Gregory Ratoff

Gregory Ratoff

  • Highest Rated: 100% All About Eve (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% The Moon Is Blue (1953)
  • Birthday: Apr 20, 1897
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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

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No Score Yet Moss Rose Director 2015
No Score Yet I Was An Adventuress Director 2012
No Score Yet Black Magic Director 2003
67% 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 Abdulla Director Producer 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 Hotel for Women Director 1939
No Score Yet Cafe Metropole Paul 1937
No Score Yet Top of the Town J.J. Stone 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 Sing, Baby, Sing Nicholas K. Alexander 1936
No Score Yet Sins of Man Director 1936
No Score Yet King of Burlesque Kolpolpeck 1936
No Score Yet Under Two Flags Actor 1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Faronea 1935
No Score Yet Forbidden Territory Alexei Leshki 1934
No Score Yet Let's Fall in Love Max 1933
91% 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 Once in a Lifetime Herman Glogauer 1932
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls Vinmont 1932
No Score Yet What Price Hollywood? Julius Saxe 1932

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