Laurence Olivier

Laurence Olivier

Born: May 22, 1907
Died: July 11, 1989
in Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.

His family had no theatrical connections, but Olivier's father, a clergyman, decided that his son should become an actor. After attending a drama school in London, Olivier learned his craft in a succession of acting jobs during the late 1920s. In 1930 he had his first important West End success in Noël Coward's Private Lives, and he appeared in his first film. In 1935 he played in a celebrated production of Romeo and Juliet alongside Gielgud and Ashcroft, and by the end of the decade he was an established star. In the 1940s, together with Richardson and John Burrell, Olivier was the co-director of the Old Vic, building it into a highly respected company. There his most celebrated roles included Shakespeare's Richard III and Sophocles's Oedipus. In the 1950s Olivier was an independent actor-manager, but his stage career was in the doldrums until he joined the avant garde English Stage Company in 1957 to play the title role in The Entertainer, a part he later played on film. From 1963 to 1973 he was the founding director of Britain's National Theatre, running a resident company that fostered many future stars. His own parts there included the title role in Othello (1965) and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (1970).

Among Olivier's films are Wuthering Heights (1939), Rebecca (1940), and a trilogy of Shakespeare films as actor-director: Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955). His later films included The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), Sleuth (1972), Marathon Man (1976), and The Boys from Brazil (1978). His television appearances included an adaptation of The Moon and Sixpence (1960), Long Day's Journey into Night (1973), Love Among the Ruins (1975), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976), Brideshead Revisited (1981) and King Lear (1983).

Olivier's honours included a knighthood (1947), a life peerage (1970) and the Order of Merit (1981). For his on-screen work he received four Academy Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. The National Theatre's largest auditorium is named in his honour, and he is commemorated in the Laurence Olivier Awards, given annually by the Society of London Theatre. He was married three times, to the actresses Jill Esmond from 1930 to 1940, Vivien Leigh from 1940 to 1960, and Joan Plowright from 1961 until his death.

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Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
Title: Vivien Leigh, autant en emporte le vent
Character: self
Released: January 3, 2020
Type: Movie
In "Gone with the Wind" she was an unforgettable Scarlett O'Hara. Beauty, two-time Oscar winner, celebrated Hollywood star and great Shakespearean interpreter - Vivien Leigh was all that. Behind the celebrity, however, was a fragile person. Her bipolar disorder clouded her success and her private happiness.
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Nothing Like a Dame
Title: Nothing Like a Dame
Character: Self (archive footage)
Released: May 2, 2018
Type: Movie
BBC Arena's documentary on the Dames of British Theatre and film featuring Maggie Smith, Elieen Atkins, Judi Dench and Joan Plowright on screen together for the first time as they reminisce over a long summer weekend in a house Joan once shared with Sir Laurence Olivier.
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And the Oscar Goes To...
Title: And the Oscar Goes To...
Released: February 1, 2014
Type: Movie
The story of the gold-plated statuette that became the film industry's most coveted prize, AND THE OSCAR GOES TO... traces the history of the Academy itself, which began in 1927 when Louis B. Mayer, then head of MGM, led other prominent members of the industry in forming this professional honorary organization. Two years later the Academy began bestowing awards, which were nicknamed "Oscar," and quickly came to represent the pinnacle of cinematic achievement.
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Title: Talking Pictures
Character: Himself
Released: January 5, 2013
Type: TV
A look back at television appearances by legends of the silver screen, using archive footage to tell the story of their lives and careers.
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Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Title: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
Character: Himself (archive footage)
Released: May 5, 2010
Type: Movie
In 2001 Jack Cardiff (1914-2009) became the first director of photography in the history of the Academy Awards to win an Honorary Oscar. But the first time he clasped the famous statuette in his hand was a half-century earlier when his Technicolor camerawork was awarded for Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus. Beyond John Huston's The African Queen and King Vidor's War and Peace, the films of the British-Hungarian creative duo (The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death too) guaranteed immortality for the renowned cameraman whose career spanned seventy years.
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Jornal Português (1938-1951)
Title: Jornal Português (1938-1951)
Character: Himself (archive footage)
Released: December 12, 2005
Type: Movie
The newsreel series Jornal Português (1938-1951) was produced for the Secretariat of National Propaganda (SPN/SNI) by the "Portuguese Newsreel Society" (SPAC), under the technical supervision of António Lopes Ribeiro. It was conceived and employed as part of the propaganda machinery of Salazar's regime. Screened in cinema theatres prior to the main feature film, each issue of Jornal had approximately ten minutes in length and covered a variety of official government acts, national political news, major sports events and other assorted social and cultural affairs. Jornal Português is not only an indispensable document for the history of Estado Novo's propaganda, but also an unparalleled audiovisual archive of 1940s Portugal.
