Alan Mowbray


Actor
Alan Mowbray

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
August 18, 1896
Died
March 25, 1969
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

After serving in the British army during World War I, Alan Mowbray took to stage acting in his native England. Soon afterward, he moved to the United States, where he toured with the Theater Guild and later made his debut on Broadway. With the advent of the "talkies," Mowbray began to land work in Hollywood, often cast as an upper-class gentleman, aristocrat, or royalty. His first credit...

Photos & Videos

My Man Godfrey - Lobby Cards
Mary of Scotland - Scene Stills
The Boys from Syracuse - Title Lobby Card

Family & Companions

Lorayne Carpeter
Wife
Actor. Survived him.

Biography

After serving in the British army during World War I, Alan Mowbray took to stage acting in his native England. Soon afterward, he moved to the United States, where he toured with the Theater Guild and later made his debut on Broadway. With the advent of the "talkies," Mowbray began to land work in Hollywood, often cast as an upper-class gentleman, aristocrat, or royalty. His first credited role was 1931's "God's Gift to Women," but he quickly followed it up with a number of pictures that same year, including an acclaimed turn as George Washington in "Alexander Hamilton." Mowbray also starred in the first movie made in three-strip Technicolor with 1935's "Becky Sharp." He acted in a myriad of films up through the 1950s, including three Sherlock Holmes movies, two John Ford pictures ("My Darling Clementine" and "Wagon Master"), and the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "The Man Who Knew Too Much." He also appeared on television as the lead in 1953's "Colonel Humphrey Flack." In addition to his many roles as an actor, Mowbray is also remembered for funding the early days of the Screen Actors Guild when it was first founded in 1933. The actor began appearing primarily in television roles in the 1950s, and would continue this trend through the following decade.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Forever Amber (1947)
Dialogue Director

Cast (Feature Film)

