Clive Brook


Actor

About

Also Known As
Clifford Hardman Brook
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
June 01, 1887
Died
November 17, 1974

Biography

Distinguished English lead with a dry, mature, stiff-upper-lip quality. Brook began his acting career on the London stage after having been invalided out of the rifle corps during WWI. He was in Hollywood from 1924 to 1934 and is probably best known to US film audiences for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and his performance as a world-weary doctor opposite Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai...

Family & Companions

Mildred Evelyn
Wife
Actor.

Biography

Distinguished English lead with a dry, mature, stiff-upper-lip quality. Brook began his acting career on the London stage after having been invalided out of the rifle corps during WWI. He was in Hollywood from 1924 to 1934 and is probably best known to US film audiences for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and his performance as a world-weary doctor opposite Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai Express" (1932). He later returned to England and acted in films for another decade and made several character turns still later in life. Brook directed one of his last starring films, the splendid drawing room comedy, "On Approval" (1943).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

On Approval (1944)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
Marquis of Gleneyre
On Approval (1944)
Return to Yesterday (1940)
Convoy (1940)
Action for Slander (1938)
Major George Daviot
The Ware Case (1938)
Love in Exile (1936)
The Lonely Road (1936)
Dressed to Thrill (1935)
Bill Trent
Gallant Lady (1934)
Dan Pritchard
Let's Try Again (1934)
[Dr.] Jack [Overton]
Where Sinners Meet (1934)
Latimer
Cavalcade (1933)
Robert Marryot
If I Were Free (1933)
Gordon Evers
Midnight Club (1933)
Colin Grant
The Man from Yesterday (1932)
Tony Clyde
Shanghai Express (1932)
Captain Donald [Doc] Harvey
The Night of June 13 (1932)
John Curry
Sherlock Holmes (1932)
Sherlock Holmes
Make Me a Star (1932)
East Lynne (1931)
Captain Francis Levison
Tarnished Lady (1931)
Norman Cravath
Husband's Holiday (1931)
George Boyd
The Lawyer's Secret (1931)
Drake Norris
24 Hours (1931)
James Morton Towner
Silence (1931)
Jim Warren
Scandal Sheet (1931)
Noel Adams
Paramount on Parade (1930)
Sweethearts and Wives (1930)
Reginald De Brett
Slightly Scarlet (1930)
Hon. Courtenay Parkes
Anybody's Woman (1930)
Neil Dunlap
Charming Sinners (1929)
Robert Miles
The Laughing Lady (1929)
Daniel Farr
A Dangerous Woman (1929)
Frank Gregory
The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929)
Sherlock Holmes
The Four Feathers (1929)
Lieutenant Durrance
Interference (1929)
Sir John Marlay
French Dressing (1928)
Henri de Briac
The Yellow Lily (1928)
Archduke Alexander
Midnight Madness (1928)
Michael Bream
The Perfect Crime (1928)
Benson
Forgotten Faces (1928)
Heliotrope Harry Harlow
Afraid To Love (1927)
Sir Reginald Belsize
Underworld (1927)
Rolls Royce
Hula (1927)
Anthony Haldane
The Devil Dancer (1927)
Stephen Athelstan
Barbed Wire (1927)
Oskar
The Devil Danger (1927)
Why Girls Go Back Home (1926)
Clifford Dudley
The Popular Sin (1926)
Jean Corot
For Alimony Only (1926)
Peter Williams
You Never Know Women (1926)
Norodin
Three Faces East (1926)
Valdar
Compromise (1925)
Alan Thayer
Seven Sinners (1925)
Jerry Winters
The Pleasure Buyers (1925)
Tad Workman
Enticement (1925)
Henry Wallis
When Love Grows Cold (1925)
Jerry Benson
The Home Maker (1925)
Lester Knapp
The Woman Hater (1925)
Miles
Déclassée (1925)
Rudolph Solomon
If Marriage Fails (1925)
Joe Woodbury
Playing With Souls (1925)
Matthew Dale, Sr.
Christine of the Hungry Heart (1924)
Dr. Alan Monteagle
The Mirage (1924)
Henry Galt
The Recoil (1924)
Marchmont

