Herbert Halliwell Hobbes (16 November 1877 – 20 February 1962) was an English actor.
Hobbes's stage debut was as a member of Frank Benson's company, in the role of Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet in 1898, playing in Shakespearean rep alongside actors such as Ellen Terry and Mrs Patrick Campbell. His earliest American work was as an actor and director from 1906, before moving to Hollywood in early 1929 (aged 51) to play older men's roles such as clerics, butlers, doctors, lords and diplomats. He remained a British subject throughout his life.Receiving fewer film roles during the 1940s (though he still managed to have been in over 100 films by 1949), he moved back to Broadway by the mid-1940s, appearing in Romeo and Juliet as Lord Capulet and continuing there until late 1955. By 1950 he had moved to American television in the diverse playhouse format. A heart ailment caused Hobbes to retire in 1956.
In 1915, Hobbes married Nancie Brenda Marsland, an actress. They had one son. He increased the sunkenness of his cheeks by having his four 12-year-molars removed.
Movies & TV shows
That Forsyte Woman
Soames and Irene Forsyte have a marriage of convenience. Young Jolyon Forsyte is a black sheep who ran away with the maid after his wife's death. Teenager June Forsyte has found love with an artist, P...
The Black Arrow
A young British nobleman comes back from fighting in the War of the Roses to discover that his father has been murdered by an old family friend who is now an outlaw. However, he becomes suspicious abo...
You Gotta Stay Happy
Indecisive heiress Dee Dee Dillwood is pushed into marrying her sixth fiancée, but unable to face the wedding night, she flees into the adjacent hotel room of commercial pilot Marvin Payne, who just w...
Two tour guides take visitors on a promotional tour of Warner Bros.' studios.
If Winter Comes
It's 1939 in the small English town of Penny Green and events in Poland are about to change lives. Mark Sabre, a writer of school text books, has married Mabel "on the rebound", after his real love No...
A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.
A woman who rejects the love of her husband must face the loss of her youthful appearance.
His first marriage to Isabel was null and void, and he is about to get married again. But when he learns that Isabel just had a baby, he kidnaps the infant to keep her from being adopted. Isabel's par...
The Invisible Man's Revenge
An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.
Forever and a Day
Gates Trimble Pomfret, an American, was in London during the World War II to sell his ancestral family house. The current tenant tried to convince the seller to stay by telling him about the 140-year ...
His Butler's Sister
aspiring singer Ann Carter visits her stepbrother in New York, hoping to make it on Broadway
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services. He summons Holmes for help and the master detective proceeds to solve the crime from a long list...
To Be or Not to Be
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
Sir Arthur Blake has inherited title and lands from his brother. He also has his orphaned nephew Benjamin working for him as a bonded servant. While he believes the lad was born out of wedlock and so ...
The Undying Monster
A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for gene...
The War Against Mrs. Hadley
A wealthy American society matron refuses to sacrifice her comforts to help the war effort until she realises that her selfishness is cheating the boys overseas who are fighting for her freedom.
Journey for Margaret
An American newspaperman and his wife, end up in London after several retreats in the opening days of WWII. After a shrapnel wound and loss of her baby she returns to America. War weary, he is forced...
That Hamilton Woman
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes...because a Heavenly Messenger, new on the job, snatched Joe's spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe's body i...
Lady with Red Hair
An actress hopes to regain her lost son by making it to the top.
On the eve of World War II, a British officer revisits Waterloo Bridge and recalls the young man he was at the beginning of World War I and the young ballerina he met just before he left for the front...
Third Finger, Left Hand
Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the decep...
The Earl of Chicago
A behind the times Chicago bootlegger goes to England with his lawyer to claim his estate as the Earl of Gorley.
The Sea Hawk
Dashing pirate Geoffrey Thorpe plunders Spanish ships for Queen Elizabeth I and falls in love with Dona Maria, a beautiful Spanish royal he captures.
Tell No Tales
A newspaper editor turns a kidnapping into the banner headlines and exclusive story that could save his publication.
Naughty But Nice
Donald Hardwick (Dick Powell) is a stuffed-shirt, classical music professor. His family and small-town music college that he works are of equal mindset. When Don visits his black-sheep aunt in New Yor...
Sky and Linda meet on vacation and become engaged. When Sky introduces Linda to his best friend, Jeff, Linda and Jeff fall in love and marry. But Jeff's work puts a strain on the marriage and a divorc...
The Light That Failed
A London artist struggles to complete one last painting before going blind.
An outbreak of cholera threatens a luxury liner in this surprisingly low-budget melodrama from RKO. En route from Shanghai to San Francisco, chief engineer Crusher McKay (Victor McLaglen) and shipboar...
