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Love on the Dole (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 12 October 1945 (USA)
During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed.

Director:

John Baxter

Writers:

Walter Greenwood (novel), Ronald Gow (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Sally Hardcastle
Clifford Evans ... Larry Meath
George Carney ... Mr. Hardcastle
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Hardcastle
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Harry Hardcastle
Joyce Howard ... Helen Hawkins
Frank Cellier ... Sam Grundy
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Ned Narkey
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Dorbell
Iris Vandeleur Iris Vandeleur ... Mrs. Nattle
Marie Ault ... Mrs. Jike
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Bull
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Storyline

During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed. Written by S.W.P.er

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De stängda portarna See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

British National Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultra Violet Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepia)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

'Love On The Dole' was used as the title and subject of a song in the 1930s Unity Theatre production 'Babes in the Wood'. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hardcastle: Eee Sal, you've changed. You're 'ard.
Sally: Aye, I'm 'ard. And by gosh an' I need t'be.
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Connections

Remade as ITV Play of the Week: Love on the Dole (1967) See more »

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The hopeless agony of working class misery.
10 October 2019 | by WesternOne1See all my reviews

This is a gloomy chronicle of a family in a perpetual poverty cycle, where the older folks remember better times, but things get steadily worse as the years roll on. The townsfolk are mean and ragged, their houses are dark and shabby, and as employment disappears, and then their dole gets cut and eliminated, all their illusions about decency and respectibility are shattered. A hero of sorts shows up, a clean cut, soft-spoken Labour agitator. He gives street corner sermons of socialism and wins the girl's heart before a martyr's fade-out. The one bright spot is a short holiday to Blackpool, before we come to a crisis of daughter's morals. It's like a leftist "Hindle Wakes." This is the sort of angst-choked melodrama that lead to the "Kitchen Sink" dramas of the next two decades. Bathetic, unhappy stories of lower class life can always be palmed off as "realistic", and if you can get in some censorship controversy, it's a success! It seems to me that this film, about mass unemployment, would seem ill-timed when the nation at war was so worker starved that women were being drafted, but it is likely intended to raise support for the Beveridge plan, as a reminder of what might come again, post-war, if the government doesn't step in.


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