The Magic Box (1951)


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Robert Donat
William Friese-Greene
Margaret Johnston
Edith Harrison Friese-Greene
Maria Schell
Helena Friese-Greene
Robert Beatty
Lord Beaverbrook
Martin Boddey
Sitter in Bath Studio
Edward Chapman
Father in Family Group
John Charlesworth
Graham Friese-Greene
Maurice Colbourne
Bride's Father in wedding group
Roland Culver
1st Company Promoter
John Howard Davies
Maurice Friese-Greene
Henry Edwards
Fox Talbot's Butler
Mary Ellis
Nell Collings
Marjorie Fielding
Elderly Viscountess
Leo Genn
Maida Vale Doctor
Marius Goring
House Agent
Everley Gregg
Bridegroom's Mother
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
Holborn Policeman
Sid James
Army Sergeant
Peter Jones
Industry Man
James Kenney
Kenneth Friese-Greene
Ann Lancaster
Bridesmaid in Wedding Group
Herbert Lomas
Warehouse Manager
John Longden
Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Bessie Love
Bride's Mother in Wedding Group
Miles Malleson
Orchestra Conductor
Garry Marsh
Company Promoter
Muir Mathieson
Sir Arthur Sullivan
A.E. Matthews
Old Gentleman
Bernard Miles
Cousin Alfred
Richard Murdoch
Sitter in Bath Studio
John McCallum
Sitter in Bath Studio
David Oake
Claude Friese-Greene
Laurence Olivier
Police Constable 94-B
Cecil Parker
1st Platform Man
Frank Pettingell
Bridegroom's Father in Wedding Group
Norman Pierce
Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Eric Portman
Arthur Collings
Peter Reynolds
Bridegroom in Wedding Group
Janette Scott
Ethel Friese-Greene
Ronald Shiner
Fairground Barker
Sheila Sim
Oda Slobodskaya
Soloist at Bath Concert
John Stuart
2nd Platform Man at Connaught
Marianne Stone
Bride in Wedding Group
Basil Sydney
William Fox-Talbot
Sybil Thorndike
Sitter in Bath Studio
Michael Trubshawe
Sitter in Bath Studio
Peter Ustinov
Industry Man
Frederick Valk
Maurice Guttenburg
Amy Veness
Grandmother in Wedding Group
Charles Victor
Industry Man
Kay Walsh
Hotel Receptionist
Norman Watson
Doctor in Connaught Rooms
Emlyn Williams
Bank Manager
Googie Withers
Sitter in Bath Studio
Joan Young
Glove Shop Colleague


Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. But he was also an inventor and his search for a way to project moving pictures became an obsession that ultimately changed the life of all those he loved.

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