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John Boles



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Sinners in Paradise
  • Jim Taylor
1938
86% Stella Dallas
  • Stephen Dallas
1937
No Score Yet Craig's Wife
  • Walter Craig
1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Andrew Rowan
1936
88% 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
60% 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 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 The Love of Sunya
  • Paul Judson
1927

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