Oscar Apfel


Director

About

Also Known As
Oscar C. Apfel
Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
January 17, 1879
Died
March 21, 1938

Biography

Entering film as a director in 1911, Apfel enjoyed several successful collaborations with Cecil B. DeMille (notably on "The Squaw Man" 1914), before moving to Fox and then free-lancing for a number of years. His behind-the-camera career faded by the late 1920s, though, and subsequently he found steady work as a character actor in the sound era, most typically in distinguished, authoritat...

Biography

Entering film as a director in 1911, Apfel enjoyed several successful collaborations with Cecil B. DeMille (notably on "The Squaw Man" 1914), before moving to Fox and then free-lancing for a number of years. His behind-the-camera career faded by the late 1920s, though, and subsequently he found steady work as a character actor in the sound era, most typically in distinguished, authoritative roles.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

When Seconds Count (1927)
Director
Cheaters (1927)
Director
Code of the Cow Country (1927)
Director
Somebody's Mother (1926)
Director
Perils of the Coast Guard (1926)
Director
The Call of the Klondike (1926)
Director
Midnight Limited (1926)
Director
Race Wild (1926)
Director
The Last Alarm (1926)
Director
The Thoroughbred (1925)
Director
Borrowed Finery (1925)
Director
The Sporting Chance (1925)
Director
The Heart Bandit (1924)
Director
The Social Code (1923)
Director
A Man's Man (1923)
Director
In Search of a Thrill (1923)
Director
Trail of the Law (1923)
Director
Bulldog Drummond (1923)
Director
The Wolf's Fangs (1922)
Director
The Man Who Paid (1922)
Director
Auction of Souls (1922)
Director
The Lion's Mouse (1922)
Director
Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1921)
Director
Bringing Up Betty (1919)
Director
An Amateur Widow (1919)
Director
The Oakdale Affair (1919)
Director
The Crook of Dreams (1919)
Director
The Little Intruder (1919)
Director
Phil for Short (1919)
Director
Auction of Souls (1919)
Director
The Steel King (1919)
Director
Mandarin's Gold (1919)
Director
The Rough Neck (1919)
Director
Me and Captain Kidd (1919)
Director
A Man's Man (1918)
Director
Merely Players (1918)
Director
Tinsel (1918)
Director
To Him That Hath (1918)
Director
The Turn of a Card (1918)
Director
The Grouch (1918)
Director
The Interloper (1918)
Director
The Price of Her Soul (1917)
Director
The Hidden Children (1917)
Director
The Battle of Hearts (1916)
Director
The Fires of Conscience (1916)
Director
The Man from Bitter Roots (1916)
Director
The End of the Trail (1916)
Director
Fighting Blood (1916)
Director
A Man of Sorrow (1916)
Director
Peer Gynt (1915)
Director
The Wild Olive (1915)
Director
Snobs (1915)
Director
After Five (1915)
Director
Kilmeny (1915)
Director
The Rug Maker's Daughter (1915)
Director
The Broken Law (1915)
Director
The Little Gypsy (1915)
Director
A Soldier's Oath (1915)
Director
The Only Son (1914)
Director
The Call of the North (1914)
Director
Brewster's Millions (1914)
Director
The Man on the Box (1914)
Director
The Circus Man (1914)
Director
Ready Money (1914)
Director
The Ghost Breaker (1914)
Director
The Master Mind (1914)
Director
The Squaw Man (1914)
Director
The Last Volunteer (1914)
Director
The Bawlerout (1913)
Director
The Passer-By (1912)
Director
Martin Chuzzlewit (1912)
Director
The Black Arrow (1911)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Nancy Steele Is Missing! (1937)
Judge
Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937)
Lambert
Crack-Up (1937)
Alfred Kruxton
Rustler's Valley (1937)
Clem Crawford
Trouble in Morocco (1937)
Colonel DeRouget
Shadows of the Orient (1937)
Judge Avery
The Fire Trap (1937)
R. A. Rawson
Fifty Roads to Town (1937)
Smorgen
The Soldier and the Lady (1937)
Tsar's general
Conquest (1937)
Count Potocha
The Toast of New York (1937)
Wallack
We Who Are About to Die (1937)
Armitage
Career Woman (1936)
Medical examiner
San Francisco (1936)
Singer in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Till We Meet Again (1936)
German general
Sutter's Gold (1936)
Hearts in Bondage (1936)
Captain Gilman
The Plot Thickens (1936)
[H. G.] Robbins
Missing Girls (1936)
Hollywood Boulevard (1936)
Doctor Inslo
And Sudden Death (1936)
Counsel for the defense
Bridge of Sighs (1936)
Bulldog Edition (1936)
Taggart
Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
