Robert Morley

  • Gabriel Pascal & Harold French & David Lean – Major Barbara (1941)

    1941-1950ComedyDavid LeanGabriel PascalHarold FrenchPhilosophyUnited Kingdom

    In this adaptation made during the the London Blitz of George Bernard Shaw’s edgy comedy of the same name, Wendy Hiller as the idealistic title character is running a Salvation Army shelter in the East End that aims to save the souls of the destitute while preserving their physical well-being. She becomes engaged to the sceptical, unworldly Adolphus Cusins (Rex Harrison), a professor of Ancient Greek who discards his agnosticism and joins the Salvation Army to be near his fiancee. Cusins is then startled to learn that Major Barbara in fact comes from a privileged background – she is the grand-daughter of an earl on her mother’s side, and her long-absent estranged father Andrew Undershaft (a young Robert Morley) is a multi-millionaire arms manufacturer.Read More »

  • Etienne Périer – When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

    1971-1980ActionAdventureEtienne PérierUnited Kingdom

    Alistair MacLean’s two-fisted, no-holds-barred adventure yarns are a natural for the screen. When Eight Bells Toll brings in more slugging, quick action twists, sharp dialog, amusing acting than many pix twice its length.
    Anthony Hopkins has a role that creates a character full of resource, courage, cheek and personality. A kind of James Bond, without the latter’s trademarks. Character is a naval secret service agent assigned to find out how millions of pounds in gold bullion are being pirated. He starts his explorations in the bleakness of the Western Highlands of Scotland. Hopkins and his pal (Corin Redgrave) posing as marine biologists find mystery and hostility among the natives and the obvious suspect is a suave, rich Greek tycoon (Jack Hawkins) whose luxury yacht guests some odd characters.Read More »

  • Sidney J. Furie – The Boys (1962)

    1961-1970ClassicsDramaSidney J. FurieUnited Kingdom

    Four teenage teddy boys are tried in the Old Bailey, charged with the “murder in the course of theft” of a garage night watchman, a conviction for which carries an automatic death penalty. Although initial evidence from the prosecuting counsel seems damning of the youthful gang, their unorthodox defence lawyer’s skilful arguments soon throw the jury into confusion and disarray.Read More »

  • Carol Reed – The Young Mr. Pitt (1942)

    1941-1950Carol ReedDramaPoliticsUnited Kingdom

    William Pitt the Younger, son of a famous politician father, becomes the youngest Prime Minister England has ever known, wins an election on the promise of peace and prosperity, yet ironically ends up as the presiding spirit of an interminable war with Revolutionary France. Both his health and his private life suffer from the strain.Read More »

  • Michael Anderson – Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

    1951-1960ClassicsComedyMichael AndersonUSA

    A classic Jules Verne adaptation.
    English nobleman Phileas Fogg, a very strict and emotionless man, gets
    wound up in a bet at his gentlemen’s club: He has to prove that it is
    possible to travel around the whole world in only 80 days. Together with
    his new butler Passepartout, who expected a different first day at work,
    he takes off instantly to Paris, where they miss the train to
    Marseilles. But a travel agent called Thomas Cook offers them his
    captive balloon, which carries them to Spain instead. Passepartout’s
    skills are necessary in a bullfight in order to get them a ship that
    should take them back onto their planned route. Read More »

  • Frank Tashlin – The Alphabet Murders (1965)

    1961-1970ComedyCrimeFrank TashlinUSA


    The Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates a series of murders in London in which the victims are killed according to their initials. The first victim is A.A. the second B.B. and so on. Poirot is assisted in his investigations by Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp. Written by Mike HatchettRead More »

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