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Lionel Atwill

Lionel Atwill
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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 1 march 1885
Death 22 april 1946 (at 61 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Lionel Alfred William Atwill (1 March 1885 – 22 April 1946) was an English stage and film actor.


Early life
He was born on March 1, 1885 in Croydon, Surrey, England. He studied architecture before his stage debut at the Garrick Theatre, London, in 1904.

He became a star in Broadway theatre by 1918, and made his screen debut in 1919. He acted on the stage in Australia but was most famous for his U.S. horror film roles in the 1930s. His two most memorable parts were as the crazed, disfigured sculptor in Mystery of the Wax Museum (Warner Brothers, 1933), and as Inspector Krogh in Son of Frankenstein (1939), memorably sent up by Kenneth Mars in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974).

When he was not cast in macabre roles, Atwill often appeared in the 1930s as righteous-minded authority figures. For example, in 1937's less memorable The Wrong Road for RKO, investigator Atwill persuades a young, bank-robbing ingenue played by Helen Mack and her boyfriend Richard Cromwell to return their ill-gotten $100,000 and give up a life of crime. Two of Atwill's other notable non-horror roles were opposite his contemporary Basil Rathbone in films featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes, including a role as Dr. James Mortimer in 20th Century Fox's 1939 film rendition of the Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and the 1943 Universal Studios film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, in which he played Holmes' archenemy and super-villain, Professor Moriarty.

He remained a stalwart of the Universal horror films until his career flagged in the 1940s because of a widely publicized sex scandal.

Personal life
He married four times:

Phyllis Ralph in 1913 and divorced in 1919. In 1941 their son, John Arthur Atwill (born 1914), was killed in action aged 26.
American actress Elsie Mackay in 1920 (one source claims he had a son, John, with her). In 1925 Atwill had detectives raid an apartment on Manhattan's 68th Street, where Mackay was found with actor Max Montesole. A divorce was finally granted in March 1928.
Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1930 and divorced in 1943. She had previously been married to Douglas MacArthur.
Mary Paula Shilstone (d.2002) in 1944 to his death in 1946. She gave birth to his only surviving child, Lionel Anthony Atwill, now a retired writer.
In 1942, he was indicted with perjury by a jury investigating the 1941 proceeding of a grand jury relative to the alleged occurrence of a sex orgy at his home.

He died while working on the 1946 film serial Lost City of the Jungle. His ashes were once interred in Chapel of the Pines Crematory.

Best films

The Great Waltz (1938)

Usually with

Russel Gausman
Russel Gausman
(12 films)
Vera West
Vera West
(12 films)
Jack Pierce
Jack Pierce
(7 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Lionel Atwill (72 films)

