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Victor MacLure (screen adaptation)
Dorothy Whipple (novel)
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Release Date:
4 March 1946 (UK) See more »
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Unexpectedly Engrossing Domestic Drama from Popular Whipple Novel See more (2 total) »


  (in credits order)
Mervyn Johns ... Tom Blake
Nora Swinburne ... Celia Blake
Joyce Howard ... Freda Blake

Joan Greenwood ... Ruth Blake
Peter Hammond ... Douglas Blake
Marie Ault ... Grandma Blake
Frederick Cooper ... Edward Blake
Grace Arnold ... Isabel Blake
Alfred Drayton ... Mr. Knight
Olive Sloane ... Mrs. Knight
Joan Maude ... Carrie Porritt
Kenneth Kove ... Coggie Selby
Frederick Burtwell ... Mr. Berry
Winifred Oughton ... Mrs. Greene
Tarva Penna ... Mr. Greene
Patric Curwen ... Mr. Porter
Muriel Aked ... Lady Gilling
Anthony Holles ... Station Master
Gordon Begg ... Sims
Ian Fleming ... Higgs
Sheila Raynor ... Agnes
Pat Stevens ... Miss Berry
Doyley John ... Bobby Hewett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Snart ... Choirboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Walker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victor MacLure  screen adaptation (as Victor MacClure)
Norman Walker  uncredited
Dorothy Whipple  novel

Produced by
Norman Walker .... producer
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier 
Film Editing by
Sam Simmonds 
Production Management
F.G. Bangs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Johnson .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Pat MacDonnell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Phil Rigal .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sidney Gausden .... settings designed by
Herbert Westbrook .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Stanley Lambourne .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Stretton .... cinematographer: additional scenes
Eric Besche .... focus puller (uncredited)
Derek V. Browne .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (uncredited)
C.M. Pennington-Richards .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Gerald Landau .... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Powell .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
London Symphony Orchestra .... music played by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
Paddy Arnold .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Unexpectedly Engrossing Domestic Drama from Popular Whipple Novel, 26 July 2008
Author: JohnHowardReid

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Aside from its cop-out sweetness-and-light conclusion, this domestic drama is a borderline noir that holds the attention rather well, thanks to extremely realistic writing (full of fascinating yet telling details), extremely ingratiating acting (the characters of course were both interesting and well-rounded to begin with), an unstinting budget and skillful technical credits. Only in the last few minutes when the principals visit the local cathedral and reflect on what life has taught them, does this film's grip on its audience lessen.

As usual, Mervyn Johns manages to overcome his somewhat unprepossessing screen presence to give an appealing performance of the ambitious family man who fails to make the right decisions in his dealings with charming but unscrupulous businessman, Alfred Drayton. Joyce Howard is also most winning as the daughter with similar ambitions to better herself. Joan Greenwood has a very small role as the other daughter, being completely overshadowed by Miss Howard and other members of the cast. One of the most ingratiating portrayals is expertly provided by Frederick Cooper who gets every inch of dramatic sympathy out of an extremely difficult role.

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