The Bad Lord Byron
|The Bad Lord Byron|
|Directed by||David MacDonald|
|Produced by||Aubrey Baring|
|Music by||Cedric Thorpe Davie|
|Edited by||James Needs|
|Distributed by||GFD (UK)|
|Budget||₤200,000 or £223,900|
|Box office||£75,000 (by 1953)|
The Bad Lord Byron is a 1949 British historical drama film centered on the life of Lord Byron. It was directed by David MacDonald and starred Dennis Price as Byron with Mai Zetterling, Linden Travers and Joan Greenwood.
The film sees life from the perspective of Lord Byron, seriously wounded in Greece where he is fighting for Greek independence. From his deathbed, Byron remembers his life and many loves, imagining that he's pleading his case before a celestial court.
- Dennis Price as Lord Byron
- Mai Zetterling as Teresa Guiccioli
- Joan Greenwood as Lady Caroline Lamb
- Linden Travers as Augusta Leigh
- Sonia Holm as Annabella Milbanke
- Raymond Lovell as John Hobhouse
- Leslie Dwyer as Fletcher
- Denis O'Dea as Prosecuting Counsel
- Irene Browne as Lady Melbourne
- Virgilio Teixeira as Pietro Gamba
- Ernest Thesiger as Count Guiccioli
- Gerard Heinz as Austrian Officer
- Cyril Chamberlain as Defending Counsel
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as Mr. Hopton
- Henry Oscar as Count Gamba
- Richard Molinas as Gondolier
- Robert Harris as Dallas
- Ronald Adam as Judge
- Archie Duncan as John Murray
- Barry Jones as Colonel Stonhope
- Natalie Moya as Lady Milbanke
- Bernard Rebel as Doctor Bruno
- John Stone as Lord Clark
- Nora Swinburne as Lady Jersey
- John Salew as Samuel Rogers
Critical reception and box office
A critic for Time Out has written of the film:
|“||Not as bad as its reputation would suggest, since it is well acted and stylishly shot, but the script is undeniably silly. Starting with Byron (Price) dying in Greece, it cuts to a celestial trial at which the women in his life appear to give evidence, their stories being seen in flashback. The fatuous point is to determine whether Byron is a great poet and fighter for liberty or a bad, evil rake. Very basic stuff, historically inaccurate and not made any more convincing by the eventual revelation that the judge is Byron himself (though his lines have hitherto been delivered by someone else).||”|
The film was a box-office disaster. In 1949 it had earned £22,400, recording a loss of £179,200.
- Geoffrey Macnab, J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry, London, Routledge (1993) p183
- Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 211
- "Bad Lord Byron | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- TM (Tom Milne). "The Bad Lord Byron". Time Out. London. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
- Andrew Spicer, "The Apple of Mr. Rank’s Mercatorial Eye’: Managing Director of Gainsborough Pictures"
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