Muriel Pavlow

  1. June Laverick, The Gypsy and the Gentleman, 1958.       Pavlow, the UK’s June Allyson,   made her best Rank Organisation films – The Malta Story, Doctor in   the House, Reach For The Sky – before being contracted. Once signed, she refused this one, “foolishly because, although it was rubbishy, it was directed by Joseph Losey.”
  2. Barbara Murray, Doctor Who #120: Black Orchid, TV, 1982.       Despite a wish-list of 18 actresses, this was not a rehash of Sophia Loren’s 1958 Hollywood melo, but an adventure (with cricket!) in 1925 England for Doc5 Peter Davison. The choices for Lady Cranleigh were inevitable – such definitive ladies as Pavlow, Jean Anderson, Renee Asherson, Honor Blackman, Claire Bloom, Faith Brook, Kathleen Byron, Rachel  Kempson (mother of Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave), Virginia McKenna, Maria Redmond, Dinah Sheridan, Elizabeth Spriggs… and 40s’ UK screen queens Phyllis Calvert, Joan Greenwood. But also two comic character stars Beryl Reid and Joan (Carry On) Sims and a Hammer horror icon, Barbara Shelley!

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