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Thursday's Child (1943)

Family tensions arise when a schoolgirl becomes a successful child actor.


Rodney Ackland


Rodney Ackland, Donald Macardle (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Sally Ann Howes ... Fennis Wilson
Wilfrid Lawson ... Frank Wilson
Kathleen O'Regan Kathleen O'Regan ... Ellen Wilson
Stewart Granger ... David Penley
Eileen Bennett Eileen Bennett ... Phoebe Wilson
Marianne Davis Marianne Davis ... Gloria Dewey
Gerhard Kempinski Gerhard Kempinski ... Rudi Kauffmann (as Gerhardt Kempinski)
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Keith
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Chard
Vera Bogetti Vera Bogetti ... Madame Felicia
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Charles Lennox
Michael Allen Michael Allen ... Jim Wilson
Margaret Drummond Margaret Drummond ... Wendy Keith
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Joe
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Roy Todd


Family tensions arise when a schoolgirl becomes a successful child actor.

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Release Date:

16 August 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lille Frk. Filmstjerne See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation; it first aired in Chicago Saturday 6 August 1949 on WGN (Channel 9) and in New York City Saturday 3 September 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since this title had never been shown theatrically in the USA, these telecasts also constituted its USA premiere. In Los Angeles it first aired Monday 14 November 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston Sunday 26 February 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »


Roy Todd: And another thing - your name. How's about Fennis Forrest?
Fennis Wilson: Why do you want to change my name?
Ellen Wilson: I expect Mr Todd thinks it's prettier, dear.
Roy Todd: You will never be a star with a name like Wilson.
Fennis Wilson: Then I won't be a star.
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A Fascinating Car Wreck of a Film
7 May 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Based on a 1941 novel by Donald Macardle, 'Thursday's Child' was the first and last film ever directed by playwright & screenwriter Rodney Ackland (1908-1991). According to his memoir 'The Celluloid Mistress' (1954), his yearned-for debut as a director was severely compromised in execution by factors of both time and money, the completed film minus key scenes Associated British pulled the plug on before they could be filmed; which presumably explains the various loose ends.

Ackland's 12 year-old discovery Sally Ann Howes in the title role is certainly convincing as a young prodigy who becomes a hit in a movie called 'Strange Barrier'. The film starts light-heartedly enough - and we get the usual jokes about vulgarian studio personnel at the fictitious Marathon Studios - but the tone gets dismayingly melodramatic in its later stages, with direction to match. Veteran cameraman Desmond Dickinson does his best, but the haste, low budget and director Ackland's inexperience shows in mike shadows, stagy compositions and exaggerated closeups in the style of Eisenstein extremely jarringly cut together. (During one key scene between the heroine's mother and her elder sister I became distracted by the almost Caligari-esquely stylized twigs dangling outside the window behind them.) The experience resembles watching a tightrope walker teetering this way and then that as one wonders what technical goof the film is going to commit next.

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