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Walter Abel

Highest Rated:   100% Holiday Inn (1942)
Lowest Rated:   11% Raintree County (1957)
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A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, American actor Walter Abel began his stage career in 1919, and made his first film in 1920. Tall and quietly dignified, Abel was well cast in several of the plays of Eugene O'Neill. His first talking picture role was as the industrious young bridegroom Wolf in Liliom (1930). Abel had a go at a romantic lead when he replaced Francis Lederer as D'Artagnan in the 1935 version of The Three Musketeers; but the film was dull and Abel's performance mannered, so, thereafter, he was more effectively cast in top supporting roles. With his performance as the prosecuting attorney in Fury, Abel established his standard screen image: the well-groomed, mustachioed professional man, within whom lurked a streak of barely controlled hysteria. In this guise, Abel was excellent as the dyspeptic newspaper editor in Arise My Love (1940) and as Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire's long-suffering agent in Holiday Inn (1942). Busier on stage and television than in films during the 1950s, Abel received extensive critical and public attention for his role as a doomed industrialist in the 1966 melodrama Mirage. Sent out by Universal to promote the film, Abel regaled talk-show hosts with the story of how his fatal plunge from a skyscraper was actually filmed. Also during this period, Abel was appointed president of the American National Theatre and Academy. His last screen performance was opposite Katharine Hepburn in The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley (1984).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Grace Quigley (The Ultimate Solution of Grace Quigley)
  • Homer
1985
No Score Yet Silent Night, Bloody Night
  • Mayor
1973
No Score Yet The Man Without a Country
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Mirage
  • Charles Calvin
1965
11% Raintree County
  • T.D. Shawnessy
1957
No Score Yet The Indian Fighter
  • Capt. Trask
1955
No Score Yet Night People
  • Foster
1954
No Score Yet Island in the Sky
  • Col. Fuller
1953
No Score Yet So This Is Love
  • Col. Moore
1953
No Score Yet Dream Girl
  • George Allerton
1948
No Score Yet That Lady In Ermine
  • Major Horvath / Benvenuto
1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Himself
1947
83% 13 Rue Madeleine
  • Charles Gibson
1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Joe
  • Actor
1947
60% The Kid From Brooklyn
  • Gabby Sloan
1946
83% An American Romance
  • Howard Clinton
1944
50% Mr. Skeffington
  • George Trellis
1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang
  • Narrator
1944
No Score Yet So Proudly We Hail!
  • Chaplain
1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm
  • Frisbee
1942
83% Wake Island
  • Cmdr. Roberts
1942
100% Holiday Inn
  • Danny Reid
1942
No Score Yet Skylark
  • George Gore
1941
100% Hold Back the Dawn
  • Inspector Hammock
1941
No Score Yet Who Killed Aunt Maggie?
  • Dr. George Benedict
1940
No Score Yet Arise, My Love
  • Phillips
1940
80% Dance, Girl, Dance
  • Judge
1940
No Score Yet Michael Shayne, Private Detective
  • Elliott Thomas
1940
No Score Yet King of the Turf
  • Robert Barnes
1939
No Score Yet Racket Busters
  • Hugh Allison
1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld
  • Warren Rogers
1938
No Score Yet Wise Girl
  • Karl Stevens
1937
100% Fury
  • DA
1936
No Score Yet Liliom
  • Carpenter
1930

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