Maxwell Reed Actor

Maxwell Reed (2 April 1919, Larne, Northern Ireland – 16 August 1974) was a British actor who became a matinee idol during the 1950s with the Rank Organisation in Britain. He trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school". He was the first husband of Joan Collins whom he married on 24 May 1952. The marriage ended in divorce in 1956. Collins later claimed in her 1978 autobiography Past Imperfect that the divorce was a result of Reed's alleged attempt to sell her to an Arab sheik. Reed was best known for his roles in the films The Dark Man, Blackout, Daybreak, The Clouded Yellow, There Is Another Sun and The Brain Machine. He also appeared to good effect in non-genre films such as Helen of Troy, Sea Devils, The Brothers, and The Square Ring (in a role later played on television by Sean Connery). Reed drifted to the U.S. in the late 1950s and appeared in a few films and was a guest star on many television programs such as Bonanza, Perry Mason and Daniel Boone. He portrayed the title role in the 1950s television series Captain David Grief, based on short stories by Jack London. He died from cancer, aged 55.

Personal details

Date of birth
April 2nd, 1919
Nationality
United Kingdom
Date of death
August 16th, 1974 at age of 55
Place of death
England, United Kingdom
Cause of death
Cancer

Family

Spouse

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Mystery26.65
Drama86.15
Crime36.17
Horror25.8

1. Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Horror
played Anthony
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88.0
8 Show list

Picture Mommy Dead is a 1966 horror film directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Awards

Top cast

Edward Shelley
Clayborn
Elsie Kornwald
Jessica Shelley
Francene Shelley
Sister René
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Ellsworth Fredericks
English
United States of America

2. The Notorious Landlady (1962)

Comedy, Mystery
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
123.0

The Notorious Landlady is a 1962 comedy/mystery American film starring Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, and Fred Astaire. The film was directed by Richard Quine, with a script by Blake Edwards and Larry Gelbart.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

3. The Brain Machine (1955)

Crime, Thriller
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
84.0

The Brain Machine is a 1956 British thriller film directed by Ken Hughes and starring Maxwell Reed, Elizabeth Allan and Patrick Barr. A husband and wife team of doctors attempt to stop a dangerously unbalanced man from committing a series of crimes.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country

4. Before I Wake (1954)

Mystery
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
76.0

Before I Wake, released in the United States as Shadow of Fear, is a 1954 British mystery film directed by Albert S. Rogell and starring Mona Freeman, Jean Kent and Maxwell Reed. A stepmother attempts to murder her adopted daughter in order to get her inheritance.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

5. Sea Devils (1953)

Adventure, Drama, Action
played Rantaine
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91.0
David E. Rose
9 Show list

Sea Devils is a British–American historical adventure film, directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Rock Hudson, Yvonne De Carlo, and Maxwell Reed. The story is based on Victor Hugo's novel Toilers of the Sea. The scenes at sea were shot around the Channel Islands, and much of the rest of the film was shot on location in those islands as well.

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Top cast

Gilliatt
Droucette
Lethierry
Willie
Baron de Baudrec
Benson
Napoléon Bonaparte
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Richard Addinsell
Elizabeth Agombar
English
United States of America, United Kingdom

6. There Is Another Sun (1951)

Drama
played Eddie 'Racer' Peskett
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
89.0
Ernest G. Roy
Guy Morgan
12 Show list

There Is Another Sun, released in the United States as Wall of Death, is a 1951 British drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and produced by Ernest G. Roy.

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Top cast

Ginger Jones
Markie
Mag Maguire
Gypsy Sarah
Teddy Green
Racetrack Manager
Mick Foley
Lillian
Detective Sergeant Bratcher
Mr. Simmons
Len Tyldesley
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

7. Madness of the Heart (1949)

Drama, Romance
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75.0

Madness of the Heart is a 1949 British drama film directed by Charles Bennett and starring Margaret Lockwood, Paul Dupuis and Kathleen Byron.

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Top cast

Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

8. Daughter of Darkness (1948)

Crime, Drama, Horror
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
91.0
1 Show list

Daughter of Darkness is a 1947 British film, with macabre overtones, directed by Lance Comfort and starring Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed and - in the central role - Siobhan McKenna. Released in January 1948, it was based on a then ten-year-old play by Max Catto called They Walk Alone. An expensive film for its day, it was shot at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, and on on location. McKenna was offered a Hollywood contract following her memorable performance, but heeded the counsel of Laurence Olivier to remain in theatre work.

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Top cast

Julie Tallent
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

9. Daybreak (1948)

Drama
played Olaf
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75.0
2 Show list

Daybreak is a 1948 British film noir drama film, directed by Compton Bennett and starring Eric Portman, Ann Todd and Maxwell Reed. A sombre, bleak film, Daybreak was filmed in 1946, but ran into trouble with the BBFC, resulting in a delay of almost two years before its release. The version finally approved for release excised approximately six minutes of original footage, resulting in some jerky cuts where scenes have been removed and leaving noticeable plot lacunae which are considered to detract somewhat from an otherwise well-regarded film.

