Marius Goring

Marius Goring, CBE (23 May 1912 – 30 September 1998) was an English stage and film actor.[1] He is most often remembered for the four films he made with Powell & Pressburger, particularly as Conductor 71 in A Matter of Life and Death and as Julian Craster in The Red Shoes.[2] He regularly performed French and German roles.

Marius Goring

Goring as Julian Craster in The Red Shoes (1948)
Born23 May 1912
Died30 September 1998 (aged 86)
Years active1926–1990
Spouse(s)Mary Westwood Steel (1931–41; div.)
Lucie Mannheim (1941–76; her death)
Prudence Fitzgerald (1977–98; his death)
Children1 child

Life and career

Goring was born in Newport, Isle of Wight, England, the son of an eminent physician and researcher, Dr Charles Goring, the author of The English Convict, and Kate Macdonald. After attending the Perse School in Cambridge, where he became a friend of an older boy, the future documentary film maker Humphrey Jennings, he studied at the universities of Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Paris.[3][4] He first performed professionally in 1927.[4] His early stage career included appearances at the Old Vic, Sadler's Wells, Stratford and several European tours; he was fluent in French and German. He first worked in the West End in a 1934 revival of Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance at the Shaftesbury Theatre. During the 1930s, he played a variety of Shakespearean roles, including Feste in Twelfth Night (1937), Macbeth and Romeo, in addition to Trip in Sheridan's The School for Scandal. In 1929, he became a founding member of British Equity, the actors' union, and became its president from 1963 to 1965, and again from 1975 to 1982. Goring's relationship with his union was fraught with conflict: he took it to litigation on three occasions. In 1992, he unsuccessfully sought to end the restriction on the sale of radio and television programmes to apartheid South Africa.[4]

Matter Life Death Goring Niven
Goring (left) played the celebrated part Conductor 71 with David Niven as Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death.

During World War II he joined the army, becoming supervisor of BBC radio productions broadcasting to Germany which was called Germany and continued to act under the name Charles Richardson, because of the association of his name with Hermann Göring. In 1941, he married his second wife, the actress Lucie Mannheim, who worked with him in The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Lucie died in 1976, and the next year Goring married television producer Prudence Fitzgerald, who survived him. In the 1946 film A Matter of Life and Death Goring played Conductor 71 whose role is to ‘conduct’ Peter Carter (David Niven) to the afterlife. In the film Odette released in the UK 1950 Goring played the role of the SS officer who deceived and captured Odette. The film is based on the real story of Odette Sansom, the first living woman to be awarded the George Cross.

His TV work included starring as Sir Percy Blakeney in The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (ITV, 1955) (a role which he also had in the 1952-53 radio show), a series which he also co-wrote and produced; Theodore Maxtible in the Doctor Who story The Evil of the Daleks (BBC, 1967); title role in The Expert (BBC, 1968–1976); Paul von Hindenburg in Fall of Eagles (BBC 1974). King George V in Edward & Mrs. Simpson (Thames, 1980); and The Old Men at the Zoo (BBC, 1983).

Goring's voice provides the narration of the sound and light show performed regularly in the evening at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1979 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991. He died from cancer in 1998 aged 86 in Heathfield, East Sussex.

Complete filmography

* Powell and Pressburger productions

Selected stage appearances


  1. ^ "Marius Goring". BFI.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Goring, Marius (1912-1998) Biography".
  3. ^ GORING, Marius, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2015; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  4. ^ a b c Tom Vallence Obituary: Marius Goring, The Independent, 2 October 1998

External links

Break in the Circle

Break in the Circle is a 1955 British film directed by Val Guest and starring Forrest Tucker, Eva Bartok, Marius Goring and Guy Middleton. An adventurer is hired by a German millionaire to help a Polish scientist escape to the West.

Doreen Carwithen composed the score for the film.

