|The Great Mr. Handel|
|Directed by||Norman Walker|
|Produced by||James B. Sloan|
|Edited by||Sam Simmonds|
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors|
|9 November 1942|
The Great Mr. Handel is a 1942 British Technicolor historical film directed by Norman Walker and starring Wilfrid Lawson, Elizabeth Allan and Malcolm Keen. 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.
Production and release
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.
- Wilfrid Lawson as George Frideric Handel
- Elizabeth Allan as Mrs. Cibber
- Malcolm Keen as Lord Chesterfield
- Michael Shepley as Sir Charles Marsham
- Max Kirby as Frederick, Prince of Wales
- Hay Petrie as Phineas
- Morris Harvey as John Heidegger
- A. E. Matthews as Charles Jennens
- Frederick Cooper as Pooley
- Andrew Leigh as Captain Coram
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