Sir Cedric Hardwicke

Sir Cedric Hardwicke


Also Known As
Cedric Webster Hardwicke, Cedric Hardwicke
Birth Place
Worcestershire, England, GB
February 19, 1883
August 06, 1964
Cause of Death
Lung Ailment


Distinguished stage actor who went to Hollywood in 1939 and became an outstanding character player of both victims and villains....

Photos & Videos

Lured - Movie Poster
I Remember Mama - Publicity Stills
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Helena Pickard
Actor. Married 1928; divorced 1948; born c. 1900; died 1959; mother of Hardwicke's son Edward.
Mary Scott
Actor. Married 1950; divorced 1961.


Distinguished stage actor who went to Hollywood in 1939 and became an outstanding character player of both victims and villains.



Director (Feature Film)

Forever and a Day (1943)

Cast (Feature Film)

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
Jo's father
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
The Magic Fountain (1961)
King Wilhelm/narrator
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
Doc Saunders
The Story of Mankind (1957)
High judge
The Vagabond King (1956)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Gaby (1956)
Mr. [Edgar] Carrington
The Power and the Prize (1956)
Mr. Carew
Diane (1956)
Helen of Troy (1956)
King Priam
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Sir Francis Cromarty, Bombay-Calcutta train
Richard III (1955)
King Edward Iv
Bait (1954)
Prologue [The Devil]
The War of the Worlds (1953)
Salome (1953)
Tiberius Caesar
Botany Bay (1953)
Gov. Phillips
Caribbean (1952)
Capt. Francis Barclay
The Green Glove (1952)
Father Goron
Mr. Imperium (1951)
The Desert Fox (1951)
Dr. Karl Strolin
The White Tower (1950)
Nicholas Radcliffe
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
King Arthur/Lord Pendragon
Rope (1948)
Mr. Kentley
Song of My Heart (1948)
Grand Duke
I Remember Mama (1948)
Mr. [Jonathan] Hyde
A Woman's Vengeance (1948)
Dr. [James] Libbard
The Winslow Boy (1948)
The Imperfect Lady (1947)
Lord Belmont
Tycoon (1947)
[Frederick] Alexander
Lured (1947)
Julian Wilde
Ivy (1947)
Inspector Orpington
Nicholas Nickleby (1947)
Sentimental Journey (1946)
Dr. Jim Miller
Beware Of Pity (1946)
Dr Albert Condor
The Keys of the Kingdom (1945)
Monsignor Sleeth
Wilson (1945)
Senator Henry Cabot Lodge
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
The Cross of Lorraine (1944)
Father Sebastian
Wing and a Prayer (1944)
The Lodger (1944)
Robert Burton
Forever and a Day (1943)
The Moon Is Down (1943)
Col. Lanser
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
[Dr. Ludwig] Frankenstein [/The Ghost of Baron Heinrich Frankenstein]
Valley of the Sun (1942)
Commandos Strike At Dawn (1942)
Admiral Bowen
The Invisible Agent (1942)
Conrad Stauffer
Commandos Strike at Dawn (To Be Deleted) (1942)
Sundown (1941)
Bishop Coombes
Victory (1941)
Mr. Jones
Suspicion (1941)
General McLaidlaw
Tom Brown's School Days (1940)
Dr. Thomas Arnold
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
Richard Cobb
Stanley and Livingstone (1939)
Dr. David Livingstone
On Borrowed Time (1939)
Mr. Brink [Death]
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Green Light (1937)
Dean [George] Harcourt
King Solomon's Mines (1937)
Allan Quartermain
Nine Days a Queen (1936)
Earl of Warwick
Peg of Old Drury (1936)
David Garrick
Things to Come (1936)
Laburnum Grove (1936)
Calling The Tune (1936)
Nell Gwyn (1935)
King Charles II
Les Misérables (1935)
Bishop Bienvenue
Becky Sharp (1935)
Marquis of Steyne
The Lady Is Willing (1934)
Gustav Dupont
Orders Is Orders (1934)
Power (1934)
Rabbi Gabriel
King of Paris (1934)
Bella Donna (1934)
Rome Express (1933)
The Ghoul (1933)
Dreyfus (1931)
Riches and Rogues (1913)

Director (Special)

Sketchbook (1953)

Cast (Special)

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1961)
The Prince and the Pauper (1957)
Caesar and Cleopatra (1956)
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1955)
Edward Barrett
Sketchbook (1953)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Lured - Movie Poster
Here is an original-release insert movie poster for Lured (1947), starring Lucille Ball. Inserts measured 14x36 inches.
I Remember Mama - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from the RKO film I Remember Mama (1948). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) - Scene Stills
Here are some scene stills from RKO's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara.
Sundown - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for the 1948 reissue of Walter Wanger's Sundown (1941). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.


