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It's Never Too Late to Mend (1937)

 -  Drama  -  March 1937 (UK)
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An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned.

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Credited cast:
Tod Slaughter ...
Jack Livesey ...
Marjorie Taylor ...
Ian Colin ...
Laurence Hanray ...
Lawyer Crawley (as Lawrence Hanray)
D.J. Williams ...
Roy Russell ...
Rev. Mr. Eden
John Singer ...
Matthew Josephs (as Johnny Singer)
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Cecil Bevan ...
Prison Inspector
Douglas Stewart ...
Prison Inspector
Mavis Villiers ...
Betty
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An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned.

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Never Too Late  »

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Another daughter to the Slaughter
17 May 2009 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

How can something be original yet old hat at the same time? It's just another Tod Slaughter film, produced by George "Quota-Quickie"-King back in the 1930's/1880's. Slaughter was a unique talent, during his lifetime never out of work but if remembered at all today by the critical Artheads, ridiculed. Well it's their loss so nothing to worry about, but for people with open minds I recommend watching some his films for something probably completely different from their experience. He has been the only true barnstorming melodramatic actor in the movies, with plenty of intentional and unintentional copycats but no one bettering him, as much of a one-off for example as Jimi Hendrix was. His films were a heady brew of over-the-top and hackneyed melodrama deliciously and lovingly hammed up by the entire cast, especially the usually Machiavellian Slaughter.

Slaughter is the evil leering moustache-twirling Squire machinating for the affections, or marriage and what comes afterwards anyway, of the local farmer's innocent curly-haired daughter. She loves a staunch young true blue Englishman with a square chin and the game is on for the Squire to remove any opposition to his nefarious scheming. On the way a true blue English poacher is sent to prison and boy does he Mend! The descriptions of harsh prison life by the author Charles Reade, and Dickens too of course, pricked a few consciences and woke up the Victorian capitalist class to the wasting of their unearned money on unnecessary and expensive torturing of the inmates of such places. They thought to save money by not turning prisons into sadistic death camps and as a by product saving the miscreant's body as well as soul. One day our lovely modern prisons will have hardly any warders at all, mainly robots and computers looking mechanically over the few people who've done something bad enough to get locked up.

My normally cynical daughter remembered to boo and hiss in the right places, and we cheered at the sudden denouement when all the dark clouds rolled if not flew by. It's not compulsory but it can help get in the right frame of mind while watching this cheap but genuinely lovingly-crafted Victorianesque adaptation of the famous Victorian novel.


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