Allen Curtis Jenkins (born Alfred McGonegal; April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974) was an American character actor and singer who worked on stage, film, and television.
Jenkins was born on Staten Island, New York, on April 9, 1900. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In his first stage appearance, he danced next to James Cagney in a chorus line for an off-Broadway musical called Pitter-Patter, earning five dollars a week. He also appeared in Broadway plays between 1923 and 1962, including The Front Page (1928). His big break came when he replaced Spencer Tracy for three weeks in the Broadway play The Last Mile.Jenkins was called to Hollywood by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed first to Paramount Pictures and shortly afterward to Warner Bros. His first role in films came in 1931, when he appeared as an ex-convict in the short Straight and Narrow. He had originated the character of Frankie Wells in the Broadway production of Blessed Event and reprised the role in its film adaptation, both in 1932. With the advent of talking pictures, he made a career out of playing comic henchmen, stooges, policemen, taxi drivers, and other 'tough guys' in numerous films of the 1930s and 1940s, especially for Warner Bros. Allen Jenkins was labeled the "greatest scene-stealer of the 1930s" by The New York Times. In 1959, Jenkins played the role of elevator operator Harry in the comedy Pillow Talk. He was a member of Hollywood's so-called "Irish Mafia", a group of Irish-American actors and friends which included Spencer Tracy, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh.Jenkins later voiced the character of Officer Charlie Dibble on the Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon, Top Cat (1961–62). He was a regular on the television sitcom Hey, Jeannie! (1956–57), starring Jeannie Carson and often portrayed Muggsy on the 1950s-1970s CBS series The Red Skelton Show. He was also a guest star on many other television programs, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mr. & Mrs. North, I Love Lucy, Playhouse 90, The Tab Hunter Show, The Ernie Kovacs Show, Zane Grey Theater, and Your Show of Shows. He had a cameo appearance in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963). Eleven days before his death, he made his final appearance, at the end of Billy Wilder's remake of The Front Page (1974); it was released posthumously. Jenkins publicized his own alcoholism and was the first actor to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate about it. He was involved in beginning the first Alcoholics Anonymous programs in California prisons for women.Jenkins is interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Section 10, Lot 31.
Movies & TV shows
A look at actresses who starred in films with thought-provoking subjects made between 1930 and July 1934, before the Hollywood Production Code —the infamous Hays Code— was enforced.
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
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The Spy in the Green Hat
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Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!
In this comedy, an aspiring singer finds herself single and pregnant. The story begins when she is rushed to the hospital to give birth. She is joined by three men; all of them want to marry her. The ...
1 TV show
Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson are actually Batman and Robin. There is a secret Batpole in the Wayne mansion that leads to the Batcave. Racing the scene of the crime in the Batmobile, Batman an...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Samantha Stephens is a seemingly normal suburban housewife who also happens to be a genuine witch, with all the requisite magical powers. Her husband Darrin insists that Samantha keep her witchcraft u...
Robin and the 7 Hoods
In prohibition-era Chicago, the corrupt sheriff and Guy Gisborne knocked off the boss Big Jim. Everyone falls in line behind Guy except Robbo, who is in charge of the north side. Robbo wants to keep h...
For Those Who Think Young
Surfing college students hang out at a club watching comedian Uncle Woody and drinking Pepsis. Rich playboy "Ding" Pruitt falls for Sandy Palmer. His grandfather tries to have the club closed but is e...
I'd Rather Be Rich
An updated remake of It Started With Eve (1941). A young heiress is summoned to the bedside of her dying grandfather. The man's last wish is to meet her fiance, but problems arise when the fiance is d...
2 TV shows
Ben Casey is an American medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. The show was known for its opening titles, which consisted of a hand drawing the symbols "♂, ♀, ✳, †, ∞" on a chalkboa...
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1 TV show
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General Electric Theater
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2 Movies · 1 TV show
Mr. & Mrs. North
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Chained for Life
A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?
A spunky storekeeper is determined to clean up corruption in her small town, as well as win the heart of the new sheriff. Comedy.
3 Movies · 3 TV shows
I Love Lucy
Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in th...
Racket Squad is an American TV crime drama series starring Reed Hadley as Captain John Braddock, a fictional detective working for the San Francisco, California Police Department. The show aired in s...
The young man takes in a dog that is wanted by the mobsters.
Crazy Over Horses
The boys get mixed up with a race horse & crooked gamblers
Let's Go Navy!
The Bowery Boys join the Navy to catch some crooks who are posing as sailors.
The Inside Story
A collection agent arrives in a small town with $1000 for a local farmer. Whilst waiting for the farmer to arrive the money is put in a safe at a hotel for safe keeping. However, it is removed by mist...