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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Title: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Character: Dr. Totenkopf
Released: September 17, 2004
Type: Movie
When gigantic robots attack New York City, "Sky Captain" uses his private air force to fight them off. His ex-girlfriend, reporter Polly Perkins, has been investigating the recent disappearance of prominent scientists. Suspecting a link between the global robot attacks and missing men, Sky Captain and Polly decide to work together. They fly to the Himalayas in pursuit of the mysterious Dr. Totenkopf, the mastermind behind the robots.
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Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
Title: Sir John Mills' Moving Memories
Character: Self (archive footage)
Released: August 1, 2000
Type: Movie
A film biography with a difference, Sir John Mills' Moving Memories charts the life of one of Britain's most distinguished actors. Compiled from interviews with the man himself and with his family and friends, it traces his career from humble beginnings to all-time great of British cinema. The many film clips reveal an electric screen presence and a willingness to undertake a range of difficult, challenging roles.
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The Filth and the Fury
Title: The Filth and the Fury
Character: Richard III (archive footage)
Released: March 29, 2000
Type: Movie
Julien Temple's second documentary profiling punk rock pioneers the Sex Pistols is an enlightening, entertaining trip back to a time when the punk movement was just discovering itself. Featuring archival footage, never-before-seen performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions as well as interviews with group members who lived to tell the tale--including the one and only John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).
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Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
Title: Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood
Character: (archive footage)
Released: January 23, 1999
Type: Movie
Paying homage to two of Hollywood's central icons, the film creates an unparalleled portrait of two very different personalities amidst the demise of the studio system.
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The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
Title: The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender
Character: Self (archive footage)
Released: November 1, 1997
Type: Movie
A film scrapbook, images, phrases from our past, hiding their meanings behind veils. Let's lift those veils, one by one, to find how images, at one time seeming innocent, have revealed, after decades, to have homosexual overtones.
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Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
Title: Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker
Released: October 28, 1991
Type: Movie
This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is Blue, The Man with the Golden Arm, and many other movies made from the '30s through the '70s. Interviews with actors Frank Sinatra, Vincent Price, James Stewart, Michael Caine, and others who worked with the flamboyant and sometimes control-obsessed director add information and insight to the story.
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Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
Title: Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond
Character: Self (archive footage)
Released: October 22, 1990
Type: Movie
The life and career of two-time Oscar winner Vivien Leigh, who battled tuberculosis and manic-depression but always remained a star.
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War Requiem
Title: War Requiem
Character: The Old Soldier
Released: January 6, 1989
Type: Movie
A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier (Wilfred Owen) and a nurse (his bride) during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars (WWII, Vietnam, Angola, etc.)
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The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
Title: The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind
Character: (archive footage)
Released: October 1, 1988
Type: Movie
This documentary revisits the making of Gone with the Wind via archival footage, screen tests, insightful interviews and rare film footage.
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Title: Lost Empires
Character: Harry Burrard
Released: October 24, 1986
Type: TV
Lost Empires is a 1986 television adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel of the same name, and starred Colin Firth, John Castle and Laurence Olivier. Produced by Granada Television, it was shown as a serial, and premiered on the UK's ITV network in October and November 1986.
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Directed by William Wyler
Title: Directed by William Wyler
Released: May 1, 1986
Type: Movie
Documentary about the famed Hollywood director.
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Title: Peter the Great
Character: King William III of Orange
Released: February 2, 1986
Type: TV
Peter the Great is a 1986 NBC television mini-series starring Maximilian Schell as Russian emperor Peter the Great, and based on the biography by Robert K. Massie. It won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including the award for Outstanding Miniseries.
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Wild Geese II
Title: Wild Geese II
Character: Rudolf Hess
Released: October 18, 1985
Type: Movie
A group of mercenaries is hired to spring Rudolf Hess from Spandau Prison in Berlin.
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Terror in the Aisles
Title: Terror in the Aisles
Character: Szell (archive footage) (uncredited)
Released: October 26, 1984
Type: Movie
A non-stop roller coaster ride through the scariest moments of the greatest terror films of all time.
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The Jigsaw Man
Title: The Jigsaw Man
Character: Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
Released: August 24, 1984
Type: Movie
Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB against each other.
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Title: The Last Days of Pompeii
Character: Gaius
Released: May 6, 1984
Type: TV
This seven-hour British-Italian adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 epic, set against the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and previously filmed in 1935, and in 1960 was a vehicle for muscleman Steve Reeves, was trashed by the critics as the campiest of sword and sandal sagas to emerge in years. This despite its reported $19-million price tag, the nobility of its cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Siobhan McKenna and Anthony Quayle, and its rather unspectacular special effects. The central figures are Nicholas Clay as Glaucus, the noble Athenian; Olivia Hussey as the high-born Ione, his love, who is seduced by the Egyptian, Arbaces (Franco Nero), a religious fanatic; Duncan Regehr as Lydon, the champion gladiator; and Linda Purl as the blind slave Nydia, who is torn between Glaucus and Lydon.
