Patric Knowles – From Will Scarlet to the Wolf Man

Patric Knowles

Patric Knowles

From Will Scarlet to the Wolf Man - Patric Knowles

Patric Knowles had a successful acting career with 128 TV and movie credits. He stared in some of the biggest films of his time such at The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Auntie Mame (1958), The Devil’s Brigade (1968), and Chisum (1970). In retirement he worked to take care of actors that had been less fortunate than himself.

Patric Knowles was born in England on November 11, 1911. He was 14 years old when he ran away from the family bookbinding business to pursue acting. He was brought back home but left again in a few years. He was able to find some regional theater work and then entered British films in 1932 and eventually made 14 British films. Based on this work he was offered a contract with Warner Brothers. His second American movie was the hugely popular The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) with Errol Flynn.

In the 1930s, Patric Knowles has a few leads but mostly he fit as the second lead. Knowles worked again with Erroll Flynn The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) in the role of Will Scarlett, adorned in bright red. Knowles jumped from studio to studio to avoid typecasting. This seemed to work with him playing a shallow playboy in Five Came Back (1939). He was one of the brothers in How Green Was My Valley (1941) and jumped to horror as one of the trackers of the title character in The Wolf Man (1941) and as the mad doctor in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).

This pattern of movies continued through the 1940s and 1950s. Perhaps seeing that he was never going to a super star, Knowles began to do a lot more television including live playhouse theater. He continued to make one or two movies a year such as the role of the unrequited love in Auntie Mame (1958), The Devil’s Brigade (1968) with William Holden, and Chisum (1970) starring with John Wayne. As the roles tapered he lectured at colleges, did commericals, and wrote a novel. With retirement he worked for the betterment of less fortunate actors.

Selected Films

1973 Arnold Douglas Whitehead
1973 Terror in the Wax Museum  Mr. Southcott
Chisum (1970) Henry Tunstall
1968 In Enemy Country Gen. Lloyd-Griffis
1968 The Devil’s Brigade Adm. Lord Mountbatten
1967 The Way West Captain Grant
1958 Auntie Mame Lindsay Woolsey
1958 From the Earth to the Moon Josef Cartier
Band of Angels  (1957) – Charles de Marigny
1954 Khyber Patrol Lt. George Kennedy
1954 World for Ransom Julian March
1953 Flame of Calcutta Capt. Keith Lambert
1953 Jamaica Run William Montague
1952 Mutiny Capt. Ben Waldridge
1946 Of Human Bondage Harry Griffiths
1946 O.S.S. Cmdr. Brady
1946 The Bride Wore Boots Lance Gale
1945 Masquerade in Mexico Thomas Grant
1944 Chip Off the Old Block Commander Judd Corrigan
1943 Always a Bridesmaid Tony Warren
1943 All by Myself Dr. Bill Perry
1943 Hit the Ice Dr. Bill Elliot (Credits) / Dr. William ‘Bill’ Burns (in Film)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man  (1943) – Dr. Mannering
1943 Forever and a Day Trimble-Pomfret Son
1942 Who Done It? Jimmy Turner
1942 Sin Town Wade Crowell
1942 Lady in a Jam Doctor Enright
1942 Mystery of Marie Roget Dr. Paul Dupin
1942 The Strange Case of Doctor Rx Private Detective Jerry Church
The Wolf Man  (1941) –  Frank Andrews
1941 How Green Was My Valley Ivor
1940 Anne of Windy Poplars Gilbert Blythe
1940 Women in War Lt. Larry Hall
1940 A Bill of Divorcement John Storm
1939 Five Came Back Judson Ellis
1939 Beauty for the Asking Denny Williams
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown Captain Condon
1938 Heart of the North Corporal Jim Montgomery
1938 Storm Over Bengal Capt. Jeffrey Allison
1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood – Will Scarlett
1936 Irish for Luck Terry O’Ryan
1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade Captain Perry Vickers
1936 Crown v. Stevens Chris Jensen
1935 Mister Hobo Paul
1935 Abdul the Damned Omar – Hilmi’s Attache
1935 Regal Cavalcade Army Officer
1934 Norah O’Neale Pip Fitzgerald
1933 The Poisoned Diamond Jack Dane

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