From a turbulent beginning in Auckland, self-styled adventurer and traveller Shayle Gardner was regularly employed on the British stage, and managed NZ troops’ entertainment during World War I. He also played his part in UK silent film history, starring in Comin’ thro' the Rye and The Three Passions. Gardner also had a short, tantalising stay in Hollywood; but in the end he came to rest in the place of his birth.Image credit: Alexander Turnbull Library, Eph-A-DRAMA-1922-01 (Detail)

(Gardner), the New Zealand actor, gives, one of the most complete, dominating and human performances ever put on the screen. 1929 review of film The Three Passions, England's Daily Mail newspaper
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Discoveries

1939, As: Manager - Film

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Under the Red Robe (sound version)

1937, As: Louis - Film

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The Brown Wallet

1936, As: Wotherspoone - Film

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The Scat Burglars

1936, As: Crook - Film

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Wolf's Clothing

1936, As: Babo - Film

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The Love Test

1935, As: Night Watchman - Film

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The Medium

1935, As: Dr Petrov - Short Film

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Menace

1934, As: Comissioner - Film

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The Lodger (sound version)

1932, As: Detective Snell - Film

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The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu

1930, As: Detective Harding - Film

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Disraeli

1929, As: Dr Williams - Film

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The Alley Cat

1929, As: Inspector Fordham - Film

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The Three Passions

1929, As: Lord Bellamont - Film

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Three Live Ghosts (sound version)

1929, As: Briggs - Film

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Tommy Atkins

1928, As: Mason - Film

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The Chinese Bungalow

1926, As: Richard Marquess - Film

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Comin' Thro' the Rye

1923, As: Paul Vasher - Film

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St. Elmo (British version)

1923, As: St Elmo Murray - Film

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The Wandering Jew

1923, As: Pietro Morelli - Film

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Poetic License

1922, As: Tony Hamilton - Short Film