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The Great Garrick

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Director James Whale, well known for his witty horror films, tackled comedy head-on in this period piece, set in the 18th Century. David Garrick (Brian Aherne) is a gifted but supremely arrogant British actor whose fame is exceeded only by his ego. After finishing a starring run at London's Drury Lane Theatre, Garrick informs the audience his next engagement will be at the Comedie Francaise in Paris, and adds that he plans to use the opportunity to teach the French a few things about acting. Stung by the insult, ...
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Overview

Director James Whale, well known for his witty horror films, tackled comedy head-on in this period piece, set in the 18th Century. David Garrick (Brian Aherne) is a gifted but supremely arrogant British actor whose fame is exceeded only by his ego. After finishing a starring run at London's Drury Lane Theatre, Garrick informs the audience his next engagement will be at the Comedie Francaise in Paris, and adds that he plans to use the opportunity to teach the French a few things about acting. Stung by the insult, the Comedie Francaise company plan to take their revenge against Garrick by pulling an elaborate prank; on his first night in Paris, Garrick is taken to an inn where, unbeknown to him, the staff and clientele have been taken over by actors, who stage an lively evening for his benefit. Garrick soon sees through the ruse but plays along, and acts cool towards a lovely young woman, Germaine De Le Corbe (Olivia de Havilland), even though he's smitten with her. After giving Germaine the brush off, Garrick informs the assembled thespians that he saw through their trick, only to discover that Germaine happened upon the inn by accident and wasn't part of the act. Garrick realizes he's alienated the woman who has stolen his heart, and his grief begins to effect his performance as Don Juan. The Great Garrick also features Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, and Melville Cooper; a young Lana Turner has a bit part.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • UPC: 883316165362
  • Original Release: 1937
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,887

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Aherne David Garrick
Olivia de Havilland Germaine De Le Corbe
Edward Everett Horton Tubby
Melville Cooper M. Picard
Lionel Atwill Beaumarchais
Lana Turner Auber
Luis Alberni Basset
Marie Wilson Nicolle
Linda Perry Molee
Fritz Leiber Fortinbras
Etienne Girardot Jean Cabot
Dorothy Tree Madame Moreau
Craig Reynolds Janin
Paul Everton Innkeeper of Adam and Eve
Trevor Bardette Noverre, the Blacksmith
Milton A. Owen Capt. Thierre
Chester Clute Moreau
E.E. Clive Vendor
Harry Davenport Innkeeper of Turk's Head
Albert Dekker LeBrun
Elspeth Dudgeon Old Witch
Leyland Hodgson Man in Box
Olaf Hytten Ambassador
Connie Leon Woman in Audience
Corbet Morris Osric
Jack Norton Drunken Gentleman
Ben Welden Blacksmith
Technical Credits
James Whale Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Mervyn LeRoy Producer
Warren Low Editor
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter
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