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      H.B. Warner

      H.B. Warner

      Highest Rated: 100% The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Supernatural (1933)

      Birthday: Oct 26, 1875

      Birthplace: London, England, UK

      A character lead in silent films and a character player in sound films, H.B. Warner is best recalled for three roles: Jesus Christ is Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" (1927), Chang, assistant to the High Lama, in "Lost Horizon" (1937), and Mr. Gower the pharmacist is the perennial "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). He received a best supporting actor nomination for "Lost Horizon," and in all appeared in more than 100 films. The son of noted British stage actor Charles Warner, H. B. Warner made his stage debut at age seven in 1883, but at first chose to study medicine. But within a few years he was back on stage in both England and the U.S. Warner made his film debut in "The Lost Paradise" (1914). One of his best silent vehicles was "Zaza" (1923), in which he was the married man who falls for Gloria Swanson. Warner was almost 50 years old when he played the 30ish Christ in "King of Kings" (1927), but the result was nevertheless a resounding success. In order to play the role, Warner had to sign an agreement saying he would live an exemplary life not only during production, but for one year after the film's release he would not be involved with any scandal, not even divorce. Even before so-called "modern" acting techniques such as "The Method" permeated Hollywood, DeMille chose to isolate Warner from the rest of the cast so that he might better "feel" the role. Reportedly, Warner took to drinking because of the overwhelming nature of the part. While no "scandal" of which DeMille was so afraid (especially with Hollywood's reputation) erupted, Warner was said to have struggled with alcoholism for the rest of his life. A well-trained and well-versed stage actor, Warner thrived during the sound era. He was the chief magistrate in "Liliom" (1930), estranged from Sylvia Sidney in "Jennie Gerhardt" (1933), Gabelle in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1935), and was a favorite of Frank Capra for whom he performed in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), as the judge who listens to Gary Cooper's tale of tuba playing, "Lost Horizon" (1937), "You Can't Take It With You" (1938), as Ramsey, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) as the corrupt Senator Fuller, and, of course, "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). Warner can also be seen in one of screen history's most macabre scenes: as himself, one of "the waxworks," playing cards with Anna Q. Nilsson (his leading lady from "Sorrell and Son," 1927), Buster Keaton, and Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950). He finished his career playing a small role in "The Ten Commandments" for his "King of Kings" director Cecil B. DeMille (1956), and in a cameo in "Darby's Rangers" (1958) for director William Wellman. In 1939, Warner published his autobiography, "Hollywood Saga."

      Highest rated movies

      The Devil and Daniel Webster
      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington It's a Wonderful Life You Can't Take It With You
      Lost Horizon
      A Tale of Two Cities
      Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
      Five Star Final

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      YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, H.B. Warner, 1938 THE KING OF KINGS, H. B. Warner as Jesus Christ, Dorothy Cumming as Mary, 1927 THE FURIES, H.B. Warner, 1930 VICTORIA THE GREAT, H.B. Warner, 1937 ACTION IN ARABIA, Lenore Aubert, H.B. Warner, 1944 THE KING OF KINGS, H.B. Warner, 1927 BULLDOG DRUMMOND IN AFRICA, H.B. Warner, 1938 THE KING OF KINGS, H. B. Warner, William Boyd, 1927 SUPERNATURAL, H.B. Warner, Carole Lombard, 1933 THE KING OF KINGS, Julia Faye, H. B. Warner, Josephine Norman, 1927 THE KING OF KINGS, H. B. Warner as Jesus Christ, 1927 THE SECOND FLOOR MYSTERY, H.B. Warner (left), Grant Withers (right), 1930 THE KING OF KINGS, H.B. Warner, Victor Varconi, 1927 CROSS EXAMINATION, top left: Sally Blane, top right: Don Dillaway, center left: Sally Blane, center in center: Don Dillaway, center right: H.B. Warner, bottom from left: H.B. Warner, Sally Blane, 1932 THE KING OF KINGS, H.B. Warner, Joseph Schildkraut, 1927 SUNSET BOULEVARD, from left: Anna Q. Nilsson, Gloria Swanson, Buster Keaton, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, H.B. Warner, on set, 1950 THE SON-DAUGHTER, from left: H.B. Warner, Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Ramon Novarro, 1932 THE KING OF KINGS, H.B. Warner as Jesus Christ (pointing), 1927 THE KING OF KINGS, George Siegmann, Victor Varconi, H. B. Warner, 1927 JENNIE GERHARDT, H.B. Warner, Edward Arnold, Sylvia Sidney, 1933

