Hildegarde Neff
Director: Noel Langley Cast: Hildegarde Neff
Hildegarde Neff
, Donald Wolfit
Donald Wolfit
, Terence Morgan
Terence Morgan
Noel Langley

DVD (Wide Screen / Restored)



In Svengali, the 1955 adaptation of George DuMaurier's classic novel Trilby, Donald Wolfit achieves the near-impossible: he out-hams John Barrymore, who'd played Svengali in the 1931 version. A last-minute replacement for the equally flamboyant Robert Newton, Wolfit pulls out all the stops as the scroungy, sinister musician/mesmerist who hypnotizes lovely artist's model Trilby (Hildegarde Neff) and transforms her into a world-famous singer. While under Svengali's spell, Trilby forgets all about "Little" Billy (Terence Morgan) the starving artist who loves her fervently. But Billy doesn't forget, and follows Svengali and Trilby all over the world. The film's best moment is the celebrated Covent Garden climax, wherein Svengali finally, and fatally, relaxes his hold on Trilby.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
UPC: 0089859854828
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 67,499

Special Features

Closed Caption; Complete 1931 versoin of "Svengali" starring John Barrymore (80 min, B&W); Richard Gordon remembers George Minter; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hildegarde Neff Trilby O'Ferrall
Donald Wolfit Svengali
Terence Morgan Billy Bagot
Derek Bond The Laird
Paul Rogers Taffy
David Kossoff Gecko
Hubert Gregg Durien
Noel Purcell Patrick O'Ferrall
Alfie Bass Carrell
Harry Secombe Barizel
Peter Illing Police Inspector
Joan Haythorne Mrs. Bagot
Hugh Cross Dubose
David Oxley Dodor
Richard Pearson Lambert
Arnold Bell Actor
Martin Boddey Actor
Mikey Craig Zouzou
Joan Heal Actor
Marne Maitland Actor
Neville Phillips Actor
Cyril Smith Actor

Technical Credits
Noel Langley Director,Screenwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Arbeid Production Designer
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
George Minter Producer
Douglas Pierce Associate Producer
John Pomeroy Editor
Fred Pusey Art Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Svengali
1. Intro [6:13]
2. Alice, Where Art Thou? [8:49]
3. Hypnosis [8:00]
4. Frivality [6:35]
5. Proposition [5:10]
6. Love [6:37]
7. Love Birds [6:52]
8. Gone [4:32]
9. She is Coming [5:31]
10. I Am a Singer [9:28]
11. Billy Returns [5:34]
12. Finale [7:45]

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