Edwin Maxwell

Edwin Maxwell

Highest Rated: 100% The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

Lowest Rated: 33% Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Birthday: Feb 9, 1886

Birthplace: Not Available

After a considerable career on stage as an actor and director, Dublin-born Edwin Maxwell made his screen debut as Baptista in the Doug Fairbanks-Mary Pickford version of Taming of the Shrew (1929). The stocky, balding Maxwell spent the 1930s specializing in oily bureaucrats, crooked businessmen and shyster lawyers. Once in a while, he'd play a sympathetic role, notably the scrupulously honest Italian-American detective in Scarface. More often (especially in the films of director Frank Capra), his characters existed merely as an easily deflatable foil. One of Maxwell's most flamboyant performances was as the maniacal serial killer, in Night of Terror(1933), who rose from the dead at fade-out time to warn the audience not to reveal the end of the film or else! Essaying more benign characters in 1940s, he was seen as William Jennings Bryan in Wilson (1944) and as Oscar Hammerstein in The Jolson Story (1946). From 1939 to 1942, Maxwell served as dialogue director for the films of Cecil B. DeMille. Edwin Maxwell holds the distinction of appearing in four Academy Award-winning films: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Grand Hotel (1932), The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and You Can't Take It With You (1938).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Gangster Politician 1947
No Score Yet The Jolson Story Oscar Hammerstein 1946
No Score Yet Swamp Fire Capt. Moise 1946
89% Wilson William Jennings Bryan 1944
83% Since You Went Away Businessman 1944
No Score Yet Waterfront Max Kramer 1944
87% Gaslight Vickery 1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony King Edward VII 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Doctor 1943
No Score Yet Behind Prison Walls Percy Webb 1943
No Score Yet Street of Chance Stillwell 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point John Randolph 1942
No Score Yet I Live on Danger Wingy Keefe 1942
100% The Devil and Miss Jones Withers 1941
33% Blossoms in the Dust Board Member 1941
No Score Yet Kit Carson John Sutter 1940
No Score Yet New Moon Capt. de Jean 1940
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Oak 1940
98% His Girl Friday Dr. Egelhoffer 1940
100% The Shop Around the Corner Doctor 1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young Leader 1940
97% Ninotchka Mercier 1939
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Rev. Daniel Gros 1939
No Score Yet Way Down South Martin Dill 1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln John T. Stuart 1939
No Score Yet Made for Each Other Messerschmidt 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
93% You Can't Take It With You Attorney 1938
No Score Yet The Rage of Paris Hotel Manager 1938
No Score Yet Romance on the Run Mondoon 1938
88% 100 Men and a Girl Ira Westing, Music Editor 1937
No Score Yet Slim Corton 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Principal 1937
No Score Yet Night Key Lawyer Kruger 1937
100% A Star Is Born Voice Coach 1937
No Score Yet Love Is News Kenyon 1937
No Score Yet A Man Betrayed Richards 1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship Auctioneer 1937
100% The Plainsman Stanton 1936
91% Come and Get It Sid Le Maire 1936
100% Fury Vickery 1936
90% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Douglas 1936
83% Big Brown Eyes Editor 1936
93% Camille Doctor 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Charles Froman 1936
No Score Yet Absolute Quiet Actor 1936
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Mr. Casey 1935
100% The Crusades Ship's Master 1935
No Score Yet Last Days of Pompeii Actor 1935
No Score Yet G-Men Joseph Kratz 1935
No Score Yet Great God Gold Nitto 1935
64% The Devil Is a Woman Superintendent, Tobacco Factory 1935
No Score Yet Motive for Revenge William King 1935
82% Cleopatra Casca 1934
No Score Yet Gift of Gab Norton 1934
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw District Attorney Neal 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Buddy Goldfard, Liondora's Manager 1934
No Score Yet Mystery Liner Maj. Pope 1934
No Score Yet Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Judge 1934
No Score Yet Dancing Man Reynolds 1934
92% Duck Soup Secretary of War 1933
No Score Yet Ann Vickers Defense Attorney 1933
90% Dinner at Eight Mr. Fitch, the Hotel Manager 1933
No Score Yet Mama Loves Papa Kirkwood 1933
No Score Yet The Mayor of Hell Louis Johnston 1933
75% Heroes for Sale President of the Laundry 1933
No Score Yet Emergency Call Tom Rourke 1933
No Score Yet Night of Terror The Maniac 1933
92% The Mystery of the Wax Museum Joe Worth 1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny Tom Ford 1933
No Score Yet Lady Killer Jeffries, theater manager 1933
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful Dr. Vorse 1932
No Score Yet American Madness Clark 1932
100% Merrily We Go to Hell Jake Symonds, Agent 1932
98% Scarface Commissioner 1932
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood Chauncey Chadwick 1932
No Score Yet Shopworn Bierbauer 1932
86% Grand Hotel Dr. Waitz 1932
No Score Yet Blessed Event Mrs. Roberts 1932
No Score Yet Girl from Calgary Earl Darrell 1932
No Score Yet Daybreak Herr Hoffman 1931
No Score Yet Inspiration Julian Montell 1931
No Score Yet Ambassador Bill Monte 1931
98% All Quiet on the Western Front Mr. Baumer 1930
No Score Yet Du Barry Maupeou 1930
No Score Yet The Taming of the Shrew Baptista 1929
83% The Great Moment V.P. Medical Society 1921


Pepi Katena says: Well Doctor, I would say it's a nervous breakdown. What do you think?

Doctor says: It appears to be an acute epileptoid manifestation and a pan phobic melancholiac with indication of a neurasthenia cordus.

Pepi Katena says: Is that more expensive than a nervous breakdown?