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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. later Barbary
Phyllis Calvert ... Clarissa Richmond / Clarissa Rohan
James Mason ... Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger ... Swinton Rokeby / Peter Rokeby
Antony Scott Antony Scott ... Toby (as Harry Scott)
Martita Hunt ... Miss Patchett
Helen Haye ... Lady Rohan
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 Shaw. 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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Trivia

According to Mason about his villain's role: "A bad part is one that remains stolidly the same, with the same sort of basic motivations, which are, in this case, rather dull." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lord Rohan: [after Hester bites him. Aroused with excitement] I never thought I'd find a woman with a spirit as willful as mine. You take what you want and the devil with the consequences. So do I!
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Connections

Featured in James Mason: The Star They Loved to Hate (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

"Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)' (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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The first and the best
20 October 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

'The Man In Grey' was the first film in the cycle of Gainsborough costume melodramas (which ended in 1948 with 'The Bad Lord Byron') and it's easily one of the very best. At the time, it was the pairing of a superstar (Lockwood), a star (Mason), a rising star (Calvert) and a newcomer (Granger), a combination which catapulted all four to the top of their profession, and made them the four names most associated with the costume. It's a pity that the four never made another movie all together!

Margaret Lockwood as Hesther was just pure evil - a cold, calculating woman. One does get the idea that there is a small glimmer of kindness inside her, but she squashes it pretty quickly. Phyllis Calvert was as sweet as honey, as usual the beloved heroine. Her Clarissa is the main character of the tale - married off to Lord Rohan (Mason) because he desires an heir, she soon tires of his indifference and falls for traveling player Rokeby (Granger). Hesther (Lockwood) in turn falls for Rohan and he for her. And of course you know that's set for trouble. A hint of how much trouble? THIS is the film with the infamous horse-whip thrashing scene.

What's also interesting is the whole story is told in flashback, when Calvert and Granger, descendents of the Rohan and Rokeby families, meet at an auction of the Rohan estate. Nice to see a bit of modern dress for a change!


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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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