Phyllis Calvert

Phyllis Calvert (18 February 1915 – 8 October 2002) was an English film, stage and television actress. Born Phyllis Hannah Bickle in Chelsea, she trained at the Margaret Morris School of Dancing and performed from the age of ten, gaining her first film role at the age of 12, in The Arcadians (1927), also known as The Land of Heart's Desire. Calvert performed in repertory theatre and in several films, before making her London stage debut in A Woman's Privilege in 1939. During the following decade, she starred in many romances, including Fanny by Gaslight, with James Mason and Stewart Granger, and My Own True Love, becoming one of Britain's highest paid stars. However, three Hollywood studios failed to pay her what she asked. She first found success in the film adaptation of H. G. Wells' Kipps (1941), but it was The Man in Grey (1943) that confirmed her status. She acted in over 40 films, her later films include Oh! What a Lovely War and The Walking Stick. Calvert had already appeared on television, playing Mrs. March in the 1958 serials Little Women and Good Wives (both adapted from Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women), as well as individual episodes of several other programmes, when, in 1970, she landed the part of an agony aunt with problems of her own in Kate. She made TV appearances in programmes such as Crown Court, Ladykillers, Tales of the Unexpected, Boon, After Henry and The Line Grove Story. She was married to the actor and antiquarian bookseller Peter ...

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Indiscreet (1958)

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Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Phyllis Calvert

Anna Kalman is an accomplished actress who has given up hope of finding the man of her dreams. She is in the middle of taking off her face cream, while talking about this subject with her sister, when in walks Philip Adams. She loses her concentration for a moment ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Cecil Parker  •  Phyllis Calvert

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Laurence Olivier  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Maggie Smith  •  John Mills

Twisted Nerve (1968)

Hywel Bennett stars as Martin Durnley, a rich but damaged Oxford University drop-out with a hatred of his banker stepfather, played by Frank Finlay. His mum babies the boy, a consequence of Martin's elder brother, a Down Syndrome sufferer (or 'Mongoloid' - or even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Hayley Mills  •  Hywel Bennett  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay

Hywel Bennett stars as Martin Durnley, a rich but damaged Oxford University drop-out with a hatred of his banker stepfather, played by Frank Finlay. His mum babies the boy, a consequence of Martin's elder brother, a Down Syndrome sufferer (or 'Mongoloid' - or even ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roy Boulting
CAST:  Hayley Mills  •  Hywel Bennett  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay

Oscar Wilde (1960)

England, 1891. Ascending writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) meets Lord Alfred Douglas, a young nobleman. Over the years, they will maintain an intimate relationship that will be openly criticized by Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, in such a harsh way that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Ratoff
CAST:  Robert Morley  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  John Neville

England, 1891. Ascending writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) meets Lord Alfred Douglas, a young nobleman. Over the years, they will maintain an intimate relationship that will be openly criticized by Alfred's father, the Marquis of Queensberry, in such a harsh way that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Ratoff
CAST:  Robert Morley  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  John Neville

My Own True Love (1949)

Following World War II, a woman tries to help her fiance understand his son's traumatic experience as a G.I., during which he lost a leg and was imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Compton Bennett
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Wanda Hendrix  •  Robert Walker

Following World War II, a woman tries to help her fiance understand his son's traumatic experience as a G.I., during which he lost a leg and was imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Compton Bennett
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Wanda Hendrix  •  Robert Walker

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965)

Two British children travel to Italy in an attempt to break up their runaway mother's affair with an Italian concert pianist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Richard Todd  •  Phyllis Calvert

Two British children travel to Italy in an attempt to break up their runaway mother's affair with an Italian concert pianist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Delmer Daves
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  Rossano Brazzi  •  Richard Todd  •  Phyllis Calvert

The Woman He Loved (1988)

In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world and Wallis has since been demonised as the woman who stole the King of England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Jarrott
CAST:  Jane Seymour  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Anthony Andrews

In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson, a twice divorced American. These events caused a scandal around the world and Wallis has since been demonised as the woman who stole the King of England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Jarrott
CAST:  Jane Seymour  •  Olivia de Havilland  •  Tom Wilkinson  •  Anthony Andrews

The Woman with No Name (1950)

This is a British drama film from 1950 about a young woman in London in WW2 with amnesia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ladislao Vajda
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Richard Burton  •  Patrick Troughton  •  Leslie Phillips

This is a British drama film from 1950 about a young woman in London in WW2 with amnesia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ladislao Vajda
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Richard Burton  •  Patrick Troughton  •  Leslie Phillips

Mrs. Dalloway (1997)

Clarissa Dalloway looks back on her youth as she readies for a gathering at her house. The wife of a legislator and a doyenne of London's upper-crust party scene, Clarissa finds that the plight of ailing war veteran Septimus Warren Smith reminds her of a past ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marleen Gorris
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Michael Kitchen  •  Alan Cox

Clarissa Dalloway looks back on her youth as she readies for a gathering at her house. The wife of a legislator and a doyenne of London's upper-crust party scene, Clarissa finds that the plight of ailing war veteran Septimus Warren Smith reminds her of a past ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marleen Gorris
CAST:  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Natascha McElhone  •  Michael Kitchen  •  Alan Cox

The Golden Madonna (1949)

Patricia (Phyllis Calvert) throws away a painting members of her Italian village consider to be extremely lucky. She goes to great lengths in her attempts to locate it again and bring it back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luigi Carpentieri
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Michael Rennie  •  Tullio Carminati  •  David Greene

Patricia (Phyllis Calvert) throws away a painting members of her Italian village consider to be extremely lucky. She goes to great lengths in her attempts to locate it again and bring it back.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luigi Carpentieri
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Michael Rennie  •  Tullio Carminati  •  David Greene

