Hugh Herbert

Hugh Herbert


Birth Place
Binghamton, New York, USA
August 10, 1885
March 12, 1952


Adorably befuddled comic actor who played supporting roles in many Warner Brother's films of the 1930s....


His signature exclamation was either "woo woo!" or "hoo hoo!".


Adorably befuddled comic actor who played supporting roles in many Warner Brother's films of the 1930s.



Director (Feature Film)

Danger Lights (1930)
Dialogue Director
He Knew Women (1930)

Cast (Feature Film)

Havana Rose (1951)
Filbert Fillmore
The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
A Song Is Born (1948)
Professor Twingle
On Our Merry Way (1948)
Eli Hobbs
The Girl from Manhattan (1948)
Aaron Goss
So This Is New York (1948)
Mr. Trumbult
Blondie in the Dough (1947)
Llewellyn Simmons
Music for Millions (1945)
Uncle Ferdinand ["Bish"]
One Way to Love (1945)
Eustace P. Trumble
Ever Since Venus (1944)
P. G. Grimble, also known as Walker
Kismet (1944)
It's a Great Life (1943)
Timothy Brewster
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
There's One Born Every Minute (1942)
Lemuel [P. Twine/Ghost of Claudius Twine/Ghost of Abner Twine]
You're Telling Me (1942)
Hubert [Abercrombie Gumm]
Don't Get Personal (1942)
Elmer Whippet [/Oscar Whippet]
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942)
Mr. Marcus P. Throckmorton
Badlands of Dakota (1941)
The Black Cat (1941)
Mr. Penny
Hello Sucker (1941)
Hubert [Worthington Clippe]
Meet the Chump (1941)
Hugh Mansfield
Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Private Affairs (1940)
Angus McPherson
Slightly Tempted (1940)
Professor [J. Bramwell] Ross
La Conga Nights (1940)
Henry I. Dibble, Jr. [/Faith Dibble/Hope Dibble/Charity Dibble/Prudence Dibble/Mrs. Henry I. Dibble, Sr.]
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)
[Frederick] Healy
A Little Bit of Heaven (1940)
Pop [Loring]
Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)
Ferdinand Farraday
The Family Next Door (1939)
George Pierce
Little Accident (1939)
Herbert Pearson [also known as "Mrs. Teedsley"]
Eternally Yours (1939)
The Lady's from Kentucky (1939)
Mousey Johnson
Four's a Crowd (1938)
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)
Maurice Giraud
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Chester Marshall
The Great Waltz (1938)
[Julius] Hofbauer
Men Are Such Fools (1938)
Harvey [C.] Bates
That Man's Here Again (1937)
Thomas J. Jesse
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
Marry the Girl (1937)
John B. Radway
The Perfect Specimen (1937)
Killigrew Shaw
Sing Me a Love Song (1937)
Sigfried Hammerschlag
The Singing Marine (1937)
Aeneas Phinney/[Clarissa Phinney]
Top of the Town (1937)
Colleen (1936)
Cedric Ames
Love Begins at Twenty (1936)
Horatio Gillingwater
One Rainy Afternoon (1936)
We Went to College (1936)
Professor [Ellery] Standish
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
T. Mosley Thorpe
To Beat the Band (1935)
Hugo Twist
We're in the Money (1935)
Homer Bronson
Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)
Mr. [August] Freytag
Traveling Saleslady (1935)
Elmer [Niles]
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Snout, the tinker
Wonder Bar (1934)
[Corey] Pratt
Easy to Love (1934)
Detective [John McTavish]
Dames (1934)
Ezra [Ounce]
Fog over Frisco (1934)
Merry Wives of Reno (1934)
Colonel [J. Kingsley] Fitch
Harold Teen (1934)
[Ed] Rathburn
The Merry Frinks (1934)
Joe Frink
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Rupert Rockingham
Fashions of 1934 (1934)
Joe Wardrobe
Kansas City Princess (1934)
Junior Ashcraft
Strictly Personal (1933)
Convention City (1933)
Footlight Parade (1933)
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
Diplomaniacs (1933)
College Coach (1933)
From Headquarters (1933)
She Had to Say Yes (1933)
Mr. Luther Haines
Goodbye Again (1933)
Harvey [Wilson]
Million Dollar Legs (1932)
Secretary of the Treasury
The Lost Squadron (1932)
Faithless (1932)
Mr. [Peter M.] Blainey
Friends and Lovers (1931)
Laugh and Get Rich (1931)
Joe Austin
Traveling Husbands (1931)
Hymie Schwartz
The Sin Ship (1931)
Hook, Line and Sinker (1930)
House detective
Danger Lights (1930)
Caught in the Fog (1928)
Detective Riley
Husbands for Rent (1927)

