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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
Phyllis Calvert ... Clarissa Marr
James Mason ... Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger ... Peter Rokeby
Antony Scott Antony Scott ... Toby (as Harry Scott)
Martita Hunt ... Miss Patchett
Helen Haye ... Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley 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 Snow. 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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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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Trivia

According to star James Mason: "The great theatre critic James Agate, who was then writing in films, sensibly headed his review 'Bosh and Tosh.'" See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Clarissa Marr: [Referring to her unfinished portraiture] You paint me as a happy mother. I'm not very happy. I'm scarcely a mother... and yet I smile because I'm supposed to be happy.
Lawrence: No, Lady Rohan; you smile because you're fortunate.
Clarissa Marr: Aren't they the same thing?
Lawrence: A dairy maid can be happy; but she's not obliged to smile when she's wretched. The fortunate must pay their debt. A great lady must never been seen without a smile.
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Referenced in The Golden Gong (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

"Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)' (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Louis Levy
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Put out the light
15 May 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Posh girl Phyllis Calvert (Clarissa) gets roped into a loveless marriage with playboy Lord James Mason (Rohan). She bumps into an old schoolfriend, lowly actress Margaret Lockwood and brings her into the Rohan household. However, Lockwood has an agenda of her own.

The film is told in flashback as it starts with Calvert and Stewart Granger bidding at an auction for items on sale from the Rohan Estate which is now being sold off. The film takes us through the history of several items found in a box at the auction before returning to the present day for a happy conclusion. Calvert and Granger are descendants of the characters in the main story in which Mason is a bad ass and Lockwood is pure evil.

It's an entertaining film with sharp dialogue and the cast are excellent with the exception of the boy that never ages and is insultingly blacked up to be a black boy. He tries to affect a black man accent at times with black man dialogue and he fails miserably. Then, he attends the theatre and dresses like an Indian. Is he meant to be Indian? Whatever is going on, it is really insulting. He is rubbish. Back to the film, it's great except when he's in it. There is just one thing missing from that box of items that Granger is bidding for – the whip!


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