Getting To Know Adolphe Menjou

My personal picks for a beginner's guide to the slick star of classic Hollywood.
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1.
The Front Page (1931)
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An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging. (101 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Maybe Menjou's greatest performance, and one that earned him his only Oscar nomination. He plays a fast-talking newspaper editor who connives to keep his ace reporter from leaving the business to get married. The movie is very funny pre-Code fare, and would be adapted in 1940 as the classic "His Girl Friday". ” - Jimmy L.
 
2.
Little Miss Marker (1934)
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Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace... (80 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
“ In this Damon Runyon fable (which features young Shirley Temple's breakout performance), Menjou plays a bookie left to care for a small girl. An odd match at first, the bookie and his colorful gambling friends become a surrogate family for the girl. ” - Jimmy L.
 
3.
Golden Boy (1939)
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Despite his musical talent, Joe Bonaparte wants to be a boxer. (99 mins.)
“ Menjou plays a struggling boxing manager who strikes gold by taking a chance on a young William Holden. ” - Jimmy L.
 
4.
The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)
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Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the... (80 mins.)
Director: Hal Roach
“ Menjou goes over the top in this zany Hal Roach comedy about newspapermen uncovering a murderer. Menjou plays an ace reporter (and smooth operator) who is shown up by a lucky amateur. ” - Jimmy L.
 
5.
The Milky Way (1936)
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Timid milkman, Burleigh Sullivan (Lloyd), somehow knocks out a boxing champ in a brawl. The fighter's... (89 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Menjou plays a fast-talking boxing promoter who signs a mild-mannered milkman (Harold Lloyd) as a novelty after he grabs headlines by knocking out the champ. ” - Jimmy L.
 
6.
Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
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Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, including a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer. (95 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
“ Menjou is in Peter Sellers-mode as a zany Russian impresario hired to stage a summer spectacle at a resort. He steals every scene he's in. ” - Jimmy L.
 
7.
Stage Door (1937)
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A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house. (92 mins.)
Director: Gregory LaCava
“ Surrounded by a superb female ensemble, Menjou plays a womanizing Broadway producer who cares little about the hopes and dreams of the actresses he's too busy to see. ” - Jimmy L.
 
8.
Father Takes a Wife (1941)
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Frederick Osborne, Junior is slightly agitated because his father, Senior, is acting more like a college... (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Hively
“ Menjou gets the rare opportunity to star in this comedy that twists the newlywed story to have the elder generation (Menjou and second-wife Gloria Swanson) as the giddy couple, with the younger generation (the son and daughter-in-law) as the wise mentors. ” - Jimmy L.
 
9.
A Star Is Born (1937)
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A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him. (111 mins.)
“ In this classic Hollywood Cinderella tale, Menjou plays a movie producer who is a friend and father figure to a washed-up actor and the starlet he discovers. ” - Jimmy L.
 
10.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ An older Menjou plays the villain in this Stanley Kubrick war film. A snobby French general who sees soldiers as mere pawns and who'd sacrifice men's lives to preserve the reputation of the officer class. ” - Jimmy L.
 
11.
One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)
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The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence... (84 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
“ Menjou in one of his most sympathetic roles, as a down-on-his-luck musician struggling to provide for his daughter (singing star Deanna Durbin). ” - Jimmy L.
 
12.
A Farewell to Arms (1932)
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An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I. (80 mins.)
Director: Frank Borzage
“ During WWI, Gary Cooper finds romance with nurse Helen Hayes. Menjou plays Cooper's Italian army buddy, a superior officer who could create enough trouble to keep the two lovers apart. ” - Jimmy L.
 
13.
Roxie Hart (1942)
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Roxie Hart signs a murder confession in order to attract publicity for her dancing career as dames don't swing in Cook County. Will everything go as planned? (75 mins.)
“ Menjou plays slick lawyer Billy Flynn in this earlier version of the "Chicago" story, about a murderess at the center of a publicity circus. ” - Jimmy L.
 
14.
Bundle of Joy (1956)
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After finding a baby outside an orphanage, a salesgirl receives sympathy from those around her, including her boss' son, as they all assume the baby is hers. (98 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ In this musical remake of "Bachelor Mother", Menjou plays Eddie Fisher's father, a wealthy department store owner. It's a late-career role for Menjou, and offers a rare glimpse of him in color. ” - Jimmy L.
 
15.
The Sheik (1921)
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A charming Arabian sheik becomes infatuated with an adventurous, modern-thinking Englishwoman and abducts her to his home in the Saharan desert. (86 mins.)
Director: George Melford
“ As an added bonus, check out Menjou earlier in his career in this landmark silent film. The movie made Rudolph Valentino a sex symbol, but Menjou plays Valentino's European friend, visiting him in the deserts of Araby. ” - Jimmy L.