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The Bounty
Title: The Bounty
Character: Admiral Hood
Released: May 4, 1984
Type: Movie
The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.
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A Voyage Round My Father
Title: A Voyage Round My Father
Character: Clifford Mortimer
Released: April 19, 1984
Type: Movie
A successful lawyer struck with blindness in middle age continues his battles in the courtroom with the assistance of his family. As his son deals with bitter memories of their relationship, he also seeks his father's respect and love and in the process learns to love in return.
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The Ebony Tower
Title: The Ebony Tower
Released: April 1, 1984
Type: Movie
A brash young artist invades the secluded retirement of an elderly painter and finds that the great man lives with two young women in a tantalizingly ambiguous relationship.
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A Talent for Murder
Title: A Talent for Murder
Character: Dr. Anthony Wainwright
Released: January 17, 1984
Type: Movie
A famed mystery writer and her doctor ex-lover solve her daughter-in-law's murder.
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Title: Wagner
Character: Pfeuffer
Released: October 3, 1983
Type: TV
A huge panorama of Wagner's life and work, from before the 1848 Revolution, through his exile in Switzerland, his rescue by the besotted King Ludwig II of Bavaria to the final triumph at Bayreuth.
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Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson
Title: Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson
Character: Joe Halpern
Released: August 23, 1983
Type: Movie
Towards the end of their lives, two old friends discover that one of them was in love with the other one's wife for more than thirty years.
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King Lear
Title: King Lear
Character: King Lear
Released: April 3, 1983
Type: Movie
An aging King invites disaster when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters and rejects his one loving, but honest one.
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Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Title: Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Character: Himself (archive footage)
Released: February 25, 1983
Type: Movie
Out-takes (mostly from Warner Bros.), promotional shorts, movie premieres, public service pleas, wardrobe tests, documentary material, and archival footage make up this star-studded voyeuristic look at the Golden age of Hollywood during the 30s, 40, and 50.
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Inchon
Title: Inchon
Character: Gen. Douglas MacArthur
Released: May 4, 1982
Type: Movie
A noisy and absurd re-telling of the great 1950 invasion of Inchon during the Korean War which was masterminded by General Douglas MacArthur.
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Title: Brideshead Revisited
Character: Alexander Flyte, Lord Marchmain
Released: October 12, 1981
Type: TV
Charles Ryder, an agnostic man, becomes involved with members of the Flytes, a Catholic family of aristocrats, over the course of several years between the two world wars.
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Clash of the Titans
Title: Clash of the Titans
Character: Zeus
Released: June 12, 1981
Type: Movie
To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head, and battling the Kraken monster.
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At the Haunted End of the Day
Title: At the Haunted End of the Day
Character: Self
Released: January 1, 1981
Type: Movie
A documentary by Tony Palmer on English composer Sir William Walton (1902–1983), made shortly before his death. The film includes the only full-length interview ever recorded with Walton. Filmed at his home on Ischia and in Oxford, London & Oldham, it includes contributions from Laurence Olivier, Sacheverell Sitwell and Lady Susana Walton. Specially performed extracts of his music are conducted by Simon Rattle in his first substantial contribution to television when he was in his early 20s, with Simon Preston, Julian Bream, Yvonne Kenny, Yehudi Menuhin, Iona Brown, John Shirley-Quirk, Elgar Howarth & Ralph Kirshbaum, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford & Los Paraguayos.
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The Jazz Singer
Title: The Jazz Singer
Character: Cantor Rabinovitch
Released: December 17, 1980
Type: Movie
Jess Robin dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch, forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba, Jess gets a chance to go to Los Angeles and have famous singer Keith Lennox record one of his songs. Defying both his father and his wife, Jess leaves New York to pursue his dreams.
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Dracula
Title: Dracula
Character: Prof. Abraham Van Helsing
Released: July 20, 1979
Type: Movie
Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Count Dracula is a subject of fatal attraction to more than one English maiden lady, as he seeks an immortal bride.
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A Little Romance
Title: A Little Romance
Character: Julius
Released: April 27, 1979
Type: Movie
A young American girl and a young French boy meet in Paris and fall in love, with the assistance of an old man and his stories.
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The Boys from Brazil
Title: The Boys from Brazil
Character: Ezra Lieberman
Released: October 5, 1978
Type: Movie
Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.
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The Betsy
Title: The Betsy
Character: Loren Hardeman
Released: February 2, 1978
Type: Movie
Ruthless patriarch Loren hires racecar driver Angelo to build a more efficient vehicle against the wishes of his grandson. But things get even messier when Angelo romances two women in Loren's life -- his great-granddaughter and his mistress.
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Daphne Laureola
Title: Daphne Laureola
Character: Sir Joseph
Released: January 15, 1978
Type: Movie
A young man becomes infatuated with the exotic Lady Pitts - whose much older husband is not pleased.
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Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Title: Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Character: Antonio
Released: January 1, 1978
Type: Movie
One Saturday evening Rosa Priore is preparing a magnificent Sunday lunch for her family and their friends. By Sunday afternoon her life and marriage are in ruins.
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Come Back, Little Sheba
Title: Come Back, Little Sheba
Character: Doc Delaney
Released: December 31, 1977
Type: Movie
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.
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A Bridge Too Far
Title: A Bridge Too Far
Character: Dr. Jan Spaander
Released: June 15, 1977
Type: Movie
Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
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Title: Jesus of Nazareth
Character: Nicodemus
Released: March 27, 1977
Type: TV
Dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according to the Christian Bible's New Testament Gospels.
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Title: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Character: Big Daddy
Released: December 6, 1976
Type: Movie
The story of conflicts, power plays and secrets in a wealthy Mississippi family.
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Title: Laurence Olivier Presents
Character: Sir Joseph
Released: December 5, 1976
Type: TV
Laurence Olivier Presents is a British television series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978. The plays, with the exception of Hindle Wakes, all starred Laurence Olivier. Some of the plays were based on productions staged at the National Theatre during the period when Olivier was Artistic Director. In addition to distinguished English actors, the casts assembled for these productions included several Hollywood stars, such as Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.
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Title: Laurence Olivier Presents
Character: Antonio
Released: December 5, 1976
Type: TV
Laurence Olivier Presents is a British television series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978. The plays, with the exception of Hindle Wakes, all starred Laurence Olivier. Some of the plays were based on productions staged at the National Theatre during the period when Olivier was Artistic Director. In addition to distinguished English actors, the casts assembled for these productions included several Hollywood stars, such as Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.
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Title: Laurence Olivier Presents
Character: Doc Delaney
Released: December 5, 1976
Type: TV
Laurence Olivier Presents is a British television series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978. The plays, with the exception of Hindle Wakes, all starred Laurence Olivier. Some of the plays were based on productions staged at the National Theatre during the period when Olivier was Artistic Director. In addition to distinguished English actors, the casts assembled for these productions included several Hollywood stars, such as Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.
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Title: Laurence Olivier Presents
Character: Big Daddy
Released: December 5, 1976
Type: TV
Laurence Olivier Presents is a British television series made by Granada Television which ran from 1976 to 1978. The plays, with the exception of Hindle Wakes, all starred Laurence Olivier. Some of the plays were based on productions staged at the National Theatre during the period when Olivier was Artistic Director. In addition to distinguished English actors, the casts assembled for these productions included several Hollywood stars, such as Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.
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The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Title: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Character: Professor James Moriarty
Released: October 24, 1976
Type: Movie
Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux.
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The Gentleman Tramp
Title: The Gentleman Tramp
Character: Narrator
Released: October 10, 1976
Type: Movie
A film about the life and work of the master comedy filmmaker, Charles Chaplin.
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Marathon Man
Title: Marathon Man
Character: Christian Szell
Released: October 8, 1976
Type: Movie
A graduate student and obsessive runner in New York is drawn into a mysterious plot involving his brother, a member of the secretive Division.
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The Magic of Hollywood... Is the Magic of People
Title: The Magic of Hollywood... Is the Magic of People
Released: October 6, 1976
Type: Movie
Producer Robert Evans dominates with his trademark promotional style, but Schlesinger gets a short time on camera (one of his few available interviews about the film), and Hoffman has even more. A highlight is the celebration of Olivier's final shooting day, complete with speeches and a toast.
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The Collection
Title: The Collection
Character: Harry
Released: January 1, 1976
Type: Movie
Set in the rarefied world of West End boutique owners and fashion designers, The Collection takes as its departure point the moment when four elegant lives are suddenly shaken by the suggestion of infidelity. The sinister anonymous phone call that disturbs Harry Kane at four o'clock in the morning becomes increasingly hard to establish...
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Love Among the Ruins
Title: Love Among the Ruins
Character: Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones
Released: March 6, 1975
Type: Movie
An aging actress and socialite, Jessica Medlicott has ended her engagement with a younger man and is now being sued by her former fiancé. Esteemed barrister Sir Arthur Glanville-Jones is assigned to represent Jessica in the lawsuit, and he also happens to be an old suitor of hers from decades earlier. While Jessica claims not to remember him, and Arthur still smarts from her earlier rejection, the two form a close bond during the case.
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Title: The World at War
Character: Narrator
Released: October 31, 1973
Type: TV
A documentary series that gives a historical account of the events of World War II, from its roots in the 1920s to the aftermath and the lives it profoundly influenced.
