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Irving Pichel

Highest Rated:   100% The Pied Piper (1942)
Lowest Rated:   46% Dracula's Daughter (1936)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Brueck
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Director
  • Harned
1951
No Score Yet A Christmas Wish (The Great Rupert)
  • Director
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950)
  • Director
1950
60% 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
  • Commentator
  • Director
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
  • Inn Keeper
  • Director
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
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Narratoradult Huw Morgan
1941
No Score Yet Swamp Water
  • Producer
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
94% Jezebel
  • Huger
1938
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome
  • Mr. Stark
1937
No Score Yet Larceny on the Air
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet Beware of Ladies
  • Director
1937
No Score Yet General Spanky
  • Simmons
1936
No Score Yet Down to the Sea
  • Alex Fotakis
1936
46% 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
No Score Yet She
  • Director
1935
88% 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 The Right to Romance
  • Dr. Beck
1933
90% 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
No Score Yet The Story of Temple Drake
  • Lee Goodwin
1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game
  • Director
1932
No Score Yet The Cheat
  • Hardy Livingstone
1931
No Score Yet An American Tragedy
  • Orville Mason
1931

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