Harold Kasket was an English actor in theatre, films and TV from the 1940s. Kasket played Arabs or mainland European types in many films and TV programmes such as Maigret, The Saint, Danger Man, Z-Cars, Department S and The Tomorrow People, his theatre work included appearances with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh on Broadway in Caesar and Cleopatra in 1951. His last role was in Remembrance, he died in his native London. Harold Kasket on IMDb Harold Kasket at the Internet Broadway Database
The Admirable Crichton (1957 film)
The Admirable Crichton is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Kenneth More, Diane Cilento, Cecil Parker and Sally Ann Howes. The film was based on J. M. Barrie's 1902 stage comedy of the same name, it was released in the United States as Paradise Lagoon. In 1905 William Crichton is the efficient butler in the London household of the Earl of Loam and his family. Crichton knows his place in the class-conscious English society; the Earl insists that all men are equal, to prove it, he orders his daughters to treat the staff as guests during an uncomfortable afternoon tea. Lady Brocklehurst arrives and disapproves of the arrangement, as does Crichton; when Lady Catherine, one of the Earl's daughters, is arrested at a suffragette protest, Crichton recommends the family take a trip on the Earl's steam yacht to the South Seas until the scandal dies down. When the yacht's motors explode during a storm, all are forced to abandon ship. By the time Crichton rescues the still sleeping "tweeny" maid Eliza, the lifeboats have departed.
They are picked up by the wrong boat, the one reserved for the upper class. Crichton, the Earl, his daughters Mary and Agatha, the clergyman John Treherne and Lord Ernest Woolley land on a deserted island; the aristocrats prove to be helpless in their strange new surroundings. It is up to Crichton to provide shelter and find food; when the abandoned yacht appears and drifts into an offshore rock formation, Crichton swims out to salvage what he can. Upon his return, the others order him to pick up unnecessary luxuries rather than vital supplies on his next trip, he reluctantly complies. The Earl instead discharges him. Eliza throws in her lot with Crichton, the two depart; the Earl and his party soon realise that they cannot do without Crichton and capitulate, Mary being the sole exception. She is forced to give in as well. After two years, the social order has been upended: Crichton, now affectionately known as "the Guv", is in charge, while his former betters are his servants. In fact, the aristocrats are quite content with their lot.
Romantically, the situation is in disarray, as everyone waits to see whether Crichton will choose Mary or "Tweeny", both of whom are in love with him. All three of the other men are smitten with Tweeny. Crichton chooses Mary. However, just as they are exchanging wedding vows, a ship is sighted. Mary begs the others not to light a signal fire, reminding them how happy they have been on the island, but in the end, Crichton does so; when a rescue party lands, he has put on his butler's uniform and resumed his servile duties, much to the discomfort of the others. The castaways return to London. Woolley writes a book of their experiences, one that portrays him as the saviour of the group. Lady Brocklehurst, suspecting that the work is full of lies, insists on questioning all of the party privately. Crichton in such a way as to conceal everything. After the Duchess leaves, he tenders his resignation; when the Earl offers financial assistance for his plan to start a business, Crichton shows him a bag of valuable pearls acquired while on the island.
Mary begs him to return there with her. In the end, Tweeny is ecstatic; the movie was a co production between Columbia. Lewis Gilbert said the film: Was adapted from the Barrie play to suit Kenny, it was a successful film. I don't think you owe total allegiance to the original text because you are, in a sense, making something, different. I was fond of Kenny as an actor, although he wasn't versatile. What he could do, he did well, his strengths were his ability to portray charm. The minute that kind of role went out of existence, he began to go down as a box office star; the film was shot from September to December 1956 in Bermuda and at London Film Studios in Shepperton, England. The film was the third most popular film at the British box office in 1957, after High Society and Doctor at Large. Other film versions of Barrie's play include a 1918 film adaptation directed by G. B. Samuelson, Cecil B. DeMille's Male and Female, We're Not Dressing with Bing Crosby; the play was filmed twice for television, in 1950 and 1968.
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Sink the Bismarck!
Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester, it was directed by Lewis Gilbert. To date, it is the only film made that deals directly with the operations and sinking of the battleship Bismarck by the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Although war films were common in the 1960s, Sink the Bismarck! was seen as something of an anomaly, with much of its time devoted to the "unsung back-room planners as much as on the combatants themselves." Its historical accuracy, in particular, met with much praise despite a number of inconsistencies. Sink the Bismarck! was the inspiration for Johnny Horton's popular 1960 song, "Sink the Bismarck." The film had its Royal World Premiere in the presence of the Duke of Edinburgh at the Odeon Leicester Square on 11 February 1960. The story starts with a clip of actual German newsreel footage from 14 February 1939, when Nazi Germany's largest and most powerful battleship, Bismarck, is launched in a ceremony at Hamburg with Adolf Hitler in attendance.
The launching of the hull is seen as the beginning of a new era of German sea power. Two years in 1941, British convoys are being ravaged by U-boats and surface raider attacks that cut off supplies essential for Britain's abilities to continue the war. In May, British intelligence discovers Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen are about to break out of the Baltic and into the North Atlantic to attack convoys. Meanwhile, a spy in Norway spots Bismarck and its escort Prinz Eugen at anchor in Grimstadfjord, while perched on a ledge overlooking them; the spy, still alive, attempts to message the Admiralty. He is only able to message that one of the ships is Prinz Eugen but is killed before he can complete the identity of the second ship, Bismarck; the man assigned to coordinate the hunt is the Admiralty's chief of operations, Captain Jonathan Shepard, distraught over the death of his wife in an air raid and the sinking of his ship by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, commanded by Fleet Admiral Günther Lütjens.
Upon receiving his new post, Shepard discovers Lütjens is the fleet commander on Bismarck. Shepard's experience of conflict with Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine and his understanding of Lütjens allow him to predict Bismarck's movements. Shepard acts coldly to his staff but comes to rely on the coolness and skill of his assistant, WRNS Second Officer Anne Davis. Lütjens is bitter. After the First World War, he considered that he had received no recognition for his efforts in the war. Lütjens promises the captain of Bismarck, Ernst Lindemann, that this time, he and Germany will be remembered as the victors. Next morning, in the Denmark Strait Bismarck and Prinz Eugen encounter HMS Hood and HMS Prince of Wales; the four warships engage in a heavy battle. During the battle a shell from Bismarck hits Hood damaging her. Bismarck fires another salvo from her main battery guns and both sides watch as three shells hit the water near Hood, but the fourth hits the vessel just below its main mast and penetrates through the thin deck armour the ship's deck disintegrates and explodes in a massive fireball blowing one of the turrets off and sending it flying into the ocean.
Both sides are shocked and horrified at the devastation as Hood's sinking remains are enveloped by smoke. The captain of Prince of Wales, John Leach asks the yeoman to send a message to Admiralty saying that Hood has blown up. Now Prince of Wales is fired at by the two German ships; the battleship manages to hit Bismarck on the bow. But Bismarck fires back and hits Prince of Wales on the bridge, destroying it, leaving only two men alive. Prince of Wales is hit multiple times. Bismarck and Prinz Eugen's escape is shadowed by smaller British ships. On, Prinz Eugen breaks away and heads back to Germany, while Bismarck turns around and fires at the British cruisers to provide cover as it escapes; the attack forces the cruisers to retreat. Meanwhile, obsessed with Bismarck, acknowledges that his son, an air-gunner on a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber from HMS Ark Royal, one of the British ships deployed to the hunt, may die when the British aircraft attack Bismarck, he gambles that Lütjens is returning to friendly waters where U-boats and air cover will make it impossible to attack, plans to intercept and attack Bismarck before it reaches safety.
