Anton Walbrook

Anton Walbrook

  • Highest Rated: 100% La Ronde (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 30% Saint Joan (1957)
  • Birthday: Nov 19, 1896
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Descended from ten generations of European circus clowns, Anton Walbrook learned the rudiments of acting under such masters as Max Reinhardt. On stage from his teens, Walbrook first performed before the cameras in the 1922 German serial Mater Dolorosa. He hit his stride as a matinee idol in the early-talkie period, starring in such Mittel-European productions as Viktor und Viktoria (1933) and Maskerade (1933). He made his American film debut in a roundabout manner. When RKO Radio Pictures decided to utilize generous stock footage from Walbrook's French/German film Michael Strogoff (1937) for their own The Soldier and His Lady (1937), the actor was hired to reshoot his scenes in English. Walbrook was cast as Prince Albert in his first British film, Victoria the Great (1937), a characterization he repeated in Sixty Glorious Years (1938). His British popularity was cemented by his suavely villainous portrayal of the wife-murdering protagonist ("Zee roobies...zee roobies...") in the 1939 version of Gaslight. In the 1940s, Walbrook was virtually adopted by the production team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. He played the Paderewski-inspired Polish concert pianist in Dangerous Moonlight (1941), the Czech-Canadian patriot in 49th Parallel (1941) and German officer Theodor Krestchmer-Schuldorf (a surprisingly likable portrayal of a wartime enemy) in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). The most famous of his Powell-Pressburger assignments was the showcase role of ruthless (but ultimately sympathetic) ballet impresario Boris Lermontov in The Red Shoes (1948). In the 1950s, Walbrook brilliantly essayed a brace of roles for director Max Ophuls: the worldly-wise "raconteur" in La Ronde (1950) and the ageing, foolhardy Ludwig I of Bavaria in Lola Montes. Anton Walbrook's last screen role was Major Esterhazy in I Accuse, a 1957 version of "l'affair Dreyfuss"; he then retired with such finality that many assumed he'd died long before his actual passing in 1967.

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No Score Yet L'affaire Maurizius (On Trial) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Der Student Von Prag Actor 2012
No Score Yet Allotria (Hokum) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Masquerade in Vienna (Maskerade) Actor 2000
No Score Yet I Accuse! Maj. Esterhazy 1958
30% Saint Joan Cauchon 1957
No Score Yet Oh... Rosalinda!! Dr. Falke 1956
81% Lola Montès Ludwig I, King of Bavaria 1955
89% Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure) Narrator German Version [The House Of Madame Tellier 1954
100% La Ronde The Master of Ceremonies 1950
95% The Queen of Spades Capt. Herman Suvorin 1949
96% The Red Shoes Boris Lermontov 1948
No Score Yet The Man from Morocco Karel Langer 1946
96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff 1943
No Score Yet Suicide Squadron (Dangerous Moonlight) Stefan 'Steve' Radetzky 1942
91% 49th Parallel (The Invaders) Peter 1941
100% Gaslight Paul Mallen 1940
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Queen of Destiny (Sixty Glorious Years) Prince Albert 1938
No Score Yet Victoria the Great Prince Albert 1937
No Score Yet The Gypsy Baron Actor 1935
No Score Yet The Battle Of The Walzes Actor 1934
No Score Yet Trapeze Robby 1932


You're a magician to have produced all this in three weeks from nothing.
Boris Lermontov
My dear, not even the best magician can produce a rabbit out of a hat if there is not already a rabbit on the hat.
Boris Lermontov
Don't forget, a great impression of simplicity can only be achieved by great agony of body and spirit.
Boris Lermontov
You cannot have it both ways. A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer. Never.
Boris Lermontov
Why do you want to dance?
Victoria Page
Why do you want to live?
Boris Lermontov
Well I don't know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page
That's my answer too.
Boris Lermontov
You can't alter human nature.
Ivan Boleslawsky
No? I think you can do even better than that. I think you can ignore it.
Paul Mallen
But because I am mad, I hate you. Because I am mad, I have betrayed you. And because I'm mad, I'm rejoicing in my heart, without a shred of pity, without a shred of regret, watching you go with glory in my heart!