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Genius at Work, 1h1
Directed by Leslie Goodwins
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Anne Jeffreys, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Ralph Dunn
Roles Latimer Marsh / The Cobra
Rating52% 2.616072.616072.616072.616072.61607
This script must be run from the command line
House of Dracula, 1h7
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Cyberpunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Martha O' Driscoll, Lionel Atwill, Onslow Stevens, Glenn Strange
Roles Police Inspector Holtz
Rating58% 2.9001152.9001152.9001152.9001152.900115
Count Dracula (John Carradine) greets the castle's owner, Dr. Franz Edelmann (Onslow Stevens). The Count, who introduces himself as "Baron Latos", explains that he has come to Visaria to find a cure for his vampirism. Dr. Edelmann agrees to help. Together with his assistants, Milizia (Martha O'Driscoll) and the hunchbacked Nina (Poni Adams), he has been working on a mysterious plant, the clavaria formosa, whose juices have the ability to reshape bone. Edelmann explains that he thinks vampirism can be cured by a series of blood transfusions. Dracula agrees to this, and Edelmann uses his own blood for the transfusions.
Crime, Inc., 1h15
Directed by Lew Landers
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Leo Carrillo, Tom Neal, Lionel Atwill, Grant Mitchell, Sheldon Leonard, Harry Shannon
Roles Pat Coyle
Rating55% 2.7708752.7708752.7708752.7708752.770875
The film, based on a story by former crime reporter Martin Mooney, is about a newspaper journalist who faces prison time because he refuses to name his sources. To complicate matters more, the reporter falls in love with the sister of one of the racketeers he's trying to take down.
Fog Island
Fog Island (1945)
, 1h12
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films based on plays
Actors George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan, Veda Ann Borg, Jacqueline deWit, Ian Keith
Roles Alec Ritchfield
Rating53% 2.6595052.6595052.6595052.6595052.659505
A recent ex convict named Leo Grainer (so-called in the credits, but in fact referred to as Grainger throughout) lives secluded on Fog Island with the daughter of his murdered wife. Seeking to learn who murdered her, and to exact revenge on those who framed him and destroyed his business, he invites his former associates to his creepy island mansion on the pretext he may share a hidden fortune with them.
Scotland Yard Investigator, 1h8
Directed by George Blair
Origin USA
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Edgar Barrier, Stephanie Bachelor, Erich von Stroheim, C. Aubrey Smith, Lionel Atwill, Forrester Harvey
Rating62% 3.144013.144013.144013.144013.14401
When Paris is liberated during World War II, the Louvre administration plans to fetch the Mona Lisa from its safehouse in the National Art Gallery in London. The man in charge of the Mona Lisa's safety is none other than Sir James Collison, director of the National Gallery. In regards to the safety of the Mona Lisa, Collison works closely together with his granddaughter Tony.
House of Frankenstein, 1h11
Directed by Erle C. Kenton
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Wolves in film, Dracula films, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Cyberpunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Boris Karloff, J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney, Jr., John Carradine, Elena Verdugo, Glenn Strange
Roles Inspector Arnz
Rating62% 3.1480353.1480353.1480353.1480353.148035
The film focuses on the exploits of the vengeful Dr. Gustav Niemann (Boris Karloff), who escapes from prison. He is helped by the hunchback Daniel (J. Carrol Naish), for whom he promises to create a new, beautiful body. The two murder Professor Lampini (George Zucco), a traveling showman, and take over his horror exhibit. To exact revenge on Bürgermeister Hussman (Sig Ruman), who had once caused his imprisonment, Niemann revives Count Dracula (John Carradine). Dracula seduces Hussmann's granddaughter-in-law Rita (Anne Gwynne) and kills Hussmann himself, but in a subsequent chase, Niemann disposes of Dracula's coffin, causing the vampire to perish in sunlight.
Lady in the Death House, 56minutes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Actors Jean Parker, Lionel Atwill, Douglas Fowley, Marcia Mae Jones, Robert Middlemass, Cy Kendall
Roles Charles Finch
Rating53% 2.6683052.6683052.6683052.6683052.668305
Mary Kirk Logan is led from her cell to the electric chair, to be "killed by the hand of the man I love."
Raiders of Ghost City
Directed by Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Themes Political films
Actors Dennis Moore, Lionel Atwill, Joe Sawyer, Wanda McKay, Regis Toomey, Virginia Christine
Roles Erich von Rugen, alias Alex Morel
Rating59% 2.966582.966582.966582.966582.96658
At the height of the Civil War, a gang of supposed Confederates, headed by Alex Morel, raid all gold shipments from Oro Grande, California, bound for Washington. Captain Steve Clark is recognized as a Union Secret Service agent by Morel's accomplice Trina Dessard, along with his friend Idaho Jones, is ambushed in the baggage car and sent to almost certain death when the car is un-coupled and plunges down the mountainside.
