Lewis Stone


Actor
Lewis Stone

About

Birth Place
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Born
November 15, 1879
Died
September 12, 1953
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Broadway lead who played courtly heroes in numerous silent films, making his mark in Rex Ingram's "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922--dual role) and "Scaramouche" (1923). Despite his advanced years--he was 50 at the dawn of the sound era--Stone continued to play gentlemanly leads, often appearing opposite Greta Garbo, and eventually evolved into a dependable character player of numerous MGM p...

Photos & Videos

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Just This Once - Lobby Cards
Life Begins for Andy Hardy - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Mary Langham
Wife
Florence Pryor
Wife
Hazel Elizabeth Wolf
Wife
Was with Stone when he died at home of a heart attack.

Notes

"If it were not so impractical to close the studio down, every one of the thousands on the lot would be here to pay their tribute of affection to Lewis Stone. It is difficult to say what is his greatest attribute--his character of Americanism or his artistry. But I do say he is a credit to his profession, and it is significant that such a man has become the symobl of fatherhood in America as Judge Hardy. It is fitting that he should be the one to do such a perfect interpretation--and that every boy in America should envy Mickey Rooney that he has such a father in his professional life."--Louis B. Mayer on presenting Stone with a pair of silver spurs in 1938 ("The MGM Stock Company")

In his last years, Stone worked only twelve weeks a year at MGM, but at Mayer's insistence, was paid for a full forty weeks. ("The MGM Stock Company")

