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The Common Round (1936)



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Cast overview:
Francis James ...
Dr. Pyke
Frederick Peisley ...
Robert Adams ...
Zagale's Messenger (as W. Robert Adams)
Franklyn Bellamy ...


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school | africa | missionary | religion | See All (4) »


Short | Drama





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12 March 1936 (UK)  »

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The Heroes Are Villains
15 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand the meaning of the title of this 3-reel short subject, but this short subject emphasizes the values of old-fashioned British public school philosophy: trust in God and stick it out. George Zucco is the headmaster who tells his boys that. Twenty years later, one of them is at a medical mission in darkest Africa, surrounding by natives who are wavering from the Christian God and modern medicine in the face of an unseen witch doctor. He sticks it out, hoping that help will come. The other is trying to get those supplies through in the face of bureaucratic red tape.

It has certainly not aged well, but it's interesting that the headmaster is played by George Zucco and the missionary is played by Torin Thatcher, a couple of actors who specialized, in later years, in playing villains in horror movies.

LATER: I am informed -- thanks, Brooksie! -- that the title is derived from a hymn, and refers to doing one's usual job, often in the face of opposition.

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