The Hat Box Mystery
Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the woman is kil...
Easy Come, Easy Go
Comedy about an Irish father, who enjoys betting on horses, who keeps interfering with his daughter's romance with a serviceman.
Blow-Ups of 1947
Warner Brothers bloopers of 1947
The Senator Was Indiscreet
A bumbling, long-winded and crooked Southern senator, considered by some as a dark horse for the Presidency, panics his party when his tell-all diary is stolen.
The Case Of The Baby-Sitter
The baby sitter is none other than veteran Hollywood tough guy Tom Neal. A private detective, Neal is hired to keep an eye on the child of married couple George Meeker and Rebel Randall. Actually, Mee...
Joe is the head of an itinerant combine crew, working the harvests against rival crew boss Alperson. Joe's buddy Jim joins the crew with startup money. Farmer's niece Fay falls for Joe. He puts her of...
Fun on a Weekend
Shy, destitute Peter Porter meets equally impoverished Nancy Crane at a Florida beach. Inspired by Peter's belief that a person can acquire wealth simply by creating an aura of success, the outgoing N...
The Dark Horse
This 1946 film stars Phillip Terry as a war veteran, who is persuaded by machine politico Donald MacBride to run for alderman. Ann Savage plays the "honest government functionary" with whom the hero f...
Singin' in the Corn
Judy McCoy, a fortune teller with a circus, learns she has inherited some property and heads west to collect. When she arrives in the desert ghost town, she learns that a stipulation in the will is th...
Meet Me on Broadway
This economy-minded Columbia backstage musical opens with overly fussy director-choreographer Eddie Dolan (wartime star-substitute Fred Brady) in exigent mode, much in the Cole manner. Closing the mov...
Lady on a Train
While on a train, Nikki Collins witnesses a murder as they pass a building. When she tells the police, they think she's crazy since she can't tell exactly where the crime happened. She then enlists a ...
Boisterous nightclub entertainer Buzzy Bellew was the witness to a murder committed by gangster Ten Grand Jackson. One night, two of Jackson's thugs kill Buzzy and dump his body in the lake at Prospec...
Three Cheers for the Girls
This short film showcases six production numbers from various Warner Bros. musicals.
Stage Door Canteen
The Stage Door Canteen is where famous stars of the theater and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war, and it is visited by a young soldier on a pass in New York Ci...
Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends after he inherits two houses from his grandfather.
The Falcon Takes Over
While an escaped convict, Moose Malloy, goes in search of his ex-girlfriend Velma, police inspector Michael O'Hara attempts to track him assuming him to be a prime suspect for a number of mishaps.
Eyes in the Night
Duncan Maclain is a blind detective who tries to outwit Nazi spies and solve a murder.
They All Kissed the Bride
Margaret Drew runs her trucking company single-mindedly, if not ruthlessly. The only thorn in her side is writer Michael Holmes who is writing a book on some of her tough ways. With no time for men, t...
A Date with the Falcon
In the second film of the series (and not a second part of anything), Gay Lawrence, aka The Falcon, is about to depart the city to marry his fiancée, Helen Reed, when a mystery girl, Rita Mara, asks f...
Maisie Gets Her Man
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
Footsteps in the Dark
A high-society gent has a secret life in which he writes murder mysteries and hangs out with the police trying to solve crimes. When his wife wants to know about his disappearances and late nights out...
Go West, Young Lady
A young woman arrives in the western town of Headstone and helps the locals outsmart a gang of outlaws.
Time Out for Rhythm
A producer and his partner clash over two women in show business.
Ball of Fire
A group of academics have been working on an encyclopedia for years in a house. When one of them discovers that his entry on slang is hopelessly outdated, he goes into the wide world to learn about th...
The Gay Falcon
Having forsaken the detective business for the safer confines of personal insurance, Gay Laurence is compelled to return to his sleuthing ways. Along with sidekick Jonathan "Goldie" Locke, he agrees t...
A military surgeon teams with a ranking navy flyer to develop a high-altitude suit which will protect pilots from blacking out when they go into a steep dive.
Breakdowns of 1940
Flubs and bloopers that occurred on the set of some of the major Warner Bros. pictures of 1940.
Tin Pan Alley
Songwriters Calhoun and Harrigan get Katie and Lily Blane to introduce a new one. Lily goes to England, and Katy joins her after the boys give a new song to Nora Bayes. All are reunited when the boys,...
Meet the Wildcat
Ralph Bellamy and Margaret Lindsay, stars of Columbia's "Ellery Queen" series, let their hair down and went "screwball" in the Universal comedy-mystery Meet the Wildcat. Bellamy plays a New York gumsh...
