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Gregory Ratoff

Highest Rated:   100% All About Eve (1950)
Lowest Rated:   38% The Moon Is Blue (1953)
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Born in Russia during the last days of the Romanoffs, Gregory Ratoff studied law at the University of St. Petersburg and acting and directing at the St. Petersburg Dramatic School. After service in the Czar's army (if his "official" birthdate is to be believed, he must have been a teenager at the time), Ratoff performed with the Moscow Art Theatre. Fleeing his homeland during the Bolshevik revolution, Ratoff resettled in France. It was while he was performing in the 1922 Paris production Revue Russe that Ratoff was brought to the U.S. by Broadway impresario Lee Shubert. After nearly a decade in Shubert productions and Yiddish Theatre presentations, Ratoff made his talking picture bow in RKO's Symphony of Six Million (1932). Though occasionally seen as a villain, Ratoff's most frequent screen characterization was a stereotypical fractured-English theatrical or movie producer, spouting out expletives like "stupendous" and "colossal" in a Borscht-thick accent. While it was professionally expedient for Ratoff to perpetuate the myth that he habitually mangled the English language, the actor could be as articulate as the next fellow when he chose to be -- especially when directing films. Beginning with the 1936 potboiler Sins of the Man, Ratoff became one of Hollywood's busiest directors, tackling everything from delicate romances like Intermezzo (1939) to garish musicals like Carnival in Costa Rica (1947). Ratoff seemed to have lost his touch with his 1956 "vanity" production Abdullah's Harem, but he was back on target with his next (and last) directorial assignment, Oscar Wilde (1960). Gregory Ratoff was married to Stansilavskian actress Eugene Leontovich.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Moss Rose
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet I Was An Adventuress
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Black Magic
  • Director
2003
64% Exodus
  • Lakavitch
1960
No Score Yet Oscar Wilde
  • Director
1960
No Score Yet Once More, with Feeling!
  • Maxwell Archer
1960
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises
  • Count Mippipopolous
1957
No Score Yet Abdulla the Great
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Abdulla
1956
38% The Moon Is Blue
  • Taxi Driver
1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Behrman
1952
100% All About Eve
  • Max Fabian
1950
No Score Yet Magia Negra
  • Director
1949
No Score Yet Paris Underground
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Director
1945
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet The Heat's On
  • Director
  • Producer
1943
No Score Yet Footlight Serenade
  • Director
1942
No Score Yet The Corsican Brothers
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Adam Had Four Sons
  • Director
1941
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend
  • Director
1939
100% Intermezzo
  • Director
1939
No Score Yet Cafe Metropole
  • Paul
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Boul
1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Under Your Spell
  • Petroff
1936
No Score Yet The Road to Glory
  • Bouffiou
1936
No Score Yet Under Two Flags
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night?
  • Faronea
1935
No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love
  • Max
1933
90% I'm No Angel
  • Benny Pinkowitz
1933
No Score Yet Headline Shooter
  • Gottlieb
1933
No Score Yet Professional Sweetheart
  • Ipswich
1933
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls
  • Vinmont
1932
No Score Yet What Price Hollywood?
  • Julius Saxe
1932

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