Glynis Johns (born 5 October, 1923) is a Tony Award-winning British stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer (notably of "Send in the Clowns" in Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music).
With a career spanning seven decades, Johns is often cited as the "complete actress", who happens to be a trained pianist and singer. She is also an accomplished dancer, and was qualified to teach ballet by age ten.
Johns is the daughter of Welsh actor Mervyn Johns, and her roots are in West Wales, although she was born in Pretoria, South Africa while her parents were performing on tour there. Johns' mother, Alys Steele, was a concert pianist. Her uncle - two years her junior - was Stratford Johns.
Johns made her 1938 film debut in the movie version of Winifred Holtby's novel, South Riding. In 1944, she appeared opposite her father in Halfway House, and in 1948 starred as a mermaid in Miranda (Johns later reprised the role in a 1954 sequel, Mad About Men). She made a successful...
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Dear Brigitte is a 1965 family-comedy starring James Stewart and directed by Henry Koster. Stewart stars as a college professor of a genius son, the precocious Erasmus (Bill Mumy). After using his skills for gambling at the horse track, Erasmus becomes infatuated with model and actress Brigitte Bardot (who plays herself in the film). Through his love letters, Erasmus is invited to France, and Stewart follows along. ...,
Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical film produced by Walt Disney, based on the Mary Poppins series of children's books written by P. L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. Songs in the film are by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. It is rated G by the MPAA, G in Australia and U in the United Kingdom.
In 2006 this film ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.
The film opens with a shot of Mary Poppins touching up her makeup as she perches on a cloud high above 1910 London. The action then descends to earth where Bert, a cockney jack-of-all-trades, introduces the audience to the well-to-do, but troubled, Banks family, headed by the cold and aloof Mr. Banks and the loving but highly distracted Mrs. Banks. The Banks' latest nanny has just quit out of exasperation at the supposed indiscipline of the Banks children, Jane and Michael, a fact of which Mrs. Banks only belatedly becomes aware due to her ongoing preoccupation with suffragette rallies.
Another Time, Another Place is a 1958 film melodrama starring Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan and Sean Connery.An American reporter (Turner) working in Europe during World War II begins an affair with a British reporter (Connery). She's conflicted on whether to marry her rich boss or the charming young reporter she is having an affair with. Finally, she choses the British reporter only to find that he is married and has a son. The two separate shortly thereafter, then decide to stay together and work out their problems.After the war ends, the British reporter is killed in an accident, sending the American reporter into mourning. Her boss, after a few months, convinces her to come back to the United States and work for him. Before she goes, she visits her old lover's hometown and ends up living with her ex-lover's wife and child....,
The Court Jester is a 1956 comedy film starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury. The movie is co-written, co-directed, and co-produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama. The film was released by Paramount Pictures in the VistaVision widescreen format.Danny Kaye received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actor - Comedy/Musical.Made for a cost of $4 million in the fall of 1955, it was the most expensive comedy film ever produced. The motion picture bombed at the box-office on its release, bringing in only $2.2 million in receipts the following winter and spring of 1956. Since then, it has become a television matinee favorite. The film contains the famous exchange: "The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true" (mainly between Kaye and Mildred Natwick as Griselda).Ostensibly set in medieval England, the plot nominally concerns the struggle to restore the...,
No Highway in the Sky is a 1951 British disaster film directed by Henry Koster and starring James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. The film is based on the novel No Highway by Nevil Shute, and was one of the first films that involved a potential airplane crash.
The film follows Theodore Honey (James Stewart), an aeronautical engineer leaving London to investigate a plane crash in Labrador, which he theorizes occurs because of a structural flaw in the plane's design. It isn't until Honey is aboard the Reindeer class plane that he realizes he himself is flying one such plane, and that it is due to crash in a matter of hours. Honey decides to warn the passengers and crew, including actress Monica Teasdale (Marlene Dietrich), despite not being sure of his theory.
James Stewart as Theodore Honey Marlene Dietrich as Monica Teasdale Glynis Johns as Marjorie Corder Jack Hawkins as Dennis Scott Janette Scott as Elspeth Honey Elizabeth Allan as Shirley Scott Ronald Squire as Sir John,...,
Miranda is British comedy film, made in 1948. It was directed by Ken Annakin and written by Peter Blackmore, who also wrote the play. Denis Waldock wrote additional dialogue.Miranda (Glynis Johns) is a mermaid. She is caught by a doctor (Griffith Jones) on holiday in Cornwall. He takes her to his home in London and tries to prevent anybody else from learning about her. Miranda's seductive nature earns her the admiration of several men and the jealousy of the women in their lives.Johns reprised the role in a 1954 sequel, Mad About Men.Miranda at the Internet Movie Database...,
Forty-Ninth Parallel (1941) is the third film made by the British writer-director team of Powell and Pressburger. It was released in the USA as The Invaders. Despite the title, no scene in the movie is set at the forty-ninth parallel, which forms much of the U.S.-Canadian border. The only border scene is at Niagara Falls, which is located further south.
The British Ministry of Information approached Michael Powell to make a propaganda film for them, suggesting he make "a film about mine-sweeping." Instead, Powell decided to make a different film set in Canada, to sway a still-neutral United States. Said Powell, "I hoped it might scare the pants off the Americans [and thus bring them into the war]." Screenwriter Emeric Pressburger remarked, "Goebbels considered himself an expert on propaganda, but I thought I'd show him a thing or two." After persuading the British and Canadian governments, Powell started location filming in 1940.
Early in WWII, Nazi survivors of a German U-boat sunk...
Glynis Johns was born in Pretoria, Gauteng, Gauteng, South Africa