Noël Coward

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise". Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works. At the outbreak of World War II, Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval ...

The Italian Job (1969)

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Charlie's got a 'job' to do. Having just left prison he finds one his of friends has attempted a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the 'job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Collinson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Noël Coward  •  Benny Hill  •  Margaret Blye

Charlie's got a 'job' to do. Having just left prison he finds one his of friends has attempted a high risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the 'job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Collinson
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Noël Coward  •  Benny Hill  •  Margaret Blye

Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  David Niven  •  Finlay Currie  •  Robert Morley  •  Cantinflas

Based on the famous book by Jules Verne the movie follows Phileas Fogg on his journey around the world. Which has to be completed within 80 days, a very short period for those days.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Anderson
CAST:  David Niven  •  Finlay Currie  •  Robert Morley  •  Cantinflas

Brief Encounter (1945)

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Trevor Howard  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Joyce Carey

Returning home from a shopping trip to a nearby town, bored suburban housewife Laura Jesson is thrown by happenstance into an acquaintance with virtuous doctor Alec Harvey. Their casual friendship soon develops during their weekly visits into something more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Trevor Howard  •  Stanley Holloway  •  Joyce Carey

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Carol Lynley  •  Keir Dullea  •  Martita Hunt

A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Carol Lynley  •  Keir Dullea  •  Martita Hunt

Hearts of the World (1918)

A group of youngsters grow up and love in a peaceful French village. But war intrudes and peace is shattered. The German army invades and occupies village, bringing both destruction and torture. The young people of the village resist, some successfully, others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Robert Harron  •  Dorothy Gish  •  Adolph Lestina

A group of youngsters grow up and love in a peaceful French village. But war intrudes and peace is shattered. The German army invades and occupies village, bringing both destruction and torture. The young people of the village resist, some successfully, others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. W. Griffith
CAST:  Lillian Gish  •  Robert Harron  •  Dorothy Gish  •  Adolph Lestina

In Which We Serve (1942)

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean  •  Noël Coward
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Derek Elphinstone  •  Michael Wilding  •  John Mills

The story of the HMS Torrin, from it's construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is Captain E.V. Kinross, who trains his men not only to be loyal to him and the country, but—most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean  •  Noël Coward
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Derek Elphinstone  •  Michael Wilding  •  John Mills

Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Quine
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  William Holden  •  Grégoire Aslan  •  Raymond Bussières

Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Quine
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  William Holden  •  Grégoire Aslan  •  Raymond Bussières

Men Are Not Gods (1936)

Actor Edmund Davey becomes a star overnight when his wife and co-star teams up with the secretary of a noted stage critic to produce a glowing review of his 'Othello'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Reisch
CAST:  Miriam Hopkins  •  Gertrude Lawrence  •  Rex Harrison  •  Sebastian Shaw

Actor Edmund Davey becomes a star overnight when his wife and co-star teams up with the secretary of a noted stage critic to produce a glowing review of his 'Othello'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Reisch
CAST:  Miriam Hopkins  •  Gertrude Lawrence  •  Rex Harrison  •  Sebastian Shaw

Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker (1991)

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

This documentary, hosted by actor Burgess Meredith, explores the life and career of movie director Otto Preminger, whose body of work includes such memorable films as Anatomy of a Murder, Exodus, Laura, Forever Amber, Advise and Consent, In Harm's Way, The Moon Is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valerie A. Robins
CAST:  Otto Preminger  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Saul Bass  •  Peter Bogdanovich

The Astonished Heart (1950)

Several years after graduation, best friends Barbara (Celia Johnson) and Leonora (Margaret Leighton) reconnect as if not a day has gone by. But Leonora could do without Barbara's husband, Christian (Noel Coward), whom she finds arrogant and off-putting ... at first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Noël Coward  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Joyce Carey

Several years after graduation, best friends Barbara (Celia Johnson) and Leonora (Margaret Leighton) reconnect as if not a day has gone by. But Leonora could do without Barbara's husband, Christian (Noel Coward), whom she finds arrogant and off-putting ... at first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terence Fisher  •  Antony Darnborough
CAST:  Celia Johnson  •  Noël Coward  •  Margaret Leighton  •  Joyce Carey

