Tag: Romance

The Man in Grey | 1943 | Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert

James Mason attributed his success as the sadistic 18th-century aristocrat Lord Rohan in this melodrama to ‘sheer bad temper’ at the aggravation during shooting. The film made him a superstar and embarked Gainsborough Studios on a...

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...

Half a Sixpence | 1967 | Tommy Steele Julia Foster

This shallow musical was based on an H G Wells story and stars Steele, once touted as Britain’s answer to Elvis only to turn family-entertainment man. He plays the witless Arthur Kipps, an orphan working for a cruel boss, who tries to crash...

The Honorary Consul | 1983 | Richard Gere, Michael Caine

John MacKenzie and Christopher Hampton have turned Graham Greene’s novel into a straight-up thriller about sex and politics, barely nodding at the book’s socio-religious subtext. Richard Gere plays an English doctor in Argentina who gets...

Alfie | 1966 | Michael Caine, Shelley Winters

Michael Caine plays a philandering Cockney anti-hero, in the film that made him an international star. Alfie – both the film and the character – is representative of the swinging-London culture of the 1960s. While enormously funny, and...

Under the Red Robe | 1937 | Conrad Veidt, Annabella

Another version of the story that had already been filmed twice in 1916 and 1923. This time around, with the benefit of sound, Conrad Veidt is the swordsman who escapes execution when Cardinal Richelieu (Raymond Massey) sends him off to kill a rebel...

The Stud | 1978 | Joan Collins, Oliver Tobias

With a script by Jackie Collins and a starring role for her sister Joan, this late 70s British sex offering is as trashy as you’d expect, but about as steamy as a Carry On film. Oliver Tobias is the titular totty, a shaggy-haired lothario...

Vessel of Wrath | 1938 | Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester,

Charles Laughton excels himself as the drunken beachcomber seducing a spinster in the Dutch East Indies. A long way from his usual roles, such as Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty, Laughton fearlessly portrays his vulnerable character with heart...

The Millionairess | 1960 | Sophia Loren, Peter Sellers

Poor adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play of the same name. The terrifyingly beautiful Sophia Loren is the woman of property looking for love and falling for a man in poverty. In spite of the fact that this film stars two of cinema’s...

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