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13 March 1946 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Margaret Lockwood ... Hesther Shaw
Phyllis Calvert ... Clarissa Marr

James Mason ... Lord Rohan

Stewart Granger ... Peter Rokeby
Harry Scott ... Toby
Martita Hunt ... Miss Patchett
Helen Haye ... Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley ... Gipsy
Raymond Lovell ... The Prince Regent
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Boutall ... Amelia (uncredited)
James B. Carson ... Gervaise (uncredited)
Patric Curwen ... Doctor (uncredited)
Roy Emerton ... Gamekeeper (uncredited)
Jane Gill-Davis ... Lady Marr (uncredited)
Lola Hunt ... Nurse (uncredited)
Diana King ... Jane Seymour (uncredited)
Wally Kingston ... Old Porter (uncredited)
Celia Lamb ... Louisa (uncredited)
Stuart Lindsell ... Lawrence (uncredited)
Lupe Maguire ... Sally Campbell (uncredited)
A.E. Matthews ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Gertrude Maesmore Morris ... Lady Bessborough (uncredited)
Hargrave Pawson ... Lord Craven (uncredited)
Glyn Rowland ... Lord Mildmay (uncredited)
Babs Valerie ... Molly (uncredited)
Amy Veness ... Mrs. Armstrong (uncredited)
Drusilla Wills ... Cook (uncredited)
Ann Wilton ... Miss Edge (uncredited)
Ruth Woodman ... Polly (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Arliss 
Writing credits
Eleanor Smith (novel) (as Lady Eleanor Smith)

Doreen Montgomery (adaptation)

Margaret Kennedy (screenplay) and
Leslie Arliss (screenplay)

Produced by
Edward Black .... producer
Original Music by
Cedric Mallabey (music score)
Cinematography by
Arthur Crabtree (photography)
Film Editing by
R.E. Dearing 
Art Direction by
Walter W. Murton  (as Walter Murton)
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Haffenden  (as E. Haffenden)
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Arthur Alcott .... production manager
Maurice Ostrer .... in charge of production
Sound Department
B.C. Sewell .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Cullimore .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Wilson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Haffenden .... costumes (as E. Haffenden)
Editorial Department
Robert Walters .... cutting (as R. Walters)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Hubert Bath .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
C.H. Hartmann .... period adviser
Adrian D. Worker .... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:90 min | UK:116 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (BAF Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #11271, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

Mason was originally cast as Rokeby, but he took over the villain's part of the Marquis of Rohan replacing Eric Portman. Stewart Granger inherited the role of Rokeby.See more »
Plot holes: Toby does not age. He remains a young boy throughout the film.See more »
Hesther Shaw:[to Peter] All of us women are very much the same, you know.
[Gesturing toward a statue]
Hesther Shaw:None of us should be put on pedestals.
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37 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The first and the best, 20 October 2002
Author: RitaRisque from Australia

'The Man In Grey' was the first film in the cycle of Gainsborough costume melodramas (which ended in 1948 with 'The Bad Lord Byron') and it's easily one of the very best. At the time, it was the pairing of a superstar (Lockwood), a star (Mason), a rising star (Calvert) and a newcomer (Granger), a combination which catapulted all four to the top of their profession, and made them the four names most associated with the costume. It's a pity that the four never made another movie all together!

Margaret Lockwood as Hesther was just pure evil - a cold, calculating woman. One does get the idea that there is a small glimmer of kindness inside her, but she squashes it pretty quickly. Phyllis Calvert was as sweet as honey, as usual the beloved heroine. Her Clarissa is the main character of the tale - married off to Lord Rohan (Mason) because he desires an heir, she soon tires of his indifference and falls for traveling player Rokeby (Granger). Hesther (Lockwood) in turn falls for Rohan and he for her. And of course you know that's set for trouble. A hint of how much trouble? THIS is the film with the infamous horse-whip thrashing scene.

What's also interesting is the whole story is told in flashback, when Calvert and Granger, descendents of the Rohan and Rokeby families, meet at an auction of the Rohan estate. Nice to see a bit of modern dress for a change!

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