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James Stephenson

Highest Rated:   100% The Letter (1940)
Lowest Rated:   67% Boy Meets Girl (1938)
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A stage actor of many years' standing, James Stephenson made his British film debut in 1937. That following year, Stephenson was hired as a contract player by Warner Bros., where he spent most of his time playing suave villains or disgraced gentlemen. He was afforded better roles in films like 1938's Boy Meets Girl (as the movie bit player who "legitimizes" Marie Wilson's baby), 1939's You Can't Get Away With Murder and Elizabeth the Queen, and 1940's The Sea Hawk. His big break came when, ignoring studio resistance, director William Wyler and star Bette Davis insisted upon casting Stephenson as self-sacrificing family lawyer Howard Joyce in the 1940 adaptation of The Letter. This performance earned the actor an Academy Award nomination and, more importantly, the old "star build-up" from the Warners publicity flacks (who proceeded to slice 15 years off Stephenson's age in his "official" studio biography). James Stephenson went on to play the title role in Calling Philo Vance (1940) and above-the-title parts in a handful of programmers until his fatal heart attack at the age of 53.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny
  • Dr. Lawrence Stevens
1941
100% The Letter
  • Howard Joyce
1940
100% The Sea Hawk
  • Abbott
1940
No Score Yet Murder in the Air
  • Joe Garvey
1940
No Score Yet Calling Philo Vance
  • Philo Vance
1940
No Score Yet River's End
  • Inspector McDowell
1940
No Score Yet We Are Not Alone
  • Sir William Clintock
1939
71% The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
  • Sir Thomas Egerton
1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent
  • Dr. Rader
1939
100% Beau Geste
  • Maj. Henri de Beaujolais
1939
No Score Yet The Old Maid
  • Jim Ralston
1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy
  • Scotland Yard Official
1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air
  • Jim Cameron
1939
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown
  • Mansfild
1939
No Score Yet Devil's Island
  • Colonel Armand Lucien
1939
No Score Yet King of the Underworld
  • Bill Stevens
1939
67% Boy Meets Girl
  • Maj. Thompson
1938
No Score Yet Cowboy from Brooklyn
  • Prof. Landis
1938
No Score Yet White Banners
  • Thomas Bradford
1938
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Detective
  • Challon
1938

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