Rose Hobart

Rose Hobart (born Rose Kefer) was an American actress and Screen Actors Guild official. When Hobart was 15, she debuted professionally in Cappy Ricks, a Chautauqua production. She was accepted for the 18-week tour because she told officials that she was 18. At that same age, she was cast in Ferenc Molnár's Liliom, which opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hobart's Broadway stage debut was on September 17, 1923 at the Knickerbocker Theater, playing a young girl in Lullaby. In 1925, she played Charmian in Caesar and Cleopatra. Hobart was an original member of Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre. In 1928, she made her London debut, playing Nona Rolf in The Comic Artist. During her career in theater, she toured with Noël Coward in The Vortex and was cast opposite Helen Hayes in What Every Woman Knows. Her performance as Grazia in Death Takes a Holiday won her a Hollywood contract. Hobart appeared in more than 40 motion pictures over a 20-year period. Her first film role was the part of Julie in the first talking picture version of Liliom, made by Fox Film Corporation in 1930, starring Charles Farrell in the title role, and directed by Frank Borzage. Under contract to Universal, Hobart starred in A Lady Surrenders, East of Borneo, and Scandal for Sale. On loan to other studios, she appeared in Chances and Compromised. In 1931, she co-starred with Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins in Rouben Mamoulian's original film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She played the ...

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Conflict (1945)

Filmed some 18 months before its release, Conflict is one of two melodramas in which Humphrey Bogart self-consciously portrayed a wife murderer (the other was The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Bogie plays unhappily married Richard Mason, who concocts a meticulous scheme to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alexis Smith  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Rose Hobart

Filmed some 18 months before its release, Conflict is one of two melodramas in which Humphrey Bogart self-consciously portrayed a wife murderer (the other was The Two Mrs. Carrolls). Bogie plays unhappily married Richard Mason, who concocts a meticulous scheme to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Alexis Smith  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Rose Hobart

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rouben Mamoulian
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Miriam Hopkins  •  Rose Hobart  •  Holmes Herbert

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rouben Mamoulian
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Miriam Hopkins  •  Rose Hobart  •  Holmes Herbert

The Farmer's Daughter (1947)

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Charles Bickford

After leaving her family's farm to study nursing in the city, a young woman finds herself on an unexpected path towards politics.  (more)

DIRECTION:  H. C. Potter
CAST:  Loretta Young  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Ethel Barrymore  •  Charles Bickford

The Mad Ghoul (1943)

Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  David Bruce  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  George Zucco  •  Robert Armstrong

Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James P. Hogan
CAST:  David Bruce  •  Evelyn Ankers  •  George Zucco  •  Robert Armstrong

Tower of London (1939)

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowland V. Lee
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Boris Karloff  •  Barbara O'Neil  •  Ian Hunter

In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne, then occupied by his brother King Edward IV of England. As each murder is accomplished he takes particular delight ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowland V. Lee
CAST:  Basil Rathbone  •  Boris Karloff  •  Barbara O'Neil  •  Ian Hunter

Rose Hobart (1936)

Cornell employs clips from 1931's jungle melodrama East of Borneo- more specifically, clips of its lead actress, Rose Hobart- to disquieting effect. Through Cornell's collage editing, Hobart becomes a singular object of desire and dread, trapped in an exotic paradise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Cornell
CAST:  Rose Hobart

Cornell employs clips from 1931's jungle melodrama East of Borneo- more specifically, clips of its lead actress, Rose Hobart- to disquieting effect. Through Cornell's collage editing, Hobart becomes a singular object of desire and dread, trapped in an exotic paradise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Cornell
CAST:  Rose Hobart

No Hands on the Clock (1941)

A wise-cracking private detective's honeymoon is interrupted by a kidnapping case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Chester Morris  •  Jean Parker  •  Rose Hobart  •  Dick Purcell

A wise-cracking private detective's honeymoon is interrupted by a kidnapping case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank McDonald
CAST:  Chester Morris  •  Jean Parker  •  Rose Hobart  •  Dick Purcell

The Brighton Strangler (1945)

After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, John Loder, a theatre actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Nosseck
CAST:  John Loder  •  June Duprez  •  Michael St. Angel  •  Miles Mander

After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, John Loder, a theatre actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Nosseck
CAST:  John Loder  •  June Duprez  •  Michael St. Angel  •  Miles Mander

The Cat Creeps (1946)

A black cat is suspected of being possessed by the spirit of a elderly murdered woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erle C. Kenton
CAST:  Noah Beery Jr.  •  Lois Collier  •  Paul Kelly  •  Jonathan Hale

A black cat is suspected of being possessed by the spirit of a elderly murdered woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Erle C. Kenton
CAST:  Noah Beery Jr.  •  Lois Collier  •  Paul Kelly  •  Jonathan Hale

The Trouble with Women (1947)

A psychology professor comes up with a theory that women have a desire to be subjugated. A newswoman, using a pseudonym, accuses him of advocating wife-beating. There is trouble, when he falls in love with her, unaware of who she is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lanfield
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Teresa Wright  •  Brian Donlevy  •  Rose Hobart

