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Thomas Hughes (novel)
Noel Langley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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John Forrest obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 6 May 2012, 9:03 AM, PDT)

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 (From The Guardian - TV News. 25 August 2011, 3:50 AM, PDT)

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Schooldays: they're your happiest days - or your last! See more (8 total) »


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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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The film debut of Ben Aris.See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Tom Brown's School Days (1940)See more »


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Schooldays: they're your happiest days - or your last!, 18 November 2011
Author: Atreyu_II from The world of artists

This intriguing English classic tells the story of Tom Brown who's in a Rugby boarding school. Tom has a friend, East. Tom is a good boy, polite, innocent, friendly. Unfortunately, people like him are easy targets for bullies and Tom is often tormented by Flashman, the intimidating school bully. Among the several abuses he suffers, the most cruel is the "roasting" scene.

Eventually Tom and East learn self-defense techniques and woop that bully's ass and he won't mess with them anymore. However, a new pupil, George Arthur, needs protection because he is Flashman's new victim. Tom and East become responsible for Arthur's safety.

Although simplistic, this movie can still count with some great cinematography. It's fundamentally a good movie with nothing overly negative to criticize about.

John Howard Davies was a prodigy actor. He was fantastic in "Oliver Twist", "The Rocking Horse Winner" and this "Tom Brown's Schooldays". Robert Newton had a turbulent life and movie career because of his alcohol problem, but he was a legend. The other actors, including those in minor roles, were all well selected and portrayed.

This should definitely be on Top 250.

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