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Oscar Apfel

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Nationality USA
Birth 17 january 1878 at Cleveland (USA)
Death 21 march 1938 (at 60 years) at Hollywood (USA)

Oscar C. Apfel (January 17, 1878 – March 21, 1938) was an American film actor, director, screenwriter and producer. He appeared in 167 films between 1913 and 1939, and also directed 94 films between 1911 and 1927.


Apfel was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After a number of years in commerce, he decided to adopt the stage as a profession. He secured his first professional engagement in 1900, in his hometown. He rose rapidly and soon held a position as director and producer and was at the time noted as being the youngest stage director in America. He spent eleven years on the stage on Broadway then joined the Edison Manufacturing Company. Apfel first directed for Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1911–12, where he made the innovative short film The Passer-By (1912). He also did some experimental work at Edison's laboratory in Orange, on the Edison Talking Pictures devices.

When Apfel left the Edison company, he joined Reliance-Majestic Studios, remaining with them eighteen months. In 1913, he became one of two main directors for the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, the other being Cecil B. DeMille. All the first Lasky pictures were produced under his direction. Among these were the notable successes The Squaw Man (1914), Brewster's Millions, The Master Mind, The Only Son, The Ghost Breaker, The Man on the Box, The Circus Man and Cameo Kirby.

Apfel's directorial collaboration with DeMille was a crucial element in the development of DeMille's filmmaking technique.

In late 1914, Apfel left the Lasky Company and directed for various companies into the 1920s. His first move was to the producing staff of the William Fox Corporation where he directed a series of pictures in which William Farnum starred. Some of these were A Soldier's Oath, Fighting Blood, The End of the Trail, The Battle of Hearts and A Man of Sorrow.

For the Paralta Company, to whom Apfel went after leaving the Fox Corporation, he produced Peter Kyne's A Man's a Man and The Turn of a Card in which J. Warren Kerrigan starred.

Armenian relief
Auction of Souls (1919), a public-awareness picture for the Armenian Relief Committee, was Apfel's work. This production commanded wide attention and attracted great crowds at the special showings which took place at the Plaza and other prominent hotels. The sympathetic interest evoked by its revelations helped in materially adding to the large sums that were subscribed to this cause.

A series of pictures for the World Film Corporation, starring Kitty Gordon, Montague Love, June Elvidge, Louise Huff, and Evelyn Greeley, were also among Apfel's successful productions.

Final years
After many years as a director, he gradually returned to acting. On March 21, 1938, Apfel died in Hollywood from a heart attack.

Usually with

George Irving
George Irving
(14 films)
Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
(14 films)
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
(10 films)
William Elmer
William Elmer
(8 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Oscar Apfel (151 films)

