The Iron Duke

The Iron Duke

Director: Victor Saville Cast: George Arliss, Ellaline Terriss, Gladys Cooper

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Overview

The Iron Duke is one of the best of the George Arliss biopics -- and one of the few that can claim near-total accuracy (with the usual glossovers and embellishments, of course). Arliss plays the Duke of Wellington, the brilliant and foresighted British diplomat -- warrior of the Napoleonic Era. The film covers the years 1815 and 1816, reaching a climax as Wellington faces down Napoleon's armies at Waterloo (an exciting sequence, despite obvious production economies). On the home front, Wellington must contend with political enemies, prevaricators and turncoats -- and also with those who demand impossible sanctions against the French, thereby setting the stage for future wars (the parallels between Wellington's era and the post-WW I years are impossible to miss). Of the supporting players Gladys Cooper is sheer vitriol as the Duchess of Angouleme, daughter of Marie Antoinette, while Emlyn Williams is equally effective as an anti-Wellington journalist.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2015
UPC: 0644827153022
Original Release: 1934
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 26,621

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Arliss Duke of Wellington
Ellaline Terriss Duchess Kitty
Gladys Cooper Duchess of Angouleme
A.E. Matthews Lord Hill
Allan Aynesworth Louis XVIII
Lesley Wareing Lady Frances Webster
Emlyn Williams Bates
Edmund Willard Marshal Ney
Norma Varden Duchess of Richmond
Felix Aylmer Lord Uxbridge
Gerald Lawrence Viscount Castlereagh
Gibb McLaughlin Talleyrand
Walter Sondes Wedderburn Webster
Franklin Dyall Blucher
Peter Gawthorne Duke of Richmond
Campbell Gullan D'Artois
Gyles Isham Alexander I of Russia
Frederick Leister King of Prussia
Farren Soutar Actor

Technical Credits
Victor Saville Director
Michael Balcon Producer
Curt Courant Cinematographer
Ian Dalrymple Editor
H.M. Harwood Screenwriter
Alfred Junge Art Director
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Bess Meredyth Screenwriter

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