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The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)

Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

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Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

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Film debut of Ernest Borgnine. See more »

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Daniel Doubleday: Our new equipment should be ready in a few weeks. I'm going to tell Gibson we'll try our practice beginning tomorrow.
Mrs. Doubleday: And gamble on the union going along with it?
Daniel Doubleday: We've never had labor trouble and I doubt we are going to provided we can keep Hawkins clear. He needs unions and he doesn't care who knows it as Brad sees what we're up against. He's asked everyone for suggestions on cutting costs.
Mrs. Doubleday: Well, you can't blame him for fighting layoffs. We don't want them either.
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Saturday Square Dance
Words and music by Carleton Carpenter.
Sung by Carleton Carpenter
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Possibly a minor classic of its time
1 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this when it was screened as a supporting feature in Australia in 1951/52 and hasn't been seen here since. A pity, because it was rather more cerebral and realistic than almost anything else seen in that era. I was only 14 when I saw it so I can't remember much about the plot but its realism came through (I was a pretty savvy kid movie-wise, I must admit). I could only remember Lloyd Bridges until I looked it up just now and was surprised to see who else was in it: Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine, Carleton Carpenter, Murray Hamilton etc, before they became known. I'm also a little surprised director Robert Siodmak didn't run into strife with the McCarthy hearings in those years as it seemed to me the movie could be seen as a tad leftish, but I may be wrong as I was too young to understand that at the time, and this was not an issue in Australia then. Anyway, the semi-documentary treatment and the (apparent} filming on location added to the straightforward treatment. Columbia made some interesting movies around that time, some that I would suggest are a high-water mark in American movie-making and should be seen more often. If it's as good as I remember it, it should be seen as a minor classic.


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