My Baker's Dozen of Angela Lansbury Movies

by brickley220 | created - 26 Feb 2011 | updated - 09 May 2011 | Public

Listed in chronological order as young Angela was so talented that she created a presence right from the start. She moved from Britain to Hollywood and then moved from movies to TV and has always been 'Top Drawer'. There are so many of her films that deserve recognition from 'Blue Hawaii' where she motivated Elvis to 'The Company of Wolves' when she honed the edge to the scary stories. Enjoy:

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1. Gaslight (1944)

Not Rated | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty

Votes: 19,394

In this Hollywood remake of the British tale of deception they may have had a Swedish leading lady but at least they had an English housemaid. "You know, Nancy, it strikes me that you're not at all the kind of girl that your mistress should have for a housemaid".

2. National Velvet (1944)

G | 123 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere

Votes: 5,595

As Velvet's bossy big sister Edwina, Miss Lansbury was getting a reputation as a 'Femme Fatale'. "Shut up and stop being disgusting!"

3. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Albert Lewin | Stars: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 9,979

As Sybil Vane her career really put her amongst the Bad Boys and she stole the role from Donna Reed. "There's only one way to get rid of temptation, and that's to yield to it".

4. State of the Union (1948)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

An industrialist is urged to run for President, but this requires uncomfortable compromises on both political and marital levels.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 2,901

As the scheming Republican newspaper magnate Kay Thorndyke, Angela has to watch her step with Spencer when Katharine has been on the Martinis. "Oh, that's silly. No woman could ever run for President. She'd have to admit she's over 35."

5. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Not Rated | 131 min | Adventure, Drama, History

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 5,631 | Gross: $28.80M

Competing with Hedy Lamarr for the 'Most Treacherous Actress in a Biblical Epic' Award; Angela got her just desserts, Hedy got more screen time and big Vic brought the house down. "What is stronger than a lion?"

6. The Court Jester (1955)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A hapless carnival performer masquerades as the court jester as part of a plot against an evil ruler who has overthrown the rightful king.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 10,002

Angela can still be pretty evil, even when performing in a comedy. Princess Gwendolyn (Angela) is determined to get her man Giacomo/ Hubert (Danny Kaye) by unfair or foul means as she works her magic. "I've seen this monster and it's not for nothing he's called the grim, grisly, and gruesome Griswold."

7. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 8,409

Angela holds her own as Orson Welles' lover/ mistress/ fiancee Minnie Littlejohn in this excellent story about family troubles down South that debuts Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward together as the main love interest. This was a cast to die for with Anthony Franciosa and Lee Remick as the third couple in the plot. "Look, honey. It's no good you trying to tell me you're too old. I happen to be in a position to deny it."

8. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 65,355

From babe to character actress in one easy lesson; especially difficult when your son is only three years younger than you. "Why don't you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?"

9. Harlow (I) (1965)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A screen adaption of the blistering best-seller which examines the story of the platinum blonde bombshell (Baker) who rose to fame in the reckless Hollywood of the 1930's.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Carroll Baker, Red Buttons, Raf Vallone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 619

Now Angela is six years older than her daughter and she doesn't get shot at by her. "Oh, Mom, all they want is my body!"

10. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical conman search for the missing component to a magic spell useful to the defense of Britain.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 29,093 | Gross: $18.53M

Miss Price goes on a correspondence course in order to acquire Substitutiary Locomotion and defend England from those nasty Nazis. "I don't want locomotiary substitution or remote intransitory convolution; only one precise solution is the key: substitutiary locomotion it must be!"

11. Death on the Nile (1978)

PG | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Simon MacCorkindale, Jane Birkin

Votes: 23,072

Angela enters the world of Agatha Christie and the mysterious murder. Some apprenticeship scheme for super sleuths perhaps? "Frenchmen aren't afraid of good strong sex!"

12. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG | 105 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Geraldine Chaplin

Votes: 5,544

Angela graduates as Miss Jane Marple of St Mary Mead helping Scotland Yard to solve the murder. This time it is Elizabeth Taylor who is the sarcastic member of the cast, unlike 1944. "What are you doing here so early, dear? I thought the plastic surgery seminar was in Switzerland."

13. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti, Rex Everhart

Votes: 364,758 | Gross: $218.97M

I know that it is an Animated movie and it is the combined talents of Angela and Gerry Orbach which make it a movie to watch with piles of tissues at hand. "Well, you can start by making yourself more presentable. Straighten up. Try to act like a gentleman".