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They Knew Mr. Knight (1946)

A random accident brings struggling businessman Thomas Blake into contact with Mr Knight, a successful financier. Knight encourages him to take risks with his money and his honour, and Blake discovers that all that glitters is not gold.

Director:

Norman Walker

Writers:

Victor MacLure (screen adaptation) (as Victor MacClure), Dorothy Whipple (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mervyn Johns ... Tom Blake
Nora Swinburne ... Celia Blake
Joyce Howard ... Freda Blake
Joan Greenwood ... Ruth Blake
Peter Hammond ... Douglas Blake
Marie Ault ... Grandma Blake
Frederick Cooper Frederick Cooper ... Edward Blake
Grace Arnold ... Isabel Blake
Alfred Drayton Alfred Drayton ... Mr. Knight
Olive Sloane ... Mrs. Knight
Joan Maude Joan Maude ... Carrie Porritt
Kenneth Kove ... Coggie Selby
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... Mr. Berry
Winifred Oughton Winifred Oughton ... Mrs. Greene
Tarva Penna Tarva Penna ... Mr. Greene
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A random accident brings struggling businessman Thomas Blake into contact with Mr Knight, a successful financier. Knight encourages him to take risks with his money and his honour, and Blake discovers that all that glitters is not gold.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Epikindyni gnorimia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

G.H.W. Productions Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Tom Blake: Knight - you absolutely made me and now you want to ruin me.
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Soundtracks

Kiss Me Goodnight
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by William Kernell
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White Knight?
18 April 2017 | by bnwfilmbuffSee all my reviews

Mervyn Johns has a chance encounter with famous high-power financier Alfred Drayton, who takes a liking to him and eventually his entire family, much to their delight. The financier and his wife, Olive Sloane, assume an almost paternalistic role with the Blake family helping to facilitate the family's escalation in class as Drayton makes a loan to revive Johns' business. However, Johns' business struggles even though he puts heart and soul into it and he realizes that he can't make it and satisfy the family's desires of bigger and better things without moving out on the risk curve. Johns in this role is truly an endearing character that many of us can relate. The direction is excellent as it has the right balance of being a heartwarming tale without losing sight of the seriousness of the reality of what is taking place. The cast is excellent as well. This is storytelling at its best with enough complexity delivered at a reasonable pace to hold your interest. Recommended.


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