Walter Hampden

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Walter Hampden is the artist name of Walter Hampden Dougherty (June 30, 1879 in Brooklyn – June 11, 1955 in Los Angeles) was a U.S. actor and theatre manager. He was the younger brother of the American painter Paul Dougherty (1877-1947). He went to England for apprenticeship for six years. Later, he played Hamlet, Henry V and Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway. In 1925, he became manager of the Colonial Theatre on Broadway. He became noted for his Shakespearean roles as well as for Cyrano, which he played in several productions between 1923 and 1936. Hampden's last stage role was as Danforth in the original Broadway production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible. Hampden appeared in a few silent films, but did not really begin his film career in earnest until 1939, when he played the good Archbishop of Paris[1] (Frollo's brother) in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo. This was Hampden's first sound film ; he was sixty at the time he made it. Several other roles followed—Jarvis Langdon in the 1944 film The Adventures of Mark Twain among them, but all were supporting character roles, not the lead roles that Hampden played onstage. He had a small, but notable role as the long-winded dinner speaker in the first scene of All About Eve (1950), and played the father of Humphrey Bogart and William Holden in Billy Wilder's 1954 comedy Sabrina. These last two films are arguably the ones that Hampden is most well ...

All About Eve (1950)


From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing. Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Anne Baxter  •  George Sanders  •  Celeste Holm
Sabrina (1954)


Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Paris, France, 1482. Frollo, Chief Justice of benevolent King Louis XI, gets infatuated by the beauty of Esmeralda, a gypsy young girl. The hunchback Quasimodo, Frollo's protege and bell-ringer of Notre Dame, lives in peace among the bells in the heights of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer's adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anatole Litvak
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Charles Boyer  •  Jeffrey Lynn  •  Barbara O'Neil
Reap the Wild Wind (1942)

The Florida Keys in 1840, where the implacable hurricanes of the Caribbean scream, where the salvagers of Key West, like the intrepid and beautiful Loxi Claiborne and her crew, reap, aboard frail schooners, the harvest of the wild wind, facing the shark teeth of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
CAST:  Ray Milland  •  John Wayne  •  Paulette Goddard  •  Raymond Massey
5 Fingers (1952)

During WWII the valet to the British Ambassador to Ankara sells British secrets to the Germans while trying to romance a refugee Polish countess.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  James Mason  •  Michael Rennie  •  Walter Hampden  •  Oskar Karlweis
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)

A dramatised life of Samuel Langhorn Clemens, or Mark Twain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irving Rapper
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Alexis Smith  •  Donald Crisp  •  Alan Hale
Sombrero (1953)

Mexican love stories follow a dying man, a bullfighter's sister (Cyd Charisse) and lovers (Ricardo Montalban, Pier Angeli) from feuding villages.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Foster
Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)

A nobleman searches for a hidden treasure in Guatemala.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Cornel Wilde  •  Constance Smith  •  Anne Bancroft  •  Fay Wray
Strange Lady in Town (1955)

There's a new doctor in old Santa Fe, and it's Greer Garson. Director Mervyn LeRoy's 1955 western also stars Dana Andrews, Cameron Mitchell, Lois Smith, Walter Hampden, Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales, Earl Holliman, Adele Jergens, Robert Wilke, Frank DeKova, Nick Adams, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Dana Andrews  •  Cameron Mitchell  •  Lois Smith
The Vagabond King (1956)

Louis XI of France drafts Paris's popular "king" of criminals as Provost Marshal in his fight against usurper Charles of Burgundy and the traitorous nobles who rally around him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Kathryn Grayson  •  Oreste Kirkop  •  Rita Moreno  •  Cedric Hardwicke
The Prodigal (1955)

A wealthy young Hebrew traveling in Damascus renounces his faith after is seduced by an alluring pagan priestess and cheated of his fortune by the High Priest as well.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Thorpe
CAST:  Lana Turner  •  Edmund Purdom  •  Louis Calhern  •  Audrey Dalton
The First Legion (1951)

A Catholic priest fights against his colleagues' immediate acceptance of an ambiguous “miracle”.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Sirk
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  William Demarest  •  Lyle Bettger  •  Barbara Rush
North West Mounted Police (1940)

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cecil B. DeMille
The Silver Chalice (1954)

A Greek artisan is commissioned to cast the cup of Christ in silver and sculpt around its rim the faces of the disciples and Jesus himself. He travels to Jerusalem and eventually to Rome to complete the task. Meanwhile, a nefarious interloper is trying to convince ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Saville
CAST:  Virginia Mayo  •  Pier Angeli  •  Jack Palance  •  Paul Newman
The Warfare of the Flesh (1917)

Melodrama in which the rich arrogant George gives money to poor Frank and Jane, so he may spend a night with Jane. Jane goes along with it because she need the money to save her sick husband.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward Warren
CAST:  Sheldon Lewis  •  Charlotte Ives  •  Harry Benham  •  Walter Hampden