the 179 FILMS of REGIS TOOMEY (1898 - 1991)

by milam_ogden | created - 13 Oct 2015 | updated - 14 Oct 2015 | Public

God was sad last Monday (10/12) when Regis Toomey passed away of natural causes in Woodland Hills, CA. Toomey was the consummate character actor who appeared in 179 films in a career than spanned 50 years.

His most popular genres were: drama, romance, crime/film noir and comedy.

3.5 lowest IMDb rating - Evil Town (1977)

8.1 highest IMDb rating - The Big Sleep (1946)

His appearances in movies obtained these IMDb ratings: mean - 6.5 median - 6.2 mode - 6.8 (13)

His most productive years were the 30s and 40s when Regis appeared in 69% of his feature films.

I always enjoyed watching him perform

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1. Alibi (1929)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime

Chick Williams, a prohibition gangster, rejoins his mob soon after being released from prison. When a policeman is murdered during a robbery, he falls under suspicion. The gangster took ... See full summary »

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch, Eleanor Griffith

Votes: 643

3. Illusion (1929)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A vaudeville magician and his lady assistant break up their team, when he becomes infatuated with a socialite, only to get back together when she is almost killed in her new act gone wrong.

Director: Lothar Mendes | Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Nancy Carroll, June Collyer, Kay Francis

Votes: 19

4. Rich People (1929)

75 min

Rich People is a 1929 talking picture directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Constance Bennett. It was produced by Ralph Block and distributed through Pathé Exchange.

Director: Edward H. Griffith | Stars: Constance Bennett, Regis Toomey, Robert Ames, Mahlon Hamilton

5. Street of Chance (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Drama

A big-time, but honest gambler has to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps, and taking up gambling.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay Francis, Regis Toomey

Votes: 185

6. Framed (1930)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama

Woman swears revenge against an Inspector who was responsible for her father's death.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Evelyn Brent, Regis Toomey, Ralf Harolde, William Holden

Votes: 184

7. Crazy That Way (1930)

64 min | Comedy, Romance

Young heiress Ann Jordan and her fiancè Frank Oakes would be happy except for the constant appearance of Robert Metcalf, who follows her or them everywhere. This continues into their time ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Kenneth MacKenna, Joan Bennett, Regis Toomey, Jason Robards Sr.

8. The Light of Western Stars (1930)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A friend of Dick Bailey is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with the crooked sheriff. Out on a spree Dick swears he will marry the first ... See full summary »

Directors: Otto Brower, Edwin H. Knopf | Stars: Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Harry Green, Regis Toomey

Votes: 131

9. Shadow of the Law (1930)

Passed | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

John Nelson, a well-to-do businessman, is escorting a woman he knows as Ethel Barry to the door of her apartment suite when a man steps out of the shadows and angrily demands to know where ... See full summary »

Director: Louis J. Gasnier | Stars: William Powell, Marion Shilling, Natalie Moorhead, Regis Toomey

Votes: 70

10. Good Intentions (1930)

Passed | 69 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Racketeer David Cresson's sudden passion for the straight-and-narrow life is due to his falling in love with Helen Rankin, a society débutante. However, his former associate and ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Marguerite Churchill, Regis Toomey, Earle Foxe

11. A Man from Wyoming (1930)

70 min | Drama, Romance, War

When World War One pulls the U.S. in, builder Jim Baker goes enthusiastically. The misery of life in the trenches seems to take any romantic edge off, until adventure seeking general's ... See full summary »

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Gary Cooper, June Collyer, Regis Toomey, Morgan Farley

Votes: 48

12. Other Men's Women (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Romance

Events take an unhappy turn for two Bill and Jack, two locomotive engineers, after Bill is attracted to his best friend's wife.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Grant Withers, Mary Astor, Regis Toomey, James Cagney

Votes: 1,051

13. Scandal Sheet (1931)

77 min | Crime, Drama

Scandal Sheet is a 1931 American crime film directed by John Cromwell and written by Oliver H.P. Garrett, Vincent Lawrence and Max Marcin. The film stars George Bancroft, Kay Francis, Clive... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: George Bancroft, Kay Francis, Clive Brook, Regis Toomey

Votes: 61

14. Finn and Hattie (1931)

78 min

A child genius has fun getting her cousin into trouble. When she is not bedeviling her cousin, she is helping her father get out of trouble with con artists.

