10 Favourite Ray Milland Performances

1905 - 1986

Handsome, talented and versatile leading man and director.

"I keep playing neurotics because I'm a Welshman, and so I'm supposed to be moody. That's what people keep telling me I am, anyway. But I don't think Welshmen are any more moody than normal. It's the rest of the world that's out of step."

Recommended reading: "Wide-Eyed in Babylon" published 1974
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1.
Dial M for Murder (1954)
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An ex-tennis pro carries out a plot to murder his wife. When things go wrong, he improvises a brilliant plan B. (105 mins.)
“ Tony Wendice ” - misspaddylee
 
2.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Don Birnam ” - misspaddylee
 
3.
The Big Clock (1948)
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When powerful publishing tycoon Earl Janoth commits an act of murder at the height of passion, he cleverly... (95 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
“ George Stroud ” - misspaddylee
 
4.
It Happens Every Spring (1949)
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A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery. (87 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ Professor Vernon Simpson aka "King" Kelly ” - misspaddylee
 
5.
Kitty (1945)
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An 18th century London wench gets involved with the nobility. (103 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
“ Sir Hugh Marcy ” - misspaddylee
 
6.
The Thief (1952)
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A chance accident causes a nuclear physicist selling top secret material to the Russians to fall under FBI scrutiny and go on the run. (86 mins.)
Director: Russell Rouse
“ Allan Fields ” - misspaddylee
 
7.
Ministry of Fear (1944)
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Stephen Neale has just been released from an asylum during World War 2 in England when he stumbles on a deadly Nazi spy plot by accident, and tries to stop it. (86 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ Stephen Neale ” - misspaddylee
 
8.
Alias Nick Beal (1949)
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A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal. (93 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
“ Nick Beal ” - misspaddylee
 
9.
The Gilded Lily (1935)
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A stenographer becomes a famed entertainer, courted by an English nobleman and an informal American reporter. (80 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
“ Lord Granton ” - misspaddylee
 
10.
The Major and the Minor (1942)
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A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth. (100 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Major Kirby ” - misspaddylee