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Conquest (1937)
, 1h53
Directed by Clarence Brown, Gustav Machatý
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Films based on plays, Histoire de France, French Revolution films
Actors Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer, Reginald Owen, Alan Marshal, Henry Stephenson, Leif Erickson
Roles Count Potocka
Rating65% 3.2983.2983.2983.2983.298
Napoleon Bonaparte (Charles Boyer) launches an unsuccessful seduction of the Countess Marie Walewska (Greta Garbo), who is married to a much older man (Henry Stephenson), but she resists until convinced that giving in will save Poland. After her husband annuls their marriage and Napoleon divorces the Empress Josephine, the pair are free to formalize their happy relationship, but Napoleon shocks her by announcing his decision to wed the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria for political reasons. While he doesn't expect it to impact his relationship with Marie, she leaves him, without ever telling him that she is expecting his child.
Jim Hanvey, Detective, 1h11
Directed by Phil Rosen
Origin USA
Genres Crime
Actors Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown, Catherine Doucet, Edward Gargan, Edward Brophy, Helen Jerome Eddy
Roles Lambert
Rating64% 3.2312053.2312053.2312053.2312053.231205
This script must be run from the command line
The Toast of New York, 1h49
Directed by Rowland V. Lee, Alexander Hall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy
Actors Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer, Jack Oakie, Donald Meek, Thelma Leeds
Roles Wallack
Rating64% 3.24783.24783.24783.24783.2478
In post-Civil War America, unscrupulous, ambitious partners Jim Fisk (Arnold) and Nick Boyd (Grant) talk tight-fisted businessman Daniel Drew (Donald Meek) into selling them his shipping company, paying with worthless Confederate bonds. Later, worried that his longtime rival, Cornelius Vanderbilt (Clarence Kolb), is trying to take control of his railroad, Drew seeks help from Fisk, only to have him turn the situation to his own advantage. Fisk and Boyd eventually become powers to be reckoned with on Wall Street.
The Soldier and the Lady, 1h25
Directed by George Nichols Jr.
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Actors Anton Walbrook, Elizabeth Allan, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame, Fay Bainter, Eric Blore
Roles Tsar's General (Uncredited)
Rating63% 3.194083.194083.194083.194083.19408
Les aventures de Michel Strogoff, depeche par le tsar pour porter un message ultra-confidentiel a Irkoutsk. En chemin, des embuches, et au final, des larmes salvatrices.
The Soldier and the Lady
Directed by Jacques de Baroncelli, George Nichols Jr., Richard Eichberg
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Actors Anton Walbrook, Akim Tamiroff, Colette Darfeuil, Elizabeth Allan, Charles Vanel, Armand Bernard
Roles Tsar's General (Uncredited)
Rating65% 3.266093.266093.266093.266093.26609
Les aventures de Michel Strogoff, depeche par le tsar pour porter un message ultra-confidentiel a Irkoutsk. En chemin, des embuches, et au final, des larmes salvatrices.
We Who Are About to Die
Directed by Christy Cabanne, James Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Preston Foster, Ann Dvorak, John Beal, Paul Hurst, J. Carrol Naish, Russell Hopton
Roles Mr. Armitage
Rating66% 3.328933.328933.328933.328933.32893
A man is arrested for murdering his wife. His lover and a sleuth work to free him.
Bulldog Edition, 57minutes
Directed by Charles Lamont
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ray Walker, Evalyn Knapp, Regis Toomey, Cy Kendall, Oscar Apfel, Betty Compson
Roles Taggart
Rating58% 2.9448052.9448052.9448052.9448052.944805
Newspaper Editors Ken Dwyer (Ray Walker) and Evans (Robert Warwick) compete for circulation, and the heart of star reporter / cartoonist Randy Burns (Evalyn Knapp).
Hearts in Bondage, 1h12
Directed by Lew Ayres
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors James Dunn, Mae Clarke, David Manners, Henry B. Walthall, Charlotte Henry, Fritz Leiber
Roles Captain Gilman
Rating57% 2.8720052.8720052.8720052.8720052.872005
This 1936 film is In black and white and is a drama based on events in the American Civil War and starts with citizens choosing loyalty to the Confederate States of America or to the Union in the first days of the crisis. Early scenes show the burning of the USS Merrimack by its Union crew to prevent it from falling into Confederate hands. However, the Merrimack, which had been burnt down to the waterline, was later rebuilt by the Confederacy, as an ironclad, and was renamed the CSS Virginia.
Hollywood Boulevard, 1h15
Directed by Robert Florey
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Gary Cooper, John Halliday, Marsha Hunt, Robert Cummings, C. Henry Gordon, Esther Ralston
Roles Dr. Inslow
Rating65% 3.2681153.2681153.2681153.2681153.268115
The film portrays, in a comic expose of gossip magazines of the time, has-been actor John Blakeford (Halliday) agreeing to write his memoirs for magazine publisher Jordan Winston (Gordon).
Murder at Glen Athol, 1h4
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Origin USA
Genres Crime
Actors John Miljan, Irene Ware, Iris Adrian, Noel Madison, Oscar Apfel, Barry Norton
Roles Reuben Marshall
Rating62% 3.148153.148153.148153.148153.14815
A famous detective is invited to a swanky party at an elegant mansion, but before the night is over he finds himself involved with gangsters, blackmail and murder.
The Plot Thickens, 1h9
Directed by Ben Holmes
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors James Gleason, Zasu Pitts, Owen Gould Davis, Jr., Louise Latimer, Arthur Aylesworth, Paul Fix
Roles H. G. Robbins
Rating64% 3.2453053.2453053.2453053.2453053.245305
Hildegarde Withers (ZaSu Pitts) is a novelist who now tries to figure out the connection between two unrelated murders. Inspector Oscar Piper (James Gleason), is Hildegarde's friendly nemesis.
Sutter's Gold, 1h34
Directed by James Cruze
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Edward Arnold, Lee Tracy, Binnie Barnes, Katharine Alexander, Montagu Love, Addison Richards
Roles Bartender
Rating60% 3.0135353.0135353.0135353.0135353.013535
Pendant la ruée vers l'or en Californie en 1849, on découvre de l'or dans la propriété de John Sutter, un immigrant d'origine Suisse.