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Stanley Ridges

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Stanley Ridges
Stanley Ridges No Way Out (1950).jpg
Ridges in No Way Out (1950)
Stanley Charles Ridges

(1890-07-17)17 July 1890
Died22 April 1951(1951-04-22) (aged 60)
Years active1917–1951
Spouse(s)Anna McGauren
(m. 1918; div. 19??)
Dorothea C. Crawford
(m. 1930)

Stanley Charles Ridges (17 July 1890 – 22 April 1951) was an English-born American character actor who made more than a hundred appearances in theatre and motion pictures over a five-decade span from 1917 to 1951.[1]

After his American film debut in Success (1923), he appeared in such films as Crime Without Passion (1934), The Scoundrel (1935), If I Were King and The Mad Miss Manton (both 1938), Black Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), Wilson (1944) and No Way Out (1950).[2] He also had the starring role in the B-picture False Faces (1943).[3]

Early life

Stanley Charles Ridges was born 17 July 1890 in Southampton, Hampshire, he later became a protégé of Beatrice Lillie, a star of musical stage comedies, and spent many years learning and honing his craft on the stage.[1]


Eventually making his way to America, Ridges began as a song-and-dance man on Broadway, but later turned to dramatic roles onstage, appearing in such plays as Maxwell Anderson's Mary of Scotland (as Lord Morton) and Valley Forge (as Lieutenant Colonel Lucifer Tench), becoming a romantic leading man.[4]

Ridges' silent film debut was in Success (1923). With his excellent diction and rich speaking voice, he easily made the transition into sound films, with his career taking off at age 43, in Crime Without Passion (1934), with Claude Rains. Ridges found himself cast in character roles, as his greying hair put his romantic leading man days at an end.[5]

His best known roles were probably two different characters in one film, one of them the kindly Professor Kingsley and the other the murderous Red Cannon in the thriller Black Friday (1940).[1] The Jekyll and Hyde transformations gave Ridges a chance to display his acting ability.[6][7]

Ridges was often cast in supporting roles in many classic films, and played the lead only once, in the B-picture False Faces (1943).[3]

Among Ridges's other film roles were as the Scotland Yard inspector who is shadowing Charles Laughton in the film The Suspect (1944), as Major Buxton (Gary Cooper's commanding officer) in Sergeant York (1942), as Professor Siletsky in To Be or Not to Be (also 1942), and as Cary Travers Grayson, the official White House physician in Wilson (1944).[2]

By 1950, he had just begun an appearing in television anthologies such as Studio One and Philco Television Playhouse. His last feature film, the Ginger Rogers comedy The Groom Wore Spurs, in which he played a mobster, was released a month before he died.[8]


Ridges died 22 April 1951, in Westbrook, Connecticut, aged 60.[5]


Broadway roles

Year Title Role Notes
1933 Mary of Scotland Lord Morton
1934 Valley Forge Lt. Colonel Lucifer Tench


Year Title Role Notes
1923 Success Gilbert Gordon
1930 The Poor Fish George short
1930 Let's Merge short
1931 For Two Cents Reporter
1932 The Sign of the Cross Chaplain Lloyd (uncredited, his footage was added especially for the 1944 re-release prologue only)
1934 Crime Without Passion Eddie White
1935 The Scoundrel Paul Decker
1936 Winterset Shadow
1936 Sinner Take All MacKelvey
1937 Internes Can't Take Money Innes
1938 'Yellow Jack Dr. James Carroll
1938 If I Were King Rene de Montigny
1938 The Mad Miss Manton Edward Norris
1938 They're Always Caught Dr. John Pritchard short
1938 There's That Woman Again Tony Croy
1939 Let Us Live District Attorney
1939 Silver on the Sage Earl Brennan / Dave Talbot
1939 Union Pacific General Casement
1939 Each Dawn I Die Meuller
1939 I Stole a Million Downs (uncredited)
1939 Dust Be My Destiny Charlie Garrett
1939 Espionage Agent Hamilton Peyton
1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective Doctor Frankton
1940 Black Friday Prof. George Kingsley / Red Cannon
1941 The Sea Wolf Johnson
1941 Mr. District Attorney District Attorney Tom F. Winton
1941 Sergeant York Major Buxton
1941 They Died with Their Boots On Major Romulus Taipe
1942 The Lady Is Willing Kenneth Hanline
1942 To Be or Not to Be Professor Siletsky
1942 The Big Shot Martin T. Fleming, Attorney
1942 Eagle Squadron Air Minister
1942 Eyes in the Night Hansen
1943 Tarzan Triumphs Col. von Reichart
1943 Air Force Major Mallory
1943 False Faces District Attorney Stanley S. Harding
1943 This is the Army Maj. John B. Davidson
1944 The Story of Dr. Wassell Cmdr. William B. 'Bill' Goggins
1944 Wilson Dr. Cary Grayson
1944 The Master Race Phil Carson
1944 The Suspect Huxley
1945 God Is My Co-Pilot Col. Merian 'Steve' Cooper
1945 The Phantom Speaks Dr. Paul Renwick
1945 Captain Eddie Col. Hans Adamson
1945 Because of Him Charles Gilbert
1946 Canyon Passage Jonas Overmire
1946 Mr. Ace Toomey
1947 Possessed Dr. Harvey Willard
1948 An Act of Murder Doctor Walter Morrison
1949 Streets of Laredo Major Bailey
1949 You're My Everything Mr. Henry Mercer
1949 Task Force Sen. Bentley`
1950 The File on Thelma Jordon Kingsley Willis
1950 Paid in Full Dr. P.J. 'Phil' Winston
1950 No Way Out Dr. Sam Moreland
1950 The Du Pont Story Gen. Henry du Pont
1951 The Groom Wore Spurs Harry Kallen final film role


  1. ^ a b c Hal Erickson. "Stanley Ridges – Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos – AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ a b "Stanley Ridges".
  3. ^ a b "False Faces (1943) –Overview". Turner Classic Movies.
  4. ^ The Broadway League. "Stanley Ridges – IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information".
  5. ^ a b "Ridges, Stanley". BFI. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012.
  6. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (27 October 2004). "Britney DVD Has Alternate Takes Of Her Videos, Plus More Skin". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Showtimes, reviews, trailers, news and more – MSN Movies". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012.
  8. ^ "The Groom Wore Spurs (1951) – Overview". Turner Classic Movies.

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