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Herbert Marshall

Highest Rated:   100% The Little Foxes (1941)
Lowest Rated:   57% Blonde Venus (1932)
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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.

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Tinker
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet The Third Day
  • Austin Parsons
1965
No Score Yet The Caretakers
  • Dr. Jubal Harrington
1963
69% The List of Adrian Messenger
  • Sir Wilfrid Lucas
1963
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Prime Minister
1962
No Score Yet 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
81% 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 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 Mad About Music
  • Richard Todd / Mr. Harkinson
1938
No Score Yet Woman Against Woman
  • Stephen Holland
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 Dark Angel
  • Gerald Shannon
1935
No Score Yet The Flame Within
  • Dr. Gordon Phillips
1935
No Score Yet The Good Fairy
  • Dr. Max Sporum
1935
No Score Yet If You Could Only Cook
  • Jim Buchanan
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
91% Trouble in Paradise
  • Gaston Monescu
1932
57% Blonde Venus
  • Edward 'Ned' Faraday
1932
93% Murder!
  • Sir John Menier
1930
No Score Yet The Letter
  • Geoffrey Hammond
1929

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