Charles Lane

Charles Lane

  • Birthday: 1905-01-26
  • Deathday: 2007-07-09
  • Place of birth: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Also know as: Charles Gerstle Levison

Biography

Charles Lane (born Charles Gerstle Levison; January 26, 1905 – July 9, 2007) was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 77 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 101 as a narrator in 2006. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). He was a favored supporting actor of Lucille Ball, who often used him as a no-nonsense authority figure and comedic foe of her scatterbrained TV character on her TV series I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show. His first film of more than 250 was as a hotel clerk in Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Filmography

Arsenic and Old Lace

1944

As Reporter at Marriage License Office

It's a Wonderful Life

1946

As Real Estate Salesman

Good Neighbor Sam

1964

As Jack Bailey

42nd Street

1933

As Playwright (uncredited)

Blondie Johnson

1933

As Cashier (uncredited)

The Ugly Dachshund

1966

As Judge

I Wake Up Screaming

1941

As Keating- Florist

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

1963

As Airport Manager

Twentieth Century

1934

As Max Jacobs

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

1936

As Hallor (uncredited)

The Gnome-Mobile

1967

As Dr. Scoggins

Sealed Lips

1942

As Attorney Emanuel 'Manny' T. Dixon

The Ghost & Mr. Chicken

1966

As Whitlow

Murphy's Romance

1985

As Amos Abbott

Tarzan's New York Adventure

1942

As Sargent's Lawyer Gould Beaton

The Music Man

1962

As Constable

The Invisible Woman

1940

As Growley

The Milky Way

1936

As Willard

Out of the Storm

1948

As Mr. Evans

Mysterious Intruder

1946

As Detective Burns

Bury Me Dead

1947

As Brighton

The Mating Game

1959

As Inspector General Bigelow

Teacher's Pet

1958

As Roy

Blessed Event

1932

As Kane

36 Hours to Kill

1936

As Lawyer Rickert

The Rage of Paris

1938

As Department Head (uncredited)

Intrigue

1947

As Hotel Desk Clerk

Strange Invaders

1983

As Prof. Hollister

A Close Call for Boston Blackie

1946

As Hack Hagen (uncredited)

Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime

1941

As Dr. Prouty (coroner)

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

1947

As Landlord (uncredited)

Broadway Bill

1934

As Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)

Birth of the Blues

1941

As Wilbur - Bijou Theater Manager (uncredited)

The Great Man's Lady

1942

As Pierce (uncredited)

Honeymoon in Bali

1939

As Photographer (uncredited)

Broadway

1942

As Hungry Harry

But Not for Me

1959

As Al Atwood

Ali Baba Goes to Town

1937

As Doctor

Back Street

1941

As Reporter for Associated News

Riding High

1950

As Erickson

The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock

1959

As Standard Bates

The Mouthpiece

1932

As Hotel Desk Clerk (Uncredited)

Rhythm on the River

1940

As Bernard Schwartz

Roses Are Red

1947

As Lipton

Danger – Love at Work

1937

As Gilroy, an attorney

Trapped by G-Men

1937

As Fingers

Sis Hopkins

1941

As Mayor's aide

Barnacle Bill

1941

As Auctioneer

Lucky Night

1939

As Carpenter

Manhattan Parade

1931

As Desk clerk

Looking for Love

1964

As Director

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

1995

As Regent Yarborough

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis

1953

As Prof. Obispo

Lady Luck

1936

As Feinberg

The Little Dragons

1980

As J.J.

Two for Tonight

1935

As Writer

We're on the Jury

1937

As Horace Smith

Remains to Be Seen

1953

As Delapp

Beware Spooks!

1939

As Moore (uncredited)

They All Come Out

1939

As Psychiatrist

Mr. Skitch

1933

As Hotel Clerk

Cocoanut Grove

1938

As Weaver

Dancing on a Dime

1940

As Freeman Taylor

Three Girls About Town

1941

As Mortician

You Can't Take It with You

1938

As Henderson

Always in Trouble

1938

As Donald Gower

Union Depot

1932

As Luggage Checkroom Clerk (uncredited)

Rose of Washington Square

1939

As Sam Kress

The Yellow Cab Man

1950

As L.A. Casualty Co. Executive (uncredited)

Strange Behavior

1981

As Donovan

The Road to Singapore

1931

As Desk Clerk at Club

Boy Slaves

1939

As Albee

The Second Face

1950

As Mr. Westcott

Obliging Young Lady

1942

As Private Detective Smith

Looking for Trouble

1934

As Switchboard Operator

Inside Story

1939

As District Attorney

Television Spy

1939

As Mr. Adler

The Juggler

1953

As Rosenberg

My Woman

1933

As Conn

Kentucky

1938

As Auctioneer

The Great Profile

1940

As Director

Papa's Delicate Condition

1963

As Mr. Cosgrove

Call Northside 777

1948

As Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)

Apartment for Peggy

1948

As Prof. Collins (uncredited)

Billie

1965

As Coach Jones

It's a Date

1940

As Mr. Horner (uncredited)

The Show-Off

1934

As Mr. Weitzenkorn

God Is My Partner

1957

As Judge Warner

The Carpetbaggers

1964

As Eugene Denby

One More Spring

1935

As Representative

Woman Wanted

1935

As Defense Attorney Herman (uncredited)

The Bands Plays On

1934

As Shyster Lawyer

Blondie

1938

As Furniture Salesman (uncredited)

Ride 'Em Cowboy

1942

As Martin Manning (uncredited)

Living in a Big Way

1947

As Hawkins (uncredited)

The Big Store

1941

As Finance Company Man (uncredited)

Employees' Entrance

1933

As Shoe Salesman (uncredited)

Mighty Joe Young

1949

As Producer (uncredited)

