THE IRON DUKE (1934) – Mr. A’s First UK Film

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Britain regarded her native son as “an American actor” because all of his successes in the theater and films were based in America. But motion pictures made him an international star and Mr. A increasingly received offers from British film companies. He initially balked at such offers because he felt that the early English sound films were technologically inferior to their American counterparts. With the success Alexander Korda’s THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII in 1933, the British film industry assumed its rightful place next to Hollywood. Mr. A signed with the venerable Gaumont-British Pictures in Shepherds Bush, London. Since he somewhat specialized in portraying historical figures, it was mutually agreed that his first UK film would cast him as the Duke of Wellington.

Gladys Cooper and Mr. A in an IRON DUKE original color lobby card:

The film did not ignore Wellington’s reputation with women:

Mr. A takes a lunch break on an adjoining set with cast members:

Mr. A and friends enjoy a private screening of THE IRON DUKE:
Now you can enjoy a private screening of your own! I suspect that a pristine 35mm print exists at the British Film Institute so let’s hope that one day it receives a DVD/Blu-ray release.

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  1. Louis Levy wrote the most marvelous music, and he also conducted the orchestra. Today I think few people know of him, which is a shame. Shipyyard Sally, so many others, In the USA, there was another “Louis” last name Silvers, who also wrong marvelous film music.

  2. sorry, make that “wrote.”
    The two Louises, if you look for their credits in a film, you will know in advance something memorable. Express thanks also to you Mr. Fells. I looked you up and saw that you are a lawyer? in the Washington DC area and that you are a big fan of the great George Arliss. Incidentally, the images of Mr. Arlis with W.C. Fields immediately recognizable even without the caption.

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