Mantan Moreland Movies List

Mantan Moreland
Mantan Moreland
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
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Actor Mantan Moreland Filmography

Showing 1 to 10 of 45 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 45 movies
Watermelon Man
Watermelon Man ( English )
Director: Melvin Van Peebles
Release Year: 1970
Spider Baby
Spider Baby ( English )
Music Director: Paul Monka
Release date: 18-01-1968
The Sky Dragon
The Sky Dragon ( English )
Artist: Roland Winters , Keye Luke , Mantan Moreland , Noel Neill , Tim Ryan
Director: Lesley Selander
Release date: 27-04-1949
The Feathered Serpent
The Feathered Serpent ( English )
Artist: Roland Winters , Keye Luke , Mantan Moreland , Victor Sen Yung , Carol Forman
Director: William Beaudine
Release date: 19-12-1948
The Golden Eye
The Golden Eye ( English )
Artist: Roland Winters , Wanda McKay , Mantan Moreland , Victor Sen Yung , Bruce Kellogg
Director: William Beaudine
Release date: 29-08-1948
The Shanghai Chest
The Shanghai Chest ( English )
Artist: Roland Winters , Mantan Moreland , Tim Ryan , Victor Sen Yung , Deannie Best
Director: William Beaudine
Release date: 11-07-1948
Docks of New Orleans
Docks of New Orleans ( English )
Director: Derwin Abrahams
Release date: 21-03-1948
The Chinese Ring
The Chinese Ring ( English )
Director: William Beaudine , Kenneth Kessler , William A. Calihan Jr.
Release date: 06-12-1947
Charlie Chan in The Trap
Artist: Sidney Toler , Mantan Moreland , Victor Sen Yung , Tanis Chandler , Larry J. Blake
Director: Howard Bretherton , Frank Fox
Release date: 30-11-1946
Charlie Chan in Shadows Over Chinatown
Artist: Sidney Toler , Mantan Moreland , Victor Sen Yung , Tanis Chandler , John Gallaudet
Director: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 27-06-1946
Showing 1 to 10 of 45 movies
Showing 1 to 10 of 45 movies

Mantan Moreland Biography

Although his brand of humor has been reviled for decades, Negro character actor Mantan Moreland parlayed his cocky but jittery character into a recognizable presence in the late 1930s and early 1940s, appearing in a long string of comedy thrillers . . . and was considered quite funny at the time! Born just after the turn of the century in Louisiana, Mantan began running away from home at age 12 to join circuses and medicine shows, only to be brought back time and again. During these times he sharpened his comic skills and developed routines and acts that eventually became popular on the vaudeville stage, or what was then called the "chitlin' circuit." A solo performer by nature, he often teamed up with other famous comics (such as Ben Carter) to keep working, and became a deft performer of "indefinite talk" routines, where two quicksilver comics continually topped each other in mid-sentence, as if reading each other's mind (i.e., "Say, did you see...?" "Saw him just yesterday...didn't look so good"). Mantan's focus gradually shifted his trade toward film, where he initially appeared in servile bits (shoeshine men, porters, waiters). However, his talent for making people laugh couldn't be overlooked and he soon earned featured status in Harlem-styled western parodies and grade "A" comedy films playing the superstitious, ever-terrified manservant running from any kind of impending doom. Moreland's peak in movies came with his recurring role as Birmingham, the skittish chauffeur, in the "Charlie Chan" series, where he was forever forewarning his boss to stay away from an obviously dangerous case or situation. Though haunted mansions were an ideal place for setting off his stereotyped character, Mantan would be haunted in a different way by this Hollywood success in years to follow. By the 1950s, racial attitudes began to change and, with the rise of the civil rights movement, what was once considered hilarious was now interpreted as demeaning and offensive to both blacks and whites. Mantan and others, such as Stepin Fetchit, were ostracized and ridiculed by Hollywood for their past negative portrayals. It took decades for audiences to forgive and newer generations to forget the Depression-era comedy of Mantan Moreland in order for the actor to come back. In the late 1960s he managed a modest resurgence on TV and in commercials and occasional films, allowing him to work again with such comic heavyweights as Bill Cosby, Godfrey Cambridge and director Carl Reiner. It was all too brief, however, for Mantan, long suffering from ill health, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1973, just as he was settling in to his renewed popularity. Today, audiences tend to be kinder and more understanding of Moreland, remembering him as a highly talented comic who, in the only way he knew, broke major barriers and opened the doors for others black actors to follow.

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Earl Derr Biggers
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Sidney Toler
9 Movies
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Edmond Kelso
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