Louis Calhern


Actor
Louis Calhern

About

Also Known As
Carl Henry Vogt
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
February 16, 1895
Died
May 12, 1956
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

In silent films as a young man but best remembered for his elderly roles of the 1950s, notably as the lead in "Julius Caesar" (1953) and as Oliver Wendell Holmes in John Sturges's "The Magnificent Yankee" (1950). Married to actresses Ilka Chase, Julia Hoyt, Natalie Schaefer and Marianne Stewart....

Photos & Videos

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Lobby Cards
Executive Suite - Group Publicity Stills
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills

Family & Companions

Ilka Chase
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1926; divorced.
Julia Hoyt
Wife
Actor.
Natalie Schafer
Wife
Actor. Married on April 20, 1933; divorced c. 1942.
Dorothy Gish
Companion
Actor.

Notes

Died in Tokyo during filming of "The Tea House of the August Moon."

Biography

In silent films as a young man but best remembered for his elderly roles of the 1950s, notably as the lead in "Julius Caesar" (1953) and as Oliver Wendell Holmes in John Sturges's "The Magnificent Yankee" (1950). Married to actresses Ilka Chase, Julia Hoyt, Natalie Schaefer and Marianne Stewart.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Forever, Darling (1956)
Charles Y. Bewell
High Society (1956)
Uncle Willie
Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Jim Murdock
The Prodigal (1955)
Nahreeb
Rhapsody (1954)
Nicholas Durant
The Student Prince (1954)
King [Ferdinand] of Karlsburg
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
James A. Michener
Betrayed (1954)
Gen. Ten Eyck
Athena (1954)
Grandpa [Ulysses] Mulvain
Executive Suite (1954)
George Nyle Caswell
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Opie Bedloe
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
Benjamin Goodman
Julius Caesar (1953)
Julius Caesar
Main Street to Broadway (1953)
Himself
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Voice of George Lorrison
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Narrator
Latin Lovers (1952)
Grandfather [Eduardo] Santos
We're Not Married! (1952)
Frederick S. Melrose
Invitation (1952)
Simon Bowker
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Col. Zapt
Washington Story (1952)
Charles W. Birch
The Man with a Cloak (1951)
Thevenet
The Magnificent Yankee (1951)
[Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr.] The Magnificent Yankee
Devil's Doorway (1950)
Verne Coolan
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Alonzo D. Emmerich
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Buffalo Bill
Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Horatio Robinson
A Life of Her Own (1950)
Jim Leversoe
Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Gregory Elliott
The Red Danube (1949)
Col. Piniev
The Red Pony (1949)
Grandfather
Arch of Triumph (1948)
[Maurice] Morosow
Notorious (1946)
Paul Prescott
Up in Arms (1944)
Col. Ashley
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)
The viceroy
Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Randolph Van Cleve
Nobody's Darling (1943)
Curtis Farnsworth
I Take This Woman (1940)
Dr. Duveen
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Dr. Brockdorf
Juarez (1939)
Le Marc
Fifth Avenue Girl (1939)
Dr. Kessler
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
Arthur Aldrich
Fast Company (1938)
Elias Z. Bannerman
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Major Dort
Her Husband Lies (1937)
Joe Sorrell
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Paty de Clam
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
Sunderland
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
Prefect
The Arizonian (1935)
Sheriff Jake Mannen
Woman Wanted (1935)
Smiley
The Affairs of Cellini (1934)
Ottaviano
Sweet Adeline (1934)
Major Day
The Man with Two Faces (1934)
Stanley Vance
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
[Raymond] De Villefort, Jr.
Duck Soup (1933)
Trentino
Strictly Personal (1933)
[Jack] Magruder
The World Gone Mad (1933)
Christopher Bruno
Frisco Jenny (1933)
Steve Dutton
Diplomaniacs (1933)
Winklereid
The Woman Accused (1933)
Leo Young
20,000 Years in Sing Sing (1932)
Joe Finn
Night After Night (1932)
Dick Bolton
They Call It Sin (1932)
Ford Humphries
Okay America (1932)
"Mileaway" Russell
Afraid to Talk (1932)
Wade
Blonde Crazy (1931)
Dapper Dan Barker
Stolen Heaven (1931)
Steve
The Road to Singapore (1931)
Dr. George March
The Last Moment (1923)
Harry Gaines
Woman, Wake Up (1922)
Monte Collins
Too Wise Wives (1921)
David Graham
The Blot (1921)
His pupil, Phil West
What's Worth While? (1921)
"Squire" Elton

