Robert Newton: An actor with that certain spark!

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Acknowledged as a true talent, Robert Newton was a heck of a character as well as that of a character actor. His memorable performances are many. Whether cast in the lead or amongst the supporting cast, Robert Newton was guaranteed to be the most remembered. "Oliver Twist," "Treasure Island," "This Happy Breed" and "Gaslight" are amongst those recommended.

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1. Night Boat to Dublin (1946)

Approved | 100 min | Thriller

The allies plan to rescue a Swedish atomic scientist from under the noses of the Nazis.

Director: Lawrence Huntington | Stars: Robert Newton, Raymond Lovell, Guy Middleton, Muriel Pavlow

Votes: 147

Ordinary story but Newton keeps one watching.

2. The Hidden Room (1949)

Approved | 96 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Clive Riordan plans a devilish revenge against his wife's lover.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Robert Newton, Sally Gray, Phil Brown, Naunton Wayne

Votes: 1,494

Quite an effective low budget thriller.

3. The Beachcomber (1954)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Mr. Gray is the new Resident in Charge of the Welcome Islands in the Indian Ocean. The Islands are full of life, but the only other Europeans are the "sanctimonious, psalm-singing" ... See full summary »

Director: Muriel Box | Stars: Glynis Johns, Robert Newton, Donald Sinden, Paul Rogers

Votes: 242

4. Wings and the Woman (1942)

94 min | Biography, Drama

The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Robert Newton, Edward Chapman, Nora Swinburne

Votes: 169

Very interesting film in general.

5. Oliver Twist (1948)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

An orphan named Oliver Twist meets a pickpocket on the streets of London. From there, he joins a household of boys who are trained to steal for their master.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Alec Guinness, Kay Walsh, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 10,341

6. This Happy Breed (1944)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness, Alison Leggatt

Votes: 2,623

7. Treasure Island (1950)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Family

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney, Walter Fitzgerald

Votes: 6,089

Quite violent for a "Disney" film but very enjoyable. Robert Newton is Long John Silver personified, no one else can equal his interpretation!

8. Blackbeard, the Pirate (1952)

Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Romance

Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship's surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Robert Newton, Linda Darnell, William Bendix, Keith Andes

Votes: 1,186

9. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 22,399 | Gross: $42.00M

10. Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951)

Approved | 93 min | Drama

A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Director: Gordon Parry | Stars: John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, James Hayter, John Charlesworth

Votes: 326

11. Poison Pen (1939)

66 min | Drama

A small, sedate British village is shocked when its residents begin receiving hate-filled diatribes, known as "poison pen letters".

Director: Paul L. Stein | Stars: Flora Robson, Robert Newton, Ann Todd, Geoffrey Toone

Votes: 123

A good, solid film but Newton should have been in it more.

12. Dangerous Masquerade (1939)

69 min | Crime, Drama

A down-and-out writer being hounded by collectors stumbles upon dead man lying under a fallen tree limb. Little did he know the man had been murdered, and he concocts a scheme of exchanging... See full summary »

Director: Harold French | Stars: Robert Newton, Betty Lynne, Peter Gawthorne, John Warwick

Votes: 47

13. Les Miserables (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Michael Rennie, Robert Newton, Debra Paget, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 843 | Gross: $2.40M

14. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,065

An overrated film in most areas but Robert Newton's performance is a delight.

15. Jamaica Inn (1939)

Not Rated | 98 min | Adventure, Crime

In Cornwall, 1819, a young woman discovers she's living near a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecks for profit.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Robert Newton, Charles Laughton, Horace Hodges

Votes: 8,109

16. Major Barbara (1941)

Approved | 121 min | Comedy

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.

Directors: Gabriel Pascal, Harold French, David Lean | Stars: Wendy Hiller, Rex Harrison, Robert Morley, Robert Newton

Votes: 1,077

17. Henry V (1944)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 5,285

18. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,286

19. Long John Silver (1954)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In this sequel to Treasure Island, Long John hopes to rescue his friend Jim from a rival pirate and return for more treasure.

