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Harry Rosenthal

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Clock (1948)

Lowest Rated: 83% The Great Moment (1921)

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Harry Rosenthal was an unlikely actor, mostly because he never set out to be one -- but that didn't stop him from being busy in movies for more than 15 years, or getting mentioned on the Broadway and Hollywood gossip pages with surprising frequency. A composer, pianist, and bandleader, he left his native Ireland for a successful career in music in London in the 1920s, during which he wrote several successful operettas, and then headed for New York. He found success as a performer beginning in 1930 when he appeared in the musical June Moon, written by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman, in the role of a wisecracking pianist. A subsequent appearance at a reception for Edward, the Prince of Wales, led to his touring the world with the would-be heir to the British throne. Rosenthal appeared in movies beginning in 1931, and he worked onscreen right up through The Big Clock in 1948, but most of his best work was concentrated in the early/mid-'40s in the films of writer/director Preston Sturges, who used the pianist/actor in various roles in his films from The Great McGinty (1940) through The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947). Even in Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), the only Sturges film at Paramount in which Rosenthal didn't appear, his name can be seen on a poster announcing music attractions, in the background of the shot introducing the Marines led by William Demarest in the movie's opening minutes. Rosenthal often added a wry, comical element to any scene that he was in, and, because of his Broadway stage background, he was a favorite subject of columnists, far beyond the size of the parts he often played. His passing in 1953 was noted by far more journalists than would have been usual for character actors in that era.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mad Wednesday A Reveler 1951
100% The Big Clock Charlie 1948
89% Sin of Harold Diddlebock A Reveler 1947
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Sherman Starr 1945
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Mr. Schwartz 1944
97% The Palm Beach Story Orchestra Leader 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels The Trombenick 1941
No Score Yet Birth of the Blues Piano player 1941
100% The Lady Eve Piano Tuner 1941
95% Christmas in July Harry 1940
100% The Great McGinty Louis, the Bodyguard 1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo Piano Player 1940
No Score Yet Wife, Husband and Friend Wilkins 1939
83% The Great Moment Mr. Chamberlain 1921


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