5'6" Hoyt was often cast as a beleaguered husband, an exploited nine-to-fiver or a nervous politician – and he frequently did not receive screen credit for his performances. His first sound film was 1928's My Man, a musical starring Fanny Brice, and the pace of his work did not slack off in the sound era. He may be best remembered as the motor-court manager who hassles Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934).In the 1940s, when he was nearing the end of his career, Hoyt was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in all the films written and directed by Sturges from 1940 to 1947.At the age of 70, Hoyt, who was sometimes billed as "Mr. Arthur Hoyt", retired from acting. The last film in which he appeared, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock was filmed in late 1944 and early 1945, although it wasn't released until 1947. Hoyt died at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, California on 4 January 1953, and is buried at Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California.
Movies & TV shows
The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Twenty-three years after scoring the winning touchdown for his college football team mild-mannered Harold Diddlebock, who has been stuck in a dull, dead-end book-keeping job for years, is let go by hi...
Keep 'em Slugging
A gang of tough street kids decide to go straight and get jobs in order to free draft-age men for the war effort. However, because of their past tangles with the law, they can't find anybody who'll hi...
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek
A small-town girl with a soft spot for American soldiers wakes up the morning after a wild farewell party for the troops to find that she married someone she can't remember.
The brother of a notorious outlaw is put in a charge of a stagecoach line way station in dangerous Apache territory. A stagecoach arrives at the station with a valuable box of cargo, and the outlaw br...
The Palm Beach Story
Gerry and Tom Jeffers are finding married life hard. Tom is an inventor/ architect and there is little money for them to live on. They are about to be thrown out of their apartment when Gerry meets ri...
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
A distinguished professor finds his well-ordered life tospy-turvy after he is forced to take in a pregnant widow.
The Lady Eve
When wealthy Charles falls for Jean, it's not an accident. Jean is a con artist who wants to take advantage of Charles' wealth. Jean starts falling for her mark, which complicates the situation. Jean ...
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
A man involved in a crime (Nolan) kills his key witness by mistake and resigns himself to death. He changes his name so as not to harm his family. The law is not content with his explanation, however....
I Love You Again
Boring businessman Larry Wilson recovers from amnesia and discovers he's really a con man...and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife.
Christmas in July
An office clerk loves entering contests in the hopes of someday winning a fortune and marrying the girl he loves. His latest attempt is the Maxford House Coffee Slogan Contest. As a joke, some of his ...
A professional golfer who has become a businessman for his fiancee helps a vagrant get a job and ends up losing his own.
The Great McGinty
Told in flashback, Depression-era bum Dan McGinty is recruited by the city's political machine to help with vote fraud. His great aptitude for this brings rapid promotion from "the boss," who finally ...
East Side of Heaven
A man finds himself the father, by proxy, of a ten-month-old baby and becomes involved in the turbulent lives of the child's family.
Made for Each Other
A couple struggle to find happiness after a whirlwind courtship.
A dedicated police officer is torn between family and duty when his son turns to a life of crime.
Three daughters of a small down pharmacist undergo trials and tribulations in their problematic marriages between 1904 and 1908.
One Wild Night
Frenzied comedy starring June Lang as a reporter investigating the mysterious disappearances of four men who had all withdrawn large sums of money from the local bank in Stockton, Ohio.
You and Me
Mr. Morris, the owner of a large metropolitan department store, gives jobs to paroled ex-convicts in an effort to help them reform and go straight. Among his 'employed-prison-graduates' are Helen Robe...
Love on a Budget
This late entry in the popular "The Jones Family" series of '30s comedies has the family contending with a troublesome (and possibly crooked) uncle while trying to cut household expenses.
Hard to Get
The spoiled young heiress was made to work out her bill by making beds when she tried to charge gasoline at the auto camp run by Bill Davis. Resolving to get even, she pretends to have forgiven him, a...
The Black Doll
Nicholas Rood, dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his daughter Marian....
The Rage of Paris
Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problems is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd at a ritzy New Yo...
Girls on Probation
A dizzy young girl falls into crime but wins her lawyer's heart.