Cast (Short)

A Letter From a Soldier (1951)
Narrator

Life Events

1921

Feature debut, "The Blot"

1931

First sound film, "Blonde Crazy"

1946

Appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's, "Notorious"

1950

Starred as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in "The Magnificent Yankee"

1956

Final feature, "High Society"

Photo Collections

The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Lobby Cards
The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) - Lobby Cards
Executive Suite - Group Publicity Stills
Here is a series of publicity stills taken of the all-star cast of Executive Suite (1954). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Battleground (1949), directed by William Wellman and starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, George Murphy, and many others.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of photos taken to help publicize MGM's Julius Caesar (1953), starring Marlon Brando, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, and Greer Garson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Annie Get Your Gun - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Annie Get Your Gun (1950), starring Betty Hutton and Howard Keel. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Nancy Goes to Rio - Movie Poster
Here is the original-relese One-Sheet movie poster from MGM's Nancy Goes to Rio (1950), starring Jane Powell, Ann Sothern, Barry Sullivan, and Carmen Miranda.
Blackboard Jungle - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Blackboard Jungle (1955), directed by Richard Brooks and starring Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, and Sidney Poitier.
The Man with a Cloak - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from MGM's The Man with a Cloak (1951), starring Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, and Leslie Caron. 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.
Men of the Fighting Lady - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's Men of the Fighting Lady (1954), starring Van Johnson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Magnificent Yankee - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize The Magnificent Yankee (1950), starring Louis Calhern and Ann Harding. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Confidentially Connie - Lobby Cards
Here are a few Lobby Cards from Confidentially Connie (1953), starring Van Johnson and Janet Leigh. 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.
Annie Get Your Gun - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Annie Get Your Gun (1950). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Julius Caesar (1953) - I Never Stood On Ceremony Calpurnia (Greer Garson) speaks at least one everlasting Shakespeare phrase, pleading with husband Caesar (Louis Calhern) to not go to the senate today, Decius (the "other" Brutus, John Hoyt) intruding, in the Joseph L. Mankiewicz and MGM 1953 version of Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Beware The Ides Of March Caesar (Louis Calhern) returns to Rome, checks in with wife Calpurnia (Greer Garson) and under-dressed Antony (Marlon Brando), then a blind soothsayer (Richard Hale) with famous words of warning, also getting a reading off Brutus (James Mason) in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1953.
Last Days Of Pompeii, The (1935) - In Caesar's Name! SPOILER except the title suggests Vesuvius will erupt, more special effects are deployed as Marcus (Preston Foster) chooses his wounded Christian son (John Wood) over his Roman prefect master (Louis Calhern) and his troops, in the disaster epic from RKO’s King Kong team (Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack), The Last Days Of Pompeii, 1935.
Sweet Adeline (1934) - Here Am I In a Hoboken, NJ German-style beer garden ca. 1898, Irene Dunne (title character and daughter of the owner) aims to impress the U.S. Army recruiter and (Spanish-American War) hero Major Day (Louis Calhern), with a song from the original 1929 Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II operetta, in Warner Bros.’ Sweet Adeline, 1934.
Athena (1954) - Harmonize Perturbed lawyer Adam (Edmund Purdom) at the home of mystically inclined fitness nuts, Louis Calhern as Grandpa, Jane Powell the title character, Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone in chorus, and Steve Reeves the disdainful body-builder, another Martin & Blane song, in MGM’s Athena, 1954.
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) - Left-Handed Form Rich lawyer Emmerich (Louis Calhern) is questioned by two cops (Don Haggerty, James Seay) about a murder in which we know he was directly involved, then calls his mistress to arrange an alibi, and rejoins his invalid wife (Dorothy Tree) for a famous line, in The Asphalt Jungle, 1950.
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) - You'll Have Plenty Of Trips Critical scene as the Commissioner (John McIntire) confronts lawyer Emmerich (Louis Calhern) and girlfriend Angela (Marilyn Monroe) cracks under questioning in John Huston's The Asphalt Jungle, 1950.
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) - Don't Call Me Uncle Lon Louis Calhern, as rich lawyer Alonzo Emmerich, is being asked by bookie Cobby (Marc Lawrence) and brainy ex-con Doc (Sam Jaffe) to bankroll a heist, showing interest then ushering them out, then visiting Angela (Marilyn Monroe), whose position we infer, in The Asphalt Jungle, 1950.
Notorious (1946) - I'm Allergic To American Agents Nazi ex-suitor Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains) meets newly under-cover American operative Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) in a Rio restaurant for their first date in Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, 1946.
Road To Singapore, The (1931) - Drunken Savages Dr. March (Louis Calhern), finding his betrothed has not been fetched from the boat, with his sister (Marian Marsh) goes seeking Philippa (Doris Kenyon), who has been taken in by ladies' man Dawltry (William Powell), at a fictional colonial outpost, in Road To Singapore, 1931.
Life Of Her Own, A (1950) - Temporary Insanity Model Lily (Lana Turner) is napping when she meets out-of-town businessman Steve (Ray Milland), a friend of her friend Jim (Louis Calhern), in George Cukor's A Life Of Her Own, 1950.
Red Danube, The (1949) - Marshal Stalin Wants Her All the key MGM players, Louis Calhern the Soviet officer hunting ballerina Olga (a.k.a Maria, Janet Leigh), her identity not previously known to Brit Col. Nicobar (Walter Pidgeon), Peter Lawford his smitten aide, Ethel Barrymore the abbess hiding her in a Vienna convent, in The Red Danube, 1949.

