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The Man in Grey (1943)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 13 March 1946 (USA)
After a brutish, hedonistic Marquis marries a pretty young Clarissa to act as a 'brood sow,' he begins an affair with her friend who plots to take her place.

Director:

Leslie Arliss

Writers:

Eleanor Smith (novel) (as Lady Eleanor Smith), Doreen Montgomery (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lockwood ... Hesther Shaw
Phyllis Calvert ... Clarissa Marr
James Mason ... Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger ... Peter Rokeby
Antony Scott Antony Scott ... Toby (as Harry Scott)
Martita Hunt ... Miss Patchett
Helen Haye ... Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Gipsy
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... The Prince Regent
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
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Storyline

At an estate auction in WWII England, two strangers meet and muse about their families' history and possible connections. Flashbacks reveal the story of the sweet, rich, and beautiful Clarissa Richmond and her friendship with bitter, impoverished Hesther Snow. Their fates are intertwined even as their paths diverge. Clarissa marries the handsome but cruel Marquis of Rohan while Hesther becomes an actress. Eventually, the two women meet again and Clarissa brings the scheming Hesther into her household. As Clarissa searches for true love, Hesther plots to take away everything that belongs to her. Written by Belle

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herr in Grau See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Toby does not age. He remains a young boy throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Clarissa Marr: [to Peter] We've only had one month together. Not much in a lifetime.
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

"Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)' (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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grim
4 January 2008 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

This is a tedious movie. The real villains are the clunky adaptation (it's embarrassingly easy to tell that the source material was a novel) and witless screenplay.

On the credit side, considering the budget was tight due to wartime austerity, the look of the film isn't at all bad. And the performances are, by and large, OK, except for Phyllis Calvert, who is terrific - a miracle considering the potential for winsomeness, a pit into which she most definitely does not fall. Ms Calvert, with a lot less to go on, is as accomplished as Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind.

The one absolutely unbearable aspect of The Man in Grey is the dreadfully conceived depiction of a black serving boy. No matter that he's meant to be a sympathetic character. Played badly by a white boy in black-face make-up, it is impossible to by-pass this example of condescending racism.

Grim.


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