Frank Reicher

Frank Reicher

Highest Rated: 100% The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Launching his theatrical career in his native Germany, actor/director Frank Reicher worked in London before coming to the US in 1899. His entree into the movies was as co-director of the 1915 production The Clue; he continued to direct in Hollywood before returning to the stage in 1921. At the dawn of the talkie era, Reicher was brought back to California to direct German-language versions of American films. For his acting bow before the microphones, Reicher was cast in the title role of Napoleon's Barber (1928) a Fox Movietone two-reeler which represented the first talkie for director John Ford. Reicher specialized at this time in humorless, wizened authority figures: college professors, doctors, scientists, cabinet ministers. In 1933 he was cast as Captain Engelhorn in the classic adventure fantasy King Kong; director Ernest Schoedsack later characterized Reicher as "the best actor we had" in a cast which included Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray. He repeated the Engelhorn role, with a modicum of uncharacteristic humor added, in Son of Kong (1933). The remainder of Reicher's film career was devoted to brief character roles, often as murder victims. He was killed off at least twice by Boris Karloff (Invisible Ray [1936] and House of Frankenstein [1944]), and was strangled by Lon Chaney Jr. at the very beginning of The Mummy's Ghost (1944) (When Chaney inadvertently cut off his air during the feigned strangulation, Reicher subjected the star to a scorching reprimand, reducing Chaney to a quivering mass of meek apologies). During the war, Reicher's Teutonic name and bearing came in handy for the many anti-Nazi films of the era, notably To Be or Not to Be (1942) and Mission to Moscow (1944). In 1946, Reicher had one of his largest parts in years as the general factotum to hypnotist Edmund Lowe in The Strange Mr. Gregory (1946); that the part may have been written for the venerable actor is evidenced by the fact that his character name was Reicher. Frank Reicher retired in 1951; he died fourteen years later, at age 90.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Face Behind the Mask Dr. Cheever 2003
20% Rhapsody in Blue Actor 2001
20% Devil Doll Doctor 1964
No Score Yet Superman and the Mole Men Hospital superintendent 1951
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Doc Green 1950
63% Samson and Delilah Village Barber 1949
No Score Yet Barbary Pirate Cathcart 1949
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Maasdam 1947
No Score Yet Violence Pop 1947
97% Monsieur Verdoux Doctor 1947
No Score Yet Yankee Fakir Randall 1947
No Score Yet Escape Me Never Priest 1947
No Score Yet Home in Oklahoma Lawyer Cragmyle 1946
No Score Yet Sister Kenny Chuter 1946
No Score Yet My Pal Trigger Magistrate 1946
No Score Yet Voice of the Whistler Actor 1945
No Score Yet A Medal for Benny Father Bly 1945
No Score Yet Hotel Berlin Fritz 1945
No Score Yet The Jade Mask Harper 1945
No Score Yet The Big Bonanza Dr. Ballou 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain Actor 1944
33% The Mummy's Ghost Prof. Norman 1944
86% The Canterville Ghost Actor 1944
No Score Yet Address Unknown Professor Schmidt 1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang Actor 1944
No Score Yet In Our Time Count Jarsky 1944
55% House of Frankenstein Ullman 1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington French Doctor 1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators Casino Attendant 1944
86% The Song of Bernadette Dr. St. Cyr 1943
80% Watch on the Rhine Admiral 1943
No Score Yet Background to Danger Rudick 1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow Gen. von Koestrich - German ambassador 1943
No Score Yet Above Suspicion Col. Gerold 1943
No Score Yet Tornado Old Man Linden 1943
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget Magistrate 1942
29% The Mummy's Tomb Prof. Norman 1942
No Score Yet Night Monster (House of Mystery) Dr. Timmons 1942
