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Francis Lederer

Highest Rated:   92% Midnight (1939)
Lowest Rated:   90% Pandora's Box (1929)
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Born in Prague, Francis Lederer was trained at that Czechoslovakian city's Academy of Music and Academy of Dramatic Art. Frequently labelled a "gorgeous man" by the critical press of the time, it took a while for matinee idol Lederer to be taken seriously as an actor. Billed as Franz Lederer in most of his European films, the actor was fortunate enough to be associated with several powerhouse directors, among them G.W. Pabst (Pandora's Box, Atlantic). While appearing on Broadway in 1932, Lederer was "discovered" for Hollywood, where he accepted a string of leading-man assignments in such films as Man of Two Worlds (1934), Romance in Manhattan (1934) and One Rainy Afternoon (1936). His cinematic stock in trade at the time was the outgoing, slightly naïve foreigner at the mercy of aggressive, acrimonious Americans or Britishers. One of his best screen characterizations was the disgruntled German-American bundist in Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), which won him the personal praise of his co-star Edward G. Robinson, who wasn't accustomed to handing out empty compliments. As Lederer grew older, he added villains, continental cads and jaundiced cynics to his repertoire; he even played a world-weary vampire in 1958's The Return of Dracula. An extremely wealthy man thanks to his real-estate holdings, Francis Lederer left films altogether in 1959, busying himself with civic, political and philanthropic enterprises.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ihre Majestät die Liebe (Her Majesty Love)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Susanne Macht Ordnung
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Terror Is A Man
  • Dr. Charles Girard
1959
No Score Yet Maracaibo
  • Miguel Orlando
1958
No Score Yet The Return of Dracula
  • Count Dracula, posing as Bellac Gordal
1958
No Score Yet Lisbon
  • Serafim
1956
No Score Yet The Ambassador's Daughter
  • Obelski
1956
No Score Yet Stolen Identity
  • Claude Manelli
1953
No Score Yet A Woman of Distinction
  • Paul Simone
1950
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A.
  • Barone Rocco de Graffi
1950
No Score Yet Million Dollar Weekend
  • Alan Marker
1948
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Joseph
1946
No Score Yet The Madonna's Secret
  • James Harlan Corbin
1946
No Score Yet Voice in the Wind
  • Jan Volny
1944
No Score Yet The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Esteban
1944
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy
  • Kurt Schneider
1939
92% Midnight
  • Jacques Picot
1939
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon
  • Philippe Martin
1936
No Score Yet The Gay Deception
  • Sandro
1935
No Score Yet Romance in Manhattan
  • Karel Novak
1935
No Score Yet The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna
  • Actor
1930
90% Pandora's Box
  • Alwa Schoen
1929
No Score Yet Mother Hummingbird (Maman Colibri)
  • Actor
1929

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