Raymond Griffith

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Raymond Griffith
Lily of the Dust lobby card.jpg
Lobby card with Jeanette Daudet, Pola Negri,
and Griffith in Lily of the Dust, 1924
Born(1895-01-23)January 23, 1895
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
DiedNovember 25, 1957(1957-11-25) (aged 62)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of deathAsphyxia due to partially masticated food
Occupationactor
Spouse(s) Bertha Mann (1928–1957)
ChildrenPatricia Stout (adopted)

Raymond Griffith (January 23, 1895 – November 25, 1957) was a silent movie comedian. Later in his career, he worked behind the camera as writer and producer.

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Biography

Griffith was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He lost his voice at an early age, causing him to speak for the rest of his life in a hoarse whisper. Griffith claimed that it was the result of his having to scream at the top of his lungs every night in a stage melodrama as a child actor—others have stated that a childhood disease was more likely the cause.

Although a few comedy films of his are considered classics he is almost totally forgotten today. His film debut was for the L-KO Kompany. Many of his starring feature films have long since been lost, but probably the best known of his films today is Hands Up! (1926), a Civil War comedy feature directed by Clarence G. Badger, and co-starring Mack Swain, which was entered into the National Film Registry in 2005. Also considered a classic is Badger's Paths to Paradise, a caper film that is in all circulating prints missing its final reel. Like many silent comedians, he had a traditional costume; his was a top hat, white tie and tails, often augmented by a cape and/or walking stick.

L-KO Kompany

The L-KO Kompany, or L-KO Komedies, was an American motion picture company founded by Henry Lehrman that produced silent one-, two- and very occasionally three-reel comedy shorts between 1914 and 1919. The initials L-KO stand for "Lehrman KnockOut".

Hands Up! is a 1926 American silent comedy film directed by Clarence Badger, co-written by Monte Brice and Lloyd Corrigan, and starring Raymond Griffith, one of the great silent movie comedians.

Clarence G. Badger film director

Clarence G. Badger was an American film director of feature films in the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. His films include It and Red Hair, more than a dozen features and shorts starring Will Rogers, and two features starring Raymond Griffith, Paths to Paradise and Hands Up!

The coming of sound ended Griffith's acting career, but he did have one memorable role in a motion picture before retiring from the screen, playing a French soldier killed by Lew Ayres in the 1930 Lewis Milestone film All Quiet on the Western Front. He then segued into a writing/producing career at Twentieth Century Fox.

Lew Ayres American actor

Lewis Frederick Ayres III was an American actor whose film and television career spanned 65 years. He is best known for starring as German soldier Paul Bäumer in the film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and for playing Dr. Kildare in nine movies. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Johnny Belinda (1948).

Lewis Milestone Russian-American film director

Lewis Milestone was a Russian-born American motion picture director. He is known for directing Two Arabian Knights (1927) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), both of which received Academy Awards for Best Director. He also directed The Front Page, The General Died at Dawn (1936), Of Mice and Men (1939), Ocean's 11 (1960), and received the directing credit for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), though Marlon Brando largely appropriated his responsibilities during its production.

<i>All Quiet on the Western Front</i> (1930 film) 1930 American epic war film by Lewis Milestone

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Griffith choked to death at the Masquers Club in Los Angeles, California, aged 62, on November 25, 1957.

The Masquers Club is a private social club for actors in Los Angeles, California. It was created in 1925 by actors from New York City who had left Broadway to act in motion pictures. It was similar to the Lambs Club in New York. The Club produced thirteen short subjects, the most famous of which, The Stolen Jools, featured seven Oscar-winning performers. Raymond Griffith died there in 1957.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
1918 The Red-Haired Cupid Albert Jones
1919The Follies GirlFredric
1920 Love, Honor and Behave Man with Married Girlfriend
1920 Down on the Farm Writer
1922 The Crossroads of New York Wall Street 'Wolf'
1922 Fools First Tony
1922 Minnie Chewing Gum Salesman
1923 Red Lights Sheridan Scott
1923 The Eternal Three Leonard Foster
1923 The Day of Faith Tom Barnett
1923 White Tiger Roy Donovan
1923 Souls for Sale Himself
1924 Poisoned Paradise: The Forbidden Story of Monte Carlo Martel aka The Rat
1924 The Dawn of a Tomorrow The Dandy
1924 Nellie, the Beautiful Cloak Model Shorty Burchell
1924 The Yankee Consul Writer
1924 Lily of the Dust Karl Dehnecke
1924 Open All Night Igor
1925 The Night Club Robert White
1925 Miss Bluebeard The Honorable Bertie Bird
1925 Forty Winks Lord Chumley
1925 Paths to Paradise The Dude from Duluth
1925 Fine Clothes Oscar
1925 A Regular Fellow The Prince
1925When Winter WentBookworm
1926 Hands Up! Jack - a Confederate Spy
1926 Wet Paint He
1926 You'd Be Surprised Mr. Green - The Coroner
1926The Waiter from the Ritz
1927 Wedding Bills Algernon Schuyler Van Twidder
1927 Time to Love Alfred Sava-Goiu
1929 Trent's Last Case Philip Trent
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Gerard DuvalUncredited, (final film role)
1933 Ladies They Talk About Producer
1933 Broadway Through a Keyhole Co-producer
1936 Private Number Producer
1939 Hotel for Women Producer
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