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      Melville Cooper

      Melville Cooper

      Highest Rated: 100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)

      Lowest Rated: 29% The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

      Birthday: Oct 15, 1896

      Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

      After appearing in a number of stage productions in England, British-born actor Melville Cooper re-established himself in Hollywood in the early 1930s. His first notable performance was in Alexander Korda's swashbuckling comedy "The Private Life of Don Juan," starring Douglas Fairbanks. Cooper's haughty, patrician demeanor was used to great effect in much of his work during this period. Arguably his most famous role came in 1938 when he starred in the sweeping action film "The Adventures of Robin Hood," playing the gutless High Sheriff of Nottingham opposite the dashing Errol Flynn and the nefarious Basil Rathbone. Cooper re-teamed with Flynn and Rathbone again in the World War I aerial combat film "The Dawn Patrol," released that same year. Many of Cooper's roles were in prestigious productions such as Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" and "Pride and Prejudice," but one of his finest roles was playing a suave conman who works with grifter Barbara Stanwyck in an attempt to bilk the gullible Henry Fonda in Preston Sturges's screwball comedy classic "The Lady Eve." One of his best late roles can be seen in the family-oriented comedy "Father of the Bride," starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. By the end of the 1950s, Cooper left Hollywood and returned to the stage.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Pride and Prejudice
      100% The Adventures of Robin Hood
      99% The Lady Eve 98% Rebecca
      90% Father of the Bride
      90% The Scarlet Pimpernel
      83% 13 rue Madeleine
      82% Random Harvest

      Photos

      PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Greer Garson, Melville Cooper, 1940 THIN ICE, Melville Cooper, Arthur Treacher, (left, with hats), Tyrone Power, (seated), 1937, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . THE LADY EVE, Eric Blore, Melville Cooper, Charles Coburn, Barbara Stanwyck (seated), 1941 WOMEN ARE LIKE THAT, Melville Cooper, Kay Francis, 1938 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Melville Cooper, 1938 THE SUN NEVER SETS, Barbara O'Neil, Melville Cooper, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1939 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Greer Garson, Mary Boland, May Beatty, Melville Cooper, 1940 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Melville Cooper, Basil Rathbone, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, Errol Flynn, 1938 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Melville Cooper, Claude Rains, 1938 THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Merle Oberon, Leslie Howard, Melville Cooper, 1934 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Patric Knowles, ?, Basil Rathbone, Melville Cooper, 1938 ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, Patric Knowles, dialogue director Colin Campbell, Basil Rathbone and Melville Cooper go over script, 1938 THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT, Henry Fonda, Melville Cooper, Allyn Joslyn, 1943, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE PRIVATE LIFE OF DON JUAN, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Melville Cooper, 1934 THIN ICE, Raymond Walburn, Sonja Henie, Melville Cooper, 1937, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . LET'S DANCE, Lucille Watson, Betty Hutton, Fred Astaire, Roland Young (back center), Barton MacLane (behind Lucille), Melville Cooper (behind Fred), 1950 MURDER OVER NEW YORK, Melville Cooper (front left), John Sutton (behind Melville Cooper), Victor Sen Young (far back), Sidney Toler (right of Victor Sen Young), 1940 TOVARICH, from left, Melville Cooper, Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer, Isabel Jeans, 1937 THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT, Melville Cooper, (center), Henry Fonda, (right), 1943, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. LOVE HAPPY, from left: Bruce Gordon, Harpo Marx, Raymond Burr, Ilona Massey, Melville Cooper, 1949, lovehappy1949-fsct004(lovehappy1949-fsct004.jpg)

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      38% 39% From the Earth to the Moon Bancroft (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 10% The Story of Mankind Major Domo (Character) - 1957
      72% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Mr. Talley (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 65% Bundle of Joy Adams (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 40% Diane 1st Court Physician (Character) - 1955
      69% 70% Moonfleet Felix Ratsey (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% The King's Thief Henry Wynch (Character) - 1955
      90% 74% Father of the Bride Mr. Tringle (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Petty Girl Beardsley (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 69% The Underworld Story Major Redford (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 63% The Red Danube Private David Moonlight (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 34% Love Happy Throckmorton (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Imperfect Lady Lord Montglyn (Character) - 1947
      83% 54% 13 rue Madeleine Pappy Simpson (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 36% Heartbeat Roland Latour (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 73% Holy Matrimony Dr. Caswell (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 56% The Immortal Sergeant Pilcher (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Change of Heart Bradley Cole (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Kingdom for a Cook Angus Sheffield (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Affairs of Martha Dr. Clarence Sommerfield (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 60% This Above All Wilbur (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life Begins at 8:30 Barty (Character) - 1942
      82% 89% Random Harvest George, Care-free Brother (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 33% You Belong to Me Moody (Character) - 1941
      99% 87% The Lady Eve Gerald (Character) - 1941
      29% 55% The Flame of New Orleans Brother-in-Law (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 60% Murder Over New York Herbert Fenton (Character) - 1940
      100% 77% Pride and Prejudice Mr. Collins (Character) - 1940
      98% 92% Rebecca Coroner (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 43% Too Many Husbands Peter (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 36% Blind Alley George Curtis (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sun Never Sets Cosey (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women Are Like That Leslie Mainwaring (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 57% Four's a Crowd Bingham (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 58% Hard to Get John Case (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 83% The Dawn Patrol Sergeant Watkins (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 10% Gold Diggers in Paris Pierre LeBrec (Character) - 1938
      100% 89% The Adventures of Robin Hood High Sheriff of Nottingham (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Comet Over Broadway Emerson (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Garden of the Moon Maurice (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dramatic School Boulin (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 82% The Great Garrick M. Picard (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 50% The Last of Mrs. Cheyney William "Bill" (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 38% Tovarich Charles Dupont (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 32% The Gorgeous Hussy Cuthbert (Character) - 1936
      90% 75% The Scarlet Pimpernel Romney (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bishop Misbehaves Collins (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 73% The Private Life of Don Juan Leporello (Character) - 1934

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mullet / Pat Lummock (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1953