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The Magic Box (1951) Poster

(1951)

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

John Boulting

Writing Credits  

Ray Allister ... (based on the biography: "Friese-Greene, Close Up of an Inventor")
 
Eric Ambler ... (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

Renée Asherson ... Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson)
Richard Attenborough ... Jack Carter
Robert Beatty ... Lord Beaverbrook
Martin Boddey ... Sitter in Bath Studio
Edward Chapman ... Father in Family Group
John Charlesworth John Charlesworth ... Graham Friese-Greene
Maurice Colbourne ... Bride's Father in Wedding Group
Roland Culver ... 1st Company Promoter
John Howard Davies ... Maurice Friese-Greene
Michael Denison ... Reporter
Robert Donat ... William Friese-Greene
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Maggie
Henry Edwards ... Butler at Fox Talbot's
Mary Ellis ... Mrs. Nell Collings
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Elderly Viscountess
Robert Flemyng ... Doctor in Surgery
Leo Genn ... Maida Vale Doctor
Marius Goring ... House Agent
Everley Gregg ... Bridegroom's Mother in Wedding Group
Joyce Grenfell ... Mrs. Claire
Robertson Hare ... Sitter in Bath Studio
Kathleen Harrison ... Mother in Family Group
William Hartnell ... Recruiting Sergeant
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Stukely
Thora Hird ... Doctor's Housekeeper
Stanley Holloway ... Broker's Man
Patrick Holt ... Sitter in Bath Studio
Michael Hordern ... Official Receiver
Jack Hulbert ... 1st Holborn Policeman
Sidney James ... Sergeant in Storeroom (as Sydney James)
Glynis Johns ... May Jones
Mervyn Johns ... Goitz
Margaret Johnston ... Edith Friese-Greene
Barry Jones ... Bath Doctor
Peter Jones ... Industry Man
James Kenney ... Kenneth Friese-Greene
Ann Lancaster Ann Lancaster ... Bridesmaid in Wedding Group
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Warehouse Manager
John Longden ... Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Bessie Love ... Bride's Mother in Wedding Group
Miles Malleson ... Orchestra Conductor
Garry Marsh ... 2nd Company Promoter
Muir Mathieson Muir Mathieson ... Sir Arthur Sullivan
A.E. Matthews ... Old Gentleman
Bernard Miles ... Cousin Alfred
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Sitter in Bath Studio
John McCallum ... Sitter in Bath Studio
David Oake David Oake ... Claude Friese-Greene
Laurence Olivier ... Police Constable 94-B
Cecil Parker ... First Platform Man
Frank Pettingell ... Bridegroom's Father in Wedding Group
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Eric Portman ... Arthur Collings
Dennis Price ... Harold
Michael Redgrave ... Mr. Lege
Peter Reynolds ... Bridegroom in Wedding Group
Margaret Rutherford ... Lady Pond
Maria Schell ... Helena Friese-Greene
Janette Scott ... Ethel Friese-Greene
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Fairground Barker
Sheila Sim ... Nursemaid
Oda Slobodskaya Oda Slobodskaya ... Soloist at Bath Concert
John Stuart ... 2nd Platform Man at Connaught
Marianne Stone ... Bride in Wedding Group
Basil Sydney ... William Fox-Talbot
Ernest Thesiger ... Earl
Sybil Thorndike ... Sitter in Bath Studio
David Tomlinson ... Assistant in Laboratory
Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer ... John Rudge
Michael Trubshawe ... Sitter in Bath Studio
Peter Ustinov ... Industry Man
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Maurice Guttenburg
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Grandmother in Wedding Group
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Industry Man
Kay Walsh ... Hotel Receptionist
Norman Watson Norman Watson ... Doctor in Connaught Rooms
Emlyn Williams ... Bank Manager
Harcourt Williams ... Tom
Googie Withers ... Sitter in Bath Studio
Joan Young Joan Young ... Glove Shop 'Dragon'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Adams Tony Adams ... Boy (uncredited)
Johnny Briggs ... Youth (uncredited)
David Coote ... William (uncredited)
Norma Dale Norma Dale ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Alan Gifford ... Industry Man (uncredited)
Eveline Kirkwood-Hackett Eveline Kirkwood-Hackett ... Financier (uncredited)
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Conductor's Manager (uncredited)
Sally Smith Sally Smith ... Little girl (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Carol Wolveridge Carol Wolveridge ... Screaming Child (uncredited)

Produced by 

Ronald Neame ... producer

Music by 

William Alwyn

Cinematography by 

Jack Cardiff ... director of photography

Film Editing by 

Richard Best

Casting By 

John Redway

Production Design by 

John Bryan

Art Direction by 

T. Hopewell Ash ... (as T. Hopewell-Ash)

Set Decoration by 

Dario Simoni ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by 

Julia Squire

Makeup Department 

Nora Bentley ... hairdresser
Harold Fletcher ... makeup artist
Kenneth Mackay ... assistant makeup (uncredited)
June Robinson ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Polly Young ... additional hairdresser (uncredited)

Production Management 

Bob McNaught ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Cliff Owen ... assistant director
Max Varnel ... assistant director
Frederic Goode ... third assistant director (uncredited)
John Hewlett ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department 

Bill Beavis ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Allan Harris ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Robert Jones ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Harry Parr ... property buyer (uncredited)
Fred Pratt ... property chargehand (uncredited)
Mario Simoni ... set dresser (uncredited)
Stanley Yeomanson ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Herbert J. Bird ... sound mixer
Harold V. King ... sound recording director
John Soutar ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Whiting ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Dennis Whitlock ... boom operator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Arthur Ibbetson ... associate cameraman
Alan Bryce ... clapper (uncredited)
George Higgins ... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Kingston ... technical assistant (uncredited)
George Minassian ... Technicolor camera technician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Charles Guerin ... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Elizabeth Hennings ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Alice McLaren ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Simmons ... costumier (uncredited)

Editorial Department 

George Minassian ... colour technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Joan Warwick ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Music Department 

Muir Mathieson ... conductor

Other crew 

Joan Bridge ... Technicolor colour consultant
Sidney G. Barnsby ... cashier (uncredited)
Douglas Bodkin ... assistant publicity director (uncredited)
June Faithfull ... continuity (uncredited)
Douglas Gosling ... accountant (uncredited)
Winifred Pearson ... production secretary (uncredited)
John Jack Lewis Worrow ... publicity director (uncredited)
Penny Worth ... secretary to producer (uncredited)

Thanks 

R. Howard Cricks ... the producers gratefully acknowledge the generous co-operation of
Crew verified as complete

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

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