Shepard commits large forces stripped from convoy escort and uses Catalina flying boats to search for the battleship. His hunch proves correct, Bismarck is located steaming towards the German-occupied French coast. British forces have a narrow window to destroy or slow their prey before German support and their own diminishing fuel supplies prevent further attack, as Admiral LVtjens says to Captain Lindemann. Swordfish aircraft from HMS Ark Royal have two chances; the first fails: they misidentify HMS Sheffield as Bismarck, the new magnetic torpedo detonators are faulty and most explode as soon as they hit the water. Switching to conventional contact detonators, the second attack is successful, with one torpedo hitting the midships, causing minor damage, while a catastrophic second hit detonates near the stern, causing extensive damage jamming Bismarck's rudder and slowing her speed. Unable to repair the rudder, the German battleship steams in circles. During the night Bismarck is attacked by two British destroyers.
They fire torpedoes at Bismarck, one torpedo hit
Cast a Dark Shadow
Cast a Dark Shadow is a 1955 British film noir suspense film directed by Lewis Gilbert. The black-and-white film was based on the play Murder Mistaken by Janet Green; the story concerns a young wife-murderer, played by Dirk Bogarde. After a year of marriage, Edward "Teddy" Bare kills his wealthy older wife, after she asks her lawyer, Phillip Mortimer, to change her will, he stages it to look as if she was accidentally asphyxiated while drunkenly trying to light a gas heater. To his chagrin, he discovers that she intended to leave him all her money. Edward will receive the money. An inquest rules it an accident; when Edward asks where Dora lives, Phillip tells him. Edward manages to marry lower-class but well-off widow Freda Jeffries, closer to her husband's age, much less trusting than her predecessor, keeping tight control over her fortune; as the death of a second spouse so soon after the first would be suspicious, he is powerless to do anything. Edward becomes acquainted with Charlotte Young, looking for a house to purchase for an equestrian school.
As Edward was an estate agent before he married Monica, he shows her around. Edward lures Charlotte to his mansion late one night while the servant are out, he reveals he knows that Charlotte is Dora. He brazenly admits killing her sister before trying to make her leave. Suspicious, she remains. However, Freda returns home and escorts Charlotte to the door. After she drives away, Edward tells Freda that he killed Monica, secure in the knowledge that a wife cannot be compelled to testify against her husband, that he expects to inherit Charlotte's money shortly, as he has tampered with the brakes on her car, he is shocked when Phillip enters the room, having heard his confession, followed by his intended victim. She had returned to the house after meeting the lawyer at the estate's gate. Edward flees in his car. With Phillip in pursuit, Edward switches to another vehicle, only to realise too late that he has taken Charlotte's, he drives off a cliff. Dirk Bogarde as Edward "Teddy" Bare Margaret Lockwood as Freda Jeffries Kay Walsh as Charlotte Young Kathleen Harrison as Emmie, the Bares' servant Robert Flemyng as Phillip Mortimer Mona Washbourne as Monica Bare Philip Stainton as Charlie Mann, a business associate of Edward's Walter Hudd as Coroner Lita Roza as Singer The film was based on the play Murder Mistaken by Janet Green.
Green wanted Dirk Bogarde to be in the play but he turned it down and Derek Farr played the role instead. When Lewis Gilbert was making The Sea Shall Not Have Them he saw the play and thought it would make a good film, he persuaded Bogarde to play the lead. Bogarde persuaded Margaret Lockwood to co star. "I was dubious about being able to play such a character, though I liked her honesty," said Lockwood."I think it was a interesting plot claustrophobic," said Gilbert. "I think it was the best thing Margaret Lockwood did, she was great in the film."Dirk Bogarde said "the unwholesomeness of the hero was what was fun about it."Lita Roza the singing star made her film debut in the movie. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote that the actors are skilled but "they are not offered many opportunities to make Cast a Dark Shadow mysterious or tense."Lewis Gilbert said "it was reasonably successful but by Margaret had been in several bad films and her name on a picture was rather counter-productive."Dirk Bogarde said "the film was a failure": It was the first time I had come under another star's name - Margaret Lockwood - and it just died, a pity because it was a good movie and I had persuaded Maggie to do it.
