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Svengali (1954)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | December 1954 (UK)
Story of genius who hypnotizes an artist's model into becoming a great concert singer, and how she escapes from his influence only by his death.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Trilby O'Farrall (as Hildegarde Neff)
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Derek Bond ...
Paul Rogers ...
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Hubert Gregg ...
Durian
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Patrick O'Ferrall
Alfie Bass ...
Carrell
Harry Secombe ...
Barizel
Peter Illing ...
Police Inspector
Joan Haythorne ...
Hugh Cross ...
Dubose
David Oxley ...
Dodor
Richard Pearson ...
Lambert
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Story of genius who hypnotizes an artist's model into becoming a great concert singer, and how she escapes from his influence only by his death.

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DON'T LOOK HIM IN TH EYE..OR YOU'LL FALL UNDER HIS EVIL SPELL---AS TRILBY DID! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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December 1954 (UK)  »

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Farlig makt  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 The Adventures of Long John Silver (1955), but when he returned he found himself facing a $375,000 breach of contract suit from the producers. See more »

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Version of Trilby (1908) See more »

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Unintentionally hilarious
21 September 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Donald Wolfit gets my vote as Best Animated Cartoon character of 1955. He cracks his fingers before 'playing' the piano, just like Bugs Bunny!

I think this Svengali dies of overacting.

There is a special bonus in this film: an uncredited (and very young) Jeremy Brett appears as a very happy art student in two sequences. He has a few lines and some nice closeups, and even gets to sing along with Harry Secombe on "Alice Where Art Thou". A curious concept.

Hildegarde Knef is very beautiful and the film is nicely art directed, except when she wears the Dior gowns. And the 'art' is pure Fifties kitsch. Some of the dialogue is so hilarious you will be yelling along with it, ROCKY HORROR-SHOW style.


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