The Magic Box

1951 · 1 hr 58 min

Approved7.078%64%
Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene (Robert Donat) 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 at which he was so good. 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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Directed By
John Boulting
Studio
Festival Film Productions

Cast of The Magic Box

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Robert DonatWilliam Friese-Greene
MJ
Margaret JohnstonEdith Harrison Friese-Greene
MS
Maria SchellHelena Friese-Greene
RA
RB
Robert BeattyLord Beaverbrook
MB
Martin BoddeySitter in Bath Studio
EC
Edward ChapmanFather in Family Group
JC
John CharlesworthGraham Friese-Greene
MC
Maurice ColbourneBride's Father in wedding group
RC
Roland Culver1st Company Promoter
JD
John Howard DaviesMaurice Friese-Greene
MD
JD
HE
Henry EdwardsFox Talbot's Butler
ME
Mary EllisNell Collings
MF
Marjorie FieldingElderly Viscountess
LG
Leo GennMaida Vale Doctor
MG
Marius GoringHouse Agent
EG
Everley GreggBridegroom's Mother
JG
Joyce GrenfellMrs Claire
RH
Robertson HareSitter in Bath Studio
KH
Kathleen HarrisonMother in Family Group
WH
William HartnellRecruiting Sergeant
JH
Joan HicksonMrs Stukely
TH
Thora HirdDoctor's Housekeeper
SH
Stanley HollowayBroker's Man
PH
Patrick HoltSitter in Bath Studio
MH
Michael HordernOfficial Receiver
JH
Jack HulbertHolborn Policeman
SJ
Sid JamesArmy Sergeant
GJ
Glynis JohnsMay Jones
BJ
PJ
Peter JonesIndustry Man
JK
James KenneyKenneth Friese-Greene
AL
Ann LancasterBridesmaid in Wedding Group
HL
Herbert LomasWarehouse Manager
JL
John LongdenSpeaker in Connaught Rooms
BL
Bessie LoveBride's Mother in Wedding Group
MM
Miles MallesonOrchestra Conductor
GM
Garry MarshCompany Promoter
MM
Muir MathiesonSir Arthur Sullivan
AM
A.E. MatthewsOld Gentleman
BM
Bernard MilesCousin Alfred
RM
Richard MurdochSitter in Bath Studio
JM
John McCallumSitter in Bath Studio
DO
David OakeClaude Friese-Greene
LO
Laurence OlivierPolice Constable 94-B
CP
Cecil Parker1st Platform Man
FP
Frank PettingellBridegroom's Father in Wedding Group
NP
Norman PierceSpeaker in Connaught Rooms
EP
Eric PortmanArthur Collings
DP
PR
Peter ReynoldsBridegroom in Wedding Group
JS
Janette ScottEthel Friese-Greene
RS
Ronald ShinerFairground Barker
SS
Sheila SimNursemaid
OS
Oda SlobodskayaSoloist at Bath Concert
JS
John Stuart2nd Platform Man at Connaught
MS
Marianne StoneBride in Wedding Group
BS
Basil SydneyWilliam Fox-Talbot
ST
Sybil ThorndikeSitter in Bath Studio
DT
CT
Cecil TrouncerJohn Rudge
MT
Michael TrubshaweSitter in Bath Studio
PU
Peter UstinovIndustry Man
FV
Frederick ValkMaurice Guttenburg
AV
Amy VenessGrandmother in Wedding Group
CV
Charles VictorIndustry Man
KW
Kay WalshHotel Receptionist
NW
Norman WatsonDoctor in Connaught Rooms
EW
Emlyn WilliamsBank Manager
GW
Googie WithersSitter in Bath Studio
JY
Joan YoungGlove Shop Colleague

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