No Score Yet The Gay Sisters Dr. Bigelow 1942
No Score Yet I Married an Angel Driver 1942
98% To Be or Not to Be Polish Official 1942
No Score Yet Nazi Agent (Salute to Courage) Fritz 1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live Jarvis 1941
No Score Yet Father Takes a Wife Captain 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny Edvaard Kreindling 1941
No Score Yet Underground Prof. Baumer 1941
No Score Yet Shining Victory Dr. Esternazy 1941
No Score Yet Lady in Question President of the Court 1940
83% All This, and Heaven Too Police official 1940
77% Dr. Cyclops Prof. Kendall 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Old Doctor 1940
97% Ninotchka Lawyer 1939
No Score Yet Nurse Edith Cavell Baron von Bissing 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Duc de Morny 1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die Man in Charge of Duel (uncredited) 1939
No Score Yet Devil's Island President of Assize Court 1939
No Score Yet Our Neighbors - The Carters Dr. Proser 1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night Becher, the Pharmacist 1939
No Score Yet South of the Border Don Diego 1939
No Score Yet The Storm Actor 1938
No Score Yet Letter of Introduction Doctor 1938
No Score Yet Prison Nurse Dr. Hartman 1938
No Score Yet Suez Gen. Chargarnier 1938
No Score Yet Beg, Borrow or Steal Actor 1937
95% Stage Door Stage Director 1937
78% The Life of Emile Zola M. Perrenx 1937
No Score Yet Fit for a King Kurtz 1937
No Score Yet The Emperor's Candlesticks Pavloff 1937
No Score Yet The Road Back Ernst's Father 1937
No Score Yet Night Key Carl - gang engineer 1937
No Score Yet The Great O'Malley Dr. Larson 1937
No Score Yet Stolen Holiday Ranier 1937
No Score Yet Under Cover of Night Rudolph Brehmer 1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy Admiral 1937
No Score Yet Along Came Love Actor 1937
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Dr. Hoffenreich 1936
100% The Story of Louis Pasteur Dr. Pheiffer 1936
No Score Yet The Ex-Mrs. Bradford Henry Strand 1936
No Score Yet Murder on a Bridle Path Dr. Peters 1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor Dr. Paul Luke 1936
20% Anthony Adverse Coach Driver to Paris 1936
81% The Devil-Doll Doctor 1936
67% The Invisible Ray Prof. Meiklejohn 1936
No Score Yet Old Hutch District Attorney 1936
No Score Yet Till We Meet Again Colonel Von Diegel 1936
No Score Yet Magnificent Obsession Dr. Rochard 1935
No Score Yet Kind Lady Roubet 1935
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Coroner 1935
No Score Yet Rendezvous Dr. Jackson 1935
No Score Yet Star of Midnight Abe Ohlman 1935
No Score Yet Life Returns Actor 1935
No Score Yet Charlie Chan in Egypt Dr. Jaipur 1935
No Score Yet Mills of the Gods Actor 1934
No Score Yet The Case of the Howling Dog Dr. Cooper 1934
No Score Yet British Agent Mr. X 1934
No Score Yet Little Man, What Now? Lehman 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! Nate Nathan 1934
No Score Yet No Greater Glory Doctor 1934
36% Son of Kong Capt. Englehorn 1933
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart Dr. Hoffman 1933
No Score Yet After Tonight Major, Medical Officer 1933
No Score Yet Captured! The Adjutant 1933
No Score Yet Before Dawn Joe Valerie 1933
No Score Yet Ann Carver's Profession The General 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress German Language Teacher 1933
98% King Kong Capt. Englehorn 1933
No Score Yet Employees' Entrance Garfinkle 1933
No Score Yet Topaze Dr. Stegg 1933
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle Rankin 1932
57% Mata Hari The Cook, a Spy 1932
No Score Yet Scarlet Dawn Plotsky 1932
No Score Yet Gentleman's Fate Francesco 1931
No Score Yet Her Private Affair District Attorney 1930
No Score Yet Big News Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Paris Bound Screenwriter 1929
No Score Yet Mister Antonio Director Milton Jorny 1929
No Score Yet Four Sons Schoolmaster 1928


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