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The Merchant of Venice
Title: The Merchant of Venice
Character: Shylock
Released: October 7, 1973
Type: Movie
An Edwardian take on the Shakespeare play starring Laurence Olivier.
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Long Day's Journey Into Night
Title: Long Day's Journey Into Night
Character: James Tyrone Sr.
Released: March 10, 1973
Type: Movie
On a day in the summer of 1912, the family of retired matinee idol James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of Tyrone's wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund, and the alcoholism and debauchery of the older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.
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Sleuth
Title: Sleuth
Character: Andrew Wyke
Released: December 10, 1972
Type: Movie
A mystery novelist devises an insurance scam with his wife’s lover – but things aren’t exactly as they seem.
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Lady Caroline Lamb
Title: Lady Caroline Lamb
Character: Duke of Wellington
Released: November 22, 1972
Type: Movie
Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.
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Nicholas and Alexandra
Title: Nicholas and Alexandra
Character: Count Witte
Released: November 29, 1971
Type: Movie
Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.
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Title: Great Performances
Character: Harry
Released: January 28, 1971
Type: TV
The best in the performing arts from across America and around the world including a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.
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Title: Great Performances
Character: Self
Released: January 28, 1971
Type: TV
The best in the performing arts from across America and around the world including a diverse programming portfolio of classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries.
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Three Sisters
Title: Three Sisters
Character: Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
Released: April 1, 1970
Type: Movie
Laurence Olivier's film of Chekhov's play.
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David Copperfield
Title: David Copperfield
Character: Mr. Creakle
Released: December 1, 1969
Type: Movie
A made for TV movie of the Charles Dickens' classic novel, turns Dickens' picaresque tale into an extended flashback, with David Copperfield Robin Phillips as a young man, brooding on a deserted beach, recalling his youth. The characters are all trotted out in choppy flashbacks as David remembers his life as a young orphan, brought to London and passed around from relatives, to guardians, to boarding school.
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Battle of Britain
Title: Battle of Britain
Character: Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
Released: September 15, 1969
Type: Movie
In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.
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Oh! What a Lovely War
Title: Oh! What a Lovely War
Character: Field Marshal Sir John French
Released: March 10, 1969
Type: Movie
Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.
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Male of the Species
Title: Male of the Species
Character: Narrator
Released: January 3, 1969
Type: Movie
Male of the Species was conceived as three TV Plays for the British 'ITV Saturday Night Theatre' series. In their UK form and respective order they were known as 'Macneil' featuring Sean Connery; 'Cornelius' featuring Michael Caine and 'Emlyn' featuring Paul Scofield.
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The Dance of Death
Title: The Dance of Death
Character: Edgar
Released: January 1, 1969
Type: Movie
An egocentric artillery captain and his venomous wife engage in savage unremitting battles in their isolated island fortress of the coast of Sweden at the turn of the century. Alice, a former actress who sacrificed her career for secluded military life with Edgar, reveals on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary, the veritable hell their marriage has been. Edgar, an aging schizoid who refuses to acknowledge his severe illness, struggles to sustain his ferocity and arrogance with an animal disregard for other people.
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The Shoes of the Fisherman
Title: The Shoes of the Fisherman
Character: Piotr Ilyich Kamenev
Released: November 14, 1968
Type: Movie
All eyes focus on the Vatican, watching for the traditional puffs of white smoke that signal the election of the next Pope. This time much more is at stake. The new pontiff may be the only person who can bring peace to a world on the brink of nuclear nightmare.
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Title: The Dick Cavett Show
Character: Self - Guest
Released: June 6, 1968
Type: TV
The Dick Cavett Show has been the title of several talk shows hosted by Dick Cavett on various television networks.
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Romeo and Juliet
Title: Romeo and Juliet
Character: Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Released: April 2, 1968
Type: Movie
Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families. Driven by their passion, the young lovers defy their destiny and elope, only to suffer the ultimate tragedy.
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Great Acting: Laurence Olivier
Title: Great Acting: Laurence Olivier
Character: Interviewee
Released: December 31, 1966
Type: Movie
In this television documentary, Laurence Oliver is interviewed by Kenneth Tynan about his Shakespearean films.
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Title: ABC Stage 67
Released: September 14, 1966
Type: TV
ABC Stage 67 is the umbrella title for a series of 26 weekly shows that included dramas, variety shows, documentaries, and original musicals. It premiered on American Broadcasting Company on September 14, 1966 with Murray Schisgal's The Love Song of Barney Kempinksi, directed by Stanley Prager and starring Alan Arkin as a man enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City in his last remaining hours of bachelorhood. Arkin was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama and the program was nominated as Outstanding Dramatic Program. Future programs included appearances by Petula Clark, Bobby Darin, Sir Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Peter Sellers, David Frost, and Jack Paar. ABC's effort to bring culture to the masses was a noble but unsuccessful experiment. Scheduled first against I Spy on Wednesdays and then The Dean Martin Show on Thursdays, the show consistently received low ratings. Its last production, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau's one-woman play The Human Voice starring Ingrid Bergman, aired on May 4, 1967. "Stage 67" was not actually a part of the primary ABC facilities in Los Angeles. It was produced at the old Monogram Studios backlot that was later sold to KCET.
