~Alec B. Francis~

Born: December 2, 1867 in London, England, UK
Died: July 6, 1934 in Hollywood, California, USA
~Silent Filmography~
~Biography~
Briton Alec B. Francis spent the early part of his professional life as a barrister. He switched to acting in
the 1890s, utilizing his delicate features and kindly demeanor to play a variety of middle-aged character
parts. Emigrating to the U.S., he made his first films for the Vitagraph Company in 1911. His movie bow
was in Vanity Fair, which starred Helen Gardner and John Bunny. Slight of stature, Francis often found
himself cast as the hero's avuncular confidante or comic sidekick, as in the recently rediscovered 1915
version of Alias Jimmy Valentine. His most frequent screen persona was as the wise old man (be he
pauper or prince) who'd garnered enough life experiences to solve all the problems of the younger
leading characters; a typical Francis role was the happy-go-lucky blind gent in The Man Who Had
Everything (1921). Francis effortlessly survived the transition to sound, surprising one and all as the
mystery murderer in The Bishop Murder Case (1930), then appearing in such roles as Mr. Brownlow in
the 1933 version of Oliver Twist and the King of Hearts in that same year's filmization of Alice in
Wonderland. Alec B. Francis died after an emergency operation at the age of 65.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Evidence (1929) ... Harbinson - Still Code: E-X
Evangeline (1929) .... Father Felician
The Terror (1928) .... Dr. Redmayne
Life's Mockery (1928) .... John Fullerton
... aka Reform
The Lion and the Mouse (1928) (as Alec Francis) .... Judge Ross
Broadway Daddies (1928) .... John Lambert Kennedy
... aka Girl of the Night (UK)
The Little Snob (1928) (as Alec Francis) .... Colonel Banks
Companionate Marriage (1928) .... Judge Meredith
... aka The Jazz Bride
The Shepherd of the Hills (1928) .... David Howitt, The Shepherd
Sally in Our Alley (1927) .... Sandy Mack
The Tender Hour (1927) .... Francis Chinilly
The Music Master (1927) .... Anton von Barwig
Camille (1926/I) .... The Duke
Faithful Wives (1926)
The Return of Peter Grimm (1926) .... Peter Grimm
Forever After (1926) (as Alec Francis) .... Mr. Wayne, Theodore's Father
3 Bad Men (1926) (as Alec Francis) .... Rev. Calvin Benson
Pals First (1926) (as Alec Francis) .... Dominie
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1926) .... Amos Logan
High Steppers (1926) .... Father Perryam
Transcontinental Limited (1926) .... Jerry Reynolds
Vanishing Millions (1926)
The Yankee Señor (1926) .... Don Fernando
... aka The Conquering Blood (USA)
Rose of the World (1925) (as Alec Francis) .... 'Gramp' Tallifer - Still Codes: 569 & 808
Soiled (1925) .... Rollo Tetheridge
Where the Worst Begins (1925) .... August Van Dorn
Wandering Footsteps (1925) .... Timothy Payne
Thunder Mountain (1925) .... Preacher
Thank You (1925) .... David Lee
The Circle (1925) .... Lord Clive Cheney

The Coast of Folly (1925) .... Count de Tauro
Man and Maid (1925) .... Burton
Waking Up the Town (1925) .... Abner Hope
The Mad Whirl (1925) .... John Herrington
Charley's Aunt (1925) .... Mr. Delahay
The Reckless Sex (1925) .... Emanuel Garcia
A Thief in Paradise (1925) (as Alec Francis) .... Bishop Saville
The Champion of Lost Causes (1925) (as Alec Francis) .... Peter Charles
Capital Punishment (1925) .... Chaplain
Outwitted (1925) (as Alec Francis) .... John Kinney
The Bridge of Sighs (1925) .... John Harper
The Tenth Woman (1924) (as Alec Francis) .... Mr. Brainherd
Listen Lester (1924) (as Alec Francis) .... Colonel Dodge
Beau Brummel (1924) .... Mortimer
The Human Terror (1924)
Do It Now (1924)
A Fool's Awakening (1924) (as Alec Francis) .... Maj. Oliphant
Half-a-Dollar Bill (1924) .... Judge Norton
Lucretia Lombard (1923) .... Judge Winship
... aka Flaming Passion
The Eternal Three (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... Dr. Steven Browning
The Gold Diggers (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... James Blake
The Drivin' Fool (1923) .... John Moorhead
His Last Race (1923) .... Undetermined Role
Three Wise Fools (1923) .... Dr. Richard Gaunt
A Gentleman of Leisure (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... Sir John Blount
Children of Jazz (1923) .... John Weston
Little Church Around the Corner (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... Reverend Bradley
Is Divorce a Failure? (1923) .... Philip Wilkinson
The Spider and the Rose (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... Good Padre
The Last Hour (1923) (as Alec Francis) .... Reever McCall
Hollywood (1923) ... Himself
The Forgotten Law (1922) .... Judge Kirtley
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1922) (as Alec Francis) .... Sir William De Vry
North of the Rio Grande (1922) .... Father Hillaire
Beyond the Rocks (1922) .... Captain Fitzgerald
Smilin' Through (1922) .... Dr. Owen
... aka Smiling Through (USA: copyright title)
A Virginia Courtship (1921) .... Colonel Fairfax
The Great Moment (1921) .... Sir Edward Pelham
A Voice in the Dark (1921) (as Alec Francis) .... Joseph Crampton ... Movie Still Code: 125-X
Courage (1921) .... McIntyre
What's a Wife Worth? (1921) (as Alec Francis) .... James Morrison
Godless Men (1920) .... Reverend Sam Poor
The Man Who Had Everything (1920) .... Matt Sills
Earthbound (1920) .... Dr. Roger Galloway
The Butterfly Man (1920) .... James Bachelor
The Street Called Straight (1920) .... Rodney Temple
The Paliser Case (1920) (as Alec Francis) .... Paliser Sr.

