Ernest Thesiger

Ernest Thesiger

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“Anyone with a modicum of intelligence and the right kind of physique ought to make a film actor, if they are lucky enough to be told exactly what to do, and I cannot see that the actor for the screen deserves any more credit than a schoolboy who is good at dictation should have for writing admirable prose.”Ernest Thesiger


Ernest Thesiger

Year: 1911. Artist: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Charcoal. Size n/a. In a private collection. Thesiger was around 32 years old at the time the portrait was done.



The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). With Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, and Elsa Lanchester.


Ernest Thesiger

Here is a brief little Thesiger story from 1960. The author is Leonard Lyons, columnist for The Lyons Den:

Henry Hathaway, the director, lunched at a film studio commissary with members of his cast. One was Ernest Thesiger, over 80, a gentle man who used to spend afternoons doing petit-point at Buckingham Palace with the late Queen Mary….At the studio luncheon, a young actor, who’d gone berserk before, suddenly wheeled and placed the point of a steak knife at Hathaway’s throat. Thesiger broke the tension: He slapped down the knife with his own spoon, and said: ‘It’s very rude to point.’

NOTE: I’m not sure about the film being referenced. There was no filmed collaboration between Henry Hathaway and Thesiger that I could find. Thesiger died in 1961.


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