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John Litel

Highest Rated:   100% The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
Lowest Rated:   57% Nevada Smith (1966)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Madame Spy
  • Actor
2013
57% Nevada Smith
  • Doctor
1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder
  • Minister
1965
89% Lover Come Back
  • Board Member
1961
63% 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
No Score Yet 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 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 Brewster's Millions
  • Swearengen Jones
1945
No Score Yet Salome, Where She Danced
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee
1945
No Score Yet The Enchanted Forest
  • Henderson
1945
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
No Score Yet Invisible Agent
  • John Gardiner
1942
100% Kid Glove Killer
  • Matty
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
95% 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
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th
  • Capt. Mangan
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Harlan
1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American
  • Committee Chairman
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Thomas A. Marshall
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 The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse
  • Prosecuting Attorney
1938
No Score Yet My Bill
  • Mr. Rudlin
1938
94% Jezebel
  • Jean LeCour
1938
No Score Yet 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
75% 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

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