Eric Blore

Eric Blore

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Shanghai Gesture (1942)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Swiss Miss (1938)
  • Birthday: Dec 23, 1887
  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Most often cast as a snide gentleman's gentleman or dissipated nobleman, British actor Eric Blore abandoned the business world for the theatre when he was in his mid-twenties. Established in both London and New York, Blore began adding movies to his acting achievements with 1920's A Night Out and a Day In(1920); he also appeared in the 1926 silent version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. A scene-stealing role in RKO's Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical Flying Down to Rio (1933) led to Blore's becoming a fixture in such subsequent Astaire-Rogers projects as Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935) and Shall We Dance? (1937). The actor also became a "regular" in the unorthodox film comedies of Preston Sturges, notably The Lady Eve (1941) and Sullivan's Travels(1942). In addition, Blore found himself in support of several "star" comedians, from Laurel and Hardy to Bob Hope to The Marx Brothers. When pickings became lean for "veddy" British character actors in the mid 1950s, Blore was reduced to co-starring with the bargain-counter Bowery Boys in Bowery to Baghdad (1955); he played an inebriated genie in this, his last film. On a more artistically rewarding note, cartoon fans will recall the pixilated voice of Blore as the automobile-happy Mr. Toad in the 1949 Disney animated feature Ichabod and Mr. Toad.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Love Happy Mackinaw 1950
No Score Yet Fancy Pants Sir Wimbley 1950
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows Actor 1949
93% The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Mr. Toad 1949
No Score Yet Wind in the Willows Actor 1949
80% Romance on the High Seas Doctor 1948
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf in London Jamison 1947
No Score Yet Two Sisters From Boston Actor 1946
No Score Yet The Notorious Lone Wolf Jamison 1946
No Score Yet Penthouse Rhythm Ferdy Pelham, snitty critic 1945
No Score Yet San Diego, I Love You Nelson 1944
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Henry Leek 1943
No Score Yet Passport to Suez Llewellyn Jameson 1943
No Score Yet Submarine Base Spike 1943
No Score Yet The Sky's the Limit Jackson 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Selsby 1943
No Score Yet Counter-Espionage Jamison 1942
100% The Shanghai Gesture Caesar Hawkins, the Bookkeeper 1942
No Score Yet The Moon and Sixpence Capt. Nichols 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels Sullivan's Valet 1941
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town Charlemagne 1941
88% Road to Zanzibar Charles Kimble 1941
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Takes a Chance Jamison 1941
100% The Lady Eve Keith 1941
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse Pinch 1940
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady Jamison 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Sir Harold Landamuir 1940
No Score Yet Music in My Heart Griggs, Butler 1940
60% Swiss Miss Edward 1938
No Score Yet Joy of Living Potter 1938
No Score Yet It's Love I'm After Digges 1937
89% Shall We Dance Cecil Flintridge 1937
67% Quality Street Recruiting Sergeant 1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two Butch 1937
No Score Yet Smartest Girl in Town (Million Dollar Profile) Lucius Philbean 1936
100% Swing Time Mr. Gordon 1936
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim Bayliss 1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Stokes 1936
No Score Yet I Dream Too Much Roger Briggs 1935
100% Top Hat Bates 1935
No Score Yet The Casino Murder Case Currie 1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Francois 1935
No Score Yet The Good Fairy Dr. Metz 1935
No Score Yet Diamond Jim Actor 1935
No Score Yet I Live My Life Grove 1935
100% The Gay Divorcee Waiter 1934
No Score Yet Limehouse Blues Slummer 1934
86% Flying Down to Rio Butterbass the Headwaiter 1933
No Score Yet Tarnished Lady Actor 1931
No Score Yet My Sin Actor 1931
No Score Yet Laughter Actor 1930

QUOTES FROM Eric Blore CHARACTERS

John L. Sullivan
He gets a bit gruesome every once in a while.
Sullivan's Valet
Yes; always reading books, sir.
Sullivan's Valet
Yes, always reading books, sir.
Bates
Where do you want it, sir?
Horace Hardwick
Want what, Bates?
Bates
The steak, sir.
Horace Hardwick
On my eye.