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June 4, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Morley, the handy British actor who was equally at ease as a lighthearted spokesman for a British airline or the tragic genius that was Oscar Wilde, died Wednesday. One of the actor's sons, Sheridan Morley, a theater critic, journalist and biographer, said his father was 84 and died peacefully at a hospital in Berkshire, west of London. "He . . . suffered a severe stroke at home on Sunday afternoon," Sheridan Morley said in a statement.
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January 29, 2000
I was surprised to find that neither Michael Phillips nor Cliff Rothman, in their respective Jan. 14 articles on "Topsy-Turvy," mentioned "The Great Gilbert and Sullivan" (1953, British Lion/London Films, written and directed by Sidney Gilliat) with Robert Morley as Gilbert, Maurice Evans as Sullivan and Peter Finch as Richard D'Oyly Carte. Spanning Gilbert and Sullivan's entire careers (the British title is "The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan"), the film does indeed "brave the inside of a rehearsal room" and "the clenched niceties of a salary negotiation."
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2000
I was surprised to find that neither Michael Phillips nor Cliff Rothman, in their respective Jan. 14 articles on "Topsy-Turvy," mentioned "The Great Gilbert and Sullivan" (1953, British Lion/London Films, written and directed by Sidney Gilliat) with Robert Morley as Gilbert, Maurice Evans as Sullivan and Peter Finch as Richard D'Oyly Carte. Spanning Gilbert and Sullivan's entire careers (the British title is "The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan"), the film does indeed "brave the inside of a rehearsal room" and "the clenched niceties of a salary negotiation."
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June 4, 1992 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Morley, the handy British actor who was equally at ease as a lighthearted spokesman for a British airline or the tragic genius that was Oscar Wilde, died Wednesday. One of the actor's sons, Sheridan Morley, a theater critic, journalist and biographer, said his father was 84 and died peacefully at a hospital in Berkshire, west of London. "He . . . suffered a severe stroke at home on Sunday afternoon," Sheridan Morley said in a statement.
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May 6, 1986 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Beat the Devil." RCA/Columbia. $59.95. Shot on the Italian Riviera and co-authored by director John Huston and Truman Capote, this literate 1954 spoof of the caper film flopped in first release despite the presence of Humphrey Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida (as man and wife), Robert Morley and Peter Lorre as chief villains and Jennifer Jones as a daffy blonde. But it's now a cult classic--sly, funny, scenic, wickedly quotable, eventful, a treat to be cherished.
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March 20, 1994 | Kevin Thomas
When it was released in 1960, this timeless British film only had minor distribution and was up against the near-simultaneous "Oscar Wilde," with Robert Morley. Morley resembled Wilde more closely than Peter Finch (pictured, with Yvonne Mitchell), but Finch here is remarkable. Written and directed by Ken Hughes, this is a captivating period piece that introduces us to Wilde at the height of his fame and fortune.
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December 2, 1990 | John M. Wilson \f7
The Role She Lost When Fox Broadcasting Co. airs its one-hour special, "Marilyn: Something's Got to Give," on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m., we'll see Marilyn Monroe the closest she ever came to the motherhood she so desperately wanted. The Fox documentary chronicles the final months in the life and career of the doomed star, with never-before-seen footage from the last film she worked on--"Something's Got to Give." Twentieth Century Fox fired her from the film just after her 36th birthday, June 1, 1962.
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