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Prelude to Fame

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Fergus McDonell
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Drama starring Guy Rolfe and Kathleen Byron. The career of a supremely talented boy pianist is endangered by an ambitious patron of the arts.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Dashing the highbrow aspirations of their producers, films about classical music have nearly always been box-office poison. This uninspired tale about a child prodigy whose tutor is his only refuge from expectation and exploitation was no exception. Adapted from a minor Aldous Huxley story, Young Archimedes, the film was directed with little flair by Fergus McDonell, who had obviously been instructed to keep the focus firmly on the sickly soloist, played rather well by Jeremy Spenser. The film was the last made using the ill-fated Independent Frame method, which aimed to cut costs by using back-projected interior scenery.

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Credits

Cast

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John MorellGuy Rolfe
Signora BondiniKathleen Byron
Catherine MorellKathleen Ryan
GuidoJeremy Spenser
Signor BondiniHenry Oscar
CarlottaRosalie Crutchley
Dr LorenzoJohn Slater
Sir Arthur HaroldJames Robertson-Justice
CarloFerdy Mayne

Crew

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DirectorFergus McDonell

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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