The Bad Lord Byron

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The Bad Lord Byron
"The Bad Lord Byron" (1949).jpg
Directed by David MacDonald
Produced by Aubrey Baring
Starring Dennis Price
Mai Zetterling
Music by Cedric Thorpe Davie
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited by James Needs
Triton Films
Distributed by GFD (UK)
Release date
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤200,000[1] or £223,900[2]
Box office £75,000 (by 1953)[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]



The film was announced in 1944 by Two Cities with Eric Portman to play the title role.[5]

Critical reception and box office[edit]

A critic for Time Out has written of the film:

The film was a box-office disaster. In 1949 it had earned £22,400, recording a loss of £179,200.[2]


  1. ^ Geoffrey Macnab, J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry, London, Routledge (1993) p183
  2. ^ a b c Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 211
  3. ^ "Bad Lord Byron | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  4. ^ a b TM (Tom Milne). "The Bad Lord Byron". Time Out. London. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Andrew Spicer, "The Apple of Mr. Rank’s Mercatorial Eye’: Managing Director of Gainsborough Pictures"

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