The brilliance of the Internet is again demonstrated. For years, Clare and I have been trying to find the identity of the uncredited and charismatic actor who plays the roadblock official in Ralph Thomas's excellent 1958 adaption of A Tale of Two Cities.
I asked a while back on the Internet Movie Database forum for the film, and got an answer that it was Anton Diffring, but I've never been convinced of this. Finally, however, I spotted a better answer on the forum of Britmovie.co.uk, which has a number of threads in the category of Extras, including this post.
... I was convinced the gatekeeper was Anton Diffring before realizing it was Hubert Noel.Dave is undoubtedly correct. Born Hubert Paul Luis Nion in Le Havre in 1924, Hubert Noël (aka Hubert Noel) was a French actor with a long career as a stage actor and in French cinema (see the French Wikipedia and IMDb), but who tended to appear in bit parts in rather naff examples of English language cinema.
- Dave Wright, post #739, Sighted: Ah, There You Are!
|Right: Hubert Noël as the vampire Count Sinistre|
in the 1965 Devils of Darkness (see review).