Newlyweds Bret (Tom Brown) and Margie (Nan Grey) both aspire to show-biz careers: he wants to be a songwriter, while she is desirous of becoming a radio scripter. Inevitably, Bret and Margie quarrel a...
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
In this musical comedy, a traveling salesman gets mixed up with a bratty heiress after she gets in a car wreck as she heads for her elopement. The two begin traveling together and get further mixed up...
When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to get back in the game, he ends up in a monastery, where he becomes a monk.
Five Came Back
Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited b...
Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
Torchy Blane and Steve McBride try to nab a gangster by tracking his moll.
A scatterbrained waitress invests her inheritance in a broken-down race horse and a sweepstakes ticket.
Naughty But Nice
Donald Hardwick (Dick Powell) is a stuffed-shirt, classical music professor. His family and small-town music college that he works are of equal mindset. When Don visits his black-sheep aunt in New Yor...
Destry Rides Again
The mild-mannered son of a hard-nosed sheriff is the one who gets the job when a tough western town needs help.
A sports store clerk poses as a famous jockey as an advertising stunt, but gets more than he bargained for.
Heart of the North
A two-fisted Canadian Mountie leads lawmen in pursuit of the thieves who stole an Edmonton-bound freighter's cargo.
Breakdowns of 1938
This was one of the annual "blooper" reels screened by the Warners Club, an organization of Warners actors, crew and executives. It was meant to poke fun at the flubs and bloopers that occurred ont th...
A New York mobster's protection racket is being fought by a truck driver and his pregnant wife.
Swing Your Lady
Promoter Ed Hatch comes to the Ozarks with his slow-witted wrestler Joe Skopapoulos whom he pits against a hillbilly Amazon blacksmith, Sadie Horn. Joe falls in love with her and won't fight. At least...
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...
A Slight Case of Murder
Former bootlegger Remy Marco has a slight problem with forclosing bankers, a prospective son-in-law, and four hard-to-explain corpses.
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
A wealthy society doctor decides to research the medical aspects of criminal behaviour by becoming one himself. He joins a gang of thieves and proceeds to wrest leadership of the gang away from it's e...
Gold Diggers in Paris
When the representative of the Paris International Dance Exposition arrives in New York to invite the Academy Ballet of America to compete for monetary prizes, the taxi driver mistakenly brings him to...
Fools for Scandal
An incognito Hollywood star (Carole Lombard) in Paris meets a penniless nobleman (Fernand Gravet) who follows her to London.
Set in the underworld of Manhattan, Marked Woman tells the story of a woman who dares to stand up to one of the city's most powerful gangsters. The women of the story are "hostesses". What is implied,...
Marry the Girl
Frantic screwball comedy about a meek personal assistant (Frank McHugh) who is promoted to managing editor of a newspaper features syndicate that is owned by and staffed with cuckoos.
A Hollywood heartthrob helps a small-town girl achieve stardom.
Ready, Willing and Able
Two starving songwriters will only get funding if they get British actress Jane Clarke to star in their show.
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...
Dance Charlie Dance
A stage-struck small-towner is tricked in backing a bad straight play, but it turns out to be a unintentional comedy hit. Problems arise, when he is sued for plagiarism.
The Singing Marine
Bob Brent, a young Marine from Arkansas, impresses his comrades with his singing ability, and they pitch in to send him to New York to compete in an amateur contest. Success in the contest, however, s...
The Perfect Specimen
Raised in seclusion to be the epitome of mental, physical and moral perfection, Gerald Beresford Wicks is resigned to following his grandmother's wishes until a chance encounter with Mona Carter leads...
Sh! The Octopus
Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers who are being terrorized by a killer octopus AND a mysterious crime figure named after the ...
Mobster "Baby Face" Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his gangster lifestyle, and his old girlfriend, Franc...
Sing Me a Love Song
A young playboy inherits a financially-troubled New York City department store. To learn the business, he poses as a store clerk, and quickly falls for a pretty employee in the store's music departmen...
Sins of Man
Austrian church bell ringer Freyman loves music and wants his two sons (both played by Ameche) to love it too. The first goes to America and the second is born deaf-mute but gains hearing during WWI b...
Three Men on a Horse
A meek salesman with an uncanny ability to pick horses is virtually kidnapped by a trio of gamblers.
Breakdowns of 1936
Time marches on.
Cain and Mabel
A chorus girl and a heavyweight boxer are paired romantically as a publicity stunt.