A Majority of One (1962)
Captain Norcross
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Val Parnell
The King and I (1956)
British ambassador
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
British consul in Suez
The King's Thief (1955)
Sir Gilbert Talbot
The Steel Cage (1954)
Gilbert Lee
Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)
Mannering
Androcles and the Lion (1953)
Editor
Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)
Noll
Just Across the Street (1952)
Davis
Crosswinds (1951)
Sir Cecil Daubrey
The Lady and the Bandit (1951)
Lord Willoughby
Wagon Master (1950)
Dr. A. Locksley Hall
The Jackpot (1950)
Leslie
You're My Everything (1949)
Joe Blanton
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer: Boris Karloff (1949)
Melton
The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949)
Jamison
The Lovable Cheat (1949)
Justin
Captain from Castile (1948)
Botello
My Dear Secretary (1948)
Detective Debanny
An Innocent Affair (1948)
Ken St. Clair
The Main Street Kid (1948)
"The Great Martine"
The Prince of Thieves (1948)
Friar Tuck
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
Mr. Spitzer
Lured (1947)
Lyle Maxwell
The Pilgrim Lady (1947)
Clifford Latimer
Merton of the Movies (1947)
Frank Mulvaney
My Darling Clementine (1946)
Thorndyke
Terror by Night (1946)
Major Duncan-Bleek, also known as Col. Sebastian Moran
Idea Girl (1946)
J. C. Crow
Sherlock Holmes in Terror by Night (To Be Deleted) (1946)
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
General George Washington
Men in Her Diary (1945)
Douglas Crane [also known as Icabad Smaltze]
Bring on the Girls (1945)
August
Tell It to a Star (1945)
"Colonel" Ambrose Morgan
The Phantom of 42nd Street (1945)
Cecil Moore
Sunbonnet Sue (1945)
Jonathan
Earl Carroll Vanities (1945)
Grand Duke Paul
The Doughgirls (1944)
Breckenridge Drake
Ever Since Venus (1944)
J. Webster Hackett
My Gal Loves Music (1944)
Rodney [P.] Spoonyer
Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
English gentleman
The Powers Girl (1943)
John Robert Powers
Holy Matrimony (1943)
Pennington
His Butler's Sister (1943)
[Buzz] Jenkins
So This Is Washington (1943)
Chester Marshall
A Yank at Eton (1942)
Mr. Duncan
We Were Dancing (1942)
Grand Duke Basil
Panama Hattie (1942)
Jay Jerkins
The Devil with Hitler (1942)
The Devil [also known as Gesatan]
The Mad Martindales (1942)
Hugo Martindale
Isle of Missing Men (1942)
Doc Brown
Yokel Boy (1942)
R. B. Harris
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Robin Ray
The Perfect Snob (1941)
Freddie Browning
Footlight Fever (1941)
Don Avery
The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941)
Phineas Johnson
That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Sir William Hamilton
Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941)
Grover Sloan
That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
Dr. Vengard
Ice-Capades (1941)
Pete Ellis
The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
Angelo
The Quarterback (1940)
Professor Hobbs
Curtain Call (1940)
Donald Avery
Scatterbrain (1940)
J. R. Russell
The Villain Still Pursued Her (1940)
Cribbs
Music in My Heart (1940)
Charles Gardner
Never Say Die (1939)
Prince Smirnow
Way Down South (1939)
Jacques Bouton
The Llano Kid (1939)
John Travers
Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
Wilkins
There Goes My Heart (1938)
Pennypepper E. Pennypepper
Hollywood Hotel (1938)
Alexander Dupre
Four Days' Wonder (1937)
Archibald Fenton
The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)
Donald
Stand-In (1937)
Koslofski
Marry the Girl (1937)
Dr. Stryker
On the Avenue (1937)
Frederick Sims
On Such a Night (1937)
Prof. Richard Candle
Topper (1937)
Wilkins
Walter Wanger's Vogues of 1938 (1937)
Henry Morgan
Music for Madame (1937)
[Leon] Rodowsky
As Good As Married (1937)
"Wally" Burnside
Give Us This Night (1936)
Forcellino
Mary of Scotland (1936)
Throckmorton
Ladies in Love (1936)
Paul Sándor
Desire (1936)
Dr. Edouard [Maurice] Pauquet
My Man Godfrey (1936)
Tommy Gray
The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)
Lawrence Waterson
Rose-Marie (1936)
Premier
Fatal Lady (1936)
Uberto Malla
Muss 'Em Up (1936)
Paul Harding
Rainbow on the River (1936)
Ralph Layton
Lady Tubbs (1935)
Elyot Wembsleigh
She Couldn't Take It (1935)
Ham [Alan Hamlin]
Becky Sharp (1935)
Rawdon Crawley
Night Life of the Gods (1935)
Hunter Hawk
In Person (1935)
Jay Holmes
The Gay Deception (1935)
Lord Clewe
Long Lost Father (1934)
Sir Tony Gelding
Charlie Chan in London (1934)
Geoffrey Richmond
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
Franz Schlüter
One More River (1934)
Mr. Forsyte
The House of Rothschild (1934)
Metternich
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Lord Douglas
Embarrassing Moments (1934)
Ahearn
Where Sinners Meet (1934)
Nicholas
Cheaters (1934)
[Paul] Southern
The World Changes (1933)
Sir Phillip Ivor
Our Betters (1933)
Lord George Grayston
Berkeley Square (1933)
Major Clinton
Roman Scandals (1933)
Majordomo
Peg O' My Heart (1933)
[Captain Christopher] Brent
Midnight Club (1933)
Arthur Bradley
A Study in Scarlet (1933)
Lastrade
Her Secret (1933)
Nils [Norton]
Voltaire (1933)
Count de Sarnac
Man About Town (1932)
Ivan Boris
Lovers Courageous (1932)
[Gerald] Lamone
The Phantom President (1932)
George Washington
The Silent Witness (1932)
Arthur Drinton, K.C.
Two Against the World (1932)
George Walton
Sherlock Holmes (1932)
Colonel Gore-King
The Man Called Back (1932)
King's counsel
Winner Take All (1932)
Forbes
The Man from Yesterday (1932)
Dr. Waite
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Detective Fritz
Hotel Continental (1932)
Walter Underwood
The World and the Flesh (1932)
Dmitri [Rostoff]
Leftover Ladies (1931)
Jerry [Reynolds]
Alexander Hamilton (1931)
George Washington
Guilty Hands (1931)
Gordon Rich
The Man in Possession (1931)
Sir Charles Cartwright
God's Gift to Women (1931)
Auguste
Honor of the Family (1931)
Tony Revere
Nice Women (1931)
Mark Chandler

Cast (Special)

Tennessee Ernie Ford Meets King Arthur (1960)
King Arthur

Cast (Short)

The Big Irons (1931)
Himself

Life Events

Photo Collections

My Man Godfrey - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from My Man Godfrey (1936). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Mary of Scotland - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from RKO's Mary of Scotland (1936), directed by John Ford and starring Katharine Hepburn and Fredric March.
The Boys from Syracuse - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from Universal's The Boys from Syracuse (1940). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