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Lloyd Berrell, Grant Taylor

Votes: 610

20. Snowbound (1948)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A group of people search for Nazi treasure hidden in the Alps. From "The Lonely Skier" by Hammond Innes.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Robert Newton, Dennis Price, Stanley Holloway, Herbert Lom

Votes: 193

21. Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Fugitive Bill Saunders and lonely nurse Jane Wharton are crossed by fate when he hides out in her apartment.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Burt Lancaster, Robert Newton, Lewis L. Russell

Votes: 856

22. Soldiers Three (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

Retired British general Brunswick reminisces about the days when he was a colonel in charge of a British Army battalion fighting against native rebels in colonial India during the late 1800s.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon, David Niven, Robert Newton

Votes: 345

23. Lux Video Theatre (1950–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Live dramatic shows featuring Hollywood stars. Initially, the show was a thirty-minute weekly show, but when it moved to NBC in August 1954, the show was extended to sixty minutes, and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Otto Kruger, Gordon MacRae

Votes: 83

24. Schlitz Playhouse (1951–1959)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Originally billed as "Playhouse of the Stars" this long running anthology series was originally presented live from New York City. Irene Dunne was briefly the hostess in 1952, and the show frequently used Broadway performers in classic stories.

Stars: James Mason, Irene Dunne, Robert Paige, Walter Coy

Votes: 181

25. The High and the Mighty (1954)

Not Rated | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack

Votes: 5,042

26. Troopship (1937)

85 min | Drama

Given a six-hour pass after a tour of duty in India, several British Tommies try to unravel their domestic tribulations before having to ship out again.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Leslie Banks, Flora Robson, Sebastian Shaw, Patricia Hilliard

Votes: 19

27. 21 Days Together (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Drama

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before the trial and if the ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dean | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier, Francis L. Sullivan

Votes: 794

28. I, Claudius (1937)

Drama

The life and times of the Roman emperor Claudius (10 B.C.-A.D. 54).

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Emlyn Williams, Flora Robson

29. Murder on Diamond Row (1937)

Approved | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London's jewel thieves are under the thumb of a mysterious fence, who ruthlessly exposes any thief who crosses him. Desperate, Scotland Yard re-hires ex-Inspector Barrabal who, as a known ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Sebastian Shaw, Ann Todd, Tamara Desni

Votes: 135

30. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 13,279

31. Waterfront Women (1950)

80 min | Drama

A good-for-nothing sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter, now a woman, is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Robert Newton, Kathleen Harrison, Avis Scott, Susan Shaw

Votes: 209

32. Gaslight (1940)

Not Rated | 84 min | Thriller

Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden.

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Diana Wynyard, Frank Pettingell, Cathleen Cordell

Votes: 3,300

33. Androcles and the Lion (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy

Story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.

Directors: Chester Erskine, Nicholas Ray | Stars: Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Alan Young, Robert Newton

Votes: 698

34. Bulldog Sees It Through (1940)

Approved | 77 min | Mystery

The armaments production programme is being sabotaged by a gang of Germans. A few arrests are made but the destruction of a vital plant goes on. Test Pilot 'Bulldog' Bill Watson plunges headlong into the mystery.

Director: Harold Huth | Stars: Jack Buchanan, Greta Gynt, Sebastian Shaw, David Hutcheson

Votes: 8

35. Fire Over England (1937)

92 min | Adventure, History, Romance

Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh, Raymond Massey

Votes: 1,501

36. A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (1942)

102 min | Drama

James Brodie (Robert Newton) is the only hatter in a small area in Scotland. Ruthless in business as well as at home, he is a tyrant to his family and intimidating to everyone he knows. But... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, Emlyn Williams

Votes: 240

37. The Plymouth Playhouse (1953– )

30 min | Drama

ABC, which had a reputation for producing shows that were not as good as their competitors CBS and NBC, used this program to audtition possible series in the hope of gaining sponsorship for... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Cook, Wendell Corey, Wanda Hendrix, Murray Matheson

Votes: 13

38. Dark Journey (1937)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller

During World War I, a German spy and a French spy meet and fall in love.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Vivien Leigh, Joan Gardner, Anthony Bushell

Votes: 1,013

40. Temptation Harbor (1947)

91 min | Crime, Drama

A signalman on a quay sees a fight between two men. One of the men is deliberately pushed into the water and the signalman cannot save him, but decides to keep his suitcase which later finds is full of banknotes with a value of £5000.

Director: Lance Comfort | Stars: Robert Newton, Simone Simon, William Hartnell, Marcel Dalio

Votes: 38

42. Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Passed | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors: Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe | Stars: Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks

Votes: 525

43. The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Family

Swashbuckling made for TVs episodes staring 'Legend' Robert newton as Long John Silver and argh 'Jim Larrd' as they face many new adventures......

Stars: Robert Newton, Connie Gilchrist, Kit Taylor, Eric Reiman

Votes: 122

45. Climax! (1954–1958)

60 min | Drama

This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.

Stars: William Lundigan, Art Gilmore, Mary Costa, Harry Townes

Votes: 155



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