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John Boles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. John Boles (October 28, 1895 – February 27, 1969) was an American singer and actor best known for playing Victor Moritz in the 1931 film Frankenstein. He started out in Hollywood in silent movies, but became a huge star with the advent of talkies. After the war, Boles moved to New York to study music. He quickly became well known for his talents and was selected to replace the leading man in the 1923 Broadway musical Little Jesse James. He became an established star on Broadway and attracted the attention of Hollywood producers and actors. Boles' Broadway credits include One Touch of Venus (1943), Kitty's Kisses (1925), Mercenary Mary (1924), and Little Jessie James (1923). He was hired by MGM to appear in a silent film in 1924. He starred in two more films for that studio before returning to New York and the stage. In 1927, he returned to Hollywood to star in The Love of Sunya (1927) opposite Gloria Swanson, which was a big success for him. Unfortunately, because the movies were still silent he was unable to show off his singing ability until late in the decade. In 1929, Warner Brothers hired him to star in their lavish musical operetta The Desert Song (1929). This film featured sequences in Technicolor and was a box-office success. Soon after, Radio Pictures (later known as RKO) selected him to play the leading man in their extravagant production (the last portion of the film was photographed in Technicolor) of Rio Rita, opposite Bebe Daniels. Audiences were enthralled by his beautiful voice, and John Boles suddenly found himself in huge demand. RCA Victor even hired him to make phonograph records of songs that he had sung in his films. As soon as Rio Rita was completed, Boles went back to Warner Brothers as the leading man in an even more extravagant musical entitled Song of the West (1930) that was filmed entirely in Technicolor. Shortly after this film, Universal Pictures offered John Boles a contract, which he accepted. He starred in a number of pictures for them, most notably the all-Technicolor musical revue entitled The King of Jazz (1930) and a historical operetta entitled Captain of the Guard (1930). In 1931, he starred in One Heavenly Night (1931), which would prove to be his last major musical. Boles portrayed Victor Moritz in Frankenstein (1931). He starred with Irene Dunne in a 1934 film adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1920 novel The Age of Innocence directed for RKO Radio Pictures by Philip Moeller, and took the role of Edward Morgan in Curly Top (1935), starring Shirley Temple In 1937, Boles starred alongside Barbara Stanwyck in the King Vidor classic Stella Dallas. In 1943, he co-starred with Mary Martin and Kenny Baker in One Touch of Venus. Description above from the Wikipedia article John Boles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Oct 28, 1895 In Greenville, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Sixth Commandment 1924-06-01
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Known For
Poster of Hollywood Without Make-Up
Poster of Thousands Cheer
Poster of Stand Up and Cheer!
Poster of Beloved
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Babes in Bagdad Hassan 1952-12-07
Movie Thousands Cheer Colonel Bill Jones 1943-01-01
Movie Between Us Girls Steven J. Forbes 1942-09-04
Movie Road to Happiness Jeff Carter 1941-12-19
Movie Romance in the Dark Antal Kovach 1938-03-24
Movie Sinners in Paradise Jim Taylor 1938-05-19
Movie As Good as Married Alexander Drew 1937-05-09
Movie Stella Dallas Stephen Dallas 1937-08-06
Movie She Married an Artist Lee Thornwood 1937-11-27
Movie Fight for Your Lady Robert Densmore 1937-11-05
Movie Rose of the Rancho Jim Kearney 1936-01-09
Movie A Message to Garcia Lt. Andrew Rowan 1936-04-10
Movie Craig's Wife Walter Craig 1936-09-25
Movie Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1) 1936-09-11
Movie Curly Top Edward Morgan 1935-07-26
Movie Redheads on Parade John Bruce 1935-09-07
Movie Orchids to You Thomas Bentley 1935-08-09
Movie Starlit Days at the Lido Self 1935-09-28
Movie The Littlest Rebel Capt. Herbert Cary 1935-12-27
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-9 Unknown 1934-04-28
Movie Bottoms Up Hal Reed 1934-04-12
Movie Stand Up and Cheer! John Boles 1934-05-04
Movie I Believed in You Michael Harrison 1934-04-09
Movie Beloved Carl Hausmann 1934-01-22
Movie Wild Gold Steve Miller 1934-06-08
Movie The White Parade Ronald Hall III 1934-11-16
Movie Music in the Air Bruno Mahler 1934-12-13
Movie The Age of Innocence Newland Archer 1934-09-14
Movie The Life of Vergie Winters John Shadwell 1934-06-14
Movie Child of Manhattan Paul Vanderkill 1933-02-11
Movie My Lips Betray King Rupert aka Captain von Linden 1933-11-04
Movie Only Yesterday James Stanton "Jim" Emerson 1933-11-01
Movie Careless Lady Stephen Illington 1932-04-02
Movie 6 Hours to Live Karl Kranz 1932-10-15
Movie Back Street Walter D. Saxel 1932-09-01
Movie Resurrection Prince Dmitri Nekhludoff 1931-02-02
Movie Seed Bart Carter 1931-05-14
Movie Frankenstein Victor Moritz 1931-11-21
Movie Good Sport Boyce Cameron 1931-12-12
Movie Captain of the Guard Rouget de Lisle 1930-03-28
Movie Song of the West Captain Stanton 1930-03-15
Movie King of Jazz Vocalist ('Song of the Dawn' / 'It Happened in Monterey') 1930-04-20
Movie One Heavenly Night Count Mirko Tibor 1930-12-25
Movie Scandal Maurice 1929-04-27
Movie The Desert Song The Red Shadow 1929-04-08
Movie Rio Rita Capt. Jim Stewart 1929-09-15
Movie Fazil John Clavering 1928-06-04
Movie We Americans Hugh Bradleigh 1928-05-06
Movie The Shepherd of the Hills Young Matt 1928-01-01
Movie Virgin Lips Barry Blake 1928-07-25
Movie The Water Hole Bert Durland 1928-08-25
Movie The Last Warning Richard Quayle 1928-12-25
Movie Romance of the Underworld Stephen Ransome 1928-11-10
Movie Man-Made Women John Payson 1928-09-09
Movie The Love of Sunya Paul Judson 1927-03-11
Movie Excuse Me Lt. Shaw 1925-01-19
Movie The Sixth Commandment John Brant 1924-06-01
Movie So This Is Marriage? Uriah 1924-11-26