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C. Aubrey Smith

Highest Rated:   100% And Then There Were None (1945)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Garden of Allah (1936)
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Actor C. Aubrey Smith was, so far as many American moviegoers were concerned, the very personification of the British Empire. Even so, when young English journalist Alistair Cooke first travelled to Hollywood in the early 1930s to interview Smith, it was not to discuss the actor's four decades in show business, but to wax nostalgic on his athletic career. The son of a London surgeon, Smith played soccer for the Corinthians and cricket for Cambridge. For four years, "Round the Corner Smith" (so named because of his unique playing style) was captain of the Sussex County Cricket Club, playing championship matches throughout the Empire. When time came to choose a "real" vocation, Smith dallied with the notion of following in his dad's footsteps, then worked as a teacher and stockbroker. In 1892, at the age of 29, he finally decided to become an actor (not without family disapproval!), launching his stage career with the A. B. Tappings Stock Company. He made his London debut in 1895, and the following year scored his first significant success as Black Michael in The Prisoner of Zenda; also in 1896, he married Isobel May Wood, a union that endured for over fifty years. His subsequent stage triumphs included Shaw's Pygmalion, in which he succeeded Sir Herbert Beerbohm-Tree as Professor Henry Higgins. Despite the theatrical community's disdainful attitude towards the "flickers", Smith enthusiastically launched his film career in 1914. He was one of the co-founders of the short-lived but energetic Minerva Film Company, and by 1915 had begun making movies in America. It was his 1928 stage hit Bachelor Father that led to Smith's phenomenally successful career in talking pictures. For 18 years, he was perhaps Hollywood's favorite "professional Englishmen." He was at his best in martinet military roles, most memorably in a brace of 1939 productions: The Sun Never Sets, in which he used a wall-sized map to dutifully mark off the far-flung locations where his progeny were serving the Empire, and The Four Feathers, wherein he encapsulated his generation by crustily declaring "War was war in my day, sir!" Other notable roles in the Smith canon included Jane's father in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932), a close-minded aristocrat who turns out to be an out-of-work actor in Bombshell (1933), the intensely loyal Colonel Zapt in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) and an outraged murder-victim-to-be in Ten Little Indians (1945). Smith briefly returned to the stage in 1941, and throughout the war years could be seen in roles ranging from single-scene cameos (The Adventures of Mark Twain, Unconquered) to full leads (1945's Scotland Yard Inspector). A recipient of the Order of the British Empire in 1938, he was knighted by King George VI in 1944, largely because of the positive image of Mother England that the actor invariably projected. The undisputed leader of Tinseltown's "British Colony," Smith also organized the Hollywood Cricket Club, taking great pride in the fact that he hadn't missed a weekend match for nearly sixty years. Sir C. Aubrey Smith was still in harness when he died of pneumonia at the age of 85; his last film appearance as Mr. Lawrence in Little Women was released posthumously in 1949.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Unwanted
  • Actor
2011
83% Little Women
  • Mr. Laurence
1949
No Score Yet Ideal Husband
  • Earl of Caversham
1948
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Lord Chief Justice
1947
No Score Yet An Ideal Husband
  • Actor
1947
91% Cluny Brown
  • Colonel Duff-Graham
1946
No Score Yet Rendezvous with Annie
  • Sir Archibald Clyde
1946
100% And Then There Were None
  • Gen. Sir John Mandrake
1945
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain
  • Oxford Chancellor
1944
No Score Yet The White Cliffs of Dover
  • Colonel
1944
No Score Yet Sensations of 1945
  • Dan Lindsay
1944
83% Madame Curie
  • Lord Kelvin
1943
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy
  • Dean of Chichester
1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day
  • Adm. Trimble
1943
65% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The Bishop
1941
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas)
  • Allan Chadwick
1940
80% Waterloo Bridge
  • Duke
1940
100% Rebecca
  • Julyan
1940
No Score Yet Balalaika
  • Gen. Karagin
1939
81% Another Thin Man
  • Col. Burr MacFay
1939
No Score Yet Eternally Yours
  • Bishop Hubert Peabody
1939
100% The Four Feathers
  • Gen. Burroughs
1939
No Score Yet Five Came Back
  • Prof. Henry Spengler
1939
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven
  • Cyrus Barrett Sr.
1939
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Duke of Argyle
1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Col. Loring Leigh
1938
No Score Yet Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
  • Sir Peter Calverton
1937
100% The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Col. Zapt
1937
No Score Yet Wee Willie Winkie
  • Colonel Williams
1937
No Score Yet The Hurricane
  • Father Paul
1937
33% The Garden of Allah
  • Father Roubier
1936
75% Romeo and Juliet
  • Lord Capulet
1936
83% Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Earl of Dorincourt
1936
83% Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London
  • Old 'Q'
1936
No Score Yet Transatlantic Tunnel
  • Lloyd
1935
No Score Yet The Crusades
  • The Hermit
1935
No Score Yet China Seas
  • Sir Guy Wilmerding
1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily
  • Lloyd Granville
1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
  • Maj. Hamilton
1935
No Score Yet We Live Again
  • Prince Kortchagin
1934
88% Cleopatra
  • Enobarbus
1934
90% The Scarlet Empress
  • Prince August
1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady
  • Peter Madison
1934
100% The House of Rothschild
  • Duke of Wellington
1934
No Score Yet Curtain at Eight
  • Jim Hanvey - Detective
1934
No Score Yet The Firebird
  • Police Inspector
1934
89% Queen Christina
  • Aage
1933
89% Bombshell (Blonde Bombshell)
  • Mr. Middleton
1933
67% Morning Glory
  • Robert Harley Hedges
1933
No Score Yet The Barbarian
  • Cecil
1933
No Score Yet Secrets
  • Mr. Marlowe
1933
No Score Yet They Just Had to Get Married
  • Aubrey Hampton
1932
No Score Yet No More Orchids
  • Redrick
1932
92% Trouble in Paradise
  • Adolph J. Giron
1932
100% Tarzan the Ape Man
  • James Parker
1932
100% Love Me Tonight
  • The Duke
1932
No Score Yet But the Flesh Is Weak
  • Florian
1932
No Score Yet Polly of the Circus
  • Reverend James Northcott
1932
No Score Yet Surrender
  • Count Reichendorf
1931
No Score Yet The Phantom of Paris
  • Bourrelier
1931
No Score Yet The Squaw Man (The White Man)
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet Guilty Hands
  • Rev. Hastings
1931
No Score Yet The Man in Possession
  • Mr. Dabney
1931
100% Trader Horn
  • Trader
1931
No Score Yet Never the Twain Shall Meet
  • Mr. Pritchard
1931
No Score Yet Daybreak
  • General von Hertz
1931

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