Virginia Cherrill

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Virginia Cherrill (April 12, 1908 - November 14, 1996) was an American actress best known for her role as the blind flower girl in Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931). She married an English earl in the 1940s, and is also known as Virginia Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey. Virginia Cherrill was born on a farm in rural Carthage, Illinois, to James E. and Blanche (née Wilcox) Cherrill. She was a Chicago society girl with no thoughts of a film career when she went to Hollywood for a visit and met Charlie Chaplin when he sat next to her at a boxing match. He had failed to find the girl he wanted for his film but decided she would do and cast her in City Lights in which she gave the performance for which she is remembered, although her working relationship with Chaplin on the film was often strained. As indicated in the documentary Unknown Chaplin, Cherrill was in fact fired from the film at one point and Chaplin planned to refilm all her scenes with Georgia Hale, but ultimately realized too much money had already been spent on the picture; as Cherrill recalls in the documentary, close friend Marion Davies suggested Cherrill hold out for more money when Chaplin asked her to return to the film, and she did. She appeared in a few other films subsequently, including the 1931 Gershwin musical Delicious with Janet Gaynor, but gave up her movie career in 1936 after Troubled Waters. Cherrill married four times; her second husband was ...

City Lights (1931)

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In this sound-era silent film, a tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Chaplin
CAST:  Charlie Chaplin  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Harry Myers  •  Al Ernest Garcia

In this sound-era silent film, a tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind flower seller.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Chaplin
CAST:  Charlie Chaplin  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Harry Myers  •  Al Ernest Garcia

The Nuisance (1933)

Fast-talker extraordinaire Tracy gives one of his quintessential wiseguy performances as a conniving ambulance chaser who falls in love with Evans, unaware she's a special investigator for a streetcar company he's repeatedly victimized.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Lee Tracy  •  Madge Evans  •  Frank Morgan  •  Charles Butterworth

Fast-talker extraordinaire Tracy gives one of his quintessential wiseguy performances as a conniving ambulance chaser who falls in love with Evans, unaware she's a special investigator for a streetcar company he's repeatedly victimized.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Lee Tracy  •  Madge Evans  •  Frank Morgan  •  Charles Butterworth

Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933)

When a good-for-nothing man named Dan is stabbed to death and his arm broken, Charlie Chan is on the case. His first clue comes from the victim's sister, who noticed a prowler wearing a glow-in-the-dark wristwatch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hamilton MacFadden
CAST:  Warner Oland  •  Heather Angel  •  Roger Imhof  •  John Warburton

When a good-for-nothing man named Dan is stabbed to death and his arm broken, Charlie Chan is on the case. His first clue comes from the victim's sister, who noticed a prowler wearing a glow-in-the-dark wristwatch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hamilton MacFadden
CAST:  Warner Oland  •  Heather Angel  •  Roger Imhof  •  John Warburton

Late Extra (1935)

A newspaper reporter sets out to track down the murderer of a policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  James Mason  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Alastair Sim  •  Ian Colin

A newspaper reporter sets out to track down the murderer of a policeman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  James Mason  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Alastair Sim  •  Ian Colin

What Price Crime (1935)

Thieves break into a warehouse that stores guns, steal them and kill the night watchman. An undercover agent assigned to the case happens to get into a traffic accident with the sister of the man the police suspect is head of the burglary ring, and in order to work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Herman
CAST:  Charles Starrett  •  Noel Madison  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Charles Delaney

Thieves break into a warehouse that stores guns, steal them and kill the night watchman. An undercover agent assigned to the case happens to get into a traffic accident with the sister of the man the police suspect is head of the burglary ring, and in order to work ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Herman
CAST:  Charles Starrett  •  Noel Madison  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  Charles Delaney

Troubled Waters (1936)

James Mason is teamed up once again with Virginia Cherill whom he appeared with in his debut film, 'Late Extra'. He plays a government agent (John Merriman) who makes a few enquiries and follows leads. Cherill plays June Elkhardt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  Virginia Cherrill  •  James Mason  •  Alastair Sim  •  Raymond Lovell

James Mason is teamed up once again with Virginia Cherill whom he appeared with in his debut film, 'Late Extra'. He plays a government agent (John Merriman) who makes a few enquiries and follows leads. Cherill plays June Elkhardt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Parker
CAST:  Virginia Cherrill  •  James Mason  •  Alastair Sim  •  Raymond Lovell

The Brat (1931)

A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their snobbish ways.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Sally O'Neil  •  Alan Dinehart  •  Frank Albertson  •  William Collier Sr.

A society novelist brings a brash young chorus girl home in order to study her for inspiration for his new novel. His family is distraught, but soon her behavior has forever altered their snobbish ways.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  Sally O'Neil  •  Alan Dinehart  •  Frank Albertson  •  William Collier Sr.

Fast Workers (1933)

Gunner and Bucker are friends who work as riveters. Whenever Bucker gets the urge to marry, which is often, Gunner will hit on his girl to see if she is true or not. So far, Gunner hasn't failed. But one night, while Gunner is in jail, Bucker meets Mary, a tough ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  John Gilbert  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Mae Clarke  •  Muriel Kirkland

Gunner and Bucker are friends who work as riveters. Whenever Bucker gets the urge to marry, which is often, Gunner will hit on his girl to see if she is true or not. So far, Gunner hasn't failed. But one night, while Gunner is in jail, Bucker meets Mary, a tough ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tod Browning
CAST:  John Gilbert  •  Robert Armstrong  •  Mae Clarke  •  Muriel Kirkland

Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

Peter Brooks is a hard-working, hard-up college student whose dislike of women attending college weakens under the amorous advances of spoiled socialite coed Joan Madison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seymour Felix
CAST:  Virginia Cherrill  •  John Wayne  •  Marguerite Churchill  •  Edward Nugent

Peter Brooks is a hard-working, hard-up college student whose dislike of women attending college weakens under the amorous advances of spoiled socialite coed Joan Madison.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seymour Felix
CAST:  Virginia Cherrill  •  John Wayne  •  Marguerite Churchill  •  Edward Nugent

Delicious (1931)

A comic group of Europeans coming to the USA have romantic and immigration troubles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Janet Gaynor  •  El Brendel  •  Charles Farrell  •  Raul Roulien

A comic group of Europeans coming to the USA have romantic and immigration troubles.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Butler
CAST:  Janet Gaynor  •  El Brendel  •  Charles Farrell  •  Raul Roulien

Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004)

Documentary that explores the life and career of leading man Cary Grant through film clips and interviews.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Trachtenberg
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Jeanine Basinger  •  Roderick Mann  •  Nancy Nelson

Documentary that explores the life and career of leading man Cary Grant through film clips and interviews.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Trachtenberg
CAST:  Barbara Harris  •  Jeanine Basinger  •  Roderick Mann  •  Nancy Nelson

He Couldn't Take It (1933)

Jimmy Kelly, who can't hold on to a job because of his hot temper, finds his calling as a process server. He serves process on a gangster and exposes a criminal conspiracy while trying to stop his long-suffering girlfriend from taking a vacation with her lecherous boss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Nigh
CAST:  Ray Walker  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  George E. Stone  •  Stanley Fields

Jimmy Kelly, who can't hold on to a job because of his hot temper, finds his calling as a process server. He serves process on a gangster and exposes a criminal conspiracy while trying to stop his long-suffering girlfriend from taking a vacation with her lecherous boss.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Nigh
CAST:  Ray Walker  •  Virginia Cherrill  •  George E. Stone  •  Stanley Fields