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      84% 87% The Ten Commandments Amminadab (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Light Wiz (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Savage Drums Maou (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Chief Justice Hayes (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellfire Brother Joseph (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 67% Driftwood Rev. J. "Grandpappy" Hollingsworth (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 48% High Wall Mr. Slocum (Character) - 1947
      60% 56% Strange Impersonation Dr. Mansfield (Character) - 1946
      94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Mr. Gower (Character) $3.3M 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rogues Gallery Professor Reynolds (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Action in Arabia Abdul El Rashid (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Enemy of Women Colonel Eberhart Brandt (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Lover Col. Eberhart Brandt (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 21% Hitler's Children The Bishop (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 25% A Yank in Libya Herbert Forbes (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boss of Big Town Jeffrey Moore (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City of Missing Girls Captain McVeigh (Character) - 1941
      100% 84% The Devil and Daniel Webster Justice John Hathorne (Character) - 1941
      89% 81% Topper Returns Mr. Carrington (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 54% The Corsican Brothers Dr. Enrico Paoli (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Ray Jardin (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 57% New Moon Father Michel (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 29% Bulldog Drummond's Bride Colonel Nielson (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 71% Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police Colonel Nielson (Character) - 1939
      97% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Sen. Agnew (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 60% Nurse Edith Cavell Hugh Gibson (Character) - 1939
      67% 65% The Rains Came Maharajah (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring Ned Rutledge (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 17% Arrest Bulldog Drummond Colonel Nielsen (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 43% Kidnapped Angus Rankeiller (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 42% Bulldog Drummond in Africa Col. J.A. Nielsen (Character) - 1938
      94% 88% You Can't Take It With You Ramsey (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Toy Wife Victor Brigard (Character) - 1938
      93% 82% Lost Horizon Chang (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Victoria the Great Lord Melbourne (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonlight Murder Godfrey Chiltern (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 20% The Garden Murder Case Major Fenwicke-Ralston (Character) - 1936
      91% 86% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Judge May (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackmailer Michael Rankin (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Along Came Love Dr. Martin (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Born to Gamble Carter Mathews (Character) - 1935
      93% 83% A Tale of Two Cities Gabelle (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Alarm Henry B. Smith (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Old Santa Fe Charlie Miller (Character) - 1934
      50% 42% Supernatural Dr. Carl Houston (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Justice Takes a Holiday John Logan (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crusader Phillip Brandon (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 40% The Phantom of Crestwood Priam Andes (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unholy Love Dr. Daniel Gregory (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cross Examination Gerald Waring (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver Unknown (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman of Experience Major Hugh Schmidt (Character) - 1931
      91% 79% Five Star Final Michael Townsend (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Expensive Women Melville Raymond (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Reckless Hour Walter Nichols (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On Your Back Raymond Pryor (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Company Henry Grayson (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 42% The Green Goddess Major Crespin (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet 55% Liliom Chief Magistrate (Character) - 1930
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trial of Mary Dugan District Attorney Galway (Character) - 1929
      No Score Yet 21% The Divine Lady Sir William Hamilton (Character) - 1928
      71% 70% The King of Kings Jesus, the Christ (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sorrell and Son Stephen Sorrell (Character) - 1927
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zaza Bernard Dufresne (Character) - 1923