~Adolphe Menjou~

Born: February 18, 1890 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: October 29, 1963 in Beverly Hills, California, USA
~Silent Filmography~
~September 22, 1926~


New York...Photo shows Adolphe
Menjou, left, dressed
meticulously correct as he
arrived from Hollywood with
friend to witness
Tunney-Dempsey Bout.
~Family Moments~
~Dated: January 3, 1926: Adolphe with his wife (Katherine
Tinsley) and his mother.~
~Los Angeles Times, 1963~
his signature fine suits and black, smooth mustache.

Menjou first gained his suave reputation after starring in Charlie Chaplin's "A Woman of Paris,"
establishing a sophisticated persona that would be seen in more than 100 films.

Yet, when Menjou cast aside his dapper persona for a shabby gangster, he struck gold as the threadbare
Sorrowful Jones, a rough-edged bookie whose callous heart was melted by Shirley Temple's character,
Marky, in Damon Runyon's "Little Miss Marker" (1934). The touching father-daughter chemistry that
grew between Jones and Marky was considered perfection in casting, shooting young Temple's fame into
the stars.

By that time, Menjou had established himself as a leading man and character actor who seamlessly
transitioned through the silent film era to talking films, receiving a best actor Oscar nomination for his
portrayal of Walter Burns, a tough, fast-talking newspaper editor in "The Front Page" (1931). Menjou's
characterization of the crusading editor, determined to bring down the government while keeping his
star reporter on board, bridged both his dramatic and comedic skills, earning him critical acclaim.

Menjou's interest in politics was also seen in his personal life, particularly following World War II, when
he became concerned with the rise of communism. He began to participate actively in Republican
politics, becoming a co-founder of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

While his contributions to the political arena garnered attention, it was the top hat that he bought for 50
cents that won him a role on the stage, he often said. When talking about what makes an actor
successful, he gave due props to his props: "I always tell young actors that one good suit is worth three
superior ones. Good clothes are important — especially during slumps." It was fitting that he named his
1948 biography "It Took Nine Tailors."

— Henry Sutherland in the Los Angeles Times Oct. 30, 1963
Marquis Preferred (1929) .... Marquis d'Argenville
His Private Life (1928) .... Georges St. Germain
His Tiger Wife (1928) .... Henri
... aka A Night of Mystery
... aka His Tiger Lady
A Night of Mystery (1928/I) .... Captain Ferreol
... aka The Code of Honour
Serenade (1927) .... Franz Rossi
A Gentleman of Paris (1927) .... Marquis de Marignan
Service for Ladies (1927) .... Albert Leroux ... Still Code: 1065-X
Evening Clothes (1927) .... Lucien d'Artois
Blonde or Brunette (1927) .... Henri Martel
The Sorrows of Satan (1926) .... Prince Lucio de Rimanez
The Ace of Cads (1926) .... Chappel Maturin
A Social Celebrity (1926) .... Max Haber
Fascinating Youth (1926) .... Adolphe Menjou
The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (1926) .... Albert Durant
The King on Main Street (1925) .... King Serge IV of Molvania
Lost: A Wife (1925) .... Tony Hamilton
Are Parents People? (1925) .... Mr. Hazlitt
A Kiss in the Dark (1925) .... Walter Grenham
The Swan (1925) .... Albert von Kersten-Rodenfels
Forbidden Paradise (1924) .... Chancellor
The Fast Set (1924) .... Ernest Steel
Open All Night (1924) .... Edmund Durverne
... aka One Parisian Night (UK)
Sinners in Silk (1924) .... Arthur Merrill
Broken Barriers (1924) .... Tommy Kemp
For Sale (1924) .... Joseph Hudley
Broadway After Dark (1924) .... Ralph Norton
The Marriage Cheat (1924) .... Bob Canfield
Shadows of Paris (1924) .... Georges de Croy, His Secretary
The Marriage Circle (1924) .... Professor Josef Stock
The Spanish Dancer (1923) .... Don Salluste
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate (1923) .... Pierre Revel
Rupert of Hentzau (1923) .... Count Rischenheim
Bella Donna (1923) .... Mr. Chepstow
The World's Applause (1923) .... Robert Townsend
Singed Wings (1922) .... Bliss Gordon
Clarence (1922) .... Hubert Stein
Pink Gods (1922) .... Louis Barney
The Eternal Flame (1922) .... Duc de Langeais
The Fast Mail (1922) .... Cal Baldwin
Head Over Heels (1922) .... Sterling
Is Matrimony a Failure? (1922) .... Dudley King
Arabian Love (1922) (uncredited) .... Captain Fortine
The Sheik (1921) .... Raoul de Saint Hubert
Queenie (1921) .... Count Michael
The Three Musketeers (1921) .... Louis XIII
Courage (1921) .... Bruce Ferguson
Through the Back Door (1921) .... James Brewster
The Faith Healer (1921) .... Dr. Littlefield
What Happened to Rosa (1920) (uncredited) .... Reporter Friend of Dr. Drew

The Moth (1917) .... The Husband
The Amazons (1917) (uncredited)
An Even Break (1917) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Wild and Woolly (1917) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
The Valentine Girl (1917) .... Joe Winder
The Blue Envelope Mystery (1916) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Kiss (1916) .... Pennington
The Scarlet Runner (1916) .... Bit Part
The Reward of Patience (1916) .... Paul Dunstan
Manhattan Madness (1916) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
The Devil at His Elbow (1916) .... Wilfred Carleton
The Crucial Test (1916) .... Count Nicolai
The Habit of Happiness (1916) (uncredited) .... Society Man
... aka Laugh and the World Laughs
The Price of Happiness (1916) .... Howard Neal
Nearly a King (1916) .... Baron
A Parisian Romance (1916) .... Julianai
The Man Behind the Door (1914) (uncredited) .... Ringmaster
The Acid Test (1914/II) (uncredited) .... Extra