John Gregson (15 March 1919 â€“ 8 January 1975) was a British actor.
He was born as Harold Thomas Gregson in Wavertree, Liverpool, England, of Scottish descent, where he was educated at the St Francis Xavier School. He met his wife, the actress Thea Gregory, when they were appearing together in rep at Perth in 1946 and they were married in London in 1947. They had three daughters and three sons.
He appeared as John Gregson in 40 films between 1948 and 1971 and on television from 1960 until his death. He was often cast as a police inspector or as a navy or army officer, or for his comedy roles in Ealing and other British films. From 1965 he mainly worked on TV, starring as Commander George Gideon in the series Gideon's Way, known as Gideon C.I.D. in America.
His most famous comedy role was in the film chosen for the Royal Command Performance in 1953, Genevieve, also starring Kenneth More, Dinah Sheridan and Kay Kendall. He also appeared in the Ealing comedies The Titfield Thunderbolt...
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Although Connery's character has a girlfriend in the story, he seduces the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), the mistress of the seedy and sinister crime boss Zhernikov (Herbert Lom). John Gregson plays Detective Inspector Sayers who is the policeman dedicated to tackling organised crime.
Sea of Sand is a 1958 war film starring Michael Craig, John Gregson and Richard Attenborough.Directed by Guy Green and written by Robert Westerby, the film is set in North Africa during World War II and tells the story of a patrol of the Long Range Desert Group (L.R.D.G), members-of-which drove long distances behind enemy lines in the fight against Rommel's Afrika Korps.Other actors featured include Barry Foster and Harold Goodwin.The score was by Clifton Parker and was performed by the Sinfonia of London under the musical direction of Muir Mathieson....
The Battle of the River Plate is a 1956 film by the British-based director-writer team of Powell & Pressburger. In the United States the film was retitled Pursuit of the Graf Spee.The film portrays the Battle of the River Plate, a naval battle of 1939, between a Royal Navy force of three cruisers (HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMS Achilles) and the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee.Unlike many British war movies of its time, The Battle of the River Plate treats the Germans as honourable opponents rather than as cardboard cut-out "Huns". This was a recurrent theme in Powell and Pressburger's films, including The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.In the early months of WWII, the German Navy sent out various surface raiders to attack Allied merchant shipping. The Royal Navy sent out various hunting groups to find them. The group that found Admiral Graf Spee were very lightly armed in comparison, but went straight to the attack.The British were led by Commodore Harwood (Anthony...
Above Us the Waves is a 1955 war film starring John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin, William Franklyn, Anthony Newley, John Horsley and James Kenney.Directed by Ralph Thomas, the film tells the true story of the Human torpedo and midget submarine attacks on the German battleship, Tirpitz.The Royal Navy is concerned about constant attacks on convoys and seeks a way of removing support from German submarines. Despite official misgivings, Commander Fraser (Mills) seeks and receives permission to plan and launch an attack on Tirpitz using miniature submarines to attach mines.The initial operation, using "chariots" (manned torpedoes), is a failure and the crew are forced to abandon ship and land in Norway, walking to the border of neutral Sweden, from where they are returned to their base in Scotland.Another operation is launched using three small submarines which the crew rode inside. Two of them successfully attach their mines and then scuttle...
Genevieve is a 1953 British film directed by Henry Cornelius. It has a musical score composed and performed by Larry Adler with dance numbers by Eric Rodgers.The story revolves around two veteran cars and their crews on the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.Alan McKim (John Gregson), a young barrister and his wife Wendy (Dinah Sheridan), drive Genevieve, a 1904 Darracq. Their friend Ambrose Claverhouse (Kenneth More), a brash advertising salesman, and his latest girlfriend Rosalind Peters (Kay Kendall), a fashion model, drive a 1904 Spyker.The journey to Brighton goes well for Claverhouse, but the McKims' trip is complicated by several breakdowns, and they arrive very late. Unable to get accommodation in their usual plush hotel, they are forced to spend the night in a dingy run-down hotel, leaving Wendy feeling less than pleased.They finally join Ambrose and Rosalind for after-dinner drinks, but Rosalind gets very drunk, and insists on playing the trumpet in the band - which...,
The Titfield Thunderbolt is a 1953 comedy film about a group of villagers trying to prevent British Railways from closing the fictional Titfield branch line. The film was written by T.E.B. Clarke and was inspired by the restoration of the narrow gauge Talyllyn Railway in Wales, the world's first heritage railway run by volunteers.
It starred Stanley Holloway, George Relph and John Gregson, and was directed by Charles Crichton. Michael Truman was the producer. The film was produced by Ealing Studios. It was the first Ealing comedy shot in Technicolor and one of the first colour comedies made in the UK.
The residents of the rural village of Titfield rely on the railway branch line to commute to work and transport their produce to market. So they are shocked when the government announces that it is to be closed. Particularly hard hit is railway enthusiast Vicar Sam Weech (George Relph); he comes up with the idea to run it locally. He and Squire Gordon Chesterford (John Gregson) persuade...,
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