The Magic Box (1951)
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118 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema.
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Writers
Ray Allister (based on the biography: "Friese-Greene, Close Up of an Inventor") | Eric Ambler (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Casting Director
Production Designer
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Status
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Updated Sep 18, 1951

Release date
Sep 23, 1952 (United States)

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Cast

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92 cast members
Name Known for
Renée Asherson
Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson) Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson)   See fewer
Richard Attenborough
Jack Carter Jack Carter   See fewer
Robert Beatty
Lord Beaverbrook Lord Beaverbrook   See fewer
Martin Boddey
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
Edward Chapman
Father in Family Group Father in Family Group   See fewer
John Charlesworth
Graham Friese-Greene Graham Friese-Greene   See fewer
Maurice Colbourne
Bride's Father in Wedding Group Bride's Father in Wedding Group   See fewer
Roland Culver
1st Company Promoter 1st Company Promoter   See fewer
John Howard Davies
Maurice Friese-Greene Maurice Friese-Greene   See fewer
Michael Denison
Reporter Reporter   See fewer
Robert Donat
William Friese-Greene William Friese-Greene   See fewer
Joan Dowling
Maggie Maggie   See fewer
Henry Edwards
Butler at Fox Talbot's Butler at Fox Talbot's   See fewer
Mary Ellis
Mrs. Nell Collings Mrs. Nell Collings   See fewer
Marjorie Fielding
Elderly Viscountess Elderly Viscountess   See fewer
Robert Flemyng
Doctor in Surgery Doctor in Surgery   See fewer
Leo Genn
Maida Vale Doctor Maida Vale Doctor   See fewer
Marius Goring
House Agent House Agent   See fewer
Everley Gregg
Bridegroom's Mother in Wedding Group Bridegroom's Mother in Wedding Group   See fewer
Joyce Grenfell
Mrs. Claire Mrs. Claire   See fewer
Robertson Hare
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
Kathleen Harrison
Mother in Family Group Mother in Family Group   See fewer
William Hartnell
Recruiting Sergeant Recruiting Sergeant   See fewer
Joan Hickson
Mrs. Stukely Mrs. Stukely   See fewer
Thora Hird
Doctor's Housekeeper Doctor's Housekeeper   See fewer
Stanley Holloway
Broker's Man Broker's Man   See fewer
Patrick Holt
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
Michael Hordern
Official Receiver Official Receiver   See fewer
Jack Hulbert
1st Holborn Policeman 1st Holborn Policeman   See fewer
Sidney James
Sergeant in Storeroom (as Sydney James) Sergeant in Storeroom (as Sydney James)   See fewer
Glynis Johns
May Jones May Jones   See fewer
Margaret Johnston
Edith Friese-Greene Edith Friese-Greene   See fewer
Barry Jones
Bath Doctor Bath Doctor   See fewer
Peter Jones
Industry Man Industry Man   See fewer
James Kenney
Kenneth Friese-Greene Kenneth Friese-Greene   See fewer
Ann Lancaster
Bridesmaid in Wedding Group Bridesmaid in Wedding Group   See fewer
Herbert Lomas
Warehouse Manager Warehouse Manager   See fewer
John Longden
Speaker in Connaught Rooms Speaker in Connaught Rooms   See fewer
Bessie Love
Bride's Mother in Wedding Group Bride's Mother in Wedding Group   See fewer
Miles Malleson
Orchestra Conductor Orchestra Conductor   See fewer
Garry Marsh
2nd Company Promoter 2nd Company Promoter   See fewer
Muir Mathieson
Sir Arthur Sullivan Sir Arthur Sullivan   See fewer
A.E. Matthews
Old Gentleman Old Gentleman   See fewer
Bernard Miles
Cousin Alfred Cousin Alfred   See fewer
Richard Murdoch
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
John McCallum
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
David Oake
Claude Friese-Greene Claude Friese-Greene   See fewer
Laurence Olivier
Police Constable 94-B Police Constable 94-B   See fewer
Cecil Parker
First Platform Man First Platform Man   See fewer
Frank Pettingell
Bridegroom's Father in Wedding Group Bridegroom's Father in Wedding Group   See fewer
Norman Pierce
Speaker in Connaught Rooms Speaker in Connaught Rooms   See fewer
Eric Portman
Arthur Collings Arthur Collings   See fewer
Dennis Price
Harold Harold   See fewer
Michael Redgrave
Mr. Lege Mr. Lege   See fewer
Peter Reynolds
Bridegroom in Wedding Group Bridegroom in Wedding Group   See fewer
Margaret Rutherford
Lady Pond Lady Pond   See fewer
Maria Schell
Helena Friese-Greene Helena Friese-Greene   See fewer
Janette Scott
Ethel Friese-Greene Ethel Friese-Greene   See fewer
Ronald Shiner
Fairground Barker Fairground Barker   See fewer
Sheila Sim
Nursemaid Nursemaid   See fewer
Oda Slobodskaya
Soloist at Bath Concert Soloist at Bath Concert   See fewer
John Stuart
2nd Platform Man at Connaught 2nd Platform Man at Connaught   See fewer
Marianne Stone
Bride in Wedding Group Bride in Wedding Group   See fewer
Basil Sydney
William Fox-Talbot William Fox-Talbot   See fewer
Sybil Thorndike
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
David Tomlinson
Assistant in Laboratory Assistant in Laboratory   See fewer
Cecil Trouncer
John Rudge John Rudge   See fewer
Michael Trubshawe
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
Peter Ustinov
Industry Man Industry Man   See fewer
Frederick Valk
Maurice Guttenburg Maurice Guttenburg   See fewer
Amy Veness
Grandmother in Wedding Group Grandmother in Wedding Group   See fewer
Charles Victor
Industry Man Industry Man   See fewer
Kay Walsh
Hotel Receptionist Hotel Receptionist   See fewer
Norman Watson
Doctor in Connaught Rooms Doctor in Connaught Rooms   See fewer
Emlyn Williams
Bank Manager Bank Manager   See fewer
Googie Withers
Sitter in Bath Studio Sitter in Bath Studio   See fewer
Joan Young
Glove Shop 'Dragon' Glove Shop 'Dragon'   See fewer
Tony Adams
Boy (uncredited) Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
Johnny Briggs
Youth (uncredited) Youth (uncredited)   See fewer
David Coote
William (uncredited) William (uncredited)   See fewer
George Crawford
Industry Man (uncredited) Industry Man (uncredited)   See fewer
Norma Dale
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
Alan Gifford
Industry Man (uncredited) Industry Man (uncredited)   See fewer
Ned Hood
Industry Man (uncredited) Industry Man (uncredited)   See fewer
Eveline Kirkwood-Hackett
Financier (uncredited) Financier (uncredited)   See fewer
Hal Osmond
Conductor's Manager (uncredited) Conductor's Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
Sally Smith
Little girl (uncredited) Little girl (uncredited)   See fewer
Ian Wilson
Undetermined Role (uncredited) Undetermined Role (uncredited)   See fewer
Carol Wolveridge
Screaming Child (uncredited) Screaming Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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