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They Came to a City (1944)

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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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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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 23 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Symphony No.3, op.43 (The Divine Poem)
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Alexander Scriabin
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How tastes differ!
10 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I usually enjoy malcolmgsw's reviews but this time we have to agree to differ: I consider this, far from being the worst British film, rather amongst the best. Of course, it depends upon what one considers important, how one views our history and the changes in politics. Not long ago, millions of Brits had a vision of a better and more just way of managing things and hopes for a better life for all. This film may have helped the Attlee government gain power the next year, but now all is lost and gone since Clause 4 was thrown out in 1995. The present generation is unhappy but doesn't seem interested in the hopes which this film is concerned with. The acting and the lighting effects are powerful, so it really wouldn't do to sit with one's eyes shut. Of course, if you're hoping for light entertainment and giggles, this film is not for you. It ought to be mentioned that the verse of poetry is taken slightly out of context: 'I dreamed that was the new city of Friends' with a capital 'F', meaning Quakers. It was about the hopes for the founding of Philadelphia in 1681. When a child, Walt Whitman was deeply influenced by a powerful Quaker preacher, and it shows in verses such as this. I can't imagine Whitman would mind his words being applied to this story.


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