Betrayed (1954 film)
Betrayed is a 1954 war drama film directed by Gottfried Reinhardt from a screenplay by Ronald Millar and George Froeschel, starring Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature, Louis Calhern. The musical score was by Walter Goehr and Bronislau Kaper, the cinematography by Freddie Young; the picture, Gable's last for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, was filmed on location in the Netherlands and England, was based on the story of turncoat Dutch resistance leader Christiaan Lindemans known as "King Kong". The supporting cast features O. E. Hasse, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ian Carmichael, Niall MacGinnis, Theodore Bikel. Betrayed was the fourth and final movie in which Gable played opposite Turner, their third pairing set during World War II. Diana Coupland provided Turner's singing voice in the song, "Johnny Come Home". Betrayed was spoofed in the film Top Secret!. Betrayed is an espionage thriller set in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, revolves around the Dutch resistance movement. Dutch intelligence agent Pieter Deventer is ordered to keep an eye on suspected collaborator Fran Seelers.
Both Deventer and Seelers join the Dutch underground, making contact with a flamboyant resistance leader known as "The Scarf". As "Carla Van Oven", Seelers' assignment is to use her feminine charms to gain the confidence of admiring Nazi officers. Within the next few weeks, several underground operatives are captured and shot, it begins to look as though Deventer's suspicions concerning Seelers are correct, though he is drawn to her; the ultimate revelation of the collaborator's identity settles the issue of whether the couple can be enemies or lovers. Clark Gable as Colonel Pieter Deventer Lana Turner as Carla Van Oven Victor Mature as "The Scarf" Louis Calhern as General Ten Eyck O. E. Hasse as Colonel Helmuth Dietrich Wilfrid Hyde-White as General Charles Larraby Ian Carmichael as Captain Jackie Lawson Niall MacGinnis as "Blackie" Nora Swinburne as The "Scarf's" Mother Roland Culver as General Warsleigh Leslie Weston as "Pop" Christopher Rhodes as Chris Lily Kann as Jan's Grandmother Brian Smith as Jan Anton Diffring as Captain Von Stanger The film was at one stage known as The True and the Brave, with Kirk Douglas mentioned as a possible star.
Richard Widmark was at one stage a forerunner for the part played by Victor Mature. Ava Gardner was to play the female lead, but was replaced by Lana Turner. Filming took place on location in Holland and England, it was the final film Gable made for MGM under his contract, which ended in March 1954. According to MGM records, the film earned $1,966,000 in the US and Canada, $2,211,000 overseas, resulting in a profit of $821,000. In a 1954 New York Times review, critic Bosley Crowther wrote: "By the time this picture gets around to figuring out whether the betrayer is Miss Turner or Mr. Mature, it has taken the audience through such a lengthy and tedious amount of detail that it has not only frayed all possible tension, but it has aggravated patience as well. Miss Turner and Mr. Gable have had many long-winded talks. An excess of espionage maneuvering has been laid out on the screen; the beauties of the countryside of the Netherlands have been looked at until they pall." Betrayed was released on DVD and digital download on March 2009, as part of the Warner Archive.
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Maytime in Mayfair
Maytime in Mayfair is a 1949 British musical comedy film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Nicholas Phipps, Tom Walls. It was the sequel to Spring in Park Lane; the film was the second most popular movie at the British box office in 1949. Debonair Michael Gore-Brown inherits a dress shop and becomes romantically involved with its manager, Eileen Grahame, but when a rival shop across the street always seems to get the new fashions first, some investigation is required. Anna Neagle as Eileen Grahame Michael Wilding as Michael Gore-Brown Peter Graves as D'Arcy Davenport Nicholas Phipps as Sir Henry Hazelrigg Thora Hird as Janet Michael Shepley as Shepherd Tom Walls as Inspector Hennessey Max Kirby as Mr Keats Desmond Walter-Ellis as Mr. Shelley Tom Walls Jr. as Constable Doris Rogers as Lady Manbury-Logan-Manbury Mona Washbourne as Lady Leveson Maytime in Mayfair Music by Harry Parr Davies Lyrics by Harold Purcell AmorWritten by Gabriel Ruiz and Ricardo Lopez English Lyrics by Sunny Skylar Do I Love You?
