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Waterfront Women (1950)
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A good-for-nothing sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter, now a woman, is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Peter McCabe
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mrs. McCabe
Avis Scott ...
Nora McCabe
Susan Shaw ...
Connie McCabe
Robin Netscher ...
George Alexander McCabe
Ben Satterthwaite
Kenneth Griffith ...
Maurice Bruno
Olive Sloane ...
Mrs. Gibson
James Hayter ...
Ship's captain
Charles Victor ...
Michael Brennan ...
Allan Jeayes ...
Prison officer
Hattie Jacques ...


A good-for-nothing sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter, now a woman, is none too pleased at her father's attempted return. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Release Date:

5 February 1951 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Duncan Lamont. See more »


Les Preludes
Music by Franz Liszt (as Liszt)
Played by The London Symphony Orchestra
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powerful film about life on the docks
27 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Waterfront' is a short, but beautifully written and acted, British drama. It boasts an early performance from the young Richard Burton, before Hollywood flourishes and ego started to affect his film choices; and a multi-faceted turn from Robert Newton as the drunken father who returns to the family he abandoned some years before.

Without a complicated plot, this film concentrates instead on the characters - the mother who has grown strong for her children's sake (the excellent Kathleen Harrison); the daughters Nora (Avis Scott) and Connie (Susan Shaw), and other peripheral characters - Olive Sloane as Mrs Gibson, alongside Kenneth Griffith and Robin Netscher.

Directed by Michael Anderson from John Brophy's novel, this gem showcases the Liverpool docks in the days when life was hard for those who lived there and made their living from the water. It looks at the journey from girl to woman of the eldest child, and the muddled dynamics of family relationships and loyalties.

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