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Svengali (1955)





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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Hildegarde Neff
as Trilby O'Ferrall
Donald Wolfit
as Svengali
Terence Morgan
as Billy Bagot
Derek Bond
as The Laird
Noel Purcell
as Patrick O'Ferrall
Alfie Bass
as Carrell
Peter Illing
as Police Inspector
Joan Haythorne
as Mrs. Bagot
Hugh Cross
as Dubose
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All Critics (2)

...the eccentric performance of Wolfit gives this Svengali all the fascination of a ten-car pile-up...

July 24, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A handsome but tedious British melodrama...

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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