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The Stars Look Down (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 16 September 1940 (Sweden)
Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to ... See full summary »

Director:

Carol Reed

Writers:

A.J. Cronin (from the book by) (as A. J. Cronin), J.B. Williams (screen play) (as J. B. Williams) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Redgrave ... Davey Fenwick
Margaret Lockwood ... Jenny Sunley
Emlyn Williams ... Joe Gowlan
Nancy Price ... Martha Fenwick
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Richard Barras
Edward Rigby ... Robert Fenwick
Linden Travers ... Mrs. Laura Millington
Cecil Parker ... Stanley Millington
Milton Rosmer ... Harry Nugent, MP
George Carney ... Slogger Gowlan (as George Carnay)
Ivor Barnard ... Wept
Olga Lindo Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Sunley
Desmond Tester ... Hughie Fenwick
David Markham David Markham ... Arthur Barras
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Hudspeth
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Storyline

Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to marry her and return home as local schoolteacher before finishing his degree. Davey finds he is ill-at-ease in his role, the more so when he realises Jenny still loves her former boyfriend. When he finds that his father and the other miners are going to have to continue working on a possibly deadly coal seam he decides to act. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1940 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

...a hvézdy mlcí See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grafton Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultra Violet Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood also starred together in Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Barras: Well, Fenwick, will the men work tomorrow?
Robert Fenwick: Not if its to be in Scupper Flats, Mr. Barras.
[indicating a well-dressed union official]
Richard Barras: Even against your union?
Robert Fenwick: The union isn't being asked to work in Scupper Flats. On the other side of that coal seam is a million tons of flood water ready to rush right down on top of us.
Richard Barras: You don't think I'd take a chance in floodin' me own mine, do you, Fenwick?
Robert Fenwick: Well, show us the plans of them old workings, then!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. release included additional narration spoken by an uncredited Lionel Barrymore. See more »

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working class and academic thinking under fine cinematography
28 January 2002 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

The main storyline is concerned with workers, capitalists and academic thinkers (resp. 'down' and 'stars' ?). And it might become much more relevant again soon. What's the use of a college education in times of recession and strikes? Like Jack Palance said in le Mepris (1963, Godard) 'wise men don't humiliate others with their lesser abilities....'. 'On The Waterfront' was way better on this economic subject, but as far as I'm concerned that was merely because of its director and protagonist. Others might emphasize it is American and has more suspense, which is true.

The dialogues sound kind of flat or monotonous, but the story is absolutely entertaining enough and the cinematography by Mutz Greenbaum (Thunder Rock) is really fine. He especially knows his way with contrast and composition apparently. Carol Reed (Odd Man Out, Fallen Idol, Third Man) gently develops the story and the points he (and writer Alec Coppel, who also wrote Vertigo and Obsession) wants to make. The movie as a whole is a quite moralistic and a bit too sincere, but again the directing and the cinematography more than make up. At last but not least, Michael Redgrave (Thunder Rock, Mr. Arkadin, the Innocents) puts forward a great deal of realism, enforcing A. J. Cronin's points. A point is that different social classes should have more respect for each other because they are complements, not substitutes. Another point is that it is probably a personal story (Cronin's ?). 8/10


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