The Magic Box 70 years old

A rich and deeply moving story of a man whose achievement opened up a new world, and of the two women whose love and sacrifices made it possible!

The Magic Box

Now old, ill, poor, and largely forgotten, William Freise-Greene was once very different. As young and handsome William Green he changed his name to include his first wife's so that it sounded more impressive for the photographic portrait work he was so good at. But he was also an inventor and his search for a way to project moving pictures became an obsession that ultimately changed the life of all those he loved.

Credits

The Magic Box Cast

Name Character
Laurence Olivier He was 45, 82 years old when he died as Police Constable 94-B
David Tomlinson He was 35, 83 years old when he died as Lab Asst
Glynis Johns She was 28, now 98 years old as May Jones
Kay Walsh She was 40, 93 years old when she died as Hotel Receptionist
Cecil Parker He was 55, 73 years old when he died as 1st Platform Man
Thora Hird She was 41, 91 years old when she died as Doctor's Housekeeper
Richard Attenborough He was 29, 90 years old when he died as Jack Carter
Michael Redgrave He was 44, 77 years old when he died as Mr. Lege
Sid James He was 39, 62 years old when he died as Army Sergeant
Michael Hordern He was 40, 83 years old when he died as Official Receiver
Edward Chapman He was 50, 75 years old when he died as Father in Family Group
Dennis Price He was 37, 58 years old when he died as Harold
Bernard Miles He was 44, 83 years old when he died as Cousin Alfred
Joan Hickson She was 46, 92 years old when she died as Mrs Stukely
Eric Portman He was 51, 68 years old when he died as Arthur Collings
Marianne Stone She was 30, 87 years old when she died as Bride in Wedding Group
Janette Scott She was 13, now 83 years old as Ethel Friese-Greene
Marius Goring He was 40, 86 years old when he died as House Agent
Emlyn Williams He was 46, 81 years old when he died as Bank Manager
Roland Culver He was 52, 83 years old when he died as 1st Company Promoter
Frederick Valk He was 57, 61 years old when he died as Maurice Guttenburg
Everley Gregg She was 51, 58 years old when she died as Bridegroom's Mother
Michael Denison He was 36, 82 years old when he died as Reporter
Margaret Johnston She was 36, 87 years old when she died as Edith Harrison Friese-Greene
Barry Jones He was 59, 88 years old when he died as Doctor
Stanley Holloway He was 61, 91 years old when he died as Broker's Man
Michael Trubshawe He was 46, 79 years old when he died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Miles Malleson He was 64, 80 years old when he died as Orchestra Conductor
Maria Schell She was 26, 79 years old when she died as Helena Friese-Greene
William Hartnell He was 44, 67 years old when he died as Recruiting Sergeant
Robertson Hare He was 59, 87 years old when he died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Googie Withers She was 35, 94 years old when she died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Joyce Grenfell She was 42, 69 years old when she died as Mrs Claire
Bessie Love She was 54, 87 years old when she died as Bride's Mother in Wedding Group
John Howard Davies He was 13, 72 years old when he died as Maurice Friese-Greene
Leo Genn He was 47, 72 years old when he died as Maida Vale Doctor
Sybil Thorndike She was 69, 93 years old when she died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Peter Ustinov He was 31, 82 years old when he died as Industry Man
Peter Jones He was 32, 79 years old when he died as Industry Man
Margaret Rutherford She was 60, 80 years old when she died as Lady Pond
Garry Marsh He was 50, 78 years old when he died as Company Promoter
Joan Young She was 49, 81 years old when she died as Glove Shop Colleague
John Stuart He was 54, 81 years old when he died as 2nd Platform Man at Connaught
Amy Veness She was 76, 84 years old when she died as Grandmother in Wedding Group
Basil Sydney He was 58, 73 years old when he died as William Fox-Talbot
Jack Hulbert He was 58, 85 years old when he died as Holborn Policeman
Robert Flemyng He was 40, 83 years old when he died as Doctor
Charles Victor He was 56, 69 years old when he died as Industry Man
John Longden He was 51, 70 years old when he died as Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Kathleen Harrison She was 60, 103 years old when she died as Mother in Family Group
Patrick Holt She was 40, 81 years old when she died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Maurice Colbourne He was 11, 49 years old when he died as Bride's Father in wedding group
Ernest Thesiger He was 73, 81 years old when he died as Earl
Robert Beatty He was 42, 82 years old when he died as Lord Beaverbrook
Ronald Shiner He was 47, 63 years old when he died as Fairground Barker
Norman Pierce He was 52, 67 years old when he died as Speaker in Connaught Rooms
Harcourt Williams He was 72, 77 years old when he died as Tom
Mary Ellis She was 53, 105 years old when she died as Nell Collings
James Kenney He was 172, 202 years old when he died as Kenneth Friese-Greene
Joan Dowling She was 22, 26 years old when she died as Maggie
Robert Donat He was 47, 53 years old when he died as William Friese-Greene
Henry Edwards He was 125, 125 years old when he died as Fox Talbot's Butler
Cecil Trouncer He was 52, 55 years old when he died as John Rudge
Richard Murdoch He was 43, 83 years old when he died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Frank Pettingell He was 61, 75 years old when he died as Bridegroom's Father in Wedding Group
Muir Mathieson He was 41, 63 years old when he died as Sir Arthur Sullivan
John McCallum He was 2, 59 years old when he died as Sitter in Bath Studio
Marjorie Fielding She was 60, 64 years old when she died as Elderly Viscountess
Mervyn Johns He was 53, 93 years old when he died as Goitz
Sheila Sim She was 30, 93 years old when she died as Nursemaid
Peter Reynolds He was 26, 85 years old when he died as Bridegroom in Wedding Group
Ann Lancaster She was 30, 50 years old when she died as Bridesmaid in Wedding Group
Herbert Lomas He was 65, 74 years old when he died as Warehouse Manager
John Charlesworth He was 170, 82 years old when he died as Graham Friese-Greene
Renée Asherson She was 37, 99 years old when she died as Miss Tagg

The Magic Box Crew

Name Department
Arthur Ibbetson as Assistant Camera. He was 30 (75) years old when He died Camera
Harold V. King as Sound Director. Sound
William Alwyn as Original Music Composer. He was 46 (79) years old when He died Sound
Harold Fletcher as Makeup Artist. He was 38 (91) years old when He died Costume & Make-Up
Jack Cardiff as Director of Photography. He was 38 (94) years old when He died Camera
Ronald Neame as Producer. He was 41 (99) years old when He died Production
Nora Bentley as Hairdresser. Costume & Make-Up
Richard Best as Editor. He was 36 (88) years old when He died Editing
Muir Mathieson as Conductor. He was 41 (63) years old when He died Sound
Eric Ambler as Screenplay. He was 43 (89) years old when He died Writing
Max Varnel as Assistant Director. He was 27 (70) years old when He died Directing
John Boulting as Director. He was 38 (71) years old when He died Directing
Cliff Owen as Assistant Director. He was 31 (73) years old when He died Directing
Bob McNaught as Production Manager. Production
John Bryan as Production Design. He was 39 (57) years old when He died Art
The Magic Box poster
The Magic Box (70 years)

A rich and deeply moving story of a man whose achievement opened up a new world, and of the two women whose love and sacrifices made it possible!

  • Release day: Tuesday, January 01, 1952
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Revenue: 110372.00