Cinema: The New Pictures, Oct. 6, 1952

The Magic Box (J. Arthur Rank; Mayer-Kingsley) is a lavish tribute to British cinema's pioneer William Friese-Greene (played by Robert Donat), who went without recognition during his lifetime, and died in poverty in 1921. The picture, a highly polished, occasionally over-reverent document that was made for last year's Festival of Britain, enlists many of the outstanding names in British films. It has some 70 stars, from Michael Redgrave to Emlyn Williams, in bit roles. It was produced by Ronald (Great Expectations') Neame, directed by John (Seven Days to Noon) Boulting, photographed in Technicolor...

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