Prelude to Fame

Tag: Movie

Title: Prelude to Fame
AKA: Prelude to Fame
Year: 1950
Character: Newsman
Director: Fergus McDonell
Cameraman: George Stretton
Screenplay: Aldous Huxley, Robert Westerby, Bridget Boland
Runtime: 78
Country: UK
Genre: Drama
Studio: Two Cities Films

Language: English
Audio: Mono
Colour: Black and White



Guy Rolfe is top-billed in the British Prelude to Fame, but the critics' attention was directed at young newcomer Jeremy Spencer. This is the story of a poverty-stricken boy named Guido (Spencer) who turns out to be a musical prodigy. Prodded into fame by a wealthy, childless patroness of the arts (Kathleen Ryan), Guido rises to the uppermost rungs of the musical world -- and loses his childhood in the process. Star Rolfe is cast as John Morrell, the philosophy professor who discovers Guido's genius, only to regret what happens to the boy afterward. Best scene: Jeremy Spencer leading the London Philharmonic without adult assistance. Released in America by Universal-International, Prelude to Fame is based on a story by Aldous Huxley.


Guy Rolfe as John Morell
Kathleen Byron as Signora Anne Bondini
Kathleen Ryan as Catherine Morell
Jeremy Spenser as Guido Ferugia
Henry Oscar as Signor Mario Bondini
Rosalie Crutchley as Carlotta Ferugia
John Slater as Dr. Lorenzo
James Robertson Justice as Sir Arthur Harold
Ferdy Mayne as Carlo Ferugia
Robert Rietty as Giuseppe
Robin Dowell as Nick Morell
Hugo Schuster as Dr. Freihaus
Michael Balfour as Lucio
Christopher Lee as Newsman
David McCallum Sr. as Leader of orchestra, Royal Albert Hall (as David McCallum)
Dora Hyde as Leader of orchestra, Naples
Michael Croudson as Nick's Friend (as Michael Crowdson)
Don Liddel as Benjamino
Ben Williams as Car Driver
Alex Fields as Doorkeeper
Penny Dane as Maid
Leonard Trolley as Waiter rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry MacGregor as  (uncredited)

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