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They Came to a City (1944)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  5 March 1945 (UK)
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Adapted from a J.B. Priestly play with many of the original actors. The tale of various people who have come to live in an "ideal" city and their hopes and reasons for doing so.

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Complete credited cast:
John Clements ...
Joe Dinmore
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Alice
Raymond Huntley ...
Malcolm Stritton
Renee Gadd ...
Mrs. Stritton
A.E. Matthews ...
Sir George Gedney
Mabel Terry-Lewis ...
Lady Loxfield
Ada Reeve ...
Mrs Barley
Norman Shelley ...
Mr Cudworth
Fanny Rowe ...
Philippa (as Frances Rowe)
Ralph Michael ...
One of couple on hillside
Brenda Bruce ...
One of couple on hillside
J.B. Priestley ...
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Adapted from a J.B. Priestly play with many of the original actors. The tale of various people who have come to live in an "ideal" city and their hopes and reasons for doing so.

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Symphony No.3, op.43 (The Divine Poem)
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Music by Alexander Scriabin
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26 February 2011 | by (london) – See all my reviews

Ealing has a reputation for some fine comedies and dramas but alas this is not one of them.It is difficult to know what possessed Michael Balcon to produce this film adaptation of J B Priestleys play.It is really a polemic a social tract not an entertainment and it is little surprise that this film was a disaster at the box office.You could shut your eyes throughout the film,and assuming that you did not fall asleep,you would not miss any of the action.I believe that this must be one of the most boring films ever made by the British film industry.It seems to be calling for an ideal and idealistic world which was probably fine in 1944 but which was not borne out by what happened in the post war world.Whatever you do avoid this film unless you want to suffer terminal boredom.


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