Edmund Gwenn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edmund Gwenn (born Edmund John Kellaway, 26 September 1877– 6 September 1959) was an English actor. On film, he is perhaps best remembered for his role as Kris Kringle in the Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street (1947), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe Award. He received a second Golden Globe and another Academy Award nomination for the comedy film Mister 880 (1950). He is also remembered for being in four films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. As a stage actor in the West End and on Broadway, Gwenn was associated with a wide range of works by modern playwrights, including Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy and J. B. Priestley. After the Second World War, he lived in the United States, where he had a successful career in Hollywood and on Broadway. Actor Arthur Chesney was his brother and actor Cecil Kellaway was their cousin.

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

Anthony Adverse (1936)

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Based on the novel by Hervey Allen, this expansive drama follows the many adventures of the eponymous hero, Anthony Adverse. Abandoned at a convent by his heartless nobleman father, Don Luis, Anthony is later mentored by his kind grandfather, John Bonnyfeather, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Fredric March  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Donald Woods  •  Anita Louise

Between Two Worlds (1944)

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got onboard or where they are going. Soon it becomes apparent that they all have something in common.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward A. Blatt
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Paul Henreid  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Eleanor Parker

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got onboard or where they are going. Soon it becomes apparent that they all have something in common.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward A. Blatt
CAST:  John Garfield  •  Paul Henreid  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Eleanor Parker

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

Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Greer Garson  •  Edward Ashley  •  Marten Lamont

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Z. Leonard
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Greer Garson  •  Edward Ashley  •  Marten Lamont

The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)

The wealthiest man in the world, John P. Merrick, is a private person who likes to stay anonymous. One of his many assets is Neeley's Department Store. There is labor unrest at the store, and the employees' anger is directed at him, who they hang in effigy outside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Charles Coburn  •  Robert Cummings  •  Edmund Gwenn

The wealthiest man in the world, John P. Merrick, is a private person who likes to stay anonymous. One of his many assets is Neeley's Department Store. There is labor unrest at the store, and the employees' anger is directed at him, who they hang in effigy outside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Wood
CAST:  Jean Arthur  •  Charles Coburn  •  Robert Cummings  •  Edmund Gwenn

The Skin Game (1931)

An old, traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village—and almost destroy each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  C. V. France  •  Helen Haye  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edmund Gwenn

An old, traditional family and a modern family battle over land in a small English village—and almost destroy each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  C. V. France  •  Helen Haye  •  Jill Esmond  •  Edmund Gwenn

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  John Forsythe  •  Mildred Natwick  •  Mildred Dunnock

Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. The problem is that almost everyone in town thinks that they had something to do with his death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  John Forsythe  •  Mildred Natwick  •  Mildred Dunnock

Them! (1954)

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Arness  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Joan Weldon  •  James Whitmore

As a result of nuclear testing, gigantic, ferocious mutant ants appear in the American desert southwest, and a father-daughter team of entomologists join forces with the state police officer who first discovers their existence, an FBI agent and, eventually, the US ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  James Arness  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Joan Weldon  •  James Whitmore

Undercurrent (1946)

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After a rapid engagement, a dowdy daughter of a chemist weds an industrialist, knowing little of his family or past. He transforms her into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael, his mysterious long-lost brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Edmund Gwenn

After a rapid engagement, a dowdy daughter of a chemist weds an industrialist, knowing little of his family or past. He transforms her into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael, his mysterious long-lost brother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincente Minnelli
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Robert Taylor  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Edmund Gwenn

Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Esmond Knight  •  Jessie Matthews  •  Fay Compton

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Esmond Knight  •  Jessie Matthews  •  Fay Compton

Foreign Correspondent (1940)

The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Laraine Day  •  Herbert Marshall  •  George Sanders

The European war was only beginning to erupt across national borders. Johnny Jones, an American crime reporter dispatched by his New York publisher to put a fresh spin on the drowsy dispatches emanating from overseas, has a nose for a good story—which promptly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Joel McCrea  •  Laraine Day  •  Herbert Marshall  •  George Sanders

Les Miserables (1952)

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character, has nevertheless been convicted for the minor crime of stealing bread. A minor infraction leads to his pursuit by the relentless policeman Javert, a pursuit that consumes both men's lives for many years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget  •  Robert Newton  •  Edmund Gwenn

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman of good character, has nevertheless been convicted for the minor crime of stealing bread. A minor infraction leads to his pursuit by the relentless policeman Javert, a pursuit that consumes both men's lives for many years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lewis Milestone
CAST:  Michael Rennie  •  Debra Paget  •  Robert Newton  •  Edmund Gwenn

Mister 880 (1950)

The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret Service for 20 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Millard Mitchell

The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret Service for 20 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edmund Goulding
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Dorothy McGuire  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Millard Mitchell

Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

When her father decides to flee to England, young Sylvia Scarlett must become Sylvester Scarlett and protect her father every step of the way, with the questionable help of plenty others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Cary Grant  •  Brian Aherne  •  Edmund Gwenn

When her father decides to flee to England, young Sylvia Scarlett must become Sylvester Scarlett and protect her father every step of the way, with the questionable help of plenty others.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Katharine Hepburn  •  Cary Grant  •  Brian Aherne  •  Edmund Gwenn

A Yank at Oxford (1938)

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Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with the college professors, and the wife of the local book seller, he becomes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Vivien Leigh

Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with the college professors, and the wife of the local book seller, he becomes a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Lionel Barrymore  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Vivien Leigh

The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)

On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Lucile Watson  •  Reginald Owen

On a walking tour of English cathedrals, Donald Meadows meets Hester Granthem in church. Hearing he is from that hot-bed of crime, Chicago, Hester asks Donald to help her in a robbery she has planned. Thinking it a joke, he plays along; but Hester is serious, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  E.A. Dupont
CAST:  Edmund Gwenn  •  Maureen O'Sullivan  •  Lucile Watson  •  Reginald Owen

Mad Holiday (1936)

The overlong but absorbing MGM "B" melodrama Mad Holiday stars Edmund Lowe as vacationing movie idol Philip Trent. Tired of starring in murder mysteries, Trent discovers he can't escape typecasting even on an ocean voyage: one of the passengers is murdered in our ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George B. Seitz
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Elissa Landi  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Ted Healy

The overlong but absorbing MGM "B" melodrama Mad Holiday stars Edmund Lowe as vacationing movie idol Philip Trent. Tired of starring in murder mysteries, Trent discovers he can't escape typecasting even on an ocean voyage: one of the passengers is murdered in our ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George B. Seitz
CAST:  Edmund Lowe  •  Elissa Landi  •  Zasu Pitts  •  Ted Healy

Dangerous Partners (1945)

A young couple's accident could make them rich, if they can evade a Nazi spy ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward L. Cahn
CAST:  James Craig  •  Signe Hasso  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Audrey Totter

A young couple's accident could make them rich, if they can evade a Nazi spy ring.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edward L. Cahn
CAST:  James Craig  •  Signe Hasso  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Audrey Totter

She Went to the Races (1945)

A group of scientists develop a system to pick winners at the racetrack. Comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willis Goldbeck
CAST:  James Craig  •  Frances Gifford  •  Ava Gardner  •  Edmund Gwenn

A group of scientists develop a system to pick winners at the racetrack. Comedy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Willis Goldbeck
CAST:  James Craig  •  Frances Gifford  •  Ava Gardner  •  Edmund Gwenn
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