Biography

Broadway lead who played courtly heroes in numerous silent films, making his mark in Rex Ingram's "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922--dual role) and "Scaramouche" (1923). Despite his advanced years--he was 50 at the dawn of the sound era--Stone continued to play gentlemanly leads, often appearing opposite Greta Garbo, and eventually evolved into a dependable character player of numerous MGM productions, notably as Judge Hardy in the "Andy Hardy" series.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Capt. Holt
Scaramouche (1952)
Georges de Valmorin
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Sexton
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
The cardinal
Talk About a Stranger (1952)
Mr. Wardlaw
Just This Once (1952)
Judge Samuel Coulter
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Arnold P. Hapgood
Grounds for Marriage (1951)
Dr. Carleton Radwin Young
The Unknown Man (1951)
Judge James V. Hulbrook
Night into Morning (1951)
Dr. Horace Snyder
Bannerline (1951)
Josh
Key to the City (1950)
Judge Silas Standish
Stars in My Crown (1950)
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
Any Number Can Play (1949)
Ben Gavery Snelerr
The Sun Comes Up (1949)
Arthur Norton
State of the Union (1948)
Sam Thorndyke
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)
Judge Hardy
Three Wise Fools (1946)
Judge James Trumbell
The Hoodlum Saint (1946)
Father Nolan
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
The Bugle Sounds (1942)
Colonel Lawton
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Sporting Blood (1940)
Davis Lockwood
Joe and Ethel Turp Call on the President (1939)
The President
Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
Judge [James] Hardy
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
The Hardys Ride High (1939)
Judge Hardy
The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
Douglas Tolliver Jr.
Stolen Heaven (1938)
Langauer
Out West with the Hardys (1938)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Judge Hardy's Children (1938)
Judge James [K.] Hardy
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Judge James [K.] Hardy
Yellow Jack (1938)
Maj. [Walter] Reed
The Chaser (1938)
Prescott
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
Mr. Jackson Douglas
The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)
Lawrence Fontaine [alias of Eric Steele]
You're Only Young Once (1937)
Judge [James K.] Hardy
Outcast (1937)
Alfred A. Abbott
The Thirteenth Chair (1937)
Inspector Marney
Three Godfathers (1936)
[James Underwood, also known as] "Doc"
Small Town Girl (1936)
Dr. Dakin
Don't Turn 'Em Loose (1936)
John Webster
The Unguarded Hour (1936)
General Lawrence
Sworn Enemy (1936)
Dr. Simon Gattle
Suzy (1936)
Baron [Charville]
David Copperfield (1935)
Mr. Wickfield
Public Hero No. 1 (1935)
Warden [Alcott]
Vanessa: Her Love Story (1935)
Adam [Paris]
Shipmates Forever (1935)
Admiral Melville
Woman Wanted (1935)
District Attorney [Martin]
West Point of the Air (1935)
General Carter
China Seas (1935)
[Tom] Davids
Treasure Island (1934)
Captain [Alexander] Smollett
The Mystery of Mr. X (1934)
[Inspector] Connor
You Can't Buy Everything (1934)
[John] Burton
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Frank Cousins
Looking Forward (1933)
[Gabriel] Service, Sr.
Men Must Fight (1933)
Edward ["Ned"] Seward
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
Captain Webb
The White Sister (1933)
Prince Chiaromonte
Queen Christina (1933)
[Chancellor] Oxenstierna
Grand Hotel (1932)
Doctor Otternschlag
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Nayland Smith
The Wet Parade (1932)
Roger Chilcote
Unashamed (1932)
Henry Trask
New Morals for Old (1932)
Mr. Thomas
Divorce in the Family (1932)
John Parker
Red-Headed Woman (1932)
William Legendre, Sr.
The Son-Daughter (1932)
Dr. Dong Tong
Letty Lynton (1932)
Mr. [John J.] Haney
Night Court (1932)
Judge [William] Osgood
My Past (1931)
John Thornley
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Carlo Boretti
Always Goodbye (1931)
John Graham
The Secret Six (1931)
Newton
Father's Son (1931)
William Emory
The Bargain (1931)
Maitland White
The Phantom of Paris (1931)
Costaud
Strictly Dishonorable (1931)
Judge Dempsey
Inspiration (1931)
Delval
Mata Hari (1931)
Andriani
Passion Flower (1930)
Antonio Morado
The Office Wife (1930)
Lawrence Fellows
Romance (1930)
Cornelius Van Tuyl
The Big House (1930)
Warden [James Adams]
Strictly Unconventional (1930)
Clive Champion-Cheney
The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929)
Edward West
Wild Orchids (1929)
John Sterling
Madame X (1929)
Floriot
Wonder of Women (1929)
Stephen Tromholt
Their Own Desire (1929)
Marlett
The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1928)
Menelaus
The Foreign Legion (1928)
Colonel Destinn
Freedom of the Press (1928)
Daniel Steele
The Patriot (1928)
Count Pahlen
A Woman of Affairs (1928)
Hugh
The Prince of Headwaiters (1927)
Pierre
Lonesome Ladies (1927)
John Fosdick
An Affair of the Follies (1927)
Hammersley
The Notorious Lady (1927)
Patrick Marlowe/John Carew
The Girl From Montmartre (1926)
Jerome
Too Much Money (1926)
Robert Broadley
Midnight Lovers (1926)
Maj. William Ridgewell, R. F. C.
Old Loves and New (1926)
Gervas Carew
Don Juan's Three Nights (1926)
Johann Aradi
The Blonde Saint (1926)
Sebastian Maure
What Fools Men (1925)
Joseph Greer
Confessions of a Queen (1925)
The King
The Lady Who Lied (1925)
Horace Pierpont
Fine Clothes (1925)
Earl of Denham
The Lost World (1925)
Sir John Roxton
Cheaper To Marry (1925)
Jim Knight
The Talker (1925)
Harry Lennox
Why Men Leave Home (1924)
John Emerson
Cytherea (1924)
Lee Randon
The Stranger (1924)
Keith Darrant
Scaramouche (1924)
The Marquis de la Tour d'Azyr
Inez From Hollywood (1924)
Stewart Cuyler
Husbands and Lovers (1924)
James Livingston
The World's Applause (1923)
John Elliott
The Dangerous Age (1923)
John Emerson
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1923)
Garth McBride
Trifling Women (1922)
The Marquis Ferroni
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf
A Fool There Was (1922)
John Schuyler
The Rosary (1922)
Father Brian Kelly
The Golden Snare (1921)
Sgt. Philip Raine
The Child Thou Gavest Me (1921)
Edward Berkeley
The Concert (1921)
Augustus Martinot
Beau Revel (1921)
Lawrence "Beau" Revel
Pilgrims of the Night (1921)
Philip Champion/Lord Ellingham
Don't Neglect Your Wife (1921)
Langdon Masters
Held by the Enemy (1920)
Capt. Gordon Hayne
Milestones (1920)
John Rhead
The River's End (1920)
Derwent Conniston/John Keith
Nomads of the North (1920)
Corporal Michael O'Connor
Man's Desire (1919)
Tom Denton
The Man of Bronze (1918)
John Adams
Inside the Lines (1918)
"1932," also known as Captain Cavendish
The Havoc (1916)
Richard Craig
According to the Code (1916)
Basil Breckenridge, also known as Capt. Knighton
Honor's Altar (1916)
Warren Woods

