Ralph Richardson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sir Ralph David Richardson (19 December 1902 – 10 October 1983) was an English actor, one of a group of theatrical knights of the mid-20th century who, though more closely associated with the stage, also appeared in several classic films. Richardson first became known for his work on stage in the 1930s. In the 1940s, together with Laurence Olivier, he ran the Old Vic company. He continued on stage and in films into the early 1980s and was especially praised for his comedic roles. In his later years he was celebrated for his theatre work with his old friend John Gielgud. Among his most famous roles were Peer Gynt, Falstaff, John Gabriel Borkman and Hirst in Pinter's No Man's Land. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ralph Richardson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Battle of Britain (1969)

In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Harry Andrews  •  Michael Caine  •  Trevor Howard  •  Curd Jürgens

In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Hamilton
CAST:  Harry Andrews  •  Michael Caine  •  Trevor Howard  •  Curd Jürgens

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  John Gielgud

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  John Gielgud

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

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The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Omar Sharif  •  Julie Christie  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Rod Steiger

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Omar Sharif  •  Julie Christie  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Rod Steiger

Khartoum (1966)

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English General Charles George Gordon is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden  •  Eliot Elisofon
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Richard Johnson  •  Ralph Richardson

English General Charles George Gordon is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden  •  Eliot Elisofon
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Richard Johnson  •  Ralph Richardson

Lady Caroline Lamb (1972)

Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Bolt
CAST:  Sarah Miles  •  Jon Finch  •  Richard Chamberlain  •  John Mills

Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Bolt
CAST:  Sarah Miles  •  Jon Finch  •  Richard Chamberlain  •  John Mills

O Lucky Man! (1973)

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lindsay Anderson
CAST:  Malcolm McDowell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rachel Roberts  •  Arthur Lowe

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

Richard III (1955)

Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Nicholas Hannen  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Ralph Richardson

Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurence Olivier
CAST:  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Nicholas Hannen  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Ralph Richardson

Smiley (1956)

Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away from home. Much to the exasperation of his overworked wife, Ma Greevins, Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Kimmins
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  John McCallum  •  Chips Rafferty  •  Colin Petersen

Smiley Greevins is a cheeky, mischievous, imaginative little boy who lives in the small town of Murrumbilla in the Australian outback. His father Bill is a poor drover who is often away from home. Much to the exasperation of his overworked wife, Ma Greevins, Bill ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Kimmins
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  John McCallum  •  Chips Rafferty  •  Colin Petersen

Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Five people find themselves in a tomb. The Crypt keeper explains why they are there through a series of frightening stories. Based on the classic comic book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Peter Cushing  •  Roy Dotrice  •  Richard Greene

Five people find themselves in a tomb. The Crypt keeper explains why they are there through a series of frightening stories. Based on the classic comic book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Freddie Francis
CAST:  Joan Collins  •  Peter Cushing  •  Roy Dotrice  •  Richard Greene

The Citadel (1938)

Andrew Manson, a young, idealistic, newly qualified Scottish doctor arrives in Wales takes his first job in a mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rex Harrison

Andrew Manson, a young, idealistic, newly qualified Scottish doctor arrives in Wales takes his first job in a mining town, and begins to wonder at the persistent cough many of the miners have. When his attempts to prove its cause are thwarted, he moves to London. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Rosalind Russell  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Rex Harrison

The Divorce of Lady X (1938)

The morning after a London barrister lets a mystery woman stay in his suite, a friend files for divorce.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Binnie Barnes  •  Ralph Richardson

The morning after a London barrister lets a mystery woman stay in his suite, a friend files for divorce.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Whelan
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Binnie Barnes  •  Ralph Richardson

The Fallen Idol (1948)

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Sonia Dresdel  •  Bobby Henrey

Phillipe, the son of an ambassador in London, idolizes Baines, his father's butler, a kind of hero in the eyes of the child, whose perception changes when he accidentally discovers the secret that Baines keeps and witnesses the consequences that adults' lies can cause.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Reed
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Michèle Morgan  •  Sonia Dresdel  •  Bobby Henrey

The Four Feathers (1939)

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  John Laurie  •  John Clements  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez

A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  John Laurie  •  John Clements  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez

The Heiress (1949)

Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Olivia de Havilland  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Miriam Hopkins

Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Olivia de Havilland  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Miriam Hopkins

The Lion Has Wings (1939)

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Brian Desmond Hurst  •  Alexander Korda  •  Adrian Brunel
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez  •  Flora Robson

This early, influential propaganda film blends documentary and studio footage to show the valiant efforts of the Royal Air Force to defend the British people against the Nazis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Brian Desmond Hurst  •  Alexander Korda  •  Adrian Brunel
CAST:  Merle Oberon  •  Ralph Richardson  •  June Duprez  •  Flora Robson

The Silver Fleet (1943)

Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vernon Sewell  •  Gordon Wellesley
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Googie Withers  •  Esmond Knight  •  Beresford Egan

Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vernon Sewell  •  Gordon Wellesley
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Googie Withers  •  Esmond Knight  •  Beresford Egan

The Sound Barrier (1952)

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Ann Todd  •  Nigel Patrick  •  John Justin

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lean
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Ann Todd  •  Nigel Patrick  •  John Justin

The Volunteer (1944)

World War II propaganda film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Pat McGrath  •  Anna Neagle  •  Laurence Olivier

World War II propaganda film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell
CAST:  Ralph Richardson  •  Pat McGrath  •  Anna Neagle  •  Laurence Olivier

The Wrong Box (1966)

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other—or can be made to have seemed to do so.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  John Mills  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Michael Caine  •  Nanette Newman

In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other—or can be made to have seemed to do so.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bryan Forbes
CAST:  John Mills  •  Ralph Richardson  •  Michael Caine  •  Nanette Newman
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