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Richard Cromwell

Highest Rated:   100% Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Lowest Rated:   94% Jezebel (1938)
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American actor Richard Cromwell started on so high a plane at age 19 that he virtually had nowhere to go but down. Trained as an artist, Cromwell became fascinated with sketching the faces of Hollywood's elite. He wangled an extra job in 1930's King of Jazz, then won the coveted role of the kid brother who brings the mail in on time in Tol'able David (1930). Cromwell's subsequent film roles took advantage of his extreme youth, his air of callowness and his rough edges as a performer. He was frequently cast as a sensitive teenager--few more sensitive than the civic-minded hero of DeMill's This Day and Age (1933), who was so upset by his do-nothing government that he organized his friends into a vigilante group and stalked every gangster in town! Cromwell's best-known role was as the son of a martinet British officer in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer; in the course of the film, Cromwell breaks under torture and betrays his regiment, then spends the closing reels redeeming himself. Few of Cromwell's remaining film performances were as memorable; he has a few good moments as an innocent murder suspect in Young Mr. Lincoln, but the film belongs to Henry Fonda in the title role. By the time he starred in the low-budget Baby Face Morgan (1942) Cromwell's baby face had begun to erode and his appeal had diminished. He left movies to join the Coast Guard, returned to make one more film (the disposable murder mystery Bungalow 13 [1948]), then pursued non-show business endeavors until his death from cancer at age 50. The latter-day reputation of Richard Cromwell rests upon his first five years of moviemaking--and, perhaps, his brief marriage in the mid '40s to actress Angela Lansbury.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher
  • Sgt. Pat Flanagan
1943
No Score Yet Baby Face Morgan
  • Edward 'Baby Face' Morgan
1942
No Score Yet Riot Squad
  • Dr. Tom Brandon
1941
No Score Yet The Villain Still Pursued Her
  • Edward the Hero
1940
100% Young Mr. Lincoln
  • Matt Clay
1939
94% Jezebel
  • Ted Dillard
1938
No Score Yet The Wrong Road
  • Jimmy Caldwell
1937
No Score Yet The Road Back
  • Ludwig
1937
No Score Yet Poppy
  • Billy Farnsworth
1936
No Score Yet Life Begins at 40
  • Lee Austin
1935
100% The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
  • Lt. Donald Stone
1935
No Score Yet This Day and Age
  • Steve Smith
1933
No Score Yet Hoopla
  • Chris
1933
No Score Yet That's My Boy
  • Tommy
1932
No Score Yet Emma
  • Ronnie Smith
1932
No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver
  • Bob Randolph III
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • James 'Jimmy' Cook
1932
No Score Yet Maker of Men (Yellow)
  • Bob Dudley
1931
No Score Yet Tol'able David
  • David Kinemon
1930
No Score Yet The King of Jazz
  • Bit Part
1930

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