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The Silver Darlings (1947)

Set on the rugged north-east coast of Scotland in the 1800s, Catrine is the wife of a dispossessed farmer who hates his new life as a herring fisherman. When he is press-ganged by the Royal Navy, she must face life without him.

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(script), (novel) (as Neil Gunn)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Williams ...
Tormad
Christopher Capon ...
Finn (Child)
Murdo Morrison ...
Finn (Adult)
Helen Shingler ...
Catrine
Carl Bernard ...
Angus
Stanley Jay ...
Bo'sun
Harry Fine ...
Lieutenant
Phyllis Morris ...
Tormad's Mother
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Roddie
Iris Vandeleur ...
Kirsty
Jean Shepeard ...
Mrs. Hendry
Norman Shelley ...
Hendry
Simon Lack ...
Don
Bennett O'Loghlin ...
Callum
Carole Lesley ...
Una (Child)
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Set on the rugged north-east coast of Scotland in the 1800s, Catrine is the wife of a dispossessed farmer who hates his new life as a herring fisherman. When he is press-ganged by the Royal Navy, she must face life without him.

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Drama

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8 December 1947 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The first feature film of 'Peter Illling'. See more »

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When Finn's rescuing Roddie the position of the rope around Roddie changes drastically from one shot to another. See more »

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Fingal's Caveat
8 August 2016 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It's difficult to tell whom, in the midst of post-war austerity, this film was targeting. True, there was a mini-vogue for Scottish-based stories from the fictional - I Know Where I'm Going, The Brothers, - to the semi-factual - Whiskey Galore, Bonnie Prince Charlie - but all of them, even the colossal flop BPC, offered something more substantial than this dross which puts forward virtually nothing to alleviate the doom and gloom and mostly downbeat story. Perhaps significantly first-time director Clarence Elder disappeared without trace, whilst leading man Clifford Evans (though not billed as such) and leading lady Helen Shingler spend more or less the whole of their subsequent careers in television. In case you're wondering the eponymous silver darlings are herring, the catching of which is apparently the sole industry available to the characters who, to an extra, speak the received English drummed into them at RADA despite being born and bred in the heelands. Well worth missing.


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