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Fanny Hawthorne (1927)

Hindle Wakes (original title)
A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual week still observed in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire when all factories and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Estelle Brody ... Fanny Hawthorn
... Allan Jeffcote
Norman McKinnel ... Nathaniel Jeffcote
... Mrs. Hawthorn
Humberston Wright ... Chris Hawthorne (as Humberstone Wright)
Gladys Jennings ... Beatrice Farrar
Irene Rooke ... Mrs. Jeffcote
Peggy Carlisle ... Mary Hollins
Arthur Chesney ... Sir Timothy Farrar
John Rowal ... George Ramsbottom
Alf Goddard ... Nobby
Cyril McLaglen ... Alf (as Cyril Maclaglen)
Graham Soutten ... Edward Hollins (as B. Graham Soutten)
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A celebration of working class leisure activities at Hindle, Lancashire, during "Wakes Week", an annual week still observed in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire when all factories and schools take a holiday. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Hindle wakes up still
8 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

HINDLE WAKES (1927) Maurice Elvey's version of the controversial story set during a workers holiday week in Lancashire. Several other versions followed but this is apparently the most notable. Often cited as the start of the British cinema's characteristic strain of social realism which pervades so many later films - Powell & Pressburger providing the main creative island of respite - this one has some convincing opening shots documenting the workers in their mills and then off to Blackpool for their holidays. WAKES' story is mostly the familiar, melodramatic one of poor girl 'led astray' by rich man and suffers from a long middle section containing all the expected moralistic, and now dated, chest beating about the perils of natural fun outside marriage. What entirely redeems the film from this fossil nose dive is the character of the heroine, Fanny (Estelle Brody, later to appear in TV's THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, of all things) who ultimately is entirely unrepentent towards her days of sexual indiscretion in Llandudno, and even dismisses the affair as just a "little fancy" before leaving home to seek freedom elsewhere. Slightly shocking, when seen in context of the times, even today.


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