Directors: Norman Z. McLeod, Norman Taurog | Stars: Leon Errol, Mitzi Green, Zasu Pitts, Jackie Searl

Votes: 38

15. The Finger Points (1931)

Unrated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

Rookie reporter receives bribes from gangsters to suspend negative press.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Fay Wray, Regis Toomey, Robert Elliott

Votes: 393

16. Kick In (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ex-con Chick Hewes (Regis Toomey) tries to go straight with the help of wife Molly (Clara Bow), but circumstances force the couple into involvement in a serious crime.

Director: Richard Wallace | Stars: Clara Bow, Regis Toomey, Wynne Gibson, Juliette Compton

Votes: 43

17. Murder by the Clock (1931)

76 min | Horror, Mystery

An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey

Votes: 241

18. Graft (1931)

54 min | Thriller

Cub reporter Dusty investigates the murder of the District Attorney and stumbles into a plot involving a kidnapping and a crooked election.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Regis Toomey, Sue Carol, Dorothy Revier, Boris Karloff

Votes: 73

19. 24 Hours (1931)

66 min | Drama

A nightclub singer is carrying on an affair with a married man. When she is found murdered, her lover is suspected of the crime.

Director: Marion Gering | Stars: Clive Brook, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins, Regis Toomey

Votes: 260

20. Touchdown! (1931)

Drama, Sport

Football coach Dan Curtis is eager for his small college team to win at all costs. However, he has a change of heart when a player is severely injured by playing when he should have been ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Richard Arlen, Peggy Shannon, Jack Oakie, Regis Toomey

Votes: 16

21. Under Eighteen (1931)

80 min | Drama, Romance

A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Marian Marsh, Anita Page, Regis Toomey, Warren William

Votes: 348

22. Shopworn (1932)

Passed | 72 min | Drama, Romance

A poor woman and a man from an upper-class family fall in love, but his mother will go to any lengths to stop their marriage.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Regis Toomey, Zasu Pitts, Lucien Littlefield

Votes: 607

23. The Midnight Patrol (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A cub reporter rashly makes a promise to solve a murder mystery within 24 hours, then must make good on his boast.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Regis Toomey, Betty Bronson, Edwina Booth, Mary Nolan

Votes: 15

24. The Crowd Roars (1932)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Sports car racer becomes overprotective of his brother when he decides to become a racer as well.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Eric Linden

Votes: 998

25. They Never Come Back (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Prizefighter Jimmy Nolan, facing an opportunity to get a championship fight, is knocked out when he sustains what is apparently a permanent injury to his arm. From there, Nolan's path leads... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Regis Toomey, Dorothy Sebastian, Edward Woods, Greta Granstedt

Votes: 51

26. A Strange Adventure (1932)

Passed | 60 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

A police lieutenant and a female reporter investigate a series of murders comitted by a hooded killer in an old dark house.

Directors: Phil Whitman, Hampton Del Ruth | Stars: Regis Toomey, June Clyde, Lucille La Verne, Jason Robards Sr.

