Walter Pidgeon - Rotten Tomatoes

Walter Pidgeon

Highest Rated:   100% Executive Suite (1954)
Lowest Rated:   20% Sextette (1978)
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MGM's resident "perfect gentleman," Canadian-born Walter Pidgeon was the son of a men's furnishing store owner. Young Walter Pidgeon planned to follow his brothers into a military career, but was invalided out of the service after a training accident. Pidgeon moved to Boston in 1919, where he worked as a banker until the death of his first wife. He gave up the world of finance to study singing at the New England Conservatory of Music, then in 1924 joined E.E. Clive's acting company. With the help of his friend Fred Astaire, Pidgeon (using the stage name Walter Verne) was hired as the touring partner of musical comedy star Elsie Janis; this led to his first Broadway appearance in Puzzles of 1925. Pidgeon was signed by film producer Joseph Schenck for a string of silent-film leading-man assignments in 1926, making his talkie debut in Universal's Melody of Love (1928). He starred or co-starred in several First National/Warner Bros. musicals of the early-talkie era, but this stage of his movie career ended when the musical craze petered out in 1931. Deciding to switch professional gears, Pidgeon returned to Broadway in order to establish himself as a dramatic actor. He returned to Hollywood in 1936, spending most of the next two decades at MGM, where he was cast opposite such stellar leading ladies as Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Rosalind Russell, and Hedy Lamarr. His most famous screen teammate was Greer Garson; the sophisticated twosome co-starred in seven films, including the Oscar-winning Mrs. Miniver. In the early '40s, MGM made the most of Pidgeon's popularity by loaning him out to other studios. It was on one of these loanouts to 20th Century Fox that the actor was cast in one of his favorite films, How Green Was My Valley (the 1941 Oscar winner). In 1955, the same year that he starred in the sci-fi favorite Forbidden Planet, Pidgeon hosted his home studio's TV anthology series The MGM Parade. After ending his 20-year association with MGM, Pidgeon returned to Broadway, where he starred in The Happiest Millionaire and Take Me Along. He continued accepting character assignments that intrigued him into the 1970s, notably the brief role of Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl (1968). When asked if he minded that most of his screen and TV assignments were secondary ones in his last two decades, Walter Pidgeon replied that he always strove to follow the advice given to him by Lionel Barrymore: even when your character has nothing to do, do nothing magnificently.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
20% Sextette
  • The Chairman
1978
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Grayson's butler
1976
No Score Yet The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
  • Judge
1976
30% Two Minute Warning
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Murder on Flight 502
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Neptune Factor
  • Dr. Samuel Andrews
1973
No Score Yet Harry in Your Pocket
  • Casey
1973
No Score Yet Skyjacked
  • Sen. Arne Lindner
1972
No Score Yet Rascal
  • Sterling North
1969
93% Funny Girl
  • Florenz Ziegfeld
1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot
  • Orville Ames
1967
No Score Yet Cinderella
  • King
1965
82% Advise and Consent
  • Senate Majority Leader
1962
No Score Yet Big Red
  • James Haggin
1962
75% Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
  • Adm. Harriman Nelson
1961
No Score Yet The Rack
  • Colonel Edward W. Hall Sr.
1956
No Score Yet These Wilder Years
  • James Rayburn
1956
98% Forbidden Planet
  • Dr. Edward Morbius
1956
67% Hit the Deck
  • Adm. Smith
1955
No Score Yet The Glass Slipper
  • Narrator
1955
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart
  • J.J. Shubert
1954
No Score Yet Men of the Fighting Lady (Panther Squadron)
  • Cmdr. Kent Dowling
1954
100% Executive Suite
  • Frederick Y. Alderson
1954
88% The Last Time I Saw Paris
  • James Ellswirth
1954
96% The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Harry Pebbel
1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife
  • Walter McBride
1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Frederick Kellerman
1952
No Score Yet The Sellout
  • Haven D. Allridge
1952
No Score Yet Calling Bulldog Drummond
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet The Unknown Man
  • Dwight Bradley 'Brad' Mason
1951
No Score Yet Soldiers Three
  • Col. Brunswick
1951
88% Quo Vadis?
  • Narrator
1951
No Score Yet The Miniver Story
  • Clem Miniver
1950
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman
  • Young Jolyon Forsyte
1949
No Score Yet The Red Danube
  • Col. Michael "Jokey" Nicobar
1949
No Score Yet Command Decision
  • Major Gen. Roland Goodlaw Kane
1948
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves
  • William Sylvester Packett
1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Man at Cocktail Party
1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes
  • Mark Sabre
1947
No Score Yet The Secret Heart
  • Chris Matthews
1946
No Score Yet Holiday in Mexico
  • Jeffrey Evans
1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • Chip Collyer
1945
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington
  • Major Augustus Parkington
1944
83% Madame Curie
  • Prof. Pierre Curie
1943
No Score Yet White Cargo
  • Harry Witzel
1942
92% Mrs. Miniver
  • Clem Miniver
1942
25% Blossoms in the Dust
  • Sam Gladney
1941
90% Man Hunt
  • Capt. Thorndike
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Mr. Gruffydd
1941
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • William 'Will' Cantrell
1940
No Score Yet It's a Date
  • John Arlen
1940
No Score Yet The House Across the Bay
  • Tim Nolan
1940
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective
  • Nicholas 'Nick' Carter/Robert Chalmers
1939
No Score Yet Six Thousand Enemies
  • Steve Donegan
1939
No Score Yet Listen, Darling
  • Richard Thurlow
1938
No Score Yet The Girl of the Golden West
  • Sheriff Jack Rance
1938
No Score Yet Man-Proof
  • Alan Wythe
1938
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle
  • William O. 'Bill' Dennis
1938
No Score Yet Shopworn Angel
  • Sam Bailey
1938
No Score Yet Saratoga
  • Hartley Madison
1937
No Score Yet Big Brown Eyes
  • Richard Morey
1936
No Score Yet The Kiss Before the Mirror
  • Lucy's Lover
1933
No Score Yet Rockabye
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Going Wild
  • 'Ace' Benton
1931
No Score Yet Show Girl in Hollywood
  • Guest Star
1930
No Score Yet Sweet Kitty Bellairs
  • Lord Varney
1930

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