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The Mill on the Floss (1936)

Romeo and Juliet in 1930s England. The owner of the mill and the local lord are in conflict over water rights. The lord wins threatening the mill owner with financial ruin.

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Mr. Tulliver owns a mill on the Floss River in Lincolnshire. He has two children, hot-headed and arrogant Tom and kind-hearted Maggie. Maggie has a friendly relationship with the lame Philip Wakem, a good lad who is deeply fond of Maggie. But Tom cares little for Philip, the result of a long-running feud between Tom's father and Philip's, a wealthy man to whom Mr. Tulliver is in debt. As the children grow to adulthood, the bad blood between Tulliver and Wakem comes to a boil, with tragic results. Tom, now a responsible but still hot-tempered young man, tries to restore the family's lost fortunes, but also tries to stop what he perceives to be a growing romance between Maggie and Philip. But when Stephen Guest, the fiancè of Tom's and Maggie's cousin Lucy, enters the picture, a chaotic clash of romance, family pride, and deception leads to disaster. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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14 November 1939 (USA)  »

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This film received its initial television broadcast in USA 3 February 1940 on New York City's pioneer, still experimental, television station W2XBS. As WWII drew to a close, television viewers got another look at it Monday 4 June 1945 on KNBH (Channel 4); in Lowell MA (serving the Boston Area) it first aired Saturday 2 October 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4) and it finally arrived in Los Angeles airwaves Sunday 30 October 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »

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Mr. Glegg: When land is gone and money spent, then learning is most excellent
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In defense of Eliot
3 September 2006 | by (Columbia, Maryland) – See all my reviews

Haven't seen the movie, but having just finished the book I had to post in defense of Eliot and "Floss". The novel is not Eliot's best, but it should go without saying that bad Eliot is way better than most 'literary' fiction you find today. The structure of the book is not very good, and the last half of the novel becomes about the love triangle between Maggie, Phillip, and Stephen -- Tom gets lost in the shuffle a bit, until the very end. I can see James Mason in any of the male leads -- but probably he would have rocked as Phillip, the hunch-backed, somewhat effeminate soul mate for Maggie. Tom is a bit of stick of the mud in the book and frankly not that interesting a character. The book is all about Maggie though -- her internal conflict, between her duty to Tom and family, and her instinctive desire for personal happiness and fulfillment, make the book. I can't wait to see how this film handles her!


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