Gibb McLaughlin

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Gibb McLaughlin
Actor Gibb McLaughlin.jpg
Born (1884-07-19)19 July 1884
Sunderland, County Durham, England
Died 1960 (aged 75–76)
London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1921–1959
Spouse(s) Eleanor (Nellie) Morton

George Gibb McLaughlin (19 July 1884 – 1960) was an English film actor.[1][2] He died in London, England in 1960.

Early days[edit]

Gibb McLaughlin was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England.[2] For about 10 years he was a salesman in Hull where he sang in the Holy Trinity Church choir. He joined the Hull Amateur Operatic Society and played the part of Koko in The Mikado. After that he appeared with Anne Croft in concerts and they had a turn to themselves on the stage of the Palace Theatre.[3] He performed as a comedian and monologist in music halls.[4] In 1915, McLaughlin married Eleanor Morton, youngest daughter of William Morton, formerly manager of the Egyptian Hall, London and the Greenwich Theatre, now residing in Hull and building theatres and cinemas.[5]

Film work[edit]

He appeared in 118 films between 1921 and 1959. He was known for The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), Oliver Twist (1948) and Hobson's Choice (1954).[4] He had a rare leading role as the sleuth J.G. Reeder in Edgar Wallace's Mr Reeder in Room 13 (1938) released in the U.S. as Mystery of Room 13 (1941).[6] Skeletal, lugubrious, latterly prune-faced, character actor, he was popular on screen as a master of disguise, which allowed him to slip into just about any ethnic part or Dickensian role.[7] He was equally comfortable as sneering villain, dour undertaker or canny detective.[8]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Sennwald, Andre (10 September 1935). "Bulldog Jack (1935) The Screen; 'Alias Bulldog Drummond,' a Comic Melodrama From England, Opens at the Globe Theatre.". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b "Gibb McLaughlin". 
  3. ^ Hull Daily Mail, 6 May 1935 p.3 Hull Memories of Gibb McLaughlin
  4. ^ a b McFarlane, Brian; Slide, Anthony (20 September 2017). "The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth Edition". Oxford University Press – via Google Books. 
  5. ^ Morton, William (1934). I Remember. (A Feat of Memory.). Market-place. Hull: Goddard. Walker and Brown. Ltd, p. 125
  6. ^ "Mystery of Room 13 (1941) - Norman Lee - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  7. ^ "Gibb McLaughlin - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie. 
  8. ^ "Gibb McLaughlin". IMDb. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 

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