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The Browning Version
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Release Date:
April 1951 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
Forced to retire from an English public school. a disliked professor must confront his utter failures as a teacher, a husband, and a man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Study in Cruelty See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Redgrave ... Andrew Crocker-Harris
Jean Kent ... Millie Crocker-Harris
Nigel Patrick ... Frank Hunter

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Brian Smith ... Taplow

Bill Travers ... Fletcher
Ronald Howard ... Gilbert
Paul Medland ... Wilson
Ivan Samson ... Lord Baxter
Josephine Middleton ... Mrs. Frobisher
Peter Jones ... Carstairs
Sarah Lawson ... Betty Carstairs
Scott Harold ... Rev. Williamson
Judith Furse ... Mrs. Williamson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Caborne ... Boy in Upper 5th Science Class (uncredited)
Vivienne Gibson ... Mrs. Saunders (uncredited)
John Greenwood ... Gilbert's Senior Boy (uncredited)
Joan Haythorne ... Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
Michael Newell ... Bryant (uncredited)
Brian Nissen ... Head Boy (uncredited)
Anton Rodgers ... Pupil (uncredited)
Johnnie Schofield ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Dora Sevening ... Mrs. Sanders (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... School Doorman (uncredited)
Ian Whittaker ... Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
 
Writing credits
Terence Rattigan (by)

Terence Rattigan (screenplay)

Produced by
Teddy Baird .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Dickinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
 
Makeup Department
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist (as W. Partleton)
 
Production Management
Andrew Allan .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollock .... assistant director
Bert Batt .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Stanley Hosgood .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Jack Stephens .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
E.G. Daniels .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
C. Le Mesurier .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Dudley Messenger .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator (as Russell Thomson)
Cornel Lucas .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reginald H. Morris .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tony Young .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Caffin .... dress supervisor
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Sibley)
Arthur Alcott .... production controller (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicity manager (uncredited)
Jean Hall .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Norman Hudis .... floor publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:S | France:U | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (1987) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15027)
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Trivia:
Rattigan's original one act play ended with Crocker-Harris telling the headmaster that wished to speak last at the closing ceremony. His apologetic speech to the students was written by Rattigan especially for the screen.See more »
Quotes:
Frobisher:A good chap, Hunter, in many ways but no sense of discipline and of course like all scientists a trifle narrow minded.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony No. 5See more »

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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A Study in Cruelty, 9 May 1999
Author: Paul Arthur (pnarthur@msn.com) from London, England

Based on Terence Rattigan's play, this is a moving story of a public (private) schoolmaster's disappointments as his life slips away from him, and his increasing sense of isolation from everyone around him as even his wife makes clear her bitterness towards him. Michael Redgrave's performance is masterfully poignant. The film was made in an era when the values inherent in the film still had considerable currency, helping the film to achieve a degree of authenticity which it is doubtful could be achieved today. (I have not seen the more recent version, though, so it may be that I am wrong). If you are interested in the human condition, or simply want to see a masterful portrayal of human pain then you should watch this film.

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