Guy Kibbee

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Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee.jpg
Born Guy Bridges Kibbee
(1882-03-06)March 6, 1882
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Died May 24, 1956(1956-05-24) (aged 74)
East Islip, New York, U.S.
Resting place Kensico Cemetery
Occupation Actor
Years active 1931–1950
Spouse(s) Helen Shea (m. 1918–23)
4 children
Esther Reed (m. 1925–56) (his death), 3 children

Guy Bridges Kibbee (March 6, 1882[1] – May 24, 1956) was an American stage and film actor.


Kibbee was born in El Paso, Texas and began his entertainment career on Mississippi riverboats. He eventually became a successful Broadway actor. In the 1930s, Kibbee moved to California and became part of "Warner Bros.' stock company", contracted actors who cycled through different productions in supporting roles. Kibbee's specialty was daft and jovial characters, and he is perhaps best remembered for the films 42nd Street (1933), The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Captain Blood (1935), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), though he also played the expat inn owner in Joan Crawford's Rain (1932).

Guy Kibbee (left), Dr. Irving Leroy Ress (center back), Leo Carrillo (right), ca 1950.

He is also remembered for his performance as Mr. Webb, editor of the Grover's Corners, New Hampshire newspaper, and father of Emily Webb, played by Martha Scott, in the film version of the classic Thornton Wilder play Our Town.

Kibbee died from complications arising from Parkinson's disease in Long Island, New York in 1956. His younger brother was actor Milton Kibbee.

In popular culture[edit]

Guy Kibbee eggs[2] is the name for a breakfast dish which consists of a hole cut out of the center of a slice of bread, and an egg cracked into it, all of which is fried in a skillet. The actor prepared this dish in the 1935 Warner Bros. film Mary Jane's Pa, hence the eponym. This dish is also known by other names, such as "egg in a basket."

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1931 City Streets Pop Cooley
Side Show Colonel Gowdy
New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford Police Sergeant McGonigal
1932 Union Depot Scrap Iron Scratch Alternative title: Gentleman for a Day
High Pressure Clifford Gray
Play-Girl Finkelwald
The Crowd Roars Pop Greer
Two Seconds Bookie
Rain Joe Horn
Scarlet Dawn Mr. Murphy
The Conquerors Dr. Blake
Fireman Save My Child
1933 42nd Street Abner Dillon
Lilly Turner Doc McGill
The Gold Diggers of 1933 Faneul H. Peabody
The Life of Jimmy Dolan Phlaxer Alternative title: The Kid's Last Fight
The Silk Express Detective McDuff
Lady for a Day Judge Henry G. Blake
Footlight Parade Si Gould
The World Changes James Clafflin
Convention City George Ellerbe Lost film
1934 Easy to Love Justice of the Peace
Merry Wives Of Reno Tom Fraser
Dames Horace Peter Hemingway
Big Hearted Herbert Herbert [Kalness]
Babbitt George F. Babbitt Title role
1935 While the Patient Slept [Police Lieutenant] Lance O'Leary
Going Highbrow Matt Upshaw
Don't Bet on Blondes Colonel Jefferson Davis Youngblood
Captain Blood Hagthorpe
1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy Mr. Silas Hobbs
Captain January Captain January
Three Men on a Horse Carver
Earthworm Tractors
1937 Riding on Air J. Rutherford "Doc" Waddington
The Bad Man of Brimstone Francis X. "Eight Ball" Harrison
1938 Of Human Hearts George Ames
Three Loves Has Nancy Pa Briggs
Rich Man, Poor Girl Pa Thayer
1939 It's a Wonderful World "Cap" Streeter
Babes in Arms Judge John Black
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Governor Hubert 'Happy' Hopper
Bad Little Angel Luther Marvin
1940 Our Town Mr. Webb
Chad Hanna Huguenine
1941 Scattergood Baines Scattergood Baines
It Started with Eve Bishop Maxwell
Design for Scandal Judge Graham
1942 Miss Annie Rooney Grandpa Rooney
There's One Born Every Minute Lester Cadwalader, Sr.
Whistling in Dixie Judge George Lee
1943 Cinderella Swings It Scattergood Baines
Girl Crazy Dean Phineas Armour
Learn and Live Angel
1944 Dixie Jamboree Captain Jackson of the Ellabella
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Radio Director/The Chief
1946 Singing on the Trail Dusty Wyatt Alternative title: Lookin' for Someone
Lone Star Moonlight Amos Norton Alternative title: Amongst the Thieves
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge Cal Baggett
The Red Stallion Ed Thompson
1948 Fort Apache Captain Dr. Wilkens Alternative title: War Party
3 Godfathers Judge
Year Title Role Notes
1948 Kraft Television Theatre 1 episode
1949–1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre 4 episodes
1950 The Billy Rose Show 1 episode


  1. ^ Rainho, Manny (March 2015). "This Month in Movie History". Classic Images (477): 26. 
  2. ^ "Guy Kibbee Eggs". Retrieved Dec 16, 2011. 

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