I happened to catch Chinatown (1974) on TV this past holiday weekend. This is a great Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway movie, made in the style of a 1930's murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns to keep you thinking. More movies should be made this way. It is easy to watch.
Roberts' first major film was Guadalcanal Diary (1943) starring Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, and William Bendix. Of course, there were loads of war movies turned out in the 1940s, and Roy was in many of them. His next film was The Fighting Sullivans (1944).
In 1946 he was in My Darling Clementine as the mayor. It was his only time working with director John Ford. Before moving to television, he made so many films with so many stars that it would be difficult to pick the best, or even to do enough research to find his larger parts. He lists close to 200 titles on IMDb.
Joan of Arc (1948 with Ingrid Bergman)
He Walked by Night (1948 with Richard Basehart)
Force of Evil (1948 with John Garfield)
Chain Lightning (1950 with Humphrey Bogart)
Skirts Ahoy! (1952 with Esther WIlliams)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952 with Clifton Webb)
It was interesting that he could go from a co-starring role in one film to an uncredited role in his next. A true sign of a great Bit Actor.
He hit it big as Captain Huxley on "The Gale Storm Show" appearing in over 80 episodes. He went on to have regular parts on "McHale's Navy," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Lucy Show," "Bewitched," Petticoat Junction," and "Gunsmoke." I also saw him in a "Gunsmoke" episode this weekend.
I think we will be seeing Roy Roberts' face for many years to some.
What films did you watch over the Thanksgiving weekend? And which Bit Actors did you see?