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Thomas Hughes (novel)
Noel Langley (screenplay)
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2 November 1951 (USA) See more »
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A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
John Howard Davies ... Tom Brown

Robert Newton ... Dr. Thomas Arnold
John Charlesworth ... East
James Hayter ... Old Thomas
John Forrest ... Flashman

Michael Hordern ... Wilkes
Max Bygraves ... Coach Guard
Francis De Wolff ... Squire Brown
Diana Wynyard ... Mrs. Thomas Arnold

Hermione Baddeley ... Sally Harrowell

Kathleen Byron ... Mrs. Brown
Amy Veness ... Mrs. Wixie
Brian Worth ... Judd
Rachel Gurney ... Mrs. Arthur
Michael Brennan ... Black Bart

Neil North ... Diggs
Michael Ward ... Master
Glyn Dearman ... Arthur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Aris ... Tadpole (uncredited)
John Campbell ... Student (uncredited)
Roland Dallas ... Student (uncredited)
Tony Doonan ... Student (uncredited)
Robin Dowell ... Student (uncredited)
Geoffrey Goodheart ... (uncredited)
David Jenks ... Student (uncredited)
Nina Parry ... Dr. Arnold's Daughter (uncredited)
Peter Scott ... Gower (uncredited)
Derek Stephens ... Student (uncredited)
Gabriel Woolf ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parry 
Writing credits
Thomas Hughes (novel)

Noel Langley (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian Desmond Hurst .... producer
Bob McNaught .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
Cinematography by
C.M. Pennington-Richards 
Film Editing by
Kenneth Heeley-Ray 
Art Direction by
Frederick Pusey 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis O'Dell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.H. Lindop .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Sturgess .... camera operator (as Raymond Sturgess)
Editorial Department
Michael Johns .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
George Minter .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14842)

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Continuity: 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!See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable film but not true to the book on which it was based, 4 August 2004
Author: L. Denis Brown ( from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

On one level this is a rollicking tale of life in an English Public School (other nationals may need to remember to read "Private" for "Public" here.) during the reign of King William IV in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is a well acted and well directed film that most people would find enjoyable to watch, but because of the specialised and unfamiliar scenario it is unlikely to attract audiences from outside those who themselves attended similar schools or those with some form of interest in the history of education.

At a slightly deeper level we must recognise that this film is essentially a remake of a film with a very similar title (Tom Brown's School Days rather than Tom Brown's Schooldays) released ten years earlier. Both films featured Rugby school under the headmastership of the famous educationalist Thomas Arnold - a part played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the earlier film and by Robert Newton in this remake - and both were based on the book of the same name written by Thomas Hughes in 1857. It is very hard to discuss one of these films without referring to the other, and since there is no point in duplicating comments on this IMDb database I would recommend anyone reading this page who is sufficiently interested to refer also to my comments on the earlier film. This second version of the story is much more melodramatic than the previous one, but is less in keeping with the original book, and I feel that it probably reflects life as it was in Rugby school at the time less accurately. The climax of the book is Arnold expelling the school bully Flashman for breaching the school moral code. This later film is slightly longer than its predecessor and in it Flashman's behaviour is shown as so reprehensible that the viewer can have no sympathy for him, whereas in the book and the earlier film Flashman is simply a typical bully who is caught out for lying. This is important because it causes the viewer to reflect on the magnitude of the task of creating a school code of conduct strict enough to justify this expulsion. For these reasons, whilst I can watch and enjoy both these films almost equally, I regard the 1940 film as the better, and as more worthy of repeat viewing. For the IMDb database I have also rated it slightly higher than the present one (six out of ten rather than five out of ten).

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