After retiring from movies to get an education, a man discovers his ex-staff is trying to have him expelled.
The Devil's Party
Adults who grew up as slum kids meet later in life, but murder disrupts their reunion.
Love Takes Flight
A commercial pilot romances both a Hollywood actress and a female aviator. 1937.
We Who Are About to Die
John Thompson is kidnapped by mobsters after quitting his job. Then he is arrested, tried, and sentenced to death for murders they committed. A suspicious detective thinks he is innocent and works to ...
Ever Since Eve
Madge Winton (Marion Davies), a beautiful secretary, makes herself look homely in order to avoid advances by lecherous bosses. When her new employer, writer Freddy Matthews (Robert Montgomery), accide...
The Westland Case
A detective must solve a case where a girl was murdered in a room--and all the doors and windows were locked from the inside.
It's All Yours
Jimmy Barnes arrives from Europe to be educated by his multi-millionaire uncle, Edward J. Barnes and in five years the extravagant escapes of Jimmy, now a lawyer, are the talk of San Francisco. Linda ...
She's No Lady
Alden "Bill" Carter III sees a beautiful woman, Jerry, dining alone at the Park Savoy in New York, and after a brief flirtation, introduces himself. After he entreats her to be his "mystery woman" to ...
A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.
The Wrong Road
A young married couple whose plans for their life together haven't turned out as expected decide to rob the bank where the husband works of $100,000, then hide the money in a safe place and return for...
Early to Bed
Chester Beatty and Tessie Weeks have been engaged for 5 years and going together for 15 years before that. Chester is reluctant to burden Tessie with marriage because of his secret problem. He is a sl...
How to Be a Detective
This Robert Benchley 'How To' comedy short attempts to teach us how to profile criminals by physical characteristics.
Walking on Air
A strong-willed young woman hires a student to impersonate a boorish French count and brings him home to meet her parents.
Smartest Girl in Town
A girl in search of a rich husband mistakes a millionaire for a male model.
Don't Turn 'em Loose
A conscientious attorney who is a member of the State Parole Board, finds his own son, using an alias, up for parole and makes the decision to cast the approving vote.
Sing, Baby, Sing
The "Caliban-Ariel" romance of fiftysomething John Barrymore and teenager Elaine Barrie is spoofed in this delightful 20th Century Fox musical. Adolphe Menjou plays the Barrymore counterpart, a loose-...
Joe, who owns a gas station along with his brothers and is about to marry Katherine, travels to the small town where she lives to visit her, but is wrongly mistaken for a wanted kidnapper and arrested...
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Longfellow Deeds lives in a small town, leading a small town kind of life. When a relative dies and leaves Deeds a fortune, Longfellow moves to the big city where he becomes an instant target for ever...
A meat inspector is trying to rid his town of payoff deals that affect the quality of meat being sold to the public.
Two in the Dark
Director Benjamin Stoloff's 1936 mystery, set in Boston, stars Walter Abel as an amnesiac and Margot Grahame as an unemployed stage actress who work together to solve the murder of a playwright.
The third film version of the Bret Harte tale, starring Anne Shirley as a miner's daughter in a small town who falls for a handsome young schoolteacher.
New York manicurist Mamie Murphy plans to marry a rich man, so she repeatedly turns down the proposals of honest reporter David Haines. When she is announced the winner of $2,500 and a ticket worth $1...
Poor Little Rich Girl
Cossetted and bored, Barbara Barry is finally sent off to school by her busy if doting widowed soap manufacturer father. When her nurse is injured en route, Barbara finds herself alone in town, ending...
A brilliant but deranged neurosurgeon becomes obsessively fixated on a judge's daughter who in no way wants him. With the help of an escaped criminal whose face he has surgically deformed, the mad man...
A toothpaste magnate's mischievous daughter, tired of her father's traditional ways of conducting business, joins forces with her father's rival and a crazy inventor. Together they create "Cocktail To...
$1000 a Minute
Two rich and wealthy millionaires who have a lot of money bet that reporter Robert Pryor can't spend $720,000 in twelve hours. If you're asking "Why $720,000?", the answer is: because this Republic pr...
