Vivien Leigh was born on November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, British India. She married British actor Sir Lawrence Olivier in 1940, but the marriage ended in a divorce in 1960..
Vivien Leigh didn’t star in many films, but she made movie history with her portrayal of Scarlett in “Gone With the Wind (1939) “, starring opposite Clark Gable and winning her first Oscar .
Some of her notable and popular films were, other than the most well known ‘ Gone with the Wind ‘ , ‘Waterloo Bridge'(One of my altime favorite film) with Robert Taylor ,’ A streetcar named desire’ with Marlon Brando,’Ceasar and Cleopatra’ with Claude Rains, and ‘That Hamilton woman ‘ with Lawwrence Olivier ..
Vivien Leigh breathed her last on July 8, 1967.
I am reviewing four Classic Vivien Leigh movies all of them were filmed in England during the period of 1937-1938.
The four films are ‘Dark Journey’, ‘Fire over England’ ,’Sidewalks of London’ and ‘Storm in a Teacup’
‘Dark Journey’ , a 1937 film , starring Conrad Veidt – Madeline Goddard, played by Viven Leigh, a British double agent meets and falls in love with a German spy Baron Karl Von Marwitz (actor Conard Veidt) during the first world war. This is a tale of espionage with high adventure and romance , during the war stricken time .
‘Fire Over England ‘ also a 1937 film , co starring Laurence Olivier and Raymond Massey- Another espionage tale , where Spain and England are the focal point.An exciting war adventure, the story is about Michael Ingolby (Lawrence Olivier) who goes undercover to infiltrate the court of King Phillip the II of Spain, with an intention to assasinate the British Queen .
‘Sidewalks Of London’ made in 1938 co starring Charles Laughton and Rex Harrison- A film on Theater and dancing, Charles Saggers (Laughton) owner of a sidewalk theater , from London, gets acquainted with a talented small time dancer , but, a pickpocket Libby (Vivien Leigh).He decides to get her a role in his sidewalk act .. Theater patron, Harley Prentiss (Rex Harrison) after watching her perform is impressed by Libby’s dancing. He helps her get a major theatrical career, which distances her from Saggers..
‘Storm In A Teacup’ , another 1937 film , again starring Rex Harrison along with Vivien Leigh. Frank Burdon (Harrison), An English Newspaper reporter meets the beautiful Victoria Gow (Vivien Leigh), daughter of a wealthy Legal Attorney, and falls in love with her .Soon Frank finds himself battling against the powerful and the wealthy Legal head …
These films came at a time when the actress was going through a period of transition.She had already been selected to play the role of Scarlett ‘ o’ Hara in ‘Gone with the wind’ and she was romantically involved with actor Lawrence Olivier.She was required to go to the USA for the filming of Gone with the wind…
These are Vintage English films with Flawless acting by the predominantly English actors and are truly collector’s items.
Actors: Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, Vivien Leigh, Charles Laughton, Rex Harrison
Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Tim Whelan, Victor Saville, William K. Howard
Writers: A.E.W. Mason, Arthur Wimperis, Bartlett Cormack, Bruno Frank
Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
Run Time : 342 minutes
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
Price : $33.94
The quality of the film and the DVDs are excellent, with digitally remastered prints , good sound and picture quality.