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Writers:
Nigel Balchin (novel)
Michael Powell (writer) ...
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Release Date:
23 February 1952 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on 1943 England, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
One of the finest films of the 1940s See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Farrar ... Sammy Rice

Kathleen Byron ... Susan

Jack Hawkins ... R.B. Waring
Leslie Banks ... Col. A.K. Holland

Michael Gough ... Capt. Dick Stuart

Cyril Cusack ... Cpl. Taylor
Milton Rosmer ... Prof. Mair
Walter Fitzgerald ... Brine
Emrys Jones ... Joe

Michael Goodliffe ... Till
Renée Asherson ... A.T.S. corporal
Anthony Bushell ... Col. Strang
Henry Caine ... Sgt. Maj. Rose
Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Gladwin
James Dale ... Brigadier
Sam Kydd ... Crowhurst, door sentry
June Elvin ... Gillian
David Hutcheson ... Norval
Sidney James ... 'Knucksie' Moran, barkeeper
Roderick Lovell ... Capt. Pearson
James Carney ... Sgt. Groves
Roddy Hughes ... Welsh doctor
Geoffrey Keen ... Pinker
Bryan Forbes ... Peterson, dying gunner (as Brian Forbes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Heath ... Band Leader (uncredited)

Patrick Macnee ... Man at Committee Meeting (uncredited)

Robert Morley ... The Minister (uncredited)
Richard Nielson ... (uncredited)
John Stratton ... Young Army Officer at Committee Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Balchin (novel)

Michael Powell (writer) &
Emeric Pressburger (writer)

Produced by
George R. Busby .... assistant producer
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
Anthony Bushell .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Brian Easdale 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis 
 
Film Editing by
Clifford Turner 
 
Casting by
Madeleine Godar (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Hein Heckroth 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
 
Costume Design by
Josephine Boss 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Evans .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Iris Tilley .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney Streeter .... assistant director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Archie Knowles .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Childs .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Clements .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Harry Pottle .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dario Simoni .... set dresser (uncredited)
Pat Sladden .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Charles Townsend .... production buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alan Allen .... sound
W.H.O. Sweeney .... dubbing sound (as Bill Sweeny)
Peter Butcher .... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Meyers .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
George Stephenson .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Cyril Swern .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Francis .... camera operator
Anthony Hopking .... still photographer (uncredited)
Will Lee .... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Dalmayne .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Arthur Skinner .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
May Walding .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Reginald Mills .... supervising editor
Noreen Ackland .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Derek Armstrong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Simpson .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Tom Simpson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Frankie Taylor .... junior cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenny Baker .... composer: night club scene music (as Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group)
Hubert Clifford .... musical director
Frederick Lewis .... composer: night club scene music (as Fred Lewis)
 
Other crew
Doreen North .... continuity
Gwladys Jenks .... production secretary (uncredited)
Vivienne Knight .... publicist (uncredited)
Marjorie Mein .... production department secretary (uncredited)
George Mills .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Orme .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jean Osborne .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Small Back Room" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
When Sammy and Susan are at the Hickory Tree night club, Susan spots Gillian, an old acquaintance, and asks Sammy to start talking, to avoid the meeting. Sammy starts, and then Susan joins in reciting the following lines: "I never nurs'd a dear gazelle, / To glad me with its soft black eye, / But when it came to know me well / And love me, it was sure to die." These lines are from the poem Lalla Rookh (in the section entitled The Fire Worshipers) by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852).See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: A little over 75 minutes into the film, during the scene where the character of Sammy Rice trashes his sitting room, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected in the empty picture frame in the foreground of the shot.See more »
Quotes:
Susan:Wouldn't it be silly to break up something we both like doing, only because you think I don't like it.
Sammy Rice:Yes, you've got it all worked out in the way women always have. They don't worry about anything except being alive or dead.
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
One of the finest films of the 1940s, 4 February 2006
Author: paul-1983 from Caernarfon, UK

I have often sought out black and white films from the British cinema and was not disappointed when I came across The Small Back Room. Now possibly one of my favourite films of all time, the very good, simple underlying plot is overtaken by the principal characters, played by David Farrar and Kathleen Byron. An excellent supporting cast, including Michael Gough, Jack Hawkins and Leslie Banks enables the viewer to pull the curtains on a rainy afternoon and to lose themselves in a world that is not quite the 1943 in which the film is set and in in some ways is much later than the 1949 in which it was made. The relationship between Sammy and Susan is a deep and powerful, but secret one and is more curious when one has time to reflect and put it into its (early or late) 1940s context. The fact that they keep their feelings from their colleagues is endemic of the times but is a little curious nonetheless. A friend who knows about such things immediately latched onto the way that another male character fixes his intense gaze upon Sammy Rice to the extent that it now makes me a tiny bit uncomfortable in a non-21st century way. Keep watching this film and you will see more and more interplay between people that implies a further raft of professional and social relationships that the film never actually explores or explains. My verdict: Catch a stinking cold and take a day off work. Curl up on the sofa with a hot drink and lose yourself in a world that you will want to keep coming back to.

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