Saraband for Dead Lovers

Tag: Movie

Title: Saraband for Dead Lovers
AKA: Saraband for Dead Lovers
Year: 1948
Character: Bit part (uncredited)
Director: Basil Dearden
Cameraman: Douglas Slocombe
Screenplay: Helen Simpson, John Dighton, Alexander Mackendrick
Runtime: 96
Country: UK
Genre: Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War
Studio: Ealing Studios

Language: English
Audio: Mono (RCA Sound System)
Colour: Color (Technicolor)
Tagline: A Romance that rocked the Thrones of Kings.



This lush 18th century period romance, based on historical fact, was the first color film from Britain's famed Ealing Studios, but it proved to be such a box office disappointment that Ealing never attempted such a lavish costume drama again. Sophie Dorothea (Joan Greenwood) is a young woman forced into a loveless marriage with Prince George Louis of Hanover (Peter Bull). George Louis is later crowned King George I of England. Despairing of ever experiencing true love, the depressed queen finds life at court no solace. Sophie then falls for a dashing Swedish soldier of fortune, Count Konigsmark (Stewart Granger). The feeling is mutual, and an affair begins, the couple carefully plotting to flee England to begin a new life together. Disaster strikes when they are overheard by Countess Platen (Flora Robson), a jealous former lover of Konigsmark's who takes her information to the king. Adapted from the Helen Simpson novel, Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948) was an early film for writer Alexander Mackendrick, who would later direct the classic Sweet Smell of Success (1957).


Stewart Granger as Count Philip Konigsmark
Joan Greenwood as Sophie Dorothea
Flora Robson as Countess Clara Platen
Françoise Rosay as The Electress Sophia (as Francoise Rosay)
Frederick Valk as The Elector Ernest Augustus
Peter Bull as Prince George Louis
Anthony Quayle as Durer
Michael Gough as Prince Charles
Megs Jenkins as Frau Busche
Jill Balcon as Knesbeck
David Horne as Duke George William
Mercia Swinburne as Countess Eleanore
Cecil Trouncer as Major Eck
Noel Howlett as Count Platen
Barbara Leake as Maria, Clara's Maid
Miles Malleson as Lord of Misrule
Anthony Lang as Young Prince George
Rosemary Lang as Young Princess Sophie
Edward Sinclair as Nils
Allan Jeayes as Governor of Ahlden
Aubrey Mallalieu as Envoy at Ahlden
Guy Rolfe as Envoy at Ahlden
Margaret Vines as Servant
Peter George as Anders
W.E. Holloway as Lawyer
Myles Eason as Soldier #1
Victor Adams as Soldier #2
Peter Albrecht as Soldier #3
Janet Howe as Spanish Singer rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Dorne as  (uncredited)
John Gregson as  (uncredited)
Christopher Lee as Bit part (uncredited)
Barbara Murray as  (uncredited)
Anthony Steel as  (uncredited)
Michael Ward as  (uncredited)

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