Adolphe Menjou

1890 - 1963

The actor Adolphe Menjou was regarded as one of the best dresses actors, whose aristocratic charisma fascinated. But especially roles which were opposite his type left the strongest impression on the big screen.

Adophe Menjou began his career at the vaudeville theater, and he made his film debut with "The Man Behind the Door" (15).
Till his service during World War I you could see him in the movies "A Parisian Romance" (16), "The Devil at His Elbow" (16), "The Kiss" (16) and "The Amazons" (17). After that he only appeared in movies from 1920 but in more imposing parts and movies.

He played at Rudolph Valentino's side in the film "The Sheik" (21) and with Douglas Fairbanks sr. in "The Three Musketeers" (21). It followed "Arabian Love" (22), "Clarence" (22), "The Eternal Flame" (22), "Bella Donna" (23) and finally the leading part in Charlie Chaplin's "A Woman of Paris" (23).

Other successful movies of the 20's were "The Marriage Circle" (24), "Forbidden Paradise" (24), "The Swan" (25), "The Sorrows of Satan" (26), "A Gentleman of Paris" (27) and "Serenade" (27).

In the 30's followed a multitude of roles, but the quality of the movies very very different. To his greatest successes of the sound film era belong "Morocco" (30) at Gary Cooper's and Marlene Dietrich's side, and "The Front Page" (31), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Other successful productions were "Forbidden" (32), "Morning Glory" (33), "Sing, Baby, Sing" (36), "A Star Is Born" (37) and "Stage Door" (37).

His appearances became more rarely in the 40's and 50's but his elegant appearance gave his movies a touch of elegance which remembered to the good old time.
Adolphe Menjou took part in "Roxie Hart" (42), "Man Alive" (45), "The Hucksters" (47), "State of the Union" (48), "The Tall Target" (51), "The Sniper" (52) and "Polyanne" (60) and got an impressive role in Stanley Kubrick's movie "Paths of Glory" (57) with Kirk Douglas.

When the witch-hunt of the McCarthy politic in the 50's began, Adolphe Menjou was also summoned, where he hold a hard anticommunistic outlook and denounced some of his actor colleagues.

Adolphe Menjou published his autobiography "It Took Nine Tailors" in 1947.

Other movies with Adolphe Menjou: 
Nearly a King (16) The Price of Happiness (16) The Crucial Test (16) The Reward of Patience (16) The Valentine Girl (17) Wild and Woolly (17) The Moth (17) What Happened to Rosa (20) The Faith Healer (21) Through the Back Door (21) Queenie (21) Courage (21) The Fast Mail (22) Singed Wings (22) Pink Gods (22) Is Matrimony a Failure? (22) Head Over Heels (22) The World's Applause (23) Rupert of Hentzau (23) The Spanish Dancer (23) The Marriage Cheat (24) Broadway After Dark (24) For Sale (24) Broken Barriers (24) Sinners in Silk (24) Open All Night (24) The Fast Set (24) Shadows of Paris (24) A Kiss in the Dark (25) Lost: A Wife (25) Are Parents People? (25) The King on Main Street (25) The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (26) Fascinating Youth (26) A Social Celebrity (26) The Ace of Cads (26) Blonde or Brunette (27) Evening Clothes (27) Service for Ladies (27) A Night of Mystery (28) His Private Life (28) His Tiger Wife (28) Marquis Preferred (29) Fashions in Love (29) L'énigmatique Monsieur Parkes (30) New Moon (30) Mon gosse de père (30) Amor audaz (30) The Easiest Way (31) Men Call It Love (31) Friends and Lovers (31) The Great Lover (31) Prestige (32) Nicht Club Lady (32) Diamond Cut Diamond (32) A Farewell to Arms (32) Two White Arms (32) Bachelor's Affairs (32) The Worst Woman in Paris? (33) Convention City (33) The Circus Queen Murder (33) Easy to Love (34) Little Miss Marker (34) The Great Flirtation (34) The Human Side (34) The Trumpet Blows (34) The Mighty Barnum (34) Journal of a Crime (34) Gold Diggers of 1935 (35) Broadway Gondolier (35) The Milky Way (36) Wives Never Know (36) One in a Million (36) Cafe Metropole (37) One Hundred Men ane a Girl (37) The Goldwyn Follies (38) Thanks for Everything (38) Letter of Introduction (38) The Housekeeper's Daughter (39) Golden Boy (39) That's Right You're Wrong (39) King on the Turf (39) Turnabout (40) A Bill of Divorcement (40) Road Show (41) Father Takes a Wife (41) You Were Never Lovelier (42) Syncopation (42) Step Lively (43) Sweet Rosie O'Grady (43) Hi Diddle Diddle (43) Heartbeat (46) The Bachelor's Daughters (46) Mr. District Attorney (47) I'll Be Yours (49) Dancing in the Dark (49) To Please a Lady (50) Across the Wide Missouri (51) Serie "Your Favorite Story" (53) Man on a Tightrope (53) Serie "Science Fiction Theater: Barrier of Silence" (55) Timberjack (55) The Ambassador's Daughter (56) Bundle of Joy (56) I Married a Woman (58) Serie "Target" (58)