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The Winslow Boy (1948)

In pre-WW1 England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, but his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

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In Edwardian England, a thirteen year-old cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is expelled from the naval academy at Osborne for stealing a seven shilling postal order. His father and sister become obsessed with proving his innocence at any cost to themselves, and turn the case into a national cause celebre. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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6 June 1950 (USA)  »

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The play's London premiere in 1946 featured Emlyn Williams as Sir Robert, Mona Washbourne, Angela Baddeley, Kathleen Harrison, Frank Cellier, Jack Watling and Clive Morton. It was under the direction of Glen Byam Shaw.

The original Broadway production opened at the Empire Theater on October 29, 1947 and ran for 214 performances. It featured Frank Allenby as Sir Robert, Alan Webb as Arthur Winslow, and Valerie White as Catherine Winslow. See more »

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Sir Robert Morton: The House of Commons is a peculiarly trying place you know - far too little ventilation and far too much hot air.
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Version of Pojken Winslow (1959) See more »

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For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
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Superior to 1999 Remake in Every Way!
12 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With all due respect to David Mamet, this is THE definitive version of this story. Based on an excellent stage drama by Terence Rattigan - itself based on an actual, (now) obscure British trial from a century ago - the film is unfortunately unavailable on DVD in the United States at this time. Watch for it to occasionally turn up on TCM, however. I agree with the rave review left by "the old roman" - it's worth staying up for. BTW, Robert Donat (of "The 39 Steps" fame) easily steals the film as the barrister Sir Robert Morton. After watching his performance, it's easy to see why he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1939 (for "Goodbye Mr. Chips") against such stiff competition as Clark Gable ("Gone With The Wind"), James Stewart ("Mr. Smith Goes To Washington") and Laurence Olivier ("Wuthering Heights")!


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