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So Well Remembered (1947)

Passed | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 16 April 1948 (Mexico)
On the day that World War II ends in Europe, Mayor George Boswell recalls events of the previous twenty-five years in his home town of Browdley. As Councilman and Newspaper Editor, George ... See full summary »


Edward Dmytryk


James Hilton (novel), John Paxton (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... George Boswell
Martha Scott ... Olivia
Patricia Roc ... Julie Morgan
Trevor Howard ... Dr. Richard Whiteside
Richard Carlson ... Charles Winslow / Charles Winslow Sr.
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Trevor Mangin
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Annie
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... John Channing
Ivor Barnard ... Spivey
Julian D'Albie Julian D'Albie ... Wetherall
Juliet Mills ... Young Julie
Roddy Hughes ... Chief Librarian
John Turnbull ... Morris
Lyonel Watts Lyonel Watts ... Mayor
Kathleen Boutall Kathleen Boutall ... Woman


On the day that World War II ends in Europe, Mayor George Boswell recalls events of the previous twenty-five years in his home town of Browdley. As Councilman and Newspaper Editor, George has fought hard to better working and living conditions in the bleak Lancashire mill town. As a young man, he meets and marries Olivia Channing, whose father was jailed in a scandal involving the mill he owned. Olivia is ambitious and manages to guide George within striking distance of a seat in Parliament. But an outbreak of diphtheria changes George's outlook, and his and Olivia's lives change forever. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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BY THE AUTHOR OF "GOODBYE MR. CHIPS,"- "RANDOM HARVEST" - "LOST HORIZON" (all original posters- all caps) See more »


Drama | Mystery | Romance


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Release Date:

16 April 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Unvergessene Jahre See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Hayley Mills (Infant). See more »


George Boswell: I believe in spite of everything that some sort of equality of opportunity is possible. I can't get along with people who say 'the poor are always with us', because it's not necessarily true. The poor certainly aren't with my opponent - they're against him!
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A Re-Discovered Masterpiece
15 November 2004 | by tony-670See all my reviews

First of all let me tell you that the copy I watched on video is produced by Hectic House Records and sold in the town of Macclesfield, England, - the location at which the movie was shot. Bear in mind that this film has recently been re-discovered, owned by a private collector. The production is in Sepia (that sort of brownish/greenish effect that is neither colour or black and white). The quality of sound is absolutely appalling. Even using a high quality video/TV/separate powered speakers a lot of patience and forgiveness is required by the viewer.

Now on to the movie. What can I say? It is an absolute gem. John Mills' portrayal of George Boswell is almost reminiscent of his performance as Willy Mossop in "Hobson's Choice" (although dare I say even better). Trevor Howard once again plays a doctor (recalling "Brief Encounter"), except this time a sullen, often drunken character; but nevertheless a highly moralistic and commendable Dr. Richard Whiteside. Martha Scott's performance as Olivia Channing reminds males of all ages how it is always possible for a weeping, vulnerable pretty young woman can be a devil in disguise! Great performances from the rest of the cast, including a 'natural' performance from Hayley Mills as baby Julie.

Macclesfield as a Town has changed considerably since 1947; in fact it's one of the wealthiest areas of the whole of the UK in 2004. But scenes in "So Well Remembered" do remain recognisable.

This movie deserves a complete make-over as it is so outstandingly good.

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