Irving Pichel

Irving Pichel

Highest Rated: 100% The Pied Piper (1942)

Lowest Rated: 50% She (1935)

Birthday: Jun 24, 1891

Birthplace: Not Available

Irving Pichel had wanted to be in the theater from childhood; one of his early buddies was future playwright George S. Kaufman. Pichel attended Harvard University and tried other lines of work, before acting finally won out. His pronounced Semitic features prevented Pichel from becoming a movie leading man in the white-bread 1930s, but he proved a valuable character player and villain in such Paramount films as Murder by the Clock (1931), An American Tragedy (1931), and The Cheat (1932). His deep, kindly voice tended to bely his bad guy characters, so Pichel had to become as proficient at vocal tricks as he was at character makeup. He was slated to star in the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), but director Rouben Mamoulien, complaining that Pichel would have been "Mr. Hyde and Mr. Hyde," chose Fredric March instead. Reviews were mixed on Pichel's subsequent portrayal of Fagin in the 1933 filmization of Oliver Twist, one critic bestowing upon him the "worst actor of the year" award (which he most certainly was not). Pichel began his directing career in collaboration with Ernst B. Schoedsack on The Most Dangerous Game (1932). His directorial efforts of the 1930s were largely potboilers, but the quality improved when he joined the Fox directing staff in the 1940s. His better efforts include Hudson's Bay (1940), The Pied Piper (1942), The Moon Is Down (1942), and, for Paramount, A Medal for Benny (1945). He also partnered with George Pal on the fanciful features The Great Rupert (1950) and Destination Moon (1950), and was producer of the 1941 Fox melodrama Swamp Water. By the mid-'40s, Pichel had all but abandoned film acting, though he played small parts in several of the films that he directed, performed on radio, and was the narrator of John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). Irving Pichel's last films as a director were those sectarian church-basement favorites Martin Luther (1953) and Day of Triumph (1954).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wild Girl Actor 2012
No Score Yet Martin Luther Director 2010
No Score Yet Charles Dickens: The Man Who Asked for More Actor 2005
No Score Yet Mickey Rooney on Acting Director 1991
No Score Yet Day of Triumph Director 1954
No Score Yet Martin Luther Director Brueck 1953
No Score Yet Santa Fe Harned Director 1951
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish (The Great Rupert) Actor Director 1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950) Director 1950
64% Destination Moon Director 1950
95% She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Narrator 1949
No Score Yet Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid Director 1948
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Bells Director 1948
No Score Yet Something in the Wind Director 1947
No Score Yet They Won't Believe Me Director 1947
No Score Yet The Bride Wore Boots Director 1946
No Score Yet Tomorrow Is Forever Director Commentator 1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Director 1946
No Score Yet O.S.S. Director 1946
No Score Yet A Medal for Benny Director 1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Director 1944
No Score Yet Happy Land Director 1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down Director Inn Keeper 1943
100% The Pied Piper Director 1942
No Score Yet The Battle of Midway Actor 1942
No Score Yet Dance Hall Director 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Director 1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water Producer 1941
89% How Green Was My Valley Narrator adult Huw Morgan 1941
No Score Yet Earthbound Director 1940
No Score Yet Torture Ship Dr. Herbert Stander 1939
No Score Yet The Great Commandment Director 1939
No Score Yet Juarez Carbajal 1939
No Score Yet Exile Express Victor 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Dick Tracy's G-Men Nicolas Zarnoff 1939
No Score Yet Topper Takes a Trip Prosecutor 1938
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart Mr. Gorman, the Attorney 1938
95% Jezebel Huger 1938
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Mr. Stark 1937
No Score Yet Beware of Ladies Director 1937
No Score Yet Larceny on the Air Director 1937
No Score Yet General Spanky Simmons 1936
No Score Yet Down to the Sea Alex Fotakis 1936
55% Dracula's Daughter Sandor 1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage Secretary of War Gideon Welles 1936
No Score Yet Special Agent U.S. District Attorney 1935
50% She Director 1935
No Score Yet Three Kids and a Queen Kraft 1935
82% Cleopatra Apollodorus 1934
No Score Yet British Agent Sergei Pavlov 1934
No Score Yet Fog Over Frisco Jake Bello 1934
No Score Yet The Silver Streak Bronte 1934
No Score Yet Such Women Are Dangerous Stanley 1934
No Score Yet The Right to Romance Dr. Beck 1933
91% I'm No Angel Bob, the Attorney 1933
No Score Yet Before Dawn Director 1933
No Score Yet The Fighting Phantom Cliff Harkness 1933
No Score Yet Oliver Twist Fagin 1933
83% The Story of Temple Drake Lee Goodwin 1933
No Score Yet King of the Jungle Corey 1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game Director 1932
No Score Yet Madame Butterfly Yomadori 1932
No Score Yet The Cheat Hardy Livingstone 1931
No Score Yet An American Tragedy Orville Mason 1931


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