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Alan Napier

Alan Napier
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Birth name Alan William Napier-Clavering
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 7 january 1903 at Birmingham (United-kingdom)
Death 8 august 1988 (at 85 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Alan William Napier-Clavering (7 January 1903 – 8 August 1988), better known as Alan Napier, was an English actor. After a decade in West End theatres, he had a long film career first in Britain and then in Hollywood. However, Napier became widely known for portraying Alfred the butler in the 1960s live-action Batman television series.


Napier is the step-grandfather of actor Brian Forster, best known as portraying (the second) Chris Partridge on the television series The Partridge Family. Napier was close friends with actor Michael Gough, who would later play Alfred in the first four theatrical Batman films.

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The Great Caruso (1951)

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Filmography of Alan Napier (86 films)

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Batman (1966)
, 1h45
Directed by Leslie H. Martinson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about children, Batman films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Children's films
Actors Adam West, Milton Frome, Madge Blake, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero
Roles Alfred
Rating64% 3.2478053.2478053.2478053.2478053.247805
When Batman (West) and Robin (Ward) get a tip that Commodore Schmidlapp (Reginald Denny) is in danger aboard his yacht, they launch a rescue mission using the batcopter. As Batman descends on the bat-ladder to land on the yacht it suddenly vanishes beneath him. He rises out of the sea with a shark attacking his leg. After Batman dislodges it with bat-shark repellant, the shark explodes. Batman and Robin head back to Commissioner Gordon's office, where they deduce that the tip was a set-up by the United Underworld, a gathering of four of the most powerful villains in Gotham City (Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman).
The Loved One, 2h2
Directed by Tony Richardson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, Rod Steiger, Jonathan Winters, John Gielgud, Liberace
Roles British Club Official
Rating69% 3.49673.49673.49673.49673.4967
Young Englishman Dennis Barlow (Robert Morse) wins an airline ticket and visits his uncle Sir Francis Hinsley (John Gielgud) in Los Angeles. Hinsley has worked as a production staffer at a major Hollywood studio for over thirty years. His employer D.J. Jr. (Roddy McDowall) fires Hinsley, despite the old man's faithful dedication to the company. Hinsley commits suicide by hanging himself.
Mary Poppins, 2h19
Directed by Robert Stevenson, Joseph L. McEveety, Tom Leetch, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Films about birds, Musical films, Films about penguins, Children's films
Actors Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber
Roles Huntsman / Reporter #3 / Hound (voice) (uncredited)
Rating77% 3.8979053.8979053.8979053.8979053.897905
In Edwardian London, 1910, Cockney one-man band Bert is entertaining a crowd when he senses a change in the wind. Afterwards, he directly addresses the audience and gives them a tour of Cherry Tree Lane, stopping outside the home of the Banks'. George Banks returns home from his job at the bank to learn from his wife Winifred that their hired nanny, Katie Nanna, has left their service after his children, Jane and Michael, ran away again. They are returned shortly after by the local constable, who reveals that the children were dragged away by their kite. The children ask their father to help build a better kite, but he dismisses them. Taking it upon himself to hire a nanny, George advertises for a stern, no-nonsense nanny. Jane and Michael present their own advertisement for a kinder, sweeter nanny, but George rips up the letter and throws the scraps in the fireplace, which magically float up and out into the air.
My Fair Lady, 2h46
Directed by George Cukor, David S. Hall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films based on mythology, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Marni Nixon, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Gladys Cooper
Rating77% 3.8994053.8994053.8994053.8994053.899405
In Edwardian London, Professor Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison), a scholar of phonetics, believes that the accent and tone of one's voice determines a person's prospects in society. In Covent Garden one evening he boasts to a new acquaintance, Colonel Hugh Pickering (Wilfrid Hyde-White), himself an expert in phonetics, that he could teach any person to speak in a way that he could pass them off as a duke or duchess at an embassy ball. Higgins selects as an example a young flower seller, Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn), who has a strong Cockney accent. Eliza's ambition is to work in a flower shop, but her thick accent makes her unsuitable. Having come from India to meet Higgins, Pickering is invited to stay with the professor. The following morning, Eliza shows up at Higgins' home, seeking lessons. Pickering is intrigued and offers to cover all expenses if the experiment should be successful.
Marnie (1964)
, 2h10
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, William Witney, Hilton A. Green
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham, Mariette Hartley
Roles Mr. Rutland
Rating72% 3.6003753.6003753.6003753.6003753.600375
Margaret "Marnie" Edgar (Tippi Hedren) steals $10,000 from her employer's company safe and flees. She had used her charms on Sidney Strutt (Martin Gabel), a tax consultant, to get a clerical job without references. After changing her appearance and identity, she makes a quick trip to a horse stable in Virginia, where she keeps a horse named Forio, and then to Baltimore for a surprise visit to her mother, Bernice (Louise Latham). Though Bernice seems to care more for a young neighbor named Jessie than she ever did her own daughter, Marnie shows her love for her and gives her money.
