C. Henry Gordon

Highest Rated: 100% Scarface (1932)
Lowest Rated: 57% Mata Hari (1932)
Birthday: Invalid date
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor C. Henry Gordon enjoyed a long film career as a villain's villain--and almost never an American one. Reportedly he made his film bow in 1911, but his recorded credits begin during the 1928 transitional period between silent films and talkies. With the advent of the early-'30s gangster cycle, the demonic, mustachioed Gordon came into his own by playing a series of foreign-born gangsters. Many of these characters were ersatz Al Capones--never so obviously as in Gabriel Over the White House (1933) in which Gordon not only plays a Capone-like bootlegging czar but also repeats several of Capone's "bon mots" ("When I sell liquor, it's a crime; when they serve it on a silver platter, it's hospitality"). When Italian anti-defamation groups complained about such portrayals, producers were quick to insert scenes in which law-abiding Italians were depicted; in Howard Hughes' Scarface (1932), C. Henry Gordon is atypically cast as a scrupulously honest Italian-American police official. The end of the gangster vogue in 1935 had no effect on Gordon; he simply donned a turban and became the evil Surat Khan, nemesis of Errol Flynn in Charge of the Light Brigade (1936). Gordon was back playing gangsters--albeit with Anglo-Saxon surnames--in 1940, with appearances in two of MGM's Crime Does Not Pay shorts and in Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum. C. Henry Gordon died suddenly at the age of 57 as the result of having his leg amputated.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Big Game Brad Anthony 2013
No Score Yet Kit Carson Gen. Castro 1940
80% Charlie Chan At The Wax Museum Dr. Cream 1940
No Score Yet Return of the Cisco Kid Mexican Captain 1939
No Score Yet Man of Conquest Santa Ana 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Heritage of the Desert Henry Holderneys 1939
No Score Yet Tarzan's Revenge Ben Alleu Bey 1938
No Score Yet Adventure in Sahara Capt. Savatt 1938
No Score Yet Stand-In Ivor Nassau 1937
No Score Yet Conquest Prince Poniatowski 1937
No Score Yet Charlie Chan at the Olympics Arthur Hughes 1937
83% Charge of the Light Brigade Surat Khan 1936
No Score Yet The Crusades Philip of France 1935
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Gordonio 1935
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn Kranz 1935
No Score Yet Stamboul Quest Ali Bey 1934
No Score Yet Men in White Dr. Cunningham 1934
No Score Yet Night Flight Daudet 1933
No Score Yet Stage Mother Ricco 1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Jim Crelliman 1933
No Score Yet Storm at Daybreak Panto 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Grand Duke Igor 1933
No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche State's Attorney 1933
86% Gabriel over the White House Nick Diamond 1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires Commissar 1933
No Score Yet Kongo Gregg 1932
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle Yoganda 1932
No Score Yet Hell's Highway Blacksnake Skinner 1932
No Score Yet Thirteen Women Swami Yogadachi 1932
No Score Yet Jewel Robbery Fritz 1932
No Score Yet Miss Pinkerton Actor 1932
No Score Yet The Washington Masquerade Hinsdale 1932
No Score Yet Roar of the Dragon Voronsky 1932
No Score Yet The Doomed Battalion Italian General 1932
57% Mata Hari Dubois 1932
100% Scarface Insp. Guarino 1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn Headwaiter 1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain Martin 1932
No Score Yet A Woman of Experience Capt. Muller 1931
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in the Black Camel Van Horn 1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney Attorney Graves 1931

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