Murder on a Honeymoon
A schoolteacher and amateur sleuth suspects foul play when a fellow passenger on a seaplane gets sick and dies. The third and final film with Edna May Oliver and James Gleason as the astute schoolteac...
A playboy tries to redeem himself after his careless behavior causes a great man's death.
A Night at the Ritz
A PR man (William Gargan) talks a swanky hotel into hiring his girlfriend's (Patricia Ellis) brother as chef.
Men of Action
A villainous banker and his hired saboteurs attempt to thwart construction of Sweetwater Dam.
Police search for the killer of a man who misused $700,000 intended for the Chinese Communists.
I Sell Anything
Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?
The 9th Guest
Eight people are invited by an unsigned telegram to a penthouse apartment, where they find themselves locked in and greeted by their unknown host's voice via the radio, who explains that before the n...
Hat, Coat and Glove
A prominent New York attorney defends his estranged wife's lover, who's been charged with the murder of a model in Greenwich Village.
One More River
A young lady leaves her brutal husband and meets another man on board a ship.
One Hour Late
When the romance between radio-singer Eddie Blake and Bessie Dunn goes sour through a series of misunderstanding, Bessie packs to take a week-end trip with the station boss,Stephen Barclay, and Eddie ...
A philosophy professor accompanies his school's rowing team on a worldwide tour.
In this family comedy, the wealthy executive of a steel company must endure life with a strict, teetotaling wife, a wild daughter, and a deadbeat son. To gain some much needed attention, the lonesome ...
Million Dollar Ransom
To stop his mother from marrying a man he doesn't like, a young millionaire hires an ex-con in helping him fake his own kidnaping.
Larry O'Roark is a boxer who's insanely posssesive and jealous of his fiancee, Jo. the sight of her and her employer, Mr. Lambert, at ringside during his big fight distracts Larry and he is knocked ou...
An unprincipled hustler who makes his living getting--or making up--evidence in divorce cases finds that he's framing his own daughter.
Wake Up and Dream
The story of a small-time vaudeville trio and their rise to the big time.
Kansas City Princess
Rosie and Marie are wisecracking Kansas City manicurists. Marie is an unabashed golddigger but Rosie would like to marry her gangster boyfriend Dynamite, who's given her an expensive ring. When she lo...
Springtime for Henry
A rakish fellow involves himself with a married woman. Later his secretary endeavors to win him away with the promise of a more stable relationship. The rake is tempted, but then decides he prefers th...
Let's Try Again
To divorce, or not to divorce. That is the question pondered by a married couple of 10 years who miss their burning desire for each other (Clive Brook and Diana Wynyard) in this 1934 film directed by ...
It Happened One Night
A reporter and a heiress are stuck with each other when the bus leaves them behind at one of the stops while they travel to New York.
Tired of the dangerous life as gambling boss, Ace Corbin 'retires' from the racket and travels cross-country by train to begin a new life with a new name. On the train, he meets Eleanor and they fall ...
A teen detective tries to help a jewel thief's daughter.
Shirley, a married woman, who is fed up of her husband's incessant nagging, decides to go on a cruise. Her husband also gets on the cruise as a worker in the barber shop to keep an eye on her.
A Shriek in the Night
Rival newspaper reporters Pat Morgan and Ted Kord find themselves unraveling the mystery behind the death of a millionaire philanthropist who fell from his penthouse balcony. When it is discovered tha...
After a love affair ending in an abortion, a young prison reformer submerges herself in her work. She then falls for a controversial and married judge and scandal looms again.
No Other Woman
A steelworker and his aspiring wife make millions when they become partners in a dyeworks. Unfortunately, success does not bring happiness.
The dim-witted son of a heroic fire chief tries to follow in his father's footsteps, only to become the pawn of corrupt politicians.
On the back of the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a young business man is about to commit suicide. With the note to his wife scribbled down and a gun in his hand, he notices a thick envelope addressed to ...
Curtain at Eight
An elderly detective sets out to find who murdered a stage actor.
