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I found this actor as I was looking for 30's actors who resembled Mandrake the Magician. I saw "The Mind Reader" (I loved it so much I bought it) and was totally captivated. I thought to myself "He would have been the perfect Mandrake. He resembles the comic book hero" He could have pulled off the character. It's too bad he was never given the chance. I found him so fascinating that I went looking for just about everything he was in, and stumbled across "The Lone Wolf" movies. Again, he did not disappoint. I did some deeper digging and found out there was a biography written on Mr. William. It's called "Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood" by John Stangeland. I haven't read it yet, but definitely will soon. Thank you, TCM, for showing this man's movies once again. He needs to be recognized more and more for his talents. It's too bad he passed away at 53 of multiple myeloma. According to what I have read, his penchant for inventing and taking care of his garden with pesticides and other chemicals may have attributed to his death. If only he had lived longer, what sorts of other movies would we have seen and admired. :)
My favorite argument with other film buffs, is to ask, "who was the better apple as the "Dude" in the two versions of "Apple Annie Annie"? overlooking the supporting cast, concentrate on Williams and Glenn Ford. Ford was a leading man in his time, and indeed one of my favorite actors. However, could he hold a handle to Williams as the sometimes likeable bad boy with as much old world flair. His diction is always flawless, his delivery more forceful than Ford, who always seemed at his best in satire. The two actors had their own claims on their strengths, but Apple Anne is the one film they play he same character, and in my opinion, William seems more genuine as the "boss" professional gambler.
Bring William Warren to the Forefront
- KAREN CARROLL
Such an entertaining, overlooked superstar! I have been an old movie buff for almost 45 years and I can assure you they don't come any classier,funnier, and good-looking as Mr. Warren. He definitely could have been one of the "great" ones if he so desired!
Glad TCM is showing so many choice older movies
Saw him in The Match King,outstanding performance as a cad,crook,seducer.Great actor,it's a shame so many Hollywood performers passed away so young,and seem virtually forgotten
The Philo Vance series
Watching Philo Vance is fun. I would like to see the entire series :Casino Murder case, Grace Allen Murder Case, Dragon Murder Case, Philo Vance Gambles, etc. I think that there were 7 or more. Sandra
More Mr. William, please.
There's someting about this man's presence within a film that makes the film above average to great. Would really be ecstatic if TCM would give him his own month.
I fell in love with Warren Willian when I saw him as Dude with Apple Annie. I refer to him as the "dude" when I am lucky enough to see he's films. What is the name of the movie where he plays a building owner and divorcing his wife. That night he hosts a big party on the penthouse floor tries hitting on a young lady. He was smooth operator, as Mike says lots of charisma
warners second string lead
a solid dependable actor who could be a bit flambouyant in costume roles in the style of barrymore, whom he resembled. always good as lone wolf or private detective. had a sly quality you always suspected he was sleeping with his leading lady. i suspect he loved being a "movie star". i always enjoyed watching his work, which is the best compliment i know. there will never be another quite like him!
Great actor with lots of charisma. TCM should show more of these great old films of his.
error on last warren william rating
- phil norton
i hit 1's and 2's should be 10's please disregard my first one regarding legacy=he should be remembered along w/ william powell
- phil norton
play as many of his films as possible. thanks to tcm for showing some of his films. any book/bio on him?
Greatest pre-code con man
Defines the pre-code anti-hero better than anyone. Akways up to no good,you're always pulling for him.
All-Around Great Actor
In his many dramatic and comedic performances, Warren William revealed an impressive level of versatility, sophistication and intelligence. Tall, dark, and handsome, William played long-suffering hubbies, avaricious baddies, and insouciant playboys with equal aplomb. And he made these stock characters breathe. No wonder he had such a long and varied career. What a pity he passed away so young. An interesting note: he was also an amateur inventor.
I absolutely love the William Warren Lone Wolf movies. He is a great actor, and I was surprised that I have never seen him before TCM started showing the Lone Wolf movies again. Very classy, suave, and entertaining I could watch the Lone Wolf movies a hundred times and never get bored.
Sophisticated and debonair
- Paula Bryson
I have seen quite a few of Mr. William's movies and find them all to be entertaining and him to be quite dashing. He is a very different Perry Mason. I never thought of that character as being a charming love interest. It also doesn't appear to be a stretch for him to portray a Musketeer. I especially like his "Lone Wolf" character. These are easy to watch and entertaining too.
- jerry brown
just checked out some formula "Lone Wolf" movies on TCM; and seeing William in "Skyscraper Souls" and "Man in the Iron Mask", I think he was a very enjoyable, watchable, and somewhat versatile actor. I guess his style of presentation(very upper-crust) may have led to his fairly rapid career decline. But, regardless, he seems cool to watch. I would like to seem his last three films; they sound interesting.
Waren William was a great actor, I have probably seen all his movies. I thought he was English actor didn't know he was from MN. He is one of my favorite actors love his life reminds me of William Boyd's laugh. Sorry to read that he died in 9/48 before his 46th birthday in 12/02. I think he was a good an actor as good as Bogart, Flynn and Fairbanks.
great actor, warren wiliam
would love to see more of him on tcm. perfect actor for the 30s.
one of thee greatest actors
- joann r
warren williams was awesome he was that great era of the 20s/30s/40s style manner looks wow one has not been found as of it well as they say only one comes along in a life time iam so glad for tcm without it i would have never even known he ever existed thank you tcm for giving me hrs of enjoyment and pleasure of seeing warren williams in any way shape or form thxs tcm . jr
- Molly B.
This guy rocked my socks in SKYSCRAPER SOULS! What a great movie, and I love, love, love Warren William! LOVE. HIM. Did I say love, already? LOVE HIM! Miss Molly
any where i can go to see most of his movies under 18 seemed hot
Warren William's pre code work was every bit the equal of John Barrymore and William Powell, to whom he is a stylistic cousin. He excelled at playing amoral, heartless businessmen, but was equally adept in light comedy and heavy character roles. In later years, he was consigned largely to B pictures, but at least 2 of his 9 Lone Wolf appearances (Lone Wolf Spy Hunt and Passport to Suez) are gems. By all accounts it was William's own lack of ambition that kept him from being a bigger star (and better remembered), but there seems to be a growing cult around the man who was a master of the penetrating leer, the sly innuendo and the underhanded deal.
Warren William ~ Mr. Suave
- Jason S
A superb, under-remembered actor who is suave, debonair and subtle in his acting, yet who has a strong presence and assuredness that is very mesmerising and enjoyable to watch. Wish he had done more. Rest in Peace, Mr. William, and thank you.
A Dreadful Ham
what more can I add to that..he detracts from my viewing of Bette Davis, who is my favorite.
Sad he died SO YOUNG!
- Betty Storti
If this is the actor who was in "Apple Annie" which was later redone by Bette Davis? If so I think he is one of the GREATS. I wish more people knew about him and more information was written about his personal biography. Please tell us more about him TCM. Sincerely Blstortiny@aol.com
More Warren William!
So subtle and gentle when need be... otherwise Barrymore-esque!