Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1879-04-06
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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Prouty was a vaudeville performer before becoming a film actor. Mostly appearing in comedies, he occasionally performed a serious character role, for instance a small part as an oily publicist in A Star is Born (1937). After a significant career in silent films, a large part of Prouty's later career was the Jones Family film series. They were 17 low-budget 20th Century Fox family comedies between 1936 and 1940, along with Spring Byington as Mrs. Jones, for such directors as Malcolm St. Clair and Frank R. Strayer. Prouty appeared in all but the final entry.
Movies & TV Series
It Happened in Flatbush
A washed up baseball player returns to Brooklyn to manage his old team but an old sports reporter is eager to prove that he is a looser.
Obliging Young Lady
A woman attempts to shelter a young girl from the publicity surrounding her socialite parents' divorce.
Scattergood Rides High
When Martin Knox, a friend of Scattergood's who owns a horse-breeding farm, is killed in a harness race Scattergood tells Martin's son Dan that he will send him to college if he forgets about taking o...
Steve Bell, Tommy, Pig, Ape, and String are run of town. Steve, while hopping a freight card and trying to avoid the brakeman, is killed. The boys meet Steve's mother, Alice Bell and Tommy is given ...
Father Steps Out
Story concerns railroad tycoon J.B. Matthews (Jed Prouty) taking over a rival line, being sent on an R&R vacation by his doctor, falling off his private train-car and landing in a hobo jungle occu...
Pot o' Gold
Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst enemy because ...
An elderly gentleman comes to a young woman's aid by pretending to be her uncle. Comedy.
The lives of three bachelors is disrupted when one of them is left with a baby.
Roar of the Press
While on their honeymoon, a reporter and his new bride stumble upon a ring of fifth columnists.
Go West, Young Lady
A young woman arrives in the western town of Headstone and helps the locals outsmart a gang of outlaws.
Remedy for Riches
A small town doctor suspects the stranger in town is promoting an oil swindle. The fourth entry in the "Dr. Christian" series of six films.
Young as You Feel
Father sells his drugstore and the Jones family heads for New York to enjoy sophisticated city life. They lose all their money before deciding to go back home.
A country orphanage puts on a show with some musicians to save their 4H club from being shut down by greedy politicians.
The Lone Wolf Keeps a Date
Complicated plot involving missing stamp collection and kidnapped businessman, with the Lone Wolf keeping one step ahead of the police in Havana trying to solve the crime and make a profit.
The Jones family encounters new theories of childrearing when an author arrives in town to lecture on the topic.
In Hollywood the Jones family runs into crooks who convince them they have inherited a gold mine at the Grand Canyon.
A San Francisco reporter and a lab assistant foil spies on an East-bound deportation train.
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent star...
The Gracie Allen Murder Case
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder.
Too Busy to Work
The Jones family females decide to teach Father a lesson. He's neglecting the family business to run for mayor, so they decide to neglect their household chores.
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.
Pat and Molly Malloy, once famed vaudeville and Broadway performers, arrive to play the small town of Hamilton, Conn. with a troupe of dancers, singers, a trained dog and an educated seal. Harry Clark...
A Trip to Paris
The Jones Family heads to Gay Paree in celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary of Pa and Ma Jones. It doesn't take long for the Joneses to be victimized by clever Parisian con artists.
Danger on the Air
This murder mystery is set behind-the-scenes of a radio station. the trouble begins when a hated cad of a sponsor is found murdered during the climax of a live radio show.
Down on the Farm
Excitement runs high when a family's farm is chosen as the site for a big cornhusking contest.
Safety in Numbers
The Jones family patriarch, also mayor (Prouty), is swindled into thinking the town swamp is a rich mineral deposit.
The Duke of West Point
A cocky new West Point cadet from Cambridge is given the cold shoulder by his classmates because of his rule-breaking antics.
Jane breaks into the film business while also reviving the flagging career of her film director uncle and getting him hooked up with his secretary.
Walking Down Broadway
Five closely knit showgirls sign a pact to reunite one year after the closing of their Broadway production, but the lives of all five take many different turns, often for the worse.
Small Town Boy
Henry Armstrong was past being a spring chicken, still believes in Santa Claus and the maxim that "honesty is the best policy", but lack of money keeps him from marrying Molly and buying a little home...
A young violin prodigy is assumed kidnapped after he runs away from home.
The Crime Nobody Saw
Three playwrights (Lew Ayres, Eugene Pallette, Benny Baker) develop a plot around a drunk who gets killed in their apartment.
One Hundred Men and a Girl
The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold Stokowski to lead ...
You Can't Have Everything
Starving playwright Judith Wells meets playboy writer of musicals, George Macrae, over a plate of stolen spaghetti. He persuades producer Sam Gordon to buy her ridiculous play "North Winds" just to im...
Life Begins in College
When a wealthy Indian student endows the college so they can keep the football coach rumor has it the Indian has played professionally and can't be on the team.
The Jones family drugstore is robbed and it looks like the culprit is a boy the family has taken a liking to.
The Jones family is in an uproar when Dad's campaign for mayor appears sabotaged by an anonymous newspaper article.