Trailer

Duck Soup - (Original Trailer) In Duck Soup (1933), their masterpiece and one of the greatest comedies of all time, The Marx Brothers take over the tiny nation of Freedonia.
Latin Lovers - (Original Trailer) Expect Ricardo Montalban to give Lana Turner a taste for Latin Lovers (1953) in this Technicolor romance.
Woman Wanted - (Original Trailer) An innocent woman (Maureen O'Sullivan) is chased by both gangsters and the police.
Man With Two Faces, The - (Original Trailer) Edward G. Robinson plays a ham actor in the film version of a George S. Kaufman - Alexander Wolcott play.
High Society - (Trailer) High Society, 1956 Original theatrical trailer for High Society, 1956, starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm, featuring original songs by Cole Porter.
Frisco Jenny - (Original Trailer) A district attorney prosecutes his own mother (Ruth Chatterton) for murder in Frisco Jenny (1932).
Julius Caesar - (Re-issue Trailer) Marlon Brando heads an all-star cast in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's film of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1953).
Fast Company - (Original Trailer) Married book-dealers (Melvyn Douglas, Florence Rice) try to clear a friend in the murder of a rival book-seller in Fast Company (1938).
Devil's Doorway - (Original Trailer) A Native American Civil War hero (Robert Taylor) returns home to fight for his people. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Count of Monte Cristo, The (1934) - (Re-issue trailer) Robert Donat stars in The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) as the forgotten prisoner executing his long-planned revenge.
Blackboard Jungle - (Vic Morrow introduction trailer) Vic Morrow, who plays juvenile delinquent Artie West, introduces the trailer for Blackboard Jungle (1955).
Athena - (Original Trailer) A society lawyer falls in love with the daughter (Jane Powell) of a family of fitness fanatics in Athena (1954).

Companions

Ilka Chase
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1926; divorced.
Julia Hoyt
Wife
Actor.
Natalie Schafer
Wife
Actor. Married on April 20, 1933; divorced c. 1942.
Dorothy Gish
Companion
Actor.
Marianne Stewart
Wife
Actor.

Bibliography

Notes

Died in Tokyo during filming of "The Tea House of the August Moon."