I remember being on tour in Cardiff with a play and I saw a poster for Cast a Dark Shadow and it had'Dirk Bogarde in Cast a Dark Shadow' and, at the bottom,'with Margaret Lockwood'. They altered the billing order because they saw it was dying and that, her name had killed it, though it was her best performance ever. "I'm glad I did it, but am still wondering where it got me," said Lockwood in 1973. After making the movie she did not appear in a feature film for another 21 years. Cast a Dark Shadow was given a DVD commercial release by Simply Media in June 2015 - nearly 60 years after its theatrical release. Cast a Dark Shadow on IMDb Cast a Dark Shadow at AllMovie Cast a Dark Shadow at Britmovie Cast a Dark Shadow at the TCM Movie Database Cast a Dark Shadow film scene on YouTube Cast a Dark Shadow BFI
United Artists Corporation doing business as United Artists Digital Studios, is an American film and television entertainment studio. Founded in 1919 by D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, the studio was premised on allowing actors to control their own interests, rather than being dependent upon commercial studios. UA was bought and restructured over the ensuing century; the current United Artists company exists as a successor to the original. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the studio in 1981 for a reported $350 million. On September 22, 2014, MGM acquired a controlling interest in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's entertainment companies One Three Media and Lightworkers Media merged them to revive United Artists' TV production unit as United Artists Media Group. However, on December 14 of the following year, MGM wholly acquired UAMG and folded it into MGM Television. UA was revived yet again in 2018 as United Artists Digital Studios. Mirror, the joint distribution venture between MGM and Annapurna Pictures was renamed as United Artists Releasing in early February 2019 just in time for UA's 100th anniversary.
Pickford, Chaplin and Griffith incorporated UA as a joint venture on February 5, 1919. Each held a 25 percent stake in the preferred shares and a 20 percent stake in the common shares of the joint venture, with the remaining 20 percent of common shares held by lawyer and advisor William Gibbs McAdoo; the idea for the venture originated with Fairbanks, Chaplin and cowboy star William S. Hart a year earlier. Hollywood veterans, the four stars talked of forming their own company to better control their own work, they were spurred on by established Hollywood producers and distributors who were tightening their control over actor salaries and creative decisions, a process that evolved into the studio system. With the addition of Griffith, planning began; when he heard about their scheme, Richard A. Rowland, head of Metro Pictures said, "The inmates are taking over the asylum." The four partners, with advice from McAdoo, formed their distribution company. Hiram Abrams was its first managing director, the company established its headquarters at 729 Seventh Avenue in New York City.
The original terms called for each star to produce five pictures a year. By the time the company was operational in 1921, feature films were becoming more expensive and polished, running times had settled at around ninety minutes; the original goal was thus abandoned. UA's first film, His Majesty, the American, written by and starring Fairbanks, was a success. Funding for movies was limited. Without selling stock to the public like other studios, all United had for finance was weekly prepayment installments from theater owners for upcoming movies; as a result, production was slow, the company distributed an average of only five films a year in its first five years. By 1924, Griffith had dropped out, the company was facing a crisis. Veteran producer Joseph Schenck was hired as president, he had produced pictures for a decade, brought commitments for films starring his wife, Norma Talmadge, his sister-in-law, Constance Talmadge, his brother-in-law, Buster Keaton. Contracts were signed with independent producers, including Samuel Goldwyn, Howard Hughes.
In 1933, Schenck organized a new company with Darryl F. Zanuck, called Twentieth Century Pictures, which soon provided four pictures a year, forming half of UA's schedule. Schenck formed a separate partnership with Pickford and Chaplin to buy and build theaters under the United Artists name, they began international operations, first in Canada, in Mexico. By the end of the 1930s, United Artists was represented in over 40 countries; when he was denied an ownership share in 1935, Schenck resigned. He set up 20th Century Pictures' merger with Fox Film Corporation to form 20th Century Fox. Al Lichtman succeeded Schenck as company president. Other independent producers distributed through United Artists in the 1930s including Walt Disney Productions, Alexander Korda, Hal Roach, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger; as the years passed, the dynamics of the business changed, these "producing partners" drifted away. Samuel Goldwyn Productions and Disney went to Wanger to Universal Pictures. In the late 1930s, UA turned a profit.
