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The Truth About Women (February 12, 1958)

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The Truth About Women
 

Released on February 12, 1958: Laurence Harvey, as Sir Humphrey Tavistock, recounts his adventures with the women he has loved and lost over his lifetime.

Produced by Sydney Box

Directed by Muriel Box

The Actors: Julie Harris (Helen Cooper), Diane Cilento (Ambrosine Viney), Mai Zetterling (Julie Eton), Eva Gabor (Louise Tiere), Laurence Harvey (Sir Humphrey Tavistock), Robert Rietty (the Sultan), Roland Culver (Charles Tavistock), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Sir George Tavistock), Marius Goring (Otto Kerstein), Christopher Lee (Francois Tiere), Michael Denison (Rollo), Jocelyn Lane (Saida), Derek Farr (Anthony), Elina Labourdette (Comtesse), Griffith Jones (Sir Jeremy), Catherine Boyle (Diana), Lisa Gastoni (Mary Maguire), John Glyn-Jones (Raven), Thorley Walters (Sir Trevor Eton), Hal Osmond (Baker), Ambrosine Phillpotts (Lady Tavistock), Bryan Coleman (unknown), Ernest Thesiger (Judge), Balbina (Marcelle), Philip Leaver (unknown), Althea Orr (Mrs. Maguire), Marianne Benet (unknown), Pauline Chamberlain (lady at ball), David Franks (unknown), Yvette Hosler (unknown), Mark Milleham (Tavestock child), Magda Miller (unknown), Delene Scott (Alison), The Blake Twins (Humphrey Tavestock children)

 

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Sir Robert Rietty

One of the greatest blessings of my passion to share the stories and actors from the first decades of motion pictures is meeting some of the legends of those golden days. A couple of weeks ago I received a gracious e-mail note from Sir Robert Rietty, who mentioned that he is currently 91 years young. Known as the man with a thousand voices, he is one of the legends of British theater. When he was 8 years old his father Vittorio, who was a stage actor, teacher and motion picture actor, noticed that his young son had completely memorized the copy of a script that he was given to keep him occupied while Vittorio was rehearsing for a stage production. Father Vittorio immediately started teaching his son the art of acting, and in 1933 Sir Robert Rietty, then a lad of ten, appeared in his first big screen production. As of 2008 he can list well over 200 motion pictures and television shows that he has acted in, written, or shared some of his amazing voice art. I am told that occasionally he has dubbed the voice of a well-known actor after production was finished and the actor was not available to re-do the spoken words of a scene, and even the actor's best fans could not discern that the voice they heard was not that of the famous actor. His command of voice caused him to be in great demand for revoice work on movies and thus his reputation as the man with a thousand voices . . . most assuredly an understatement. He collaborated with Orson Welles on two radio programs, The Black Museum and The Lives of Harry Lime, where you may hear his voice in many character parts. Although many of his film appearances are in movies that are currently copyright protected and cannot be shared here, there are some jewels that I am able to share, and this British tale of the many loves of a character played by Laurence Harvey includes a marvelous scene with Sir Robert in full voice and costume as the Sultan of a great harem. Sir Robert told me that this scene was filmed at the end of a very long day of shooting, and producer Sydney Box told the crew that the scene would only be shot once, with not re-takes, and if there were any problems with any of the shots the whole scene would be scrapped. Very fortunately for us the scene was near perfect and today we can watch the great man in action in this British classic. I will be adding another handful of movies in the coming weeks featuring Sir Robert Rietty, but right now enjoy one of his on-screen appearances featuring not only his amazing voice but his regal self, explaining the Sultan's view on the qualities of women. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Sir Robert Rietty as the Sultan
Sir Robert Rietty as the Sultan
Althea Orr
Althea Orr
Ambrosine Phillpotts
Ambrosine Phillpotts
Ambrosine Phillpots and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Ambrosine Phillpots and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Catherine Boyle
Catherine Boyle
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee, Eva Gabor and Laurence Harvey
Christopher Lee, Eva Gabor and Laurence Harvey
Christopher Lee kisses Eva Gabor
Christopher Lee kisses Eva Gabor
Derek Farr
Derek Farr
Daine Cilento
Daine Cilento
Diane Cilento and Laurence Harvey and Derek Farr
Diane Cilento and Laurence Harvey and Derek Farr
Diane Cilento and Laurence Harvey
Diane Cilento and Laurence Harvey
Diane Cilento meets Laurence Harvey
Diane Cilento meets Laurence Harvey
Ernest Thesiger
Ernest Thesiger
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor
Eva Gabor and Christopher Lee
Eva Gabor and Christopher Lee
Eva Gabor and Laurence Harvey
Eva Gabor and Laurence Harvey
Jocelyn Lane
Jocelyn Lane
Jocelyn Lane
Jocelyn Lane
Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Julie Harris
Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey
Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey and Michael Denison
Laurence Harvey and Michael Denison
Laurence Harvey and Roland Culver
Laurence Harvey and Roland Culver
Laurence Harvey in 1958
Laurence Harvey in 1958
Laurence Harvey visits the Sultan
Laurence Harvey visits the Sultan
Laurence Harvey in evening dress
Laurence Harvey in evening dress
Laurence Harvey in the courtroom
Laurence Harvey in the courtroom
Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey
Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey
Lisa Gastoni and Laurence Harvey
Lisa Gastoni and Laurence Harvey
Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling
Mai Zetterling and Laurence Harvey
Mai Zetterling and Laurence Harvey
Mai Zetterling and Laurence Harvey
Mai Zetterling and Laurence Harvey
Marius Goring
Marius Goring
Marius Goring and Laurence Harvey
Marius Goring and Laurence Harvey
Michael Denison and Laurence Harvey
Michael Denison and Laurence Harvey
Michael Denison and Laurence Harvey
Michael Denison and Laurence Harvey
Sir Robert Rietty as the Sultan
Sir Robert Rietty as the Sultan
Robert Rietty and Laurence Harvey
Robert Rietty and Laurence Harvey
Sir Robert Rietty
Sir Robert Rietty
Roland Culver and Laurence Harvey
Roland Culver and Laurence Harvey
Roland Culver and Laurence Harvey
Roland Culver and Laurence Harvey
Thorley Walters
Thorley Walters
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Wilfrid Hyde-White feeds the fishes
Wilfrid Hyde-White feeds the fishes