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Frankie
Eddie
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Dorothy Sinclair
English
United Kingdom

10. Night Beat (1947)

Drama
played Felix Fenton
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91.0
Guy Morgan
,
T.J. Morrison
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9 Show list

Night Beat is a 1947 British crime drama film directed by Harold Huth and starring Anne Crawford, Maxwell Reed, Ronald Howard, Christine Norden and Sid James. Following the Second World War, two comrades go their separate ways one joining the Metropolitan Police while the other becomes a racketeer in post-war London. Sky Movies described the film as a "British thriller that examines a challenging issue of its times: the problems encountered by servicemen when trying to adjust to civilian life.

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Top cast

Nixon
Andy Kendall
Magistrate
Julie Kendall
Detective Sergeant
Don Brady
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Václav Vích
Beatrice Dawson
English
United Kingdom

11. Dear Murderer (1947)

Crime, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
90.0

Dear Murderer is a 1947 British thriller, directed by Arthur Crabtree for Gainsborough Pictures, and starring Eric Portman and Greta Gynt. The film was well-received for its tautness and ingenuity, with one reviewer noting: "Dear Murderer is a shrewd, semi-psychological thriller with Eric Portman, a well-known menace...being sinister to the height of his bent. The plot is good and chilling." It also received positive notices on its release in the U.S.: "Another masterful picture from overseas, a carefully plotted dramatic thriller which revolves very neatly about the commission of the perfect crime.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

12. The Brothers (1947)

Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0

The Brothers is a British film melodrama of 1947, starring Patricia Roc and John Laurie, from a novel of the same name by L.A.G. Strong. It is set in the Western Isles of Scotland, and the long and murderous grudge between two clans there, the Macraes and McFarishes. Patricia Roc plays a serving girl, whose arrival to work for the Macraes reinflames the conflict and causes an internal power-struggle between two brothers in the Macrae clan.

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Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United Kingdom

Starring TV roles

1. Captain David Grief

Adventure
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

Broadcast syndication
October 3rd, 1957 1960

Guest TV appearances

Bonanza

Program genre

Action
Action/Adventure
Adventure Film
Western

External resources

Bonanza is an NBC television western series that ran from September 12, 1959, to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons and 430 episodes, it ranks as the second longest running western series, and within the top 10 longest running, live-action American series. It continues to air in syndication.nThe show centers on the Cartwright family, who live in the area of Virginia City, Nevada, bordering Lake Tahoe. The series stars Lorne Greene, Pernell Roberts, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon, and later, David Canary and Mitch Vogel.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E25 March 11th, 1961 The Duke of London

Daniel Boone

Program genre

Action/Adventure
Drama

External resources

Daniel Boone is an American action-adventure television series starring Fess Parker as Daniel Boone that aired from September 24, 1964 to September 10, 1970 on NBC for 165 episodes, and was made by 20th Century Fox Television. Ed Ames co-starred as Mingo, Boone's Cherokee friend, for the first four seasons of the series. Albert Salmi portrayed Boone's companion Yadkin in season one only. Dallas McKennon portrayed innkeeper Cincinnatus. Country Western singer-actor Jimmy Dean was a featured actor as Josh Clements during the 1968–1970 seasons. Actor and former NFL football player Rosey Grier made regular appearances as Gabe Cooper in the 1969 to 1970 season.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S02-E08 November 4th, 1965 Thomas Cromwell

Perry Mason

Program genre

Drama
Crime Fiction
Legal
Legal drama

External resources

Perry Mason is an American dramatized court show produced by Paisano Productions that ran from September 1957 to May 1966 on CBS. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. Many episodes are based on stories written by Gardner, others are based on characters created by him. At one time, the show was television's most successful and longest-running lawyer series.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S07-E17 February 6th, 1964 Chet Worth

Sherlock Holmes (1965)

External resources

Sherlock Holmes is a series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by British television company BBC between 1965 and 1968. This was the second screen adaption of Sherlock Holmes for BBC Television.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E02 September 16th, 1968

The Beachcomber

Program genre

Adventure Film

External resources

The Beachcomber was an ITC Entertainment adventure TV series which ran for one series of 39 half-hour episodes in 1962.nNarrated by Cameron Mitchell, the series followed a rich executive who retired from the rat-race to become a beachcomber on a small South Pacific island.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E35 October 16th, 1962 Geoffrey Stapleton

The Great Adventure

Program genre

History
Anthology series
Anthology

External resources

The Great Adventure is a historical anthology series that appeared on CBS for the 1963-1964 television season. The series, narrated each week by Van Heflin, and featuring theme music by Richard Rodgers, presented a weekly one-hour dramatization of the lives of famous Americans and important historical events in American History.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S00-E05 October 25th, 1963 Major Hardwick

Wikipedia

Check Maxwell Reed on wikipedia.

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