Raymond Massey: Articles

Raymond Massey: Abraham Lincoln & Boris Karloff + H.G. Wells

Raymond Massey. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was […]

'Possessed' 1947 Movie: Joan Crawford Brilliant Woman on the Verge

Possessed with Joan Crawford and Van Heflin. From the moment we see her shuffling across town in a comatose stupor to the homicidal climax, Possessed is Joan Crawford's picture all the way. And once you get past some of its contrived psychobabble, this Curtis Bernhardt-directed melodrama is also one of […]

'Stairway to Heaven' & 'Orpheus': Two Radically Different Fantasies Tackle That Mysterious Space in Between

Orpheus with Jean Marais. Starring Jean Cocteau's muse, protégé, and (for some time) lover, Jean Marais, Orpheus traces the otherworldly trajectory of the titular, modern-day Parisian poet as he falls in love with Death. Worse yet, his feelings are reciprocated. As both the mysterious Princess and the lovestruck Death, Spanish-born […]

Margaretta Scott: 'Things to Come' & 'All Creatures Great and Small' Actress Dies

Margaretta Scott dies: From Things to Come to All Creatures Great and Small Margaretta Scott, best remembered for playing the eccentric widow Mrs. Pumphrey in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small, died last April 15. Scott was 93. She was the widow of composer John Wooldridge, who, […]