Fanny by Gaslight | 1944 | James Mason, Phyllis Calvert

Fanny by Gaslight | 1944 | James Mason, Phyllis Calvert

Fanny (Phyllis Calvert) returns to her London home having finished her studies at boarding school in the 1870s. Soon her life is in turmoil. Her parents die, and she discovers that they have been running a brothel for years and that her real father is a cabinet minister (Lindsell). She tracks him down and he begrudgingly gives her a job in his house. More drama develops as Fanny falls for her father’s adviser, Harry Somerford (Granger), and secrets surrounding the mysterious Lord Manderstoke (Mason) are revealed.

James Mason as Lord Manderstoke
Phyllis Calvert as Fanny
Stewart Granger as Harry Somerford
Jean Kent as Lucy Beckett
Margaretta Scott as Alicia
John Laurie as William Hopwood
Cathleen Nesbitt as Kate Somerford
Helen Haye as Mrs. Somerford
Wilfred Lawson as Chunks
Nora Swinburne as Mary Hopwood
Stuart Lindsell as Clive Seymore
Amy Veness as Mrs. Heaviside
Ann Wilton as Carver

Director: Anthony Asquith
Script: Doreen Montgomery

UK | 107 minutes | 1944



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