That Hamilton Woman (1941) - My Dear Captain Lady Hamilton (Vivien Leigh) thriving as the wife of Sir William (Alan Mowbray), the British ambassador to Naples, grapples with a social problem and meets young Captain Nelson (Laurence Olivier) for the first time, in Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman, 1941.
That Hamilton Woman (1941) - Such Godlike Simplicity The flashback begins, introducing Sir William Hamilton (Alan Mowbray), the British ambassador to Naples, and a dazzling double entrance, first by portrait, of young Emma (Vivien Leigh), accompanied by her mother (Sara Allgood), in Alexander Korda's That Hamilton Woman, 1941, also starring Laurence Olivier.
That Hamilton Woman (1941) - My Only Idea Of Happiness Still giddy over her social achievements (and reflecting on her disreputable former fiancè) Emma (now-Lady) Hamilton (Vivien Leigh) is awakened in her Naples bedroom, with her excited mother (Sara Allgood) and her fussy ambassador husband (Alan Mowbray) as the leading man (Laurence Olivier, Leigh’s husband, as Captain Nelson) is introduced, in Alexander Korda’s That Hamilton Woman, 1941.
Music In My Heart (1940) - It's A Blue World Star Tony Martin as singer Bob, with an Academy Award-nominated Bob Wright-Chet Forrest tune, which charted for 14 weeks, has won a radio gig, and we cut away to listener Rita Hayworth, who’s back with her millionaire boyfriend (Alan Mowbray), because she thinks Tony deceived her, which we’ll soon learn he hasn’t, near the end of Columbia’s Music In My Heart, 1940.
Wagon Master (1950) - They Was Invited Out The Mormon wagon train led by Elder Wiggs (Ward Bond) finds common cause with the members of a bereft medicine show (Joanne Dru, Alan Mowbray, Ruth Clifford), Travis (Ben Johnson) and Sister Ledyard (Jane Darwell) adding opinions, in John Ford's Wagon Master, 1950.
Berkeley Square (1933) - Age Of Speed And Invention Prologue and opening scene, Leslie Howard as American Peter Standish (a role he played on stage in London and on Broadway), traveling in 1784 England with Major Clinton (Alan Mowbray), learning of the first balloon crossing of the English Channel, from Berkeley Square, 1933.
Panama Hattie (1942) - I'll Dip Her In The Canal! Title character Ann Sothern with pal Flo (Virginia O’Brien) plans to impress “Gerry” (Jackie Horner), the snooty young visiting daughter of her Canal Zone-based soldier fiancè Dick (Dan Dailey), who’s brought butler Jerkins (Alan Mowbray) from Philadelphia, in MGM’s Panama Hattie, 1942.
That Uncertain Feeling - Masters Of The World From Ernst Lubitsch's prologue, to the ladies lounge to meet Jill (Merle Oberon) and friends (Eve Arden, Olive Blakeney), then to the shrink, Dr. Vengard (Alan Mowbray), opening That Uncertain Feeling, 1941, also staring Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith.
Way Down South (1939) - Bayou Lovelle Credits notable for their content, co-star Clarence Muse and poet Langston Hughes sharing original screenplay credit, framing scenes at the plantation then Muse, his owner Ralph Morgan, and Edwin Maxwell with exposition, in producer Sol Lesser's musical one-off Way Down South, 1939.
Guilty Hands (1931) - Carried Away By Some Girl Having just announced their surprise engagement, affluent host Gordon (Alan Mowbray) with Barbara (Madge Evans), daughter of his sagacious and lawyer Grant (Lionel Barrymore), the insulted mistress Marjorie (Kay Francis) playing harp and expressing displeasure, in Guilty Hands, 1931.
Stand-In (1937) - Genius Of Colossal Exposition at the Hollywood studio where the star (Leslie Howard) is about to take over, C. Henry Gordon the scheming executive, Humphrey Bogart the beleaguered producer, Marla Shelton the fading star, Alan Mowbray her director, in early in Stand-In, 1937.
My Man Godfrey - Never Thought Of That Irene (Carole Lombard) drops in on Godfrey (William Powell) and springs her latest plan for their future in director Gregory La Cava's My Man Godfrey, 1936.

Companions

Lorayne Carpeter
Wife
Actor. Survived him.

Bibliography