The Man Who Loved Redheads

The Man Who Loved Redheads
Directed by Harold French
Produced by Josef Somlo
Written by Terence Rattigan
Starring Moira Shearer
John Justin
Roland Culver
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Georges Périnal
Edited by Bert Bates
Distributed by British Lion Films
Release dates
Running time
100 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £94,870 (UK) [1]

The Man Who Loved Redheads is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Harold French and starring Moira Shearer, John Justin and Roland Culver.[2] The film is based on the play Who is Sylvia? (1950) by Terence Rattigan.

It contains a ballet sequence containing extracts from The Sleeping Beauty, which was decorated by Loudon Sainthill.



The film was the last movie from director Harold French:

I didn't like that - I didn't enjoy making it, or seeing it. I got on all right with Moira but I didn't think she was quite strong enough. I felt we were under-cast. You couldn't meet a nicer man than the leading man, John Justin, but I really wanted Kenneth More. But it wasn't a very good play and Terry did the screenplay as well. Of course Gladys Cooper steals the whole think in the last few minutes... I quarrelled with Korda about it. I had a clause in my contract with him that he wasn't to come on the set, but he did come a few times and suggest very old fashioned ideas. His days as a great producer were pretty much over by then and he was tired.[3]


  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p504
  3. Brian McFarlane, An Autobiography of British Cinema, Metheun 1997 p214

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