Here Comes the Band

1935

As Mr. Scurry

Repent at Leisure

1941

As Clarence Morgan

Let Us Live

1939

As Auto Show Salesman (uncredited)

5th Ave Girl

1939

As Union Representative (uncredited)

Second Fiddle

1939

As Studio Chief

Golden Boy

1939

As Reporter Drake

News Is Made at Night

1939

As District Attorney Rufe Reynolds

Miracles for Sale

1939

As Fleetwood Apartments Desk Clerk

Broadway Thru a Keyhole

1933

As Columnist #2

Professor Beware

1938

As Joe - Photographer

Charlie McCarthy, Detective

1939

As Charlie's Doctor

The Crooked Road

1940

As Phil Wesner, Defense Attorney

The Adventures of Frank Merriwell

1936

As Man in Front Row (archive footage)

Primrose Path

1940

As Mr. Smith (uncredited)

Edison, the Man

1940

As Second Lecturer

Lady in a Jam

1942

As Government Man

Blondie Plays Cupid

1940

As Train Conductor (uncredited)

Ball of Fire

1941

As Larsen

What's Cookin'?

1942

As K.D. Reynolds

A Gentleman at Heart

1942

As Holloway

Johnny Apollo

1940

As Assistant D.A.

The Leather Pushers

1940

As Henry 'Mitch' Mitchell

Buy Me That Town

1941

As J. Montague Gainsborough

Sunday Punch

1942

As Ringside spectator at Ole's first fight (uncredited)

The Sniper

1952

As Loud Drunk at Club

Just Before Dawn

1946

As Dr. Steiner (uncredited)

We Who Are Young

1940

As Perkins

Thru Different Eyes

1942

As Mott

The Texas Rangers Ride Again

1940

As Train Passenger (uncredited)

Buck Benny Rides Again

1940

As Charlie Graham

Gold Diggers of 1933

1933

As Society Reporter (uncredited)

Smart Money

1931

As Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Here Comes the Groom

1951

As Ralph Burchard

The Florentine Dagger

1935

As Man in Front Row (archive footage)

The Doctor Takes a Wife

1940

As Reporter (uncredited)

Acting on Impulse

1993

As Bellhop

Nothing Sacred

1937

As Rubenstein (uncredited)

I Can Get It for You Wholesale

1951

As Herman Pulvermacher (uncredited)

City for Conquest

1940

As Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited)

State of the Union

1948

As Blink Moran

The Bowery

1933

As Doctor (uncredited)

Central Airport

1933

As Amarillo Radio Operator (uncredited)

You're My Everything

1949

As Mr. Eddie Pflum

Big Business

1937

As Webster - Bank Representative

She Had to Say Yes

1933

As Mr. Bernstein (uncredited)

Twenty Million Sweethearts

1934

As Reporter (uncredited)

The Invisible Informer

1946

As Nick Steele

Ginger

1935

As Judge (uncredited)

Born Reckless

1937

As Barnes's lawyer

Home in Wyomin'

1942

As Newspaper Editor

You Can't Fool Your Wife

1940

As Salesman

Movie Movie

1978

As Judge / Mr. Pennington

Private Detective 62

1933

As Process Server (Uncredited)

Blonde Crazy

1931

As Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

New York Town

1941

As Census Taker (uncredited)

A Wicked Woman

1934

As Defense Attorney Beardsley (uncredited)

About Face

1942

As Rental Car Manager

Smart Woman

1948

As Reporter

The Mad Martindales

1942

As Virgil Hickling

Venus Makes Trouble

1937

As District Attorney

Born to Sing

1942

As Johnny

The House Across the Street

1949

As Apartment Manager (uncredited)

Friendly Enemies

1942

As Braun

Hot Water

1937

As Grayson (uncredited)

Grand Slam

1933

As Waiter at Nicolai Restaurant

Mission to Moscow

1943

As Man in Kitchenin Montage (uncredited)

City Girl

1930

As Man at Train Station (uncredited)

Bad Guy

1937

As Attorney

Sunset Limousine

1983

As Reinhammer

Let's Talk It Over

1934

As Reporter

Easy to Take

1936

As Skip

Joy of Living

1938

As Fan in Margaret's Dressing Room (Uncredited)

Pardon My Sarong

1942

As Bus Company Superintendent (uncredited)

I'll Fix It

1934

As Al Nathan

The Lady Is Willing

1942

As K.K. Miller

Appointment for Love

1941

As Smith (uncredited)

Queen of the Mob

1940

As Horace Grimley

Rendezvous in Space

1964

As Interviewee

My Dog the Thief

1969

As Mr. Pfeiffer

The New Interns

1964

As Connors

Criminal Lawyer

1951

As Frederick Waterman

Three Loves Has Nancy

1938

As Cleaning Store Manager (uncredited)

Criminal Lawyer

1937

As Attorney (uncredited)

Two-Fisted Gentleman

1936

As Joe Gordon

Get to Know Your Rabbit

1972

As Mr. Beeman

When the Bough Breaks

1986

As Van der Graaf

The Wheeler Dealers

1963

As Judge (uncredited)

Race Street

1948

As Switchboard Operator Clerk (uncredited)

On Their Own

1940

As Johnson

The Cat and the Canary

1939

As Reporter

The Aristocats

1970

As Lawyer

Sea Devils

1937

As Judge (uncredited)

Moonrise

1948

As Mr. Chandler

Backfire

1950

As Dr. Nolan (uncredited)

Louisiana

1947

As McCormack

Miss Grant Takes Richmond

1949

As Mr. Woodruff (uncredited)

The Birds and the Bees

1956

As Charlie Jenkins

Flying Tigers

1942

As Repkin (uncredited)

The Great Man's Whiskers

1972

As Philbrick

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