Sterling Holloway made his film debut in the silent movie ‘Battling Kangaroo,’ in (1926). During World War II he was instrumental in developing the show ‘Hey Rookie,’ which raised huge funds for the Army Relief Fund. His performance as McWilliams in the war movie ‘A Walk in the Sun’ (1945) received positive reviews.
His hit films at the box office include ‘Gold Diggers of 1933’ (1933), ‘Remembering the Night’ (1940), and ‘Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ (1977). Holloway did many voice roles with Walt Disney movies like ‘Dumbo’ (1941), ‘The Three Caballeros’ (1944), and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (1951).
He was honored with the title of ‘Disney Legend’ for his voice recordings, in 1991. His voice has a distinctive Southern drawl that made him famous with radio shows like ‘The Railroad Hour’ and ‘Lux Radio Theater' in the 1940s and 1950s. He did a voice recording for the comedy television series ‘Moonlighting’ (1985 - 1986) and appeared as ‘Uncle Oscar’ in ‘The Adventures of Superman.’
This action adventure comedy film revolves around a group of greedy people who hear about a hidden stash of loot. Soon they embark on an adventurous journey through the countryside in search of the buried treasure.
During the Second World War, French fighter pilot Lt. Claude Maury gains a bad reputation because of his daredevil attitude, as during his missions, most of his gunners are killed or wounded. Only Lt Jean Herbillion volunteers to fly with him, but Maury is unaware of the fact that Herbillion is having an affair with his wife.
When Chinese inventor Dr. Wong invites bids for his latest creation, a television-like device, both potential buyers and stealers gather in the metropolitan hotel, International House, in Wuhu, China. One of them, Tommy Nash, the representative of an American electric company, also wants to marry his sweetheart Carol, but after he develops rashes, the whole hotel is quarantined.
Professor Dean Lambert is doing research on the death of the ancient Egyptian Neferus. Interestingly, he has a resemblance to the latter as well, and he believes that falling in love with ruin him, like it did to Neferus. However, when he is asked to resign from the museum after an incident, he decides to join an expedition to Egypt from New York.
In a small town in the US, the publisher of a local newspaper finds himself in opposition to the local banker, when a young lad is possibly framed and jailed for a robbery from the bank.
Ethan Wilkins is a poor, honest preacher, whose son Jason dreams of becoming a doctor. Jason continuously asks his mother for money to pay for his fancy things and education, which she willingly does. He earns fame during the Civil War; however, he forgets all about his mother who struggles with poverty after Ethan’s death. Will Jason ever realize his mistake?
A small time con artist named Lefty Merrill, has co-organized a danced marathon, and has set it up in a way, that his girlfriend will win the prize money. However when his partner disappears with the money before the contest is over, he has no other way but to come up with a series of cons to pay it back.
My Six Loves is an American comedy film, which tells the story of Janice, a Broadway musical star, who arrives home and finds six runaway children. She decides to take them in, and eventually becomes close to them. However, when one of the children runs away, when she returns to Broadway, Janice faces a life-changing decision.
A musical made during WWII to entertain troops, raise funds and boost morale. Silent Era-Star, Billy Webster is now a gateman at Paramount studios. However, his Navy serviceman son, Johnny, thinks he is a studio executive. As Johnny is arriving with his shipmates, to preserve his illusion, Billy takes help of studio switchboard-operator, Polly, to put up a show with Hollywood’s mega-stars.
A Hollywood agent visits a small town where many of the residents are aspiring actors. He meets one of them, whose name is Peggy, a beautician, but her father forbids her to pursue acting as a career. Soon, the whole town gets together to plan a play, and Peggy along with her mother, who also wanted to be an actress, join forces to work on their dream.
Gene Autry is a rancher in a small town who is being pursued by a casting agent named Sue Warner as the latter wants him to appear in a Hollywood production. Eventually, they manage to come to an agreement, but things don’t go as planned.
During the WWI, a day before William Gordon is about to set off for France, he meets socialite Joel Carter and spends a day with her, revealing that he has written a valuable book on cryptology.. The very next day, he is assigned to the code breaking division and while working there comes in contact with beautiful Olivia, making Joel jealous.
A wounded former submarine commander's love affair with his successor's married daughter is set against the backdrop of the US Navy's fight in the Adriatic Sea during World War I. Hell Below is based on Commander Edward Ellsberg's novel Pigboats and the movie is packed with submarine warfare action.
Maid of Salem revolves around the story of a young girl in Salem, Massachusetts, who is having an affair with an adventurer. A witch hunt is going on, and the girl is sentenced as well. However, her lover comes to her rescue.
A man starts taking care of a 10 month old baby and soon he also gets drawn into the life of the baby’s family.
Elizabeth Madden wishes for motherhood, but has no husband. However, she finds an abandoned baby, after which her desire appears to be fulfilled. However, she has no clue on raising it. Eventually, she finds a divorced pediatrician to help her in raising the child.
Radio celebrity Glory Eden is compelled by the sponsors to keep up a vice-free, ‘Purity Girl’ image for their product-marketing. Tired of it, she wants to try out darker side of life. On her press agent’s suggestion, from her fans they select Kentuckian Jim Davey as her ‘Professional Sweetheart.’ But they never expect the fake fiancé to grow into her real love.
Elmer Kane, a country bumpkin, joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter ever in baseball. His skill with the bat takes his team to the World Series. However, his road is filled with obstacles which include gamblers and crooked pitchers.
This mystery film tells the story of a young girl who finds out that she is the daughter of a rich railroad tycoon and was kidnapped as a child. She attempts to find answer with the help of John, her boyfriend.
