Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Frank Morgan (1890-1949) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Born Francis Phillip Wuppermann in New York, Frank Morgan is yet another performer who wore many hats throughout his career. We're most concerned with the 75 feature films he appeared in from 1932-1950, over fifty of those for MGM, but there's plenty more Frank Morgan before—and during—those years. The youngest of eleven children, Frank followed older brother Ralph Morgan into show business, taking the same surname along the way. Frank was an extremely active Broadway performer from 1914-1932, appearing in familiar titles such as Seventh Heaven (1922-24), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1926-27), Rosalie (1928), and with the Astaires in The Band Wagon (1931-32). During this period he also appeared in several movies that filmed on the East Coast, especially for Paramount at their Astoria studios. The Frank Morgan we're familiar with already had over twenty films—and even more Broadway appearances—under his belt by the time he became a Hollywood regular in 1932. The career that followed would include two Academy Award nominations, one for Best Actor in The Affairs of Cellini (1934), and another for Supporting Actor in Tortilla Flat (1942), neither title one that Morgan is especially remembered for. His most remembered screen role is obviously the title role in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but the jovial character man appeared in dozens of other worthy titles including Bombshell (1933) as Jean Harlow's father; Best Picture winner The Great Ziegfeld (1936); Harlow's final film Saratoga (1937); Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), in what I regard as his top performance; foil, partner, and pal to Gable and Tracy in Boom Town (1940); and the alcoholic telegraph operator in The Human Comedy (1943). Morgan was also a top comedian on radio from 1938-48. He had recently finished filming Key to the City (1950), and had begun work in Annie Get Your Gun, when a heart attack claimed his life. Louis Calhern replaced Morgan in the latter film.
Birthday: June 1