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Herbert Rawlinson

Highest Rated:   86% Dark Victory (1939)
Lowest Rated:   29% Jail Bait (1954)
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Long after British-born actor Herbert Rawlinson had passed from the scene, film fans who'd grown up in the teens and twenties retained vivid memories of his virile good looks and the solid reliability of his characterizations. A stage veteran, Rawlinson entered films in 1911 with the appropriately titled one-reeler The Novice. Within a few years, he was a major star, specializing in fast-paced detective stories and serials. Somehow it seemed logical for the sartorially splendid, every-hair-in-place Rawlinson to jump from motorcar to streetcar and back again in a chapter-play chase sequence -- yet still retain enough poise to romance the willing heroine a reel or so later. Eclipsed by younger action stars in the '20s, the still-buoyant Rawlinson found himself in minor films and -- briefly -- as a two-reel comedy star in Hal Roach's Slipping Wives (where his thunder was stolen by a pair of supporting players named Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy). Too old to recapture his public when sound came in, Rawlinson nevertheless spoke his lines with relaxed conviction, and came in handy for character roles, often playing the "above suspicion" leading citizen who turned out to be behind a city's criminal activities. In 1937, Rawlinson returned to serials in the title role of Blake of Scotland Yard, which, though hampered by a tiny budget and utter lack of background music, was well cast with several reliable silent film veterans. Herbert Rawlinson remained active in films until 1951; he died of lung cancer in 1953, shortly after (unfortunately) being coaxed out of retirement to appear in the Edward D. Wood turkey Jail Bait (1954).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
29% Jail Bait
  • Dr. Boris Gregor
1954
No Score Yet The Stranger Wore a Gun
  • Man on Riverboat Stairs
1953
No Score Yet Fighting Man of the Plains
  • Lawyer
1949
No Score Yet Joan of Arc
  • Judge Marguerie
1948
No Score Yet Superman
  • Dr. Graham
1948
No Score Yet Sinister Journey
  • Constable
1948
No Score Yet Silent Conflict
  • Yardman
1948
No Score Yet Borrowed Trouble
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Accomplice
  • Vincent Springer
1946
No Score Yet Shake Hands With Murder
  • John Clark
1944
No Score Yet Nabonga
  • Stockwell
1944
No Score Yet Sailor's Holiday
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Goin' to Town
  • Wentworth
1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town
  • Doc Sears
1944
No Score Yet Lumberjack
  • Buck
1944
No Score Yet Forty Thieves
  • Buck Peters
1944
No Score Yet Riders of the Deadline
  • Capt. Jennings
1943
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance
  • Chairman
1943
No Score Yet Two Weeks to Live
  • Stark
1943
No Score Yet Reveille with Beverly
  • Announcer
1943
No Score Yet Colt Comrades
  • Varney
1943
No Score Yet Lost Canyon
  • Clark
1943
No Score Yet Silver Queen
  • Judge
1942
No Score Yet Foreign Agent
  • Stevens
1942
No Score Yet Smart Alecks
  • Capt. Bronson
1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster
  • Lewis Sinton
1942
No Score Yet The Panther's Claw
  • District Attorney
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Friend
1942
No Score Yet War Dogs
  • Titus
1942
No Score Yet Stagecoach Buckaroo
  • Kincaid
1942
No Score Yet Riot Squad
  • Police Chief
1941
No Score Yet I Killed That Man
  • Warden
1941
No Score Yet Bad Man of Deadwood
  • Judge Gary
1941
No Score Yet King of the Texas Rangers
  • Colonel Avery
1941
No Score Yet Arizona Cyclone
  • George Randolph
1941
No Score Yet Flying Wild
  • Mr. Reynolds
1941
No Score Yet Seven Sinners
  • 1st Mate
1940
No Score Yet King of the Royal Mounted
  • Insp. King
1940
No Score Yet Swiss Family Robinson
  • Captain
1940
86% Dark Victory
  • Dr. Carter
1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air
  • Schuyler
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Goguelot
1938
No Score Yet Hawaii Calls
  • Harlow
1938
No Score Yet Under the Big Top
  • Herman
1938
No Score Yet Hard to Get
  • Mr. Jones
1938
No Score Yet Something to Sing About
  • Studio attorney
1937
No Score Yet Over the Goal
  • Stanley Short
1937
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air
  • Mr. Copelin
1937
No Score Yet That Certain Woman
  • Dr. Hartman
1937
No Score Yet S.O.S. Coast Guard
  • Commander Boyle
1937
No Score Yet Make a Wish
  • Dr. Stevens
1937
No Score Yet Blake of Scotland Yard
  • Sir James Blake
1937
No Score Yet Nobody's Baby
  • Radio Executive
1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday
  • New Year's Eve Party Guest
1937
No Score Yet Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island
  • Jackson
1936
No Score Yet Ticket to Paradise
  • Townsend
1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots
  • Caldwell
1936
78% Follow the Fleet
  • Weber, Ballroom Manager
1936
No Score Yet Confidential
  • J.W. Keaton
1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy
  • Kurt Hansen
1935
No Score Yet Convention Girl
  • Ward Hollister
1935
No Score Yet Moonlight and Pretzels
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Slipping Wives
  • Husband
1927

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