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Bernard Gorcey

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Bernard Gorcey
Born(1886-01-09)9 January 1886
Died11 September 1955(1955-09-11) (aged 69)
Josephine Condon
(m. 1914)
Children4, including Leo Gorcey and David Gorcey

Bernard Gorcey (9 January 1886 – 11 September 1955) was a Russian-born American actor. He began in Vaudeville, performed on Broadway, and appeared in multiple shorts and films. He portrayed ice cream shop proprietor Louie Dumbrowski in Monogram Pictures' The Bowery Boys series of B movies.



Early in his career Gorcey found success in comedy roles. Between 1907 and 1937 he played in several stage productions, including Tom Jones (1912), What Ails You? (1918), Somebody's Sweetheart (1920) (as "A Mysterious Conspirator"), Always You (1922) (as "Isaac Cohen"), Abie's Irish Rose (1923), Wildflower (1925) (as "Gaston La Roche"), Song of the Flame (1925) (as “Count Boris”), Cherry Blossoms (1930) (as "George Washington Goto"), Pressing Business (1931), Joy of Living (1931), Wonder Boy (1932) (as "Commodore Cohen"), Keeping Expenses Down (1935) (as "Kent J. Goldstein"), Creeping Fire (1935) (as "Mr. Goodman"), and Satellite (1937) (as "Max Goldblatz").[citation needed]

The most successful show of Gorcey’s theatrical career was Abie’s Irish Rose.[1]

Radio and film

He also performed some radio work for the Popeye Show. At 42 years old, he began working in movies. From 1928 until 1955, he appeared in 67 movies, with minor roles with both Monogram and Warner Bros.[2]

Forty-four of these were with sons Leo and David in The East Side Kids and The Bowery Boys film series. Between 1946 and 1955, there were between four and five Bowery Boys movies annually, with Bernard playing the role of Louie Dumbrowski, the owner of a sweet shop where the Bowery Boys would hang out, usually getting free sodas while planning their next escapade, much to Dumbrowski's displeasure. He also appeared as Charlie Chaplin's meek Jewish neighbor Mr. Mann in the film classic The Great Dictator (1940).

Personal life

Gorcey married Josephine Condon (1897-1975) in 1914 and had 3 sons, Fred, Leo, and David, and a daughter, Audrey.[3][4]

On 31 August 1955, he crashed his car into a bus on 4th & LaBrea Avenue in Los Angeles. He died from his injuries on 11 September.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1928 Abie's Irish Rose Isaac Cohen
1931 Words & Music Walter Short film
1933 Pie a la Mode Unknown Short film
1933 Nothing But the Tooth Unknown Short film
1934 Syncopated City Mr. McGillicuddy Short film
1936 Bulldog Edition Newsstand Proprietor
1940 The Great Dictator Mr. Mann
1941 So Ends Our Night Carnival Barker
1941 Footlight Fever Shrimp
1941 Out of the Fog Sam Pepper
1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Little Man with Car Tires
1942 Joan of Paris Parisian Waiting at Confessional
1942 Black Dragons The Cabbie
1942 A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Man with Tires at Nightclub
1942 Bowery at Midnight Shopkeeper
1943 Clancy Street Boys Liquor Store Owner East Side Kids film
1943 A Rookie's Cookie Unknown Short film
1943 The Unknown Guest Messenger with Telegram
1944 Million Dollar Kid Courier East Side Kids film
1944 Follow the Leader Ginsberg East Side Kids film
1944 Block Busters Lippman East Side Kids film
1944 Bowery Champs Mr. Johnson East Side Kids film
1945 I Was a Criminal Second Railroad Employee
1945 Docks of New York Kessel East Side Kids film
1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray Stagehand
1945 Mr. Muggs Rides Again Meyer East Side Kids film
1946 Live Wires Jack Kane Bowery Boys film
1946 The French Key Little Man
1946 In Fast Company Louie Bowery Boys film
1946 Bowery Bombshell Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1946 Spook Busters Louie Bowery Boys film
1946 Mr. Hex Louie Bowery Boys film
1947 Hard Boiled Mahoney Louie Bowery Boys film
1947 News Hounds Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1947 Bowery Buckaroos Louie Bowery Boys film
1947 High Wall Hirsch
1947 The Peanut Man Unknown
1948 Jinx Money Louie Bowery Boys film
1948 No Minor Vices Mr. Zitzfleisch
1948 Trouble Makers Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1949 Fighting Fools Louie Bowery Boys film
1949 The Set-Up Tobacco Man
1949 Hold That Baby! Louie Bowery Boys film
1949 Angels in Disguise Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1949 The Doctor and the Girl Patient with Newspaper
1949 Master Minds Louie Bowery Boys film
1950 Blonde Dynamite Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1950 Lucky Losers Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1950 Triple Trouble Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1950 Blues Busters Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1951 Bowery Battalion Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1951 Ghost Chasers Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1951 Pickup Joe
1951 Let's Go Navy! Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1951 Journey Into Light Flophouse Clerk
1951 Crazy Over Horses Louis Xavier 'Louie' Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1951 Chicago Calling Unknown
1952 Hold That Line Louie Dumbrowski / Morris Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1952 Here Come the Marines Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1952 Feudin' Fools Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1952 No Holds Barred Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1953 Jalopy Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1953 Loose in London Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1953 Clipped Wings Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1953 Private Eyes Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1954 Paris Playboys Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1954 The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1954 Jungle Gents Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1954 I Married Joan Joe Perkins/Bailiff/Frisbee/Auction Assistant 7 episodes, TV Series
1955 Bowery to Bagdad Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1955 High Society Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1955 Spy Chasers Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film
1955 Jail Busters Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film; released posthumously
1956 Dig That Uranium Louie Dumbrowski Bowery Boys film; final film role, released posthumously


  1. ^ "Archive for Bernard Gorcey". Travalanche. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  2. ^ Rovi. "Bernard Gorcey Biography". Fandago.
  3. ^ "David Gorcey, 'Bowery Boy,' Is Dead at 63". The Washington Post. October 29, 1984. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  4. ^ Gorcey, Josephine (9 June 1975). "Josephine Gorcey Obituary". The Corning Dailey Observer. Retrieved 22 August 2023.
  5. ^ "I Know You Can Hear me: The Story of Leo and Bernard Gorcey of the Bowery Boys". 7 June 2016.

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