David Farrar

Not much to report, really. Farrar was excellent in:
The Small Back Room (1949)
Black Narcissus (1947)

A good villain in:
Gone To Earth (1950), as the country squire who lusts after Jennifer Jones

He’s just about memorable in:
Went The Day Well? (1942)
Frieda (1947)
The 300 Spartans (1962), playing Darius, Emperor Of The Persians – testament to Hollywood’s ‘if it’s a period villain, cast a Brit’ mentality

Other films I’ve seen, his name appears in the cast list, but he’s gone from my memory. Without Powell and Pressburger, it seems, he was easily bored. He retired to South Africa, before it was ok to do so.

The only revelation from IMDb is I Vinti (1953), which is – allegedly – by Michelangelo Antonioni! David Farrar as a precursor to Jack Nicholson? It should be investigated – or it’s a practical joke by a very recherché contributor…


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I had a stroke on July 26th, 2013. I was a screenwriter. Don’t do that anymore. But have found another way to write.

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