Guy Kibbee

  1. Robert Barratt, Heroes For Sale, 1932.       Director Wild Bill  Wellman revelled in using real tramps in the fight scene, real laundry workers for the laundry scenes. His WWI battles, however,  were comfortably shot on the Warner Bros Ranch.
  2. Frank Craven,  He Was Her Man,  1933.      Due to be  the big Guy’s first straight role for three years until the chunky character man was suddenly promoted to leads in Big Hearted Herbert and Babbitt.
  3. James Cagney, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1934.      The Warner top brass  wanted Kibbee as Bottom. No, said  director Max Reinhardt.  Cagney or no one.
  4. Eugene Pallette, The Adventures of Robin Hood, 1937.    They were both stalwarts among the character players known as the Warner Brothers Stock Company. This time,  Pallette trounced Kibbee as Friar Tuck. Five years earlier it had been vice-versa for  Footlight Parade.
  5. Otto Kruger, Saboteur, 1941.    Under contract or not, Kibbee told Universal he did not want to play Tobin.  “Too unsympathetic.”  Alfred Hitchcock didn’t waste time arguing, he promptly  turned to Kruger. 
  6. HB Warner, It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946. 


 Birth year: 1882Death year: 1956Other name: Casting Calls:  6