Silver Sirens

The Golden Age of British Cinema

Richard Williams, author
By Richard Williams.
Updated: 7th February, 2016.
  • Glennis Lorimer as the famous Gainsborough Lady, in the main title for Gainsborough Pictures
  • The famous gong of J. Arthur Rank
  • Ealing Studios
  • Associated British Picture Corporation
  • Two Cities Films
  • Associated Talking Pictures
  • London Films

British cinema during the 1940s enjoyed a golden age as wartime film-makers found a new freedom to reflect the national mood, producing works of unparalleled ambition and boldness.

Audiences turned to Ealing comedy films, escapist melodrama - often from Gainsborough Pictures - and World War II propaganda.

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Main title from John and Julie (1955)
John and Julie
John and Julie (1955) opening credits
Ted Edwards (Nigel Stock) in a scene from It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Nigel Stock
Nigel Stock as Ted Edwards in It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Morry Hyams (Sydney Tafler) in his store in a scene from It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Sydney Tafler
Sydney Tafler as Morry Hyams in It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Lou (John Slater) in overcoat, tie and hat in a scene from It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
John Slater
John Slater in It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
Main title from It Always Rains on Sunday (1947).  From the novel by Arthur La Bern.  Made at Ealing Studios, London, England.  RCA sound system.  Copyright 1947 by Ealing Studios Ltd.
It Always Rains on Sunday
It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) opening credits
Main title from Bigger Than Life (1956)
Bigger Than Life
Bigger Than Life (1956) opening credits
Main title from The Desert Rats (1953)
The Desert Rats
The Desert Rats (1953) opening credits
Main title from The Love Lottery (1954).  Based on a story by Charles Neilson Gattey and Zelma Bramley-Moore.  Colour by Technicolor.  Copyright 1953 by Ealing Studios Limited
The Love Lottery
The Love Lottery (1954) opening credits
Main title from The Man in the Sky (1957).  An original story by William Rose.  Westrex recording system.  Copyright 1956 by Ealing Films Limited
The Man in the Sky
The Man in the Sky (1957) opening credits
Main title from Let George Do It! (1940)
Let George Do It!
Let George Do It! (1940) opening credits
Main title from The Gaunt Stranger (1939)
The Gaunt Stranger
The Gaunt Stranger (1939) opening credits
Main title from The Reckless Moment (1949)
The Reckless Moment
The Reckless Moment (1949) opening credits
Main title from Trouble Brewing (1939)
Trouble Brewing
Trouble Brewing (1939) opening credits
Main title from Lease of Life (1954)
Lease of Life
Lease of Life (1954) opening credits
Main title from An Inspector Calls (1954)
An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls (1954) opening credits

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