Written by Bruno Bidoli, David Heneker and Don Pelosi I'm Not Going HomeWritten by Kermit Goell and Fred Prisker The Moment I Saw YouMusic by Manning Sherwin Lyrics by Harold Purcell The New York Times called the film "nauseously Technicolored flimflam". Wilding and Neagle are a sort of British Astaire and Rogers, playing well off each other in this lighthearted romp; the beautiful fashion designs, as well as glorious set decor, are well captured in the Technicolor photography." Maytime in Mayfair on IMDb Maytime in Mayfair at BFI Screenonline
The Gambler and the Lady
The Gambler and the Lady is a 1952 British crime film directed by Patrick Jenkins and Sam Newfield and starring Dane Clark, Kathleen Byron and Naomi Chance. It was made by Hammer Films. An American gambler, aspires to find acceptance amongst the British nobility after falling in love with the aristocratic Lady Susan Willens, a prominent blueblood, pursuing him. To start a relationship with her, he dumps his girlfriend, a singer in one of his nightclubs who becomes murderously jealous, he must deal with mobsters who try to take over his nightclubs. Swindled by an upper-class con-man into voluntarily selling out to the mobsters anyway all his valuable assets including the gambling-casino nightclubs, a racehorse and a boxer, in order to invest in a gold-mining scam, unmasked as a fraud, he finds himself broke and in a gunfight with the mobsters, who have been deceived by a gang member with a grudge against him into thinking that they need to kill him. Wounded in the gunfight, he is about to make an escape from his mobster pursuers when his jilted girlfriend tries to kill him by hitting him with her car.
He is knocked down by a glancing blow, she flees the scene. At that point, Lady Willens and Forster's butler come to his aid. Forster says, "Susan" with relief and gratitude. Susan tells the butler, "Let's bring him home." Dane Clark - Jim Forster Kathleen Byron - Pat Naomi Chance - Lady Susan Willens Meredith Edwards - Dave Davies Anthony Forwood - Lord Peter Willens Eric Pohlmann - Arturo Colonna Anthony Ireland - Richard Farning Max Bacon - Maxie Mona Washbourne - Miss Minter Jane Griffiths - Lady Jane Greer Richard Shaw - Louis George Pastell - Jacko Spina Enzo Coticchia - Angelo Colonna Hal Osmond - Stable Groom Percy Marmont - Lord Willens-Hortland Felix Felton - Boxing Promoter The Gambler and the Lady on IMDb
Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, CH was an English conductor. Brought up in a prosperous mercantile family, he followed musical studies in England and at Leipzig, with early conducting work in London for the Royal Opera House and Sergei Diaghilev's ballet company, his first prominent post was conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra in 1924. When the British Broadcasting Corporation appointed him director of music in 1930, he established the BBC Symphony Orchestra and became its chief conductor; the orchestra set standards of excellence that were rivalled in Britain only by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, founded two years later. Forced to leave the BBC in 1950 on reaching retirement age, Boult took on the chief conductorship of the LPO; the orchestra had declined from its peak of the 1930s, but under his guidance its fortunes were revived. He retired as its chief conductor in 1957, accepted the post of president. Although in the latter part of his career he worked with other orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, his former orchestra, the BBC Symphony, it was the LPO with which he was associated, conducting it in concerts and recordings until 1978, in what was called his "Indian Summer".
Boult was known for his championing of British music. He gave the first performance of his friend Gustav Holst's The Planets, introduced new works by, among others, Bliss, Delius, Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Walton. In his BBC years he introduced works by foreign composers, including Bartók, Stravinsky and Webern. A modest man who disliked the limelight, Boult felt as comfortable in the recording studio as on the concert platform, making recordings throughout his career. From the mid-1960s until his retirement after his last sessions in 1978 he recorded extensively for EMI; as well as a series of recordings that have remained in the catalogue for three or four decades, Boult's legacy includes his influence on prominent conductors of generations, including Colin Davis and Vernon Handley. Boult was born in Chester, Cheshire, in North West England, the second child and only son of Cedric Randal Boult, his wife Katharine Florence née Barman. Cedric Boult was a Justice of the Peace and a successful businessman connected with Liverpool shipping and the oil trade.
