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      The Man in Grey

      1943 1h 30m Romance List
      Reviews 60% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Desirous of an heir, the remote and cruel Lord Rohan (James Mason) marries pretty young Clarissa Marr (Phyllis Calvert). Soon after, Clarissa discovers old school friend Hesther Shaw (Margaret Lockwood), now impoverished in an acting troupe, and brings her home, unaware that Hesther has long nursed resentment of her good fortune. While the ambitious Hesther sets her sights on Rohan, she also secretly encourages Clarissa into a relationship with affable gypsy Peter Rokeby (Stewart Granger). Read More Read Less

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      William L 'The Man in Grey' ... It's literally a black and white movie, everyone's in grey. A silly little melodramatic romance, just another example of people gobbling up insipid light dramas based on scandal in upper crust society. It's also weirdly dated racially (blackface in 1943?), with Scott's Toby going beyond basic vaudevillian tropes in films from decades earlier that use the technique with at least something of a claim to innocence, and instead being more explicitly derogatory. The performances aren't necessarily bad (Mason's intensity and cold nature is actually good), but the mismatched lovers narrative is pretty darn predictable. The film was apparently a major popular success, but the Twilight and 50 Shades series have made billions, and this is just a predecessor with a thin veneer of classical styling to cover up the base nature. A chin-scratcher that this one ever made the 1001 Movies. (2/5) Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/21 Full Review s r 1001 movies to see before you die. A good melodrama, but not one I need to see again. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Soapy as hell. Also borderline racist, as was the custom. But James Mason and Stewart Granger beat the shit out of each other, so it's fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member A melodrama which the story was good but at a slow pace. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This and The Wicked Lady make good companion pieces, both starring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason and being two of the best costume dramas made by Gainsborough Pictures in the period. I prefer The Wicked Lady as I think the ending of The Man in Grey is rushed and a little weak, but overall it's a decent film featuring a quartet of strong performances from Lockwood, Mason, Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member during WW2 two strangers meet and talk about possible connections between their familes genreations ago, around 100 years to be precise. it then cuts to flashbacks about the sweet, loving, beautiful and rich clarissa richmond who was vacting at a girls finishing school at the time she met and befriended the bitter, twisted and poor hesther snow. clarissa snow is pressured into marrying teh wealthy but cruel marquis of rohan or "the man in grey"; she leads a troubled life for a few years and then intertwines again with hesther snow who is now an actress, it is through their meeting that she makes a friendship and undenying bond with a charming, handsome and respectable actor. however through it all hesther finds he way into clarissa's home and plots to take it all. with a thrilling, shocking but also with an uplifting ounce of hope following the love of clarissa and how future generations and fate can play out. a wounderful film, which may seem slow in parts, but with a brilliant ending and message in a way, its all worth while. also with brillaint perfomances from Mason, Calvert, Lockwood and Granger showing how british dramas should be made, a nice classic which is one to be seen, even if only once. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Desirous of an heir, the remote and cruel Lord Rohan (James Mason) marries pretty young Clarissa Marr (Phyllis Calvert). Soon after, Clarissa discovers old school friend Hesther Shaw (Margaret Lockwood), now impoverished in an acting troupe, and brings her home, unaware that Hesther has long nursed resentment of her good fortune. While the ambitious Hesther sets her sights on Rohan, she also secretly encourages Clarissa into a relationship with affable gypsy Peter Rokeby (Stewart Granger).
      Director
      Leslie Arliss
      Producer
      Edward Black
      Screenwriter
      Margaret Kennedy, Leslie Arliss
      Production Co
      Gainsborough Pictures
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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