after British-born actor Herbert Rawlinson had passed from the scene, film
fans who'd grown up in the teens and
Within a few years, he was a Major star, specializing in fast-paced detective stories and serials. Somehow it seemed logical for the sartorially splendid, every-hair-in-place Rawlinson to jump from motorcar to streetcar and back again in a chapter-play chase sequence – yet still retain enough poise to romance the willing heroine a reel or so later.
younger action stars in the
'20s, the still-buoyant Rawlinson found himself in minor films and -- briefly --
as a two-reel comedy star in Hal Roach's “Slipping Wives” (where his thunder
was stolen by a pair of supporting players named Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy).
old to recapture his public when sound came in, Rawlinson nevertheless spoke his
lines with relaxed conviction, and came in handy for character roles, often
playing the "above suspicion" leading citizen who turned out to be
behind a city's criminal activities. In 1937, Rawlinson returned to serials in
the title role of Blake of Scotland Yard, which, though hampered by a tiny
budget and utter lack of background music, was well cast with several reliable
silent film veterans.
Rawlinson remained active in films until 1951; he died of lung cancer in 1953,
shortly after (unfortunately) being coaxed out of retirement to appear in the
Edward D. Wood Jail Bait (1954).
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