Votes: 135

28. State Trooper (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Mike Rolph quits his job, seemingly, as a highway patrolman and takes the position of the Police Chief of W. J. Brady's oil refinery. He is also romantically involved with Brady's daughter,... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Regis Toomey, Evalyn Knapp, Barbara Weeks, Raymond Hatton

Votes: 14

30. Laughing at Life (1933)

Passed | 71 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South... See full summary »

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Conchita Montenegro, William 'Stage' Boyd, Lois Wilson

Votes: 76

31. She Had to Say Yes (1933)

Unrated | 65 min | Drama, Romance

It is the bottom of the depression and Sol Glass has the idea that the girls in the stenographic department should be used to entertain the clients. Seems the clients are tiring of the ... See full summary »

Directors: George Amy, Busby Berkeley | Stars: Loretta Young, Winnie Lightner, Lyle Talbot, Regis Toomey

Votes: 347

32. Big Time or Bust (1933)

62 min | Drama

Two newly married carnival performers head to New York to make it big on Broadway, but after they get there the wife finds that a wealthy playboy has designs on her.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Regis Toomey, Gloria Shea, Walter Byron, Nat Carr

Votes: 24

33. What's Your Racket? (1934)

64 min | Crime, Drama

Two criminal gangs are at war with each other, and lawmen decided to use that to bring both gangs down.

Director: Fred Guiol | Stars: Regis Toomey, Noel Francis, J. Carrol Naish, Creighton Hale

34. Picture Brides (1934)

Passed | 66 min | Adventure, Crime, Romance

Four "Picture Brides", from New Orleans, arrive in the Brazilian jungle on a riverboat, brought there to marry workers at Lottagrasso, a remote mining site of the Standard Diamond ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Regis Toomey, Dorothy Libaire, Alan Hale

Votes: 64

35. Murder on the Blackboard (1934)

Passed | 71 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

A pretty young music teacher is bludgeoned to death in Hildegarde's school, where she's reunited with Oscar, but the autopsy report says she was dying from poison too.

Director: George Archainbaud | Stars: Edna May Oliver, James Gleason, Bruce Cabot, Gertrude Michael

Votes: 541

36. She Had to Choose (1934)

Approved | 65 min | Drama

A young actress hits Hollywood determined to be a movie star and runs into a lot of roadblocks along the way.

Director: Ralph Ceder | Stars: Buster Crabbe, Isabel Jewell, Sally Blane, Regis Toomey

Votes: 44

37. Redhead (1934)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Drama

A girl marries a playboy from a rich family, expecting a life of comfort and luxury. However, her new father-in-law turns his ne'er-do-well son out into the street with no money, and ... See full summary »

Director: Melville W. Brown | Stars: Bruce Cabot, Grace Bradley, Regis Toomey, Berton Churchill

Votes: 9

38. Red Morning (1934)

Approved | 66 min | Drama

A captain's daughter is marooned on an island after the ship is taken over by a mutinous crew.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Steffi Duna, Regis Toomey, Raymond Hatton, Mitchell Lewis

Votes: 62

39. Shadow of Doubt (1935)

74 min | Mystery, Comedy

Haworth is a show biz producer who has a number of ex-girlfriends that he has beaten over the years. He is now engaged to two girls- Lisa and Trenna. After drinking and starting a fight ... See full summary »

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Bruce, Constance Collier, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 231

40. Great God Gold (1935)

Passed | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Greed, ambition and hunger-for-power drive John Hart, a New-York-City stock-market broker, into crooked dealings and deception, but he doesn't realize that those he ruined will seek ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Sidney Blackmer, Martha Sleeper, Regis Toomey, Edwin Maxwell

Votes: 45

41. 'G' Men (1935)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley | Stars: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak, Robert Armstrong

Votes: 3,430

42. One Frightened Night (1935)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Mystery

An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl, Wallace Ford

Votes: 301

43. Manhattan Moon (1935)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Night club owner Dan Moore is trying to collect a debt owed to him by playboy Reggie Van Dorn, but Reggie is a playboy with no money but lots of social connections. In lieu of the cash, Dan... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Walker | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Dorothy Page, Henry Mollison, Hugh O'Connell

44. Shadows of the Orient (1935)

Passed | 69 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A classic "B" featurette about "smugglin' in Chinamen for $300 a load"

Director: Burt P. Lynwood | Stars: Esther Ralston, Regis Toomey, J. Farrell MacDonald, Oscar Apfel

Votes: 78

46. Bars of Hate (1935)

Approved | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Romance