Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall

Highest Rated: 100% Midnight Lace (1960)

Lowest Rated: 53% Blonde Venus (1932)

Birthday: May 23, 1890

Birthplace: Not Available

British actor Herbert Marshall was born to a theatrical family, but initially had no intentions of a stage career himself. After graduating from St. Mary's College in Harrow, Marshall became an accounting clerk, turning to acting only when his job failed to interest him. With an equal lack of enthusiasm, Marshall joined a stock company in Brighton, making his stage debut in 1911; he ascended to stardom two years later in the evergreen stage farce, Brewster's Millions. Enlisting in the British Expeditionary Forces during World War I, Marshall was severely wounded and his leg was amputated. While this might normally have signalled the end of a theatrical career, Marshall was outfitted with a prosthesis and determined to make something of himself as an actor; he played a vast array of roles, his physical handicap slowing him down not one iota. In tandem with his first wife, actress Edna Best, Marshall worked on stage in a series of domestic comedies and dramas, then entered motion pictures with Mumsie (1927). His first talking film was the 1929 version of Somerset Maugham's The Letter, which he would eventually film twice, the first time in the role of the heroine's illicit lover, the second time (in 1940) as the cuckolded husband. With Ernst Lubitsch's frothy film Trouble in Paradise (1932), Marshall became a popular romantic lead. Easing gracefully into character parts, the actor continued working into the 1960s; he is probably best remembered for his portrayal of author Somerset Maugham in two separate films based on Maugham's works, The Moon and Sixpence (1942) and The Razor's Edge (1946). Alfred Hitchcock, who'd directed Marshall twice in films, showed the actor to good advantage on the Hitchcock TV series of the 1950s, casting Marshall in one episode as a washed-up matinee idol who wins a stage role on the basis of a totally fabricated life story. Marshall hardly needed to embroider on his real story of his life: he was married five times, and despite his gentlemanly demeanor managed to make occasional headlines thanks to his rambunctious social activities.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tinker Director 2012
No Score Yet The Third Day Austin Parsons 1965
No Score Yet The Caretakers Dr. Jubal Harrington 1963
67% The List of Adrian Messenger Sir Wilfrid Lucas 1963
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon Prime Minister 1962
100% Midnight Lace Charles Manning 1960
95% The Fly Insp. Charas 1958
No Score Yet Stage Struck Robert Harley Hedges 1958
No Score Yet Portrait in Smoke (Wicked as They Come) Stephen Collins 1957
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen Lord Leicester 1955
No Score Yet The Black Shield of Falworth Earl of Mackworth 1954
No Score Yet Gog Dr. Van Ness 1954
No Score Yet Riders to the Stars Dr. Donald L. Stanton / Narrator 1954
80% Angel Face Mr. Charles Tremayne 1952
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies Dr. Jameson 1951
No Score Yet Black Jack Dr. James Curtis 1950
No Score Yet Captain Black Jack Dr. James Curtis 1950
No Score Yet The Underworld Story E.J. Stanton 1950
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Archibald Craven 1949
No Score Yet High Wall Willard I. Whitcombe 1947
No Score Yet Ivy Miles Rushworth 1947
80% Duel in the Sun Scott Chavez 1946
No Score Yet Crack-Up Traybin 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Somerset Maugham 1946
No Score Yet The Unseen Dr. Charles Evans 1945
83% The Enchanted Cottage Maj. John Hillgrove 1945
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Dr. M.J. Standish 1944
No Score Yet Flight for Freedom Paul Turner 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Curate 1943
No Score Yet Young Ideas Actor 1943
No Score Yet Kathleen John Staunton 'Johnny' Davis 1942
No Score Yet The Moon and Sixpence Geoffrey Wolfe 1942
100% The Little Foxes Horace Giddens 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Rogers Woodruff 1941
100% The Letter Robert Crosbie 1940
94% Foreign Correspondent Stephen Fisher 1940
No Score Yet Zaza Actor 1939
No Score Yet Woman Against Woman Stephen Holland 1938
No Score Yet Mad About Music Richard Todd / Mr. Harkinson 1938
No Score Yet Angel Sir Frederick Barker 1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two Jonathan Blair 1937
No Score Yet A Woman Rebels Thomas Lane 1936
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory Dr. Stephen Dominik 1936
No Score Yet The Lady Consents Dr. Michael J. Talbot 1936
No Score Yet Till We Meet Again Alan Barclay 1936
No Score Yet The Dark Angel Gerald Shannon 1935
No Score Yet The Flame Within Dr. Gordon Phillips 1935
80% The Good Fairy Dr. Max Sporum 1935
No Score Yet If You Could Only Cook Jim Buchanan 1935
No Score Yet Accent on Youth Steven Gaye 1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil Dr. Walter Fane 1934
No Score Yet Riptide Lord Philip Rexford 1934
No Score Yet Four Frightened People Arnold Ainger 1934
No Score Yet I Was a Spy Stephan 1934
No Score Yet The Solitaire Man Oliver Lane 1933
No Score Yet Clear All Wires Actor 1933
92% Trouble in Paradise Gaston Monescu 1932
53% Blonde Venus Edward 'Ned' Faraday 1932
88% Murder! Sir John Menier 1930
No Score Yet The Letter Geoffrey Hammond 1929
No Score Yet Dawn Actor 1928


No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Condon Branckner 1958


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