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Gregory Ratoff

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Date of Birth:
20 April 1897Samara, Russian Empire [now Russia]

Date of Death:
14 December 1960Solothurn, Switzerland  (leukemia)

Nicknames:
Gregory the Great
Grischa

Short Biography:
Producer, director and actor Gregory Ratoff was born in Samara, Russia on April 20, 1897, and studied at the University of St. Petersburg. His pursuit of a law career was interrupted by service in the Czar's army, and he fought in World War I. He later changed his focus and went on to make a name for himself with the Moscow Art Theatre. Fleeing his homeland during the Bolshevik revolution, he resettled in France. While performing in the Paris production of "Russe Revue" in 1922, impresario Lee Shubert brought Ratoff and the show to Broadway and the actor decided to stay. Also in this revue was Russian actress Eugenie Leontovich; the couple married a year later. Ratoff joined the Yiddish Players in addition to appearing in Shubert's productions and became known as a theatrical impresario himself, performing in all three capacities (producing, directing, acting). He made his Hollywood debut as an actor in 1932, and his heavy accent, mangling of the English language and hefty Laughtonesque features had him typecast as an eccentric, harried and/or villainous foreigner. He played Mae West's attorney in I'm No Angel (1933), a baron in Alice Faye's Sally, Irene and Mary (1938) and added to the fun in John Barrymore's self-parodying The Great Profile (1940). As a film director he stood out among his peers with such classics as Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939), the tearjerker with Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard that introduced Bergman to American audiences, and the robust swashbuckler The Corsican Brothers (1941). Most of Ratoff's appearances were in "B" fare in both leads and supporting roles. Ironically, he was often called upon to simply play himself -- namely, an excitable, whirlwind producer or director, prime examples of which are his MGM-like producer Julius Saxe in What Price Hollywood? (1932) and the nervous, mop-faced Broadway producer Max Fabian who tangles with Bette Davis' stage diva Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950). One English comedy, Abdullah's Harem (1955), which he produced, directed and starred in as a Middle Eastern monarch, was a dismal failure. Divorced from Leonovitch in 1949, Ratoff died of leukemia in 1960, the same year he appeared in the epic film Exodus (1960), and he directed the well-received biopic Oscar Wilde (1960) starring Robert Morley.

Exodus (1960)

# 02288 IMDb

Exodus (1960)

By Otto Preminger

Action, Drama, History, War (3h 28min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 6,619 votes on 17-Jan-16.

Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part of the film is about the situation in Israel as independence is (...)

The Sun Also Rises (1957)

# 07666 IMDb

The Sun Also Rises (1957)

By Henry King

Drama (2h 10min)

USA USA

Rated 6.3 after 1,771 votes on 16-May-18.

Paris in the 1920s. The American journalist Jake and his friends spend the time at cafes. He has a special interest in his ex-fiancée Lady Ashley. They take a vacation in Pamplona to watch the bull-fights.

Sabrina (1954)

# 01114 IMDb

Sabrina (1954)

Tagline. . . the chauffeur's daughter who learned her stuff in Paris!

By Billy Wilder

Comedy, Romance (1h 53min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 47,757 votes on 26-Jul-17.

Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations

Linus and Davis 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 work, spends all his time entertaining, and has been married and divorced three times. Meanwhile, Sabrina Fairchild is the young, (...)

The Moon Is Blue (1953)

# 07218 IMDb

The Moon Is Blue (1953)

TaglineSensationally Funny -- Recommended for Adults.

By Otto Preminger

Comedy (1h 39min)

USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 1,494 votes on 10-Apr-16.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations

Successful architect Don Gresham (William Holden) engages a young actress, Patty O'Neill (Maggie McNamara), in conversation on top of the Empire State Building, and she accepts his invitation to dinner. Dropping in at his apartment on the way, they decide to dine there as Patty announces herself an excellent cook. Don slips out to buy food, and Patty is briefly visited by his ex-fiancée, Cynthia (...)

Full House (1952)

# 07170 IMDb

Full House (1952)

TaglineA dozen top stars - five famed directors bring you the best stories of O. Henry!

By Henry Hathaway (segment "Clarion Call, The"), Howard Hawks (segment "Ransom of Red Chief, The"), Henry King (segment "Gift of the Magi, The"), Henry Koster (segment "Cop and the Anthem, The"), Jean Negulesco (segment "Last Leaf, The")

Drama (1h 57min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 1,528 votes on 12-Feb-17.

Five O' Henry stories, each separate. The primary one from the critic's acclaim was "The Cop and the Anthem". Soapy tells fellow bum Horace that he is going to get arrested so he can spend the winter in a nice jail cell. He fails. He can't even accost a woman; she turns out to be a streetwalker. The other stories are "The Clarion Call", "The Last Leaf", "The Ransom of Red Chief", and "The Gift of (...)

All About Eve (1950)

# 01316 IMDb TOP250 #115

All About Eve (1950)

TaglineIt's all about women---and their men!

By Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Drama (2h 18min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 8.3 after 92,340 votes on 02-Oct-17.

Won 6 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 16 nominations

Stage star Margo Channing is friend to playwright Lloyd Richards and his wife Karen, in love with director Bill Samson, and the idol of Eve Harrington who becomes her secretary-aide. Eve begins to dominate: she sends Bill Margo's birthday wishes and arranges a party for him, at which point Margo explodes. Eve becomes Margo's understudy and, when Margo misses a performance, critic Addison DeWitt (...)

Black Magic (1949)

# 14754 IMDb Passed | Approved | TV-PG 

Black Magic (1949)

Tagline...It Will Hold You in its Spell!

By Gregory Ratoff, Orson Welles (uncredited)

Drama, Mystery, Romance (1h 45min)

USA USA, Italy Italy

Rated 6.5 after 714 votes on 01-Aug-18.

Novelist Alexander Dumas tells his writer-son of Joseph Balsamo, a gypsy boy in southern France who was embittered because his parents were wrongfully hanged and he himself was tortured by the order of Viscount de Montagne. Years later, the man, a carnival charlatan, attracts the attention of Dr. Mesmer, a pioneer in the study of hypnotism. Balsamo rejects Mesmer's plea that he use his power for (...)

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

# 06590 IMDb

Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)

Tagline"Let the world cry 'shame'...I love him...I'll always love him!"

By Gregory Ratoff

Romance, Drama (1h 10min)

USA USA

Rated 6.8 after 1,817 votes on 12-Aug-16.

Nominated for 2 Oscars

After a successful tour ended in New York, the famous violinist Holger Brandt returns to his home in Stockholm. In the birthday party of his beloved daughter Ann Marie, he feels attracted by and plays with her piano teacher, Anita Hoffman, who is waiting for a music scholarship in Paris. They incidentally meet each other in a concert, have a drink together and begin a love affair. Holger leaves (...)

I'm No Angel (1933)

# 02853 IMDb

I'm No Angel (1933)

TaglineCome up and see me sometime - any time!

By Wesley Ruggles

Comedy, Musical, Romance (1h 27min)

USA USA

Fine! Rated 7.0 after 2,250 votes on 01-Sep-16.

The bold Tira works as dancing beauty and lion tamer at a fair. Out of an urgent need of money, she agrees to a risky new number: she'll put her head into a lion's muzzle! With this attraction the circus makes it to New York and Tira can persue her dearest occupation: flirting with rich men and accepting expensive presents. Among the guys she searches the love of her life, from whom she only (...)

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