Silver Sirens

The Golden Age of British Cinema

Richard Williams, author
By Richard Williams.
Updated: 16th July, 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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Lucy (Margaret Lockwood) puts her arms on the shoulders of Lottie Smith (Joan Greenwood) in a scene from The White Unicorn (1947)
Margaret Lockwood and Joan Greenwood in The White Unicorn (1947)
Main title from The Cruel Sea (1953)
The Cruel Sea
The Cruel Sea (1953) opening credits
Publicity photo featuring the elegant Anglo-Indian actress, Merle Oberon
Merle Oberon
Elegant Merle Oberon, British actress, publicity photograph
British actress, Deborah Kerr, in a black and white publicity photograph
Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr, British actress, publicity photo
Main title from The Wooden Horse (1950).  ‘Leo Glenn in The Wooden Horse with David Tomlinson and Anthony Steel’.
The Wooden Horse
The Wooden Horse (1950) opening credits
Based on the Biography 'Friese-Greene.  Close Up of an Inventor' by Ray Allister.  Colour by Technicolor.  Copyright 1951 by Festival Film Productions
The Magic Box
The Magic Box (1951) opening credits
Main title from The Magic Box (1951) featuring Robert Donat
Robert Donat
The Magic Box (1951) opening credits featuring Robert Donat
Main title from Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) opening credits
Main title from Ships with Wings (1941)
Ships with Wings
Ships with Wings (1941) opening credits
Main title from The Journey (1959)
The Journey
The Journey (1959) opening credits
Johnny McQueen (James Mason) hides in Odd Man Out (1947)
James Mason
James Mason hides in Odd Man Out (1947)
Iris (Margaret Lockwood) and Gilbert (Michael Redgrave) investigate the disappearance of Miss Froy on board a train in The Lady Vanishes
Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave in The Lady Vanishes
Ann (Miriam Hopkins) and Edmund (Sebastian Shaw) in Men are Not Gods (1936)
Miriam Hopkins (Ann) and Sebastian Shaw (Edmund) in Men are Not Gods
Anna (Odile Versois) and Ted (David Knight) and hold hands as they jump over groynes on a beach
Odile Versois and David Knight on the beach in The Young Lovers
Main title from I Believe in You (1952)
I Believe in You
I Believe in You (1952) opening credits

Recent DVD & Blu-ray Releases


Mimi (1935) [DVD]
Mimi DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
18th July, 2016
Price: £9.99
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In a Paris garret, a poor girl dies after encouraging a playwright.
Featuring: Mimi.

The Night Won’t Talk (1952) [DVD]
The Night Won’t Talk DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
27th June, 2016
Price: £9.99
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A Chelsea artist’s model is murdered and police find many suspects with motive.
Featuring: The Night Won’t Talk.

The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 6 [DVD]
The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 5 from Network and The British Film.  Features Evergreen (1934) and There Goes the Bride (1932)

Released:
27th June, 2016
Price: £12.99
Buy The Jessie Matthews Revue Volume 6 from Amazon.co.uk

Featuring: Evergreen, There Goes the Bride.

The Warren Case (1934) [DVD]
The Warren Case DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
30th May, 2016
Price: £9.99
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A disturbed, war-scarred crime reporter turns to illegal means in an attempt to generate news stories.
Featuring: The Warren Case.

British Comedies of the 1930s – Volume 11 [DVD]
British Comedies 1930s Vol 11 DVD from Network and The British Film

Released:
23rd May, 2016
Price: £9.99
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Eleventh volume of British Comedies of the 1930s.
Featuring: Housemaster, Me and My Pal.

Children of Chance (1949) [DVD]
Children of Chance DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
16th May, 2016
Price: £9.99
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At the end of the Second World War, a woman on the island of Ischia discovers that her savings, which were sent to her village priests for safe-keeping, have been spent on opening a home for the illegitimate children of Allied soldiers.
Featuring: Children of Chance.

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