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Khartoum
Title: Khartoum
Character: Mahdi
Released: June 9, 1966
Type: Movie
English General Charles George Gordon is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army.
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Othello
Title: Othello
Character: Othello
Released: December 15, 1965
Type: Movie
The 1965 version of the Shakespeare play.
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Bunny Lake Is Missing
Title: Bunny Lake Is Missing
Character: Supt. Newhouse
Released: October 3, 1965
Type: Movie
A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.
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Olivier Talks About Othello
Title: Olivier Talks About Othello
Character: Self/Host
Released: January 1, 1965
Type: Movie
Promotional short hosted by Laurence Olivier promoting the film "Othello."
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Uncle Vanya
Title: Uncle Vanya
Character: Dr. Astrov
Released: November 20, 1963
Type: Movie
Adaptation of Chekhov's play from the Chichester Festival.
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Term of Trial
Title: Term of Trial
Character: Graham Weir
Released: August 16, 1962
Type: Movie
A schoolteacher plagued by alcoholism and his refusal to serve in World War II, Graham Weir inspires contempt in almost everyone around him, including his bitter wife, Anna. When the lovely young Shirley Taylor, one of Weir's students, falls for her unfortunate instructor, he is tempted and flattered but turns down her advances. Taylor's subsequent actions make Weir's life even more complicated.
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The Power and the Glory
Title: The Power and the Glory
Character: Priest
Released: October 29, 1961
Type: Movie
Based on Graham Greene's novel about a flawed but devoted priest in 1930s Mexico who attempts to perform his duties while eluding a police lieutenant determined to capture him.
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Spartacus
Title: Spartacus
Character: Marcus Licinius Crassus
Released: October 13, 1960
Type: Movie
The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.
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The Entertainer
Title: The Entertainer
Character: Archie Rice
Released: July 25, 1960
Type: Movie
Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.
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The Moon and Sixpence
Title: The Moon and Sixpence
Character: Charles Strickland
Released: October 30, 1959
Type: Movie
A staid, dull Englishman abruptly deserts his wife and children to become a painter in the South Seas.
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The Devil's Disciple
Title: The Devil's Disciple
Character: Gen. Burgoyne
Released: August 20, 1959
Type: Movie
In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend.
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The Prince and the Showgirl
Title: The Prince and the Showgirl
Character: The Regent
Released: June 13, 1957
Type: Movie
A saucy American showgirl in London is wooed by a roving-eyed Duke, but his estranged son, the young King, interrupts their late supper with politics and angry accusations.
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Title: Tony Awards
Character: Himself - Recipient
Released: April 1, 1956
Type: TV
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as a Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre.
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Richard III
Title: Richard III
Character: Richard III
Released: December 13, 1955
Type: Movie
Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne, and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, Richard orchestrates a bloody rise to power before finding all his gains jeopardized by those he betrayed.
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The Beggar's Opera
Title: The Beggar's Opera
Character: MacHeath
Released: October 5, 1953
Type: Movie
Adaptation of John Gay's 18th century opera, featuring Laurence Olivier as MacHeath and Hugh Griffith as the Beggar.
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A Queen Is Crowned
Title: A Queen Is Crowned
Character: Narrator
Released: June 2, 1953
Type: Movie
A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.
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Title: The Oscars
Character: Self
Released: March 18, 1953
Type: TV
An annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, that is better known by its nickname Oscar.
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Carrie
Title: Carrie
Character: George Hurstwood
Released: July 17, 1952
Type: Movie
Carrie's dreams of adventure in the big city are quickly squashed as she discovers all that awaits her there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly paid factory work—that is, until a traveling salesman named Drouet steps into her life and changes her outlook.
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The Magic Box
Title: The Magic Box
Character: Police Constable 94-B
Released: January 1, 1952
Type: Movie
Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. But he was also an inventor and his search for a way to project moving pictures became an obsession that ultimately changed the life of all those he loved.
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Hamlet
Title: Hamlet
Character: Hamlet - Prince of Denmark / Voice of Ghost
Released: December 10, 1948
Type: Movie
Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. Olivier is at his most inspired—both as director and as the melancholy Dane himself—as he breathes new life into the words of one of the world’s greatest dramatists.
