Margaret Lockwood


Actor
Margaret Lockwood

About

Also Known As
Margaret Mary Lockwood, Margie Day
Birth Place
Karachi, , IN
Born
September 15, 1916
Died
July 15, 1990

Biography

Popular British leading lady of the late 1930s who became England's biggest female star of the WWII era. Trained on the stage, Lockwood made her film debut in 1935 and distinguished herself as the ingenue lead of Hitchcock's delightful suspenser "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and as the vain wife of Michael Redgrave in Carol Reed's fine mining-town drama "The Stars Look Down" (1939). A brief...

Bibliography

"Lucky Star"
Margaret Lockwood (1955)

Notes

She was awarded CBE in 1981.

Biography

Popular British leading lady of the late 1930s who became England's biggest female star of the WWII era. Trained on the stage, Lockwood made her film debut in 1935 and distinguished herself as the ingenue lead of Hitchcock's delightful suspenser "The Lady Vanishes" (1938) and as the vain wife of Michael Redgrave in Carol Reed's fine mining-town drama "The Stars Look Down" (1939). A brief Hollywood foray in 1939, however, which included a role as romantic lead in the Shirley Temple vehicle "Susannah of the Mounties" (1939), proved unsuccessful. After making the charming comedy "Quiet Wedding" (1940) and the suspenseful "Night Train to Munich" (1940), Lockwood clinched her popularity with her period villainess role in the immensely popular costume drama "The Man in Grey" (1943) and followed up with the equally successful "The Wicked Lady" (1945). Her popularity began to slip near the end of the decade but she continued making films until the mid-50s. Lockwood resurfaced after nearly two decades of semi-retirement to play Cinderella's stepmother in "The Slipper and the Rose" (1976). Daughter Julia Lockwood is also an actress.

Life Events

1928

Professional stage debut aged 12 in "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1932

West End debut in "Cavalcade"

1934

Feature film debut in "Lorna Doone"

1939

Brief stay in Hollywood

1957

Last starring role in a feature film, "Cast a Dark Shadow"

1976

Returned to films to play a role in "The Slipper and the Rose"

Videos

Movie Clip

Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - I Want You To Meet My Daughter Randolph Scott as officer Monty, having rescued the star (Shirley Temple) following an Indian massacre, is eager to report to his C-O (Moroni Olsen), not realizing he'd meet knockout Margaret Lockwood, then berating his orderly Mac (J. Farrell MacDonald), early in Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939.
Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - I'll Teach You To Waltz Shirley Temple (title character, survivor of a wagon-train massacre) helps Monty (Randolph Scott), her rescuer and Northwest Mounted Police officer, with dance technique, J. Farrell MacDonald accompanying, and Margaret Lockwood, the commander’s daughter, his object, in Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - He Played For The Gentlemen Two new characters, about an hour into the picture, Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Brits Charters and Caldicott are catching the Berlin to Munich train when they’re surprised to see Rex Harrison, as undercover agent Randall, posing as a Nazi, sneaking Margaret Lockwood and her father out of Germany, watched by suspicious Paul Henreid, with a not-too obscure cricket reference, in Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - So Did Napoleon By way of introducing the Times of London, with a reference to the German foreign minister, Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood) has been advised by her rescuer Karl (Paul Henreid), not realizing HE’s an undercover Nazi spy, to place an ad, in hopes she’ll lead him to her fugitive scientist father, but she trusts Roland Culver, the British intelligence man on the phone, another wrinkle, in Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - Only Love Can Lead The Way In his first scene, Rex Harrison poses as singer Gus, practicing tradecraft as he initially rebuffs Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood), who got mysterious instructions to come to coastal Brightbourne (modeled on Brighton), in search of her exiled scientist father, not aware the Nazis are watching her (!), in Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - I'm Suffering From An Eye Strain Substantial plot twist, to infuriate any viewer who was liking Paul Henreid as Karl Marsen, Czech concentration camp escapee who, now in London, reveals himself to be a Nazi mole, visiting an opthalmologist (Felix Aylmer) who, after a clever bit with an eye chart, does exposition, in Night Train To Munich, 1940, from director Carol Reed and producer Alexander Korda.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - We Shall Be Invaded After a prologue on various Nazi invasions of 1939, with Hitler in newsreels, then indirectly portrayed, we meet James Harcourt as Czech scientist Bomasch, with chiefs of his military industry employer, who winds up calling his daughter, top-billed Margaret Lockwood, in Alexander Korda and Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - Nature Endowed Me With A Gift Rex Harrison, whom we now know to be a British intelligence man posing as a seaside singer, intercepts a letter sent by Anna (Margaret Lockwood), testy daughter of the Czech fugitive scientist he’s minding, which we also know was addressed to a Nazi agent who’s got people watching her Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - Insolence Does Not Pay Daughter of an exiled Czech scientist, now conscripted by the Nazi occupiers as a prison nurse, Margaret Lockwood (as Anna) observes as a snarling doctor (John Wengraf) examines Paul (von) Henreid, as inmate Marsen, who seems a lot like Victor Laszlo, his first scene, in director Carol Reed’s Night Train To Munich 1940.
Lady Vanishes, The (1938) - Third Rate Country Their train stuck in fictional Alpine Vandreka, English Caldicott and Charters (Naunton Wayne, Basil Radford) griping, the innkeeper (Emile Boreo) managing single gals Googie Withers, Sally Stewart and Margaret Lockwood, as bride-to-be Iris, opening Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, 1938.
Lady Vanishes, The (1938) - Rhymes With Joy Recently knocked on the head by a falling flower box, Iris, (Margaret Lockwood) with her new traveling companion Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty), both having caught the train after being stuck at a hotel in the Alps, a famous sequence from Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, 1938.
Wicked Lady, The (1945) - Pleasure On The Highway The real "Highwayman" Jerry Jackson (James Mason) brings his impersonator Barbara (Margaret Lockwood) into a criminal's pub in a torrid scene from The Wicked Lady 1945.

Family

Julia Lockwood
Daughter
Actor. Born August 23, 1941.

Bibliography

"Lucky Star"
Margaret Lockwood (1955)

Notes

She was awarded CBE in 1981.