Writer (Feature Film)

The Sin Ship (1931)
Second Wife (1930)
The Great Gabbo (1930)
He Knew Women (1930)
The Great Gabbo (1930)
Lights of New York (1928)
[Wrt] by
The Air Circus (1928)

Cast (Short)

A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs (1936)
A Dream Comes True The Making of an Unusual Motion Picture (1935)
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
And She Learned About Dames (1934)
Hollywood Newsreel (1934)

Life Events


Movie Clip

Million Dollar Legs (1932) -- (Movie Clip) The Usual Oath Of Allegiance Hugh Herbert the ringleading secretary of treasury, Billy Gilbert sneezing, Vernon Dent, Teddy Hart, Irving Bacon also in the cabinet, as W.C. Fields, of course the President, asserts his dominance, in the nutso Paramount comedy in Million Dollar Legs, 1932, from producer Herman J. Mankiewicz, from a story by his brother Joseph L.
Sweet Adeline (1934) -- (Movie Clip) Here Am I In a Hoboken, NJ German-style beer garden ca. 1898, Irene Dunne (title character and daughter of the owner) aims to impress the U.S. Army recruiter and (Spanish-American War) hero Major Day (Louis Calhern), with a song from the original 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Traveling Saleslady (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Try Suspenders Or Shoelaces Now working for the rival toothpaste manufacturer “Schmidt’s” because her father won’t hire her, Joan Blondell as Angela Twitchell discovers that the boss for the retailer Ruggles is her frequent Warner Bros.’ co-star Glenda Farrell, and her dad’s top salesman Pat (William Gargan), whom she hasn’t met, has her business, in Traveling Saleslady, 1935.
Traveling Saleslady (1935) -- (Movie Clip) Right In The Snoot! First scene for Joan Blondell as the title character, Johnny Arthur the harried secretary talking to her father, head of the toothpaste firm, and Hugh Herbert, also a co-screenwriter, as hustling Niles, who also can’t get in to see the boss, early in Warner Bros.’ Traveling Saleslady, 1935.
Song Is Born, A (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Just Another Tomato For Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper in Ball Of Fire, it was "Apple," now with Virginia Mayo as stripper "Honey" and Danny Kaye the music professor, Howard Hawks, directing again, changes fruits, Benny Goodman the professor in horn-rims, in the musical remake A Song Is Born, 1948.
Hollywood Hotel (1938) -- (Movie Clip) Mona Marshall In Glamour Girl The real Mona having a tantrum, her stunt double Virginia (Rosemary Lane) has been recruited to stand-in at her premiere, featuring another Louella Parsons appearance, escorted by studio hack Bernie (Allyn Joslyn) and newly signed singer Ronnie (Dick Powell), who doesn’t know about the swap, Ronald Reagan handling introductions, in Warner Bros.’ Hollywood Hotel, 1938.
Dames (1934) -- (Movie Clip) We're Thirteenth Cousins Kooky moral-crusader zillionaire Ounce (Hugh Herbert) and aide (Johnny Arthur) advise cousin Hemingway (Guy Kibbee) that his daughter (Ruby Keeler) must avoid cousin Jimmy (Dick Powell) if they want that inheritance, which she isn’t, song by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal, early in Dames, 1934.
Dames (1934) -- (Movie Clip) I Was With The Jolly Widows Filthy rich morality nut Ounce (Hugh Herbert) on the train from Buffalo with cousin Horace (Guy Kibbee), who is giddy about the inheritance he’s getting, contingent on good behavior, thus panicked by the fleshy appearance of Joan Blondell as showgirl Mabel, in Warner Bros.’ Dames, 1934.
Friends And Lovers (1931) -- (Movie Clip) An Insidious Vice Laurence Olivier (as "Nichols") almost fluffy in his first scene in a Hollywood film, in India meeting fellow officer Roberts (Adolphe Menjou) and aide McNellis (Hugh Herbert), in Friends And Lovers, 1931.
Gold Diggers In Paris (1938) -- (Movie Clip) Colonel Corn One of several bits from Minnesota songwriter Freddie Fisher and his “Schnickelfritz Band,” which evolved into “The Korn Kobblers,” and made only this one movie appearance, on the ship with Rudy Vallee and the Warner Bros. gang, in the last in the series, Gold Diggers In Paris, 1938.
Footlight Parade (1933) -- (Movie Clip) These Are Cats Not Elephants! Foreshadowing Andrew Lloyd Webber, dance director Francis (Frank McHugh) gets schooled by producer Chester (James Cagney) on the cat number, office helper Bea (Ruby Keeler) checking in, herself pursued by singer Scotty (Dick Powell), in Warner Bros.' Footlight Parade, 1933.
Eternally Yours (1939) -- (Movie Clip) I Will Jump Tony (David Niven) and Anita Halstead (Loretta Young) have breakfast in bed as Benton (Hugh Herbert) brings them news of the death defying stunt David fails to remember agreeing to and with David's manager (Lionel Pape) already finalizing the event, he may not have any other choice in Eternally Yours, 1939.


