E. E. Clive
August 28, 1879 - June 6, 1940
Born Edward E. Clive in Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
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A Lot of Favorite Memories of E. E. Clive
- As the quintessential English policeman "Constable Jaffers" ("'E's all eaten awye!") in The Invisible Man (1933),
based on H. G. Wells' novel, directed by James Whale, and starring Claude Rains, with Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers and Una O'Connor.
- As a London Bobbie in Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934), one of the first of a long-running series soon to include Clive in a recurring role.
This one stars Ronald Colman as the tenacious English detective.
- As "Detective Sergeant Thacker" in Charlie Chan in London (1934), starring Warner Oland.
- As the "Chief Customs Inspector" in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical The Gay Divorcee (1934)..
- As the "Sheriff's man" in David Copperfield (1935), joining a stellar Dickensian cast including
Freddie Bartholomew, W. C. Fields, Basil Rathbone, Lionel Barrymore, Una O'Connor, Elsa Lanchester, Roland Young and Lewis Stone.
- As the "Sergeant" in Father Brown, Detective (1935), starring Walter Connolly as G. K. Chesterton's detective, Paul Lukas, Una O'Connor and Halliwell Hobbes.
- As "Thomas Sapsea" in Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935), starring Claude Rains, Douglass Montgomery, Heather Angel, Valerie Hobson and David Manners.
- As "Westbrook, the Chauffeur" in Busby Berkeley's Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), starring Dick Powell and Gloria Stuart.
- As the bristling, pompous "Burgermeister" in James Whale's masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein (1935), starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive,
Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Una O'Connor and Dwight Frye.
- As the "Grammaphone Man" in the first film version of the sinister stage play Kind Lady (1935), starring Aline MacMahon and Basil Rathbone.
- As the "Clerk of the Court" that railroads an upright English doctor, causing him to seek his own brand of justice as a Caribbean freebooter in
Warner Bros.' swashbuckling classic Captain Blood (1935), directed by Michael Curtiz, from a novel by Rafael Sabatini.
Starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, with a fine supporting cast of cutthroats including Lionel Atwill, Basil Rathbone and J. Carroll Naish.
- As the "Judge in Old Bailey" in A Tale of Two Cities (1935), directed by Jack Conway, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel.
Starring Ronald Colman and Elizabeth Allan,
with a cast full of familiar faces including Basil Rathbone, Fritz Leiber, Billy Bevan, Eily Malyon,
Lawrence Grant, and Nigel De Brulier.
- In a too-brief scene as Scotland Yard "Sergeant Wilkes," arriving too late to take custody of Count Dracula's body from the two bewildered constables
who lost it, in Dracula's Daughter (1936), directed by Lambert Hillyer, from a screenplay by Garrett Fort, suggested by Bram Stoker's story "Dracula's Guest."
Starring Gloria Holden (as Countess Marya Zaleska), Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel and Edward Van Sloan (as Dr. Von Helsing),
with Gilbert Emery, Halliwell Hobbes and Billy Bevan (the comical constables), Nan Grey, Hedda Hopper, Claud Allister,
Edgar Norton, Guy Kingsford, Eily Malyon and Christian Rub.
- As the "London Producer" in James Whale's Show Boat (1936), starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones and Charles Winninger, and featuring
a magnificent rendition of "Old Man River" by Paul Robeson, for whom this great song was written.
- As "Evans the Fishing Instructor," trying manfully to give a complete novice some basic instructions on fly-casting
in the screwball classic Libeled Lady (1936), starring Jean Harlow, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy.
- As "Sir Humphrey Harcourt," a Royal emissary bringing a dangerous foreign potentate some bad news about his monthly allowance,
in The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), directed by Michael Curtiz, inspired by the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Patric Knowles and C. Henry Gordon, with smashing support from
Henry Stephenson, Nigel Bruce, Donald Crisp, David Niven, Robert Barrat, Spring Byington, J. Carrol Naish,
Holmes Herbert, Brandon Hurst and Michael Visaroff.
- As "Masters" in Tarzan Escapes! (1936), directed by Richard Thorpe, based on characters created by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan, with John Bucker, Herbert Mundin,
Darby Jones, and Johnny Eck as a Gooney-Bird!
- As "'Tenny' Tennison," resourceful valet of the title character in a long series of brisk comedy/detective features starring Ray Milland or
- Bulldog Drummond Escapes (1937),
- Bulldog Drummond's Revenge (1937)
- Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (1937)
- Bulldog Drummond's Peril (1938)
- Bulldog Drummond in Africa (1938)
- Arrest Bulldog Drummond (1939)
- Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
- Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939)
- As the "Tour Guide" in Night Must Fall (1937), starring Rosalind Russell, Dame May Whitty, and Robert Montgomery
as the charming psychotic murderer "Danny".
- As "Alf" in Arsène Lupin Returns (1938) with a fine cast including Melvyn Douglas, Virginia Bruce, Warren William, George Zucco and Ian Wolfe.
- As the "Port Commandant" in Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939), with Peter Lorre, John Carradine and George Sanders.
- As a cabby in the big-budget The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene, Wendy Barrie,
Lionel Atwill, John Carradine and Eily Malyon.
- As "Inspector Bristol of Scotland Yard" in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino and George Zucco.
- As "Barraclough," butler of the master thief Raffles (1940), played by David Niven.
- As "Mr. Naismith" in Foreign Correspondent (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
- In an uncredited small part in the "temperence lecture" scene starring W. C. Fields, cut from the final release print but restored on video, in the star-packed,
episodic Tales of Manhattan (1942), directed by Julien Duvivier.
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