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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)
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Updated Sep 18, 1951

Release date
Sep 23, 1952 (United States)

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Renée Asherson
Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson) Miss Tagg (as Renee Asherson)   See fewer
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Richard Attenborough
Jack Carter Jack Carter   See fewer
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Robert Beatty
Lord Beaverbrook Lord Beaverbrook   See fewer
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Martin Boddey
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Edward Chapman
Father in Family Group Father in Family Group   See fewer
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John Charlesworth
Graham Friese-Greene Graham Friese-Greene   See fewer
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Maurice Colbourne
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Roland Culver
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John Howard Davies
Maurice Friese-Greene Maurice Friese-Greene   See fewer
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Michael Denison
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Robert Donat
William Friese-Greene William Friese-Greene   See fewer
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Joan Dowling
Maggie Maggie   See fewer
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Henry Edwards
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Mary Ellis
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Robert Flemyng
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Robertson Hare
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Kathleen Harrison
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William Hartnell
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Edith Friese-Greene Edith Friese-Greene   See fewer
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James Kenney
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Kay Walsh
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7 / 10 | 1,033 votes