Tag Archives: Jean Kent
Before I Wake / Shadow of Fear (1955) Albert S. Rogell, Mona Freeman, Jean Kent, Maxwell Reed, Mystery, Film-Noir
Caravan (1946) Arthur Crabtree, Stewart Granger, Jean Kent, Anne Crawford, Adventure, Drama, Romance
During the last half of the 19th century writer Richard Darrell saves Don Carlos from two robbers, and is entrusted by Don Carlos to take a valuable necklace to Spain. Richard leaves his fiancé, Oriana, and starts the trip. He meets Wycroft, a henchman for Sir Francis Castteldow, an aristocrat out to steal Oriana from Richard. The latter is assaulted, robbed and nearly killed and, as a result, loses his memory. He marries a gypsy girl, Rosal, while Oriana, thinking him dead marries the dastardly Sir Francis. Everybody will meet again. Complications will arise.
The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947) Charles Frend, Robert Hamer, Googie Withers, Jean Kent, John McCallum, Drama
The story of a woman who loved three men for their different ways and discovered after many a heartache, that her first love was also her true love. Edward the Peacemaker was on the throne of England when Joanna Godden’s father died and bequeathed a large farm on the Romney Marsh of Kent. Beautiful, impetuous, self-willed, Joanna determined to defy convention and – a mere woman – run the farm herself. Her decision outraged the whole shire – not least her farmer neighbour Arthur Alce.
The dazzlingly handsome Stewart Granger is at least physically well cast as the charismatic 18th century violinist Paganini. The fact that the illusion explodes whenever he opens his mouth mattered not at all to Granger’s legions of British female fans. Luckily for the screenwriters, Paganini was as celebrated for his many love affairs as for his musical accomplishments, so it wasn’t necessary to cook up a romantic plotline from whole cloth. The actual Paganini solos are performed by Yehudi Menuhin, and in this respect (and this respect only) the film is worthwhile. Magic Bow was another guilty pleasure from Gainsborough Productions, England’s principal purveyor of bodice-ripping romances.