'The Admirable Crichton' (1957) followed the next year and saw More
play a typically English Butler with plenty of savvy, and the full reversal
of fortune with his Master, Lord Loam, played rather nicely by Cecil
Parker. More's character shows wit and some creativity in adverse circumstances,
and is charmingly played. More looked distinguished in a dinner jacket;
however on the island scenes, he actually was photographed from the
waist up, to disguise the fact that he was wearing shorts to help him
deal with the heat on location.
such as 'Northwest Frontier' (1959) and 'Sink the Bismarck' (1960) kept More at the top, although
his favourite role was as the down at heel actor in 'The Greengage Summer'
(1961). His private life was colourful and he was rarely out of the
newspaper headlines. He was married three times, lastly to the actress
Angela Douglas, whom he met whilst filming 'Some People' (1962) with
her. His drinking companions were the fellow hellraisers Trevor Howard
and Jack Hawkins. Noel Coward allegedly once tried to seduce him in
a bedroom but More gasped,
‘Oh, Mr Coward, sir - I could never have an affair
with you, because you remind me of my father!’
to sum up his enduring appeal More said
"A film like Genevieve to my contemporaries is not a film made
years ago, but last week or last year. They see me as I was then, not
as I am now. I am the reassurance that they have not changed. In an
upside down world, with all the rules being rewritten as the game goes
on and spectators invading the pitch, it is good to feel that some things
and some people seem to stay just as they were."
in his career, when the film industry declined, he turned his talents
to television where his interpretations of Jolyon in BBC's "Forsyte
Saga, The" (1967) and the title role in "Father Brown"
(1974) made him a household name all over again.
I am the reassurance that they have not changed. In an upside down world,
with all the rules being rewritten as the game goes on and spectators
invading the pitch, it is good to feel that some things and some people
seem to stay just as they were.
Most parts that can be played by one actor can equally well be played
by another, but not this. Bader's philosophy was my philosophy. His
whole attitude to life was mine.
'More or Less' 1978
Suggested films to see:
Reach of the Sky (1956)
Deep Blue Sea (1955)
The Greengage Summer (1961)