The Hardys Ride High
This is the sixth part of the Judge Hardy series. The Judge James K. is a judge. Attorney George Irving told Hardy that he could be the heir to 2 million dollars. He and his family have to leave for D...
Nurse Edith Cavell
British nurse Edith Cavell (Anna Neagle) is stationed at a hospital in Brussels during World War I. When the son of a former patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, she helps him flee to H...
Service de Luxe
Glamorous and efficient Helen Murphy runs a service that will provide any type of assistance to wealthy customers, but what she's really looking for is a man who can take care of himself.
A Christmas Carol
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.
Robert Louis Stevenson's hero David Balfour (Freddie Bartholomew) joins rebel Alan Breck Stewart (Warner Baxter) in 18th-century Scotland.
Storm Over Bengal
This being a Republic picture, it should come as no surprise that Storm Over Bengal was filmed in its entirety in the San Fernando Valley. Within its concise 65 minutes, the film manages to accommodat...
You Can't Take It with You
Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby, but his wealthy banker father and snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match. When the K...
The Jury's Secret
A reporter covering a murder trial guesses that the murderer of a ruthless businessman is her ex-fiancé and persuades him to confess and clear the innocent man on trial.
Bulldog Drummond's Peril
Drummond's wedding with Phyllis is interrupted when the inspector guarding their gifts is killed. He tries to trace the killers and uncovers the mystery of diamond counterfeiters.
Winfield College students rebel against a stodgy professor who won't permit "swing" music be played in their varsity show. They appeal to a big Broadway alumnus and have him direct their show. What th...
Maid of Salem
There is a scandal in the Puritanical town of Salem, Massachusetts, when a young woman named Barbara Clarke has an affair with an adventurer named Roger Coverman. The town's elders accuse Barbara of b...
The Prince and the Pauper
Two boys - the prince Edward and the pauper Tom - are born on the same day. Years later, when young teenage Tom sneaks into the palace garden, he meets the prince. They change clothes with one another...
Fit for a King
Newspaper reporter "Scoops" (Brown) is sent out on assignment, to investigate the failed assassination attempts on Archduke Julio (Harry Davenport). Trying to get the story, he runs into Jane Hamilton...
Napoleon Bonaparte's younger brother, visiting the United States, falls madly in love with a young woman he meets in Baltimore.
A profligate, polo-playing playboy (Henry Fonda) is married to a beautiful but superficial heiress (Mary Brian). They divorce, and the wife gets all the money. But the humbled (and impoverished) Fonda...
Here Comes Trouble
Donovan unknowingly becomes tangled up with jewel thieves when Evelyn Howard gives him a cigarette lighter containing some hot rocks.
Mary of Scotland
The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.
Give Me Your Heart
An American lawyer's wife is reunited with her child and his father, an English nobleman.
Love Letters of a Star
A woman commits suicide after being blackmailed, and her husband resolves to kill the man responsible. Blackmail, suicide, murder, a cover-up not to mention yachts and sea planes all wrapped up in an ...
Changing of the Guard
On New Year's Eve, a girl is told a story by her grandfather about his days in a military regiment; then, the girl dreams she's at the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
A countess from Transylvania seeks help from a Psychiatrist to cure her vampire cravings.
The White Angel
In the mid-nineteenth century, the medical establishment in England did not appreciate the value of skilled nurses, cleanliness, nutrition and kindness. Florence Nightingale's heroic measures are slow...
The Story of Louis Pasteur
A true story about Louis Pasteur, who was the first to prove that a lot of diseases are caused by microbes, and that at least some diseases can be cured by vaccinations.
The Right to Live
A man (Colin Clive) with a broken back dies after his wife (Josephine Hutchinson) has an affair with his brother (George Brent).
A young poet, accompanied by his new bride, returns home to his large family at their Canadian farm.
Folies Bergère de Paris
An entertainer impersonates a look-alike banker, causing comic confusion for wife and girlfriend.
Charlie Chan in Shanghai
When a prominent official is murdered at a banquet honoring Charle Chan, the detective and son Lee team up to expose an opium-smuggling ring.
There is a doctor named Dr. Peter Blood, who was exiled from England after being convicted of treason, becomes a notorious pirate.
The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle.
Vanessa: Her Love Story
The Victorian wife of a mad baron waits years for a British soldier sent to Egypt.
Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back
Dashing British sleuth Captain Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond finds himself immersed in another adventure when he stumbles upon a corpse in the mysterious London mansion of Prince Achmed. Enlisting the help ...