Surprise Package (1960)

Comic crime caper, set on a Greek island, starring Yul Brynner and Mitzi Gaynor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Mitzi Gaynor  •  Noël Coward  •  Eric Pohlmann

Comic crime caper, set on a Greek island, starring Yul Brynner and Mitzi Gaynor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Yul Brynner  •  Mitzi Gaynor  •  Noël Coward  •  Eric Pohlmann

Boom! (1968)

Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Noël Coward  •  Joanna Shimkus

Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Losey
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Richard Burton  •  Noël Coward  •  Joanna Shimkus

Blithe Spirit (1945)

An English mystery novelist invites a medium to his home, so she may conduct a séance for a small gathering. The writer hopes to gather enough material for the book he's working on, as well as to expose the medium as a charlatan. However, proceedings take an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kay Hammond  •  Margaret Rutherford

An English mystery novelist invites a medium to his home, so she may conduct a séance for a small gathering. The writer hopes to gather enough material for the book he's working on, as well as to expose the medium as a charlatan. However, proceedings take an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Rex Harrison  •  Constance Cummings  •  Kay Hammond  •  Margaret Rutherford

The Scoundrel (1935)

A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, doomed to be a "restless" spirit for being unloved. A heavenly power gives him a month on Earth to find one person to shed a tear for him before his fate is sealed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Hecht  •  Charles MacArthur
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Julie Haydon  •  Stanley Ridges  •  Martha Sleeper

A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, doomed to be a "restless" spirit for being unloved. A heavenly power gives him a month on Earth to find one person to shed a tear for him before his fate is sealed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ben Hecht  •  Charles MacArthur
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Julie Haydon  •  Stanley Ridges  •  Martha Sleeper

Le Journal de la Résistance (1945)

Shot primarily by twelve French cameramen (led by filmmakers Jean Painlevé and Jean Grémillon), in August 1944, this film captures the final French insurrection in German-occupied Paris, the surrender of the Germans, and the mass celebration in the streets. (There ...  (more)

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CAST:  Pierre Blanchar  •  Noël Coward

Shot primarily by twelve French cameramen (led by filmmakers Jean Painlevé and Jean Grémillon), in August 1944, this film captures the final French insurrection in German-occupied Paris, the surrender of the Germans, and the mass celebration in the streets. (There ...  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Pierre Blanchar  •  Noël Coward

Blithe Spirit (1956)

Television adaptation of Noël Coward's famous play about an unhappily married man plagued by the spirit of his dead previous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noël Coward  •  Frederick de Cordova
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Claudette Colbert  •  Mildred Natwick

Television adaptation of Noël Coward's famous play about an unhappily married man plagued by the spirit of his dead previous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noël Coward  •  Frederick de Cordova
CAST:  Noël Coward  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Claudette Colbert  •  Mildred Natwick

Our Man in Havana (1960)

Expatriate Englishman Jim Wormold lives in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter. Owning a poorly-performing business, he accepts an offer from the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Burl Ives  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ernie Kovacs

Expatriate Englishman Jim Wormold lives in pre-revolutionary Havana with his teenage daughter. Owning a poorly-performing business, he accepts an offer from the British Secret Service to recruit a network of agents in Cuba. Wormold hasn't got a clue where to start, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Burl Ives  •  Maureen O'Hara  •  Ernie Kovacs

Androcles and the Lion (1967)

The story of Androcles, the simple-hearted Christian tailor whose friendship with a lion saves himself and his friends from martyrdom in the Roman Colosseum.  (more)

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CAST:  Norman Wisdom  •  Noël Coward  •  Ed Ames  •  Brian Bedford

The story of Androcles, the simple-hearted Christian tailor whose friendship with a lion saves himself and his friends from martyrdom in the Roman Colosseum.  (more)

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CAST:  Norman Wisdom  •  Noël Coward  •  Ed Ames  •  Brian Bedford