Life is hard in a Welsh mining town and no less so for the Morgan family. Seen through the eyes of the family's youngest, Huw, we learn of the family's trials and tribulations. Family patriarch Gwilym and his older sons work in the mines, dangerous and unhealthy as it is. Gwilym has greater hopes for his youngest son, but Huw has his own ideas on how to honor his father. Daughter Angharad is the most beautiful girl in the valley and is very much in love with Mr. Gruffydd, who isn't sure he can provide her the life she deserves. Times are hard and good men find themselves out of work and exploited by unseen mine owners.Written by
Dennis Hoey is in studio records as being in the film but does not appear and is not credited in the final product. See more »
When Huw comes home after being beaten by his teacher, there is no blood or marks on his back. See more »
A man is never too old to learn, is it, Mr. Jonas?
I was in school myself once, but no great one for knowledge.
[angrily, shaking his cane]
Look here, what do you want?
[taking Mr. Jonas' cane]
How would you go about taking the measurement of a stick, Mr. Jonas?
By its' length, of course.
And how would you measure a man who would use a stick on a boy one-third his size?
[throws Mr. Jonas' cane aside]
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Original stereophonic soundtrack recovered and restored for later video and cable TV release. See more »
This movie is a little long at times, but this is still a powerful story about the many stories that came out of the coal mining families in Wales, Great Britain. One of the top aspects of the movie is the cinematography, under the direction of John Ford. It is very effective. You can just feel the grime and dirt of the mines and cobblestone town. It looks really good now that's it out on DVD.
Walter Pigeon is the likable minister, and lead character, "Mr. Gruffydd." He's likable because he doesn't judge people as the head deacon does. The latter is portrayed ludicrously by Barry Fitzgerald, much to the delight of secular-minded film critics, who loved his performance. Nonetheless, there is a lot of "religion" pictured positively in this film, a lot of spiritual scenes and most were done well.
Roddy McDowell plays the most memorable character, I thought: "Huw," a young boy who went through some really tough times, as did most of the townsfolk.
If you are used to modern films, be warned this film does drag in spots. It is a fine movie, to be sure, and a powerful and emotional story.
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