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Henry V
Title: Henry V
Character: King Henry
Released: November 24, 1944
Type: Movie
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
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This Happy Breed
Title: This Happy Breed
Character: Narrator (voice)
Released: May 28, 1944
Type: Movie
In 1919, Frank Gibbons returns home from army duty and moves into a middle-class row house, bringing with him wife Ethel, carping mother-in-law Mrs. Flint, sister-in-law Sylvia and three children. Years pass, with the daily routine of family infighting and reconciliation occasionally broken by a strike or a festival.
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The Volunteer
Title: The Volunteer
Character: Himself
Released: January 10, 1944
Type: Movie
World War II propaganda film.
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The Demi-Paradise
Title: The Demi-Paradise
Character: Ivan Kouznetsoff
Released: November 18, 1943
Type: Movie
Ivan Kouznetsoff, a Russian engineer, recounts during World War II his stay in England prior to the war working on a new propeller for ice-breaking ships. Naïve about British people and convinced by hearsay that they are shallow and hypocritical, Ivan is both bemused and amused by them. He is blunt in his opinions about Britons and at first this puts off his hosts, including the lovely Ann Tisdall, whose grandfather runs the shipbuilding firm that will make use of Ivan's propeller. The longer Ivan stays, however, the more he comes to understand the humor, warmth, strength, and conviction of the British people, and the more they come to see him as a friend rather than merely a suspicious Russian. As a romantic bond grows between Ivan and Ann, a cultural bond begins to grow as well, particularly as the war begins and Russia is attacked by Germany.
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Malta G.C.
Title: Malta G.C.
Character: Narrator
Released: January 1, 1942
Type: Movie
Short WW II documentary
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49th Parallel
Title: 49th Parallel
Character: Johnnie, the Trapper
Released: November 24, 1941
Type: Movie
In the early days of World War II, a German U-boat is sunk in Canada's Hudson Bay. Hoping to evade capture, a small band of German soldiers led by commanding officer Lieutenant Hirth attempts to cross the border into the United States, which has not yet entered the war and is officially neutral. Along the way, the German soldiers encounter brave men such as a French-Canadian fur trapper, Johnnie, a leader of a Hutterite farming community, Peter, an author, Philip and a soldier, Andy Brock.
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That Hamilton Woman
Title: That Hamilton Woman
Character: Lord Horatio Nelson
Released: April 3, 1941
Type: Movie
The story of courtesan and dance-hall girl Emma Hamilton, including her relationships with Sir William Hamilton and Admiral Horatio Nelson and her rise and fall, set during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Words for Battle
Title: Words for Battle
Character: Narrator (voice)
Released: January 24, 1941
Type: Movie
Poetry by Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, and William Blake, and excerpts from speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, all read by Laurence Olivier, illuminate documentary footage of England during its defense against the Nazi blitz in World War II. This short film serves as both propaganda and as a rallying cry to the British people.
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Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Title: Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
Character: Himself
Released: July 31, 1940
Type: Movie
This 1940 presentation features highlights of earlier (1928 onward) Oscar ceremonies including Shirley Temple and Walt Disney, plus acceptance speeches for films released in 1939 with recipients and presenters including Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, Hattie McDaniel, Fay Bainter, Mickey Rooney, Thomas Mitchell, Sinclair Lewis, and more, with host Bob Hope.
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Pride and Prejudice
Title: Pride and Prejudice
Character: Mr. Darcy
Released: July 26, 1940
Type: Movie
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five unmarried daughters, and Mrs. Bennet is especially eager to find suitable husbands for them. When the rich single gentlemen Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy come to live nearby, the Bennets have high hopes. But pride, prejudice and misunderstandings all combine to complicate their relationships and to make happiness difficult.
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Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Title: Hollywood: Style Center of the World
Character: Self
Released: May 29, 1940
Type: Movie
This short promotes the premise that movies often create a demand for the fashions seen in them. It starts with a vignette in rural America. A mother and daughter go to town to buy a new dress. In the dress shop window is a designer dress worn by Joan Crawford in a recent movie. We then go to Hollywood and visit Adrian, MGM's chief of costume design, and see how multiple copies of a single clothing pattern are produced. The film ends with short segments of several MGM features.
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Rebecca
Title: Rebecca
Character: 'Maxim' de Winter
Released: March 23, 1940
Type: Movie
Story of a young woman who marries a fascinating widower only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. The young wife must come to grips with the terrible secret of her handsome, cold husband, Max De Winter. She must also deal with the jealous, obsessed Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, who will not accept her as the mistress of the house.
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21 Days
Title: 21 Days
Character: Larry Durrant
Released: January 7, 1940
Type: Movie
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows.
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Q Planes
Title: Q Planes
Character: Tony McVane
Released: June 20, 1939
Type: Movie
An eccentric Scotland Yard inspector thinks something beamed from a spy ship is dropping planes.
