Bundle of photographs

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 FRD1/10/2/64
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 11, 51 and 79.
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [1949]
  • Physical Description
      Prints range from approx. 11.5 x 9 cm to 24.5 x 30 cm; the majority are the standard 25.5 x 19.5 cm. 248 pieces.

Scope and Content

Large number of stills, publicity and location shots relating to the 1949 film The Cure for Love which RD produced, directed and starred in as Jack Hardacre. These were stored in three separate bundles although the prints are similar in format and overlap significantly in content. They are as follows: 

  • /1-83, /185-222 and /240-44: Film stills.
  • /84-85: Small format prints of RD as Jack Hardcastle with 'Ma Dorbell' (Thora Hird) (/84) and René Asherson as Milly (/85).
  • /86-92, /223-234 and /245: Behind-the-scenes publicity shots, including: RD going through the script with other cast and crew members, and in some cases Walter Greenwood, on various occasions; a studio shot showing RD being prepared for a scene (/87); RD with Una Donga, daughter of the Minister of the Interior, South Africa (/89 and /229); two men standing over a model mock-up of the village set (/90 and /224); RD with boys from the cast (/92 and /233-4); RD operating camera machinery and in director's chair (/246 and /248); and RD with Renée Asherson (/247).
  • /93-96: Photographs of the film set.
  • /97-98 and /239: Landscape shots, presumably taken during the search for film locations on which to base the sets at Isleworth.
  • /99-137: Photographs of cast members (other than RD) mostly in character although also including some glossy publicity shots. These were all stored in a file at some stage, and they may relate to screen tests or auditions, as there is at least one actress represented [Diana Dors, at /104-105] who did not appear in the film itself.
  • /138-175 and /235-8: Official publicity photographs of cast members, which includes one shot (/170) of RD.
  • /176-184: Miscellaneous publicity photographs of Renée Asherson, including shots used as publicity for other films she appeared in.
 There are a number of duplicated photographs both within and between bundles.

/97 and /239 are by Kemsley Studios, Kemsley House, Manchester; /165-8 and /229-231 are by Harold Hanscomb.


/1-184 were originally stored in a folder labelled "Cure for Love (Screen)"; /185-239 in an envelope marked "Cure for Love"; and /240-248 in a further envelope labelled "The Cure for Love with Renee Asherson". As they are all similar in format and content they have been brought together although no attempt has been made to amalgamate the bundles.