MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,629 this week

Svengali (1954)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  December 1954 (UK)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 72 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1087 titles
created 02 Feb 2012
 
a list of 218 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 580 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Svengali" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Svengali (1954)

Svengali (1954) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Svengali.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong a naval officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight persons take off from Bangkok in a Dakota bound for Tokyo and crash in ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Sheila Sim, Alexander Knox
Lease of Life (1954)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The parson of a small rural community knows he is dying and this makes him reconsider his life so far and what he can still do to help the community.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Robert Donat, Kay Walsh, Denholm Elliott
Waxworks (1924)
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer, who after one look athe owner's pretty daughter, starts ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni
Stars: Emil Jannings, Conrad Veidt, Werner Krauss
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni
Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Awaking one morning out of a drunken stupor, composer Richard Morton can't shake the feeling he has murdered a woman during the night.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Linda Darnell, Gary Merrill, Hildegard Knef
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
Svengali (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Svengali tells the story of Dixie, a small town guy with a big dream. He leaves a humble Welsh mining town for the bright lights of London, intent on becoming the manager of the best band ... See full summary »

Director: John Hardwick
Stars: Martin Freeman, Michael Socha, Matt Berry
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Odile Versois, David Knight, Joseph Tomelty
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Department of State courier Mike Kells ends up in postwar hotbed Trieste after failing to collect a package from a colleague. The Military Police are happy for him to get more involved, but... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally
The Mistress (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An aging truck driver finds smuggled money and becomes involved with a hijacking crowd.

Director: Rudolf Jugert
Stars: Hans Albers, Hildegard Knef, Lucie Mannheim
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Trilby O'Farrall (as Hildegarde Neff)
...
Terence Morgan ...
Billy Bagot
Derek Bond ...
The Laird
Paul Rogers ...
David Kossoff ...
Hubert Gregg ...
Durian
Noel Purcell ...
Patrick O'Ferrall
Alfie Bass ...
Carrell
Harry Secombe ...
Barizel
Peter Illing ...
Police Inspector
Joan Haythorne ...
Mrs. Bagot
Hugh Cross ...
Dubose
David Oxley ...
Dodor
Richard Pearson ...
Lambert
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She was his toy...and his triumph!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1954 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Farlig makt  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Newton was originally hired to play Svengali with a specific clause in the contract about the actor's drinking, but after a few days of shooting his erratic behavior resulted in his being replaced by Donald Wolfit. Newton fled to Australia where he filmed "Long John Silver," but when he returned he found himself facing a $375,000 breach of contract suit from the producers. See more »

Connections

Version of Trilby (1914) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The worst film version of "Trilby" that I've ever seen
31 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Having seen the 1915, 1931, 1955 and 1983 film versions of George du Maurier classic novel "Trilby", I have to comment that this version is the worst (although, the 1983 version is not much better). What were the producers of this film thinking? Hildegard Kneff (with a thick German accent) is all wrong as Trilby O'Ferrall. She sounds more like Marlene Dietrich than she does a British person living in 1890's France. I wonder why they didn't cast a young British starlet in this role? It would have been an improvement! Donald Wolfit is all wrong as Svengali. He shows none of the characters wit or menace and seems like he just wandered onto the set one day and was asked if he'd like to stick around for the production (Where was Peter Cushing when we needed him?). Terence Morgan isn't bad as Little Billie, but unfortunately his presence is not enough to save this boring film which strays much too far from du Maurier's original tale.


11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Svengali (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?