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Wuthering Heights
Title: Wuthering Heights
Character: Heathcliff
Released: April 7, 1939
Type: Movie
The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged little boy called Heathcliff. Earnshaw's son, Hindley, resents the child, but Heathcliff becomes companion and soulmate to Hindley's sister, Catherine. After her parents die, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up wild and free on the moors and despite the continued enmity between Hindley and Heathcliff they're happy -- until Cathy meets Edgar Linton, the son of a wealthy neighbor.
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The Divorce of Lady X
Title: The Divorce of Lady X
Character: Everard Logan
Released: January 15, 1938
Type: Movie
The morning after a London barrister lets a mystery woman stay in his suite, a friend files for divorce.
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Fire Over England
Title: Fire Over England
Character: Michael Ingolby
Released: March 5, 1937
Type: Movie
The film is a historical drama set during the reign of Elizabeth I (Flora Robson), focusing on the English defeat of the Spanish Armada, whence the title. In 1588, relations between Spain and England are at the breaking point. With the support of Queen Elizabeth I, British sea raiders such as Sir Francis Drake regularly capture Spanish merchantmen bringing gold from the New World.
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The Conquest of the Air
Title: The Conquest of the Air
Character: Vincent Lunardi
Released: December 1, 1936
Type: Movie
This early docudrama uses dramatic re-enactment, working models of early flying machines, and archival footage to trace man's attempts to fly from ancient times through the 1930's.
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As You Like It
Title: As You Like It
Character: Orlando
Released: September 2, 1936
Type: Movie
Film version of Shakespeare's comedy of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to win the attention of the one she loves.
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Moscow Nights
Title: Moscow Nights
Character: Captain Ivan Ignatoff
Released: November 5, 1935
Type: Movie
During the First World War, Russian officer Ignatoff, wounded, falls in love with his nurse, Natasha. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy industrialist of peasant stock. Brioukow is unjustifiably jealous, since Natasha has not betrayed him. He forces Ignatoff into his debt as a means of humiliating him. When Ignatoff's new friend, Madame Sabline, offers to pay his debt, preventing his ruin, Ignatoff comes quickly to realize that Madame Sabline has an ulterior motive, one that could prove dangerous to more lives than just Ignatoff's.
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Perfect Understanding
Title: Perfect Understanding
Character: Nicholas Randall
Released: January 15, 1933
Type: Movie
A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree never to disagree. That agreement is soon put to the test when the husband finds himself attracted to a beautiful young woman.
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Westward Passage
Title: Westward Passage
Character: Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
Released: May 27, 1932
Type: Movie
A struggling writer divorces his wife to pursue his career without interference, but they meet in Europe years later after she has remarried.
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The Yellow Ticket
Title: The Yellow Ticket
Character: Julian Rolfe
Released: October 30, 1931
Type: Movie
A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country.
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Friends and Lovers
Title: Friends and Lovers
Character: Lieutenant Ned Nichols
Released: October 3, 1931
Type: Movie
British Army captain Geoff Roberts carries on an affair with Alva, the wife of the cruel Victor Sangrito. Sangrito, however, is well aware of the affair, as he uses his beautiful wife to lure men into romance with her, then blackmailing them to save their careers.
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Potiphar's Wife
Title: Potiphar's Wife
Character: Straker
Released: January 1, 1931
Type: Movie
A romance film directed by Maurice Elvey.
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Too Many Crooks
Title: Too Many Crooks
Character: The Boy
Released: August 1, 1930
Type: Movie
A man tries to burgle his own safe on the same night that a professional criminal attempts it.
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The Temporary Widow
Title: The Temporary Widow
Character: Peter Bille
Released: July 13, 1930
Type: Movie
Kitty Kellermann is put on trial for murdering her husband, a failed painter. When her counsel resigns from his mandate, the mysterious Peter Bille steps in, though it becomes apparent that he actually is not an advocate but Kitty's lover and moreover confesses the murder. The widow has to admit that the pictures by her deceased spouse sell much better, only for him to suddenly appear alive.
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Charmed Lives: A Family Romance
Title: Charmed Lives: A Family Romance
Character: Self (archive footage)
Released: December 31, 1969
Type: Movie
A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud drove him to airports; the British film industry kowtowed to his power; the great Hollywood studios fawned at his feet.Sir Alexander Korda, one of the world's most flamboyant movie tycoons, rose from obscurity in rural Hungary to become a legendary filmmaker. With him were his brothers, Zoltan and Vincent, all living charmed lives in circles that included H. G. Wells, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Marlena Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, and Merle Oberon, who was soon to be Alex's wife. But along with Alex's flair for success was an equally powerful impulse for destruction.
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The World At War
Title: The World At War
Character: 演员
Released: December 31, 1969
Type: Movie