A small town drugstore owner (Jed Prouty) hopes to strike it rich by investing his savings in an oil well. Comedy.
Happy Go Lucky
A singer in Shanghai looks exactly like a missing flyer who went missing, and is feared to have sold the experimental airplane that he was flying. Foreign gangsters, the missing flyers girlfriend, and...
Jones family romp with father trying to convince son to follow him as a druggist, rather than becoming a pilot, until the son's piloting skills come in handy.
The story is told in flashback. Backers want a gambler to marry a rich girl for her dowry.
College students rally to save a struggling hotel from closing. Comedy.
Little Miss Nobody
A runaway orphan is befriended by a kind-hearted pet store owner with a criminal past.
His Brother's Wife
Epidemiologist Cliff Claybourne (Robert Taylor) falls in love with Rita Wilson (Barbara Stanwyck) in a gambling house. They want to marry but Cliff's brother is convinced Rita is no good and forces Cl...
The Texas Rangers
Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.
Every Saturday Night
First of the Jones family movies with kids who ignore father and get consolation from mother through a series of family episodes.
Back to Nature
The Jones family goes to a convention traveling in a trailer. The oldest daughter gets involved with a convict, the oldest son has a love affair, and the youngest son gets into photography.
A lawyer changes from defending public enemies to bringing them to justice after his brother is killed.
Under Your Spell
A famous singer, bored with music and fans, goes to live in Mexico. His manager sends a woman to bring him back. They fall in love.
A woman marries a navy soldier but has doubts about him.
Life Begins at Forty
A small-town newspaper publisher finds himself in opposition to the local banker on the return to town of a lad jailed possibly wrongly for a theft from the bank.
On an ocean liner crossing a professional gambler comes to the aid of a naive young man victimized by a jewel thief. The young man turns out to be his son he's not seen since infancy.
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 ...
I Believed in You
an aspiring writer and her boyfriend, a professional agitator head off to the Big Apple in search of good fortune. Unfortunately, the agitator soon finds himself in trouble with the cops. Meanwhile th...
Music in the Air
A songwriter's young daughter (June Lang) begins to dream of stardom when she's offered the lead role in a new operetta.
Murder on the Blackboard
There are plenty of guilty secrets at the school where Hildegarde Withers teaches. When she finds the body of the pretty music teacher, she calls in her old friend Inspector Piper, who promptly arrest...
She Had to Say Yes
During the Great Depression, Florence Denny was Daniel Drew's girlfriend and secretary at a clothing manufacturer. The clients are getting bored of using professional female entertainers, so they have...
The Secret of Madame Blanche
A murder trial reunites a former chorus girl and her son, a grandson of an English aristocrat.
Jimmy and Sally
Jimmy and Sally is a 1933 American comedy film directed by James Tinling and written by William M. Conselman, Marguerite Roberts and Paul Schofield. The film stars James Dunn, Claire Trevor, Harvey St...
Business and Pleasure
On a Mediterranean cruise, Earl Tinker, a manufacturer of razor blades, is the target of a femme fatale in the pay of a business rival, and he becomes embroiled in a feud between two Arab tribes.
Hold 'Em Jail
Two yokels are framed and sent to prison, but wind up playing football on the warden's championship team.
The lives of the residents of a Manhattan apartment building are intertwined with the actions of a crooked investor.
The Secret Call
The Secret Call is adapted from The Woman, a play by William C. DeMille (brother of Cecil B.) Peggy Shannon plays Wanda Kelly, the daughter of a disgraced politician. Reduced to working as a switchboa...
The Age for Love
A comedy-drama about marriage and divorce.
Strangers May Kiss
After years of fighting off the advances of her old flame Steve, Lisbeth settles into a steamy, casual romance with journalist Alan. Against the advice of her happily married aunt Celia -- who encoura...
The Devil's Holiday
Beautiful manicurist Hallie Hobart sets her sights on handsome David Stone, the son of wealthy wheat farmer Ezra Stone. Professing to hate men, Hallie is only interested in luring David in for a lucra...
True to the Navy
Ruby is a counter girl at the San Diego Soda Shop with a habit of being a girlfriend to Sailors stopping by. Things get a little zany when she sets her eyes on Bull's Eye McCoy a gunner who refuses to...
The Florodora Girl
A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold digger.
Two Weeks Off
Frances, a salesgirl, is planning a summer vacation at the beach with a girlfriend, who also works at her store. Just as she is getting ready to leave home, Dave, a handsome young plumber, arrives to ...
The Girl in the Show
In this drama, a traveling troupe of actors find themselves in danger of becoming unemployed when their manager up and leaves. Two of the actors decide to marry and settle down. The lead actor helps s...
The Fall of Eve
The Fall of Eve
It's a Great Life
Casey and Babe are sisters who work in a department store and each year the store puts on a show. As expected, things are going wrong with every act until Casey comes out to help Babe with her song. T...
The father of an heiress dies broke leaving her destitute without inheritance. She falls in with a group of hobos traveling incognito cross country dressed as a man.
Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood, where she i...