Conrad Nagel

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Conrad Nagel (1897-1970) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.

Born to a musically-inclined family in Keokuk, IA, the Nagels relocated to Des Moines, where Conrad graduated high school and soon made his professional acting debut with the local Princess Stock Company in 1914. Success came relatively quick for the youthful blue-eyed, blonde-haired actor, who debuted on Broadway in Forever After (1918) and on film the same year as Laurie in Little Women (1918). Several sources agree that a breakthrough came opposite Anna Q. Nilsson in The Fighting Chance (1920), with Nagel also appearing in silent films such as Lights of Old Broadway (1925) and Quality Street (1927) with Marion Davies, The Mysterious Lady (1928) and The Kiss (1929) with Greta Garbo, and Tod Browning's London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney. Nagel's fine speaking voice propelled his career into the talkie era, where he can be seen (and heard) as emcee of MGM's The Hollywood Revue of 1929, and is enjoyable in such films as The Divorcee (1930), The Bad Sister (1931)—more notable as Bette Davis' debut film, Kongo (1932), Ann Vickers (1933), Dangerous Corner (1934), and much later in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955). His film career spanned over 110 features through 1959, at which time Nagel continued into the next decade on television, where he'd been appearing since the early '50s. His voice also made him a natural on radio, a medium he was active in for years. Conrad Nagel was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, its president in 1932-33, and host of the Academy Awards in 1930 and '32, as well as co-host with Bob Hope in 1953. In 1940 he received an honorary Academy Award for his service to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. He was also a member of the Lambs and among the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild. Nagel popped up every few years on Broadway through to the early '60s, and made his final TV appearance in an episode something called ABC Stage 67 in 1967. Married and divorced three times, Nagel died of a heart attack and emphysema at age 72.

 

Birthday: March 16

ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s era fan photo of movie star Conrad Nagel. This is an approximately 4-3/4" x...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1937 John Sinclair "Film Stars" tobacco card #81 Conrad Nagel and Gail Patrick. From the second...
ABOUT THIS CARD: Late 1920s era Kashin Publications Motion Picture Stars trading card picturing Conrad Nagel. Large size...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Vintage 1933 Conrad Nagel General Gum trading card. Popularly collected US vintage gum card issue. This...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Editorial Grafica "Estrellas del Cine" postcard #42 Conrad Nagel. Issued out of Barcelona, Spain. Measures approximately...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s era fan photo of movie star Conrad Nagel. This is an approximately 4.75" x...
ABOUT THIS ITEM:Vintage 1920s era fan photo of movie star Conrad Nagel. This is an approximately 4-3/4" x...
ABOUT THIS CARD:1931 Will "Cinema Stars" 3rd Series tobacco card #2 Conrad Nagel and Genevieve Tobin in "A...
ABOUT THIS CARD LOT:Higher grade lot of 15 different 1937 John Sinclair "Film Stars" tobacco cards. All from...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Vintage 1933 Moviebook Corp. of New York film star trading card, Series A #17 Conrad Nagel....
ABOUT THIS CARD:Vintage 1931 BAT Cinema Artistes tobacco card. One card from a set of 48 - #20...
ABOUT THIS CARD:Early 1930s vintage Clovis brand trading card #240 Conrad Nagel and Leila Hyams. Rare issue. Small...
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