Leslie Arliss

The Man in Grey

The Man in Grey

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.

Film Info

  • Leslie Arliss
  • United Kingdom
  • 1943
  • 116 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

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Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

Eclipse Series 36: Gainsborough Melodramas

DVD Box Set

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$35.96

The Man in Grey
Cast
Margaret Lockwood
Hesther
Phyllis Calvert
Clarissa
James Mason
Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger
Peter Rokeby
Harry Scott
Toby
Martita Hunt
Miss Patchett
Helen Haye
Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley
Gypsy
Raymond Lovell
Prince regent
Norah Swinburne
Mrs. Fitzherbert
Credits
Director
Leslie Arliss
Producer
Edward Black
Based on the novel by
Lady Eleanor Smith
Adaptation
Doreen Montgomery
Screenplay
Margaret Kennedy
Screenplay
Leslie Arliss
Cinematography
Arthur Crabtree
Editor
R. E. Dearing
Art director
Walter Murton
Costumes
Elizabeth Haffenden
Music score
Cedric Mallabey
Music direction
Louis Levy

From The Current

Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures
Eclipse Series 36: Three Wicked Melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures

British wartime audiences ate up these rule-breaking costume pictures—entertainments for a populace seeking escapism.

By Michael Koresky

On Film / Essays — Oct 9, 2012