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Other names
  
Miles Malieson

Role
  
Actor

Name
  
Miles Malleson

Years active
  
1921– 1965

Occupation
  
Actor/screenwriter


Miles Malleson PETERCUSHINGBLOGBLOGSPOTCOM PCASUK MATTHEW CONIAM

Full Name
  
William Miles Malleson

Born
  
25 May 1888 (
1888-05-25
)

Died
  
March 15, 1969, London, United Kingdom

Spouse
  
Joan Malleson (m. 1923–1956), Lady Constance Malleson (m. 1915–1923), Tatiana Lieven (m. ?–1969)

Books
  
'D' Company, and Black 'Ell: Two Plays

Parents
  
Myrrha Bithynia Frances Borrell, Edmund Taylor Malleson

Movies
  
The Thief of Bagdad, First Men in the Moon, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Brides of Dracula, Peeping Tom

Similar People
  
Ludwig Berger, John Justin, Tim Whelan, Lady Constance Malleson, Rex Ingram

William Miles Malleson (25 May 1888 – 15 March 1969), generally known as Miles Malleson, was an English actor and dramatist, particularly remembered for his appearances in British comedy films of the 1930s to 1960s. Towards the end of his career he also appeared in cameo roles in several Hammer horror films, with a fairly large role in The Brides of Dracula as the hypochondriac and fee-hungry local doctor. Malleson was also a writer on many films, including some of those in which he had small parts, such as Nell Gwyn (1934) and The Thief of Bagdad (1940). He also translated and adapted several of Molière's plays (The Misanthrope, which he titled The Slave of Truth, Tartuffe and The Imaginary Invalid).

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Biography

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Malleson was born in Croydon, Surrey, England, the son of Edmund Taylor Malleson (1859-1909), a manufacturing chemist, and Myrrha Bithynia Frances Borrell (1863-1931), a descendant of the numismatist Henry Perigal Borrell and the inventor Francis Maceroni. (Miles' cousin and contemporary Lucy Malleson had a long career as a mystery novelist, mostly under the pen name "Anthony Gilbert".)

He was educated at Brighton College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he created a sensation when it was discovered that he had successfully posed as a politician and given a speech instead of the visitor who had failed to attend a debating society dinner.

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Malleson made his first appearance on stage as an actor in September 1911, turning professional two months later. He studied acting at Herbert Beerbohm Tree's Academy of Dramatic Art, which later was renamed the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Here he met his first wife in 1913. In September 1914 he enlisted in the Army, and was sent to Malta, but was invalided home and discharged in January 1915. By June 1916 he was writing in support of conscientious objectors.

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He married three times and had many relationships. In 1915, he married writer and aspiring actress Lady Constance Malleson. Like her, he was interested in social reform, one of his plays being on the subject of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Theirs was an open marriage and they divorced amicably in 1923 so that he could marry Joan Billson; they divorced in 1940. His third wife was Tatiana Lieven, whom he married in 1946 and from whom he had been separated for several years at the time of his death.

He was tall and slender, but with a strongly receding chin and a sharp nose that produced the effect of a double chin like that of Robert Morley, who was not slender. His manner was gentle and absent-minded; his voice, soft and high. He is best remembered for his roles as the Sultan in The Thief of Bagdad (1940), the poetically-inclined hangman in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and as Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest (1952).

Failing eyesight led to his being unable to work in his last years. He died in March 1969 following surgery to remove cataracts and was cremated in a private ceremony. A memorial service was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields during which Sybil Thorndike and Laurence Olivier both gave readings.

As playwright

  • Youth A Play in Three Acts
  • The Little White Thought A Fantastic Scrap
  • Paddly Pools A Little Fairy Play
  • Black 'Ell (1916); Malleson's anti-war play was refused permission for performance in 1916, and not produced in the UK until 1925
  • Molière: Three Plays (1960); contains The Slave of Truth (Le Misanthrope), Tartuffe and The Imaginary Invalid
  • "Yours Unfaithfully" (1933); Performed off-Broadway in New York City for a limited run in early-2017 starring Max von Essen.
  • Malleson's only published work as screenwriter appears to be "Lawrence of Arabia from Revolt in the Desert by T.E. Lawrence; Scenario by Miles Malleson, Brian Desmond Hurst and Duncan Guthrie October 4th 1938" in Filming T.E. Lawrence: Korda's Lost Epics; Edited and introduced by Andrew Kelly, James Pepper and Jeffrey Richards. London/New York: I.B. Tauris Publishers, 1997.

