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Captain Boycott (1947)

Approved | | Drama, History | 1948 (Austria)
In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

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Hugh Davin
Kathleen Ryan ...
Anne Killain
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Capt. Charles C. Boycott
Mervyn Johns ...
Watty Connell
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Father McKeogh
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Daniel McGinty
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Mark Killain
Maureen Delaney ...
Mrs. Davin
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Sean Kerin
Liam Gaffney ...
Michael Fagan
Liam Redmond ...
Martin Egan
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Sgt. Dempsey
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Bernadette O'Farrell ...
Mrs. Fagan
Harry Webster ...
Robert Hogan
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In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

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Stuntman Paddy Ryan was paid approximately 40 pounds for doing one day's work on this movie, according to an article in Picture Post, 15 March 1947. See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind
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Arranged by William Alwyn
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When the rivers of Mayo are flowing with blood, give a quick thought to what I said.
15 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Captain Boycott is directed by Frank Launder and adapted to screenplay by Wolfgang Wilhelm from the novel written by Philip Rooney. It stars Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan, Cecil Parker, Mervyn Johns and Alastair Sim. Music is by William Alwyn and cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.

Ever wondered where the term to "boycott" something comes from? The answer lies within this enjoyable historical drama. Story is set in County Mayo circa 1880 and finds Parker as Captain Charles Boycott, a tyrannical British land owner who demands inflated rent charges from the local Irish farmers. With next to nobody able to pay such charges, this allows Boycott to evict the families from the premises. Finally having enough, the farmers, fronted by Hugh Davin (Granger), take their lead from a stirring speech by political reform agitator Charles Stewart Parnell (Robert Donat) and form the Irish Land League. Instead of using violence, they ostracise Boycott to the point where he has to seek outside military help to harvest his crop or face financial ruin...

In the mix is a love story, naturally, as Davin falls for the sultry charms of Ryan's Anne Killain. A problem since Anne and her father (Niall MacGinnis) have been housed in the farm of recent evictees, thus incurring death threats and ostracisation themselves. Launder moves it along without fuss and filler, neatly guiding a fine ensemble cast to produce quality drama decked with politico intrigue, while the actual location photography in Southern Ireland is ripe with realism and countryside delights. There's a small irritant with British actors doing iffy Irish accents, and some back screen projection work briefly cheapens the otherwise impressive efforts of the makers, but this is a well constructed and enjoyable film with some substantial historical worth. 7.5/10


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