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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
67% 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 Remember Last Night?
  • Professor Carl Herman Eckhart Jones
1935
No Score Yet She
  • Prime Minister
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
89% Queen Christina
  • General
1933
No Score Yet Rasputin and the Empress
  • Dr. Wolfe
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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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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