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Basil Rathbone is a Actor British born on 13 june 1892 at Johannesburg (South africa)

Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone
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Birth name Philip St. John Basil Rathbone
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 13 june 1892 at Johannesburg (South africa)
Death 21 july 1967 (at 75 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Military Cross

Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967) was a South African-born English actor. He rose to prominence in the UK as a Shakespearean stage actor and went on to appear in more than 70 films, primarily costume dramas, swashbucklers and, occasionally, horror films.

He frequently portrayed suave villains or morally ambiguous characters, such as Mr. Murdstone in David Copperfield (1935) and Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). His most famous role, however, was heroic — that of Sherlock Holmes in fourteen Hollywood films made between 1939 and 1946 and in a radio series. His later career included roles on Broadway, as well as self-ironic film and television work. He received a Tony Award in 1948 as Best Actor in a Play.


Rathbone married actress Ethel Marion Foreman in 1914. They had one son, Rodion Rathbone (1915–1996), who had a brief Hollywood career under the name John Rodion. The couple divorced in 1926. In 1924 he was involved in a brief relationship with Eva Le Gallienne. In 1927, he married writer Ouida Bergère; the couple adopted a daughter, Cynthia Rathbone (1939–1969). The American actor Jackson Rathbone is a distant relation (a third cousin, several times removed). Basil Rathbone was a first cousin once-removed of the British campaigning independent MP, Eleanor Rathbone.

During Rathbone's Hollywood career, Ouida Rathbone, who was also her husband's business manager, developed a reputation for hosting elaborate expensive parties in their home, with many prominent and influential people on the guest lists. This trend inspired a joke in The Ghost Breakers (1940), a film in which Rathbone does not appear: During a tremendous thunderstorm in New York City, Bob Hope observes that "Basil Rathbone must be throwing a party". Actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell described Rathbone as "two profiles pasted together". As cited in the same autobiography, Mrs. Campbell would later refer to him as, "a folded umbrella taking elocution lessons."

Best films

Bathing Beauty (1944)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Frenchman's Creek (1944)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Basil Rathbone (86 films)

