Irving Bacon

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A minor character actor who appeared in literally hundreds of films, actor Irving Bacon could always be counted on for expressing bug-eyed bewilderment or cautious frustration in small-town settings with his revolving door of friendly, servile parts - mailmen, milkmen, clerks, chauffeurs, cabbies, bartenders, soda jerks, carnival operators, handymen and docs. Born September 6, 1893 in the heart of the Midwest (St. Joseph, Missouri), he was the son of Millar and Myrtle (Vane) Bacon. Irving first found work in silent comedy shorts at Keystone Studios usually playing older than he was and, for a time, was a utility player for Mack Sennett in such slapstick as A Favorite Fool (1915). His director brother also began using him in his own silent funnies starting with Good Morning, Nurse (1925), which was written by Frank Capra, Hurry, Doctor! (1925) and Wide Open Faces (1926). Irving made an easy adjustment when sound entered the pictures and after appearing in the Karl Dane / George K. Arthur one- and two-reelers such as Knights Before Christmas (1930), began to show up in feature-length films. He played higher-ups on occasion, such as the Secretary of the Navy in Million Dollar Legs (1932), police inspector in House of Mystery (1934), mayor in Room for One More (1952), and judge in Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), but those were exceptions to the rule. Blending in with the town crowd was what Irving was accustomed to and, over the years, he would be glimpsed in some of Hollywood's most beloved classics such as Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), San Francisco (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and A Star Is Born (1954). Trivia nuts will fondly recall his beleaguered postman in the Blondie (1938) film series that ran over a decade. Irving could also be spotted on popular '50s and '60s TV programs such as the westerns Laramie (1959) and Wagon Train (1957), and "comedies December Bride (1954) and The Real McCoys (1957). He can still be seen in a couple of old codger roles on I Love Lucy (1951). One was as a marriage license proprietor and the other as Vivian Vance's doting dad from Albuquerque, to whom she paid a visit on her way to Hollywood with the Ricardos. Irving died on February 5, 1965, having clocked in over 400 features.

Most Popular Irving Bacon Trailers

Total trailers found: 237

Gone with the Wind Trailer (1939)

15 December 1939

An American classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

The Thin Man Goes Home Trailer (1945)

25 January 1945

On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.

War of the Wildcats Trailer (1943)

06 December 1943

Cowboy Dan Somers and oilman Jim "Hunk" Gardner compete for oil lease rights on Indian land in Oklahoma, as well as for the favors of schoolteacher Cathy Allen.

A Star Is Born Trailer (1954)

29 September 1954

A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.

His Girl Friday Trailer (1940)

18 January 1940

Hildy Johnson has divorced Walter Burns and visits his office to tell him that she is engaged to another man and that they are going to get married the day after.

Monsieur Verdoux Trailer (1947)

11 April 1947

The film is about an unemployed banker, Henri Verdoux, and his sociopathic methods of attaining income.

Holiday Inn Trailer (1942)

04 August 1942

Lovely Linda Mason has crooner Jim Hardy head over heels, but suave stepper Ted Hanover wants her for his new dance partner after femme fatale Lila Dixon gives him the brush.

It Happened One Night Trailer (1934)

22 February 1934

Ellie Andrews has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father's yacht and out of King's clutches.

Out of This World Trailer (1945)

13 July 1945

After struggling to become a success, Betty Miller and her all-girl orchestra finally hit pay dirt when crooner Herbie Fenton comes on board.

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Trailer (1936)

12 April 1936

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 everyone.

The Grapes of Wrath Trailer (1940)

15 March 1940

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure.

Shadow of a Doubt Trailer (1943)

16 January 1943

A bored young woman, a teen living in Santa Rosa, California, Charlotte "Charlie" Newton (Wright), is frustrated because nothing seems to be happening in her life and that of her family.

You Can't Take It With You Trailer (1938)

23 August 1938

Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby.

