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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.

Director:

Leslie Arliss

Writers:

Eleanor Smith (novel) (as Lady Eleanor Smith), Doreen Montgomery (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lockwood ... Hesther Shaw
Phyllis Calvert ... Clarissa Marr
James Mason ... Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger ... Peter Rokeby
Antony Scott Antony Scott ... Toby (as Harry Scott)
Martita Hunt ... Miss Patchett
Helen Haye ... Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Gipsy
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... The Prince Regent
Nora Swinburne ... Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herr in Grau See more »

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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lord Rohan: Who dishonors us, dies!
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Connections

Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

"Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)' (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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The Man in Grey is high drama and escapism.
21 July 2001 | by gazamanSee all my reviews

The Man in Grey was the first and probably the most successful of the Gainsborough melodramas. The lavish regency tale centres around the aristocratic Clarissa Richmond (Phyllis Calvert) who dutifully enters into an loveless arranged marriage with the cold hearted Lord Rohan (James Mason)- the Man in Grey of the title.

Love and intrigue are to enter Clarissa's life when a chance meeting with an old school friend, the scheming Hester (Margaret Lockwood), leads her to the dashing Rokeby (Stewart Granger).

The story reaches its dramatic conclusion through twists and turns of plot and excellent performances from who can be called the four cornerstones of the war time British cinema - Stewart Granger, James Mason, Phyllis Calvert and Margaret Lockwood.

The Man in Grey is my personal favorite of all the Gainsborough films, it is high drama and escapism. The Man in Grey is definitely worth another look.


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