Goring (surname)

Goring is an English surname (not to be confused with the German surname Göring). Notable people with this surname include the following:

Goring baronets

Alison Goring (born 1963), Canadian curler

Butch Goring (born 1949), retired Canadian hockey player

Charles Goring, 2nd Earl of Norwich (1615–1671)

Charles Buckman Goring (1870–1919), English criminologist

George Goring, 1st Earl of Norwich (1585–1663)

George Goring, Lord Goring (1608–1657), English Civil War general

Henry Goring and Harry Goring, several people

Marius Goring (1912–1998), English actor

Peter Goring (1927–1994), English footballer

Trevor Goring (born 1949, English visual artist

William Goring (1811–1849), English cricketer

William Goring (disambiguation), several people

Ill Met by Moonlight (film)

Ill Met by Moonlight (1957), also known as Night Ambush, is a film by the British writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the last movie they made together through their production company, "The Archers". The film, which stars Dirk Bogarde and features Marius Goring, David Oxley, and Cyril Cusack, is based on the 1950 book Ill Met by Moonlight: The Abduction of General Kreipe by W. Stanley Moss, which is an account of events during the author's service on Crete during World War II as an agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). The title is a quotation from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the book features the young agents' capture and evacuation of the German general Heinrich Kreipe.

Mary Tudor (play)

Mary Tudor is a 1935 history play by the British writer Wilfrid Grantham. It portrays the reign of the Tudor Queen Mary I of England during the sixteenth century. It's West End run at the Playhouse Theatre lasted for 143 performances from 12 December 1935 to 18 April 1936. Flora Robson as Mary and Marius Goring as her husband Philip of Spain were particularly praised for their performances. The cast also included Torin Thatcher, Annie Esmond and Joyce Bland.

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill is a 1948 British drama film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring David Farrar, Marius Goring, Greta Gynt, Edward Chapman and Raymond Huntley. It is based on the 1911 novel of the same title by Hugh Walpole. Walpole based the novel on his experiences as a teacher at Epsom College, but shifted the school's setting to the Cornish coast.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a 1951 British Technicolor drama film made by Romulus Films and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States. The film was directed by Albert Lewin and produced by Lewin and Joe Kaufmann from his own screenplay, based on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. It was filmed mainly on the Costa Brava. The land record speed scenes were shot at Pendine Sands in Wales.

The film starred Ava Gardner and James Mason, featuring Nigel Patrick, Sheila Sim, Harold Warrender, Mario Cabré and Marius Goring. The cinematographer was Jack Cardiff. Most of the movie was shot on location in Tossa de Mar, Catalonia, Spain, where a statue of Gardner has been erected on the hill overlooking the town's main beach.

MGM delayed its release until Gardner's star-making performance in Show Boat (1951) could be seen. The tactic worked, and this film solidified her status as a rising star.

Rough Shoot

Rough Shoot, also known as Shoot First, is a 1953 British thriller film starring Joel McCrea and Evelyn Keyes, and featuring Herbert Lom, Marius Goring and Roland Culver. It was directed by Robert Parrish and written by Eric Ambler, based on the 1951 novel A Rough Shoot by Geoffrey Household.

Rx Murder

Rx Murder is a 1958 American crime film directed by Derek Twist and written by John W. Gossage and Derek Twist. It is based on the 1955 novel The Deeds of Dr. Deadcert by Joan Fleming. The film stars Rick Jason, Lisa Gastoni, Marius Goring, Sandy Scott, Mary Merrall and Vida Hope. The film was released on February 18, 1958, by 20th Century Fox.

So Little Time (film)

So Little Time is a 1952 British World War II romance drama directed by Compton Bennett and starring Marius Goring, Maria Schell and Lucie Mannheim.

The film is based on the novel Je ne suis pas une héroïne by French author Noelle Henry. So Little Time is unusual for its time in portraying its German characters in a mainly sympathetic manner, while the Belgian Resistance characters are depicted in an aggressive, almost gangster-type light. So soon after the war, this was not a narrative viewpoint British audiences and critics expected in a British film and there was considerable protest about the film's content.The film was made at Elstree Studios with sets designed by Edward Carrick. Filmed during 1951, it was released in March 1952.

Take My Life

Take My Life is a 1947 British crime film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt and Marius Goring. It was adapted from Winston Graham's 1947 novel of the same name.

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel is a British television series based on the adventure novel of the same title by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. The series was created by writer Michael Hogan and produced by the Towers of London for Incorporated Television Programmes. It was screened in Britain in 1956 in an eighteen episode run.

The Case of the Frightened Lady (film)

The Case of the Frightened Lady is a 1940 British, black-and-white, crime, drama, mystery thriller, directed by George King and starring Ronald Shiner as Detective Sergeant Totty, Felix Aylmer, Helen Haye and Marius Goring. It was produced by Pennant Picture Productions and presented by British Lion Film Corporation. The film is based on a play by Edgar Wallace.This production was the second time that Wallace’s play had been adapted for the cinema. The first production in 1932 was directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starred Emlyn Williams. The BBC also produced two television versions; the first in 1938 and the second in 1983 which starred Warren Clarke and Virginia McKenna. In 2008, the film was released on DVD by Odeon Entertainment as part of their 'Best of British' collection. Prior to this release, the film had not been seen in public since its original release.

