Over the last several days, I have been singing the praise of Alec Guiness as Gulley Jimson in the 1958 film, The Horse’s Mouth. From this, you might get the impression that Guinness played outsiders. Men without portfolio, so to speak. That sense is reinforced by his role in Our Man in Havana, where he plays yet again the anti-establishment figure.
But, consider this — his depiction of Benjamin Disraeli, in the film The Mudlark.. The film is sentimental to a fault,, and for those who are allergic to this type of thing, not worth watching. At the same time, Guinness is brilliant as prime minister Disraeli. You need no background to appreciate this scene