Movie Clip

Things to Come (1936) -- (Movie Clip) Opening, 1940, War The ominous credit and opening sequence from Things to Come, 1936, from H.G. Wells' screenplay and novel, produced by Alexander Korda and directed by famed production designer William Cameron Menzies.
Les Miserables (1935) -- (Movie Clip) A Wonderful Effort Crucial scene nicely wrought by director Richard Boleslawski, Fredric March, whom we know is really the reformed criminal Valjean, now known as M. Madeleine, a prosperous business owner, performs a rescue, stirring the memory of the magistrate Javert (Charles Laughton), his one-time jailer, in 20th Century-Fox’s Les Miserables, 1935.
Diane (1956) -- (Movie Clip) We'll Have A Fine Nest Of Italian Plotters Some MGM grandeur as the party has traveled to Marseilles, where the title character (Lana Turner) has trained the prince Henri (Roger Moore) in manners, their own passions bridled, before his wedding to Catherine de Medici (Marisa Pavan), royal staffers Tania Elg and John Lupton handling play-by-play, with several new charaters introduced, in Diane, 1956.
Rope (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Open, It's The Darkness The opening with the sole un-disguised edit in the picture, Alfred Hitchcock with his first Technicolor feature, the movie-with-no-cuts gimmick, stars John Dall and Farley Granger as New Yorkers Brandon and Philip finishing off their victim (Dick Hogan), in Rope, 1948, co-starring James Stewart.
Rope (1948) -- (Movie Clip) Do You Deserve Justice? From another of director Alfred Hitchcock’s disguised edits, Constance Collier with pianist David (Farley Granger) who with roommate Brandon (John Dall) has hidden murder victim David in the trunk, James Stewart as their old prep school teacher finally arriving, meeting Cedric Hardwicke, Joan Chandler, Douglas Dick and Edith Evanson as the maid, in Rope, 1948.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) Esmerelda Teenage (Irish) Gypsy Esmerelda (Maureen O'Hara) enthralls the Paris, ca. 1460's, crowd including King Louis (Harry Davenport) but not his aide Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) in William Dieterle's 1939 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) King of Fools The mob (led by Edmond O'Brien as Gringoire) is totally into naming Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) the "King of Fools" until dour Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke) intervenes in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) A Printing Press! Harry Davenport (as King Louis XI) takes a progressive view as printer Fisher (Charles Halton) demonstrates new technology and Frollo (Cedric Hardwicke) warns against it in the 1939 version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Pumpkin Eater, The (1964) -- (Movie Clip) Far Too Many Children Director Jack Clayton's hard edit, to Cedric Hardwicke whom we learn is the father of Jo (Anne Bancroft) and who thinks Jake (Peter Finch) is nuts to marry her, after she left her previous husband and brought along five children, in The Pumpkin Eater, 1964, from the Penelope Mortimer novel.
Story Of Mankind, The (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Cleopatra "Spirit Of Man" (Ronald Colman) yields to the devil "Mr. Scratch" (Vincent Price), who introduces a brunette Virginia Mayo, playing a gleeful Cleopatra, with her brother and Julius Caesar (Bart Mattson, Reginald Sheffield), before the universal court in Irwin Allen's The Story Of Mankind, 1957.
Story Of Mankind, The (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Adam To The Stand Following the introduction of the cloying "Mr. Scratch," a.k.a. Satan (Vincent Price) to the most supreme court headed by Cedric Hardwicke, the "Spirit of Man" (Ronald Colman, in his last film) joins the argument, early in Irwin Allen's widely derided omnibus The Story Of Mankind,1957.
Tom Brown's School Days (1940) -- (Movie Clip) Story Of Rugby Prologue, then East (Freddie Bartholomew) joins Tom (Jimmy Lydon), and they together join a flashback regarding their beloved schoolmaster Dr. Arnold (Cedric Hardwicke), also his wife (Josephine Hutchinson), in the 1940 RKO version of Tom Brown's School Days.


Gaby - (Original Trailer) Gaby (1956), Waterloo Bridge in color and widescreen with Leslie Caron as the woman left behind in World War II.
Commandos Strike At Dawn - (Original Trailer) A Norwegian fisherman (Paul Muni) forms a resistance group to fight the Nazis in Commandos Strike At Dawn (1943).
Suspicion - (Re-issue Trailer) A wealthy wallflower (Joan Fontaine) suspects her penniless playboy husband (Cary Grant) of murder in Suspicion (1942), directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, A (1949) - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby brings 19th-Century know-how to Camelot in a musical version of Mark Twain's classic tale.
On Borrowed Time - (Original Trailer) Old Gramps (Lionel Barrymore) traps Death (Cedric Hardwicke) in a tree in MGM's fantasy On Borrowed Time (1939).
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The - (Re-issue Trailer) A deformed bell ringer rescues a gypsy girl falsely accused of witchcraft in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) starring Charles Laughton.
Mr. Imperium - (Original Trailer) An exiled king (Ezio Pinza) and a film star (Lana Turner) try to rekindle a romance from the past in Mr. Imperium (1951).
White Tower, The - (Original Trailer) Mountain climbers in the Swiss Alps mull over past problems while trying to conquer a perilous peak. Starring Glenn Ford and Claude Rains.
Picture of Dorian Gray, The - (Original Trailer) A man remains young and handsome while his portrait shows the ravages of age and sin in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) starring Hurd Hatfield.
Rope! - (Original Trailer) Two wealthy young men try to commit the perfect crime by murdering a friend in Alfred Hitchcock's Rope! (1948) starring James Stewart.
Valley of the Sun, The- (Re-issue Trailer) A white man sympathetic to the Indians goes up against a crooked government agent in The Valley of the Sun (1942) co-starring Lucille Ball.
Power and the Prize, The - (Original Trailer) Robert Taylor jeopardizes his career to marry a European refugee in the movie of Howard Swiggert's novel The Power and The Prize (1956).


Edward Hardwicke
Actor. Born 1939; mother Helena Pickard.
Michael Hardwicke
Born c. 1947; committed suicide in November 1983 at age of 36; mother Mary Scott.


Helena Pickard
Actor. Married 1928; divorced 1948; born c. 1900; died 1959; mother of Hardwicke's son Edward.
Mary Scott
Actor. Married 1950; divorced 1961.