Warner Baxter


Actor
Warner Baxter

About

Also Known As
Warner Leroy Baxter
Birth Place
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Born
March 29, 1889
Died
May 07, 1951
Cause of Death
Pneumonia Following A Lobotomy

Biography

Entered movies in 1918 and emerged as a star in his first sound film, "In Old Arizona" (1929), playing the Cisco Kid. A capable middle-aged lead through the 1930s in such fine films as "Daddy Long Legs" (1931), "One More Spring" (1935), "Thr Prisoner of Shark Island" (1936) and "The Road to Glory" (1936), Baxter suffered a sharp career decline following a nervous breakdown in the early 1...

Family & Companions

Viola Caldwell
Wife
Winifred Bryson
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married in 1918; appeared opposite husband in "The Awful Truth" (1925).

Biography

Entered movies in 1918 and emerged as a star in his first sound film, "In Old Arizona" (1929), playing the Cisco Kid. A capable middle-aged lead through the 1930s in such fine films as "Daddy Long Legs" (1931), "One More Spring" (1935), "Thr Prisoner of Shark Island" (1936) and "The Road to Glory" (1936), Baxter suffered a sharp career decline following a nervous breakdown in the early 1940s. He did keep working until shortly before his death, including appearances in a series of "Crime Doctor" mysteries, though many of his final films were low-budget affairs. He was married to silent screen performer Winifred Bryson.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

