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Director  Norman Walker
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

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Country  United Kingdom
The Great Mr Handel movie poster
Writer  Lawrence du Garde Peach, Victor MacLure
Release date  9 November 1942

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 Eighteenth century Anglo-German composer Georg Friedrich Handel, focusing in particular on the years leading up to his 1741 oratorio Messiah.

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A lavish period drama produced in 1942 by Lord Rank's G.H.W. Productions Ltd.

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.

Main cast

  • 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
  • Bibliography

  • 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.
  • References

    The Great Mr. Handel Wikipedia
    The Great Mr. Handel IMDb The Great Mr. Handel themoviedb.org