Since You Went Away Trailer (1944)

20 July 1944

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and rationing are minor inconveniences compared to the love affair daughter Jane and the Colonel's grandson conduct.

Action in the North Atlantic Trailer (1943)

12 June 1943

Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk.

The Glenn Miller Story Trailer (1954)

08 January 1954

A vibrant tribute to one of America's legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller's rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

Broadway Melody of 1940 Trailer (1940)

09 February 1940

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brent as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

The Return of Frank James Trailer (1940)

16 August 1940

Farmer Frank (Henry Fonda) and his ward (Jackie Cooper) hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Trailer (1940)

03 January 1940

True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Manhandled Trailer (1949)

25 May 1949

Merle Kramer works as a stenographer for a psychiatrist. She is casually dating Karl Benson, a private eye and former cop.

Bachelor Mother Trailer (1939)

30 June 1939

Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling.

Edison, the Man Trailer (1940)

10 May 1940

In flashback, fifty years after inventing the light bulb, an 82-year-old Edison tells his story starting at age twenty-two with his arrival in New York.

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang Trailer (1932)

19 November 1932

Warner Bros.' hard-hitting chain-gang movie was a faithful adaptation of the similarly titled autobiography of Robert Elliot Burns.

Broadway Bill Trailer (1934)

30 November 1934

Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that.

Born to Be Bad Trailer (1950)

28 August 1950

A manipulative woman plots to seduce her cousin's rich fiance, but is also in love with the only man who can see her selfish true nature.

Black Horse Canyon Trailer (1954)

01 June 1954

The story of a wild black stallion and the cowboys who set out to capture him.

Topper Trailer (1937)

16 July 1937

Madcap couple George and Marion Kerby are killed in an automobile accident. They return as ghosts to try and liven up the regimented lifestyle of their friend and bank president, Cosmo Topper.

At the Circus Trailer (1939)

20 October 1939

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10,000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus.

Room for One More Trailer (1952)

10 January 1952

Anne and "Poppy" Rose are the average American family, with three quirky kids. Anne has a good heart and gives lost cats and dogs a home - and one day also the orphan Jane, a problem child who already tried to kill herself once.

The Velvet Touch Trailer (1948)

13 July 1948

After accidentally killing her lecherous producer, a famous actress tries to hide her guilt.

O. Henry's Full House Trailer (1952)

07 August 1952

Five O. Henry stories, each separate. The primary one from the critic's acclaim was "The Cop and the Anthem".

Words and Music Trailer (1948)

31 December 1948

Encomium to Larry Hart (1895-1943), seen through the fictive eyes of his song-writing partner, Richard Rodgers (1902-1979): from their first meeting, through lean years and their breakthrough, to their successes on Broadway, London, and Hollywood.

Blondie Takes a Vacation Trailer (1939)

20 July 1939

Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings.

Blondie Meets the Boss Trailer (1939)

08 March 1939

In this, the second of the "Blondie" series of films that were made between 1938 and 1950, Dagwood (Arthur Lake) inadvertently gets cornered in to resigning; when his wife Blondie (Penny Singleton) tries to ask Dagwoods boss Mr.

The Mad Miss Manton Trailer (1938)

21 October 1938

When the murdered body discovered by beautiful, vivacious socialite Melsa Manton disappears, police and press label her a prankster until she proves them wrong.

Roughly Speaking Trailer (1945)

31 January 1945

In the 1920s, enterprising Louise Randall is determined to succeed in a man's world. She enrolls at business college but her plans for a career change when she falls in love with handsome Rodney Crane.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Trailer (1947)

24 July 1947

Teenaged Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner.

A Guy Named Joe Trailer (1944)

01 March 1944

Pete Sandidge (Tracy), a daredevil bomber pilot, dies when he crashes his plane into a German aircraft carrier, leaving his devoted girlfriend, Dorinda (Irene Dunne), who is also a pilot, heartbroken.

