Ernst Thesiger - Rotten Tomatoes

Ernst Thesiger

Highest Rated:   100% The Man in the White Suit (1951)
Lowest Rated:   33% The Robe (1953)
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Gaunt -- nay, skeletal -- British actor Ernst Thesiger had originally studied to be an artist. While he retained his delicate manual skills for the rest of his days (he wrote several books on needlepoint), Thesiger cast his lot with Thespis when he made his first stage appearance in 1909, at the tender age of 30. He scored a personal and professional triumph as star of the stage farce A Little Bit of Fluff, which opened in 1915 and ran for several years. In 1916, he made the first of a handful of silent film appearances, and in 1924 he played the Dauphin in the original production of Shaw's St. Joan. Thesiger was well enough known in 1927 to write an autobiography, Practically True; he hadn't an inkling that his greatest acting days still lay ahead of him. In 1932, he made his talkie debut in James Whale's The Old Dark Horse, creating an indelible impression as Horace Femm, the imperious, condescending lord of the forbidding domicile of the title. Whale took full advantage of Thesiger's cadaverous features and his sneering erudition, while the actor made a meal of such simple lines as "Have a potato." Even better was the next Whale-Thesiger collaboration The Bride of Frankenstein, wherein the actor had the role of a lifetime as prissy, posturing mad scientist Dr. Praetorious. With such notable exceptions as the Whale films and the British melodramas The Ghoul (1933) and They Drive By Night (1938), most of Thesiger's screen characters were more snobbish than sinister. All of his film roles, however, can be regarded as extensions of the actor's real-life personality; from all accounts, the line between Thesiger's screen self and real self was thin indeed, as demonstrated by his disdainful public comments regarding his profession and his co-workers. Witheringly patronizing to the end, Ernest Thesiger made his final stage and screen appearances in 1960, the year before his death at age 81.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
  • Stefano
1961
75% Sons and Lovers
  • Henry Hadlock
1960
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes
  • Old MacPherson
1959
No Score Yet Three Men in a Boat
  • 3rd Old Gentleman
1959
93% The Horse's Mouth
  • Hickson
1958
No Score Yet The Truth About Women
  • Judge
1957
No Score Yet Doctor at Large
  • First Examiner
1957
No Score Yet Who Done It?
  • Sir Walter Finch
1956
No Score Yet Quentin Durward
  • Lord Crawford
1955
No Score Yet Father Brown (The Detective)
  • Vicomte
1954
No Score Yet The Woman's Angle
  • Judge
1954
No Score Yet The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million)
  • Bank Director
1954
33% The Robe
  • Tiberius
1953
No Score Yet Meet Mr. Lucifer
  • Mr. Macdonald
1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box
  • Man
1952
84% A Christmas Carol
  • Undertaker
1951
No Score Yet Laughter in Paradise
  • Endicott
1951
No Score Yet The Brass Monkey
  • Ryder-Harris
1951
100% The Man in the White Suit
  • Sir John Kierlaw
1951
100% Last Holiday
  • Sir Trevor Lampington
1950
No Score Yet Quartet
  • Henry Dashwood
1949
No Score Yet Bad Lord Byron
  • Count Guiccioli
1949
No Score Yet Winslow Boy
  • Mr. Ridgeley-Pearce
1949
No Score Yet Jassy
  • Sir Edward Follesmark
1948
No Score Yet Ghosts of Berkeley Square
  • Investigator
1947
100% Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France)
  • Duke of Berri
1946
No Score Yet Beware of Pity
  • Baron Emil de Kekesfalva
1946
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra
  • Theodotus
1945
No Score Yet A Place of One's Own
  • Dr. Marsham
1945
No Score Yet My Learned Friend
  • Ferris
1943
No Score Yet Lamp Still Burns
  • Chairman
1943
No Score Yet They Drive by Night
  • Walter Hoover
1938
No Score Yet The Man Who Could Work Miracles
  • Mr. Maydig
1937
100% The Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dr. Septimus Pretorius
1935
No Score Yet Night of the Party
  • Chiddiatt
1934
No Score Yet The Ghoul
  • Laing
1933
100% The Old Dark House
  • Horace Femm
1932
No Score Yet The Vagabond Queen
  • Katoff
1930

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