Silver Sirens

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

Richard Williams, author
By Richard Williams.
Updated: 27th November, 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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Anthony Steel – The Wooden Dish.  Front cover of Michael Hodgson’s biography of the British actor, released in 2016
Anthony Steel
Anthony Steel – The Wooden Dish – Michael Hodgson biography | 2016
Handsome British film star Anthony Steel, as he appears in the role of Mark Loring, in the new Raymond Stross production, A Question of Adultery (1958), and in which he co-stars with Julie London.  The film was directed by Don Chaffey and will be released by Eros Films Ltd.
Anthony Steel
Anthony Steel, British film star, in A Question of Adultery (1958)
British broadcaster and actor, Desmond Carrington, smiles contentedly as he leaves ATV’s studios at Borehamwood.  In the Emergency – Ward 10 series Carrington played Dr Chris Anderson.
Desmond Carrington
Desmond Carrington as ATV’s Dr Chris Anderson in Emergency – Ward 10
Classical British actor, Alec Clunes, in a photograph by Welsh photographer Angus McBean
Alec Clunes
Alec Clunes, classical British actor, photographed by Angus McBean
An autographed photograph featuring British actress, Barbara Murray.  Signature reads ‘To John, Barbara Murray’.
Barbara Murray
Barbara Murray, British actress, in an autographed photograph
The Lonely Hearts Singer (Kay Kendall) sings out from the television set in Ealing’s Meet Mr Lucifer (1953)
Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall as the Lonely Hearts Singer in Meet Mr Lucifer (1953)
British actress Kay Kendall poses for a 1950s glamour photo
Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall, British actress, poses in the 1950s for a glamour photo
Welsh actress Peggy Cummins wears a white blouse in a publicity shot
Peggy Cummins
Peggy Cummins, Welsh actress, wears a white blouse in a publicity shot
Mr Lucifer (Stanley Holloway) flies out into the third dimension.  A scene from Ealing Studios' Meet Mr Lucifer, 1953.
Stanley Holloway
Stanley Holloway as Mr Lucifer in Meet Mr Lucifer (1953)
Main title from Meet Mr Lucifer (1953)
Meet Mr Lucifer
Meet Mr Lucifer (1953) opening credits
Dennis Price – a Tribute. The Life and Death of Dennis Price, by Elliot J Huntley.  Pickard Communication, 2008
Dennis Price
Dennis Price – a Tribute. The Life and Death. Elliot J Huntley, 2008
Margaret Lockwood, Queen of the Silver Screen, a biography by Lyndsy Spence.  Fantom Films Limited, 2016.
Margaret Lockwood
Queen of the Silver Screen – Margaret Lockwood biography – Spence 2016
Main title from Laughter in Paradise (1951)
Laughter in Paradise
Laughter in Paradise (1951) opening credits
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

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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