    Filmography

    Actor
    1965
    You Must Be Joking! as
    Salesman
    1964
    Victoria Regina (TV Mini Series) as
    Conyngham
    - Spring (1964) - Conyngham
    1964
    Murder Ahoy as
    Bishop Faulkner
    1964
    First Men in the Moon as
    Dymchurch Registrar
    1964
    Circus World as
    Billy Hennigan
    1955
    ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) as
    Quince / Baron Povoromo / Dr.Shpigelsky
    - A Midsummer Night's Dream (1964) - Quince
    - Reunion in Vienna (1958) - Baron Povoromo
    - A Month in the Country (1955) - Dr.Shpigelsky
    1964
    They All Died Laughing as
    Dr. Woolley
    1963
    Heavens Above! as
    Rockeby
    1963
    Bootsie and Snudge (TV Series) as
    Lord Mayor
    - Tickets Please (1963) - Lord Mayor
    1963
    Call Me Bwana as
    Psychiatrist (uncredited)
    1963
    Zero One (TV Series) as
    Maurice Whitcomb
    - The Good Old Days (1963) - Maurice Whitcomb
    1963
    Mr. Justice Duncannon (TV Series) as
    Sir Redvers Featherstone
    - Burden of Proof (1963) - Sir Redvers Featherstone
    1962
    The Brain as
    Dr. Miller - British version
    1962
    The Phantom of the Opera as
    2nd Cabby
    1962
    Go to Blazes as
    Salesman
    1962
    Postman's Knock as
    Psychiatrist
    1961
    ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Uncle Simon
    - The Gentle Shade (1961) - Uncle Simon
    1961
    If the Crown Fits (TV Series) as
    Prime Minister
    - Royal Divorce (1961) - Prime Minister
    1961
    Double Bunk as
    Rev. Thomas
    1961
    Fury at Smugglers' Bay as
    Duke of Avon
    1961
    The Hellfire Club as
    Judge
    1960
    Somerset Maugham Hour (TV Series) as
    General
    - The Verger (1960) - General
    1960
    Macbeth (TV Movie) as
    Porter
    1960
    The Brides of Dracula as
    Dr. Tobler
    1960
    The Day They Robbed the Bank of England as
    Assistant Curator
    1960
    Peeping Tom as
    Elderly Gentleman Customer
    1960
    The Terrible Choice (TV Series) as
    Porter
    - Macbeth: Part 2 (1960) - Porter
    1960
    And the Same to You as
    Bishop
    1960
    Kidnapped as
    Mr. Rankeillor
    1959
    I'm All Right Jack as
    Windrush Snr.
    1959
    The Hound of the Baskervilles as
    Bishop
    1959
    Man in a Cocked Hat as
    Resident Advisor
    1959
    The Captain's Table as
    Canon Swingler
    1958
    Bachelor of Hearts as
    Dr. Butson
    1951
    BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) as
    Quince / Moshkin
    - A Midsummer Night's Dream (1958) - Quince
    - The Bachelor (1951) - Moshkin
    1958
    Behind the Mask as
    Sir Oswald Pettiford
    1958
    Horror of Dracula as
    Marx the Undertaker
    1958
    Gideon of Scotland Yard as
    Judge Cecil Birkenshaw
    1958
    Happy Is the Bride as
    1st Magistrate
    1957
    All at Sea as
    Angler
    1957
    Your Past Is Showing as
    Rev. Bastable
    1957
    Campbell's Kingdom as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1957
    The Buccaneers (TV Series) as
    Josiah Parkerhouse
    - Printer's Devil (1957) - Josiah Parkerhouse
    1957
    Paradise Lagoon as
    Vicar
    1957
    Brothers in Law as
    Kendall Grimes Q.C.
    1956
    Three Men in a Boat as
    2nd Old Gentleman
    1956
    Dry Rot as
    Yokel
    1956
    The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series) as
    Albertus
    - The Scientist (1956) - Albertus
    1956
    The Silken Affair as
    Mr. Blucher
    1956
    Private's Progress as
    Mr. Windrush Snr.
    1956
    The Man Who Never Was as
    Scientist
    1956
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (TV Movie) as
    Mock Turtle
    1955
    King's Rhapsody as
    Jules
    1955
    Wee Geordie as
    Lord Paunceton
    1954
    Rheingold Theatre (TV Series) as
    Alexei / Dr. Mayhew
    - Provincial Lady (1954) - Alexei
    - The Ship's Doctor (1954) - Dr. Mayhew
    1953
    The Captain's Paradise as
    Lawrence St. James
    1952
    Folly to Be Wise as
    Dr. Hector McAdam
    1952