A savvy city girl tries to protect her naive sister, who has just moved from the country, from the temptations--and men--of big-city life.
In the Money
When the chemical company owned by eccentric Professor Higginbottom files for bankruptcy, the formerly-affluent family loses its income. Levelheaded oldest daughter Lambie struggles to make ends meet ...
The Eleventh Commandment
A wealthy recluse dies in her New York mansion, leaving an estate worth $50 million. Shortly after, various people turn up claiming to be the rightful heir to her fortune.
Goldie Gets Along
A small-town girl schemes to get to Hollywood only to run into the man she left behind.
His Private Secretary
Dick Wallace wants to marry a minister's grand-daughter but his father, who wants him to get work on his company's business, is opposed. She takes a job with the company to prove she's okay.
Devil and the Deep
Naval commander Charles Storm has made life miserable for his wife Diana due to his insane jealousy over every man she speaks to. His obsessive behavior soon drives her to the arms of a handsome lieut...
Gangsters scheme to get rid of a crusading District Attorney by blackmailing him through his daughter.
The Impatient Maiden
A maid's dream comes true but are not quite what she expected.
Call Her Savage
A high-spirited, short-tempered, young woman hates her father and loves to rebel against him. She learns the errors of her ways after her marriage fails and she is married to a man who her father disl...
20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Brash hoodlum Tom Connors enters Sing Sing cocksure of himself and disrespectful toward authority, but his tough but compassionate warden changes him.
New Morals for Old
A son who wants to go to Paris to study art and a daughter who is in love with a married man are both being treated as teenagers by their parents.
Make Me a Star
A grocery clerk dreams of becoming a cowboy actor and goes to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. His acting abilities are non-existent.
Red Haired Alibi
A young girl new to the big city gets a job as a man's companion. What she doesn't know is that the man is a notorious gangster.
A New York policeman helps a hungry and penniless young woman start life anew by arranging to get her a job in "The Follies".
Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused of robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an af...
International con artist Martha Hicks a.k.a. Countess von Claudwig is released from another stay in prison and decides to treat her rheumatism with a stay at her estranged husband's hotel at a Wiscons...
After breaking up a train robbery, he discovers that it's not real. The money is missing and he is blamed for that. He sets out to find the real thieves after escaping. He needs to avoid going to the ...
Love in High Gear
A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage.
Button Gwinett Brown is a freshman congressman on a mission to rid Washington of corruption. He quickly runs afoul of the powerful Senator Norton...
Gold Dust Gertie
Early 30s pre-code comedy about a woman attempting to get her two ex-husbands to pay back alimony.
A circus side show performer tries to discourage her younger sister from following in her footsteps.
After a quarrell at their 25th wedding aniversery, Joe and Aggie Bruno decide to divorce each other, and both leave for Reno. So do their daughters Prudence and Pansy, but they want to get their paren...
Willie, as an assistant window-dresser, is the lowest man on the totem pole at a department store. To add insult-to-injury Willie is also the store's designated 'Fired Man."; when a disgruntled custom...
Rollo and Lane just happen to be tossed off the train at White Beach where Robert Story -Air ace and writer- is supposed to stop. It is a case of mistaken identity as no one knows what Story looks lik...
The Life of the Party
Two gold diggers try a French dressmaker, two Mr. Smiths and Havana.
The Criminal Code
After young Robert Graham commits a murder while drunk and defending his girlfriend, he is prosecuted by ambitious Mark Brady and sentenced to 10 years. Six years later, Brady becomes the prison warde...
On Your Back
On Your Back is a 1930 American drama film directed by Guthrie McClintic and written by Howard J. Green. The film stars Irene Rich, Raymond Hackett, H. B. Warner, Wheeler Oakman, Marion Shilling and I...
Seven Days' Leave
Seven Day's Leave was actually Gary Cooper's first all talking film, but Adolph Zukor at Paramount decided to hold up the release of it until after The Virginian was on the big screen. Seven Days Leav...
Claire Tree is a singer/dancer who goes after what she wants in a straight-forward, no-nonsense manner, so when she finds herself in the New York City hotel-suite, in fashionable Peacock Alley, of Sto...