Reuben Marshall
Every Saturday Night (1936)
Mr. Dayton
Back to Nature (1936)
Hotel manager
36 Hours to Kill (1936)
Man in wash room
15 Maiden Lane (1936)
Diamond cutter
The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
Tompkins
Dante's Inferno (1935)
Williams
Romance in Manhattan (1935)
The judge
O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935)
Lawyer
Carnival (1935)
Mr. Lawson
Mary Jane's Pa (1935)
Chief Bailey
Party Wire (1935)
Tom Sherman
Cappy Ricks Returns (1935)
T. Osgood Blake
His Night Out (1935)
Dr. Kraft
The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935)
President Malloy
Death Flies East (1935)
[Wallace P.] Burroughs
The Nut Farm (1935)
Bob Bent
Rainbow's End (1935)
Gibson, Sr.
The Best Man Wins (1935)
Chief of police
Another Face (1935)
Dr. H. J. Buler
This Is the Life (1935)
Department. of Justice chief
Silk Hat Kid (1935)
School principal
Page Miss Glory (1935)
Tailor
Ginger (1935)
Bill collector
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Speaker of assembly
The Big Shakedown (1934)
Doctor
The Old Fashioned Way (1934)
Mr. Livingston
I Am a Thief (1934)
Auctioneer
Crimson Romance (1934)
John Fleming
Take the Stand (1934)
White Lies (1934)
Hunter
Whirlpool (1934)
Editor
Madame Spy (1934)
Pahlke
Fifteen Wives (1934)
District Attorney Kerry
Are We Civilized? (1934)
Dr. Leonard Gear
Beloved (1934)
Henry Burrows
The House of Rothschild (1934)
Prussian officer
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
Manager
A Wicked Woman (1934)
Doctor
The Firebird (1934)
Sergeant
Rasputin and the Empress (1933)
Pick-Up (1933)
Warden
Emergency Call (1933)
Dr. Schwarz
Tomorrow at Seven (1933)
Marsden
Ladies Must Love (1933)
Nussbauer
The Bowery (1933)
Ivan Rummel
Before Dawn (1933)
Chief John F. O'Hara
Hold the Press (1933)
Bishop
Only Yesterday (1933)
Mr. Lane
The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
District Attorney
The World Changes (1933)
Morley
One Man's Journey (1933)
John Radford
Symphony of Six Million (1932)
Doctor
Hot Saturday (1932)
Mr. [Ed. W.] Randolph
A Successful Calamity (1932)
The President
Make Me a Star (1932)
Henshaw
You Said a Mouthful (1932)
Armstrong
Two Against the World (1932)
Howard Mills
The World and the Flesh (1932)
Banker
When a Fellow Needs a Friend (1932)
Doctor
False Faces (1932)
Fineberg
The Famous Ferguson Case (1932)
Business and Pleasure (1932)
P. D. Weatheright
The Man Who Played God (1932)
Lip reader
High Pressure (1932)
B.B.B.M.
The Heart of New York (1932)
Gassenheim
It's Tough to Be Famous (1932)
Boynton
Shopworn (1932)
[Judge] Forbes
State's Attorney (1932)
Mr. Ulric [sic]
Alias the Doctor (1932)
Keller
The Impatient Maiden (1932)
Dr. Wilcox
Hell's Highway (1932)
[William] Billings
The Woman from Monte Carlo (1932)
Dr. Rabeouf
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce
Madame Racketeer (1932)
J. Harrington Hagney
When a Feller Needs a Friend (1932)
Sooky (1931)
Krausmeyer
The Maltese Falcon (1931)
District Attorney
Huckleberry Finn (1931)
The King, [Senior]
Inspiration (1931)
Vignaud
Misbehaving Ladies (1931)
Mayor Twitchell
Way Back Home (1931)
Wobbling Duffy
Wicked (1931)
Judge Edwin Luther
Big Business Girl (1931)
Walter Morley
Sidewalks of New York (1931)
Judge
The Finger Points (1931)
Managing editor Wheeler
Men in Her Life (1931)
The attorney [Bill Blake]
The Bargain (1931)
G. T. Warren
Five Star Final (1931)
[Bernard] Hinchecliffe
The Spoilers (1930)
Struve
The Virtuous Sin (1930)
Major Ivanoff
The Right To Love (1930)
Mr. Kellogg
Man Trouble (1930)
Eddie
The Texan (1930)
Thacker
Abraham Lincoln (1930)
Secretary of War
Half-way to Heaven (1929)
Manager
True Heaven (1929)
German general
Not Quite Decent (1929)
Canfield
Marianne (1929)
Major
Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)
Max North
Romance of the Underworld (1928)
Champagne Joe
The Valley of Hunted Men (1928)
Dan Phillips
The Heart of Broadway (1928)
Dave Richards

Writer (Feature Film)

Somebody's Mother (1926)
Writer
The Hidden Children (1917)
Scen
The Battle of Hearts (1916)
Scen
A Man of Sorrow (1916)
Scen
The End of the Trail (1916)
Scen
Fighting Blood (1916)
Scen
The Man from Bitter Roots (1916)
Scen
Peer Gynt (1915)
Scen
A Soldier's Oath (1915)
Scen
The Broken Law (1915)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

The Oakdale Affair (1919)
Producer
The Steel King (1919)
Producer
Me and Captain Kidd (1919)
Producer

Cast (Short)

