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Also Known As: Died: July 21, 1967
Born: June 13, 1892 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: South Africa Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Great Mouse Detective, The (1986) as Voice Of Sherlock Holmes
Mouse detective Basil is working with his colleague Dr. Dawson to rescue a kidnapped toymaker from the evil Ratigan. Although the case proves to be dangerous, Basil and Dawson manage to save the toymaker and foil their nemesis.
Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) as Gregor
Country singers take on ghosts and international spies when their car breaks down near a haunted house.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) as Reginald Ripper
Hiram Stokley is a recently desased corpse who learns that he has 24 hours to mastermind and perform one good deed in order to get into Heaven, so he enlists the help of his long deceased girlfriend Cecily, a ghost, to stop his greedy lawyer, Reginald Ripper and his henchman J. Sinister Hulk from claiming his estate for themselves and protecting his eligible heirs, Chuck, Lili, Hiram's cousin Myrtle, and her son who brings his beach party friends up at the mansion for a pool party while Reginald Ripper also employs his daughter Sinistra, and J. Sinister Hulk's slow-witted associates Chicken Feather and Yolanda to help them terrorize the teens, while dopey biker Eric Von Zipper and his Malibu Rat Pack bikers also get involved in pursuing Yolanda for a share of the estate.
Queen of Blood (1966) as Dr. Farraday
The year is 1990. An alien species makes contact with Earth through radio transmission, notifying of an imminent visit. Alien ship crash lands on Mars, and a rescue team is sent out from Earth. (The plot thickens! :) Eventually a surviving female is located and brought on to the human ship. The female is light green with an amazing hair-do. After some unsuccessful attempts by the human crew to feed her, she is more or less left to herself. (Ominous, is it not?) While most of the crew sleeps, the Alien female hypnotizes the astronaut on guard. When the crew awakens, she is sleeping, and the guard is DEAD! Brief examination shows that the Alien ate his blood. THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! Naturally, there is a lot of blood plasma on the ship, so they feed the alien using that supply. When they are almost home, however, yet another crew member is eaten, a fight breaks out, and the alien is accidentally killed before she can finish the third guy. Phew! The ship lands on Earth, finally! But there is trouble... The two remaining astronauts find a lot of eggs when they are about to leave the ship. Obviously the alien was a kind of bee-queen whose sole purpose was to spread their species to Earth, where there is a lot of yummy food... One of the astronauts tries to warn the arriving scientists of this danger, but they could not care less. Being scientists, they know what they are doing, so they collect the eggs and run happily along. The astronaut sums it up: "Well, at least I TRIED..."
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965) as Professor Hartman
In the year 2020, cosmonaut Marcia (Faith Domergue) orbits the planet Venus while two astronauts and a robot journey on the surface. Professor Hartman (Basil Rathbone) is also on hand to observe the exploration from a distance. The explorers are attacked by prehistoric beasts, and then lose their robot (and nearly their lives!) in a volcanic eruption that engulfs the planet. They conclude that the Venusians were really human beings who destroyed their civilization with nuclear warfare.
The Comedy of Terrors (1963) as John F. Black
A dishonest undertaker and his sidekick create their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.
The Magic Sword (1962) as Lodac
A good witch''''s son uses his mother''''s magic to rescue a princess from an evil sorcerer.
Tales of Terror (1962) as Carmichael
Three Edgar Allen Poe stories feature murder, hauntings and a fiendish hypnotist.
Two Before Zero (1962) as
The Last Hurrah (1958) as Norman Cass, Sr.
A political boss faces changing times as he runs for re-election.
Adventures into Space (1958) as Narrator
The Black Sleep (1956) as Sir Joel Cadman
A brain surgeon''s experiments create a race of deadly freaks.
The Court Jester (1956) as Sir Ravenhurst
A traveling actor is mistaken for a medieval rebel.
We're No Angels (1955) as Andre Trochard
After escaping Devil''''s Island, three offbeat prisoners help a goodhearted family outwit a scheming relative.
Casanova's Big Night (1954) as Lucio
A tailor''''s apprentice fills in for the famed Italian lover.
Vienna Art Treasures (1950) as Narrator
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) as Narrating the Story of Mr. Toad
Animation brings to life "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and The Wind in the Willows.