When Boult was two years old the family moved to Blundellsands, where he was given a musical upbringing. From an early age he attended concerts in Liverpool, conducted by Hans Richter, he was educated at Westminster School in London, where in his free time he attended concerts conducted by, among others, Sir Henry Wood, Claude Debussy, Arthur Nikisch, Fritz Steinbach, Richard Strauss. His biographer, Michael Kennedy, writes, "Few schoolboys can have attended as many performances by great artists as Boult heard between 1901 and October 1908, when he went up to Christ Church, Oxford." While still a schoolboy, Boult met the composer Edward Elgar through Frank Schuster, a family friend. At Christ Church college at Oxford, where he was an undergraduate from 1908 to 1912, Boult studied history but switched to music, in which his mentor was the musical academic and conductor Hugh Allen. Among the musical friends he made at Oxford was Ralph Vaughan Williams, who became a lifelong friend. In 1909 Boult presented a paper to an Oxford musical group, the Oriana Society, entitled Some Notes on Performance, in which he laid down three precepts for an ideal performance: observance of the composer's wishes, clarity through emphasis on balance and structure, the effect of music made without apparent effort.
These guiding principles lasted throughout his career. He was president of the University Musical Club for the year 1910, but his interests were not wholly confined to music: he was a keen rower, stroking his college boat at Henley, all his life he remained a member of the Leander Club. Boult graduated with a basic "pass" degree, he continued his musical education at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1912–13. The musician Hans Sitt was in charge of the conducting class, but Boult's main influence was Nikisch, he recalled, "I went to all his rehearsals and concerts in the Gewandhaus.... He had an astonishing baton technique and great command of the orchestra: everything was indicated with absolute precision, but there were others who were greater interpreters." Boult admired Nikisch "not so much for his musicianship but his amazing power of saying what he wanted with a bit of wood. He spoke little"; this style was in accord with Boult's opinion that "all conductors should be clad in an invisible Tarnhelm which makes it possible to enjoy the music without seeing any of the antics that go on".
He sang at the Leeds Festival of 1913, where he watched Nikisch conduct. There he made the acquaintance of George Butterworth, other British composers; that year Boult joined the musical staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where his most important work was to assist the first British production of Wagner's Parsifal, do "odd jobs with lighting cues" while Nikisch conducted the Ring cycle. Boult made his début as a professional conductor on 27 February 1914 at West Kirby Public Hall, with members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, his programme comprised orchestral works by Bach, Mozart, Schumann and Hugo Wolf, interspersed with arias by Mozart and Verdi sung by Agnes Nicholls. Boult was declared medically unfit for active service during the First World War, until 1916 he served as an orderly officer in a
Basil Dignam was an English character actor. Basil Dignam was born in West Riding of Yorkshire, he acted on film and television between 1948 and 1978. He appeared as an authority figure, such as a police officer, army general or peer, he was married to actress Mona Washbourne. His brother Mark Dignam was a professional actor. Basil Dignam died, aged 73, in London. Basil Dignam on IMDb
Doctor in the House
Doctor in the House is a 1954 British comedy film directed by Ralph Thomas and produced by Betty Box. The screenplay, by Nicholas Phipps, Richard Gordon and Ronald Wilkinson, is based on the novel by Gordon, follows a group of students through medical school, it was the most popular box office film of 1954 in Great Britain. Its success spawned six sequels, a television and radio series entitled Doctor in the House, it made Dirk Bogarde one of the biggest British stars of the 1950s. Other well-known British actors featured in the film were Kenneth More, Donald Sinden and Donald Houston. James Robertson Justice appeared as the irascible chief surgeon Sir Lancelot Spratt, a role he would repeat in many of the sequels; the story follows the fortunes of Simon Sparrow, starting as a new medical student at the fictional St Swithin's Hospital in London. His five years of student life, involving drinking, dating women, falling foul of the rigid hospital authorities, provide many humorous incidents; when he has to leave his first choice of lodgings to get away from his landlady's amorous daughter, he ends up with three amiable but less-than-shining fellow students as flatmates: Richard Grimsdyke.
