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C. Henry Gordon

Highest Rated:   100% Scarface (1932)
Lowest Rated:   57% Mata Hari (1932)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Heritage of the Desert
  • Henry Holderneys
1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty
  • Actor
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
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress
  • Grand Duke Igor
1933
92% Gabriel over the White House
  • Nick Diamond
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 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • Martin
1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn
  • Headwaiter
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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