Robert Donat bagged in an ‘Academy Award’ for his performance in ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips.’ He is also known for his role in ‘The 39 Steps.’ He appeared only in twenty films as he suffered from chronic asthma, yet he left his mark and in 1930s, he was the undisputed romantic leading man of the British cinema. ‘Men of Tomorrow,’ marked his film debut. he was first seen on stage in ‘Julius Caesar.’ He played the lead in ‘That Night in London,’ and portrayed a prominent role in ‘Cash.’ He was garnered with praise for his role in ‘A Sleeping Clergyman.’ Some of his other popular roles in films include ‘The Ghost Goes West,’ ‘Citadel,’ ‘Knight Without Armour,’ ‘The Count of Monte Cristo,’ ‘The Inn of The Sixth Happiness,’ ‘The Private Life of Henry VIII,’ ‘Perfect Strangers,’ and more.
This mystery thriller film tells the story of Richard Hannay, who while vacationing in London, gets involved with a counter-espionage Agent and tries to help him. However, when the agent is killed, and the man is accused, he must not only save himself from the police, but also stop a spy ring from stealing top secret information.
This biographical drama captures the life of British inventor, William Friese-Greene, as he tirelessly works to successfully project moving images to create the world's first motion picture camera. His obsession with his work bankrupts him, damages his health, and ruins his personal relationships, while greedy businessmen of the film industry fail to recognize the novelty of his creation.
Married couple Robert and Catherine lead a staid, somewhat indifferent marital life. During WWII, Robert enlists in British Navy while Catherine joins WRENs, and are separated for over three years. As their personalities evolve following various experiences; both realize how drab their life was. Now they are afraid to re-unite and face the earlier life. What does the future hold for them?
British agent, A.J. Fothergill, disguises himself as a Russian to keep an eye on the Russian revolutionaries. Later, he is imprisoned in Siberia. He is set free post the 1917 revolution and is assigned to take Alexandra, daughter of a Russian nobleman, for trial in Petrograd. However, civil war has broken out between the Red Army and White Army.
Based on true events of the 19th century Irish history. British landlord Captain Boycott of County Mayo extorts exorbitant high rents from his tenant farmers and enforces eviction on any lapse. Farmer Hugh Davin, inspired by President of Irish Land League Charles Parnell, organizes the oppressed farmers into a non-violent rebellion against the landowner by refusing to cooperate with him in any way.
This biopic revolves around William Pitt who was appointed as the Prime Minister of England by King George III, at just the age of 24. However, members of the Parliament refuses to take him seriously, and therefore an election is conducted, in which he wins. He works on reforming the country, at the same time when Napoleon begins his conquest of Europe.
Robert Donat Awards
|Goodbye, Mr. Chips||Best Actor in a Leading Role||1940|