Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea

  • Highest Rated: 100% Wichita (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% The Great Moment (1921)
  • Birthday: Nov 5, 1905
  • Birthplace: South Pasadena, California, USA
  • American actor Joel McCrea came from a California family with roots reaching back to the pioneer days. As a youth, McCrea satiated his fascination with movies by appearing as an extra in a serial starring Ruth Roland. By 1920, high schooler McCrea was a movie stunt double, and by the time he attended USC, he was regularly appearing at the Pasadena Playhouse. McCrea's big Hollywood break came with a part in the 1929 talkie Jazz Age; he matriculated into one of the most popular action stars of the 1930s, making lasting friendships with such luminaries as director Cecil B. DeMille and comedian Will Rogers. It was Rogers who instilled in McCrea a strong business sense, as well as a love of ranching; before the 1940s had ended, McCrea was a multi-millionaire, as much from his land holdings and ranching activities as from his film work. Concentrating almost exclusively on westerns after appearing in The Virginian (1946), McCrea became one of that genre's biggest box-office attractions. He extended his western fame to an early-1950s radio series, Tales of the Texas Rangers, and a weekly 1959 TV oater, Wichita Town, in which McCrea costarred with his son Jody. In the late 1960s, McCrea increased his wealth by selling 1200 acres of his Moorpark (California) ranch to an oil company, on the proviso that no drilling would take place within sight of the actor's home. By the time he retired in the early 1970s, McCrea could take pride in having earned an enduring reputation not only as one of Hollywood's shrewdest businessmen, but as one of the few honest-to-goodness gentlemen in the motion picture industry.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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Office

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No Score Yet Reaching For The Sun Actor 2012
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
No Score Yet Mustang Country Dan 1976
No Score Yet The Great American Cowboy Narrator 1973
No Score Yet Cry Blood, Apache Older Pitcalin 1971
93% Ride the High Country Steve Judd 1962
No Score Yet The Gunfight at Dodge City Bat Masterson 1959
No Score Yet Gunsight Ridge Mike Ryan 1958
No Score Yet Fort Massacre Vinson 1958
No Score Yet Cattle Empire John Cord 1958
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger Ned Bannon 1957
No Score Yet The Oklahoman Dr. John Brighton 1957
No Score Yet Trooper Hook Actor 1957
No Score Yet The First Texan Sam Houston 1956
100% Wichita Wyatt Earp 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Judge Richard 'Rick' Thorne 1955
No Score Yet Black Horse Canyon Del Rockwell 1954
No Score Yet Border River Clete Mattson 1954
No Score Yet Shoot First Col. Bob Taine 1953
No Score Yet Rough Shoot Actor 1953
No Score Yet The San Francisco Story Rick Nelson 1952
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Dan Mathews 1951
No Score Yet Hollywood Story Joel McCrea - Modern-day Movie Star 1951
No Score Yet Frenchie Tom Banning 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Josiah Dozier Grey 1950
No Score Yet The Outriders Will Owen 1950
No Score Yet South of St. Louis Kip Davis 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory Wes McQueen 1949
No Score Yet Four Faces West Ross McEwen 1948
No Score Yet The Virginian The Virginian 1946
No Score Yet The Unseen David Fielding 1945
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody 1944
94% The More the Merrier Joe Carter 1943
97% The Palm Beach Story Tom Jeffers 1942
No Score Yet The Great Man's Lady Ethan Hoyt 1942
100% Sullivan's Travels John L. Sullivan 1941
94% Foreign Correspondent Johnny Jones 1940
No Score Yet Primrose Path Ed Wallace 1940
No Score Yet He Married His Wife T.H. 'Randy' Randall 1940
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Barry Corvall 1939
No Score Yet They Shall Have Music Peter McCarthy 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Capt. Jeff Butler 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Van Dam Smith 1938
90% Dead End Dave Connell 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man Kenneth Nolan 1937
No Score Yet Internes Can't Take Money (You Can't Take Money) James Kildare 1937
No Score Yet Wells Fargo Ramsay Mackay 1937
No Score Yet Banjo on My Knee Ernie Holley 1936
91% Come and Get It Richard Glasgow 1936
No Score Yet Adventure in Manhattan (Manhattan Madness) George Melville 1936
100% These Three Dr. Joseph Cardin 1936
92% Barbary Coast Jim Carmichael 1935
No Score Yet Woman Wanted Tony 1935
No Score Yet Our Little Girl Dr. Donald Middleton 1935
No Score Yet Private Worlds Dr. Alex MacGregor 1935
No Score Yet Splendor Brighton Lorrimore 1935
No Score Yet The Richest Girl in the World Tony Travis 1934
No Score Yet Gambling Lady Garry Madison 1934
No Score Yet Chance at Heaven Blackstone 'Blacky' Gorman 1933
No Score Yet One Man's Journey Jimmy Watt 1933
No Score Yet Bed of Roses Dan 1933
No Score Yet Bed Of Roses Actor 1933
No Score Yet Rockabye Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Silver Cord David Phelps 1933
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Johnny Baker 1932
100% The Most Dangerous Game Bob 1932
100% The Lost Squadron Red 1932
No Score Yet Kept Husbands Richard 'Dick' Brunton 1931
No Score Yet The Silver Horde Boyd Emerson 1930
No Score Yet Common Clay John Neville, Jr. 1930
No Score Yet Ramrod Dave Nask 1930
No Score Yet The Thirteenth Chair Actor 1929
No Score Yet The Single Standard Party Guest 1929
No Score Yet So This Is College Bit Part 1929
83% The Great Moment William Thomas Green Morton 1921