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The Great Mouse Detective, 1h14
Directed by Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, John Musker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Crime, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Sherlock Holmes films, Musical films, Mise en scène d'une souris, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Vincent Price, Candy Candido, Alan Young, Frank Welker
Roles Sherlock Holmes (voice)
Rating71% 3.59743.59743.59743.59743.5974
In London, circa 1897, a young mouse named Olivia Flaversham is celebrating her birthday with her toymaker father, Hiram. Suddenly, Fidget, a bat with a peg leg, barges in, and after a brief struggle, disappears with Hiram. Fidget takes Hiram to Professor Ratigan who commands him to create a clockwork robot which mimics the Queen of the Mice so Ratigan can rule England. Hiram initially refuses to participate in the scheme, but agrees when Ratigan threatens Olivia.
Hillbillys in a Haunted House, 1h28
Directed by Jean Yarbrough
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Musical
Themes Ghost films, Musical films, Comedy horror films
Actors Joi Lansing, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Basil Rathbone
Roles Gregor
Rating26% 1.32771.32771.32771.32771.3277
Country singers are headed to Nashville. Their car breaks down and they stop overnight at an abandoned house, which turns out to be haunted. A ring of international spies (Lon Chaney, Jr., Basil Rathbone and John Carradine) who live in the house are seeking a top-secret formula for rocket fuel. While it is never revealed for whom they are spying, they carry out their activities under the cover of a supposed haunted house, which comes complete with a gorilla in the basement.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, 1h22
Directed by Don Weis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Horror, Musical
Themes Ghost films
Actors Deborah Walley, Tommy Kirk, Basil Rathbone, Aron Kincaid, Boris Karloff, Jesse White
Roles Reginald Ripper
Rating45% 2.2704252.2704252.2704252.2704252.270425
The ghost of recently dead Mr. Hiram Stokley (Boris Karloff) finds that he has 24 hours to perform one good deed to get into Heaven. He enlists the help of his long dead girlfriend, Cecily, to stop his lawyer, Reginald Ripper (Basil Rathbone), and a henchman from claiming the estate for themselves. The real heirs, Chuck, Lili, Hiram's cousin Myrtle, and her son bring their beach party friends to the mansion for a pool party while Reginald Ripper also employs his daughter Sinistra, and J. Sinister Hulk's slow-witted associates Chicken Feather and Yolanda to help them terrorize the teens, while dopey biker Eric Von Zipper and his Malibu Rat Pack bikers also get involved in pursuing Yolanda for a share of the Stokley estate.
Queen of Blood, 1h21
Directed by Curtis Harrington
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Vampires in film
Actors John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Dennis Hopper, Judi Meredith, Florence Marly, Forrest J Ackerman
Roles Dr. Farraday
Rating52% 2.608572.608572.608572.608572.60857
The year is 1990 and space travel is well-established since humans landed on the moon twenty years earlier. At the International Institute of Space Technology, communications expert and astronaut Laura James monitors strange signals being received from outer space. Laura's superior, Dr. Faraday, translates the signal and discovers that it is from an alien race who are sending an ambassador to Earth. However, soon after this Laura receives a video log showing that the aliens have suffered an accident to their ship and have crashed on Mars.
The Comedy of Terrors, 1h20
Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Comedy horror films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Joe E. Brown, Joyce Jameson
Roles John F. Black
Rating66% 3.3484353.3484353.3484353.3484353.348435
Set in a late 19th century in a New England town, the film tells of unscrupulous undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Price) and his assistant, Felix Gillie (Lorre), who make a habit of re-using the coffins of the people they are supposed to bury. Also a part of the household are Trumball's old (and senile) business partner Mr. Hinchley (Karloff), who originally started the business, and the beautiful Amaryllis (Joyce Jameson), Trumbull's neglected wife and Hinchley's daughter, who has dreams (or rather delusions) of becoming an great opera singer and with whom Gillie is passionately in love.
Pontius Pilate, 1h40
Directed by Irving Rapper, Gian Paolo Callegari
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film
Actors Jean Marais, Jeanne Crain, Basil Rathbone, Letícia Román, Massimo Serato, Riccardo Garrone
Roles Caiaphas
Rating53% 2.6876252.6876252.6876252.6876252.687625
Ponce Pilate, le procurateur de Judée, revient à Rome pour se défendre devant ses accusateurs, Caligula, le nouvel empereur, et le Sénat tout entier. Pendant son procès, Ponce Pilate revoit les dernières années de sa vie, depuis son arrivée en terre palestinienne, jusqu'à l'exécution d'un prophète poursuivi par la haine des Pharisiens, Jésus de Nazareth.
Tales of Terror, 1h29
Directed by Roger Corman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Edmund F. Cobb, David Frankham
Roles Carmichael
Rating68% 3.4482953.4482953.4482953.4482953.448295
The film uses an anthology format, presenting three short sequences based on the following Poe tales: "Morella", "The Black Cat" (which is combined with another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado"), and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar". Each sequence is introduced via voiceover narration by Vincent Price, who also appears in all three narratives. The story Morella was remade in the 1990s as The Haunting of Morella.
The Magic Sword, 1h20
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Musical films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Anne Helm, Gary Lockwood, Liam Sullivan, Danielle De Metz
Roles Lodac
Rating46% 2.3039952.3039952.3039952.3039952.303995
George (Gary Lockwood) is the foster son of Sybil (Estelle Winwood), an elderly sorceress. She brought him up after his "royal parents died of the plague" in his infancy. He has fallen in love at first sight with Princess Helene (Anne Helm).
The Last Hurrah, 2h1
Directed by John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Basil Rathbone, Dianne Foster, Pat O'Brien, Donald Crisp
Roles Norman Cass, Sr.
Rating73% 3.695443.695443.695443.695443.69544
In "a New England city," Frank Skeffington (Spencer Tracy) plans to run for a fifth term. Skeffington rose from poverty in an Irish ghetto to become mayor and former governor, and is skilled at using the power of his office and an enormous political machine of ward heelers to receive support from his Irish Catholic base and other demographics. Rumors of graft and abuse of power are widespread, however, and the Protestant bishop, newspaper publisher Amos Force (John Carradine), banker Norman Cass (Basil Rathbone), and other members of the city's traditional elite the Irish Catholics replaced oppose Skeffington; so does Martin Burke (Donald Crisp), Catholic cardinal, Skeffington's childhood friend. They support the candidacy of Kevin McCluskey (Charles B. Fitzsimons), a young Catholic lawyer and war veteran with no political experience.
The Black Sleep, 1h22
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Bela Lugosi, Patricia Blair
Roles Sir Joel Cadman
Rating61% 3.0533553.0533553.0533553.0533553.053355
Set in England in 1872, the story concerned a prominent, knighted surgeon whose wife has fallen into a coma caused by a deep-seated brain tumor. Due to medicine's state of the art at the time, he does not know how to reach the tumor without risking brain damage or death to the woman he loves, so he undertakes to secretly experiment on the brains of living, but involuntary, human subjects who are under the influence of a powerful Indian anesthetic, Nind Andhera, which he calls the "Black Sleep". Once he has finished his experiment, surviving subjects are revived and placed, in seriously degenerated and mutilated states, in a hidden cellar in the gloomy, abandoned country abbey where he conducts his experiments.
The Court Jester, 1h41
Directed by Norman Panama, Bernard McEveety, Melvin Frank
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker, Mildred Natwick
Roles Sir Ravenhurst
Rating78% 3.9459653.9459653.9459653.9459653.945965
Set in medieval England, the plot concerns the struggle to restore to the throne the rightful heir, a baby with a distinguishing birthmark, the purple pimpernel on his posterior. Danny Kaye plays Hubert Hawkins, an ex-carnival entertainer who becomes minstrel to the Black Fox, a Robin Hood-type character who leads a band of rebels in the forest in support of the true infant-king.
We're No Angels, 1h46
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Christmas films, Prison films, Transport films, Films based on plays
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Peter Ustinov, Aldo Ray, Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone, Leo G. Carroll
Roles Andre Trochard
Rating74% 3.746233.746233.746233.746233.74623
Three convicts – Joseph, Albert and Jules – escape from prison on Devil's Island just before Christmas and arrive at a nearby French colonial town. They go to a store managed by the Ducotel family, the only one to give supplies on credit. While there, they notice its roof is leaking, and offer to fix it. They do not actually intend to, but decide to remain there until nightfall, when they will steal clothes and supplies and escape on a ship waiting in the harbor. As they wait, they find that the small family of Felix, Amelie, and daughter Isabelle, is in financial distress and offer their services to hide the trio's all-too-sinister ruse. Joseph even gets to work conning people and falsifying records to make the store prosperous. However, the three felons begin to have a change of heart after they fix a delicious Christmas dinner for the Ducotels made mostly of stolen items.