• United Kingdom
  • 1943
  • 116 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

This tale of treachery put both the Gainsborough melodrama and actor James Mason on the map. The star-to-be plays Lord Rohan, a cruel nobleman who marries the naive and sweet-natured Clarissa (Phyllis Calvert) for the sole purpose of producing an heir; meanwhile, Clarissa’s conniving best friend, Hesther (Margaret Lockwood), plots against her for her own nefarious ends. The Man in Grey, directed by Leslie Arliss, was such a box-office success that Gainsborough used it as a template, launching a cycle of increasingly rococo films.

Cast

HestherMargaret Lockwood
ClarissaPhyllis Calvert
Lord RohanJames Mason
Peter RokebyStewart Granger
TobyHarry Scott
Miss PatchettMartita Hunt
Lady RohanHelen Haye
GypsyBeatrice Varley
Prince regentRaymond Lovell
Mrs. FitzherbertNorah Swinburne

Credits

DirectorLeslie Arliss
ProducerEdward Black
Based on the novel byLady Eleanor Smith
AdaptationDoreen Montgomery
ScreenplayMargaret Kennedy and Leslie Arliss
CinematographyArthur Crabtree
EditorR. E. Dearing
Art directorWalter Murton
CostumesElizabeth Haffenden
Music scoreCedric Mallabey
Music directionLouis Levy

Film Essays

Madonnaof7moons_1432_003_current_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

By Michael KoreskyOctober 09, 2012

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Wicked Portraits

October 11, 2012


Film Essays

Madonnaof7moons_1432_003_current_thumbnail

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

By Michael KoreskyOctober 09, 2012

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a . . . Read more »