The Singing Kid
Neurotic Broadway star Al Jackson faces professional ruin when he loses his voice. While recuperating in the country, he falls in love with farm girl Ruth Haines, the pretty aunt of precocious little ...
Things You Never See on the Screen
Collection of Warner's stars blundering through missed takes.
Miss Pacific Fleet
A down-on-her-luck showgirl sets her eyes on the cash prize that comes with winning the title "Miss Pacific Fleet". Director Ray Enright's 1935 comedy stars Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert...
The Case of the Curious Bride
After giving the District Attorney another stinging defeat, Perry plans to take a vacation in China. That is, he was, until Rhoda, his old flame, meets him at a restaurant. It seems that her husband M...
A Night at the Ritz
A PR man (William Gargan) talks a swanky hotel into hiring his girlfriend's (Patricia Ellis) brother as chef.
I Live for Love
A failed actor finds success as a radio singer.
Page Miss Glory
A country girl goes to the city and gets a job in a posh hotel, and winds up becoming an instant celebrity thanks to an ambitious photographer.
The Irish in Us
A boxer (James Cagney) and his policeman brother (Pat O'Brien) have a dispute over a police captain's daughter.
Melodrama about the professional and romantic problems of an aspiring singer.
The Case of the Lucky Legs
A con man who stages phony "lucky legs" beauty contests and leaves town with the money is found with a surgical knife in his heart by Mason.
While the Patient Slept
A murder occurs when greedy relatives gather to await the demise of their wealthy and very ill family patriarch.
A midwest band leader and his lead singer share a love-hate relationship as they try for success in New York.
The Big Shakedown
Former bootlegger Dutch Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate knockoff toiletry, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products.
The Merry Frinks
An heiress abandons an out-of-work husband, two sons and a lovesick daughter.
Bob Brown uses his bedside manner to charm his patients while his partner makes the actual diagnoses.
The Case of the Howling Dog
There is a man in the office who is very nervous and wants his neighbor to be arrested for his dog howling. The howling is a sign that there is a death in the neighborhood, according to him. He wants ...
Society heiress Joan Bradford rebels against her mother's choice of a future husband by masquerading as a working class girl and dating a window washer.
I've Got Your Number
Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.
Twenty Million Sweethearts
Unscrupulous agent Rush Blake makes singing waiter Buddy Clayton a big radio star while Peggy Cornell, who has lost her own radio show, helps Buddy.
The St. Louis Kid
Trucker Eddie Kennedy gets involved with the law when he has an car accident with Ann Reid and knocks the owner of a dairy out. He evades a penalty when he claims, that he had done it as an act of sol...
Jimmy the Gent
An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.
An ex-convict tries to connect with the daughter who doesn't even know he exists.
A film crew discovers the "eighth wonder of the world," a giant prehistoric ape, and brings him back to New York, where he wreaks havoc.
A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star.
Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.
The Silk Express
As the demand for raw silk goes sky high, crooked businessman Wallace Myton corners the market with plans to drive up the price. Determined to fulfill his contracts, manufacturer Donald Kilgore import...
The Mind Reader
Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, r...
A Depression-downtrodden waif uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.
Tomorrow at Seven
People in an old, dark mansion are menaced by a maniac called "The Black Ace.
Glory Eden (Ginger Rogers) is the star of Sponsored Radio show that requires Glory to live up to her pure, virginal, innocent image. Glory is at her breaking point and wants to rebel. To appease her d...
Hard to Handle
A hustling public relations man is promoting fads.
The Mayor of Hell
Members of a teenage gang are sent to the State Reformatory, presided over by the callous Thompson. Soon Patsy Gargan, a former gangster appointed Deputy Commissioner, arrives and takes over the admin...
A private eye specializing in divorce cases falls for the woman he's been hired to frame.
Kurt Anderson is the tyrannical manager of a New York department store in financial straits. He thinks nothing of firing an employee of more than 20 years or of toying with the affections of every wom...
Bureau of Missing Persons
Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work...
Guests at a posh Berlin hotel struggle through worry, scandal, and heartache.
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
A World War I veteran’s dreams of becoming a master architect evaporate in the cold light of economic realities. Things get even worse when he’s falsely convicted of a crime and sent to work on a chai...
Three on a Match
Mary, Vivian and Ruth are former schoolmates who do some catching up after a chance meeting. Of the three women, Vivian, who married successful lawyer Robert, seems to have the most glamorous life. Vi...
Gambler/racketeer "Knucks" McGloin takes note of just how much money and action (aside from the game itself) takes place around and about the annual Rose Bowl football game, and decides this is one sw...
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam's sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile legal eagle Gr...
A New York gossip columnist feuds with a singer and enjoys the power of the press.
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