John Litel

John Litel

Highest Rated: 100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Kentuckian (1955)

Birthday: Dec 30, 1892

Birthplace: Albany, Wisconsin, USA

Wisconsinite John Litel was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. When World War I broke out in Europe, Litel didn't feel like waiting until America became officially involved and thus joined the French army, serving valiantly for three years. Returning to America, Litel studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and entered into the peripatetic world of touring stock companies. His first film was the 1929 talkie The Sleeping Porch, which starred top-hatted comedian Raymond Griffith. He settled in Hollywood for keeps in 1937, spending the next three decades portraying a vast array of lawyers, judges, corporate criminals, military officers, and even a lead or two. Litel was a regular in two separate "B"-picture series, playing the respective fathers of Bonita Granville and James Lydon in the Nancy Drew and Henry Aldrich series. On television, John Litel was appropriately ulcerated as the boss of Bob Cummings on the 1953 sitcom My Hero.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Madame Spy Actor 2013
50% Nevada Smith Doctor 1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Minister 1965
90% Lover Come Back Board Member 1961
56% Pocketful of Miracles Police Inspector McCrary 1961
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Adm. Crawford 1961
64% Houseboat William Farnsworth 1958
No Score Yet Decision at Sundown Charles Summerton 1957
No Score Yet The Hired Gun Mace Beldon 1957
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters George Barton 1956
No Score Yet Comanche Gen. Miles 1956
No Score Yet Texas Lady Mead Moore 1955
14% The Kentuckian Babson 1955
No Score Yet Sitting Bull Gen. Wilford Howell 1954
No Score Yet Scaramouche Dr. Dubuque 1952
No Score Yet Montana Belle Matt Towner 1952
No Score Yet Flight to Mars Dr. Lane 1951
No Score Yet Take Care of My Little Girl Mr. Erickson 1951
No Score Yet Two Dollar Bettor John Hewitt 1951
No Score Yet Groom Wore Spurs, The District Attorney 1951
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Maj. John D. Jones 1951
No Score Yet The Fuller Brush Girl Watkins 1950
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Chief of Police Tolgate 1950
No Score Yet The Sundowners John Gaul 1950
No Score Yet Woman in Hiding John Chandler 1950
No Score Yet The Gal Who Took the West Col. Logan 1949
No Score Yet Outpost in Morocco Col. Pascal 1949
No Score Yet Rusty's Birthday Hugh Mitchell 1949
No Score Yet Pitfall District Attorney 1948
No Score Yet Smart Woman Clark 1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Webb Wargate 1947
No Score Yet Christmas Eve FBI Agent 1947
No Score Yet The Guilty Alex Tremholt 1947
No Score Yet Lighthouse Actor 1947
No Score Yet Sister Kenny Medical Director 1946
No Score Yet Smooth as Silk Stephen Elliott 1946
No Score Yet The Madonna's Secret Lt. Roberts 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Charlie Bell 1945
No Score Yet Northwest Trail Sergeant Means 1945
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Warning, (Doctor's Warning) Inspector Dawes 1945
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced Gen. Robert E. Lee 1945
No Score Yet Brewster's Millions Swearengen Jones 1945
No Score Yet The Enchanted Forest Henderson 1945
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Walter Benda 1944
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail! Dr. Harrison 1943
No Score Yet Submarine Base James Xavier 'Jim' Taggart 1943
No Score Yet Crime Doctor Three Fingers 1943
No Score Yet Boss of Big Town Michael Lynn 1942
No Score Yet The Mystery of Marie Roget Henri Beauvais 1942
60% Invisible Agent John Gardiner 1942
100% Kid Glove Killer Matty 1942
No Score Yet Henry Aldrich, Editor Mr. Aldrich 1942
No Score Yet The Tanks Are Coming Actor 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Gen. Phil Sheridan 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Charles Bryant 1940
96% They Drive by Night Harry McNamara 1940
No Score Yet Murder in the Air Saxby 1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas Gordon Quigley 1940
No Score Yet It All Came True Mr. Roberts 1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson Prison chaplain 1940
67% The Fighting 69th Capt. Mangan 1940
83% Santa Fe Trail Harlan 1940
88% Knute Rockne---All American Committee Chairman 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Thomas A. Marshall 1940
No Score Yet A Child Is Born Dr. Brett 1940
No Score Yet Flight Angels Actor 1940
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Dr. Francis Flegg 1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny Prosecutor 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Carson Drew 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Trouble Shooter Carson Drew 1939
100% Dodge City Matt Cole 1939
No Score Yet Secret Service of the Air Jim Saxby 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Reporter Carson Drew 1939
No Score Yet Wings of the Navy Cmdr. Clark 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Valley of the Giants Hendricks 1938
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Prosecuting Attorney 1938
No Score Yet My Bill Mr. Rudlin 1938
95% Jezebel Jean LeCour 1938
80% A Slight Case of Murder Post 1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It Ralph Ferris 1938
No Score Yet Nancy Drew, Detective Carson Drew 1938
81% The Life of Emile Zola Charpentier 1937
No Score Yet Slim Wyatt Ranstead 1937
No Score Yet Black Legion Tommy Smith 1937
No Score Yet Alcatraz Island Actor 1937
100% Marked Woman Gordon 1937
No Score Yet Back in Circulation Dr. Eugene Forde 1937


No Score Yet Perry Mason
Judge 1962
No Score Yet Bonanza
Goshen Judge 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
Ellsworth Greeley Joshua Thayer Judge Somervell 1960
No Score Yet Zorro
Governor 1959
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Harvey Cromwell 1957


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