Silver Sirens

The Golden Age of British Film and Theatre (1930–1959)

Richard Williams, author
By Richard Williams.
Updated: 15th January, 2017.
  • 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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Latest Pictures

Main title from Lolita (1962)
Lolita
Lolita (1962) opening credits
Publicity photo of British film actress, Dora Bryan
Dora Bryan
Dora Bryan, British film actress, publicity photo
Autographed photograph of British actor Rex Harrison from the 1948 film, Escape
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison, British actor, autographed photo from Escape (1948)
Naunton Wayne, well-known British actor who plays the role of Leslie, one of the club friends of of Henry Garnet (Basil Radford) in ‘The Facts of Life’, one of the four Somerset Maugham stories comprising ‘Quartet’, Sydney Box’s new production for Gainsborough Pictures
Naunton Wayne
Naunton Wayne, British actor, as Leslie in Somerset Maugham’s Quartet
Publicity photo of British actress Googie Withers
Googie Withers
Googie Withers, British actress, publicity shot
British actor Kenneth More wears an open-necked checked shirt and watch in a casual publicity photo
Kenneth More
Kenneth More, British actor, in a casual publicity photograph
British actress Celia Johnson in a promotional picture for the film Brief Encounter (1945).  Johnson pairs a smart herringbone jacket with jumper and pearls
Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson, British actress, promotional photo for Brief Encounter
Signed photo of British actor, Dirk Bogarde.  The actor wears a jacket, jumper and tie, and sports a signet ring
Dirk Bogarde
Dirk Bogarde, British actor, in a signed publicity photograph
British actor, Basil Radford, as Captain Paul Waggett in Whisky Galore! (1949)
Basil Radford
Basil Radford, British actor, as Captain Paul Waggett in Whisky Galore
British actor Michael Redgrave in a moustachioed publicity photograph
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave, British actor, publicity photo
British actor David Niven, dressed in a dinner jacket an bow tie, raises a champagne coupé in a toast
David Niven
David Niven, British actor winks as he raises a champagne toast
American publicity photograph featuring British actor David Niven
David Niven
David Niven, British actor, in an American publicity photograph
Promotional shot of distinguished British actor, Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness, distinguished British actor
Main title from Carve Her Name with Pride (1958).  Based on the book by R J Minney.  Copyright Keyboard Productions Limited 1958.  All rights reserved.
Carve Her Name with Pride
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) opening credits
Main title from The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
The Flight of the Phoenix
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) opening credits

Recent DVD & Blu-ray Releases


Poison Pen (1939) [DVD]
Poison Pen DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
19th September, 2016
Price: £6.97
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A village community is set at odds by a writer of vindictive anonymous letters.
Featuring: Poison Pen.

The Long Dark Hall (1951) [DVD]
The Long Dark Hall DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
12th September, 2016
Price: £6.79
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A chorus girl is murdered and her married lover is accused.
Featuring: The Long Dark Hall.

Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) [DVD]
Carve Her Name with Pride DVD from Network and The British Film

Released:
12th September, 2016
Price: £9.99
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In 1940, the young British widow of a French officer is enlisted as a spy, and after various adventures dies before a German firing squad.
Featuring: Carve Her Name with Pride.


The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) [DVD]
The Scarlet Pimpernel DVD from Network and the British Film

Released:
15th August, 2016
Price: £7.69
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In the early days of the French Revolution, an apparently foppish Englishman leads a daring band in rescuing aristocrats from the guillotine.
Featuring: The Scarlet Pimpernel.

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

Released:
15th August, 2016
Price: £9.99
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In a Paris garret, a poor girl dies after encouraging a playwright.
Featuring: Mimi.

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