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The Great Mr. Handel (1942)





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The tumultuous life of 18th-century composer Handel is chronicled in this dramatic biography. The story begins when the self-exiled German composer adopts England as his new homeland. While there, he and the bishop of the Anglican Church get into a heated argument while they rehearse a choir for the upcoming royal coronation. The fight is over who is the better Englishman, the bishop, a native, or the ex-patriate Handel, who deliberately chose his nationality. The argumentative composer also has a row with the Prince of Wales, but he makes it up to him by writing the "Messiah." Much of the musical score is comprised of Handel's work.

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Wilfrid Lawson
as Mr. Handel
Elizabeth Allan
as Mrs. Cibber
Malcolm Keen
as Lord Chesterfield
Michael Shepley
as Sir Charles Marsham
Hay Petrie
as Phineas
Max Kirby
as Prince of Wales
Morris Harvey
as Heidegger
A.E. Matthews
as Charles Jennens
Andrew Leigh
as Captain Coram
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