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Saraband for Dead Lovers Details


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 Alexander Mackendrick (1957). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jim Morahan Best Color Art Direction 1949 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Kellner Best Color Art Direction 1949 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Relph Best Color Art Direction 1949 Nominee


Stewart Granger
as Count Philip Koenigsmark
Joan Greenwood
as Sophie Dorothea
Flora Robson
as Countess Platen
Françoise Rosay
as Electress Sophie
Anthony Quayle
as Durer
Peter Bull
as Prince George-Louis
Michael Gough
as Prince Charles
Megs Jenkins
as Frau Busche
Barbara Leake
as Maria
Miles Malleson
as Lord of Misrule
Cecil Trouncer
as Maj. Eck
Allan Jeayes
as Governor at Ahlden
John Gregson
Christopher Lee
as Bit
Barbara Murray
Anthony Steel
Noel Howlett
as Count Platen
Sandra Dorne
Guy Rolfe
as Envoy
Aubrey Mallalieu
as Envoy at Ahlden


Michael Relph
Basil Dearden
Michael Balcon
John Dighton
Helen Simpson
Book Author
Alexander MacKendrick
Douglas Slocombe
Alan Rawsthorne
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Relph
Art Director
Jim Morahan
Art Director
William Kellner
Art Director
Michael Relph
Associate Producer
Georges Benda
Costume Designer
Stephen Dalby
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Seaholme
Camera Operator
Harry Frampton
Ernest Taylor