In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly ... See full summary »
In the early 1900s Alfred Polly, still hankering after his dream girl Christabel, marries Miriam Larkins and they open a shop, but, as the years go by, the marriage becomes stale and Polly feels trapped. He decides to stage his own death by burning down the shop but becomes an accidental hero when he saves a deaf old lady from the flames. Giving Miriam the insurance pay-out he decides to go walkabout and gets a job at a country pub, the Potwell Inn, run by a kindly landlady. However, her violent nephew Jim is driving the customers away and Polly reluctantly faces up to him. Jim is drunk and falls in the river and drowns, wearing a pair of trousers stolen from Polly with Polly's name inside and so at last Polly has his perfect escape as it is assumed his is the corpse. After a visit to Miriam, now perfectly happy running a tea-shop, he returns to the Potwell Inn and the idyllic life he has always craved. Written by
don @ minifie-1
I have just finished watching HOMP and I was rather disappointed. I have read the book several times. The movie is faithful to the book in some respects (some of the dialog is verbatim) but I think if you haven't read the book you miss much of the meaning of the dialog in the movie. It's almost like getting a summary of the book rather than a dramatization. One of the things that was a major change was the romantic relationship between Polly and the owner of the Potwell Inn. Maybe I expected too much from an hour and a half movie. I did enjoy it though and thought the acting was well done. I am looking forward to seeing the John Mills version.
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