It’s hard now to appreciate how ‘naughty’ the Gainsborough Girls were in their day. Heaving bosoms had to be snipped out for American release. Cat fights took place on British soil for the first time since Queen Mary’s day. They were the country’s first bona fide film stars, and Margs was a star amongst them. From dandy highwaywomen to troubled clairvoyants, from overseeing Ruritanian weddings in the Slipper and the Rose to getting a pie in the face from historical Sid Field comedy Cardboard Cavalier, she was one of the best stars we ever had.
FINEST HOUR: Do you know, we find it almost impossible to choose between The Wicked Lady and The Lady Vanishes. So we won’t.