Writer (Feature Film)

Man's Desire (1919)
Story

Cast (Short)

Some of the Best (1944)
Himself
Plan for Destruction (1943)
Holiday Greetings 1941 Lewis Stone (1941)
Himself
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade Hits for 1940 (Cairo Theatre Opening) (1940)
Himself
Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) (1939)
"Andy Hardy's Dilemma" A Lesson in Mathematics - and Other Things (1938)
Another Romance of Celluloid (1938)
Himself

Life Events

1900

Broadway debut, "Side-Tracked"

1912

Became Broadway matinee idol with "The Bird of Paradise"

1915

Film debut, "The Man Who Found Out"

1924

Worked for MGM shortly after its formation

1928

Rejoined MGM where, with a few exceptions, he remained for the rest of his career

1929

First sound film, "The Trial of Mary Dugan"

1937

First film as Andy Hardy's father, "You're Only Young Once"

1953

Died of heart attack while chasing vandals from his property; was to have appeared in "Sabrina" (1954)

Photo Collections

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Just This Once - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Just This Once (1952), starring Janet Leigh and Peter Lawford. 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.
Life Begins for Andy Hardy - Movie Posters
Here are a few original release movie posters for MGM's Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941), starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941), starring Mickey Rooney. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Love Finds Andy Hardy - Publicity Stills
Here are some publicity stills from Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
A Fool There Was - Glass Slide
Here is a Glass Slide for the Fox film A Fool There Was (1922), starring Estelle Taylor and Lewis Stone. Glass slides were used by many theaters to promote coming attractions during slide shows between movie screenings.
Judge Hardy and Son - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's Judge Hardy and Son (1939), starring Mickey Rooney and Lewis Stone.
Judge Hardy and Son - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's Judge Hardy and Son (1939). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Wet Parade, The (1932) - Just A Low Down Cowardly Drunkard Increasingly dissolute Southern patriarch Chilcote (Lewis Stone) resists when daughter Maggie (Dorothy Jordan) snatches him from the saloon, early in Victor Fleming's The Wet Parade, 1932, from an Upton Sinclair novel.
Phantom Of Paris, The (1931) - I'd Rather Not Watch This From the top, we meet John Gilbert as the title character, a celebrated magician, from a Gaston Leroux serial novel (as was MGM’s The Phantom Of The Opera, 1925), Leila Hyams his admirer in the balcony, Louise Mackintosh her affronted companion, in The Phantom Of Paris, 1931, with Ian Keith, Jean Hersholt and Alfred Hickman.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) - Husbands Just Love Being Surprised With May Robson as her Aunt Jane, the first appearance by Leila Hyams as Irene, wife of businessman Bill (Chester Morris), whom we know is this very minute being seduced by his brazen new office gal “Red” (Jean Harlow), leading to confrontation, in director Jack Conway’s Red-Headed Woman, 1932.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) - I'm In The Big Leagues Having successfully gotten herself caught fooling around with her boss by his wife, Red (Jean Harlow) plotting and undressing with somewhat shocked pal Sally (Una Merkel), then summoned by her boss's father (Lewis Stone) in MGM's Red-Headed Woman, 1932.
Queen Christina (1933) - I Have No Time To Soothe You First appearance by Greta Garbo, now grown up, as the Swedish queen, a historical figure, consulting with her chancellor (Lewis Stone) and her (turns out to be...) amorous treasurer (Ian Keith), early in MGM's Queen Christina, also starring John Gilbert.
Big House, The (1930) - Mushrooms All Over It Director George Hill capturing more of the remarkable scale of the MGM sets in another famous scene, in the mess hall, Butch (Wallace Beery) sowing discontent, the warden (Lewis Stone) intervening, and new inmate Kent (Robert Montgomery) timidly foiling a plot, in The Big House, 1930.
Big House, The (1930) - You're Too Nice A Kid More of MGM’s massive interior sets, derived partly from writer Frances Marion’s visit to San Quentin, our first trip to the yard with new inmate Kent (Robert Montgomery), with the boys playing what looks like a standard trick, DeWitt Jennings the head screw, in The Big House, 1930.
Big House, The (1930) -- First Time In Prison? Dramatic opening, featuring a model prison, into which Kent (Robert Mongtomery) is incarcerated in convincing manner, from MGM's The Big House , 1930, also starring Wallace Beery and Chester Morris.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) - There's A General Housework Girl The Hardy family (Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker as Marian and Mickey Rooney as Andy) travels from Carmel (somewhere in the midwest…) to New York, on the judge’s legal business, where hometown friend Betsy (Judy Garland) has arranged lodging, early in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940.
Romance (1930) - Harder To Be Good Young Manhattan pastor Tom (Gavin Gordon) deals first with a gossipy guest (William Stack), then with his parishoner and host Van Tuyl (Lewis Stone), before briefly meeting the star Greta Garbo, early in her second talkie, Romance, 1930.
Romance (1930) - Perhaps The Boat Will Sink New Yorker Miss Armstrong (Clara Blandick) with Van Tuyl (Lewis Stone), prepared to be offended by opera singer Rita Cavallini (Greta Garbo), and both aiming to discourage her friendship with her pastor brother Tom (Gavin Gordon), in MGM's Romance, 1930.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) - How Are The Ancient Greeks Involved? Andy (Mickey Rooney) explains errors in financing for his high school graduation to his dad the judge (Lewis Stone), with visits from Beezy and Jimmy (George Breakston, Gene Reynolds) and girlfriend Polly (Ann Rutherford), in the 10th film in MGM’s series, Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary, 1941.

