Donald Crisp

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, John and Mark. Family memories state that Donald's brother-in-law James Needham (Louisa's husband) lent/gave Donald the fare to USA. The family have a photo of Donald which he sent to 'Jimmy' and signed. On 16th February 1937 Donald applied for a US Social Security account number giving his address as N Vista Street Hollywood California, and his employers Warner Brothers Pictures, Burbank California. On his application Donald did not know his mother's maiden name.

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Bright Leaf (1950)

Two tobacco growers battle for control of the cigarette market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Patricia Neal  •  Jack Carson

Two tobacco growers battle for control of the cigarette market.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Gary Cooper  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Patricia Neal  •  Jack Carson

Broken Blossoms (1919)

The love story of an abused English girl and a Chinese Buddhist in a time when London was a brutal and harsh place to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Richard Barthelmess  •  Donald Crisp  •  Arthur Howard

The love story of an abused English girl and a Chinese Buddhist in a time when London was a brutal and harsh place to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Richard Barthelmess  •  Donald Crisp  •  Arthur Howard

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Lana Turner  •  Donald Crisp

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Lana Turner  •  Donald Crisp

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Anna Lee  •  Donald Crisp

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans (he stern, she gentle) raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Anna Lee  •  Donald Crisp

Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Mae Marsh  •  Robert Harron  •  F.A. Turner

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Mae Marsh  •  Robert Harron  •  F.A. Turner

Jezebel (1938)

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Henry Fonda  •  George Brent  •  Margaret Lindsay

In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Henry Fonda  •  George Brent  •  Margaret Lindsay

Knute Rockne All American (1940)

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Gale Page  •  Donald Crisp

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Bacon
CAST:  Pat O’Brien  •  Ronald Reagan  •  Gale Page  •  Donald Crisp

Lassie Come Home (1943)

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Donald Crisp  •  May Whitty  •  Edmund Gwenn

Hard times come for the Carraclough family and they are forced to sell their dog, Lassie, to the rich Duke of Rudling. Lassie, however, is unwilling to remain apart from young Carraclough son Joe and sets out on a long and dangerous journey to rejoin him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Roddy McDowall  •  Donald Crisp  •  May Whitty  •  Edmund Gwenn

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

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Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Lloyd
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Clark Gable  •  Franchot Tone  •  Herbert Mundin

Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Lloyd
CAST:  Charles Laughton  •  Clark Gable  •  Franchot Tone  •  Herbert Mundin

National Velvet (1945)

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Mi Taylor is a young wanderer and opportunist who finds himself in the quiet English countryside home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Donald Crisp  •  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Anne Revere

Mi Taylor is a young wanderer and opportunist who finds himself in the quiet English countryside home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown
CAST:  Mickey Rooney  •  Donald Crisp  •  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Anne Revere

Ramrod (1947)

A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  André De Toth
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Veronica Lake  •  Don DeFore  •  Donald Crisp

A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father Ben wanted her to marry. She hires recovering alcoholic Dave Nash as foreman ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  André De Toth
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Veronica Lake  •  Don DeFore  •  Donald Crisp

Red Dust (1932)

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Gene Raymond  •  Mary Astor

Dennis, owner of a rubber plantation in Cochinchina, is involved with Vantine, who left Saigon to evade the police; but when his new surveyor, Gary, arrives along with his refined but sensual wife, Barbara, Dennis gets infatuated by her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Victor Fleming
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Jean Harlow  •  Gene Raymond  •  Mary Astor

Son of Lassie (1945)

Laddie (Son of Lassie) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage?  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Peter Lawford  •  Donald Crisp  •  June Lockhart  •  Nigel Bruce

Laddie (Son of Lassie) and his master are trapped in Norway during WW2 - has he inherited his mothers famous courage?  (more)

DIRECTION:  S. Sylvan Simon
CAST:  Peter Lawford  •  Donald Crisp  •  June Lockhart  •  Nigel Bruce

Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  James MacArthur  •  Donald Crisp

Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  James MacArthur  •  Donald Crisp

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Mae Marsh  •  Henry B. Walthall  •  Miriam Cooper

Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Mae Marsh  •  Henry B. Walthall  •  Miriam Cooper

The Black Pirate (1926)

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  Douglas Fairbanks  •  Billie Dove  •  Anders Randolf  •  Donald Crisp

A nobleman vows to avenge the death of his father at the hands of pirates. To this end he infiltrates the pirate band. Acting in character he is instrumental in the capture of a ship, but things are complicated when he finds that there is a young woman on board ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  Douglas Fairbanks  •  Billie Dove  •  Anders Randolf  •  Donald Crisp

The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Gloria Holden

Biopic of the famous French writer Emile Zola and his involvement in the Dreyfus Affair.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Paul Muni  •  Gale Sondergaard  •  Joseph Schildkraut  •  Gloria Holden

The Man from Laramie (1955)

Will Lockhart becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there. He is especially involved with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family, and begins his search for someone selling rifles to the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Donald Crisp  •  Cathy O'Donnell

Will Lockhart becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there. He is especially involved with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family, and begins his search for someone selling rifles to the local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Arthur Kennedy  •  Donald Crisp  •  Cathy O'Donnell

The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912)

A man recognizes the thief who had previously robbed him as one of the men involved in an unrelated mob shootout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Elmer Booth  •  Lillian Gish  •  Clara T. Bracy  •  Walter Miller

A man recognizes the thief who had previously robbed him as one of the men involved in an unrelated mob shootout.  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Elmer Booth  •  Lillian Gish  •  Clara T. Bracy  •  Walter Miller

The Navigator (1924)

The wealthy and impulsive Rollo Treadway decides to propose to his beautiful socialite neighbor, Betsy O'Brien. Although Betsy turns Rollo down, he still opts to go on the cruise that he intended as their honeymoon. When circumstances find both Rollo and Betsy on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buster Keaton  •  Donald Crisp
CAST:  Buster Keaton  •  Kathryn McGuire  •  Frederick Vroom  •  Clarence Burton

The wealthy and impulsive Rollo Treadway decides to propose to his beautiful socialite neighbor, Betsy O'Brien. Although Betsy turns Rollo down, he still opts to go on the cruise that he intended as their honeymoon. When circumstances find both Rollo and Betsy on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Buster Keaton  •  Donald Crisp
CAST:  Buster Keaton  •  Kathryn McGuire  •  Frederick Vroom  •  Clarence Burton
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