Mary is an impetuous romantic who marries British aristocrat Lord Philip Rexford on a whim. Their marriage is successful, though, and they grow closer over the years. Then, a trip to the Italian Rivie...
Father Brown, Detective
After notorious jewel thief Flambeau meets Evelyn Fischer during a raid on a casino, he falls deeply in love with her. Later Flambeau sends notes to both Leopold Fischer, who unknown to him is Evelyn'...
Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.
A British officer stationed in Ireland falls for the wife of an intelligence man.
An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.
A psychotic man stalks three innocent people whom he believes are responsible for his brother's death.
Based on a 1933 stage production billed as “The Play That Made Broadway Gasp,” it features an over-the-top performance by Mary Morris (repeating her stage role) as a domineering money-bags whose suppr...
Depression Era story set in London about a wealthy shop owner who goes bankrupt and is forced to fire his faithful staff.
A woman is on trial for a crime. Her struggles to overcome poverty as a teenager include a mistaken arrest and prison term for theft and lack of employment, which lead to her involvement with mobsters...
While waiting out World War I in a German POW camp, Captain Fred Allison discovers that his oldest and dearest friend Digby has also been captured and put into the same camp with him. Fred longs for ...
A Study in Scarlet
In London, a secret society led by a lawyer collects the assets of its dead members and divides them among its remaining members. Members of the society start dropping things. The widow of James Murph...
Lady for a Day
Never-wed, poor, rough around the edges Apple Annie has always written to her daughter, Louise, in Spain that she is married and a member of New York's high society. Upon receiving unexpected word fro...
Should Ladies Behave
A middle-aged houseguest causes romantic turmoil when he falls in love with his host's teenage daughter. Director Harry Beaumont's pre-code comedy stars Lionel Barrymore, Alice Brady, Godfrey Tearle, ...
I Am Suzanne!
A dancer falls in love with a puppeteer, much to the consternation of her manipulative manager. The puppeteer himself seems more interested in his puppets than in romance with her. Can she find true...
A drug-addicted member of Parliament needs to take time off and secretly pull his life together, so he gets his lookalike cousin (both played by Ronald Colman) to agree to temporarily assume his ident...
If I Were Free
A recently divorced interior decorator falls in love with a married barrister.
A daydreaming dramatist and his beloved persevere through hard times in the hope that one of his plays will be a hit.
The marriage of a London barrister is under strain after he had an affair with a shop girl. The story is told in chronological order.
Man About Town
In a plan to trap potential enemy spies in Washington, an American secret agent sets up a gambling house. He soon finds himself in a rivalry with his old friend the British ambassador over a beautiful...
6 Hours to Live
A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.
Heiress learns to fly from aeronautical engineer. Things get complicated as their affair progresses.
Bank clerk William Marble is desperate for money to pay his family's bills. When his wealthy nephew visits, Marble asks him for a loan, but the young man refuses. Marble decides to kill his nephew. It...
A man framed for murder escapes from prison in order to prove his innocence.
Week Ends Only
A 1932 American Pre-Code film made by Fox Film Corporation, directed by Alan Crosland, and starring by Joan Bennett, Ben Lyon and John Halliday. -From Wikipedia.com
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. is based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson. There are two different sides to the man, according to Henry Jekyll. He believes that man can become liberated if he separates the two. He succeeds...
The Bachelor Father
Lonely in his English country estate, Sir Basil decides to gather his grown (albeit illegitimate) children around him in his declining years. He uses a ledger which keeps track of the payments he has ...
The Sin of Madelon Claudet
After being out of jail for a crime she did not commit, Madelon turns to prostitution and thievery to send her illegitimate son to medical school.
The Right of Way
Snobbish attorney Charles 'Beauty' Steele loses his wife due to his drinking and his heirs at the same time that his brother-in-law absconds with funds belonging to one of Steele's clients. In search ...
Anne Schuyler is an upper-crust socialite who bullies her reporter husband into conforming to her highfalutin ways. The husband chafes at the confinement of high society, though, and yearns for a crea...
The Woman Between
Returning after a long absence, a man learns the woman he fell in love with on the ship going home is his stepmother.
An exhaustingly cantankerous old man solves a jewel robbery.
A soldier is wounded in action. His face is restored by a plastic surgeon to resemble someone else.
A student is pressured into pretending to be a classmate's Aunt so he can act as a false chaperone.
Lucky In Love
Michael O'More, an American who lives in Ireland with his uncle, a horsetrainer for the Earl of Balkerry, loves Lady Mary Cardigan, granddaughter of the Earl. He finds a rival in Capt. Brian Fitzroy, ...
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