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John Halifax (1938)

| Drama | March 1938 (UK)
Adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Craik it tells the story of John Halifax who, despite humble beginnings, becomes a highly respected local businessman. As partner in a mill he weathers the turbulent economic times of the early 1800s.

Director:

George King

Writers:

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (by) (as Mrs. Elizabeth Craik), A.R. Rawlinson (screen adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
John Warwick John Warwick ... John Halifax
Nancy Burne Nancy Burne ... Ursula March
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Phineas Fletcher
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Abel Fletcher
Brian Buchel Brian Buchel ... Lord Luxmore
Elsie Wagstaff ... Jael
Billy Bray Billy Bray ... Tully
Hugh Bickett Hugh Bickett ... Doctor Grainger
W.E. Holloway W.E. Holloway ... Mr. Jessop
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Adapted from the novel by Elizabeth Craik it tells the story of John Halifax who, despite humble beginnings, becomes a highly respected local businessman. As partner in a mill he weathers the turbulent economic times of the early 1800s.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John Halifax, Gentleman See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

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1.33 : 1
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Wherever the English language is spoken, the story of JOHN HALIFAX, GENTLEMAN has become classic. He planned his life to prove that the Christian ideal has a practical significance in the work-a-day world above any sect or denomination.

He illustrates that it is not birth alone which makes a gentleman, but that the correct reading of that much abused word is :- GENTLE MAN

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Victorian melodrama
14 August 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a period drama from quota quickie director-producer George King.The film charts the rise of John Halifax from poverty to respected businessman and mill owner.The suffix to the film title is "Gentleman".Somehow he manages to overcome every problem by fairness ingenuity and turning the other cheek.Though even he nearly looses his temper when his blind daughter is trampled to death by a horse ridden by the nasty Lord Luxmore.The problem is that John Halifax is just too unbelievably nice.One just wishes that he would get angry once in a while The film climaxes with a bank under financial strain.John Halifax yet again comes to the rescue by opening a large account with the ailing bank.


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