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Love on the Dole (1941)

 -  Drama  -  12 October 1945 (USA)
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During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sally
Clifford Evans ...
Larry
George Carney ...
Mr. Hardcastle
Mary Merrall ...
Mrs. Hardcastle
Geoffrey Hibbert ...
Harry
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Helen
Frank Cellier ...
Martin Walker ...
Ned Narkey
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Dorbell
Iris Vandeleur ...
Mrs. Nattle
Marie Ault ...
Mrs. Jike
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Bull
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During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed. Written by S.W.P.er

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12 October 1945 (USA)  »

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Love on the Dole  »

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(RCA Ultra Violet Recording)

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First film of Yvonne Mitchell. See more »

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Mrs. Hardcastle: Eee Sal, you've changed. You're 'ard.
Sally: Aye, I'm 'ard. And by gosh an' I need t'be.
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Remade as ITV Play of the Week: Love on the Dole (1967) See more »

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Love on the Dole, on the Dole
12 July 2004 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is a typical BBC2 or Channel 4 afternoon offering: British, black and white, at least 40 years old and just what you'd watch if you are indeed on the dole.

It reminds me of This Happy Breed (1944), featuring working class people and their daily struggle for survival in a class-ridden society, only this time it's the Great Depression in the Welsh valleys. They face temptations, peer hostility if they do not conform to the norm, and total frustration (though in this case alleviated by a seaside visit to Blackpool, that epitome of Englishness).

It is actually a very political film, containing a violent clash between the unemployed demonstrators and the stubborn, violent police. Presumably the prime minister of the day - Winston Churchill - would have loved this film as he battered the workers himself a few times.

John Baxter, the director, was never a household name, probably because of his strange, expressionist editing which is unusual for any British film, let alone this offering from the war years. However, there are some advanced - for 1941 - special effects.

The film could have benefited from some outside, location shooting down in south Wales, too. Somewhere like Ferndale, perhaps.


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