Stephen Sorrell, a decorated war hero, raises his son Kit alone after Kit's mother deserts husband and child in the boy's infancy. Sorrell loses a promising job offer and is forced to take work as a menial. Both his dignity and his health are damaged as he suffers under the exhausting labor and harsh treatment he receives as a hotel porter. But Sorrell thrives in the knowledge that his son will benefit from his labors. Sorrell has allowed the boy to believe his mother dead, but when the mother shows up, wanting to re-enter the young man's life, Sorrell must make hard decisions. Written by
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I was actually looking for the 1927 film adaptation starring H.B.Warner when I ran into this version. And it raised to my expectations, for it is very faithful to the book, which is a point I always insist that movies based on literary works should fulfill.
A superb performance by Richard Pasco is actually what attracts you to this version. He very well captured the picture I had for Captain Sorrell in mind, while reading the book, from his middle-age years to his senility, and how he suffered both physically and emotionally to provide for his son, after his wife deserted them, trying to keep his dignity, self respect and his English gentleman manners in the process. I'm sure if this was a movie instead of a TV series, Pasco would have earned an Oscar nomination. The rest of the cast gave so good performances that you won't feel disappointed with any of them.
A very good adaptation.. you won't regret watching it. (9/10)
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