Here Comes the Groom Trailer (1951)

20 September 1951

Foreign correspondent Pete Garvey has 5 days to win back his former fiancée, or he'll lose the orphans he adopted.

Made for Each Other Trailer (1939)

10 February 1939

A couple struggle to find happiness after a whirlwind courtship.

Moonrise Trailer (1948)

01 October 1948

Danny is being despised by his schoolmates because his father was accused to have killed another man and is condemned to the death penalty.

They Gave Him a Gun Trailer (1937)

07 May 1937

With no other prospects, a World War I veteran turns to crime.

The Oklahoma Kid Trailer (1939)

11 March 1939

McCord's gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid takes the money from McCord.

Kansas Pacific Trailer (1953)

22 February 1953

Just before the Civil War (but after the South has seceded), Southern saboteurs try to prevent railroad construction from crossing Kansas to the frontier; army captain Nelson is sent out to oppose them.

Meet John Doe Trailer (1941)

12 March 1941

As a parting shot, fired reporter Ann Mitchell prints a fake letter from unemployed "John Doe," who threatens suicide in protest of social ills.

Dakota Incident Trailer (1956)

23 July 1956

Indians attack a stagecoach, and a disparate band of passengers must band together to fight them off.

To Mary - with Love Trailer (1936)

01 August 1936

Mary stands by Jack after the Depression of 1929 but considers divorce when he again becomes successful by 1935.

Blondie Has Servant Trouble Trailer (1940)

25 July 1940

Few of the popular Blondie films strayed as far off the tried-and-true Blondie formula as "Blondie Has Servant Trouble" (#6 in the series).

George White's Scandals Trailer (1934)

15 March 1934

Opening with a credit line that reads "Entire production conceived, created and directed by George White," a film evolves where the only plot line is a thin backstage romance between Jimmy Martin and Kitty Donnelly in and around a dozen or more sketches, revues, black-outs and singing and dancing turns.

It's a Great Feeling Trailer (1949)

01 August 1949

A waitress at the Warner Brothers commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when actors Jack Carson and Dennis Morgan agree to help her.

Lady for a Day Trailer (1933)

13 September 1933

Apple Annie is an indigent woman who has always written to her daughter in Spain that she is a member of New York's high society.

Blondie Trailer (1938)

30 November 1938

Blondie and Dagwood are about to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary but this happy occasion is marred when the bumbling Dagwood gets himself involved in a scheme that is promising financial ruin for the Bumstead family.

El Paso Trailer (1949)

22 March 1949

Ex-confederate officer Clay Fletcher jumps at the chance to reunite with his once lady-friend, Susan Jeffers, when his father, Judge Fletcher, sends him on an errand to El Paso, Texas to get the signature of Susan's father, Judge Jeffers, on a legal document.

Great Guns Trailer (1941)

10 October 1941

Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer, (Dick Nelson) will need them now he's drafted.

Riding High Trailer (1950)

12 April 1950

A horse trainer who has fallen on hard times looks to his horse, Broadway Bill, to finally win the big race.

Fort Massacre Trailer (1958)

01 May 1958

A cavalry troop finds itself under constant attack by Indians.

Family Honeymoon Trailer (1948)

06 December 1948

Grant Jordan, bachelor botany professor, marries Katie, a widow with three kids, despite the machinations of Grant's former girlfriend Minna.

Blondie Plays Cupid Trailer (1940)

31 October 1940

The Bumstead family is off to see relatives in the country when Blondie runs into Charlie and Millie, an eloping couple needing her help.

Lillian Russell Trailer (1940)

24 May 1940

Alice Faye plays the title role in this 1940 film biography of the early-20th-century stage star.

Guest Wife Trailer (1945)

27 July 1945

Christopher Price, a small-town bank executive, continues to be loyal to and idolize his boyhood friend, Joseph Jefferson Parker, a famous war correspondent.