Goldwyn was providing most of the output for distribution. He sued United several times for disputed compensation leading him to leave. MGM's 1939 hit Gone with the Wind was supposed to be a UA release except that Selznick wanted Clark Gable, under contract to MGM, to play Rhett Butler; that year, Fairbanks died. UA became embroiled in lawsuits with Selznick over his distribution of some films through RKO. Selznick considered UA's operation sloppy, left to start his own distribution arm. In the 1940s, United Artists was losing money because of poorly received pictures. Cinema attendance continued to decline; the company sold its Mexican releasing division to Crédito Cinematográfico Mexicano, a local company. In 1941, Chaplin, Orson Welles, Selznick, Alexander Korda, Wanger—many of whom were members of United Artists--formed the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers. Members included Hunt Stromberg, William Cagney, Sol L
Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux was a French actress of stage and film, as well as a singer and dancer. Beginning in 1931, she appeared in more than 110 films, she was one of France's great movie stars and her eight-decade career was among the longest in film history. Darrieux was born in Bordeaux, during World War I, the daughter of Marie-Louise and Jean Darrieux, a medical doctor, serving in the French Army, her mother was born in Algeria. Her father died. Raised in Paris, she studied the cello at the Conservatoire de Musique. At 14, she won a part in the musical film Le Bal, her beauty combined with her dancing ability led to numerous other offers. In 1935, Darrieux married director/screenwriter Henri Decoin, she signed a seven-year contract with Universal Studios to star in The Rage of Paris opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Afterwards, she elected to return to Paris. Under the German occupation of France during World War II, Darrieux continued to perform, a decision, criticized by her compatriots.
However, it is reported that her brother had been threatened with deportation by Alfred Greven, the German manager of Continental, the only film production company permitted in occupied France. She received a divorce and fell in love with Porfirio Rubirosa, a Dominican Republic diplomat and notorious womanizer, they married in 1942. His anti-Nazi opinions resulted in his forced residence in Germany. In exchange for Rubirosa's freedom, Darrieux agreed to make a promotional trip in Berlin; the couple lived in Switzerland until the end of the war, divorced in 1947. She married scriptwriter Georges Mitsikidès in 1948, they lived together until his death in 1991. Darrieux appeared in the MGM musical Rich and Pretty. Joseph L. Mankiewicz lured her back to Hollywood to star in 5 Fingers with James Mason. Upon returning to France, she appeared in Max Ophüls' The Earrings of Madame de... with Charles Boyer, The Red and the Black with Gérard Philippe. She starred in Lady Chatterley's Lover, whose theme of uninhibited sexuality led to its being proscribed by Catholic censors in the United States.
She played a supporting role in her last American film, United Artists' epic Alexander the Great starring Richard Burton and Claire Bloom. At the request of director Lewis Gilbert, Darrieux worked in England to shoot The Greengage Summer with Kenneth More. In 1963, she starred in the romantic comedy La Robe Mauve de Valentine at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris; the play was adapted from the novel by Françoise Sagan. In Jacques Demy's film musical The Young Girls of Rochefort her supporting role was the only occasion in which a principal actor in any of Demy's film-musicals to herself sing. During the 1960s, she was a concert singer. In 1970, Darrieux replaced Katharine Hepburn in the Broadway musical Coco, based on the life of Coco Chanel, but the play a showcase for Hepburn, soon folded without her. In 1971 and 1972 she appeared in the short-lived productions of Ambassador, she worked again with Demy for his film Une chambre en ville, an opera-like musical melodrama reminiscent of the director's earlier work The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Once again, Darrieux provided her own vocals for her songs. For her long service to the motion picture industry, in 1985 she was given an Honorary César Award, she continued to work, her career spanning eight decades, most providing the voice of the protagonist's grandmother in the animated feature, which deals with the impact of the Islamic revolution on a girl's life as she grows to adulthood in Iran. Danielle Darrieux died on 17 October 2017 at the age of 100, due to complications from a fall. Darrieux, Danielle. Danielle Darrieux – Filmographie commentée par elle-même. Paris: Ramsay Cinéma. ISBN 2-84114-113-6. Danielle Darrieux on IMDb Danielle Darrieux at the TCM Movie Database Danielle Darrieux at AllMovie Danielle Darrieux at the Internet Broadway Database Danielle Darrieux at AlloCiné Danielle Darrieux at filmsdefrance.com Photographs of Danielle Darrieux L'Encinémathèque at Encinémathèque Danielle Darrieux
