Silver Sirens

The Golden Age of British Cinema

Richard Williams, author
By Richard Williams.
Updated: 29th April, 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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Distinguished British leading lady, Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh, distinguished British leading lady
Mark Antony (Marlon Brando) in Julius Caesar (1953)
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar (1953)
British actor, Laurence Olivier, with a small moustache wears a dark suit and herringbone tie
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier, British actor, in a suit and tie
On the eve of battle, King Henry V (Laurence Olivier) in armour prepares to give a speech
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier (King Henry V) in armour prepares to give a speech
The sight of Yorick's skull in a churchyard evokes a monologue from Prince Hamlet (Laurence Olivier) on mortality
Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) in a churchyard holds aloft Yorick's skull
Main title from The Red Shoes (1948)
The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes (1948) opening credits
Victoria Page (Moira Lister) dances in the Powell and Pressburger film, The Red Shoes from 1948
Moira Lister
Moira Lister as Victoria Page dances in The Red Shoes (1948)
Main title from Johnny Frenchman (1945)
Johnny Frenchman
Johnny Frenchman (1945) opening credits
Lobby card from No Time for Tears (1957) featuring Anna Neagle and Sylvia Syms.
No Time for Tears (1957) Lobby Card - Anna Neagle, Sylvia Syms
Signed photo of British actress, Dulcie Gray.  Picture reads ’Sincerely, Dulcie Gray’
Dulcie Gray
Dulcie Gray, British actress, in a signed photo
British actress Hazel Court and Irish leading man Dermot Walsh at a party in the late 1940s (possibly early 50s).  Picture reads ’To Peter, Hazel Court.  To Peter, Sincerely Dermot Walsh’.
Hazel Court and husband Dermot Walsh at a party in the late 1940s
Lovely Hazel Court, British actress, who starred starred recently as Joan Huggett in Holiday Camp (1947) and as Helena Forsythe in My Sister and I (1948).  Picture reads ’Good Luck, Hazel Court’.
Hazel Court
Lovely Hazel Court, British actress in Holiday Camp, My Sister and I
Maxwell Frere (Michael Redgrave) with the ventriloquist dummy in Dead of Night (1945)
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave with the ventriloquist dummy in Dead of Night (1945)
Main title from Dead of Night (1945).  Made and recorded at Ealing Studios Limited, London W5.  Copyright 1945 by Ealing Studios Limited
Dead of Night
Dead of Night (1945) opening credits
Main title from John and Julie (1955)
John and Julie
John and Julie (1955) opening credits

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Children of Chance (1949) [DVD]
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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.
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Ourselves Alone (1936) [DVD]
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An Irish colleen has a brother in the IRA and a lover in the British Army.
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British Comedies of the 1930s – Volume 10 (1933) [DVD]
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A telephone number dialled in error could prove the downfall of a ruthless criminal gang.
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No Exit (1936) [DVD]
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A crime novelist stages an imaginative prank to prove that the perfect murder is possible – but finds that it has catastrophic consequences.
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