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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Hesther Shaw
... Clarissa Marr
... Lord Rohan
... Peter Rokeby
Antony Scott ... Toby (as Harry Scott)
... Miss Patchett
... Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley ... Gipsy
Raymond Lovell ... The Prince Regent
... Mrs. Fitzherbert (as Norah Swinburne)
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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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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

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Jane Seymour: [Following Hesther's cold declination of Clarissa's offer of a sugar violet, Clarissa shivers] Are you cold, Clarissa?
Clarissa Marr: No; somebody walked over my grave.
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"Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)' (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Put out the light
15 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Posh girl Phyllis Calvert (Clarissa) gets roped into a loveless marriage with playboy Lord James Mason (Rohan). She bumps into an old schoolfriend, lowly actress Margaret Lockwood and brings her into the Rohan household. However, Lockwood has an agenda of her own.

The film is told in flashback as it starts with Calvert and Stewart Granger bidding at an auction for items on sale from the Rohan Estate which is now being sold off. The film takes us through the history of several items found in a box at the auction before returning to the present day for a happy conclusion. Calvert and Granger are descendants of the characters in the main story in which Mason is a bad ass and Lockwood is pure evil.

It's an entertaining film with sharp dialogue and the cast are excellent with the exception of the boy that never ages and is insultingly blacked up to be a black boy. He tries to affect a black man accent at times with black man dialogue and he fails miserably. Then, he attends the theatre and dresses like an Indian. Is he meant to be Indian? Whatever is going on, it is really insulting. He is rubbish. Back to the film, it's great except when he's in it. There is just one thing missing from that box of items that Granger is bidding for – the whip!


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