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A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (1942)

Hatter's Castle (original title)
James Brodie (Robert Newton) is the only hatter in a small area in Scotland. Ruthless in business as well as at home, he is a tyrant to his family and intimidating to everyone he knows. But... See full summary »

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James Brodie
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Dr. Renwick
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Grierson
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Nancy
Beatrice Varley ...
Mrs. Brodie
Tony Bateman ...
Angus Brodie (as Anthony Bateman)
June Holden ...
Janet
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Gibson
Lawrence Hanray ...
Dr. Lawrie (as Laurence Hanray)
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Paxton
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Sir John Latta
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Lady Winton
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James Brodie (Robert Newton) is the only hatter in a small area in Scotland. Ruthless in business as well as at home, he is a tyrant to his family and intimidating to everyone he knows. But, when his mistress convinces him to give her "step-brother" Denis (former boyfriend) a job at the hat shop, tragedy starts creeping towards all involved with Brodie. Written by Sarah

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19 April 1948 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial USA television broadcast took place in Chicago Wednesday 4 March 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). It first aired in Seattle 29 October 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Minneapolis 21 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Detroit, in two parts, 8-9 December 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Indianapolis 6 February 1960 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »

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When the real Tay Bridge collapsed, it was the center section, which was made of high girder through trusses. However, the film shows the low deck trusses collapsing. See more »

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Hell for Leather" (uncredited)
Music by Hal Dolphe (pseudonym of Adolph Hallis)
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One Man's Hubris
1 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Brodie is a very successful hatter in 19th Century Scotland. He is also tyrannical to his family and employees, distant from most people, and totally unsympathetic. The film (based on an A.J.Cronin novel) details how he builds himself a stone castle, and how he is destroyed in everything by his selfishness and harsh characteristics. His wife dies when he rejects her for a mistress, who in turn leaves him when he tries to turn her into the doormat - drudge that his wife was. His business is destroyed by a competitor who formerly worked for him, and who purposely builds his business across the street from him. He is also ruined by the mistress's brother (Emlyn William as a slimy, subsidiary villain) who works in his store and robs him. His son, a promising student, is caught cheating on a major exam - he was under great pressure to pass it by his father - and commits suicide rather than face his expulsion from school or his father. In the end, alone and broke in his castle, Brodie kills himself.

It is a harsh film, and not a popular one. I watched it once on television in the 1970s. It rarely is revived. As Brodie, Robert Newton is savagely restrained (his best scene is when he goes beserk as he watches his best, "quality" client go over to the opposite side of the street store, and he starts throwing his stock of hats into the street into a crowd of bewildered onlookers.

I do note one more thing. The death of Williams is of cinematic notice. The film is set in the 1870s, and the dastardly thief Williams goes onto a train traveling in a storm. We see him playing cards, and he loses. "That finishes me!", he says as he watches his last coin taken. The train is passing over the Tay Bridge at that moment, and it collapses. I believe it is the only time that the Tay Bridge disaster ever appeared in a movie.


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