TV

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No Score Yet American Masters
2001

QUOTES FROM Joel McCrea CHARACTERS

The Girl
Where is this train going?
John L. Sullivan
I don't know.
The Girl
Well how long does it take to get there?
The Girl
Where is this train going?
John L. Sullivan
I don't know.
The Girl
Well how long does it take to get there?
Taxi driver
Yes Maam.
Gerry Jeffers
Where's the best place to get a divorce?
Tom Jeffers
Gerry, for heavens sake!
Taxi driver
Well most people go to Reno NV, but for my money it's Palm Beach. This time of the year you've got the track, you've got the ocean, you've got the palm trees...; three months, you leave from Penn Station.
Taxi driver
Well most people go to Reno, Nevada, but for my money, it's Palm Beach. This time of the year you've got the track, you've got the ocean, you've got the palm trees. Three months, you leave from Penn Station.
Gerry Jeffers
Look, I'm in an awful hurry. I haven't got a dime - will you take me there for nothing?
Taxi driver
To where, Palm Beach?
Gerry Jeffers
No-no, just to the station
Gerry Jeffers
No no, just to the station
Taxi driver
- oh, sure. Hop in babe.
Taxi driver
Oh, sure. Hop in babe.
Tom Jeffers
I don't want to be rude, Honey...
Gerry Jeffers
You're not being rude, Dear, you're just being yourself. You see you're married to me - t-that's like saying you're blind to me. For a long time I've been a part of you, just something to s-snuggle up to and keep you warm at night like a blanket But you can't see me any more than you can the back of your neck. Now, - I put on new dresses I change my hair....
Tom Jeffers
Would you mind not looking quite so gorgeous while you say all these things?
Gerry Jeffers
You're just plastered.
Tom Jeffers
yes, well..., we'd better get you home before you fall apart. Or do you object to spending the night under the same roof with me?
Gerry Jeffers
I wasn't thinking about the roof.
Tom Jeffers
Well, if you want a divorce you're certainly entitled to it. I don't know where the money's coming from...
Tom Jeffers
Well, if you want a divorce you're certainly entitled to it. I don't know where the money's coming from.
Gerry Jeffers
Oh the next husband always pays for that.
Tom Jeffers
OH - you've got him all picked out, have ya?
Tom Jeffers
Oh, you've got him all picked out, have ya?
Gerry Jeffers
Ohhh, you're such a child.
Gerry Jeffers
You're such a child.
Gerry Jeffers
You'll never make a success with me around - I-I-I'm just a milestone around your neck.
Tom Jeffers
Millstone.
Tom Jeffers
Everybody's a flop until he's a success.
The Girl
You've taken all the joy out of life. I was all through with this kind of stuff. I mean, I knew I'd never have it - but there was no envy in my heart. I'd found a friend who'd swipe a car to take me home..., now I'm right back where I started: just an extra-girl having breakfast with a director. Only I didn't used to have breakfast with them. Maybe that was my trouble.
John L. Sullivan
Did they ever ask you to?
The Girl
No
John L. Sullivan
Well then don't pat yourself on the back.
The Girl
Take me with you.
John L. Sullivan
What?
The Girl
I'm sorry I pushed you in the water, too.
The Girl
I'm sorry I pushed you in the water too.
John L. Sullivan
I probably needed it.
The Girl
You certainly did.
John L. Sullivan
Did I?
The Girl
I didn't mind you. In fact, I had kind of a yin for you.
John L. Sullivan
You have?
The Girl
Not in that thing. I liked you better as a tramp.
John L. Sullivan
Well I can't help the kind of people you like.
John L. Sullivan
He gets a bit gruesome every once in a while.
Sullivan's Valet
Yes; always reading books, sir.
Sullivan's Valet
Yes, always reading books, sir.
Steve Judd
All I want is to enter my house justified
Steve Judd
All I want is to enter my house justified.
John L. Sullivan
There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan. Boy!