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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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Alfred Hitchcock cast both Margaret Leighton and Jack Watling in his film Under Capricorn (1949) after watching their performances in this film. See more »

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When they visit the House of Commons for the first time, the newspaper boy carries a poster ' "London motorist killed " and on the first day of the trial - the poster has not changed. - or else a second motorist has been killed. See more »

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First Lord: I advise you drop this senseless flummery, for your your own sake as well as ours.
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Version of Theatre Night: The Winslow Boy (1989) See more »

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Who Were You With Last Night?
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Written by Fred Godfrey and Mark Sheridan
Performed by Cyril Ritchard and female chorus
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Terence Rattigan, once the toast of London's West End, fell very much out of favor when a new generation of playwrights made his plays seem antiquated and irrelevant. It took David Mamet's excellent filming of the "Winslow Boy" to remind us, that at his best, Rattigan was an exceptionally fine dramatist. Having much enjoyed the movie, I was curious to see the 1948 version directed by Anthony Asquith, who worked on a number of occasions with Rattigan.

It's an exceptional film from all accounts. Asquith's adaptations of theater works for the screen are excellent. Without opening them out too extensively they manage to avoid being stage bound, (Pygmalion, Browning Version, Importance of Being Earnest).

Being already familiar with the storyline, I simply sat back and savored the wonderful performances, and what performances they are. Cedric Hardwicke as the father lacks the softness of Nigel Hawthorne's portrayal and yet that's what precisely makes it ultimately more moving. Robert Donat overflows with charisma and Margaret Leighton plays her very first screen appearance with much intelligence and total aplomb.

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