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 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

Harry Andrews was an interesting actor with an extremely great presence; he would have turned 110 this month.

Andrews mainly got supporting roles, British military men and other authority people from that wet island. His filmography is impressive.

Just a selection here:

Helen of Troy (1956) as Hector
Alexander the Great (1956) as Darius
Moby Dick (1956) as Stubb
Saint Joan (1957) as John de Stogumber
The Devil's Disciple (1959) as Maj. Swindom
Solomon and Sheba (1959) as Baltor
Barabbas (1961) as Peter
Nine Hours to Rama (1963) as Gen. Singh
55 Days at Peking (1963) as Father de Bearn
633 Squadron (1964) as Air Vice Marshal Davis
The Hill (1965) as Regimental Sergeant Major Wilson
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) as Donato Bramante
Modesty Blaise (1966) as Sir Gerald Tarrant
The Deadly Affair (1967) as Inspector Mendel
I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967) as Gerald Sater
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) as Lord Lucan
Play Dirty (1968) as Brig. Blore
Battle of Britain (1969) as Churchill's Military Envoy
Too Late the Hero (1970) as Col. Thompson
Wuthering Heights (1970) as Mr. Earnshaw
The Nightcomers (1971) as Master of the House
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) as Grand Duke Nicholas (Nikolasha)
Burke & Hare (1971) as Dr. Knox
The Ruling Class (1972) as Ralph Gurney – 13th Earl of Gurney
Man of La Mancha (1972) as The Innkeeper / The Governor
Man at the Top (1973) as Lord Clive Ackerman
Theatre of Blood (1973) as Trevor Dickman
The Mackintosh Man (1973) as Mackintosh
The Internecine Project (1974) as Albert Parsons
Sky Riders (1976) as Auerbach
The Passover Plot (1976) as Yohanan the Baptist
The Prince and the Pauper (1977) as Hertford
Equus (1977) as Harry Dalton
The Big Sleep (1978) as Norris
The Medusa Touch (1978) as Assistant Commissioner
Death on the Nile (1978) as Barnstaple
Superman (1978) as 2nd Elder
Jack The Ripper (1988 TV movie) as The Coroner

Andrews knew how to play those characters and he was fascinating to watch.
I've yet to see him doing bad work.


The Medusa Touch -- Cathedral




The Hill -- I'll teach you you're in the British Army




The Hill -- The Rules of Black People in The British Army




Nicholas and Alexandra -- Germany Declares War On Russia




The Devil's Disciples -- The Trial Scene




Helen of Troy -- Achilles vs Hector




The Internecine Project is also worth watching for Andrews' character alone.

He had a sense for dead serious satire like few others did or do.

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

... that wet island ... ? smile

An actor I've enjoyed watching in numerous films. Whilst your selection is, by its nature, selective ... and I would not include The Southern Star (1969) ... awful film with dreadful performance, I do think you've erroneously omitted Ice Cold in Alex (1958) ... an early major smile role.

I also appreciated his role, an usually sympathetic one this time, in the soppy, lightweight but engaging romantic film A Nice Girl Like Me (1969) which strangely was one of the first times I really noticed him/his name.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2021 - 11:21 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I recently watched him in The Hill, a brilliant turn as a domineering figure in a military prison. What I found fascinating is that you couldn’t tell if his character found a home within the need to enforce the regulations, or actually had its genesis in them.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Well done, I'm a big Harry Andrews fan. He was great in everything he was in, esp. as a soldier. I think he best roll was in The Hill, that part could have been written for him, he stole the show (the same with Ice Cold In Alex). His most bizarre roll was in The Ruling Class, where he played an old judge doing a bit of Sexual asphyxiation dressed in a red army jacket & a tu tu, where he has an accident & hangs himself (no spoiler as it's right at the start of the film).

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I concur. First when i saw the thread i thought of him in The Hill, internecine project and as the pompous Lord Lucan in The charge of the light brigade

And 633 squadron. "You can never kill a squadron..."

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

His most bizarre roll was in The Ruling Class, where he played an old judge doing a bit of Sexual asphyxiation dressed in a red army jacket & a tu tu, where he has an accident & hangs himself (no spoiler as it's right at the start of the film).

Oh yeah, Rameau? Have you seen Andrews driving his pink Pontiac in the adaptation of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane?



 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

"The Future is Cancelled" in Robert Fuest's The Final Programme.






 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Sehnsuchtshafen   (Member)

... that wet island ... ? smile

An actor I've enjoyed watching in numerous films. Whilst your selection is, by its nature, selective ... and I would not include The Southern Star (1969) ... awful film with dreadful performance, I do think you've erroneously omitted Ice Cold in Alex (1958) ... an early major smile role.

I also appreciated his role, an usually sympathetic one this time, in the soppy, lightweight but engaging romantic film A Nice Girl Like Me (1969) which strangely was one of the first times I really noticed him/his name.



The list is not representative of his best works. I've just compiled the titles that had some meaning to me without a specific spin to rate a particular film.

Thanks for the tip regarding Ice cold in Alex. I need to check that one out.


Ice cold in Alex (trailer)




Entertaining Mr. Sloane (trailer)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Andrews had a transitory role in the Euro-giallo What the Peeper Saw ...

https://youtu.be/nmjMq3iHEUY

... whose soundtrack by Stelvio Cipriani is on Digitmovies disc La tua presenza nuda!

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Terrible film, glorious score - most sought-after as its reputation gets around and not readily available.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2021 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

His most bizarre roll was in The Ruling Class, where he played an old judge doing a bit of Sexual asphyxiation dressed in a red army jacket & a tu tu, where he has an accident & hangs himself (no spoiler as it's right at the start of the film).

Oh yeah, Rameau? Have you seen Andrews driving his pink Pontiac in the adaptation of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane?


Yep, I saw that at the pictures, great stuff. Apparently Andrews was gay, so it must have been odd for him playing a gay roll for the first time.

 
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