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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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An interesting insight into Englands Public Schools history 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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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 »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An interesting insight into Englands Public Schools history, 12 June 2005
Author: Mick Johnston from Isle of Wight, England

The film follows the trials and tribulations of a young schoolboy, Tom Brown, who is sent to Rugby public school.

Here he is looked after on arrival by "Scud" East who becomes his friend. East helps the young Brown to make his way through the initiations that each newcomer is expected to undergo. They include Singing in the Hall whilst being pelted with all manner of small objects, and also the tradition of "fagging" - this means running errands and doing small jobs for the 6th Formers.

The school bully , Flashman, although only being a 5th Former forces the younger boys to undertake these "fagging" tasks, failure on their part usually resulting in some kind of punishment. One of these is "Roasting' - the young boy being held against a hearth where an open fire singes their legs.

Tom is forced to undergo this treatment. Shortly afterwards he and East rebel against Flashman and a fight ensues with the two younger boys emerging victorious.This puts an end to the bullying.

All in all a very watchable film. Of course the discipline endured by the boys at Rugby in the 1830's is long gone. Maybe it a loss to modern society, of course we will never know.

Recommended viewing.

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