The Great Mr. Handel
The Great Mr. Handel is a 1942 British Technicolor historical film directed by Norman Walker and starring Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan and Malcolm Keen. The film is a biopic of the 18th-century German-British composer Georg Friedrich Händel, focusing in particular on the years leading up to his 1741 oratorio Messiah.
|The Great Mr. Handel|
|Directed by||Norman Walker|
|Produced by||James B. Sloan|
|Written by||Lawrence du Garde Peach |
|Starring||Wilfrid Lawson |
|Music by||George Frideric Handel |
|Cinematography||Jack Cardiff |
|Edited by||Sam Simmonds|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors|
|9 November 1942|
Production and release
The film was made by the Rank Organisation at Denham Studios, using Technicolor. After a private screening, the company head J. Arthur Rank criticised its lack of glamorous appeal. The film was not a box office success on its release.
- Wilfrid Lawson as George Frideric Handel
- Elizabeth Allan as Mrs. Cibber
- Malcolm Keen as Lord Chesterfield
- Michael Shepley as Sir Charles Marsham
- Max Kirby as Frederick, Prince of Wales
- Hay Petrie as Phineas
- Morris Harvey as John Heidegger
- A. E. Matthews as Charles Jennens
- Frederick Cooper as Pooley
- Andrew Leigh as Captain Coram
- Harper, Sue. Picturing the Past: The Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film. British Film Institute, 1994.
- Macnab, Geoffrey. J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry. Routledge, 1994.
- Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain, 1939-1949. Routledge, 1989.
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