Flame of the Desert (1919) .... Sir John Carleton
... aka The Flame of the Desert (USA)
The World and Its Woman (1919) .... Prince Michael Orbeliana the Elder
... aka The Golden Song (USA)
Lord and Lady Algy (1919) .... Swepson
Heartsease (1919) .... Lord Neville
The City of Comrades (1919) .... Andy Christian
The Crimson Gardenia (1919) .... Mr. Bunniman
When Doctors Disagree (1919) .... Dr. Harris Sr
The Probation Wife (1919) .... Huntley McMerton
The Pest (1919) .... Judge Fisher
Her Code of Honor (1919) .... Tom Davis
Spotlight Sadie (1919) .... Reverend John Page
... aka The Saintly Show Girl
Day Dreams (1919) .... Grandfather Burn
Thirty a Week (1918) .... Mr. Wright
Hidden Fires (1918) .... Dr. Granville
Money Mad (1918) .... Reverend William Gavin
The Glorious Adventure (1918) .... Scott, the Butler
The Venus Model (1918) .... John Braddock
Leap to Fame (1918) .... Judge Hendricks Trevor
The Face in the Dark (1918) .... Charles Ridgeway
The Cross Bearer (1918) (as Alexander Francis) .... Brother Joseph
Wanted: A Mother (1918) .... Dr. Thayer
Broken Ties (1918) .... Henry Hasbrook
The Beautiful Mrs. Reynolds (1918) .... Gen. Philip Schuyler
The Marionettes (1918) .... Nizerolles
The Cinderella Man (1917) .... Romney Evans
The Auction Block (1917) .... John Merkle
The Page Mystery (1917) .... Hon. Charles Winthrop
Forget-Me-Not (1917) .... Marquis de Mohrivart
The Family Honor (1917) .... General Jason Wayne
A Hungry Heart (1917) .... M. Brigard
... aka The Hungry Heart (copyright title)
All Man (1916) .... John Maynard
The Heart of a Hero (1916) .... Colonel Knowlton
The Gilded Cage (1916) .... King Comus
... aka The Heart of a Princess
Husband and Wife (1916) .... James Watson
A Woman's Way (1916) .... General John Stanton
Miss Petticoats (1916) .... Worth Courtleigh
The Perils of Divorce (1916) (as Alec Francis) .... Craig
Tangled Fates (1916/I) .... Mr. Rogers
... aka The Grubstaker
Human Driftwood (1916) .... Father Harrigan
Pawn of Fate (1916) .... Abbé Paul
The Yellow Passport (1916) .... Myron Abram
... aka The Badge of Shame (USA: reissue title)
Fruits of Desire (1916) .... Jeremiah Quimby
... aka The Ambition of Mark Truitt (USA: alternative title)
The Ballet Girl (1916) .... Jerry Vergoe
The Sins of Society (1915) .... Noel Ferrers
The Impostor (1915) .... Sir Anthony Gregson/Blink
... aka The Impostors (copyright title)
After Dark (1915) .... Captain Frank Dalton, Old Tom
The Model (1915) .... Hugh Seymour
... aka Woman and Wine (review title)
Arrival of Perpetua (1915) .... Hastings Curzon
Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915) .... Bill Avery
The Pit (1914) .... Cressler
For the Mastery of the World (1914)
Lola (1914/I) .... Dr. Barnhelun
... aka Without a Soul (USA: reissue title)
The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England (1914) .... The Earl Of Bateson
... aka The Wishing Ring (USA: short title)
When Broadway Was a Trail (1914) .... Standish Hope
Man of the Hour (1914) .... George Garrison
Son (1914) .... Mr. Horton
Adventures in Diplomacy (1914)
Boy (1914)
Moonlight (1914) .... Paul's Father
Duty (1914/II) .... Dr. Alexander
The Greatest of These (1914) .... Peter, the Shoemaker
Wife (1914)
The Drug Traffic (1914) .... The Druggist
At the Court of Prince Make Believe (1914)
The Diamond Master (1914) .... Doris's Sweetheart
The Good in the Worst of Us (1914) .... Henry Morton
Coming Home (1914) .... Mr. Sprague, the Village Minister
The Case of Cherry Purcelle (1914) .... Coke Morgan
Cue and Miss Cue (1914)
The Highwayman's Shoes (1913) .... Lord Harper
When Pierrot Met Pierrette (1913) .... Brady
A Son's Devotion (1913) .... Eugene Hope
Partners (1913/I) .... The Doctor
The Reformation of Calliope (1913) .... The Sheriff
Cynthy (1913) .... Tom Sykes
Big Hearted Jim (1913) .... Francis Myers
From the Beyond (1913) .... Professor William Lodge
Jacques the Wolf (1913) .... Francis of the R.C.M.P.
