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  Ernest Thesiger Biography
Gaunt British character actor Ernest Graham Thesiger was educated at Marlborough College and had originally studied to become an artist at the Slade.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) would be Thesiger's last film in America and he returned to Britain once again, and appeared in the Alexander Korda’s adaptation of H.G. Wells The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) and had a memorable role as the sinister strangler in They Drive by Night (1938).
Thesiger was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1960 and passed away the following year.
www.britmovie.co.uk /actors/t/006.html   (320 words)

  Ernest Thesiger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ernest Thesiger, (January 15, 1879 - January 14, 1961), sometimes credited as Ernst Thesiger, was a British stage and film actor.
The grandson of the Baron of Chelmsford, Thesiger was born Ernest Frederic Graham Thesiger in London.
Thesiger's film debut was in 1916 in The Real Thing at Last, a spoof presenting Macbeth as it might be done by an American company, in which he did a drag turn as one of the Witches.
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 Ernst Thesiger - Biography - Moviefone
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.
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.
Witheringly patronizing to the end, Ernest Thesiger made his final stage and screen appearances in 1960, the year before his death at age 81.
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 Ernest Thesiger Collection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ernest Thesiger (1879-1961) was a star of stage and screen, most notorius for his portrayal of Dr Pretorius in the film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).
Ernest Thesiger's film career began in the era of silent movies, first starring in The Real Thing At Last in 1916.
The Ernest Thesiger Archive is a personal collection of his journals, scrapbooks, letters and photographs that reflect his stage and film career, his service during the war, as well as his personal interests in painting, embroidery and Mercury-Glassware.
www.bris.ac.uk /theatrecollection/thesiger.html   (204 words)

 Ernest Thesiger page in Classic Horror Players Directory
Thesiger plays waspish, sharp-tongued "Horace Femm," entertaining unwelcome guests and primly presiding over the necessary civilities in the dangerous, decaying household of a dying family.
Thesiger is the pacifist intellectual "Reverend Silas Maydig," one of many selfish advisors trying to manipulate the title character, a common man given magical ultimate power by the gods, and trying desperately not to make a mess of it.
Thesiger plays "Walter Hoover," a devious silk-stocking strangler pretending to be a harmless amateur criminologist to disarm the lead character accused of the murders.
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 Ernest Thesiger - Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Born Ernest Graham Thesiger in London on January 15th 1879, he was the grandson of the first Baron of Chelmsford.
Thesiger was given the role of the sinister Dr. Petorious, after Whale had refused the studio's suggestion of Claude Rains for the role.
Thesiger originally played the role of Theotocopolous, the anti-technology rabble-rouser, in THINGS TO COME (1936), but he was replaced by Sir Cedric Hardwicke because the latter was considered more marketable.
www.imdb.com /name/nm0857658/bio   (905 words)

 The Ghoul (1933)
Plot: Professor Morlant dies and, as per his instructions, an Egyptian jewel known as The Eternal Light is bandaged to his hand and his body placed in a crypt that is locked from the inside.
With his almost cartoonishly exaggerated pinched face, wild hair and a theatrical Scottish accent, Ernest Thesiger also proves to be somewhat of a scene-stealer.
All of these Old Dark House films (as indeed did almost all horror films from Hollywood during this decade) rigidly eschewed the supernatural, eventually revealing the causes of such to be mundane in origin.
www.moria.co.nz /horror/ghoul33.htm   (814 words)

 AudioRevolution.com DVD Review of Bride of Frankenstein
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Una O'Connor, Dwight Frye, Elsa Lanchester, E.E. Clive
The on-screen exemplar of this attitude is Ernest Thesiger's performance as Pretorius.
Thesiger, who looks like he was born old, is brittle, witty and sharp-tongued, and he, too, was gay in real life.
www.avrev.com /dvd/revs/brideof.shtml   (1187 words)

 Amazon.com: The Old Dark House: DVD: James Whale,Boris Karloff,Melvyn Douglas,Charles Laughton,Lilian Bond,Ernest ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
It's the residence of the Femm family, aged siblings Horace and Rebecca (Ernest Thesiger and Eva Moore) and a brace of unseen, but not unheard, relatives locked in upper story rooms.
Among a distinguished cast that includes such luminaries as Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, and Gloria Stuart, the acting honors are stolen by Ernest Thesiger playing the pinch-faced, hollow-eyed lord of the manor.
Thesiger manages the difficult task of being very funny and vaguely menacing at the same time; in his first scene he introduces himself in a sepulchral but prissy tone as, "Femm...
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 Amazon.co.uk: The Bride Of Frankenstein [1935]: DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
But in many ways the film is stolen by Ernest Thesiger, as the fey Dr. Pretorious, who toasts the darker possibilities of science: "To a new world of gods and monsters!" --Robert Horton --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
The cast is excellent throughout, with Colin Clive and Boris Karloff repeating their roles and Frankenstein and the monster, and Valerie Hobson an able replacement for Mae Clarke in the role of Elizabeth; Ernest Thesiger and Una O'Connor also give incredibly memorable performances as the truly strange Pretorius and the constantly hysterical maid Minnie.
While Thesiger's Dr. Pretorius is justly celebrated as a covert gay icon of the darkest possible variety, and while many people quickly grasp Whale's often subversive use of Christian imagery, the film has many, many layers that do not reveal themselves upon a single viewing.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006RHV1   (2161 words)

