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Kenneth More
Hawling like a brooligan
in Idols of the Odeons
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This section opens with More’s popular image of the 1950s and how he embodied a form of male screen identity defined as ‘the chap’. It goes on to argue that this persona was the creation of a stage and film actor of considerable dramatic range. Genevieve, the picture, that established Kenneth More as a box office attraction, is discussed with reference to the end of rationing and the early signs of the affluent society. The actor’s skill at depicting immaturity is also covered with especial reference to The Deep Blue Sea and Reach for the Sky is discussed in terms of its evocation of wartime heroism. The latter sections of the chapter detail the end of More’s contract with the Rank Organisation and how The Greengage Summer marked a transition to leading character actor. Particular attention is focused on The Comedy Man as representing the finest screen work of More’s later years and as a deconstruction of his familiar cinematic image.

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Idols of the Odeons

Post-war British film stardom


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