Writer (Feature Film)

On Approval (1944)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

On Approval (1944)
Producer

Life Events

1918

Stage acting debut in touring production of "Fair and Warmer"

1920

London stage debut

1920

Film acting debut in "Trent's Last Case"

1924

US film acting debut in "Christine of the Hungry Heart"

1934

Left Hollywood

1943

Sole film as director (also producer, co-writer, actor), "On Approval"

1944

Resumed, and began concentrating on, stage career

1950

US stage debut in "Second Threshold"

Photo Collections

Shanghai Express - Movie Posters
Shanghai Express - Movie Posters
Shanghai Express - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Paramount's Shanghai Express (1932), starring Marlene Dietrich. 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

Shanghai Express (1932) - I Wouldn't Have Bobbed My Hair Possibly the most emphatic scene of the picture by director Joseph von Sternberg in displaying his mastery of the attributes of Marlene Dietrich, as Shanghai Lily, revealing her relations with British military doctor Harvey (Clive Brook), off the back of the train, in Shanghai Express, 1932.
Shanghai Express (1932) - Both Their Souls Are Rotten Pompous clergyman Carmichael (Lawrence Grant) unloads on Brit military doctor Harvey (Clive Brook) about Hui Fei (Anna May Wong) and Magdalen (Marlene Dietrich, a.k.a. Shanghai Lily), whose subsequent chat suggests a complex history, early on the trip in Shanghai Express, 1932.
Shanghai Express (1932) - The Most Respectable People The train stalled by city hassles, first Doc (Clive Brook) then parson Carmichael (Lawrence Grant) visit similarly-employed Magdalen (Marlene Dietrich) and Hui Fei (Anna May Wong), then Mrs. Haggerty (Louise Closser Hale) misreads the situation, in Joseph von Sternberg’s Shanghai Express, 1932.
Shanghai Express (1932) - Everything But A Turkish Bath Terrific hubbub, Joseph von Sternberg directing and introducing Anna May Wong, Louise Closser Hale and fussy Lawrence Grant, then star Marlene Dietrich, mysterious Warner Oland, and uniformed “Doc,” (Clive Brook), all departing “Peiping,” in Paramount’s Shanghai Express, 1932.
On Approval (1944) - Would It Be Dull And Stuffy? Joining the prologue by writer, director and star Clive Brook, whose screenplay transposed writer Frederick Lonsdale's play back to the Victorian era, introducing himself as the impecunious Duke of Bristol, in On Approval, 1944, co-starring Beatrice Lillie.
On Approval (1944) - Have You No Odd Corner? Richard (Roland Culver) begins his on-trial weekend with rich widow Maria (Beatrice Lillie), who together find that his friend the impoverished Duke George (writer-director Clive Brook) and her American friend Helen (Googie Withers) have intervened, in On Approval, 1944.
White Shadow, The (1924) - A Willing Victim Alfred Hitchcock at 24 was the art director, screenwriter, assistant director and probably most other things, Graham Cutts the credited director, in the 1924 British melodrama The White Shadow, from Lost And Found: American Treasures From The New Zealand Film Archive, Part 2, 2013, original score by Michael D. Mortilla.
On Approval (1944) - Ever Tried Brandy? Having traded insults together at the ball, widow Maria (Beatrice Lillie) with hostess Helen (Googie Withers) and smitten Richard (Roland Culver) with cynical Duke George (writer and director Clive Brook) exchange views, in On Approval, from the Frederick Lonsdale play.

Family

George Alfred Brook
Father
Charlotte Mary Brook
Mother
Opera singer.
Faith Brook
Daughter
Actor.
Lyndon Brook
Son
Playwright, actor.

Companions

Mildred Evelyn
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography