Moroni Olsen - Rotten Tomatoes

Moroni Olsen

Highest Rated:   100% Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Lowest Rated:   38% The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
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Born and educated in Utah, tall, piercing-eyed actor Moroni Olsen learned how to entertain an audience as a Chautaqua tent-show performer. In the 1920s, he organized the Moroni Olsen Players, one of the most prestigious touring stock companies in the business. After several successful seasons on Broadway, Olsen came to films in the role of Porthos in the 1935 version of The Three Musketeers. Though many of his subsequent roles were not on this plateau, Olsen nearly always transcended his material: In the otherwise middling Wheeler and Woolsey comedy Mummy's Boys (1936), for example, Olsen all but ignites the screen with his terrifying portrayal of a lunatic. Thanks to his aristocratic bearing and classically trained voice, Olsen was often called upon to play famous historical personages: he was Buffalo Bill in Annie Oakley (1935), Robert E. Lee in Santa Fe Trail (1940), and Sam Houston in Lone Star (1952). Throughout his Hollywood career, Moroni Olsen was active as a director and performer with the Pasadena Playhouse, and was the guiding creative force behind Hollywood's annual Pilgrimage Play.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The First Rebel
  • Calhoon
2015
43% Sign of the Pagan
  • Pope Leo
1954
38% The Long, Long Trailer
  • Mr. Tewitt
1954
No Score Yet So This Is Love
  • Arnold Reuben
1953
No Score Yet Washington Story, (Target for Scandal)
  • Speaker
1952
No Score Yet Lone Star
  • Sam Houston
1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point
  • Old Porthos
1952
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story)
  • Rear Adm. Joshua Rice
1951
No Score Yet No Questions Asked
  • Henry Manston
1951
100% Father's Little Dividend
  • Herbert Dunstan
1951
No Score Yet Payment on Demand
  • David Ramsey's Attorney
1951
93% Father of the Bride
  • Herbert Dunstan
1950
50% Samson and Delilah
  • Targil
1949
No Score Yet Task Force
  • Ames
1949
83% The Fountainhead
  • Chairman
1949
No Score Yet Command Decision
  • Congressman Stone
1948
No Score Yet Up in Central Park
  • Big Jim Pitts
1948
73% Call Northside 777
  • Parole Board Chairman
1948
No Score Yet High Wall
  • Dr. Phillip Dunlap
1947
No Score Yet That Hagen Girl
  • Trenton Gateley
1947
86% Possessed
  • Ames
1947
91% Life With Father
  • Dr. Humphries
1947
No Score Yet The Long Night
  • Chief of Police
1947
40% The Strange Woman
  • Rev. Thatcher
1946
97% Notorious
  • Beardsley
1946
83% Mildred Pierce
  • Insp. Peterson
1945
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • House Detective Blake
1945
No Score Yet Pride of the Marines
  • Capt. Burroughs
1945
No Score Yet Don't Fence Me In
  • Henry Bennett
1945
100% Cobra Woman
  • MacDonald
1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • General
1944
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill
  • Sen. Frederici
1944
No Score Yet Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Caliph Hassan
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Chaplain
1943
83% Madame Curie
  • President of Businessmen's Board
1943
No Score Yet Mission to Moscow
  • Col. Faymonville
1943
88% Air Force
  • Col. Blake
1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France
  • Paul Grebeau
1942
86% The Glass Key
  • Ralph Henry
1942
No Score Yet Ship Ahoy
  • Inspector Davis
1942
No Score Yet Nazi Agent (Salute to Courage)
  • Brenner
1942
No Score Yet Dangerously They Live
  • Mr. Goodwin
1941
100% One Foot in Heaven
  • Dr. John Romer
1941
No Score Yet Dive Bomber
  • Senior Flight Surgeon
1941
No Score Yet If I Had My Way
  • Mr. Blair
1940
No Score Yet Brother Rat and a Baby (Baby Be Good)
  • Major
1940
No Score Yet Brigham Young
  • Doc Richards
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail
  • Robert E. Lee
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Dr. Rob Cameron
1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes
  • Warden
1939
No Score Yet Allegheny Uprising
  • Calhoon
1939
No Score Yet Dust Be My Destiny
  • Defense Attorney Slim Jones
1939
No Score Yet Susannah of the Mounties
  • Supt. Andrew Standing
1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square
  • Buck Russell
1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Bailiff
1939
No Score Yet Kentucky
  • John Dillon II, 1937
1938
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Bearded Man
1938
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Douglas
1938
No Score Yet Gold Is Where You Find It
  • Sen. Hearst
1938
No Score Yet Submarine Patrol
  • Capt. Wilson
1938
No Score Yet Adventure's End
  • Rand Husk
1937
No Score Yet Manhattan Merry-Go-Round
  • Jonathan
1937
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Shea
1937
75% The Life of Emile Zola
  • Capt. Guignet
1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars
  • Irish leader, James Connolly
1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland
  • John Knox
1936
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • Inspector Curran
1935
No Score Yet Annie Oakley
  • Buffalo Bill
1935

Quotes from Moroni Olsen's Characters