George Bancroft - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
100% Angels with Dirty Faces
  • Mac Keefer
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Capt. Leeds
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 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
63% 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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