It’s the mid-12th century and Normans have controlled England and its resident Saxons for two generations. The latest Norman leader, Henry II, has employed a Saxon, Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) to be his unofficial right-hand man. When he decides to make the title official, appointing Becket as chancellor, it only makes the already jealous Norman nobles and clergy angrier. When he goes even further and decides to quell an unruly church by appointing Becket as archbishop, it seems the nobles and clergy might revolt, but Henry finds that it is Becket, suddenly torn between his duty to King as chancellor and to God as archbishop, from whom he has the most to fear. —Filmcritic.com
Peter Glenville (28 October 1913 – 3 June 1996), born Peter Patrick Brabazon Browne, was an English film and stage actor and director.
Born in Hampstead, London into a theatrical family, Glenville was the son of Shaun Glenville (born John Browne, 1884–1968), an Irish-born comedian, and Dorothy Ward, both pantomime performers.
Peter Glenville was educated by Jesuits at Stonyhurst College, one of England’s leading Catholic public schools, and from there went up to Christ Church, Oxford where he read Jurisprudence. At university, he joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) and in 1934, became its President and also made his professional stage debut. Over the next several years, Glenville was active in the theatre and films as an actor, gradually developing an interest in directing, and leading to his 1944 appointment as director for the Old Vic Company.
After World War II, Glenville met Hardy William Smith. They became professional and life partners, Glenville… read more