He was born in Virginia City, Nevada on September 22, 1886. Cavanaugh attended the University of California.He worked in vaudeville, teaming with Walter Catlett at some point. He appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including the original 1919 musical Irene and the long-running 1948 musical As the Girls Go.He made his film debut in San Francisco Nights (1928). Over the next few years he established himself as a supporting actor, and although many of his roles were small and received no film credit, he played more substantial roles in films such as I Cover the Waterfront (1933) and Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933). By the mid-1930s, he was appearing in more prestigious productions, such as A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Captain Blood (1935), Wife vs. Secretary (1936) and A Letter to Three Wives (1949). He continued playing small, often comical roles until the end of his life, mostly as downtrodden or henpecked little men. By the end of his life, he had appeared in more than 180 films. During his last screen performance, in the film Stella (1950), he knew he did not have long to live and collapsed twice on the set, but was determined to see it through. He died following an operation at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California.
Movies & TV shows
A Letter to Three Wives
Lora May Hollingsway, who grew up next to the wrong side of the tracks, married her boss who thinks she is just a gold digger. Rita Phipps makes as much money writing radio scripts at night as her sch...
Up in Central Park
A newspaper reporter and the daughter of an immigrant maintenance man help expose political corruption in New York City.
Best Man Wins
Based on The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras, by Mark Twain.
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...
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.
A young Natalie Wood stars as an orphan who helps a doctor (Dean Jagger) fight an epidemic in a small western town, in one of Allan Dwan’s closely observed studies in Americana.
The Hoodlum Saint
A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended b...
Judy Jones can claim inheritance only if she marries a genius.
Margie and her daughter reminisce about Margie's girlhood in the roaring twenties. In flashback, Margie, a smarter, less popular girl at Central High, meets handsome new French teacher Ralph Fontayne....
Faithful in My Fashion
Hoping to find everything just as he had left it four years ago, soldier Jeff Compton, who is home on a two-week furlough, visits the New York City department store in which he worked and surprises hi...
A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, who is Martin's...
Little Iodine does her best to break up the marriage of her parents, ruin a romance and cost her father his job.
The Spider Woman Strikes Back
A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.
Don Juan Quilligan
When a an overly romantic barge captain marries two women, each reminding him of his mother, he finds himself resorting to prison to escape them.
I'll Remember April
The daughter of a formerly wealthy man tries to get a job singing on a radio show, but gets involved in a feud and murder.
A naïve farm girl is duped by con men who promise her movie stardom in exchange for her savings.
San Diego I Love You
A harried daughter tries to keep her wacky family together while trying to sell her eccentric father's latest invention, a collapsible life raft.
Hafiz, a rascally beggar on the periphery of the court of Baghdad, schemes to marry his daughter to royalty and to win the heart of the queen of the castle himself.
Guest in the House
Evelyn, an emotionally vulnerable and unstable woman, stays at the home of her doctor Dan Proctor. There she meets and falls in love with his brother, Douglas, who is happily married to Ann. Evelyn th...
What a Woman
An author (Willard Parker) and a literary agent (Rosalind Russell) become involved after selling film rights to his racy book.
The Human Comedy
Homer Macauley is looking after his mother and younger brother in a small town. The war in Europe is being fought by Homer's older brother.
Mystery writer Barry Craig (Allyn Joslyn) and his wife Jane (Evelyn Keyes), prefer solving crimes rather than writing about them. They get a chance when killings plague the fashion photography studio ...
Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that he's been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town banker, who ...
The owner (William Bendix) of a cab company tries to foil a racketeer.
A Scream in the Dark
A detective tries to prove that a woman is killing her spouses with a spiked umbrella.
Gildersleeve on Broadway
On a trip to New York, a small-town blowhard gets caught between a wealthy widow and a gold digger.
The Man from Down Under
An Australian blowhard raises two orphaned children as his own in the years leading up to WWII.
A Tragedy at Midnight
The host of a whodunit radio show finds himself involved in his own mystery when he awakens to find a woman with a knife in her back in his bedroom.
Lady in a Jam
A psychiatrist's patient, a nutty heiress, travels west to find gold in her grandfather's abandoned mine. The psychiatrist, unable to talk her out of it, decides to follow her out there.
The Remarkable Andrew
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of b...
