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Tom Brown's Schooldays (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 2 November 1951 (USA)
A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Howard Davies ...
Tom Brown
John Charlesworth ...
John Forrest ...
Max Bygraves ...
Coach Guard
Francis De Wolff ...
Squire Brown (as Francis de Wolff)
Amy Veness ...
Mrs. Wixie
Brian Worth ...
Michael Brennan ...
Black Bart
Michael Ward ...
Glyn Dearman ...


A faithful rendition of the Thomas Hughes book of life at the famed Rugby School for Boys in 1834, when Dr. Thomas Arnold, headmaster, was trying to alleviate the brutality of the 'hazing system' which was supposed to make men of the young boys, but which actually was a mask for passionate, unregenerate cruelty. The primary story has Tom Brown ragged continually by one particularly brutal upper-class-man, Flashman. Tom's bravery and school-spirited silence gains him Arnold's admiration. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 November 1951 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Diana Wynyard, Hermione Baddeley and Kathleen Byron all receive 'By special arrangement' credits. See more »


At the very end when Tow Brown is chasing behind the camera car, 3 sets of tyre marks can clearly be seen in the grass. See more »


Tadpole: Ooh you lucky brute!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: "This story was filmed at Rugby against the authentic background of Rugby School as it was in 1834, and follows closely the style, language and atmosphere of those ancient days. The school is the birthplace of the game of Rugby as depicted in this film, and from which American football has developed". See more »


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Pretty Cool Movie, Tom!
8 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I caught this years ago on a classic movie station and I thought it might be another hopelessly dated "classic" movie. Classic in the sense that just because it's old it's good. When, more often than not, that is obviously not the friggin' case, Jack.

But this was a rousing fun tale of a young British dude and his trials and tribulations at a English boarding school. It's all about the revolution/revenge (good hearted arse kicking revenge, mind you) Tom Brown and the other underclassmen take on the bullying upperclass dudes.

The scene that got me most was the "roasting" scene. It involves the main character, the bad guy, and a turn of the century fireplace, what happens, well...you'll have to see the flick to find out. For an older movie it's a pretty brutal, wincing scene. Hooray for the revolution!

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