Gus McNaughton

Gus McNaughton (29 July 1881 18 November 1969), also known as Augustus Le Clerq and Augustus Howard,[1][2] was an English film actor. He appeared in 70 films between 1930 and 1947. He was born in London and died in Castor, Cambridgeshire.[3] He is sometimes credited as Gus MacNaughton.[4] He appeared on stage from 1899, as a juvenile comedian with the Fred Karno company, the influential British music hall troupe. In films, McNaughton was often cast as the "fast-talking sidekick", and he appeared in several popular George Formby comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.[5] He also appeared twice for director Alfred Hitchcock in both Murder! (1930) and The 39 Steps (1935).[6]

Gus McNaughton
in The 39 Steps (1935)
Born(1881-07-29)29 July 1881
Hornsey, London, England
Died18 November 1969(1969-11-18) (aged 88)
Years active1930–1947
Spouse(s)Charlotte Poluski (? - ?)



  • Darling, I Love You (1931)[7]


  1. Michael Kilgarriff (1998). Grace, Beauty & Banjos. Oberon. p. 245. ISBN 9781840021165.
  2. Joseph F. Clarke (1977). Pseudonyms. BCA. p. 108.
  3. "Gus McNaughton". BFI.
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  5. Hal Erickson. "Gus McNaughton - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  6. "Gus McNaughton".
  7. At the Bristol Hippodrome ( 9–14 February 1931), with Gus McNaughton, Eddie Childs, Sybil Woodruffe, Felice Lascelles, Phyllis Palmer, Kenneth Berrell, Hawes Cowan, Beryl Adair, Jack McNaughton.
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