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Raymond Griffith

Highest Rated:   100% The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Lowest Rated:   80% Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
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Born into a theatrical family, American actor Raymond Griffith was trained from an early age in the exacting art of pantomime. His ability to convey thoughts and emotions physically came in handy when Griffith went to work in silent pictures in 1914. After an apprenticeship at Vitagraph, Griffith became a staff writer and lead comic at Keystone Studios; his early buffoon roles bear little resemblance to his sleek, sophisticated characterizations of the 1920s. Signed as a supporting actor by Paramount, Griffith gained critical attention by stealing scenes in a series of wry social comedies. While everyone around him concerned themselves with the plotline, the mustachioed, tuxedoed Griffith would sit in a corner, react coolly and agreeably to the events, and then drink another cocktail. Promoted to leading roles, Griffith further developed his implacable, nonchalant characterization in such comedies as Paths to Paradise (1926). Hands Up (1927) is considered Griffith's masterpiece; as a dapper Civil War spy, he responds to the most horrendous of dangers as if calmly ordering breakfast. Offscreen Griffith's take-charge attitude served him well when he became a producer at Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox in the 1930s. Griffith was forced to switch from acting to producing in the sound era because he literally had no voice: as a result of straining his vocal chords in childhood, Griffith could barely manage a hoarse whisper. But before retiring from acting, Raymond Griffith was assigned his most famous (albeit uncredited) screen role, as the bayonetted French soldier in All Quiet on the Western Front, whose facial features freeze into a hauntingly quizzical death mask.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% The Mark of Zorro
  • Producer
1940
No Score Yet He Married His Wife
  • Producer
1940
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers
  • Producer
1939
No Score Yet Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Producer
1938
No Score Yet Second Honeymoon
  • Producer
1937
100% Heidi
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Producer
1937
No Score Yet Girls' Dormitory
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Private Number
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet A Message to Garcia
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet One in a Million
  • Producer
1936
No Score Yet Advice to the Lovelorn
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Cardinal Richelieu
  • Producer
1935
No Score Yet Show Them No Mercy
  • Producer
1935
100% Baby Face
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet The Little Giant
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Picture Snatcher
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Elmer, the Great
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Ladies They Talk About
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Hard to Handle
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Frisco Jenny
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet The Bowery
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet Voltaire
  • Producer
1933
No Score Yet You Said a Mouthful
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet The Tenderfoot
  • Producer
1932
No Score Yet Local Boy Makes Good
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet God's Gift to Women
  • Screenwriter
1931
100% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Gerard Duval
1930
No Score Yet The Sorrows of Satan
  • Actor
1926
No Score Yet Hands Up
  • Confederate Spy
1926
No Score Yet Paths to Paradise
  • The Dude from Duluth
1925
No Score Yet The Night Club
  • Robert White
1925
No Score Yet Souls for Sale
  • Actor
1923
No Score Yet White Tiger
  • Actor
1923

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