Albert R. N. is a 1953 British war film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Jack Warner, Anthony Steel and Robert Beatty. The escape tunnel for the Allied prisoners at a German prisoner-of-war camp for naval officers is discovered. Lieutenant Ainsworth devises a scheme with the escape committee to use a disassembled mannequin named Albert to convince the Germans that all prisoners sent outside the camp for a bathhouse wash up are returned to the camp. A piece of Albert is smuggled with the prisoners going to the bathhouse and reassembled for the return. Ainsworth has a woman pen pal he has never seen. Though the originator has the right to try out his own idea, Ainsworth insists that his hut mates draw cards for the privilege. After waiting a while, they decide to reuse the ploy; this time, Ainsworth's friend, after hearing that his pen pal has not written in a while, sees to it that the draw is rigged so that he wins. Ainsworth, auctions off his place, only to have Captain Maddox, the senior prisoner of war, order him to go.
Ainsworth is recaptured the same day. The camp commandant informs the men that Erickson was shot while resisting arrest by the Gestapo; when SS Hauptsturmführer Schultz expresses interest in American Lieutenant "Texas" Norton's chronometer, Norton notes Schultz is in charge of the camp's boundary lights and asks him to see that they malfunction during the next Allied nighttime bombing raid. However, it is a trap. Schultz signals his men to turn the lights back on while Norton is cutting through the barbed wire fence shoots him down in cold blood. Schultz tries to suborn Ainsworth, but Ainsworth tells him he will see to it he is prosecuted for murder after the war; when Schultz becomes the new Kommandant, Ainsworth insists on using Albert. He waits at night to confront Schultz outside the camp. After a struggle, he gets Schultz's pistol; when Allied bombs drop uncomfortably close by, Schultz runs for it. Ainsworth is unable to bring himself to shoot the fleeing German in the back. Ainsworth walks away.
The film is based on a true story. "Albert R. N." was a dummy constructed in Marlag O, the prisoner of war camp in northern Germany for naval officers. The head was sculpted by war artist John Worsley, the body by Lieutenant Bob Staines RNVR, Lieutenant-Commander Tony Bentley-Buckle devised a mechanism enabling Albert's eyes to blink and move, adding realism to the dummy. "Albert" was used as a stand-in for a head count while a prisoner escaped and was used on two separate occasions. In the first attempt Lieutenant William "Blondie" Mewes RNVR escaped from the camp shower block, the skillful use of "Albert" during roll-calls gave him four days head start before a missing PoW was reported. Mewes was recaptured in Lübeck and returned to Marlag camp; the second occasion was unsuccessful, when the escaping PoW was discovered hiding in the camp shower block and "Albert" was discovered in the subsequent searches. Worsley made a new "Albert" for use in the film. Senior Commissioned Gunner Lieut. John William Goble RN. aided Worsley in the development of "Albert" in the POW camp, Marlag O and acted as technical adviser for the film.
Worsely made a third "Albert" for the retrospective exhibition of his work held in Brighton College's Burstow Gallery. After the show, it was donated to the Royal Naval Museum Portsmouth. Guy Morgan and Edward Sammis, who were British POWs, wrote a play based on the story on which this film was based; this was subsequently adapted into a screenplay. The film was going to star Sonny Tufts. Jack Warner and Anthony Steel were both leased to producer Daniel Angel by the Rank Organisation. Both had appeared in POW movies, The Captive Heart and The Wooden Horse respectively. A POW camp was built on Headley Heath. At one stage the film was going to be called The Spare Man. Lewis Gilbert says. Albert RN on IMDb