Kipps (1941)

A young tradesman learns that money doesn't necessarily bring happiness. Drama.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Diana Wynyard  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Max Adrian

A young tradesman learns that money doesn't necessarily bring happiness. Drama.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Michael Redgrave  •  Diana Wynyard  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Max Adrian

Child in the House (1956)

A lonely child must stay with her uncaring aunt and uncle after her mother is hospitalized. Her estranged father is a fugitive. For love and companionship, the eleven-year old girl becomes friends with the housemaid. When at long last, she meets her dad, she must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eric Portman  •  Stanley Baker  •  Mandy Miller

A lonely child must stay with her uncaring aunt and uncle after her mother is hospitalized. Her estranged father is a fugitive. For love and companionship, the eleven-year old girl becomes friends with the housemaid. When at long last, she meets her dad, she must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Endfield
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eric Portman  •  Stanley Baker  •  Mandy Miller

The Root of All Evil (1947)

Jeckie Farnish is a level-headed young woman, unlike her spoiled younger sister, Rushie. When the sisters become involved with charming businessman Charles Mortimer, the resulting tragedy leads to a lust for revenge on Rushie's part. However, Jeckie knows that she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brock Williams
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Michael Rennie  •  John McCallum  •  Brefni O'Rorke

Jeckie Farnish is a level-headed young woman, unlike her spoiled younger sister, Rushie. When the sisters become involved with charming businessman Charles Mortimer, the resulting tragedy leads to a lust for revenge on Rushie's part. However, Jeckie knows that she ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brock Williams
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Michael Rennie  •  John McCallum  •  Brefni O'Rorke

They Came by Night (1940)

A man is blackmailed into taking his brother's place in a gang for a jewellery heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Lachman
CAST:  Will Fyffe  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Anthony Hulme  •  George Merritt

A man is blackmailed into taking his brother's place in a gang for a jewellery heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harry Lachman
CAST:  Will Fyffe  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Anthony Hulme  •  George Merritt

Mr. Denning Drives North (1951)

When well-off aircraft designer Denning finds his daughter's current boyfriend is a nasty character he tries to buy him off, ending up hitting him and causing his death when he falls. Instead of calling the police he dumps the body in a lonely spot on the road to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Kimmins
CAST:  John Mills  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eileen Moore  •  Sam Wanamaker

When well-off aircraft designer Denning finds his daughter's current boyfriend is a nasty character he tries to buy him off, ending up hitting him and causing his death when he falls. Instead of calling the police he dumps the body in a lonely spot on the road to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Kimmins
CAST:  John Mills  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Eileen Moore  •  Sam Wanamaker

The Net (1953)

A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in a mysterious accident, and there are many arguments concerning the flight ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  James Donald  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Noel Willman  •  Herbert Lom

A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in a mysterious accident, and there are many arguments concerning the flight ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  James Donald  •  Phyllis Calvert  •  Noel Willman  •  Herbert Lom

Uncensored (1942)

During the Nazi occupation of Belgium during World War II, a Belgian resistance group revives the newspaper "La Libre Belgique" to expose and counter Nazi propaganda efforts to deceive the people. They are so effective that the Nazis offer a reward for the capture ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Phyllis Calvert

During the Nazi occupation of Belgium during World War II, a Belgian resistance group revives the newspaper "La Libre Belgique" to expose and counter Nazi propaganda efforts to deceive the people. They are so effective that the Nazis offer a reward for the capture ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Asquith
CAST:  Eric Portman  •  Phyllis Calvert

They Were Sisters (1945)

Director Arthur Crabtree's 1945 British drama, about three sisters and their very different marriages, stars Phyllis Calvert, Anne Crawford, Dulcie Gray, James Mason, Hugh Sinclair, Peter Murray-Hill and Barry Livesey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Crabtree
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  James Mason  •  Hugh Sinclair  •  Anne Crawford

Director Arthur Crabtree's 1945 British drama, about three sisters and their very different marriages, stars Phyllis Calvert, Anne Crawford, Dulcie Gray, James Mason, Hugh Sinclair, Peter Murray-Hill and Barry Livesey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Crabtree
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  James Mason  •  Hugh Sinclair  •  Anne Crawford

Men of Two Worlds (1946)

An African music student returns home and has to defeat the witch doctor who dominates his tribe and take them to healthier land. Three years in the making, Dickinson's film survived the loss of film-stock and equipment when a U-Boat sunk their ship en route to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thorold Dickinson
CAST:  Robert Adams  •  Eric Portman  •  Orlando Martins  •  Phyllis Calvert

An African music student returns home and has to defeat the witch doctor who dominates his tribe and take them to healthier land. Three years in the making, Dickinson's film survived the loss of film-stock and equipment when a U-Boat sunk their ship en route to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thorold Dickinson
CAST:  Robert Adams  •  Eric Portman  •  Orlando Martins  •  Phyllis Calvert

It's Never Too Late (1956)

When a sedate wife and mother decides her family takes her for granted, she pens a movie script -- and it becomes a hit film. Suddenly faced with instant celebrity, she must choose between being a highly paid author and a middle-class housewife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael McCarthy
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Patrick Barr  •  Susan Stephen  •  Guy Rolfe

When a sedate wife and mother decides her family takes her for granted, she pens a movie script -- and it becomes a hit film. Suddenly faced with instant celebrity, she must choose between being a highly paid author and a middle-class housewife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael McCarthy
CAST:  Phyllis Calvert  •  Patrick Barr  •  Susan Stephen  •  Guy Rolfe
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