A relative had left him a small but adequate annuity while he remains in medical school, so he sees to it that he flunks each year. Tony Benskin, an inveterate woman chaser. Taffy Evans, a rugby fanatic. Towering over them all is the short-tempered, demanding chief surgeon, Sir Lancelot Spratt, who strikes terror into everyone. Simon's friends cajole him into a series of disastrous dates, first with a placidly uninterested "Rigor Mortis" with Isobel, a woman with expensive tastes, with Joy, a nurse at St Swithin's. After a rocky start, he finds. Meanwhile, Richard is given an ultimatum by his fiancée Stella – graduate or she will leave him, he buckles down. The climax of the film is a rugby match with a rival medical school during Simon's fifth and final year. After St Swithin's wins, the other side tries to steal the school mascot, a stuffed gorilla, resulting in a riot and car chase through the streets of London. Simon and his friends are expelled for their part in this by the humourless Dean of St Swithin's.
When Simon helps Joy sneak into the nurses' residence after curfew, he accidentally falls through a skylight. This second incident gets him expelled though he is a short time away from completing his finals. Sir Lancelot, has fond memories of his own student days of the Dean's own youthful indiscretion, his discreet blackmail gets. In the end, Richard fails, but Stella decides to enroll at St Swithin's herself so there will be at least one doctor in the family. Simon and Taffy graduate. Producer Betty Box picked up a copy of the book at Crewe during a long rail journey and saw its possibility as a film; the film rights had been optioned to Associated British Picture Corporation but they decided not to make the movie, Box bought the rights. She and Ralph Thomas had a job convincing the Rank Organisation to make the movie because of the lack of a central story, but Box said "I think. I take my four students through three or four years of medical training and make that the story."She said she was "very lucky" to get Nicholas Phipps to write the script.
"There wasn't a great deal of the book in it, except for the characters", she said."I'd never made comedies before but I reckoned I wanted to make it both real and funny and so I wouldn't deal with comedians."Rank executives thought that people would not be interested in a film about medicine, that Bogarde, who up to had played spivs and Second World War heroes, lacked sex appeal and could not play light comedy. As a result, the filmmakers got a low budget and were only allowed to use available Rank contract artists."They didn't have any funny actors to work with. Dirk Bogarde... had never played a funny line in his life", said Thomas."Not one of them every did anything because they wanted to make it funny", Thomas added. "They played it within a strict, tight limit of believability. Dirk was able to do that, he got away with it and it stopped him from being just another bright, good looking leading man and made him a star."St Swithin's Hospital is represented by the front of University College London, is thought to be based upon Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the medical school attached to St Bartholomew's Hospital, where Richard Gordon was a student.
Kenneth More had just made Genevieve when he signed to appear in the cast, but Genevieve had not been released yet. Accordingly, his fee was only £3,500. Robert Morley was approached to play the surgeon but his agent insisted on a fee of £15,000 so they cast James Robertson Justice instead at a fee of £1,500. Filming started in September 1953; the film was a massive success at the box office. Betty Box estimated. Thomas says it paid for itself in two weeks and claims it was the first "purely British picture without any foreign involvement to make a million pounds' profit within two years."It became the most successful film in Rank's history and had admissions of 15,500,000 – one third of the British population. Thomas put its success down to the fact that "it was about something which, until that time, had been treated with about as much reverence as you would treat your confessor. People used to hol
The Brides of Dracula
For the characters from the novel, see Brides of Dracula. The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, David Peel, Freda Jackson, Yvonne Monlaur, Andrée Melly, Martita Hunt; the film is a sequel to Hammer's original Dracula, though the vampires possess abilities denied to vampires in the previous film, much like those in the original novel. Alternative working titles were Dracula 2 and Disciple Of Dracula. Dracula does not appear in the film and is mentioned only twice, once in the prologue, once by Van Helsing. Shooting began for The Brides of Dracula on 16 January 1960 at Bray Studios, it premièred at the Odeon, Marble Arch on 6 July 1960. The film was distributed theatrically in 1960 on a double bill with The Leech Woman. A gloomy wood is seen as a voice is heard, narrating: Transylvania, land of dark forests, dread mountains and black unfathomable lakes. Still the home of magic and devilry as the nineteenth century draws to its close.
