The Great Mr. Handel

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The Great Mr. Handel
"The Great Mr. Handel" (1942).jpg
Directed by Norman Walker
Produced by James B. Sloan
Written by Lawrence du Garde Peach
Gerald Elliott
Victor MacLure
Starring Wilfrid Lawson
Elizabeth Allan
Malcolm Keen
Michael Shepley
Music by George Frideric Handel
Ernest Irving
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Claude Friese-Greene
Edited by Sam Simmonds
Independent Producers
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
9 November 1942
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Great Mr. Handel is a 1942 British Technicolor historical film directed by Norman Walker and starring Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan and Malcolm Keen.[1] The film is a biopic of the 18th-century German-British composer Georg Friedrich Händel, focusing in particular on the years leading up to his 1741 oratorio Messiah.[2]

Production and release[edit]

The film was made by the Rank Organisation at Denham Studios, using Technicolor. After a private screening, the company head J. Arthur Rank criticised its lack of glamorous appeal. The film was not a box office success on its release.[3]

Main cast[edit]


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  3. ^ Macnab p.52


  • Harper, Sue. Picturing the Past: The Rise and Fall of the British Costume Film. British Film Institute, 1994.
  • Macnab, Geoffrey. J. Arthur Rank and the British Film Industry. Routledge, 1994.
  • Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain, 1939-1949. Routledge, 1989.

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