Kay Walsh (August 27, 1911 â€“ April 16, 2005) was an English actress and dancer.
She was born Kathleen Walsh in London, England, and started out in show business dancing in West End music halls. She made her film debut playing Mary Vivien in Get Your Man (1934).
Walsh first married film director David Lean, on November 23, 1940. They divorced in 1949. She later married Canadian psychologist Elliott Jaques, and they adopted a daughter, Gemma, in 1956. This marriage also ended in divorce.
She appeared in two classic Noel Coward films, playing Freda Lewis in In Which We Serve (1942) and Queenie Gibbons in This Happy Breed (1944), which were directed by her husband, Lean. He also directed her in her role of Nancy in Oliver Twist (1948).
In 1950, Walsh played a shrewd, scheming maid, Nellie Goode, who attempts to blackmail the character played by star Jane Wyman in Hitchcock's Stage Fright. Walsh's favourite role was that of the old pub barmaid, Miss D. Coker, in the 1958 comedy The Horse's...
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Tunes of Glory is a 1960 film directed by Ronald Neame, based on the novel by James Kennaway, centering on events in a Scottish Highland military barracks in the period following World War II.
The film opens in the officerâ€™s mess of a Scottish battalion in the early post-war era. Major Jock Sinclair (played by Alec Guinness) announces that this will be his last day as Commanding Officer before Colonel Basil Barrow (John Mills) arrives to take over. Sinclair had taken over when their colonel was killed in action during World War II, leading the battalion for the rest of the war, but Barrow is considered by Brigade HQ to be a more appropriate peacetime C.O.
Barrow arrives early, and observes the men dancing rowdily. Barrow and Sinclair briefly swap their respective military backgrounds, Sinclair having joined as a bandsman and having risen spectacularly through the ranks, winning the DSO and MM in the process. Barrow by contrast came to the regiment directly from Oxford University,...,
Cast a Dark Shadow is a 1955 British suspense film directed by Lewis Gilbert. The black-and-white film was based on the play "Murder Mistaken" by Janet Green about a psychotic Bluebeard.Edward "Teddy" Bare killed his first wife (making it look like an accident) hoping to claim her inheritance, only to discover she didn't have one. When another chance presents itself Bare begins planning killing his next wife. But murder second time round is a bit more difficult....,
Oliver Twist (1948) is the second of David Lean's two film adaptations of Charles Dickens novels. Following the success of his 1946 version of Great Expectations, Lean re-assembled much of the same team for his next film, including producers Ronald Neame and Anthony Havelock-Allan, cinematographer Guy Green, designer John Bryan and editor Jack Harris. Lean's wife, Kay Walsh, who had collaborated on the screenplay for Great Expectations, played the role of Nancy.
While in general faithful to the Dickens' storyline, Lean's film omits the Rose Maylie sub-plot altogether. Nancy goes directly to Mr. Brownlow to warn him of the plot against Oliver, and Fagin dispatches the Artful Dodger instead of Noah Claypole (who appears only in the early scenes) to spy on her. Nancy's best friend, Bet, is also omitted from this film. It is the Artful Dodger, and not Bet, who discovers the murder, and who betrays the murderer to the police.
Alec Guinness's portrayal of Fagin was considered anti-semitic...
Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers is a novel by F. Anstey, first published in 1882.
The title originates from the Latin phrase, "vice versa", meaning "the other way around".
Set in Victorian times, the novel concerns business man Paul Bultitude and his son Dick. Dick is about to leave home for a boarding school which is ruled by the cane wielding headmaster Dr. Grimstone. Bultitude, seeing his son's fear of returning to the school, foolishly says that schooldays are the best years of a boy's life, and how he wished that he was the one returning to school.
At this point, thanks to a handy magic stone brought by an uncle from India which grants the possessor one wish, they are now on even terms. Dick, now holding the stone, is ordered by his father to turn him back into his own body, but Dick refuses, and decides instead to become his father, and so the fun begins. Mr. Bultitude has to begin the new academic term at his son's boarding school, while Dick gets a chance to run his father's...
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