Terror by Night (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes signs on to protect a priceless diamond from jewel thieves.
Dressed to Kill (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
A convicted thief in Dartmoor prison hides the location of the stolen Bank of England printing plates inside three music boxes. When the innocent purchasers of the boxes start to be murdered, Holmes and Watson investigate.
Sherlock Holmes in Dressed to Kill (1946) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes sets out to find why people are killing each other over a seemingly inexpensive music box.
Heartbeat (1946) as Professor Aristide
A young female escapee from a reform school joins a pickpocket academy in Paris. She is caught red-handed on her first attempt at stealing by an upper class man. He recruits her to do him a favor at a society party where she meets and falls in love with a young, handsome, rich diplomat. Whether or not she can land him is another story.
Pursuit to Algiers (1945) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes tries to protect a foreign leader traveling on an ocean liner.
The Woman in Green (1945) as [Sherlock] Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of seemingly unrelated murders.
The House of Fear (1945) as Sherlock Holmes
The Scarlet Claw (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates a haunting in a Canadian village vital to the war effort.
The Spider Woman (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes fakes his own death to expose a killer.
Frenchman's Creek (1944) as Lord Rockingham
A British noblewoman flees the life of the court to run off with a French pirate.
Bathing Beauty (1944) as George Adams
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
The Pearl of Death (1944) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates the link between a stolen pearl and a series of murders.
Crazy House (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates murders at a rest home where Watson volunteers.
Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes tries to recover a stolen document during World War II.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes fights to keep a new bombsite design from the Nazis.
Above Suspicion (1943) as [Count] Sig von Aschenhausen
A honeymooning couple are asked to spy on the Nazis in pre-war Europe.
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes investigates acts of terrorism linked to Nazi radio broadcasts.
Fingers at the Window (1942) as Dr. H. Santelle [also known as Caesar Ferrari]
A magician uses hypnosis to create an army of murderers.
Crossroads (1942) as Henri Sarrou
A French diplomat who's recovered from amnesia is blackmailed over crimes he can't remember.
Paris Calling (1942) as [Andre] Benoit
The Mad Doctor (1941) as Dr. George Sebastien [also known as Dr. Frederick Langamann]
The Black Cat (1941) as [Montague] Hartley
Greedy heirs gather to wait for the death of Henrietta Winslow. Murder, thunder claps, howling cats, gun shots, screams in the night, hidden passages -- all the proper ingredients.
International Lady (1941) as [Reggie] Oliver
The Mark of Zorro (1940) as Capt. Esteban Pasquale
A Spanish nobleman becomes a masked outlaw by night to battle a local tyrant.
Rhythm on the River (1940) as Oliver Courtney
Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style.
Rio (1939) as Paul Reynard
The Sun Never Sets (1939) as Clive Randolph
When Clive Randolph finally returns "home" from Gold Coast colony, younger brother John balks at following the family Colonial Service tradition. But back in Gold Coast, one Zurof, nominally studying ants, pursues a hidden political agenda that causes worldwide unrest; the Colonial Office persuades both brothers to go back and deal with it. Young John makes a mess of things, then must save the day on his own.
Son of Frankenstein (1939) as Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
The legendary scientist's son is tempted to resume his father's horrible experiments.
Tower of London (1939) as Richard, Duke of Gloucester
An ambitious duke uses his executioner henchman to kill his way to the crown.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) as Sherlock Holmes
The famed sleuth tries to stop Professor Moriarty from stealing the Crown Jewels.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) as Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes uncovers a plot to murder the heir to a country estate.
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) as Ahmed
Classic biography of the Italian explorer and his journeys to China.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) as Sir Guy of Gisbourne
The bandit king of Sherwood Forest leads his Merry Men in a battle against the corrupt Prince John.
If I Were King (1938) as Louis XI
Vagabond poet Francois Villon wins the chance to improve life in Medieval France, if he will give up his lower-class friends.
