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James Harcourt

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James Harcourt in Kate Plus Ten (1938)

James Harcourt (20 April 1873 – 18 February 1951) was an English character actor.[1][2]

Harcourt was born in Headingley, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire. He started work as a cabinet maker, and drifted into amateur dramatics. He appeared as a stage actor first in 1903 and worked with the Liverpool Repertory Company from 1919 to 1931, and was with the Old Vic in the mid 1940s.[3][4]

In 1947, Harcourt appeared in the original West End production of the popular musical Bless the Bride, directed by Wendy Toye.[5][6]

He was married to the actress Isadora Keith, and was the father of camera operator and cinematographer David Harcourt.[7]

He died in Eton, Buckinghamshire on 18 February 1951 aged 77.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1931 Hobson's Choice Hobson
1933 Paris Plane
1933 Song of the Plough Doctor
1934 The Old Curiosity Shop the Single Gentleman
1935 Look Up and Laugh Mr. Pearson Uncredited
1936 All at Sea Mr. Humphrey
1936 The Avenging Hand Sam Hupp Uncredited
1936 Laburnum Grove Joe Fletten
1936 Seven Sinners Vicar (Father Blanchard)
1936 Wings Over Africa Wilkins
1936 Men Are Not Gods Porter Uncredited
1937 Return of a Stranger Johnson
1938 Kate Plus Ten Bank Manager
1938 Penny Paradise Amos Cook
1938 You're the Doctor William Firmstone
1938 Follow Your Star Mr. Tee
1939 I Met a Murderer Hay Wagon Driver
1940 The Stars Look Down Will
1940 Night Train to Munich Axel Bomasch
1940 The House of the Arrow Boris Raviart
1941 The Farmer's Wife Valiant Dunnybrigg
1941 You Will Remember Judge Uncredited
1941 Love on the Dole Old Man Who Has His Dole Stopped Uncredited
1941 This England
1942 Atlantic Ferry Minor role Uncredited
1942 Penn of Pennsylvania Fox
1942 Hard Steel Jim Calver
1942 The Young Mr. Pitt Bellamy Uncredited
1945 He Snoops to Conquer Councilor Hopkins
1945 Johnny Frenchman Joe Pender
1946 The Captive Heart Doctor
1946 I See a Dark Stranger Grandfather
1947 The Grand Escapade Old Traveller
1947 Meet Me at Dawn Henri, the butler
1949 Obsession Aikins (butler) (final film role)


  1. ^ "James Harcourt". Archived from the original on 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ "James Harcourt - Theatricalia".
  3. ^ Goldie, Grace Nisbet (1 January 1935). The Liverpool repertory theatre, 1911-1934. The University press of Liverpool – via Internet Archive. james harcourt.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781526111968 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Bless the Bride - A.P. Herbert and Vivian Ellis - The Guide to Musical Theatre".
  6. ^ "Production of Bless the Bride - Theatricalia".
  7. ^ "David Harcourt".
  8. ^ "findmypast.co.uk".
  • "Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies" - published by Harper-Collins 1981 - ISBN 0-06-093507-3