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The Great Garrick Details


Director James Whale, well known for his witty horror films, tackled comedy head-on in this period piece, set in the 18th Century. David Garrick (Brian Aherne) is a gifted but supremely arrogant British actor whose fame is exceeded only by his ego. After finishing a starring run at London's Drury Lane Theatre, Garrick informs the audience his next engagement will be at the Comedie Francaise in Paris, and adds that he plans to use the opportunity to teach the French a few things about acting. Stung by the insult, the Comedie Francaise company plan to take their revenge against Garrick by pulling an elaborate prank; on his first night in Paris, Garrick is taken to an inn where, unbeknown to him, the staff and clientele have been taken over by actors, who stage an lively evening for his benefit. Garrick soon sees through the ruse but plays along, and acts cool towards a lovely young woman, Germaine De Le Corbe (Olivia de Havilland), even though he's smitten with her. After giving Germaine the brush off, Garrick informs the assembled thespians that he saw through their trick, only to discover that Germaine happened upon the inn by accident and wasn't part of the act. Garrick realizes he's alienated the woman who has stolen his heart, and his grief begins to effect his performance as Don Juan. The Great Garrick also features Lionel Atwill, Edward Everett Horton, and Melville Cooper; a young Lana Turner has a bit part. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Brian Aherne
as David Garrick
Olivia de Havilland
as Germaine De Le Corbe
Edward Everett Horton
as Tubby
Melville Cooper
as M. Picard
Lionel Atwill
as Beaumarchais
Luis Alberni
as Basset
Lana Turner
as Auber
Marie Wilson
as Nicolle
Fritz Leiber
as Fortinbras
Etienne Girardot
as Jean Cabot
Dorothy Tree
as Madame Moreau
Paul Everton
as Innkeeper of Adam and Eve
Trevor Bardette
as Noverre, the Blacksmith
Chester Clute
as Moreau
Ben Welden
as Blacksmith
Harry Davenport
as Innkeeper of Turk's Head
Leyland Hodgson
as Man in Box
Connie Leon
as Woman in Audience
Albert Dekker
as LeBrun
Jack Norton
as Drunken Gentleman
E.E. Clive
as Vendor
Elspeth Dudgeon
as Old Witch
Olaf Hytten
as Ambassador


James Whale
Mervyn LeRoy
Ernest Vajda
Ernest Vajda
Play Author
Ernest Haller
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Warren Low
Anton Grot
Art Director
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer