John Boles

John Boles

Highest Rated: 100% Craig's Wife (1936)

Lowest Rated: 57% The White Parade (1934)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1895

Birthplace: Not Available

If the stories about his activities as an Allied spy in Europe and Turkey during World War I can be believed, American actor John Boles had a far more exciting real life than he'd ever have in "reel" life. Whatever the case, the Texas-born Boles abandoned espionage for a stage career as a singer and actor. His screen bow was in the silent film So This is Marriage (1925), but he was shown to better advantage in talking pictures, beginning with his costarring role opposite Bebe Daniels in the 1929 musical blockbuster Rio Rita. A little more appealing and a lot more animated than most movie baritones, Boles was much in demand in the early 1930s, usually in parts originally intended for his Fox Studios coworker (and near-lookalike) Warner Baxter. Freelancing after his Fox contract ended in 1936, Boles experienced a dip in popularity, redeemed somewhat with a strong part as poverty-stricken Barbara Stanwyck's society husband in Stella Dallas (1937). When John Boles' film career wound down in 1943, he went back to the stage, making a somewhat melancholy return to Hollywood in the execrable low-budget farce Babes in Baghdad (1952), wherein he was trapped with fellow faded luminaries Paulette Goddard and Gypsy Rose Lee.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Fazil Actor 2010
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Col. Jones 1943
No Score Yet She Married an Artist Lee Thornwood 1938
No Score Yet Sinners in Paradise Jim Taylor 1938
No Score Yet Romance in the Dark Antal Kovach 1938
89% Stella Dallas Stephen Dallas 1937
100% Craig's Wife Walter Craig 1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia Andrew Rowan 1936
89% The Littlest Rebel Capt. Herman Cary 1935
No Score Yet Redheads on Parade John Bruce 1935
No Score Yet Curly Top Edward Morgan 1935
No Score Yet Music in the Air Bruno Mahler 1934
57% The White Parade Ronald Hall III 1934
No Score Yet The Age of Innocence Newland 1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer! Specialty Number 1934
No Score Yet The Life of Vergie Winters John Shadwell 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday James Stanton, Jim Emerson 1933
No Score Yet Back Street Walter D. Saxel 1932
100% Frankenstein Victor Moritz 1931
No Score Yet Seed Actor 1931
No Score Yet One Heavenly Night Count Mirko Tibor 1931
No Score Yet The King of Jazz Guest 1930
No Score Yet Rio Rita Capt. Jim Stewart 1929
No Score Yet The Last Warning Qualie 1929
No Score Yet Shepherd of the Hills Young Matt 1928
No Score Yet The Love of Sunya Paul Judson 1927


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