A hot headed saloon singer shoots at her boyfriend for flirting with another woman; but instead hits a judge. So has to leave her home and accompanied by her friend, reaches a small town, where she is mistaken for a school teacher. Here she starts wooing a mine owner until her boyfriend turns up, searching for her.
After doing his last performance of the season, Edgar Bergen hosts an engagement party for his assistant Julie and his business partner Jerry. He soon sets off on an aircraft on a vacation, but gets lost.
While Duke Mantel's gang rob a nearby bank, Mantel makes sure that the singing cowboy Gene Autry and his band members get arrested for the robbery. However, once the air clears up, Gene comes to know that one of his friends has taken over a ranch. The band promptly moves there but soon Julie Reeves arrive at the ranch, drawing Gene and his band in search for the money robbed from the bank.
Although her parents want her to get married to an old prince, a rebellious princess decides to take a stand for herself because she is in love with a common man. But she is unsure if the man will accept her once he learns about her identity.
An aspiring poet is hired by a radio comic as a gag-writer. However, a marital squabble leads to winding it up in the middle.
A Broadway actress, Judy, loses custody of an orphan, which leaves her devastated. She eventually gets married to a playwright named Jake, but circumstances force her to leave Jake as well.
Harley Thomas, a Florida moonshine runner, faces rivalry from girlfriend Nancy Sue’s father Ralph Hunnicutt. Ralph’s soda-pop plant is a façade to hide his moonshine manufacturing, funded by the mob. When he sends out a consignment of poisoned brew, Nancy and Harley race to track it. As the mob tries to take control, the state police join the chase, adding to complications.
The story revolves around a socialite bored with her life in New York and an adventurous Irish archeologist, whom she meets on a trip to Greece. Although ill suited to each other, they fall in love and he follows her to New York, where her social life makes him uneasy. Yet, they become engaged to be married. But will they finally marry?
A small-time door to door salesman becomes a radio personality and soon he makes a name for himself by broadcasting football, though the others at the station are quite irritated by his presence.
Spring Madness is a romantic comedy drama film which tells the story of Sam Thatcher, a young Harvard student, who dreams of visiting the most remote corners of the world, along with his roommate. Therefore, immediately after completing their graduation, they book a flight from New York to Siberia.
Known for the large number of cameo appearances by Hollywood's golden age actors and actresses, the movie is loosely based on the film debut of Rin Tin Tin, a male German shepherd, who follows an aspiring actress to Hollywood; but himself becomes an international star.
Two groups of tourists, one consisting of humans and the other consisting of mice, are on a visit to the statue of Benjamin Franklin. While the men stand in front of the statue to discuss Benjamin’s achievements the mice climbs up to his hat to tell the story of Amos and Ben.
The Little House is an animated short film, which centers on a small house built at the top of a small hill, far out in the country in the beginning of the 20th century in America.
Mowgli, a human child abandoned in the jungle following an accident, is found by black panther Bagheera and is raised by female wolf Raksha. When man-eating Bengal tiger Shere Khan returns in the vicinity ten years later, Bagheera, along with Mowgli's new fun-loving friend, sloth bear Baloo, attempt to convince Mowgli to head for the nearest Man-Village.
Based on an original short story by Bill Peet, Susie the Little Blue Coupe is an animated short film, which revolves around the eventful life of a little blue car.
Alice, a young girl, is a day dreamer who dislikes literature or poems. One day while following a large rabbit, she accidentally falls into rabbit hole and finds herself in a vibrant wonderland. During her adventurous journey, she meets various characters like the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Cheshire Cat. She also encounters the king and the queen with their army of playing cards.
Adapted from the book of Austrian author Felix Salten, this movie is considered a Disney classic. The plot revolves around a fawn Bambi who is in line to inherit the title of prince of the forest. As Bambi grows up with his friends, Thumper and Flower, and flirts with Faline, he also faces danger from the hunters and realises that becoming a prince is not so easy.
Dumbo, a baby elephant born with extraordinarily big ears, is mocked by others and later gets separated from his mother when she tries to protect him. After an accident, he is even made to perform like a clown. However, his friend, Timothy Mouse, discovers a secret about his large ears and encourages Dumbo to use it to gain fame.
Madame Adelaide Bonfamille decides to leave all her fortune to her beloved cat, Duchess, and her three kittens: Berlioz, Marie, and Toulouse, and her butler, Edgar. But the devious Edgar kidnaps the cats and abandons them in the countryside. There they are helped by alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, to return home and expose Edgar.
The Cold-Blooded Penguin tells the story Pablo the Penguin, who had a dream of moving to a warmer climate, and he also makes several attempts, failing each time. He eventually finds success after making a boat with a chunk of ice.
Goliath I, the biggest elephant of the jungle, is unhappy with Goliath II, his 8-year-old miniature son. But Goliath’s loving mother protects him, especially from Raja, the tiger. Once Goliath runs away, lands in trouble, and receives spanking after being rescued by mother. When the herd encounters a mouse, all elephants panic, but Goliath bravely defeats the mouse, earning his father’s respect.
This animated short comedy film revolves around the story of the friendship between a pelican and a snipe.
Donald Duck meets Pablo the Penguin, who hates the cold and a flying donkey. Together, they embark on an adventurous, fun-filled expedition across Latin America.
Alakazam the Great is a fantasy adventure film which tells the story of a monkey king who learns the secrets of magic and becomes quite arrogant. In order to make up for his troubles, the gods send him on a mission to accompany a prince on a journey filled with dangers, monsters, demons and cannibals.
Sterling Holloway Awards
|Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too||Best Recording for Children||1975|