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They Came to a City (1944)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 5 February 1945 (UK)
Adapted from a J.B. Priestley play with many of the original actors. The tale of various people who have come to live in an "ideal" city and their hopes and reasons for doing so.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (play), Basil Dearden | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Clements John Clements ... Joe Dinmore
Googie Withers ... Alice
Raymond Huntley ... Malcolm Stritton
Renee Gadd Renee Gadd ... Mrs. Stritton
A.E. Matthews ... Sir George Gedney
Mabel Terry-Lewis ... Lady Loxfield
Ada Reeve ... Mrs Barley
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Mr Cudworth
Fanny Rowe Fanny Rowe ... Philippa (as Frances Rowe)
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... One of couple on hillside
Brenda Bruce ... One of couple on hillside
J.B. Priestley J.B. Priestley ... Himself
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Storyline

Nine Britons are transported to a mysterious city where, according to their class and disposition, they find themselves either in an earthly paradise of peace and equality or a hell starved of ambition and riches. From J B Priestley, this fantastical allegory is a striking expression of post-war utopian impulses and among Ealing's most unusual features.

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J.B. Preistley's Dramatic Thunderbolt See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1945 (UK) See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 23 April 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Featured in Sosialismi (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Music selected from The Divine Poem
Music by Alexander Scriabin (as Scriabin)
Played by The London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Ernest Irving
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26 February 2011 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Ealing has a reputation for some fine comedies and dramas but alas this is not one of them.It is difficult to know what possessed Michael Balcon to produce this film adaptation of J B Priestleys play.It is really a polemic a social tract not an entertainment and it is little surprise that this film was a disaster at the box office.You could shut your eyes throughout the film,and assuming that you did not fall asleep,you would not miss any of the action.I believe that this must be one of the most boring films ever made by the British film industry.It seems to be calling for an ideal and idealistic world which was probably fine in 1944 but which was not borne out by what happened in the post war world.Whatever you do avoid this film unless you want to suffer terminal boredom.


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