Her Cardboard Lover
A flirt tries to make her fiancée jealous by hiring a gigolo.
Whistling in Dixie
Radio sleuth Wally 'The Fox' Benton travels to Georgia with his fiancé Carol to be married; and to help Carol's college chum, Ellamae Downs, solve a mystery involving a murdered man, old Fort Dixon, a...
Land of the Open Range
A land owner's will leaves his ranch to anyone who has served at least two years in prison.
My Favorite Spy
The Army takes a bandleader (Kay Kyser) away from his bride (Ellen Drew) and sends him on a spy mission with a woman (Jane Wyman).
An unknowing orphan idolizes the horse thief/mail robber who has shot his father.
Down in San Diego
A group of neighborhood teenagers discover some suspicious goings-on near a naval base in San Diego, and suspect that a foreign espionage ring is at work trying to find out military secrets.
Reaching for the Sun
Comedy of a North Woods clam-digger who journeys to Detroit to earn money for outboard motor by working on auto assembly line.
A musician's ex-wife wants him back after he finds love and success.
A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.
Thieves Fall Out
Eddie Barnes, tired of being a nobody and living with his parents, decides to cash in his mother's legacy and use the money to buy a business. Unfortunately, Eddie's mother has to die before the broke...
Ad man Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a loophole in order to protect his finances during an important business deal. Once the deal is completed, he asks Kendall for a divorc...
Street of Memories
Joe Mason suffers from amnesia and is often in trouble. Catherine Foster befriends him and they marry. After a fight remembers that he is the son of a rich businessman from Chicago, but he can't remem...
Love, Honor and Oh-Baby!
In despair after breaking up with his girlfriend, a man hires a thug he has never seen to kill him. However, he changes his mind when he falls in love with another woman--but he can't stop the man try...
You Can't Fool Your Wife
Longtime school sweethearts discover married life, thanks to a disagreeable live-in mother-in-law and pressing business obligations, is more rocky than idyllic.
An Angel from Texas
A pair of slick Broadway producers con a wealthy cowboy into backing their show.
US-to-Central-America freight service pilot gets engaged to radio broadcaster and promises to take a desk job but the urge for adventure is too strong.
Santa Fe Trail
J.E.B is a punishment for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point. Four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, which is stationed at Fort Leavenworth. They aided in the cap...
Public Deb No. 1
When a waiter gives a society girl a public spanking for attending a Communist rally, her soup-tycoon uncle makes the waiter a vice-president of his company.
The Ghost Comes Home
Comic mayhem results when a small town pet store owner, mistakenly believed killed during a sea voyage, turns up very much alive. Director William Thiele's 1940 film stars Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, ...
The Great Plane Robbery
Assigned to keep watch over a recently released gangster, an insurance investigator must keep the client alive after he is taken hostage by former henchmen.
A movie company making a film about a famous sheriff hires his grandson as a stand-in for the lead.
Stage to Chino
To investigate a gold-shipping scam, a postal inspector goes undercover and tries to infiltrate the gang he believes is responsible.
Chicken Wagon Family
Addie Fippany, her father Jean Paul Batiste Fippany, her mother Josephine and her sister Cecile roam the country-side in a mule-drawn wagon, trading trinkets to farmers for chickens which they sell in...
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...
A Child Is Born
A pregnant prison inmate shares her problems with the patients in a maternity ward.
I Stole a Million
A cabbie and petty thief dreams of the big heist that will end his thieving ways.
A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII.
A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.
In this sequel to Four Daughters, Ann struggles to move on after the death of her husband as she falls in love with Felix, but on the day of her engagement discovers that she carries Mickey's child.
Nan Masters, a single mother living with her four marriageable daughters, plans to marry Sam Sloane, businessman. Out of the blue her 1st husband Jim returns after deserting the family 20 years earlie...
A divorce lawyer prospers as a gambling tycoon.
Tell No Tales
A newspaper editor turns a kidnapping into the banner headlines and exclusive story that could save his publication.
Never Say Die
Bob Hope is being followed by a predatory widow who is a widow of wealthy husbands many times. Martha Raye is a Texan heiress who wants to marry her boyfriend Andy Devine, but her father is determined...
