Joan Rice and Donald Sinden

These two were around at about the same time.


Joan Rice at first looked to be having a much more successful career with ‘The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men’ which was very popular – and then  ‘His Majesty O’Keefe’ both of which were world targeted films.

This should have been the springboard to a top film career but after this she just seemed to fade away and many of us have speculated endlessly, as to why – with no real conclusion.

Joan Rice and Donald Sinden


ABOVE – this picture I reckon was taken in the grounds of Pinewood Studios where there is a small bridge over a lake which has been used many times in films.

On the other hand Donald Sinden looked like another film actor who might just make a fringe career,  but never be leading man material.  In some ways that was true but he did seem to carve out a long run in British Films and later Television

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ABOVE – A Day to Remember 1953 –  I notice that Joan Rice is also teamed up with her former ‘Friar Tuck’ the wonderful James Hayter

Joan Rice


ABOVE – Another scene from  ‘A Day to Remember’ 1953

These two actors were together in ‘A Day to Remember’ – indeed Joan Rice was top billed in this. Later in 1959 they were on screen together in ‘Operation Bullshine’

They also did public appearances – one of which was when the two of them visited Gainsborough in Lincolnshire.

The Gaumont Cinema in Gainsborough was modernised in early-1954, reopening on 29 March 1954 with Edward G. Robinson in “The Glass Webb” and with film stars Joan Rice and Donald Sinden making personal appearances there

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