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4 June 1934 (UK) See more »
David Barr is the manager and chief designer of a British shipyard (when we still built ships). The... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Leslie Banks ... David Barr
Carol Goodner ... June MacKinnon
Frank Vosper ... Lord Dean
Alfred Drayton ... Manning
Campbell Gullan ... Hannay
Percy Parsons ... Casey
Fewlass Llewellyn ... Sir Gregory
Henry Oscar ... Raglan
Allan Jeayes ... Grierson
Donald Calthrop ... Macleod
Henry Caine ... Bassett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Carney ... Mr. Lindsey (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

John Laurie ... Wages Accountant (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Mr. McWilliams (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Testing Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Writing credits
Jerome Jackson (by) &
Michael Powell (by)

L. du Garde Peach (dialogue) (as L. Du G. Peach)

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... executive producer
Jerome Jackson .... producer
Cinematography by
Leslie Rowson 
Film Editing by
Geoffrey Barkas 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
Costume Design by
Gordon Conway 
Sound Department
Peter Birch .... sound recordist (as G. Birch)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Red Ensign" - UK (original title)
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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (British Acoustic)

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[Of shipyard cranes.]
David Barr:Big aren't they ?
June MacKinnon:Terrifying. How are they worked?
David Barr:Bad language mostly.
June MacKinnon:Yours?
David Barr:No, mine hasn't the necessary horsepower.
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Remade as The Shipbuilders (1943)See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
If you're at all interested in Powell ..., 31 January 2000
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

I expect I'm like most people: I only sat down to watch this film because of the director's name. In many ways it's exactly what I expected. Direction is adroit, the boats and the boat-yards are lovingly filmed; it's by no means a bad bit of work. Money, of course, had to be shaved off the budget somewhere, and - surprisingly, given Powell's later career - the score was the first thing to go: there's a quotation from Smetana's `The Moldau' at the beginning, another at the end, and that's it. Also, no-one had time to polish the script. The romance (for instance) is worked in with such perfunctory terseness it will probably make you laugh.

I was surprised to see myself caught up in the story. The crusading hero (David Barr, played by Leslie Banks) has to be one of the most abrasive the screen has seen: a monomaniac who barks out insults at everyone around him in clipped tones and then wonders why he isn't more popular. I won't even comment on his moral code... And yet, there's no doubt I was on his side. I was even conned into liking him. By the end of the film the most critical thought I could manage was, `Well, it would be a pity to lose the British shipping industry just because its champion is such a jerk.'

Many critics (well ... three, to my knowledge) see the British shipping industry as a metaphor for the British film industry. I'm not sure if they're right or not. But `Red Ensign' is an argument for Britain's quota system in another sense: it shows that directors of obvious talent were allowed an apprenticeship, making films that, on examination decades later, really aren't so bad.

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