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A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle (1942)

Hatter's Castle (original title)
James Brodie (Robert Newton) is the only hatter in a small area in Scotland. Ruthless in business as well as at home, he is a tyrant to his family and intimidating to everyone he knows. But... See full summary »

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writers:

A.J. Cronin (novel), Paul Merzbach (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Newton ... James Brodie
Deborah Kerr ... Mary Brodie
James Mason ... Dr. Renwick
Emlyn Williams ... Dennis
Henry Oscar ... Grierson
Enid Stamp-Taylor ... Nancy
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Brodie
Tony Bateman Tony Bateman ... Angus Brodie (as Anthony Bateman)
June Holden June Holden ... Janet
George Merritt ... Gibson
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Dr. Lawrie (as Laurence Hanray)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Bailey Claude Bailey ... Paxton
Ian Fleming ... Sir John Latta
Mary Hinton Mary Hinton ... Lady Winton
Roddy Hughes ... Gordon
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Storyline

James Brodie (Robert Newton) is the only hatter in a small area in Scotland. Ruthless in business as well as at home, he is a tyrant to his family and intimidating to everyone he knows. But, when his mistress convinces him to give her "step-brother" Denis (former boyfriend) a job at the hat shop, tragedy starts creeping towards all involved with Brodie. Written by Sarah

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Two Great New Stars...in a Famous Author's Most Daring Love Drama! See more »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grafton Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial USA television broadcast took place in Chicago Wednesday 4 March 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). It first aired in Seattle 29 October 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), in Minneapolis 21 November 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Detroit, in two parts, 8-9 December 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), and in Indianapolis 6 February 1960 on WFBM (Channel 6). See more »

Goofs

When the real Tay Bridge collapsed, it was the center section, which was made of high girder through trusses. However, the film shows the low deck trusses collapsing. See more »

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Featured in Film Preview: Episode #1.3 (1966) See more »

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D'ye Ken John Peel?
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Traditional
Arranged by Horace Shepherd
Sylvester Music Ltd
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"You spoiled my appetite" : the hatter is a hater

"Daughter of Darkness" convinced me that Lance Comfort is a great director. "Hatter's Castle" strongly confirms it, it's a drama about a cruel tyran spoiling everybody's life, from his hatter's business to his family.

All casting is fantastic : James Mason as the young true lover of Deborrah Kerr (as the tyran's daughter, in her fifth movie), Emlyn Williams as the bad man, Enid Stamp-Taylor as the badman' and the tyran's mistress. And the best of course is Robert Newton as the tyran, he pronounces each line cruelly with sadistic expression, destroying eveything and everybody : a total complete toxic person (one of his best performance with "Oliver Twist" and "Long John Silver"). In the first sequence with Robert Newton, I was puzzled how it reminded me of another tyran, and I rapidly thought of Opale played by Jean-Louis Barrault in "le Testament du docteur Cordelier" 17 years later.

Cinematography is of course virtuoso with intelligent travellings avoiding editing, having several informations in the same sequence with two faces shot in depth of field, brilliantly rare.


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