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Richard Barthelmess

Highest Rated:   100% Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Lowest Rated:   75% Heroes for Sale (1933)
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Richard Barthelmess endeavored to follow the family tradition established by his actress mother Carolyn Harris, appearing in amateur theatricals while attending Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1916, the 21-year-old Barthelmess was invited to appear in films by a family friend, actress Alla Nazimova. His first film was the silent serial Gloria's Romance (1916). He joined D.W. Griffith's company in 1918 at the behest of Dorothy Gish, appearing opposite Dorothy's sister Lillian in the 1919 Griffith classic Broken Blossoms. Though he played a Chinese holy man in this film, Barthelmess was generally found in all-American roles; many historians consider his portrayal of a backwoods teen-aged mail carrier in Tol'able David (1921) (produced by Barthelmess' own Inspiration Film Co.) to be his finest effort. During the 1920s, Barthelmess was one of the biggest stars at First National Studios, pulling down $375,000 per year for such vehicles as The Patent Leather Kid and The Drop Kick (both 1927). He remained with First National when it was absorbed by Warner Bros. in 1928, continuing to star in such early talkies as The Dawn Patrol (1930) and Cabin in the Cotton (1932). Despite possessing a high, reedy voice, Barthelmess made a successful transition to sound; but after so many years on top, his popularity inevitably began to wane in the early 1930s. His last film performances were in character roles, often unsympathetic in nature; he was particularly effective as the disgraced pilot in Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings (1939). After serving as a lieutenant commander in World War II, Richard Barthelmess retired to a wealthy, comfortable existence, thanks to wise real-estate investments in the Long Island area.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Love Goddesses: A History of Sex in the Cinema
  • Actor
1965
No Score Yet The Great Chase
  • Actor
1962
No Score Yet The Mayor of 44th Street
  • Ed Kirby
1942
No Score Yet The Spoilers
  • Bronco Kid Farrell
1942
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Bat Mac Pherson
1939
No Score Yet Spy of Napoleon
  • Gerard de Lancy
1936
No Score Yet Midnight Alibi
  • Lance McGowan / Robert Anders
1934
No Score Yet Massacre
  • Chief Joe Thunderhorse
1934
75% Heroes for Sale
  • Thomas 'Tom' Holmes
1933
No Score Yet Central Airport
  • James 'Jim' Blaine
1933
No Score Yet Cabin in the Cotton
  • Marvin Blake
1932
No Score Yet Alias The Doctor
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet The Last Flight
  • Cary Lockwood
1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools
  • Actor
1931
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol (Flight Commander)
  • Dick Courtney
1930
No Score Yet Son of the Gods
  • Sam Lee
1930
No Score Yet Weary River
  • Jerry
1929
No Score Yet The Noose
  • Nickie Elkins
1928
No Score Yet The Dropkick
  • Jack Hamill
1927
No Score Yet The Patent Leather Kid
  • Patent Leather Kid
1927
No Score Yet Ranson's Folly
  • Lieutenant Ranson
1926
No Score Yet Soul-Fire
  • Eric Fane
1925
No Score Yet Shore Leave
  • Producer
  • "Bilge" Smith
1925
No Score Yet Bright Shawl
  • Charles Abbott
1923
No Score Yet Tol'able David
  • David Kinemon
1921
94% Way Down East
  • David Bartlett
1920
No Score Yet The Love Flower
  • Bruce Sanders
1920
95% Broken Blossoms
  • The Yellow Man
1919
No Score Yet The Greatest Question
  • Actor
1919

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