The Girl Said No
A comedy romance in which breezy Haines, as a young lady killer, tries to capture the heart of Hyams who has turned him down for Bushman. Haines plots dozens of extreme measures to win her over, and ...
Dumb-bells in Ermine
In a small town in Virginia, Faith Corey, daughter of a socially prominent family, meets and falls in love with Jerry Malone, a prizefighter, though her straitlaced mother wants her to marry Siegfried...
Say It with Songs
Joe Lane, radio entertainer and songwriter, learns that the manager of the studio, Arthur Phillips, has made improper advances to his wife, Katherine. Infuriated, Lane engages him in a fight, and the ...
A crotchety old coot wants his son and daughter-in-law to have kids so he can have grandchildren, but so far they haven't done so. In a somewhat ham-handed attempt to bring them closer together so the...
Her Private Affair
A married society woman accidentally kills her would-be blackmailer and suffers a crisis of conscious when his disgruntled butler is charged with the crime. The woman is still haunted by guilt and par...
Fannie Brand (Fanny Brice), an industrious girl who supports her brother and sister by working in a theatrical costume house, falls in love with Joe Halsey (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams), a young fellow w...
After many outrageous moments, a young girl marries her former acquaintance, not with her fiancee.
An artistic salesgirl falls in love with a chauffeur not realising he is actually the heir to a huge fortune.
An Affair of the Follies
Young husband Jerry, a clerk, loses his job, and in order to bring money into the house, his wife Tamara goes back to her old job as a dancer in the Follies. The husband doesn't like the idea at all, ...
The Midnight Sun
Up in Mabel's Room
Mabel catches her husband buying lingerie, and he won't explain who it's for. She divorces him, but later learns he was buying her an anniversary gift. She becomes determined to win him back.
The Crown of Lies
Romantic drama directed by Dimitri Buchowetzki.
Department-store models Flo and Marian set their sights on wealthy young soft-drink magnate J. A. Smith. Through a misunderstanding, they pick on the wrong J. A. Smith, a fortune hunter himself who as...
Austin Starfield has his greedy eye on a steel mill belonging to Eve Burnside. He persuades an impoverished count, Leon Molnar to marry Eve so he can then gain control of her fortune.
When Ellen Linden comes back home from finishing school, she finds out that her wealthy father has lost all his money. She must get a job to help support the family, and goes to work as a secretary in...
The Sporting Venus
Familiar story of spoiled heiress, Blanche Sweet, who dabbles in romance with commoner Ronald Colman. They roam the highlands together hunting since this is Sweet's "sport." They seem to have an idyll...
Peter kidnaps Patricia to prevent her from marrying the wrong man.
The Lost World
A land where prehistoric creatures still roam is the subject of the first film adaptation of a classic novel.
On the eve of the marriage of her daughter, Alita, Mrs. Allen, unhappily married for 25 years, advocates writer Fannie Hurst's widely publicized mode of living with her husband: only two breakfasts a ...
Constance Keener, who is betrothed to young millionaire Merton Torrey, confesses to him her desire for romance such as he does not give her. On the occasion of a masquerade ball, Torrey is unable to e...
The Foolish Age
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Set in the years before and during World War I, this epic tale tells the story of a rich Argentine family, one of its two descending branches being half of French heritage, the other being half German...
Pinto Peters (Gibson) and his pal Chuckwalla Bill (Day) ride into town just as the editor of the local newspaper is being urged to leave by a gang of thugs led by Joe Reedly (Girard). The pair give th...
There is a courtesan in Paris who is named Camille. She fell in love with a young man who was promising. When Armand's father begged her not to marry him, she acquiesces and leaves her lover. However,...
Don't Neglect Your Wife
The wife of a prominent San Francisco doctor, feeling neglected by her husband, finds herself attracted to a young newspaper reporter. ...
The Grim Game
A young man who was wrongly jailed for a murder he did not commit uses his amazing powers of escape to free himself and pursue the actual killers, who are holding his fiancée captive.
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