Why Aunt Jane Never Married (1913) .... Jane's father
A Puritan Episode (1913) .... Sir Richard Cartwright, Arthur's Father
Stung (1913)
The Beaten Path (1913) .... Randolph Thorne
The Thirst for Gold (1913) .... Colonel Bernard
The Honor of Lady Beaumont (1913) .... The Pawnbroker
Soul to Soul (1913) .... Clergyman
In the Night (1913)
The Witch (1913)
When Light Came Back (1913) .... The Father
The Key (1913) .... Andrew Farley
The Sons of a Soldier (1913)
For Better or for Worse (1913)
The Crimson Cross (1913)
... aka The Mysteries of the Rosary
The Man Who Dared (1913) .... Corporal Jones, Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman
The Telegraph Operator (1913)
The Trail of the Silver Fox (1913) .... Officer At Mountie Headquarters
The One Who Had to Pay (1913) .... J. Chiilds, Archibald's Father
... aka The Father Must Suffer for His Son's Sin (USA: alternative title)
The Spectre Bridegroom (1913) .... Baron Von Landshort
The Gallop of Death (1913) .... Sir Henry Abernathy
An Accidental Servant (1913) .... Reggie
A Tammany Boarder (1913) .... Guest
The Vengeance of the Fakir (1912) .... Captain Sneade
... aka The Tiger and the Fakir (USA)
Dick's Wife (1912) .... Joseph Maddox
Their Children's Approval (1912) .... The Widow's Suitor
Foiling a Fortune Hunter (1912) .... Charles Higby
Silent Jim (1912) .... Silent Jim
The Transgression of Deacon Jones (1912) .... Deacon Jones
Making Uncle Jealous (1912) .... Hiram Tyler
Caprices of Fortune (1912) .... Sir Reginald Atwood, an English Tourist
The Celebrated Case (1912)
The Passing Parade (1912) .... Grand Army Man/Union Officer
Robin Hood (1912) .... Sheriff of Nottingham
The Holy City (1912) .... The Clergyman
Chamber of Forgetfulness (1912) .... The Husband
Saved from the Titanic (1912) .... Father
... aka A Survivor of the Titanic (UK)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1912) .... Ichabod Crane
Oh, You Ragtime! (1912)
The Letter with the Black Seals (1912) .... Uncle Bill
A Living Memory (1912) .... John Ransome
Keeping an Eye on Father (1912) .... Father
Playmates (1912) .... The Doctor
The First Violin (1912)
A Timely Rescue (1912) .... The Employer
For the Honor of the Family (1912)
In the Clutches of a Vapor Bath (1911)
The Younger Brother (1911/I)
The Old Doll (1911) .... The Father
A Reformed Santa Claus (1911)
Vanity Fair (1911) .... Pitt Crawley
The Military Air-Scout (1911)
Their Charming Mama (1911)
Auld Lang Syne (1911)
A Southern Soldier's Sacrifice (1911)
Selecting His Heiress (1911)
A Friendly Marriage (1911)
The General's Daughter (1911)
The Sheriff's Friend (1911)
The Bell of Justice (1911)
The Clown's Best Performance (1911)
... aka The Clown and His Best Performance (USA)
Troublesome Secretaries (1911)
... aka The Troublesome Secretaries; or, How Betty Outwitted Her Father (USA)
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