That's Right - You're Wrong
J. D. Forbes, head of the almost-bankrupt Four Star Studios in Hollywood contacts band leader Kay Kyser, who puts on a radio and-live theatre program called "The Kollege of Musical Knowledge," to appe...
The Adventures of Jane Arden
Reporter Jane Arden goes undercover to try to expose a gang of jewel thieves and smugglers. Her mission becomes more dangerous when her identity is discovered early on by one of the gang leaders.
The House of Fear
A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play...
See Your Doctor
A lecturer tells the audience that it is National Take Care Week. He tells the story of a man who gets stung in his garden and the problems the man has when he seeks treatment at the doctor's office.
Rose of Washington Square
Rose Sargent, a Roaring '20s singer, becomes a Ziegfeld Follies star as her criminal husband gets deeper in trouble.
Set in a tiny midwestern town, this sentimental drama centers on the rivalry between two life-long acquaintances whose early friendship falls apart when they woo the same woman.
The Great O'Malley
His role in the plight of an unemployed man (Humphrey Bogart) and his disabled daughter profoundly affects an intractable Irish policeman (Pat O'Brien).
A beautiful girl on a passenger ship is suspected of murder.
A young woman not only inherits her late father's estate, she also gets control of a carnival on the edge of bankruptcy in this comedy. Intrigued by carnival life, the woman disguises herself and join...
A gang is sabotaging planes so that when they crash, the corpses can be robbed.
The inventor of a new top-of-the-line burglar alarm system was kidnapped by a gang in order to get him to help them commit robberies.
Love Begins at Twenty
A henpecked husband tries to help his daughter marry the man she loves and his wife loathes.
Two Against the World
A radio-network manager's boss makes him air a serial based on a murder, tormenting a woman involved.
Musical about dingaling millionaire businessman Cedric Ames and his various employees
A Broadway show is forced to bow to the whims of a talentless,whacky, but rich, Broadway actress with a contract.
Here Comes Carter
A radio commentator avenges an old wrong by blowing the whistle on Hollywood scandals
Love Letters of a Star
A woman commits suicide after being blackmailed, and her husband resolves to kill the man responsible. Blackmail, suicide, murder, a cover-up not to mention yachts and sea planes all wrapped up in an ...
The Lady Consents
Civilized wife doesn't protest when husband runs off with uncivilized professional golfer pretending to be civilized.
While crossing on the train ferry to New Orleans, roving reporter Addison Francis Murphy borrows money from singing hillbilly "Carolina," then loses it all in a crap game. Outside on deck, Murphy sees...
Three Smart Girls
The three Craig sisters Penny, Kay, and Joan, go to New York to stop their divorced father from marrying gold digger Donna Lyons and re-unite him with their mother.
The Golden Arrow
A fake heiress marries a common reporter to thwart the advances of gold-digging playboys.
Wife vs. Secretary
Magazine publisher Van Stanhope is a hard-working, dynamic executive very happily married to his beautiful wife Linda. Although their relationship is built on unconditional trust, friends, and even Va...
Cain and Mabel
A chorus girl and a heavyweight boxer are paired romantically as a publicity stunt.
An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss"s neurotic wife.
While the Patient Slept
A murder occurs when greedy relatives gather to await the demise of their wealthy and very ill family patriarch.
A taxi driver travels to Venice and poses as a gondolier to land a radio singing job.
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.
A Dream Comes True
A promotional short to hype the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935).
Wings in the Dark
In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions. aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't d...
There is a doctor named Dr. Peter Blood, who was exiled from England after being convicted of treason, becomes a notorious pirate.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The stage productions of Shakespeare's comedy were adapted into a film by Max Reinhardt. Four young people escape from Athens to a forest where the king and queen of the fairies are fighting, while a ...
I Live for Love
A failed actor finds success as a radio singer.
Dr. Socrates gave up his brilliant career as surgeon in a prominent hospital because his betrothed died under his knife. He is now a struggling doctor in a small town that has a gangster's hideout.
We're in the Money
Ginger and Dixie are process servers for goofy lawyer Homer Bronson. The two friends want to quit, but they're offered a thousand dollars to serve four subpoenas in a breach of promise suit against ri...
Don't Bet on Blondes
Owen, a small time bookie, decides to open an insurance business as it involves lesser risk. His first client is Colonel Youngblood who insures his daughter, Marilyn, against marriage.
