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The Agitator (1945)

A socialist inherits the ownership of a major firm and begins wrestling with his beliefs.


John Harlow


Edward Dryhurst (screen play), William Riley (novel) (as W. Riley)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hartnell ... Peter Pettinger (as Billy Hartnell)
Mary Morris ... Lettie Shackleton
John Laurie ... Tom Tetley
Moore Marriott ... Ben Duckett
J.H. Roberts ... Mr. Ambler
George Carney ... Bill Shackleton
Frederick Leister ... Mark Overend
Joss Ambler Joss Ambler ... Charles Sheridan
Elliott Mason Elliott Mason ... Mrs. Pettinger (as Elliot Mason)
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Mrs. Montrose
Joyce Heron ... Helen Montrose
Edward Rigby ... Charlie Branfield
Philip Godfrey Philip Godfrey ... Bert Roberts (as Phillip Godfrey)
Moira Lister ... Joan Shackleton
Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Shackleton


A socialist inherits the ownership of a major firm and begins wrestling with his beliefs.

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Crowbar an anti socialist message into a 1940's film
23 June 2018 | by pieter-52462See all my reviews

The message of this film is blatant for all to see...you cannot have socialists running businesses.... Well I've got to find the original novel...but I suspect that it is equally biased and one sided.

The "hero" is blighted with his own anger... but as the film progresses the story clears a little bit....

However, the idea that the owner of Overends believes that the secret of happiness and success is to love one's fellow men...is actually laughable....perhaps at on time, owners occasionally did see that there is a role for some people in management and a role for those who are "workers"...but the majority of those today, who are senior management are actually just mini Donald Trumps, narcissitic bigots and greedy self centred profitteers....

So I can't be charitable to this film...but it is interesting how the forces of 1940's UK capitalism had to commission this film to tell the workers that they cannot run companies...

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Release Date:

3 September 1945 (UK) See more »

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El agitador See more »

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British National Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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