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Herbert Marshall (based on the story by) and
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Release Date:
6 April 1940 (UK) See more »
In a Welsh coal mining valley, a young man with a beautiful singing voice is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice when a pit disaster threatens. See more » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Robeson ... David
Edward Chapman ... Dick Parry
Simon Lack ... Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Edward Rigby ... Bert
Dilys Thomas ... Dilys
Janet Johnson ... Gwen Owen
Charles Williams ... Evans
Jack Jones ... Thomas
Dilys Davies ... Mrs. Owen
Clifford Evans ... Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Trevor (as Alan Jeayes)
George Merritt ... Mr. Lewis
Edward Lexy ... Commissionaire
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Glyn-Jones ... Mr. Howes - Collector (uncredited)
Noel Howlett ... Company Clerk (uncredited)
Roddy Hughes ... Lloyd - Miner (uncredited)
Mike Johnson ... Cage Operator (uncredited)
Edward Keyes ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Leslie Phillips ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Grant Sutherland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Terry ... Miner (uncredited)
Ronald Ward ... Sir John (uncredited)
Babette Washington ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Will Morgan (uncredited)

Directed by
Pen Tennyson 
Writing credits
Herbert Marshall (based on the story by) and
Alfredda Brilliant (based on the story by)

Pen Tennyson (screen play) &
Jack Jones (screen play) &
Louis Golding (screen play)

Roland Pertwee  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
Sergei Nolbandov .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Roy Kellino (photography)
Glen MacWilliams (photography) (as Glen Macwilliams)
Film Editing by
Ray Pitt 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton  (as Wilfrid Shingleton)
Makeup Department
Heinrich Heitfeld .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frederick James .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L.C. Rudkin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Williams .... sound
Stephen Dalby .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jeff Seaholme .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Ernest Irving .... music arranger
Ernest Irving .... musical director
Ernest Irving .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Tunnel" - USA (reissue title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2010) | USA:Not Rated

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional., 12 August 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a very good film that gives a rare glimpse of Welsh life that has long since passed. The film begins in Wales just before WWII and a wandering American (Paul Robeson) wanders into town. Despite being a black man, almost everyone accepts him and he is soon a valued member of the community. He also is an important part of the local choral group--something VERY important in this culture. In fact, throughout the film is lots of lovely Welsh singing--and it's perhaps the best part of the movie. But, it's also a great portrait of a way of life that has passed--the grim life of a coal miner. Their struggle is chronicled in this film--with strikes, mining disasters and the like.

This sort of plot is not at all surprising for Robeson, as he was a committed life-long socialist--with some communist sympathies. This is NOT meant as a criticism--just explaining his affinity towards the downtrodden and labor unions (which were important in providing a safe working environment for the miners). But I love that the film is not preachy about--it just shows their difficulties as well as their work ethic, values, belief in God and strong wills. A wonderful film and a nice film to see in a double-feature with "How Green Was My Valley"--which as a Hollywood and highly romanticized view of these people.

All in all, one of Robeson's best films because he plays not a black man but a man--and a heck of a man at that.

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