Singing Marine, The - (Original Trailer) A young Marine (Dick Powell) develops an inflated ego after winning a talent contest in The Singing Marine (1937), the movie that gave the U.S. Marines their theme song.
Goodbye Again (1933) - (Original Trailer) Warren William is a sexy author, Joan Blondell his long-suffering secretary in Goodbye Again (1933) a racy pre-code comedy.
From Headquarters - (Original Trailer) Police lieutenant George Brent uses forensic science to solve a decadent playboy's murder in From Headquarters (1933).
Easy To Love (1934) - (Original Trailer) When she thinks her husband (Adolphe Menjou) has been unfaithful, a woman (Genevieve Tobin) claims to be having an affair of her own.
College Coach, The - (Original Trailer) Pat O'Brien may end up giving Ann Dvorak for the Gipper as The College Coach (1933) co-starring Dick Powell.
Sing Me A Love Song - (Original Trailer) A playboy (James Melton) turns over a new leaf and starts from the bottom of the family business in Sing Me A Love Song (1937).
Marry the Girl - (Original Trailer) Warner Brothers gives its second bananas a chance to show their appeal in the screwy comedy Marry The Girl (1937).
We're in the Money - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell set out to drain a playboy's wealth in We're In The Money (1935).
Traveling Saleslady, The - (Original Trailer) Joan Blondell beats the Depression blues by marketing a "cocktail toothpaste" in the comedy The Traveling Saleslady (1935).
Footlight Parade - (Original Trailer) A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show in Footlight Parade (1933) starring James Cagney.
Fashions of 1934 - (Original Trailer) Con artist William Powell and his beautiful assistant Bette Davis take on the Fashions of 1934 (1934) with musical numbers by Busby Berkeley.
Gold Diggers In Paris - (Original Trailer) In the last "gold diggers" musical, three chorus girls head to France in Gold Diggers In Paris (1938).


Thomas F Herbert
Actor. 1888-1946.



His signature exclamation was either "woo woo!" or "hoo hoo!".