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Great Expectations (26-Dec-1946)

Director: David Lean

Writers: David Lean; Ronald Neame; Anthony Havelock-Allan; Kay Walsh; Cecil McGivern

From novel: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Music Score Composed and Conducted by: Walter Goehr

Producer: Ronald Neame

Keywords: Drama

Young orphan Pip befriends Magwitch, an escaped convict. Later, he becomes playmate to Estella, ward of Miss Havisham, an elderly lady who has never recovered from being jilted decades prior. As he nears the age of majority, Pip receives financial support from an unnamed benefactor, presumably Miss Havisham. It is enough income to live as a gentleman, though money does not take well to Pip. Definitive version of Dickens' classic, with nary a false step. Received Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Set Decoration; nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Finlay Currie
Actor
20-Jan-1878 9-May-1968 Great Expectations
Alec Guinness
Actor
2-Apr-1914 5-Aug-2000 Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
Valerie Hobson
Actor
14-Apr-1917 13-Nov-1998 Kind Hearts and Coronets
Martita Hunt
Actor
30-Jan-1899 13-Jun-1969 Great Expectations
Bernard Miles
Actor
27-Sep-1907 14-Jun-1991 Founder of the Mermaid Theatre, London
John Mills
Actor
22-Feb-1908 23-Apr-2005 Ryan's Daughter
Jean Simmons
Actor
31-Jan-1929 22-Jan-2010 Guys and Dolls
Francis L. Sullivan
Actor
6-Jan-1903 19-Nov-1956 Great Expectations
Torin Thatcher
Actor
15-Jan-1905 4-Mar-1981 The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

CAST

John Mills   ...   Pip
Valerie Hobson   ...   Estella
Bernard Miles   ...   Joe Gargery
Francis L. Sullivan   ...   Mr. Jaggers
Martita Hunt   ...   Miss Havisham
Finlay Currie   ...   Magwitch
Alec Guinness   ...   Herbert Pocket
Ivor Barnard   ...   Mr. Wemmick
Freda Jackson   ...   Mrs. Joe
Introducing
Anthony Wager   ...   Young Pip
Jean Simmons   ...   Young Estella
Eileen Erskine   ...   Biddy
George Hayes   ...   Convict
Hay Petrie   ...   Uncle Pumblechook
John Forrest   ...   The Pale Young Gentleman
Torin Thatcher   ...   Bentley Drummle
O. B. Clarence   ...   The Aged Parent
John Burch   ...   Mr. Wopsle
Richard George   ...   The Sergeant
Grace Denbigh-Russell   ...   Mrs. Wopsle
Everley Gregg   ...   Sarah Pocket
Anne Holland   ...   Relation
Frank Atkinson   ...   Mike
Gordon Begg   ...   Night Porter
Edie Martin   ...   Mrs. Whimple
Walford Hyden   ...   The Dancing Master
Roy Arthur   ...   Galley Steersman

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