Trailer

Love Finds Andy Hardy - (Original Trailer) A small-town boy tries to juggle two girlfriends at once in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.
Three Wise Fools - (Original Trailer) An orphan girl (Margaret O'Brien) melts the hearts of three crusty old men (Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Edward Arnold).
Woman Wanted - (Original Trailer) An innocent woman (Maureen O'Sullivan) is chased by both gangsters and the police.
Hardys Ride High, The - (Original Trailer) In the sixth Hardy Family movie, The Hardys Ride High (1939) after they inherit a fortune but Andy has trouble adjusting to society life.
Chaser, The - (Original Trailer) Love trips up an ambulance-chasing lawyer Dennis O'Keefe in The Chaser (1938), a remake of The Nuisance (1933).
Bureau of Missing Persons - (Original Trailer) A police chief (Pat O'Brien) helps a young bride (Bette Davis) find her missing husband...or at least his corpse at the Bureau Of Missing Persons (1933).
Bannerline - (Original Trailer) An idealistic small-town reporter (Keefe Brasselle) tries to fight corruption in Bannerline (1951).
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary - (Original Trailer) For number 11 in the series, Andy feels he needs social assistance in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941).
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble - (Original Trailer) In the 13th entry in the series, college boy Andy tangles with beautiful twins in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944).
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever - (Original Trailer) For the seventh movie in the series, Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (1939) especially when he falls hard for his drama teacher.
Unguarded Hour, The -- (Original Trailer) A blackmailer tries to stop a woman from revealing evidence that could save a condemned man in The Unguarded Hour (1936) starring Loretta Young.
West Point Of The Air - (Original Trailer) An army sergeant (Wallace Beery) inspires his son to become an ace flyer and join the West Point of the Air (1935).

Companions

Mary Langham
Wife
Florence Pryor
Wife
Hazel Elizabeth Wolf
Wife
Was with Stone when he died at home of a heart attack.

Bibliography

Notes

"If it were not so impractical to close the studio down, every one of the thousands on the lot would be here to pay their tribute of affection to Lewis Stone. It is difficult to say what is his greatest attribute--his character of Americanism or his artistry. But I do say he is a credit to his profession, and it is significant that such a man has become the symobl of fatherhood in America as Judge Hardy. It is fitting that he should be the one to do such a perfect interpretation--and that every boy in America should envy Mickey Rooney that he has such a father in his professional life."--Louis B. Mayer on presenting Stone with a pair of silver spurs in 1938 ("The MGM Stock Company")

In his last years, Stone worked only twelve weeks a year at MGM, but at Mayer's insistence, was paid for a full forty weeks. ("The MGM Stock Company")