    The Assassin as
    Grespi
    1952
    Trent's Last Case as
    Burton Cupples
    1952
    Treasure Hunt as
    Mr. Walsh
    1952
    The Importance of Being Earnest as
    Canon Chasuble
    1952
    The Woman's Angle as
    A. Secrett
    1952
    Mr. Lord Says No as
    Mr. Thwaites
    1951
    A Christmas Carol as
    Old Joe
    1951
    The Magic Box as
    Orchestra Conductor
    1951
    The Man in the White Suit as
    The Tailor
    1950
    Stage Fright as
    Mr. Fortesque (as Miles Mallison)
    1950
    Golden Salamander as
    Douvet
    1949
    Train of Events as
    Johnson, the Timekeeper (segment "The Engine Driver")
    1949
    A Provincial Lady (TV Movie) as
    Stupendev
    1949
    Adam and Evalyn as
    Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited)
    1949
    Kind Hearts and Coronets as
    The Hangman
    1949
    The Perfect Woman as
    Prof. Ernest Belman
    1949
    Cardboard Cavalier as
    Judge Gorebucket
    1949
    The Queen of Spades as
    Tchybukin
    1949
    The History of Mr. Polly as
    Old gentleman on punt
    1948
    Woman Hater as
    Vicar
    1948
    Saraband as
    Lord of Misrule
    1948
    Bond Street as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1948
    Idol of Paris as
    Offenbach
    1948
    One Night with You as
    Jailer
    1947
    The Mark of Cain as
    Mr. Burden (uncredited)
    1947
    While the Sun Shines as
    Horton
    1945
    Journey Together (uncredited)
    1945
    Dead of Night as
    Hearse Driver
    1943
    Adventure for Two as
    Theatre Cashier
    1943
    The Gentle Sex as
    Guard
    1942
    Thunder Rock as
    Chairman of Directors
    1942
    Spitfire as
    Vickers Representative (uncredited)
    1942
    Unpublished Story as
    Farmfield
    1942
    Wings and the Woman as
    Vacuum Salesman
    1942
    This Was Paris as
    Watson, Newspaper Librarian
    1941
    Major Barbara as
    Morrison
    1940
    The Thief of Bagdad as
    Sultan
    1940
    For Freedom as
    Minor Role
    1939
    The Lion Has Wings as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1939
    Q Planes as
    Bit part (uncredited)
    1938
    Queen of Destiny as
    Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
    1938
    A Royal Divorce as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1937
    The Rat as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1937
    Victoria the Great as
    Sir James the Physician
    1937
    Knight Without Armor as
    Drunken Red Commissar (as Miles Malieson)
    1937
    Action for Slander as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1936
    Nine Days a Queen as
    Jane's Father
    1936
    Rhodes as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1935
    Peg of Old Drury as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1935
    Vintage Wine as
    Henry Popinot
    1935
    The 39 Steps as
    Palladium Manager (uncredited)
    1935
    Brewster's Millions as
    Hamilton Higginbottom Button (uncredited)
    1935
    Lazybones as
    The Pessimist
    1934
    Trouble Ahead as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1934
    Nell Gwyn as
    Chiffinch
    1934
    Evergreen as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1934
    The Luck of a Sailor as
    Cook on HMS Dangerous (uncredited)
    1934
    Runaway Queen as
    The Chancellor
    1933
    Summer Lightning as
    Beach
    1933
    Bitter Sweet as
    The Butler
    1933
    Perfect Understanding as
    Announcer
    1933
    Strange Evidence (uncredited)
    1932
    Money Means Nothing as
    Doorman
    1932
    The Love Contract as
    Peters
    1932
    Thark
    1932
    Love on Wheels as
    Academy of Music Porter
    1932
    The Mayor's Nest as
    Clerk
    1932
    The Sign of Four: Sherlock Holmes' Greatest Case as
    Thaddeus Sholto
    1932
    The Water Gipsies as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1932
    Frail Women as
    The Registrar
    1932
    The Blue Danube as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1931
