Reginald Owen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Reginald Owen (5 August 1887 – 5 November 1972) was an English character actor. He was known for his many roles in British and American films and later in television programmes. The son of Joseph and Frances Owen, Reginald Owen studied at Sir Herbert Tree's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his professional debut in 1905. In 1911, he starred in the original production of Where the Rainbow Ends as Saint George which opened to very good reviews on 21 December 1911. Reginald Owen had a few years earlier met the author Mrs. Clifford Mills as a young actor, and it was he who on hearing her idea of a Rainbow Story persuaded her to turn it into a play, and thus "Where the Rainbow Ends" was born. He went to the United States in 1920 and worked originally on Broadway in New York, but later moved to Hollywood, where he began a lengthy film career. He was always a familiar face in many Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions. Owen is perhaps best known today for his performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1938 film version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a role he inherited from Lionel Barrymore, who had played the part of Scrooge on the radio every Christmas for years until Barrymore broke his hip in an accident. Owen was one of only five actors to play both Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr Watson (Jeremy Brett played Watson on stage in the United States prior to adopting the mantle of Holmes on British television, Carleton ...

Mary Poppins (1964)

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A magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Dick Van Dyke  •  David Tomlinson  •  Glynis Johns
A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

The exciting story of Dr. Manette, who escapes the horrors of the infamous Bastille prison in Paris. The action switches between London and Paris on the eve of the revolution where we witness 'the best of times and the worst of times' - love, hope, the uncaring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Stevenson
CAST:  Angela Lansbury  •  David Tomlinson  •  Roddy McDowall  •  Sam Jaffe
Conquest (1937)

A polish countess dispatched by her country to become Napoleon Bonaparte's mistress at the urging of Polish leaders, who feel she might influence him to make Poland independent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clarence Brown  •  Gustav Machatý
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  Charles Boyer  •  Reginald Owen  •  Alan Marshal
Kidnapped (1938)

Robert Louis Stevenson's hero David Balfour (Freddie Bartholomew) joins rebel Alan Breck Stewart (Warner Baxter) in 18th-century Scotland.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
Love on the Run (1936)

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  W.S. Van Dyke
CAST:  Joan Crawford  •  Clark Gable  •  Franchot Tone  •  Reginald Owen
Mrs. Miniver (1942)

The Minivers, an English middle-class family, experience life in the first months of World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Walter Pidgeon  •  Teresa Wright  •  May Whitty
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
Random Harvest (1942)

An amnesiac World War I vet falls in love with a music hall star, only to suffer an accident which restores his original memories but erases his post-War life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Ronald Colman  •  Greer Garson  •  Philip Dorn  •  Susan Peters
That's Entertainment! (1974)

Various MGM stars from yesterday present their favorite musical moments from the studio's 50 year history.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Haley Jr.
CAST:  Fred Astaire  •  Bing Crosby  •  Gene Kelly  •  Peter Lawford
The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Lavish biography of Flo Ziegfeld, the producer who became Broadway's biggest starmaker.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  William Powell  •  Myrna Loy  •  Luise Rainer  •  Frank Morgan
The Letter (1929)

A planter's wife shoots a neighbor, but tells conflicting stories of what happened.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean de Limur
CAST:  Jeanne Eagels  •  O.P. Heggie  •  Reginald Owen  •  Herbert Marshall
Woman of the Year (1942)

Rival reporters Sam and Tess fall in love and get married, only to find their relationship strained when Sam comes to resent Tess' hectic lifestyle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Katharine Hepburn  •  Fay Bainter  •  Reginald Owen
The House of Rothschild (1934)

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred L. Werker
CAST:  George Arliss  •  Boris Karloff  •  Loretta Young  •  C. Aubrey Smith
Madame Curie (1943)

The famed female scientist fights to keep her marriage together while conducting early experiments with radioactivity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
The Valley of Decision (1945)

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore
Hullabaloo (1940)

A professional golfer who has become a businessman for his fiancee helps a vagrant get a job and ends up losing his own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin L. Marin
CAST:  Frank Morgan  •  Virginia Grey  •  Dan Dailey  •  Billie Burke
A Christmas Carol (1938)

Classic Charles Dickens holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser's miser who has a huge change of heart after spirits whisk him into the past, present, and future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edwin L. Marin
Queen Christina (1934)

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rouben Mamoulian
CAST:  Greta Garbo  •  John Gilbert  •  Ian Keith  •  Lewis Stone
The Pirate (1948)

A girl is engaged to the local richman, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Judy Garland  •  Gene Kelly  •  Walter Slezak  •  Gladys Cooper