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Alan Mowbray



Born to a non-theatrical British family, Alan Mowbray was in his later years vague concerning the exact date that he took to the stage. In some accounts, he was touring the provinces before joining the British Navy in World War I; in others, he turned to acting after the war, purportedly because he was broke and had no discernible "practical" skills. No matter when he began, Mowbray climbed relatively quickly to Broadway and London stardom, spending several seasons on the road with the Theater Guild; his favorite stage parts were those conceived by Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward. Turning to films in the early talkie era, Mowbray received good notices for his portrayal of George Washington in 1931's Alexander Hamilton (a characterization he'd repeat along more comic lines for the 1945 musical Where Do We Go From Here?). He also had the distinction of appearing with three of the screen's Sherlock Holmeses: Clive Brook (Sherlock Holmes [1932]), Reginald Owen (A Study in Scarlet [1933], in which Mowbray played Lestrade), and Basil Rathbone (Terror by Night [1946]). John Ford fans will remember Mowbray's brace of appearances as alcoholic ham actors in My Darling Clementine (1946) and Wagonmaster (1950). Lovers of film comedies might recall Mowbray's turns as the long-suffering butler in the first two Topper films and as "the Devil Himself" (as he was billed) in the 1942 Hal Roach streamliner The Devil With Hitler. And there was one bona fide romantic lead (in Technicolor yet), opposite Miriam Hopkins in Becky Sharp (1935). Otherwise, Mowbray was shown to best advantage in his many "pompous blowhard" roles, and in his frequent appearances as the "surprise" killer in murder mysteries (Charlie Chan in London, The Case Against Mrs. Ames, Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer: Boris Karloff, and so many others). In his off hours, Mowbray was a member of several acting fraternities, and also of the Royal Geographic Society. One of Alan Mowbray's favorite roles was as the softhearted con man protagonist in the TV series Colonel Humphrey Flack, which ran on the Dumont network in 1953, then as a syndicated series in 1958.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
  • Melton
2003
100% The House of Rothschild
  • Metternich
2000
No Score Yet A Majority of One
  • Captain Norcross
1961
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Consul
1956
96% The King and I
  • Sir John Hay
1956
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Val Parnell
1956
No Score Yet The King's Thief
  • Sir Gilbert Talbot
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Alphonsus Mannering
1954
40% Androcles and the Lion
  • Editor
1953
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate
  • Noll
1952
No Score Yet The Jackpot
  • Leslie
1950
100% Wagon Master
  • Dr. A. Locksley Hall
1950
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Be Married
  • Mr. Spitzer
1949
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf and His Lady
  • Jamison
1949
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat
  • Justin
1949
No Score Yet The Prince Of Thieves
  • The Friar
1948
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary
  • Deveny
1948
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies
  • Frank Mulvaney
1947
No Score Yet Lured
  • Maxwell
1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile
  • Prof. Botello
1947
100% My Darling Clementine
  • Granville Thorndyke
1946
75% Terror by Night
  • Maj. Duncan-Bleek / Col. Sebastian Moran
1946
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Gen. George Washington
1945
No Score Yet Phantom of 42nd Street
  • Cecil Moore
1945
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister
  • Buzz Jenkins
1943
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Mr. Pennington
1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous
  • English Gentleman
1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen
  • Stage Door Canteen Star
1943
No Score Yet So This Is Washington
  • Chester W. Marshall
1943
No Score Yet So This Washington
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Isle of Missing Men
  • Doctor Henry Brown
1942
No Score Yet Panama Hattie
  • Jay Perkins
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Grand Duke Basil
1942
80% I Wake Up Screaming
  • Robin Ray
1941
100% That Hamilton Woman
  • Sir William Hamilton
1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling
  • Dr. Vengard
1941
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her
  • Silas Cribbs
1940
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse
  • Angelo
1940
No Score Yet Music in My Heart
  • Charles Specner Gardner III
1940
No Score Yet Way Down South
  • Jacques Bouton
1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die
  • Prince Smirnov
1939
No Score Yet Topper Takes a Trip
  • Wilkins
1938
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart
  • Penny E. Pennypepper
1938
No Score Yet Merrily We Live
  • Grosvenor, the Butler
1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Hotel
  • Alexander Dupre
1937
No Score Yet Stand-In
  • Koslofski
1937
No Score Yet Music for Madame
  • Leon Rodowsky
1937
94% Topper
  • Wilkins
1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl
  • Dr. Stryker
1937
No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl
  • Donald
1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue
  • Frederick Sims
1937
No Score Yet Vogues of 1938
  • Henry Morgan
1937
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River
  • Ralph Layton
1936
No Score Yet Ladies in Love
  • Paul Sandor
1936
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Tommy Gray
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • Lord Throckmorton
1936
No Score Yet Desire
  • Dr. Edouard Pauquet
1936
No Score Yet Rose Marie
  • Premier
1936
No Score Yet In Person
  • Jay Holmes
1935
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Alan Hamlin
1935
No Score Yet The Gay Deception
  • Lord Clewe
1935
No Score Yet Becky Sharp
  • Rawdon Crawley
1935
No Score Yet Night Life of the Gods
  • Hunter Hawky
1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in London
  • Geoffrey Richmond
1934
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now?
  • Franz Schluter, the Actor
1934
No Score Yet Where Sinners Meet
  • Nicholas
1934
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed)
  • Lord Douglas
1934
No Score Yet The World Changes
  • Sir Phillip
1933
No Score Yet Berkeley Square
  • Major Clinton
1933
No Score Yet Peg o' My Heart
  • Mr. Brent
1933
No Score Yet A Study in Scarlet
  • Inspector Lestrade
1933
No Score Yet Roman Scandals
  • Majordomo
1933
No Score Yet Voltaire
  • Count de Sarnac
1933
No Score Yet The Phantom President
  • Washington
1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery
  • Fritz
1932
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes
  • Gore-King
1932
No Score Yet Guilty Hands
  • Gordon Rich
1931
No Score Yet The Man in Possession
  • Sir Charles Cartwright
1931
No Score Yet God's Gift to Women
  • Auguste
1931

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