Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Frank McHugh (1898-1981) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Homestead, PA born son of actors made his stage debut with his family's McHugh Stock Company at age six. Joined the Marguerite Bryant Players at age seventeen, and found his way to Broadway about a decade later in 1925. McHugh spent the late '20s on Broadway and London stages, finding his breakthrough roles in Tenth Avenue (1927) and Florenz Ziegfeld's Show Girl (1929). According to a 1937 Warner Bros. biography, McHugh met up with Frank Fay at the Lambs' Club in New York, and Fay got him into the film Bright Lights (1930) starring Dorothy Mackaill. McHugh had previously appeared in a short for Paramount in 1929, and The Dawn Patrol (1930) and Top Speed (1930) did release earlier, but Bright Lights supposedly filmed in December 1929, so is likely his first feature film work. In any case, this period ignited a very busy film career for the popular character actor with the laugh that always makes you smile. Often appearing alongside "Irish Mafia" pals like James Cagney and Pat O'Brien, McHugh played in over one hundred films including popular releases such as The Front Page (1931), One Way Passage (1932), Footlight Parade (1933), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Four Daughters (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), I Love You Again (1940), and in support of Bing Crosby in Going My Way (1944). Like many of his peers, McHugh was a regular on TV throughout the 1950s and '60s. He also returned to Broadway in the '60s, and made a few additional movie appearances with Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) his last. If you'd ever like to catch McHugh in a lead role, look for the awkward but fun He Couldn't Say No (1938).
Birthday: May 23