WCW: Margaret Lockwood


Margaret Lockwood had a long career in the golden years of cinema. She did many period films throughout the ’30s and ’40s, and then some. Today we celebrate her legacy.


Lorna Doone (1934)

The third film adaptation of the novel, Margaret Lockwood plays the eponymous Lorna.


The Case of Gabriel Perry (1935)

Every synopsis of this film states: “An unstable Victorian doctor murders a woman.” If anyone has seen it, and can elaborate, please do so in the comments.


Midshipman Easy (1935)

A remake of the 1915 film, Margaret Lockwood plays a woman rescued by the hero from a Spanish ship in the 1790s. What little I can see of the costumes leads me to believe “1790s” is a very loose guideline.


The Amateur Gentleman (1936)

I couldn’t find a non-stock photo of Margaret Lockwood in this movie, so this will have to do.


The Beloved Vagabond (1936)

I’m actually not totally sure if that’s Margaret Lockwood in this photo, but it was the only image I could find that vaguely looks like the era it’s supposed to be set in, the belle epoque. All the other images look virtually indistinguishable from the 1930s.


Doctor Syn (1937)

Swashbuckler flick apparently set in a vaguely Georgian period. Let me know if this is worth watching…


Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

The most 1930s the 1880s has ever looked. I’m starting to notice a theme here.


Rulers of the Sea (1939)

A film about the first steam crossing of the Atlantic. Costumes look nice.


The Man in Grey (1943)

So, apparently there’s a thing called a “Gainsborough Melodrama,” and this is the first example of it. Regency, but it’s the 1940s, so take that with a grain of salt.


A Place of One’s Own (1945)

An “atmospheric ghost story” according to Wikipedia. Margaret Lockwood plays a woman who can commune with a ghost.


I’ll Be Your Sweetheart (1945)

OH, GAINSBOROUGH STUDIOS. That makes the whole “Gainsborough melodrama” thing make more sense. I kept thinking it was a reference to the 18th-century painter. In any case, this is a period film by Gainsborough Studios, if you were clueless like me.


The Wicked Lady (1945)

Margaret Lockwood plays a noblewoman who ditches her husband to take up the life of a highwayman, er, -woman. For love, or some shit.


Hungry Hill (1947)

FEUDING IRISH NOBILITY. Also, her costume here is clearly based on Sissi.


Jassy (1947)

Ok, so the plot is way complicated and I can’t synopsis it well in this small of a space, but Margaret Lockwood looks pretty. That’s all I’ve got.


Pygmalion (1948)

A more faithful take on George Bernard Shaw’s play, it was itself a remake of the 1938 Pygmalion starring Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.


The Cardboard Cavalier (1949)

Margaret Lockwood plays Nell Gwyn in this historical comedy.


Captain Brassbound’s Conversion (1953)

I’m not convinced that’s Margaret Lockwood, but it’s also the only clear photo from this movie so…


Laughing Anne (1953)

Another belle epoque flick, but at least the costumes look like they come from the era.


The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

The last film Margaret Lockwood made, and she is stellar in it as the evil stepmother.


What is your favorite Margaret Lockwood role? Share it with us in the comments!


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

21 Responses

  1. Kelly

    Slipper and the Rose all the way. Assuring her daughters that they look splendid for the ball, she adds, “It will be difficult for your poor mama to outshine you!”

  2. Vee

    The actress in the Captain Brassbounds Conversion shot is Greer Garson…not a very flattering angle though.

  3. Laura Boyes

    In “The Wicked Lady” she BECOMES a highwayman, because she is bored with her marriage. As I blurbed for my (postponed) Durham NC film series, “Bad, bold Barbara (Lockwood from The Lady Vanishes) steals her cousin’s finance on the eve of the wedding, but quickly tires of him. Bored with country life, and seething after the loss at cards of a favorite brooch, she dresses up as the highwayman Captain Jackson to rob passing coaches at pistol point. But, what will happen when she encounters the real Jackson? England’s highest grossing film of 1945 features a heroine of transgressive villainy, a romance novel femme fatale. “The film may be in black and white, but Lockwood is like a streak of red on a grey canvass. Women identified with her, and men, of course, desired her” (Criterion.com)” Criterion released this in the Eclipse (downmarket, no extras) series, along with The Man in Grey–also worth watching.

      • Laura Boyes

        Haha greetings in return! Hopefully, Moviediva will be back at the Carolina later this year, although The Wicked Lady has been postponed.

    • Kathleen Julie Norvell

      I think Faye Dunaway was in the version I saw.

        • Jose

          Badly dear Trystan the remake is so bad it’s really good the original is great it got more plausible casting choices too James Mason as the highwayman for example full of roguish charm, I was surprised, it also has a younger Ralph than the remake so it’s more understandable Barbara’s cousin Caroline love for him and Caroline has guts too I LOVE when she slaps Barbara’s face when she tells flat in her face she stole Ralph from her for his money it certainly didn’t have the budget of the latter one but it’s much easier to take seriously

  4. Alexander

    Huge thanks Sarah for choosing Margaret Lockwood for this weeks WCW post! She has always held a place in my heart ever since I was a small kid and my Nan (who was a dancer and worked in entertainment) gave me a rather splendid signed picture of her from when she played Nell in The Cardboard Cavalier… though my favorite role she took would have to be the Step Mother in The Slipper and the Rose, a guilty pleasure. I remember walzing round the room as a boy, singing “rainbows raced around the room when he danced with me”… I wonder if that might have been the point when my parents realised I was gay! Lmao. But I digress: I loved seeing the pic of Margaret in her Sissi inspired froth of frou-frou and I have been reminded about her playing Eliza in Pygmalion. She was totally amazing in it, from what I remember – I must hunt a copy down. Many thanks again for all your fantastic work.

  5. Lynne Connolly

    Love her! The Man In Grey and The Wicked Lady are the best guilty pleasures! Jassy is good, from a book by the wonderful Norah Lofts. She played all her parts strauight but with such aplomb you can’t help but love the movies. Gainsborough Films was a very successful British company, and the movies are so good, in a kind of “hmm” way. Gainsborough’s Fanny By Gaslight is the original which was remade as Gaslight in the USA.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      AND “The Man in Grey” stars James Mason, a favorite of mine, whose early career included several sexy-scary costume villains. He wore those multi-caped coats with flair.

    • Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

      Gaslight is based on the play Gaslight (called Angel Street when it premiered on Broadway). The original English film starred Anton Walbrook and Diana Wynyard. Fanny by Gaslight is based on a novel by Michael Sadlier, and starred Phyllis Calvert.

  6. Sharon in Scotland

    I’m always distracted by the lipstick line that goes beyond her natural lip line

  7. Jose

    She was great love Wicked Lady and Slipper and the Rose and basically everything she has done
    She would have done a Vanity Fair movie It was perfect for her, pity it wasn’t made a small radio play is all we got of her as Becky, but basically I’m shore she wasn’t Lorna it was Victoria Hopper aka the original Constant Nymph (and Cathy Howard in 1947) in Wicked Lady she didn’t ditch her husband she secretly became a Hyghwayman for boredom and in the “Conversion” it was Greer Garson in a not very good angle though

  8. Jose

    I remember reading about Ann Veronica a TV movie from 1953 that She starred in was based on a early 20th century about an Edwardian Suffragette who rebels against her father’s tyranny it sounds interesting but I don’t know if it survives or has pictures

  9. Gillian Stapleton

    She played Annie Ridd, the hero’s sister, not Lorna, in Lorna Doone.