Fanny by Gaslight (film)
|Fanny by Gaslight|
UK promotional poster
|Directed by||Anthony Asquith|
|Produced by||Edward Black|
|Written by||Michael Sadleir (novel) Doreen Montgomery (screenplay)
Aimée Stuart (additional dialogue)
|Music by||Cedric Mallabey|
|Cinematography||Jack E. Cox|
|Edited by||R. E. Dearing|
|May 1944 (UK)
|Box office||$17,285 (US rentals)
over ₤300,000 (UK)
786,581 admissions (France)
Fanny by Gaslight (US title – Man of Evil) is a 1944 British drama film, produced by Gainsborough Pictures, set in the 1870s and adapted from a novel by Michael Sadleir (also adapted as a 1981 mini-series). It was one of its famous period-set "Gainsborough melodramas". Its US release was delayed for its breaking the Hays Purity Code, and 17 minutes were removed for this release.
Fanny (Phyllis Calvert) finishes at boarding school in 1880 and returns to London, where she witnesses Lord Manderstoke (James Mason) fight and kill her supposed father. She soon learns that her family has run a brothel next door to her home and (on her mother's death) that he was not her real father. She goes to meet her real father – a respected politician – and falls in love with Harry Somerford (Stewart Granger), his advisor. Manderstoke continues to thwart her happiness.
- Phyllis Calvert as Fanny Hooper
- James Mason as Lord Manderstoke
- Wilfrid Lawson as Chunks
- Stewart Granger as Harry Somerford
- Jean Kent as Lucy Beckett
- Margaretta Scott as Alicia
- Nora Swinburne as Mrs. Hopwood
- Cathleen Nesbitt as Kate Somerford
- Helen Haye as Mrs. Somerford
- John Laurie as William Hopwood
- Stuart Lindsell as Clive Seymour
- Amy Veness as Mrs. Heaviside
- Ann Wilton as Carver
- Guy Le Feuvre as Doctor Lowenthal
- Esma Cannon as Gossping maid
- Ann Stephens as Fanny as a child
- Gloria Sydney as Lucy as a child
- John Turnbull as Magistrate
- Cyril Smith as Publican
- Helen Goss as Polly
- Johnnie Schofield as Joe
- Vi Kaley as Joe's wife
- Peter Jones as New client at The Shades
Stewart Granger later said he "didn't like" the film because of its "drippy characters" but thought "Asquith was much the best of those directors I worked with at Gainsborough."
- Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48 By Robert Murphy p 55
- Geoffrey Macnab, J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry, London, Routledge (1993) p164
- "Actor's Views May Bring Ban". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 13 September 1945. p. 2. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
- Brian MacFarlane, An Autobiography of British Cinema, Methuen 1997 p 230
- Reeves p.180
- MacFarlane, B. (1997) An Autobiography of British Cinema, Methuen. ISBN 0413726703.
- Reeves, N. (2003) The power of film propaganda: myth or reality?, Continuum: London. ISBN 9780826473905.