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John Turnbull (I) (1880–1956)

John Turnbull was born on November 5, 1880 in Dunbar, Scotland. He was an actor, known for The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), The Amazing Adventure (1936) and The Hangman Waits (1947). He died on February 23, 1956 in London, England. See full bio »


(age 75) in London, England, UK

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 1949 Temptations
 1948 Daybreak
 1948 Gas Light (TV Movie)
Sergeant Rough
 1947 So Well Remembered
 1947 The Hangman Waits
 1945 A Place of One's Own
Sir Roland Jervis
 1944 Don't Take It to Heart
Police Sergeant
 1944 Man of Evil
Magistrate (uncredited)
 1943 The Shipbuilders
 1943 There's a Future in It (Short)
 1942 Hard Steel
Mr. Rowlandson
 1941 The Common Touch
Father at School Cricket Match (uncredited)
 1941 Old Mother Riley's Circus
Cinema Manager
 1940 Spare a Copper
Inspector Richards
 1940 Three Silent Men
Inspector Gill
 1940 Spies of the Air
Sir Andrew Hamilton
 1940 Return to Yesterday
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Chief Constable
 1939 The Little Father of the Wilderness (TV Movie)
Chevalier de Frontenac
 1939 The Tempest (TV Movie)
 1939 Dangerous Masquerade
Inspector Roberts
 1939 Middle-Class Murder (TV Movie)
Mr. West
 1938 London Wall (TV Movie)
Mr. Walker
 1938 Libel (TV Movie)
Undetermined role
 1938 Laburnum Grove (TV Movie)
Inspector Stack
 1938 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
Decius Brutus / Messala
 1938 Night Alone
 1938 Strange Boarders (uncredited)
 1938 Stepping Toes
 1938 The Hidden Menace
 1937 It's a Grand Old World
 1937 Saturday Night Revue
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1937 Talking Feet
Lord Mayor (uncredited)
 1937 Make-Up
 1937 The Angelus (uncredited)
 1937 The Song of the Road
 1936 Shipmates
Captain Roberts
 1936 Rembrandt
 1936 Hearts of Humanity (uncredited)
 1936 The Limping Man
Insp. Potts
 1936 Where There's a Will
Detective Collins
 1936 The Amazing Adventure
 1936 Nine Days a Queen
Arundel (uncredited)
 1936 Soft Lights and Sweet Music
Gramophone Factory Director (uncredited)
 1935 Music Hath Charms (uncredited)
 1935 Once in a New Moon
Capt. Crump
 1935 Sexton Blake and the Bearded Doctor
Inspector Donnell
 1935 The Black Mask
Inspector Murray
 1935 Line Engaged
Supt. Harrison
 1935 The Murder Party
Insp. Ramage
 1935 The 39 Steps
Scottish Police Inspector (uncredited)
 1935 Radio Pirates
 1935 A Real Bloke (uncredited)
 1935 The Lad
Inspector Martin
 1934 The Case for the Crown
Prof. Lawrence
 1934 What Happened to Harkness?
Inspector Marlow
 1934 The Lady Is Willing
 1934 Music Hall
 1934 The Girl in the Flat
Inspector Grice
 1934 Passing Shadows
Inspector Goodall
 1934 Warn London
Inspector Frayne
 1934 Tangled Evidence
 1934 It's a Cop
Inspector Gray
 1934 The Black Abbot
Inspector Lockwood
 1933 Ask Beccles
Inspector Daniels
 1933 Matinee Idol
Inspector North
 1933 The Man Outside
Inspector Jukes
 1933 The Medicine Man
Police Inspector
 1933 The Umbrella
 1933 Too Many Wives (uncredited)
 1933 The Shadow
Det. Inspector Carr
 1933 The Iron Stair
Major Gordon
 1933 Wolves of the Underworld
Supt. Desabine
 1932 Midshipmaid Gob
 1932 A Voice Said Goodnight (Short)
Inspector Lavory
 1932 Lloyd of the C.I.D.
Barclay - Scotland Yard Superindendant
 1932 Murder on the Second Floor
 1931 Keepers of Youth
Gordon Duff
 1931 The Wickham Mystery
Howard Clayton
 1931 The Gables Mystery
Inspector Dawford
 1931 77 Park Lane
 1931 Rodney Steps In (Short)
 1920 The Amazing Quest of Mr. Ernest Bliss
Willie Mott (as Stanley Turnbull)

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He acted in James Bridie and Claude Guerney's play, "Mary Read-Dragoon and Pirate", at His Majesty's Theatre in London, England with Robert Donat, Flora Robson, Iris Hoey, Claud Allister, Beatrice Wilson, Betty Hardy, Wilfred Walter, Marie Dainton, Charles Farrell, Evan Thomas and George Benson in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Stanley Turnbull

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Scottish-born former medical student, who began his stage career in 1901. Heavy-set and of no-nonsense demeanour, he specialised in authority figures, on screen invariably as policemen, military types or schoolmasters. During World War II, he directed and produced plays for ENSA.

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