Gustav von Seyffertitz

Gustav von Seyffertitz

  • Highest Rated: 100% Shanghai Express (1932)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Swiss Miss (1938)
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  • Satanic-featured Austrian actor/director Gustav von Seyffertitz not only looked like a villain, but with that three-barrelled name he sounded like one -- even in silent pictures. After a lengthy stage career in both Germany and New York, Seyffertitz began appearing in World War One films as the very embodiment of the "Hideous Hun" -- America's notion of the merciless, atrocity-happy German military officer. Allegedly to avoid persecution from the anti-German organizations of the era, Seyffertitz changed his professional name to G. Butler Cloneblough -- a monicker so satiric in its timbre that one can't help that the "rechristening" was the concoction of a clever press agent. Returning to his own name after the war, Seyffertitz remained busy as a "villain of all nations:" He was British criminal mastermind Moriarty in John Barrymore's Sherlock Holmes (1922), a torturer for the Borgias in Barrymore's Don Juan (1926), and the evil American backwoods farmer Grimes in Mary Pickford's Sparrows (1926). Nearly always a supporting actor, Seyffertitz was given his full head with a mad-scientist leading role in the 1927 horror flick The Wizard. Offscreen, Seyffertitz was a kindly, temperate man, patient enough to direct Vitagraph star Alice Calhoun in three back-to-back vehicles in 1921: Princess Jones, Closed Doors and Peggy Puts It Over. In talking pictures, Seyffertitz' deep, warm voice somewhat mitigated his horrific demeanor. Though few of his talkie roles were billed, Gustav von Seyffertitz made the most of such parts as the High Priest in the 1935 version of She and the pontificating court psychiatrist in Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Nurse Edith Cavell President of Trial Court 1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die Chemist 1939
91% Son of Frankenstein Councilor 1939
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette King's Confessor 1938
60% Swiss Miss Gardener 1938
73% In Old Chicago Man in Jack's Office 1937
No Score Yet Murder on a Bridle Path Dr. Bloom 1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Dr. Frazier 1936
No Score Yet Mad Holiday Hendrick Van Mier 1936
No Score Yet Remember Last Night? Professor Carl Herman Eckhart Jones 1935
60% She Prime Minister 1935
No Score Yet The Night Is Young Ambassador 1935
No Score Yet Little Men Schoolmaster Page (uncredited) 1935
No Score Yet The Moonstone Carl Von Lucker 1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart Dr. Nathan Kurtzman 1934
No Score Yet Mystery Liner Von Kessling 1934
No Score Yet Murder on the Blackboard Dr. Max Von Immen 1934
90% Queen Christina General 1933
60% Rasputin and the Empress Dr. Wolfe 1933
No Score Yet The Silver Cord German Doctor 1933
No Score Yet Penguin Pool Murder Von Donnen/Dr. Max Bloom 1932
No Score Yet The Doomed Battalion Austrian General 1932
100% Shanghai Express Eric Baum 1932
100% Dishonored Austrian Secret Service 1931
100% Safe in Hell Larson 1931
No Score Yet Ambassador Bill Prince de Polikoff 1931
64% The Bat Whispers Dr. Venrees 1930
No Score Yet Seven Faces Mons. Pratouchy 1929
No Score Yet The Canary Murder Case Dr. Ambrose Lindquist 1929
No Score Yet The Case of Lena Smith Herr Hofrat 1929
100% The Docks of New York "Hymn Book" Harry 1928
No Score Yet The Woman Disputed Otto Krueger 1928
80% The Mysterious Lady Gen. Alexandroff 1928
No Score Yet The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg(Old Heidelberg)(The Student Prince) King Karl VII 1928
No Score Yet The Gaucho Ruiz 1927
No Score Yet Barbed Wire Neighbor 1927
No Score Yet Sparrows Grimes 1926
100% Don Juan Neri, the Alchemist 1926
No Score Yet The Bells Jerome Frantz 1926
No Score Yet The Eagle Actor 1925
No Score Yet The Goose Woman Mr. Vogel 1925
No Score Yet Under the Red Robe Clom 1923
No Score Yet The Face in the Fog Michael 1922
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes Prof. Moriarty 1922
No Score Yet The Whispering Chorus Mocking Face 1918
No Score Yet Old Wives for New Bladen 1918
No Score Yet The Little Princess Actor 1917
No Score Yet Down to Earth Dr. Jollyem 1917

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