The Expert (TV series)

The Expert is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1968 and 1976.

The series starred Marius Goring as Dr. John Hardy, a pathologist working for the Home Office and was essentially a police procedural drama, with Hardy bringing his forensic knowledge to solve various cases.

The Expert was created and produced by Gerard Glaister. The series was also one of the first BBC dramas to be made in colour, and throughout its four series had numerous high quality guest appearances by actors such as John Carson, Peter Copley, Rachel Kempson, Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Geoffrey Palmer, Peter Barkworth, Jean Marsh, Ray Brooks, George Sewell, Anthony Valentine, Bernard Lee, Lee Montague, Geoffrey Bayldon, Mike Pratt, Edward Fox, André Morell, Brian Blessed, Nigel Stock, Philip Madoc and Warren Clarke.

The Girl on a Motorcycle

The Girl on a Motorcycle (French: La motocyclette), also known in the United States as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French erotic romantic drama film starring Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull and featuring Roger Mutton, Marius Goring and Catherine Jourdan. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival but the festival was cancelled due to the May 1968 events in France. The Girl on a Motorcycle redefined the leather jacket for motorcyclists into a full body suit that Marianne Faithfull wore in the film. It was the first film to receive an X rating in the United States.

The Happy Hypocrite

The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men is a short story with moral implications, first published in a separate volume by Max Beerbohm in 1897. His earliest short story, The Happy Hypocrite first appeared in Volume XI of The Yellow Book in October, 1896. Beerbohm's tale is a lighter, more humorous version of Oscar Wilde's classic tale of moral degeneration, The Picture of Dorian Gray.The Happy Hypocrite tells the story of a man who deceives a woman with a mask in order to marry her. The book was published by John Lane at The Bodley Head, in New York City and in London in 1897. In 1900 the story was produced as a stage show at the Royalty Theatre in London starring Frank Mills and Mrs Patrick Campbell. In 1936 the play was revived at His Majesty's Theatre starring Ivor Novello, Vivien Leigh, Isabel Jeans and Marius Goring.An edition with colour illustrations by George Sheringham was published by John Lane in November 1918.The story was adapted as a one-act radio opera, Lord Inferno, by Giorgio Federico Ghedini to a libretto by Franco Antonicelli; it premiered on RAI on 22 October 1952. It was staged as L'ipocrita felice at the Piccola Scala in Milan on March 10, 1956.

The Moonraker

The Moonraker is a British swashbuckler film made in 1957 and released in 1958 and set in the English Civil War. It was directed by David MacDonald and starred George Baker, Sylvia Syms, Marius Goring, Gary Raymond, Peter Arne, John Le Mesurier and Patrick Troughton.The film depicts a fictionalised account of the escape of Charles II, arranged by a foppish royalist nobleman, the Earl of Dawlish, who leads a double life as a roundhead-baiting highwayman called The Moonraker, who already has helped more than thirty royalists to escape to France.The film was one of the last productions made by the Robert Clarke regime at Associated British-Pathe.

The Spy in Black

The Spy in Black (US: U-Boat 29) is a 1939 British film, and the first collaboration between the British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They were brought together by Alexander Korda to make the World War I spy thriller by Joseph Storer Clouston into a film. Powell and Pressburger eventually made over 20 films during the course of their partnership.

The Spy in Black stars Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, and Sebastian Shaw, and also features Marius Goring and Torin Thatcher as two German submarine officers. And Grant Sutherland, who acted the role of a minister in Powell's The Edge of the World (1937), appears in this film as a Scottish air raid warden.

The Treasure of San Teresa

The Treasure of San Teresa is a 1959 British-West German thriller film directed by Alvin Rakoff and starring Eddie Constantine, Dawn Addams and Marius Goring. It was based on a play by Jeffrey Dell. The film is also known by the alternative titles Hot Money Girl, Long Distance, and Rhapsody in Blie.

The Unstoppable Man

The Unstoppable Man is a 1960 British crime drama film directed by Terry Bishop and starring Cameron Mitchell, Harry H. Corbett, Marius Goring and Lois Maxwell.


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