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Holmes Herbert

Highest Rated:   100% The House of Rothschild (2000)
Lowest Rated:   40% The Mummy's Curse (1944)
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A former circus and minstrel-show performer, British actor Holmes Herbert toured on the provincial-theatre circuit as a juvenile in the early 1900s. Born Edward Sanger, Herbert adopted his professional first name out of admiration for Sherlock Holmes -- a role which, worse luck, he never got to play. Herbert never appeared in films in his native country; he arrived in Hollywood in 1918, appeared in a film version of Ibsen's A Doll's House (1918), and never looked homeward. Talking pictures enabled Holmes Herbert to join such countrymen as Reginald Denny and Roland Young in portraying "typical" British gentlemen. The stately, dynamic-featured Herbert nearly always appeared in a dinner jacket, selflessly comforting the heroine as she pined for the man she really loved. He received some of his best roles in the early-talkie era; he appeared as a soft-spoken police inspector in The Thirteenth Chair (1929), then recreated the role for the 1937 remake. Herbert also appeared as Dr. Lanyon, Henry Jekyll's closest friend and confidante in the Fredric March version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). By the '40s, many of Herbert's roles were uncredited, but he was still able to make a maximum impression with a minimum of lines in such roles as the village council head in Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). Herbert's second wife was another supporting-cast stalwart of the '30s, Beryl Mercer (best remembered as James Cagney's mother in Public Enemy [1931]). Holmes Herbert remained in films until 1952's The Brigand; reportedly, he also appeared in a few early west-coast television productions.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% The House of Rothschild
  • Rowerth
2000
No Score Yet The Wild North
  • Magistrate
1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point
  • Mallard
1952
No Score Yet The Unknown Man
  • Rev. Michael
1951
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies
  • English Sea Captain
1951
80% David and Bathsheba
  • Jesse
1951
No Score Yet To Please a Lady
  • Benson
1950
No Score Yet The Magnificent Yankee
  • Justice McKenna
1950
83% The Stratton Story
  • Doctor
1949
No Score Yet Barbary Pirate
  • Thomas Jefferson
1949
No Score Yet Command Decision
  • Chairman
1948
No Score Yet Jungle Jim
  • Commissioner Marsden
1948
88% Johnny Belinda
  • Judge
1948
86% Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Wilkins
1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225
  • Convoy Commander
1948
No Score Yet This Time for Keeps
  • Norman
1947
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
  • Actor
1947
No Score Yet Singapore
  • Reverend Barnes
1947
No Score Yet Ivy
  • Mulloy
1947
No Score Yet Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
  • Dr. White, Minister (uncredited)
1946
No Score Yet The Verdict
  • Sir William Dawson
1946
75% Cloak and Dagger
  • British Officer
1946
80% Sherlock Holmes - Dressed to Kill
  • Gaylord, Auction House Manager
1946
No Score Yet The Bandit Of Sherwood Forest
  • Baron
1946
No Score Yet Three Strangers
  • Sir Robert (uncredited)
1946
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945)
  • Lord Asbury
1945
No Score Yet The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (Guilty of Murder?)
  • Warden
1945
No Score Yet Jealousy
  • Melvyn Russell
1945
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in the House of Fear
  • Alan Cosgrave
1945
No Score Yet The Pearl of Death
  • James Goodram Diamond Courier
1944
94% The Uninvited
  • Charlie Jessup
1944
40% The Mummy's Curse
  • Dr. Cooper
1944
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Death
  • Butler
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
  • Man
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in Washington
  • Mr. Ahrens
1943
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  • Sir Reginald Bailey
1943
No Score Yet The Undying Monster (The Hammond Mystery)
  • Constable
1942
No Score Yet Strictly in the Groove
  • Commissioner
1942
75% Ghost of Frankenstein
  • Magistrate
1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent
  • Sir Alfred Spencer
1942
No Score Yet Danger in the Pacific
  • Commissioner
1942
No Score Yet This Above All
  • Dr. Mathias
1942
No Score Yet Rage in Heaven
  • Judge
1941
90% Man Hunt
  • Farnsworthy
1941
100% The Letter
  • Bob's Friend
1940
94% Foreign Correspondent
  • Commissioner Ffolliott
1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet British Intelligence
  • Arthur Bennett
1940
No Score Yet The Earl of Chicago
  • Sergeant-at-Arms
1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone
  • Inspector
1939
No Score Yet Tower of London
  • Councilman
1939
No Score Yet Hidden Power
  • Dr. Morley
1939
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone
  • Frederick Holcomb
1939
No Score Yet Bad Boy
  • Mr. McNeil
1939
No Score Yet Juarez
  • Marshall Randon
1939
88% The Little Princess
  • Doctor
1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto's Last Warning
  • Bentham
1939
100% The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Justice
1939
No Score Yet Everything Happens at Night
  • Featherstonebaugh
1939
No Score Yet Wolf Call
  • Winton
1939
No Score Yet The Mystery of Mr. Wong
  • Prof. Ed Janney
1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Herald
1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Judge
1938
100% The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Referee
1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer
  • Capt. McWilliams
1938
No Score Yet The Girl Said No (With Words and Music)
  • Charles Dillon
1937
75% The Life of Emile Zola
  • Commander of Paris
1937
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper
  • Doctor
1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy
  • Dr. Aldrich
1937
No Score Yet House of Secrets
  • Sir Bertram Evans
1936
No Score Yet Wife vs. Secretary
  • Frawley
1936
83% Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Gen. O'Neill
1936
No Score Yet Lloyds of London
  • Spokesman
1936
No Score Yet One in a Million
  • Actor
1936
100% Captain Blood
  • Capt. Gardiner
1935
No Score Yet The Dark Angel
  • Major in Dugout
1935
79% Mark of the Vampire
  • Sir Karell Borotyn
1935
No Score Yet Sons of Steel
  • Curtis Chadburne
1935
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Judge
1934
No Score Yet Dangerous Appointment
  • Cabot Sr.
1934
100% The Invisible Man
  • Chief of Police
1933
90% The Mystery of the Wax Museum
  • Dr. Rasmussen
1933
No Score Yet Shop Angel
  • Actor
1932
93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Dr. Lanyon
1931
No Score Yet Daughter of the Dragon
  • Sir John Petrie
1931
No Score Yet The Kiss
  • Lassalle
1929
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair
  • Sir Roscoe Crosby
1929
No Score Yet Absinthe
  • Noel
1929
No Score Yet Say It with Songs
  • Dr. Robert Merrill
1929
No Score Yet The Charlatan
  • Peter Dwight
1929
No Score Yet East Side, West Side
  • Actor
1927
No Score Yet When A Man Loves
  • Jean Tiberge
1927
No Score Yet Mister Wu
  • Mr. Gregory
1927
No Score Yet Fire Brigade
  • James Corwin
1926
No Score Yet Woman of the World
  • Richard Granger
1925
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country
  • Actor
1917

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