|Captain Horatio Hornblower 1951 N/R, 116 min.|
Director: Raoul Walsh
Cast: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, Terence Morgan, James Robertson Justice, Denis O'Dea, Christopher Lee, Stanley Baker, James Kenney, Moultrie Kelsall
A rather stern Captain Hornblower (Gregory Peck) is ordered to deliver weapons to enemies of Spain. Along with the weapons, Lady Wellesley (Virginia Mayo) is the passenger who warms up the captain.
|Hamlet 1948 N/R, 153 min.|
Director: Laurence Olivier
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, Norman Wooland, Terence Morgan, Peter Cushing, Stanley Holloway, John Laurie, Esmond Knight, Anthony Quayle, Niall MacGinnis, Harcourt Williams, Christopher Lee
This film represents Laurence Olivier at his best starring as the melancholy Dane, Prince Hamlet. Soon after his father's death, Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Basil Sydney). Now his father's ghost returns to speak to Hamlet and tells him that his own brother Claudius murdered him. He wants Hamlet to be kind to Gertrude but to kill Claudius. Hamlet vows to avenge his death and fakes madness to accomplish that goal. His acts lead to the end of several lives–including Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Felix Almer) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Jean Simmons) who loves Hamlet, and, finally, Hamlet. There was a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar presented to Olivier. The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Art Direction/Set Decoration, and Costume Design. Olivier also received a nomination for Best Director, and Simmons was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
|Mandy 1952 N/R, 93 min.|
aka: Crash of Silence
The Story of Mandy
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Phyllis Calvert, Jack Hawkins, Terence Morgan, Godfrey Tearle, Mandy Miller, Marjorie Fielding, Edward Chapman, Eleanor Summerfield, Colin Gordon, Dorothy Alison
Mandy (Mandy Miller) is a deaf mute, but that does not stop her from dreaming. With help from a caring family, she succeeds. Miller plays herself in this film.
|Svengali 1954 N/R, 82 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Noel Langley
Cast: Hildegarde Neff, Donald Wolfit, Terence Morgan, Derek Bond, Paul Rogers, David Kossoff, Noel Purcell, Alfie Bass, Peter Illing, Hubert Gregg, Harry Secombe, Joan Haythorne, Hugh Cross, David Oxley, Richard Pearson
In this film version of George du Maurier's novel "Trilby," Donald Wolfit takes on the role of hypnotist Svengali who transforms young Trilby (Hildegarde Neff) into a famous singer. Trilby falls under Svengali's spell and has left starving artist Billy (Terence Morgan) behind. But, Billy is not willing to give up his love for Trilby and follows Svengali and Trilby all over the world.
|1. Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)|
2. Hamlet (1948)
3. Mandy (1952)
aka: Crash of Silence
aka: The Story of Mandy
4. The Penthouse (1967)
5. Svengali (1954)
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