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Handsome English actor Ralph Forbes (1904 – 1951) started his film career in the British cinema before he became a Hollywood star of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Later he turned into a noted Broadway actor.
Ralph Forbes Taylor was born in London, England in 1904 (some sources say 1896). He was the son of E.J. Taylor and actress Mary Forbes and brother of actress Brenda Forbes. He met with an accident on the football field at Denstone College, Staffordshire that resulted in a scar on his cheek. According to William McPeak at IMDb, Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in the early British film industry. His first British film was the drama The Fifth Form at St. Dominic’s (1921, A.E. Coleby). He then appeared in A Lowland Cinderella (1922, Sidney Morgan), a modern version of the Cinderella Fairy tale with Joan Morgan as the vulnerable Hester Stirling, who must overcome the evil schemes of a Dr Torpican to find true love. He then appeared opposite Alma Taylor in the successful romance Comin’ Thro the Rye (1923, Cecil M. Hepworth). The following year he co-starred with Betty Balfour and Stewart Rome in the war drama Réveille (1924, George Pearson). In Sweden he appeared in the comedy Charleys tant/Charley’s Aunt (1926, Elis Ellis). In 1926, he joined fellow expatriate and A-list star Ronald Colman to play younger brother John in the first Hollywood rendering of Beau Geste (1926, Herbert Brenon). It became Paramount’s biggest hit of 1926. The following years, Forbes would work with some familiar names: with Lon Chaney in Mr. Wu (1927, William Nigh), Lillian Gish in The Enemy (1927, Fred Niblo), Norma Shearer in The Latest from Paris (1928, Sam Wood), Dolores del Rio in The Trail of ’98 (1928, Clarence Brown), and with John Gilbert in The Masks of the Devil (1928, Victor Sjöström). Forbes’ handsome features and bright blues eyes gave him an intense look that suited numerous a series of dinner-jacketed leading roles.
Ralph Forbes’ rich, full voice made the sound transition a smooth one. The unevenness and muffled nature of early sound movies was apparent in his first effort Lilies of the Field (1930) which was an early American-based effort by Alexander Korda. His six films in 1930 prophesied a busy decade to come. In 1931, he did a sequel to Beau Geste which took up the continuing adventures of youngest Geste brother John, Beau Ideal (1931, Herbert Brenon). In 1933 he co-starred with Katherine Hepburn and Colin Clive in Christopher Strong (1933, Dorothy Arzner). By then, Forbes was much in demand with five or six movie roles a year through most of the decade. He made the costume rounds: including, the first sound The Three Musketeers (1935, Rowland V. Lee), Mary of Scotland (1936, John Ford) starring Katherine Hepburn, and the classic Romeo and Juliet (1936, George Cukor) in which he played Juliet’s suitor Paris. Forbes was in the sand dunes again for the lead of The Legion of Missing Men (1937, Hamilton MacFadden). His roles became smaller and his last years before the camera were spent in such supporting roles as Sir Hugo Baskerville in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939, Sidney Lanfield) with Richard Greene, and Henry Tudor in Tower of London (1939, Rowland V. Lee). He was not offered a part in the more famous remake of Beau Geste (1939, William A. Wellman) with Gary Cooper. Interestingly, this William A. Wellman directed version is almost a carbon copy of the 1926 effort. After 1940, Forbes film work was sporadic. During his last years he worked on Broadway in such plays as The Little Minister and The Doctor’s Dilemma. One of his last stage appearances was in a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell in 1948. He also did some early TV playhouse productions in 1950 before his untimely passing the next year. Forbes married three times. In 1924 he married his former leading lady, who was 11 years his senior. They divorced in 1932. Forbes dated Lucille Ball, but she turned down his marriage proposal. In 1934 he married actress Heather Angel; but that marriage also ended in divorce. His last wife was actress Dora Sayers, whom he married in 1946. The wedding took place in the home of Ruth Chatterton, his first wife. After an illness of several weeks, Ralph Forbes died at Montefiore Hospital in New York City in 1951.