Angel of Mercy (1939)
The Perfect Tribute (1935)
You Said a Hatful! (1934)
It Happened One Day (1934)
You Bring the Ducks (1934)
Helping Grandma (1930)

Life Events

1911

Film directing debut

1914

Co-directed C.B. DeMille's directorial debut "The Squaw Man," which was also one of the earliest feature-length films made in the US

1916

Joined Fox studios

1927

Directed last film

1928

Focused career on acting; earliest films in which he only acted included "The Heart of Broadway"

1937

Last acting roles in features included those in "History Is Made at Night" and "The Toast of New York"

Videos

Movie Clip

Sidewalks Of New York (1931) - Raise Your Right Hand Rich landlord Harmon (Buster Keaton) and minion Poggle (Cliff Edwards) arrive at court where the judge (Oscar Apfel) is investigating the giant neighborhood brawl, in Keaton’s third MGM talkie, into which he had no creative input, in Sidewalks Of New York, 1931.
Romance In Manhattan (1935) - Let's See Your Money Sweeping introduction to New York for hunky Francis Lederer, Prague-born, already an international stage and screen star, in one of his first Hollywood roles as Czech immigrant Karel Novak, running into trouble with Immigration, opening Romance In Manhattan, 1934, also starring Ginger Rogers.
Shopworn (1932) - I'm Not Cheap, I'm Not Common! Society doyenne Mrs. Livingston (Clara Blandick) and friend Judge Forbes (Oscar Apfel) drop in on working-class Kitty (Barbara Stanwyck) where her college-man son David Livingston (Regis Toomey) delivers shocking news, in Shopworn, 1932.
I Am A Thief (1934) - Impertinent Fellow After an opening with worried bankers plotting to trap jewel thieves, we meet the principals at a Paris auction, Ricardo Cortez as "Londais," Mary Astor as "Odette," the losing bidder, and Dudley Digges as the bumbling American "Jackson," in I Am A Thief, 1934, directed by Robert Florey.
World Changes, The (1933) - The Smell Of Our Business More compressed history, cattle man Orin Nordholm (Paul Muni) becomes partner to his mentor (Guy Kibbee), marries his daughter (Mary Astor) and parries cynical mourners (Sidney Toler, Oscar Apfel, William Burress) when the man expires, in the meat industry quasi-epic The World Changes, 1933.
Squaw Man, The (1914) - Beginning Of The Feud Wacky sequence from C.B. DeMille in his first feature, first in England, then hero Jim (Dustin Farnum) in scenes introducing the Indian characters (Joseph E. Singleton, Princess Red Wing) in The Squaw Man, 1914.
Match King, The (1932) - Your Vast Holdings Having swindled his pals back in Chicago, Paul (Warren William) home in Sweden with his thoroughly conned uncle (Oscar Apfel), who needs a bailout, old pal Erik (Hardie Albright) later posing questions, in Warner Bros.' fact-based The Match King, 1932.
Hell's Highway (1932) - The Kid's Soft Work sequence from director Roland Brown, old hand Duke (Richard Dix) appeals to chain gang boss Skinner (C. Henry Gordon) on behalf of new man Carter (John Arledge), in RKO's Hell's Highway, 1932.

Trailer

Firebird, The - (Original Trailer) A young girl's secret romance is exposed when her lover is murdered in The Firebird (1934) starring Ricardo Cortez.
Finger Points, The - (Original Trailer) A naive reporter (Richard Barthelmess) takes payoffs for keeping a prominent gangster out of the papers in The Finger Points (1931) co-starring Fay Wray.
Big Business Girl - (Original Trailer) A college girl (Loretta Young) uses her brains and her legs to conquer the business world in Big Business Girl (1931).
Alias the Doctor - (Original Trailer) Brothers with different work ethics clash while attending medical school in Alias the Doctor (1932) starring Richard Barthelmess.
Heart of New York, The - (Original Trailer) When he invents a new washing machine, a plumber becomes a millionaire in The Heart of New York (1932).
High Pressure - (Original Trailer) William Powell is a scheming promoter who tries to get rich selling artificial rubber in the comedy High Pressure (1932).
Rasputin and the Empress - (Original Trailer) John, Ethel and Lionel Barrymore star in Rasputin and the Empress (1932), the true story of the mad monk who plotted to rule Russia.
Successful Calamity, A -- (Original Trailer) Rich George Arliss is ignored by his family, so he tells them he's gone broke in A Successful Calamity (1932).
Page Miss Glory - (Original Trailer) A con artist creates a composite photo to win a beauty contest, then has to find the real thing in Page Miss Glory (1935) starring Marion Davies.
O'Shaughnessy's Boy - (Original Trailer) Circus performer Wallace Beery searches for the son his wife stole from him in O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935).
Conquest - (Original Trailer) Charles Boyer is Napoleon, Greta Garbo the Polish countess sent to seduce him to gain her country's independence.
Famous Ferguson Case, The - (Original Trailer) Two reporters interested in different stories write about a murder, The Famous Ferguson Case (1932).

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