Captain America, 4h4
Directed by Elmer Clifton, John English
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill, Charles Trowbridge, Russell Hicks, George J. Lewis
Roles Cyrus Maldor
Rating55% 2.7580752.7580752.7580752.7580752.758075
A rash of suspicious suicides among scientists and businessmen, all found holding a small scarab, gets the attention of Mayor Randolph. He demands that Police Commissioner Dryden and District Attorney Grant Gardner get to the bottom of the case, while openly wishing that Captain America, a masked man who has helped defeat crime in the past, were around to solve the mystery. Gail Richards, Grant Gardner's secretary, investigates and realises someone knows of the "Purple Death", a hypnotic chemical responsible for the suicides. However he then pulls out a gun and takes her into another room. He then orders an associate to tie her up. The D.A. realises she is there and forces the man to take him to her. He finds her tied up and gagged. He frees her but it is threatened that the purple death will be dropped killing them all. But the D.A. shoots him then gets out of the room with Gail.
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon, 1h11
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Aviation films, Sherlock Holmes films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne, Dennis Hoey, Holmes Herbert
Roles Moriarty
Rating65% 3.2983253.2983253.2983253.2983253.298325
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) pretends to be a Nazi spy to aid scientist Dr. Franz Tobel (William Post Jr.) and his new invention, a bombsight, in escaping a Gestapo trap in Switzerland. Holmes and Franz fly to London, where Holmes places him under the protection of his friend, Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce). The scientist slips away against Holmes' instructions for a secret reunion with his fiancee, Charlotte Eberli (Kaaren Verne), and gives her an envelope containing a coded message. He tells Charlotte to give it to Holmes if anything should happen to him. Leaving Charlotte's apartment, an attempt to abduct him by German spies is foiled by a passing London bobby.
Son of Dracula, 1h20
Directed by Robert Siodmak, Erle C. Kenton, Ford Beebe
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Dracula films, Vampires in film
Actors Lon Chaney, Jr., Robert Paige, Evelyn Ankers, Louise Allbritton, Frank Craven, Samuel S. Hinds
Rating61% 3.0514953.0514953.0514953.0514953.051495
Hungarian Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.), a mysterious stranger, arrives in the U.S. invited by Katherine Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), one of the daughters of New Orleans plantation owner Colonel Caldwell (George Irving). Shortly after his arrival, the Colonel dies of apparent heart failure and leaves his wealth to his two daughters, with Claire receiving all the money and Katherine his estate "Dark Oaks." Katherine, a woman with a taste for the morbid, has been secretly dating Alucard and eventually marries him, shunning her long-time boyfriend Frank Stanley. Frank confronts the couple and tries to shoot Alucard, but the bullets pass through the Count's body and hit Katherine, seemingly killing her.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, 1h14
Directed by Roy William Neill
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about computing, Films about magic and magicians, Films based on science fiction novels, Wolves in film, Frankenstein films, Werewolves in film, Cyberpunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Lon Chaney, Jr., Ilona Massey, Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaïa
Roles Mayor of Vasaria
Rating64% 3.2489953.2489953.2489953.2489953.248995
After the events of The Wolf Man and Ghost of Frankenstein, a duo of graverobbers break into the Talbot family crypt to rob the grave of Larry Talbot (the "Wolf Man" (Lon Chaney, Jr.)), of valuables buried with him, on the night of a full moon. During the grave robbery, the graverobbers remove the Wolfsbane buried with him and he is awakened from death by the full moon shining down on his uncovered body, and kills one of them. Seeking a cure for the curse that causes him to transform into a werewolf with every full moon, Talbot leaves Britain and goes to the remains of Frankenstein's castle, as he hopes to find there the notes of Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein so he might learn how to permanently end his own life through scientific means.
To Be or Not to Be, 1h39
Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Historical
Themes Military humor in film, Films about television, Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill
Roles Rawitch
Rating81% 4.0974754.0974754.0974754.0974754.097475
Before the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, the stars of a theater company in Warsaw are the "ham" Josef Tura (Jack Benny) and his beautiful wife, Maria (Carole Lombard). As part of the company's rehearsal of a play satirizing the Nazis, one of the actors, Bronski (Tom Dugan), takes to the street to prove that he looks like Hitler in his costume and makeup. People gawk at the appearance of the Nazi dictator in Warsaw, until a young girl asks for the autograph of "Mr. Bronski."