State Penitentiary (1950)
Roger Manners
The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949)
Dr. Robert Ordway
Prison Warden (1949)
Victor Burnell
The Devil's Henchman (1949)
Jess Arno
Devil's Henchmen (1949)
The Gentleman from Nowhere (1948)
Earl Donovan/Robert Ashton
The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947)
Dr. Ordway
The Millerson Case (1947)
Dr. Robert Ordway
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)
Dr. Robert Ordway
Just Before Dawn (1946)
Dr. Robert Ordway
The Crime Doctor's Courage (1945)
Dr. Robert Ordway
The Crime Doctor's Warning (1945)
Dr. Robert Ordway
Shadows in the Night (1944)
Dr. Robert Ordway
Lady in the Dark (1944)
Kendall Nesbitt
Crime Doctor (1943)
Robert Ordway, previously known as Phil Morgan
The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (1943)
Robert Ordway
Adam Had Four Sons (1941)
Adam Stoddard
Earthbound (1940)
Nick Desborough
Barricade (1939)
Hank Topping
Wife, Husband and Friend (1939)
Leonard Borland [also known as Logan Bennett]
The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)
The Cisco Kid, also known as SeƱor Gonzales Sebastian Rodrigo Don Juan Chicquello
Kidnapped (1938)
Alan Breck
I'll Give a Million (1938)
Tony Newlander
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937)
Dr. Judd Lewis
Slave Ship (1937)
Jim Lovett
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
George Curson
The Road to Glory (1936)
Captain Paul La Roche
The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)
Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd
Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)
Joaquin Murrieta
To Mary--With Love (1936)
John "Jock" Wallace
King of Burlesque (1936)
Kerry Bolton
White Hunter (1936)
Captain Clark Rutledge [also known as Jim Clark]
One More Spring (1935)
Otkar
Under the Pampas Moon (1935)
Cesar Campo
Such Women Are Dangerous (1934)
Michael Shawn
Broadway Bill (1934)
Dan Brooks
Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
Lawrence Cromwell
Hell in the Heavens (1934)
Lieutenant Steve Warner
Grand Canary (1934)
Dr. Harvey Leith
Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933)
Lawrence Blake
As Husbands Go (1933)
Charles Lingard
Dangerously Yours (1933)
Andrew Burke
I Loved You Wednesday (1933)
Philip Fletcher
Penthouse (1933)
Jackson Durant
42nd Street (1933)
Julian Marsh
Man About Town (1932)
Stephen Morrow
6 Hours to Live (1932)
Paul Onslow
Amateur Daddy (1932)
Jim Gladden
Their Mad Moment (1931)
Esteban Cristera
Daddy Long Legs (1931)
Jervis Pendleton
The Squaw Man (1931)
Capt. James Wyngate, later known as Jim Carsten
The Cisco Kid (1931)
The Cisco Kid
Surrender (1931)
Sergeant Dumaine
Doctors' Wives (1931)
Dr. Judson Penning
Such Men Are Dangerous (1930)
Ludwic Kranz
Renegades (1930)
Deucalion
The Arizona Kid (1930)
The Arizona Kid
Happy Days (1930)
Linda (1929)
Dr. Paul Randall
Romance of the Rio Grande (1929)
Pablo Wharton Cameron
Behind That Curtain (1929)
John Beetham
In Old Arizona (1929)
The Cisco Kid
Thru Different Eyes (1929)
Jack Winfield
Ramona (1928)
Alessandro
Craig's Wife (1928)
Mr. Craig
A Woman's Way (1928)
Tony
The Tragedy of Youth (1928)
Frank Gordon
Three Sinners (1928)
James Harris
Danger Street (1928)
Rolly Sigsby
West of Zanzibar (1928)
Doc
Singed (1927)
Royce Wingate
Drums of the Desert (1927)
John Curry
The Coward (1927)
Clinton Philbrook
The Telephone Girl (1927)
Matthew Standish
The Runaway (1926)
Wade Murrell
Miss Brewster's Millions (1926)
Thomas B. Hancock, Jr.
Mannequin (1926)
John Herrick
Mismates (1926)
Ted Carroll
The Great Gatsby (1926)
Jay Gatsby
Aloma of the South Seas (1926)
Nuitane
The Golden Bed (1925)
Bunny
The Awful Truth (1925)
Norman Slatterley
Welcome Home (1925)
Fred Prouty
A Son of His Father (1925)
"Big Boy" Morgan
The Air Mail (1925)
Russ Kane
The Best People (1925)
Henry Morgan
Rugged Water (1925)
Calvin Homer
Alimony (1924)
Jimmy Mason
His Forgotten Wife (1924)
John Rolfe
The Female (1924)
Colonel Valentia
Christine of the Hungry Heart (1924)
Stuart Knight
The Garden of Weeds (1924)
Douglas Crawford
Those Who Dance (1924)
Bob Kane
Those Who Dance (1924)
Robert Kane
In Search of a Thrill (1923)
Adrian Torrens
Blow Your Own Horn (1923)
Jack Dunbar
St. Elmo (1923)
Murray Hammond
A Girl's Desire (1922)
"Jones" [Lord Dysart]
Her Own Money (1922)
Lew Alden
The Ninety and Nine (1922)
Tom Silverton [Phil Bradbury]
The Girl in His Room (1922)
Kirk Waring
If I Were Queen (1922)
Valdemir
Cheated Hearts (1921)
Tom Gordon
First Love (1921)
Donald Holliday
Sheltered Daughters (1921)
Pep Mullins
The Love Charm (1921)
Thomas Morgan

Music (Feature Film)

The Cisco Kid (1931)
Composer

Cast (Short)

Hollywood Handicap (1938)
Himself
La Fiesta de Santa Barbara (1935)
Himself

Misc. Crew (Short)

The Soundman (1950)
Archival Footage

Life Events

1898

Moved to San Francisco with widowed mother

1918

Film acting debut in "All Woman"

1929

Played the Cisco Kid in the Western "In Old Arizona"; received Academy Award

Photo Collections

West of Zanzibar - Scene Photos
Here are several scene stills from MGM's West of Zanzibar (1928), Tod Browning's silent melodrama starring Lon Chaney.