A psychology professor comes up with a theory that women have a desire to be subjugated. A newswoman, using a pseudonym, accuses him of advocating wife-beating. There is trouble, when he falls in love with her, unaware of who she is.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lanfield
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  Teresa Wright  •  Brian Donlevy  •  Rose Hobart

The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case (1943)

The Crime Doctor gets involved in the case of the poisoning of a wealthy industrialist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eugene Forde
CAST:  Warner Baxter  •  Lynn Merrick  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Barton MacLane

The Crime Doctor gets involved in the case of the poisoning of a wealthy industrialist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eugene Forde
CAST:  Warner Baxter  •  Lynn Merrick  •  Gloria Dickson  •  Barton MacLane

Scandal for Sale (1932)

A man is promised $25,000 if he can bring the circulation of a newspaper up to one million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Mack
CAST:  Charles Bickford  •  Rose Hobart  •  Pat O’Brien  •  Claudia Dell

A man is promised $25,000 if he can bring the circulation of a newspaper up to one million.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Mack
CAST:  Charles Bickford  •  Rose Hobart  •  Pat O’Brien  •  Claudia Dell

East of Borneo (1931)

Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Melford
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  Charles Bickford  •  Georges Renavent  •  Lupita Tovar

Woman treks through jungle to find her missing husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Melford
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  Charles Bickford  •  Georges Renavent  •  Lupita Tovar

The Soul of a Monster (1944)

A man recovers on his death bed after his wife makes a mysterious pact with a strange woman. But is he really alive?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Jason
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  George Macready  •  Jim Bannon  •  Jeanne Bates

A man recovers on his death bed after his wife makes a mysterious pact with a strange woman. But is he really alive?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Jason
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  George Macready  •  Jim Bannon  •  Jeanne Bates

Wolf of New York (1940)

A New York attorney defends a young man with a criminal past who has been accused of murdering a police inspector.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William C. McGann
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Rose Hobart  •  William Demarest  •  James Stephenson

A New York attorney defends a young man with a criminal past who has been accused of murdering a police inspector.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William C. McGann
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Rose Hobart  •  William Demarest  •  James Stephenson

Lady Be Good (1941)

Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Eleanor Powell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Robert Young  •  Lionel Barrymore

Married songwriters almost split up while putting on a big show.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Busby Berkeley  •  Norman Z. McLeod
CAST:  Eleanor Powell  •  Ann Sothern  •  Robert Young  •  Lionel Barrymore

Chances (1931)

Two brothers, Jack and Tom, are in love with the same woman, Molly. While the two brothers go off to war and Molly does her part in the effort, Tom believes that Rose is waiting for him, while in fact, she loves Jack and only turned to Tom on the rebound. Jack and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Rose Hobart  •  Anthony Bushell  •  Holmes Herbert

Two brothers, Jack and Tom, are in love with the same woman, Molly. While the two brothers go off to war and Molly does her part in the effort, Tom believes that Rose is waiting for him, while in fact, she loves Jack and only turned to Tom on the rebound. Jack and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allan Dwan
CAST:  Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  •  Rose Hobart  •  Anthony Bushell  •  Holmes Herbert

A Lady Surrenders (1930)

A wealthy industrialist's wife gets into a big argument with him; to cool off, she goes on an ocean trip. He thinks she's left him for good, so he marries another woman. When his first wife returns, complications ensue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John M. Stahl
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Rose Hobart  •  Genevieve Tobin  •  Basil Rathbone

A wealthy industrialist's wife gets into a big argument with him; to cool off, she goes on an ocean trip. He thinks she's left him for good, so he marries another woman. When his first wife returns, complications ensue.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John M. Stahl
CAST:  Conrad Nagel  •  Rose Hobart  •  Genevieve Tobin  •  Basil Rathbone

Singapore Woman (1941)

A fallen woman seeks redemption at a Singapore rubber plantation. Melodrama.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Brenda Marshall  •  David Bruce  •  Virginia Field  •  Jerome Cowan

A fallen woman seeks redemption at a Singapore rubber plantation. Melodrama.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Negulesco
CAST:  Brenda Marshall  •  David Bruce  •  Virginia Field  •  Jerome Cowan

Liliom (1930)

A carousel barker falls in love with a young woman. Both are fired from their jobs, and when the young woman becomes pregnant, the carousel barker tries to help pull off a robbery, which goes wrong. Because of the robbery, he dies, and after spending time in hell, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Borzage
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  Estelle Taylor  •  H.B. Warner  •  Lee Tracy

A carousel barker falls in love with a young woman. Both are fired from their jobs, and when the young woman becomes pregnant, the carousel barker tries to help pull off a robbery, which goes wrong. Because of the robbery, he dies, and after spending time in hell, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Borzage
CAST:  Rose Hobart  •  Estelle Taylor  •  H.B. Warner  •  Lee Tracy
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