    A Night in Montmartre as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1931
    Sally in Our Alley as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1931
    The Woman Decides as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1931
    Farewell to Love as
    Theater Watchman
    1930
    Children of Chance as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1930
    Night Birds as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1930
    The Yellow Mask as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1930
    Two Worlds as
    Minor Role (British Version) (uncredited)
    1930
    The W Plan as
    Minor Role (uncredited)
    1925
    Battling Bruisers (Short) as
    Referee
    1921
    The Headmaster as
    Palliser Grantley
    Writer
    1965
    Tartuffe (TV Movie) (translation)
    1964
    A Provincial Lady (TV Movie)
    1963
    Festival (TV Series) (1 episode)
    - The Slave of Truth (1963) - (english version)
    -
    BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1962) (writer - 1 episode, 1960)
    - Six Men of Dorset (1962) - (play)
    - Twentieth Century Theatre: The Fanatics (1960) - (writer)
    1958
    ITV Play of the Week (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
    - The School for Wives (1958) - (adaptation)
    1956
    ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series) (teleplay 'The Bet' - 1 episode)
    - Double Bill: Ticket to Rome/The Bet (1956) - (teleplay 'The Bet')
    1956
    The Miser (TV Movie) (adapted by)
    1954
    Rheingold Theatre (TV Series) (teleplay - 1 episode)
    - Provincial Lady (1954) - (teleplay)
    1953
    The Glorious Days (TV Movie) (additional scenes)
    1951
    BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode)
    - The Bachelor (1951) - (adaptation)
    1949
    A Provincial Lady (TV Movie) (freely adapted by)
    1946
    Land of Promise (Documentary)
    1943
    They Met in the Dark (screenplay)
    1943
    Yellow Canary (screen play)
    1943
    The Adventures of Tartu (uncredited)
    1943
    Squadron Leader X (writer)
    1942
    Spitfire (screenplay)
    1942
    Wings and the Woman (scenario & screenplay)
    1941
    The Spell of Amy Nugent (screenplay)
    1940
    The Thief of Bagdad (screen play and dialogue)
    1940
    Pastor Hall (associate writer)
    1940
    For Freedom
    1938
    Queen of Destiny (writer)
    1938
    A Royal Divorce (writer)
    1937
    The Rat (dialogue)
    1937
    Victoria the Great (dialogue) / (scenario)
    1937
    Action for Slander (screen adaptation)
    1936
    Nine Days a Queen (dialogue)
    1936
    Rhodes (dialogue)
    1935
    Peg of Old Drury (scenario)
    1934
    Lorna Doone (dialogue)
    1934
    Trouble Ahead
    1934
    Nell Gwyn
    1934
    Runaway Queen
    1933
    Summer Lightning (writer)
    1933
    Perfect Understanding (dialogue) / (story)
    1933
    Strange Evidence (writer)
    1932
    Money Means Nothing
    1932
    The Water Gipsies (screenplay)
    1932
    The Blue Danube
    1931
    Kinder des Glücks
    1931
    A Night in Montmartre (play)
    1931
    Sally in Our Alley (screenplay)
    1931
    Farewell to Love (dialogue)
    1930
    Children of Chance (dialogue) / (scenario)
    1930
    Night Birds (dialogue)
    1930
    The Yellow Mask (dialogue)
    1930
    Two Worlds (dialogue)
    1930
    The W Plan
    Self
    1966
    Call My Bluff (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #1.23 (1966) - Self
    1964
    The Life and Times of Bertrand Russell (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1961
    The Bing Crosby Show (TV Special) as
    Self
    1946
    Land of Promise (Documentary) as
    Mr Know-All (voice)
    Archive Footage
    1995
    Heroes of Comedy (TV Series documentary) as
    1st Magistrate
    - Terry-Thomas (1995) - 1st Magistrate
    1963
    The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
    Mr. Rankeillor
    - Kidnapped: Part 2 (1963) - Mr. Rankeillor
    - Kidnapped: Part 1 (1963) - Mr. Rankeillor

    References

    Miles Malleson Wikipedia