36 Hours
36 Hours (1964)
, 1h55
Directed by George Seaton
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Thriller
Themes Spy films, Medical-themed films, Prison films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films
Actors James Garner, Rod Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Werner Peters, John Banner, Russell Thorson
Roles Col. Peter MacLean
Rating72% 3.647323.647323.647323.647323.64732
Having attended General Eisenhower's final briefing on the Normandy landings (D-Day), U.S. Army Major Jeff Pike (James Garner) is sent to Lisbon to confirm with an informant that the Nazis still expect the invasion in the wrong place (Pas de Calais). However, Pike falls into a trap; he is drugged into unconsciousness and transported to Germany.
The Sword in the Stone, 1h19
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about dogs, Films about dragons, Witches in film, Musical films, Political films, Steampunk films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films about royalty
Actors Karl Swenson, Junius Matthews, Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Norman Alden, Martha Wentworth
Roles Sir Pellinore (voice)
Rating71% 3.5998853.5998853.5998853.5998853.599885
After the King of England, Uther Pendragon, dies, leaving no heir to the throne, a sword appears inside an anvil in London. The sword bears an inscription proclaiming that whoever removes it will be the new king. No one can remove the sword, which is eventually forgotten, leaving England in the Dark Ages.
Tender Is the Night, 2h22
Directed by Henry King
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Children's films
Actors Jennifer Jones, Jason Robards, Joan Fontaine, Tom Ewell, Cesare Danova, Jill St John
Roles Pardo
Rating60% 3.001873.001873.001873.001873.00187
At a party in the south of France, when she sees her husband, Dr. Dick Diver, take an interest in an American movie starlet, Rosemary Hoyt, jealousy gets the better of Nicole Diver, a woman with many emotional issues.
The Premature Burial, 1h21
Directed by Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Alan Napier, Heather Angel, Richard Ney, John Dierkes
Roles Dr. Gideon Gault
Rating65% 3.2971853.2971853.2971853.2971853.297185
Set in the early dark Victorian-era 1830s or 1840s (also similar to Charles Dickens' fiction of rain-soaked London streets), it follows Guy Carrell, who is obsessed with the fear of death. He is most obsessed with the fear of being buried alive. Though his fiancee Emily says he has nothing to be afraid of, he still thinks he will be buried alive (a common fear and in reality an occasional occurrence). So deluded, he seeks help from a few people, including his sister, but he still is haunted by the fear of death and the sense that someone close wants him dead.
Journey to the Center of the Earth, 2h12
Directed by Henry Levin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Volcanisme, Films based on science fiction novels, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films, Films set in Atlantis
Actors James Mason, Pat Boone, Diane Baker, Arlene Dahl, Thayer David, Robert Adler
Roles Dean
Rating69% 3.4988153.4988153.4988153.4988153.498815
In Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1880, Professor Sir Oliver Lindenbrook (James Mason), a geologist at the University of Edinburgh, is given a piece of volcanic rock by his admiring student, Alec McEwan (Pat Boone). Deciding that the rock is unusually heavy, Lindenbrook, mostly thanks to the carelessness of his lab assistant, Mr. Paisley (Ben Wright), discovers a plumb bob inside bearing a cryptic inscription. Lindenbrook and Alec discover that it was left by a scientist named Arne Saknussemm, who had, almost 300 years earlier, found a passage to the center of the Earth. After translating the message, Lindenbrook immediately sets off with Alec to follow in the Icelandic pioneer's footsteps.
Until They Sail, 1h30
Directed by Robert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Charles Drake, Sandra Dee
Roles Prosecution Attorney
Rating64% 3.2494153.2494153.2494153.2494153.249415
The film opens in a Wellington courtroom, where testimony prompts Barbara Leslie (Jean Simmons) to flash back to the events that led to the trial. She and her sisters Anne (Joan Fontaine), Evelyn (Sandra Dee), and Delia (Piper Laurie) live in Christchurch, where most of the male residents, including their brother Kit and Barbara's new husband Mark, are preparing to leave for World War II duty. Delia announces her engagement to Phil Friskett (Wally Cassell), known as "Shiner", who is one of the city's few remaining bachelors, but word of Kit's death dampens the celebration. Repressed and judgmental spinster sister Anne disapproves of the upcoming nuptials, but Barbara defends Delia's decision.
The Mole People, 1h17
Directed by Virgil W. Vogel
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors John Agar, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva, Phil Chambers, Rodd Redwing
Roles Elinu, the High Priest
Rating49% 2.4536952.4536952.4536952.4536952.453695
A narration by Dr. Frank Baxter, an English professor at the University of Southern California, explains the premise of the film and its basis in reality. He briefly discusses the hollow earth theories of John Symmes and Cyrus Teed among others, and says that the movie is a fictionalized representation of this unorthodox point of view.
Miami Exposé, 1h13
Directed by Fred F. Sears
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Lee J. Cobb, Patricia Medina, Edward Arnold, Harry Lauter, Alan Napier
Roles Ray Sheridan
Rating61% 3.0986153.0986153.0986153.0986153.098615
Miami police lieutenant Bart Scott informs his captain of his plans to retire. His fiancee, Ann Easton, a widow whose husband was killed in the line of duty, refuses to marry Bart until he quits the force.