The Dawn Patrol (1938) as Major Brand
A flight commander in France almost cracks under the pressure of sending men to their deaths.
Confession (1937) as Michael Michailow
A glamorous singer commits murder to protect her daughter's virtue.
Love from a Stranger (1937) as Gerald Lovell
Carol wins the lottery, but unfortunately her sudden wealth leads to a disagreement with her fiancé Ronald, and the two break up. Carol quickly falls in love with the romantic and mysterious Gerald, and marries him despite the warnings of her friends. It is not long before Carol begins to see that Gerald is disturbed and perhaps even dangerous, and she soon realizes that she is in great peril.
Make a Wish (1937) as [Johnny] Selden
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.
Tovarich (1937) as Gorotchenko
Russian nobles flee the revolution and take jobs in Paris as servants.
Private Number (1936) as [James] Wroxton
The Garden of Allah (1936) as Count Ferdinand Anteoni
A monk deserts his calling to marry a beautiful woman he meets in the Sahara.
Romeo and Juliet (1936) as Tybalt, nephew to Lady Capulet
Shakespeare's classic tale of young lovers from feuding families.
A Tale of Two Cities (1935) as Marquis St. Evremonde
Charles Dickens'''' classic story of two men in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
A Feather in Her Hat (1935) as Captain [Randolph] Courtney
A female shopkeeper sacrifices everything to give her son a theatrical career.
Captain Blood (1935) as Levasseur
After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate.
Anna Karénina (1935) as [Alexei Alexandrovitch] Karenin
Adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.
David Copperfield (1935) as Mr. Murdstone
Charles Dickens' classic tale of an orphaned boy's fight for happiness and the colorful characters who help and hinder him.
Kind Lady (1935) as Henry Abbott
A con artist and his criminal colleagues move in on a trusting old lady.
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) as Pontius [Pilate]
A blacksmith''''s rise to wealth and power is jeopardized by his son''''s Christianity and the eruption of Vesuvius.
After the Ball (1933) as Jack Harrowby
A Woman Commands (1932) as Capt. Alex Pastitsch
The Flirting Widow (1930) as Colonel Smith
A girl creates an imaginary lover to impress her father, but the lie gets in the way of true romance.
A Notorious Affair (1930) as Paul Gherardi
A beautiful noblewoman gives up wealth and society for love of a two-timing musician.
This Mad World (1930) as Paul
The Lady of Scandal (1930) as Edward
A nobleman risks his family''''s wrath by courting an actress.
A Lady Surrenders (1930) as Carl Vaudry
A wealthy industrialist's wife gets into a big argument with him; to cool off, she goes on an ocean trip. He thinks she's left him for good, so he marries another woman. When his first wife returns, complications ensue.
Sin Takes a Holiday (1930) as Durant
A stenographer tries to save her boss from his divorcee girlfriend.
The Bishop Murder Case (1930) as Philo Vance
Society sleuth Philo Vance investigates a series of murders inspired by Mother Goose rhymes.
The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) as Lord Arthur Dilling
A chic jewel thief in England falls in love with one of her marks.
The Great Deception (1926) as Rizzio
The Masked Bride (1925) as Antoine
Trouping With Ellen (1924) as Tony Winterslip

Cast (special)

Victoria Regina (1961) as Disraeli
A series of vignettes that traces the life of Queen Victoria, from eighteen-year-old princess to Queen of England and Empress of India.
Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates (1958) as Dr Boekman
The story of a young boy and his efforts to compete in a local ice skating competition -- despite the fact that his family is poor and he must share a pair of wooden skates with his sister.
Lark, The (1957) as Inquisitor
An adaptation of Jean Anouilh's play about Joan of Arc, the young girl who led the French to victory against the English in the Hundred Years' War, only to be tried for heresy and witchcraft by the Inquisition and burned at the stake.
Svengali and the Blonde (1955) as Svengali
The story of a beautiful artist's model (Trilby) who is transformed into a great singer by Svengali, a musical genius who possesses strange hypnotic powers. Based on the 1894 romance novel "Trilby" by George du Maurier. "Trilby" was first seen as a segment of "Studio One" (CBS, September 11, 1950)
Christmas Carol, A (1954) as Marley
A musical version of the Charles Dickens story in which the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge comes to see his faults one Christmas Eve.

Cast (short)

Misc. Crew (short)

Basil Rathbone (1962)
This short film, part of the Hollywood Hist-o-Rama series, offers a brief biography of Basil Rathbone.

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