Count Dracula, monarch of all vampires, is dead. But his disciples live on to spread the cult and corrupt the world... Marianne Danielle, a young French schoolteacher en route to take up a position in Transylvania, is abandoned at a village inn by her coach driver. Ignoring the warnings of the locals, she accepts the offer of Baroness Meinster to spend the night at her castle. There, she sees the Baroness's handsome son, whom she is told kept confined; when she sneaks into his quarters to meet him, she is shocked to find him chained by his leg to the wall, when he tells her that his mother has usurped his rightful lands and pleads for her help, she agrees to steal the key to his chain from the Baroness' bedroom. Discovering this, the Baroness is horrified. Marianne discovers the Baroness' servant Greta, who has taken care of the Baron since he was a baby, in hysterics: She shows Marianne the Baroness' corpse, the puncture marks in her throat. Marianne flees into the night upon seeing this, while Greta chastises the Baroness for raising her son on cruelty and cavorting with bad company in the past, which lead to one such being turning him into a vampire and the Baroness having to chain him in his room.
Despite knowing the evil he intends to the village, Greta remains loyal to the Baron. Marianne is found, exhausted, by Dr. Van Helsing the following morning, she doesn't remember all that has happened, nor is she familiar when asked about the words "undead" or "vampirism." He escorts her to the school. When Van Helsing reaches the village inn, he finds. A young girl has been found dead in the woods with wounds upon her throat, he contacts Father Stepnik, who had requested Van Helsing's presence, having suspicions about the castle and the Baroness. He tries to dissuade the girl's father from burying her, but he doesn't listen, allowing more time for her transformation to be completed. Indeed, Stepnik's fears are confirmed when Van Helsing goes to the cemetery that night in hopes of stopping the transformation, only to find Greta there, aiding the newly vampirised village girl to rise from her grave; the men try to stop them. Van Helsing goes to the castle and discovers the Baroness, now risen as a vampire herself, as well as the Baron.
After a brief scuffle, the Baron flees on a coach driven by the village girl, abandoning his mother, full of self-loathing and guilt over her actions with her son. Knowing the Baron has no interest in controlling her, that the transformation was his revenge for locking him up. Van Helsing takes pity on her and, after sunrise the next morning, kills her with a wooden stake as she slumbers; the Baron, visits Marianne at the school and asks her to marry him. She accepts, much to the good-natured envy of her roommate Gina. However, once Gina is alone, Baron Meinster drains her of her blood; when Van Helsing visits the next day, he finds the school in a small uproar over Gina's death. After inspecting Gina's body and finding bite wounds on her neck, Van Helsing orders that her body be placed in a horse stable with people watching it until he returns; that night, Marianne relieves the headmaster's wife of her watch. She is with the stable keeper, when, in a scene derived from M. R. James' "Count Magnus," one of the padlocks on the coffin falls off without unlocking.
Severin goes outside to fetch another lock, but is killed by a vampire bat while inside the last lock falls from the coffin. The coffin lid is pushed opened and Gina rises, now a vampire, smiles her newly formed fangs at Marianne, she approaches Marianne, asking forgiveness for letting the Baron "love her". She reveals the whereabouts of the Baron, hiding at the old mill, tries to convince Marianne to come with her so "they can both love him". Van Helsing discovers the body of Severin, enters the stable, saving Marianne from being bitten by Gina, who flees. Van Helsing takes Marianne back to the school to calm her down. Marianne doesn't want to believe that Gina or the Baron are vampires, but Van Helsing confirms that the Gina she once knew is indeed dead and has been resurrected as the Baron's newest vampire bride, if not stopped, neither the Baron nor she will have qualms attacking her or the school. Reluctantly, Marianne tells Van Helsing; the vampire hun