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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.

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Clarissa Marr
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Lord Rohan
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Toby (as Harry Scott)
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Miss Patchett
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Lady Rohan
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Gipsy
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Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
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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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13 March 1946 (USA)  »

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Der Herr in Grau  »

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1.37 : 1
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According to star James Mason: "The great theatre critic James Agate, who was then writing in films, sensibly headed his review 'Bosh and Tosh.'" See more »

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

Quotes

Clarissa Marr: [Referring to her unfinished portraiture] You paint me as a happy mother. I'm not very happy. I'm scarcely a mother... and yet I smile because I'm supposed to be happy.
Lawrence: No, Lady Rohan; you smile because you're fortunate.
Clarissa Marr: Aren't they the same thing?
Lawrence: A dairy maid can be happy; but she's not obliged to smile when she's wretched. The fortunate must pay their debt. A great lady must never been seen without a smile.
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Well written but too much of a chick flick for my taste.
17 January 2009 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

You can regard this movie as an '40's chick flick that has a story of a typical romantic-dramatic novel, women love to read. It has all of the ingredients you could expect, like true love, friendship and rivalry. It has not just a triangular love story but its even more complicated than that. It's all well constructed though but this nevertheless doesn't mean I can regard this movie as being something different than a chick flick.

The story truly saved this movie for me, or else it would had been a real dreadful one to watch. It has all of the typical clichés women seem to care about but as a man it just isn't all as compelling to watch. The story is solid and keeps you interested throughout. The love stories are original since it doesn't always picks the easiest road to walk on. Marriage and friendships turn bitter and characters are changing throughout. I like movies in which its characters are slowly but steadily changing into someone different.

It also is of course thanks to the acting that this all works out so well, even though the dialog and directing style are all extremely old fashioned. But oh well, this is of course consistent and normal for the genre. In the '40's director Leslie Arliss made several movies like this one, often with the same actors involved, without ever gaining real fame for it really.

Women will surely appreciate this movie even better than I did already.

7/10

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