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This England (1941)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 21 July 1941 (UK)
This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the ... See full summary »


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A.R. Rawlinson (original story and screenplay), Bridget Boland (original story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emlyn Williams ... Appleyard
John Clements John Clements ... John Rookeby
Constance Cummings ... Ann
Frank Pettingell ... Gage
Esmond Knight ... Vicar's Son
Roland Culver ... Steward
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Doctor
Leslie French Leslie French ... Johnny
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... Seigneur
Ronald Ward ... Lord Clavely
James Harcourt James Harcourt
Walter Fitzgerald ... Vicar
Dennis Wyndham Dennis Wyndham ... Martin
Charles Victor Charles Victor
Amy Veness Amy Veness ... Jenny


This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the working classes of the land. Using the threat of invasion (by the Nazis)this four-episode film covers (as best as it can in 8000 feet of celluloid) the Norman invasion; the Spanish armada; the Napoleonic Era; and the twentieth century. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Stirring! Inspiring!


Drama | History | Romance | War


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21 July 1941 (UK) See more »

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Shadows on Beacon Hill See more »

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British National Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Wartime film to uplift British morale, five vignettes of historical courage
13 November 2011 | by lora64See all my reviews

Now that many British films are available on the internet I was pleased to discover this one today. It appears to be a lovely mix of five time periods in England, a glimpse into the past when life was simpler and closer to the land, "rustic" would best describe it.

It's wonderful to see the in-between films of fine actors such as John Clements (of The Four Feathers, 1939), and Roland Culver. Emlyn Williams, who is credited with writing the dialogue, appears as a haunting presence in each story, a reminder of the poorer people who are usually the ones to suffer most. Each tale illustrated how the townspeople rose up to defy injustices as well as dealing with newcomers who were different which unfortunately reflected some of the fears and superstitions of their time especially toward the gypsy girl. The episode of wartime in 1804 made me realize how the state of marriage was often decided on as a ticket to a lifetime of security, much like Jane Austen's constant reference to a good match being based on the person's annual income.

I love the British films, very nostalgic. It also made me realize how in North America we are not tied as much by traditions or ancestral land memories, ours is still a relatively new world here.

"This England" is a treasure of early British films, produced during the war years, and reveals the extent of the Brits' determination and fortitude as they lived through challenging times in centuries past and in the present.

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