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Fanny by Gaslight

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1944
  • Anthony Asquith
  • 103 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period drama starring Phyllis Calvert, James Mason and Stewart Granger. In 19th-century London, Fanny, the illegitimate daughter of a cabinet minister, is employed as a maid in her father's home. There, she falls in love with his political assistant Harry, but her happiness is threatened by the attentions of the wicked Lord Manderstoke.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

In this Gainsborough period drama, Phyllis Calvert plays the politician's illegitimate daughter whose unfortunate childhood threatens her future happiness. Adapted from a controversial Michael Sadleir novel exploring Victorian prostitution, it's more luridly Hogarthian than usual and, despite being visually sanitised, it doesn't hesitate in drawing attention to the sleazier corners of contemporary society. James Mason (as evil aristocrat Lord Manderstoke) and Stewart Granger (as Fanny's suitor Harry Somerford) swagger in appropriate fashion and both profited from their performances. It seems mighty innocent now, but it caused quite a fuss in its day.

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Credits

Cast

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FannyPhyllis Calvert
Lord ManderstokeJames Mason
Harry SomerfordStewart Granger
ChunksWilfrid Lawson
LucyJean Kent
AliciaMargaretta Scott
Mrs HopwoodNora Swinburne
Kate SomerfordCathleen Nesbitt

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Asquith

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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