Videos

Movie Clip

42nd Street (1933) -- Musical Comedy with Dancing! Brilliant Broadway grit, as temperamental director Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) works his chorus line to collapse, Bebe Daniels as Dorothy with the Harry Warren/Al Dubin song, Guy Kibbee her clownish sugar-daddy and financier, in Warner Bros.' 42nd Street (1933).
42nd Street (1933) -- Shuffle Off To Buffalo Dramatic climax, Warner Baxter as director Julian Marsh gives the seminal pep talk to understudy Peggy (Ruby Keeler), who comes back a star, with the Al Dubin/Harry Warren song and the Busby Berkeley number, in 42nd Street, 1933.
Prisoner Of Shark Island, The (1936) - In The Sight Of The Holy God I Worship As Dr. Samuel Mudd, who treated John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg on the night he shot Lincoln, title character Warner Baxter is getting railroaded at trial, Douglas Wood his lawyer, Arthur Byron the prosecutor, Robert Dudley and others testifying, a grim turn in John Ford’s The Prisoner Of Shark Island, 1936.
Prisoner Of Shark Island, The (1936) - Old Abe's All Right First scene for title character Warner Baxter as Marylander Dr. Samuel Mudd, Gloria Stuart his wife, both unaware that President Lincoln has been shot, and that their guests (Francis McDonald as John Wilkes Booth, Paul Fix his cohort) are culpable, early in John Ford’s The Prisoner Of Shark Island, 1936.
West Of Zanzibar (1928) - Gold Of The Congo Spooky voodoo in Africa mystifies ivory trader Crane (Lionel Barrymore), who doesn't yet know that his old enemy Crane (Lon Chaney), supported by "Doc" (Warner Baxter), has hunted him down seeking revenge, in Tod Browning's West Of Zanzibar, 1928.
West Of Zanzibar (1928) - There's Nothing Too Low Doc (Warner Baxter) can't understand why his boss, magician-turned African ivory hijacker Flint (Lon Chaney), is so cruel to his apparent captive Maizie (Mary Nolan), whom he believes to be his unfaithful wife's illegitimate daughter, in Tod Browning's West Of Zanzibar, 1928.
Vogues Of 1938 (1937) - Open, The Town's Best Snobs There can't be many credit sequences in which a roll of fabric, in technicolor, is the medium, seen here, with a brief appearance by star Warner Baxter, in producer Walter Wanger's fashion industry musical comedy mash-up Vogues Of 1938, 1937.
Vogues Of 1938 (1937) - Turn On That Red Hot Heat Stars Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett scarcely seen here, point being they're on the town, seeing the credited "Cotton Club Singers," with a tune by Paul Francis Webster and Louis Alter, as staged by Seymour Felix, part of an extended musical break in "Walter Wanger's" Vogues Of 1938, 1937.
Vogues Of 1938 (1937) - I Can't Be Married! Fed-up New York fashion house chief Curson (Warner Baxter) at work, his crankiest customer the mother (Hedda Hopper) of a bride (Joan Bennet, strawberry blonde in Technicolor) who'd rather call the whole thing off, early in producer Walter Wanger's eye-candy variety show Vogues Of 1938, 1937.
Penthouse (1933) - Where's Sue? Victorious lawyer "Jack" Durant (Warner Baxter) joins friends at a society retreat where he finds girlfriend Sue (Martha Sleeper) unhappy with him and cavorting with Tom (Phillips Holmes) in Penthouse, 1933.
Penthouse (1933) - Tony Gazotti Lawyer Jackson Durant (Warner Baxter) is getting more praise than he wants after getting a not-guilty verdict in the trial of mobster client Tony (Nat Pendleton) in MGM's Penthouse, 1933.
Penthouse (1933) - Talk In My Sleep Conversation seems risque at times as lawyer Jack (Warner Baxter) brings home Gertie (Myrna Loy), the roommate of a murder victim, for questioning, etc., in MGM's Penthouse, 1933.

Trailer

Companions

Viola Caldwell
Wife
Winifred Bryson
Wife
Actor. Second wife; married in 1918; appeared opposite husband in "The Awful Truth" (1925).

Bibliography