Sources: William McPeak (IMDb), Hal Erickson (AlMovie), Find A Grave, Wikipedia and IMDb.
English film and stage actor Clive Brook (1887-1974) worked first in British films then in Hollywood. The suave, handsome, distinguished leading man is best remembered as Marlene Dietrich’s love interest in Shanghai Express (1932).
Clifford Hardman Brook was born in London in 1887. He was the son of opera singer Charlotte Mary and George Alfred Brook, a landowner of a goldmine. He was educated privately. Brook worked as a journalist and insurance agent, returned as a major from service in World War One, then made his stage debut in 1918. His stage experience included Oliver Twist, If I were King, and Importance of Being Ernest. From 1919 he also played in British films, while also working on the London stage. He appeared in such silent films as Trent’s Last Case (1920, Richard Garrick), Sonia (1921, Denison Clift) with Evelyn Brent, A Debt of Honor (1922, Maurice Elvey) with Isobel Elsom, The Sheik (1922, George Wynn) in the title role, A Tale of Two Cities (1922, W. Courtney Rowden) based on the Charles Dickens novel, The White Shadow (1923, Graham Cutts) and Woman to Woman (1923, Graham Cutts) both starring Betty Compson and written by Alfred Hitchcock. Brook soon became a popular, suave leading man, the perfect British gentleman with a stiff upper lip; he occasionally played villains as well.
In 1924 Clive Brook went to America where he continued his successful career smoothly. He began to work for the Thomas Ince Corp. for the film Christine of the Hungry Heart (1924, George Archainbaud) with Florence Vidor, followed by more silent films as The Woman Hater (1925, James Flood), and Seven Sinners (1925, Lewis Milestone) with Marie Prevost. He changed to Paramount Studios in 1926 and took part in remarkable films like Barbed Wire (1927, Rowland V. Lee) starring Pola Negri, Hula (1927, Victor Fleming) with Clara Bow, and Underworld (1927, Josef von Sternberg) – in which he produced one of his best screen interpretations. As the educated Rolls Royce Wensel brought low by drink and redeemed by the casual generosity of a gangster, Brook makes use of every shading of expression in his sensitive face, conveying more with fewer words in one glance than anyone else in the cast. Another great film was The Four Feathers (1929, Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes) with Richard Arlen and Fay Wray. He rounded the 1920’s off with The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929, Basil Dean) – the first of three films in which Brook impersonated the famous detective with a non-traditional tweed cap and long side whiskers.
Clive Brook made a smooth transition into talkies with his attractive, clipped accent. One of his best remembered appearances is opposite Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932, Josef von Sternberg). He was a bit stiff but effective as the British Army doctor who was once Shanghai Lilly’s lover. Brook remained a top draw until at least 1934. He returned to Britain in 1935 and continued appearing in films for the next decade. Among these films are The Dictator (1935, Victor Saville) with Madeleine Carroll, Love in Exile (1936, Alfred L. Werker), Action for Slander (1938, Tim Whelan), Convoy (1940, Pen Tennyson), and The Flemish Farm (1943, Jeffrey Dell). He adapted the comedy On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale and wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film On Approval (1945) with Beatrice Lillie, Googie Withers and Roland Culver. The costumes were by Cecil Beaton. It was Brooks’ crowning achievement. For the rest of his career he concentrated on stage work, with occasional appearances on British television and radio. In 1949 he presented the radio series The Secrets of Scotland Yard. He made only one more film, The List of Adrian Messenger (1963, John Huston). Clive Brook died in London in 1974. Till his death he was married to to his former co-star, Mildred Evelyn, and their daughter, Faith Brook is an actor as was their late son, Lyndon Brook.
Sources: Thomas Staedeli (Cyranos), Dave Curbow (IMDb), All Movie Guide, Wikipedia and IMDb