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The Man in Grey (23-Aug-1943)

Director: Leslie Arliss

Writers: Leslie Arliss; Margaret Kennedy; Doreen Montgomery

From novel by: Lady Eleanor Smith

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Phyllis Calvert
18-Feb-1915 8-Oct-2002 Madonna of the Seven Moons
Stewart Granger
6-May-1913 16-Aug-1993 King Solomon's Mines
Martita Hunt
30-Jan-1899 13-Jun-1969 Great Expectations
Margaret Lockwood
15-Sep-1916 15-Jul-1990 Cast a Dark Shadow
James Mason
15-May-1909 27-Jul-1984 North by Northwest
Nora Swinburne
24-Jul-1902 1-May-2000 British character actress


Margaret Lockwood   ...   Hesther
Phyllis Calvert   ...   Clarissa
James Mason   ...   Lord Rohan
Stewart Granger   ...   Rokeby
Harry Scott   ...   Toby
Martita Hunt   ...   Miss Patchett
Helen Haye   ...   Lady Rohan
Beatrice Varley   ...   Gipsy
Raymond Lovell   ...   The Prince Regent
Nora Swinburne   ...   Mrs. Fitzherbert


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Jul-2006)

The Man In Grey was released in 1943 and starred Phyllis Calvert, James Mason, Margaret Lockwood and the then new to films, Steward Granger. The film was directed by Leslie Arliss who also wrote the screenplay. Two strangers meet at an auction and the story is then told in flashbacks. Clarissa (Calvert) is a beautiful young woman who doesnât understand why Lord Rohan (Mason) asks her to marry him. She agrees unaware that he only wants her to produce an heir for him. She soon realises that he has no love for her and bears him a son (who we never see in the film). Clarissa comes across Rokeby (Granger) on a journey and he persuades her to give him a lift to St Albans, on leaving her carriage he kisses her as a parting gesture and the first seeds of what love really is are sewn with Clarissa. She then meets up with an old friend Hesther (Lockwood) who has fallen on hard times and takes her home wanting her to be her sonâs governess, hoping this will allow her at least to get to see her son sometimes. Her cold husband refuses point blank but when he sees Hesther, he tells her to stay with them as Clarissaâs companion. Lord Rohan and Hesther embark on an affair behind Clarissaâs back, and Hesther arranges for Rokeby to come and work at their home as a librarian, knowing it will push Clarissa into his arms and into his heart. Her plan works but itâs all to no avail, as when Clarissa tries to run away with Rokeby, Lord Rohan stops her from leaving and tells Hesther that he is more interested in keeping his wife with him and preventing gossip. Hesther ensures that her sick friend dies during an illness and when Lord Rokeby finds out he kills her. Itâs an entertaining enough drama with some good acting from all four leads, but the story itself was a bit weak and a lot of it didnât follow through. For example, Masonâs character admits to Lockwoodâs character that he wishes he had met her before he met his wife and things would have been so different and even though he has no love for his wife he ultimately kills Lockwoodâs character for killing his wife even though he would now be free to marry her. A film I wouldnât mind watching again in a couple of years time, a diehard film of black and white movies of this genre, Iâd definitely recommend it.

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