Fashions of 1934
When the Manhattan investment firm of Sherwood Nash goes broke, he joins forces with his partner Snap and fashion designer Lynn Mason to provide discount shops with cheap copies of Paris couture dress...
I Sell Anything
Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?
A Modern Hero
A 1920s circus performer uses every means at his disposal to achieve fame and fortune at the expense of others.
Madame Du Barry
Dolores Del Rio plays 18th-century French courtesan DuBarry like a 20th-century golddigger on the make. Brought to Versailles as the companion of courtier D'Aigullon (Victor Jory), former street waif ...
Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Eve...
A Lost Lady
A woman who thinks she'll never love again falls in love with a man she doesn't want to marry.
A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "Raquel" is comin...
I've Got Your Number
Two telephone repairmen have many adventures and romance a pair of blondes.
A young reporter pines for his high-school sweetheart, but she's preoccupied with appearing in their small town's community musical show. This 1934 comedy, with numerous songs, was inspired by the pop...
Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man. Al Wonder and the conductor/singer Tommy are in love with Inez. W...
Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.
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...
Now I'll Tell
A two-bit gambler somehow claws his way to the top. His love for riches is only matched by his love for his wife, but he is sometimes confused by which he loves most.
Jim is a compulsive gambler. He meets Marge at a boarding house and they get married. His gambling causes problems. When he runs into old flame Valerie Marge leaves him. After a few years he returns, ...
Prohibited from seeing her actor sweetheart Herman Brandt (Ricardo Cortez) by her tyrannical parents, sweet young Vienesse lass Mariette (Anita Louise) defies authority by regularly visiting Brandt's ...
I Am a Thief
A man dodges jewel thieves while carrying a fortune in diamonds on the Orient Express.
Easy to Love
Carol feels, for whatever reason, that her husband, John, has grown indifferent to her, and is on a quest to find out why, suspecting another woman. She sees the family physician, Dr. Swope, first and...
A Very Honorable Guy
Well respected local good guy, "Feet" Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to an ambitio...
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man.
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...
Merry Wives of Reno
This 1934 Warner Bros. screwball comedy-- featuring three Manhattan couples, two lost overcoats, and one sheep named Eloise--all converging in a hotel in Reno. With Glenda Farrell, Ruth Donnelly, Guy ...
Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial fo...
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.
Too Much Harmony
A singer is involved with two women in his life, one a "good" girl and one a "bad" one."
Two golddiggers go fishing for millionaires in Havana.
Extra-marital fun and games at a convention of the Honeywell Rubber Company in Atlantic City.
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 devoted wife helps her husband achieve success as a radio comic, but stardom comes at a price.
I Cover the Waterfront
An investigative reporter romances a suspected smuggler's daughter.
Flirtatious mix-ups abound when a celebrated novelist tangles with an old flame and her suspicious husband. Will the author's savvy secretary, who's secretly in love with him, save his neck?
When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.
Bureau of Missing Persons
Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work...
The Frakes attend the Iowa State Fair where Father Abel enters his Hampshire boar, Blue Boy, in a hog content while Mother Melissa enters the mincemeat competition. And their children, Margy and Wayne...
The Devil's Mate
A convicted murderer has been sentenced to death in the electric chair. He decides to spill the name of the man who hired him, but just before he does he's killed by a poison dart. A police detective ...
No Marriage Ties
An unemployed reporter, fired because of his drinking, takes a job at an advertising agency. Drama.
Private Detective 62
A former government agent in France, who has failed at an assignment and been disavowed, is deported back to the USA, where he can only find work at a low-rent detective agency. He soon gets involved ...
A newsreel photographer neglects his love life to get the perfect shot.
Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it will also ge...
Mary Stevens, M.D.
A woman doctor decides to have a baby without benefit of marriage.
The Wall Street Mystery
When the apparent murder of two stockbrokers are discovered in their Wall Street office. Police Inspector Crane summons forensic expert Dr. Crabtree to the crime scene. A beautiful woman found in the ...
The Poor Fish
Harry comes home unexpectedly and overhears his wife calling another man 'sweetheart' on the telephone. It turns out that both men are avid fishermen. They leave, so Daisy calls Mr. Gill at the Aquari...
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