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Frank Reicher

Highest Rated:   100% The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Lowest Rated:   13% Anthony Adverse (1936)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
57% 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
83% The Canterville Ghost
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet In Our Time
  • Count Jarsky
1944
No Score Yet Captain America
  • Prof. Lyman
1944
55% House of Frankenstein
  • Ullman
1944
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • French Doctor
1944
No Score Yet The Conspirators
  • Casino Attendant
1944
80% 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 Flight from Destiny
  • Edvaard Kreindling
1941
No Score Yet Underground
  • Prof. Baumer
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 Everything Happens at Night
  • Becher, the Pharmacist
1939
No Score Yet South of the Border
  • Don Diego
1939
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
75% 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 Lancer Spy
  • Admiral
1937
No Score Yet Along Came Love
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Under Cover of Night
  • Rudolph Brehmer
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
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Coach Driver to Paris
1936
87% The Devil-Doll
  • Doctor
1936
63% The Invisible Ray
  • Prof. Meiklejohn
1936
No Score Yet The Country Doctor
  • Dr. Paul Luke
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 Before Dawn
  • Joe Valerie
1933
No Score Yet Ann Carver's Profession
  • The General
1933
No Score Yet 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 After Tonight
  • Major Medical Officer
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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