George Bancroft

Highest Rated: 100% Stagecoach (1939)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Skin Game (1931)
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A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, 6'2," 195-pound George Bancroft briefly served in the Navy before entering show business as a theater manager. He worked in a minstrel show for a time then tried his luck (which turned out to be very good indeed) on Broadway. In 1921, he made his first film appearance, but it wasn't until his standout performance as likeable reprobate Jack Slade in James Cruze's Pony Express (1925) that Paramount Pictures executives began grooming him for stardom. He was especially effective in the ultra-stylish gangster pictures of Josef Von Sternberg, notably Underworld (1977) (as outlaw-with-a-heart Bull Weed) and Thunderbolt (which earned him a 1929 Academy Award nomination). Budd Schulberg, son of Paramount executive B. P. Schulberg, recalled in his autobiography Moving Pictures how fame and fortune inflated Bancroft's ego to monumental proportions. Schulberg particularly treasured the moment when the actor refused to obey his director's orders that he fall down after being shot by the villain, explaining, "One bullet can't kill Bancroft!" When his particular screen "type" became commonplace in the early '30s, Bancroft's stardom faded. By the middle of the decade, he was reduced to character roles, though some of them (the editor in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, the sheriff in Stagecoach, and the title character's father in Young Tom Edison) represent his best work in talkies. George Bancroft retired in 1942 to become a rancher, a profession he pursued until his death 14 years later.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Whistling in Dixie Sheriff Claude Stagg 1942
No Score Yet Syncopation Steve Porter 1942
No Score Yet Texas Windy Miller 1941
No Score Yet Little Men Maj. Burdie 1940
No Score Yet Young Tom Edison Samuel Edison 1940
No Score Yet When the Daltons Rode Caleb Winters 1940
No Score Yet Green Hell Jim `Tex' Morgan 1940
No Score Yet Rulers of the Sea Capt. Oliver 1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Dudley Garrett 1939
No Score Yet Each Dawn I Die John Armstrong 1939
100% Stagecoach Sheriff Curly Wilcox 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol Capt. Leeds 1938
100% Angels with Dirty Faces Mac Keefer 1938
No Score Yet Wedding Present Stagg 1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Mac Wade 1936
No Score Yet Hell-Ship Morgan Morgan 1936
No Score Yet The Cat's Paw Actor 1934
No Score Yet Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Actor 1934
No Score Yet Tillie and Gus Actor 1933
No Score Yet This Day and Age Actor 1933
No Score Yet Blood Money Bill Bailey 1933
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger) Stag Bailey 1932
17% The Skin Game 2nd Stranger 1931
No Score Yet Scandal Sheet Mark Flint 1931
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930
67% Thunderbolt Thunderbolt Jim Lang 1929
100% The Docks of New York Bill Roberts 1928
No Score Yet The Rough Riders Happy Joe 1927
85% Underworld "Bull" Weed 1927
No Score Yet White Gold Sam Randall 1927
No Score Yet Old Ironsides Gunner 1926
No Score Yet The Pony Express Jack Slade 1925


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