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Leslie Banks



Oxford-educated Leslie Banks embarked upon a stage career at London's Vaudeville Theatre in 1911. During combat in World War I, Banks' face was scarred and partially paralyzed. Returning to the theater at war's end, Banks was able to use his disfigurement to his advantage, favoring the unblemished side of his face when playing comedy, then conversely utilizing his "marked" side when essaying villains. Some of his more celebrated stage roles included Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, the capricious title character in Springtime for Henry, and the kindly, doddering lead in the original 1938 staging of Goodbye Mr. Chips. He also distinguished himself as a theatrical producer and director. Banks entered films in 1932, starring as diabolical "people hunter" Count Zaroff in The Most Dangerous Game (1932). Leslie Banks continued making occasional film appearances until 1950, most notably as the reluctant hero of Hitchcock's 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much, and the Chorus in Olivier's brilliant Henry V (1945).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% The Small Back Room
  • Colonel A.K. Holland
1952
100% Madeleine
  • James Smith
1950
No Score Yet Eye Witness
  • Col. Roger Summerfield
1950
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • Actor
1948
100% Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France)
  • Chorus
1946
100% Went the Day Well?
  • Oliver Wilsford
1942
No Score Yet Cottage to Let
  • John Barrington
1941
No Score Yet Neutral Port
  • George Carter
1941
No Score Yet Ships with Wings
  • Vice Adm. David Wetherby
1941
No Score Yet Chamber of Horrors
  • Dr. Manetta
1940
No Score Yet Haunted Honeymoon
  • Insp. Andrew Kirk
1940
No Score Yet The Arsenal Stadium Mystery
  • Inspector Anthony Slade
1940
No Score Yet 21 Days
  • Keith Durrant
1940
55% Jamaica Inn
  • Joss Merlyn
1939
No Score Yet Sons of the Sea
  • Capt. Hyde
1939
No Score Yet The Drum (Drums)
  • Actor
1938
No Score Yet Wings of the Morning
  • Lord Clontard
1937
No Score Yet Fire Over England
  • Earl of Leicester
1937
No Score Yet Transatlantic Tunnel
  • Robbie
1935
No Score Yet Sanders of the River
  • Commissioner R.G. Sanders
1935
86% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Bob Lawrence
1935
No Score Yet Red Ensign (Strike!)
  • David Barr
1934
No Score Yet Night of the Party
  • Sir John Holland
1934
No Score Yet I Am Suzanne!
  • Actor
1933
100% The Most Dangerous Game
  • Zaroff
1932
No Score Yet Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
  • Actor
1925

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