The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan

(1953)

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| Film | United Kingdom | B&W | Biography | 1h 49min |
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| Stars: Robert Morley, Maurice Evans, Eileen Herlie | Director: Sidney Gilliat

In 1875, a young composer named Arthur Sullivan and a librettist named William Gilbert come together under the auspices of Rupert D’Oyly Carte and write the Savoy Operas

Cast

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Robert Morley
William S Gilbert
Maurice Evans
Arthur Sullivan
Eileen Herlie
Helen D’Oyly Carte
Martyn Green
George Grossmith
Peter Finch
Richard D’Oyly Carte
British actress, Dinah Sheridan, poses for a fashion shoot
Grace Marston
Isabel Dean
Mrs Gilbert
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Wilfrid Hyde-White
Mr Marston
Muriel Aked
Queen Victoria
Michael Ripper
Louis
Bernadette O’Farrell
Jessie Bond
Ann Hanslip
Bride
Eric Berry
Rutland Barrington
Yvonne Marsh
Second bride
Lloyd Lamble
Joseph Bennett
Ian Wallace
Capt
Owen Brannigan
Principal bass baritone
Richard Warner
Cellier
Perlita Neilson
Lettie
Charlotte Mitchell
Charlotte
Kenneth Downey
Counsel for the plaintiff in ‘Trial by Jury’
Sylvia Clarke
Gianetta in ‘The Gondoliers’ / Peep-Bo
Stella Riley
Millicent
Leonard Sachs
Smythe
Philip Ray
Theater manager
John Rae
Ferguson
George Cross
Stage manager
George Woodbridge
Reporter
Robert Brooks Turner
Doorman
Anthony Green
Office boy
Gron Davies
Ancestral ghost in ‘Ruddigore’
Arthur Howard
Usher in ‘Trial by Jury’
John Banks
Strephon in ‘Iolanthe’
John B Hughes
Train bearer in ‘Iolanthe’ / Bosun’s mate in ‘HMS Pinafore’
Thomas Round
Defendant in ‘Trial by Jury’ / Nanki-Poo in ‘The Mikado’
Harold Williams
Judge in ‘Trial by Jury’
Muriel Brunskill
Principal contralto
Muir Mathieson
Conductor
Harold Lang
Singer
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Reviews

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Light, accurate, well-cast and well-produced Victorian musical that somehow fails to ignite despite the immense talent at hand. (Halliwell’s)

Pictures

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Photograph from The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) (1) featuring Robert Morley and Maurice Evans

Production

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Sidney Gilliat
Director / Producer / Writer
Frank Launder
Producer
Leslie Baily
Writer
W S Gilbert
Writer (operettas)

Companies

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British Lion Film Corporation
Distribution company