 Classic horror movies: GH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Harold Huth, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Kathleen Harrison, Ralph Richardson, Jack Raine.
A priceless jewel known as the Eternal Light is stolen from an Egyptian tomb and becomes the possession of Professor Moriant, (Karloff).
On his death-bed, wishing to be b uried with the valuable gem, Moriant follows a prescribed ritual by having the gem bound tightly in his fist as an offering to the god Anubis in exchange for immortality, but his servant Laing, (Thesiger), steals the jewel from Moriant's body in the mausoleum.
www.missinglinkclassichorror.co.uk /gh.htm   (3370 words)

 Ernest Thesiger - A master of the dramatic expressive visual art. Superstar - Star - Icon or just plain actor to some, ...
Ernest Thesiger - A master of the dramatic expressive visual art.
For good or bad, moving stories in film and cinmea are becoming the some of the most visible achievements - the Silver Screen, DVD, VHS, Albums, they touch us.
Ernest Thesiger : From TV to the Movie Screen.
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 GoHastings.com Item Information   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Frankenstein wants to forget his creation, but the evil Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) has a diabolical plan to create a mate for the Monster, and Frankenstein must comply or else.
Several actors in BRIDE also appear in other Whale horror films: Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) appeared in OLD DARK HOUSE as the bizarre Horace Femm; Una O’Connor (Minnie) appeared in THE INVISIBLE MAN; and Dwight Frye (Karl) played a laboratory assistant previously in FRANKENSTEIN but was named Fritz.
Meanwhile, at chez Frankenstein, the archly villainous Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) arrives, demanding to see Henry "on a secret grave matter." In a touching scene, the Monster, chased by countless angry mobs, finds brief respite with a blind hermit (O.P. Heggie) who befriends him and teaches him to speak.
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 b3ta.com board   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
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 Bride of Frankenstein
Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester.
The sensible (well, sort of) father figure played by Edward Van Sloan in the original was replaced by Ernest Thesiger, the mad Dr. Pretorius, and Whale encouraged him to play the villain with an "arch effeminacy." His name is repeated seven times by the shrill Minnie (unbearable comic relief shrieked by Una O'Connor).
A medieval tradition is that the devil's name must be repeated at least three times for him to remain on earth.
www.moviediva.com /MD_root/reviewpages/MDBrideofFrankenstein.htm   (2119 words)

 Ernest Thesiger at Hollywood.com
Gaunt, sharp-featured British character actor whose film appearances were too few but almost invariably delightful.
A veteran of the stage, Thesiger brought his rich, fruity delivery and polished timing to a series of eccentric, sometimes menacing, but usually comically haughty character roles.
He was perhaps most brilliant in two classic horror films directed by his friend James Whale, "The Old Dark House" (1932) and "The Bride of Frankenstein" (1935)....
www.hollywood.com /celebrity/Ernest_Thesiger/191832   (483 words)

 The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Boris Karloff (The Monster), Ernest Thesiger (Dr Septimus Pretorius), Colin Clive (Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Una O'Connor (Minnie), Elsa Lanchester (The Bride/Mary Shelley), O.P. Heggie (Blind Hermit)
Plot: Owing to the popularity of 'Frankenstein', Mary Shelley decides to write a sequel.
is now really less of a horror film than it is a comedy - in fact the exploits of Frankenstein are quite upstaged by Ernest Thesiger's waspish, engrossingly lunatic Pretorius.
www.moria.co.nz /horror/bridefrankenstein.htm   (582 words)

 Ernest Thesiger Actors, Natural and Character Studies Film Gdf Cartophily, cigarette cards, prints & advertising ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Ernest Thesiger Actors, Natural and Character Studies Film Gdf Cartophily, cigarette cards, prints & advertising memorabilia
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 Ghoul prices at Smarter.com
Starring: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson,
Boris Karloff as professor Morlant finds a stone he wants to be buried with because he believes that it will bring him back to life.
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 Amazon.ca: Old Dark House (1932): DVD: James Whale,Boris Karloff,Melvyn Douglas,Charles Laughton,Lilian Bond,Ernest ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Actors: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, See more
thesiger steals everything but the sets (as he also did in bride).
Ernest Thesiger - Bride of Frankenstein, The Man in the White Suit, The Robe
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 Ernest Thesiger (1879-1961), Actor
Thesiger was a contemporary of Augustus John at the Slade School of Art in the 1890s and continued to paint and exhibit.
His acting career began as an amateur, but invalided out of the War in 1915, he progressed to the professional stage.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE.
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