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Man in Grey, The

Synopsis
Feature film. Costume melodrama, told in flashback, and based on the novel by Lady Eleanor Smith. A gypsy fortune teller warns Regency beauty Clarissa that her friendship with downtrodden actress Hesther will be disastrous. The prediction is proved right as the two women meet up years later at a finishing school and become involved with the sadistic Lord Rohan and gentleman-turned-highwayman Rokeby, with the inevitably tragic results. In one brief scene, on the way to the theatre, where by chance Clarissa has discovered that Hesther is appearing, she is held up by a highwayman, Rokeby, whom she is later intrigued to recognise on stage playing Othello to Hesther’s Desdemona.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1943
Duration
116 mins

Credits

Director
Leslie Arliss
Producer
Edward Black
Cinematographer
Arthur Crabtree
Screenplay
Doreen Montgomery; Leslie Arliss; Margaret Kennedy
Music
Cedric Mallabey
Costume
Elizabeth Haffenden
Cast
Stewart GrangerPeter/Swindon Rokeby (Othello)
Margaret LockwoodHesther Shaw/Barbary (Desdemona)
James MasonLord Rohan
Phyllis CalvertClarissa Richmond/Lady Rohan

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
A four-minute video clip which shows the Othello scene may be streamed by authorised users by visiting The MAN IN GREY entry on Screenonline - http://www.screenonline.org.uk
General
The film made big stars of James Mason and Margaret Lockwood.
History
The 1996 video release is 88mins.
Reviews
Monthly Film Bulletin, vol.10. no. 116, July 1943, p.74.

Production Company

Name

Gainsborough Pictures

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

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Fax
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Address
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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