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The Outsider (1948)

The Guinea Pig (original title)
Jack Read, a working-class boy, wins a scholarship to a public school as part of a post-World War Two experiment in bringing boys of different social classes together. He meets much ... See full summary »

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Roy Boulting

Writers:

Warren Chetham Strode (play), Warren Chetham Strode (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Jack Read
Sheila Sim ... Lynne Hartley
Bernard Miles ... Mr. Read
Cecil Trouncer Cecil Trouncer ... Lloyd Hartley
Robert Flemyng ... Nigel Lorraine
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Mrs. Hartley
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Read
Timothy Bateson ... Tracey (as Tim Bateson)
Clive Baxter Clive Baxter ... Gregory
Basil Cunard Basil Cunard ... Buckton
John Forrest John Forrest ... Fitch
Maureen Glynne Maureen Glynne ... Bessie
Brenda Hogan Brenda Hogan ... Lorna Beckett
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Sir James Corfield
Anthony Newley ... Miles Minor
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Jack Read, a working-class boy, wins a scholarship to a public school as part of a post-World War Two experiment in bringing boys of different social classes together. He meets much snobbery along the way as he strives to earn acceptance from his fellow students and some of the teaching staff. Written by ledostef, blackpool

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outsider See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Attenborough (Jack Read) and Sheila Sim (Lynne Hartley) were married in real life from 1945 until his death in 2014. See more »

Goofs

When Jack boards the train in London (Waterloo), it is announced as calling at Basingstoke, Salisbury, Saintbury and Exeter, implying that Saintbury is somewhere between Salisbury and Exeter. Later in the film the school's address is shown as being in Hampshire. This is clearly impossible as Hampshire would be traversed before reaching Salisbury. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Read: If Jack can get on with you, I reckon he can get on with anybody.
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Oh Gosh, Sir!
2 July 2009 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Yes, we're in that Britain of the distant past, but one on the cusp of a social revolution as public schools, once the enclave of plummy-voiced toffs, open their doors (if just a crack) to working class boys.

This film is so old-fashioned it looks, at times like one of those parodies Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse used to excel in. Even when men are arguing they do so in a terribly civilised manner, with their conversation peppered with such phrases as 'now look here' and 'steady on old chap.' It's difficult to imagine Britain could really have been a place like the one described in this film, but I suppose it must have been so.

The plot tells of young Jack Read (Richard Attenborough deftly playing a 13-year-old at the age of 23), a gifted working class boy who receives a place at Saintbury public school as part of a vague experiment. Naturally, Read stands out like a sore thumb and is bullied by his school chums, and it is only thanks to the support of forward-thinking new teacher Robert Flemyng that Read gathers the fortitude to carry on.

Of course, Saintbury is a metaphor of post-war Britain and the resistance of the old order to inexorable change, and the consequence of all Read's ordeals are fairly predictable. Lloyd Hartley (a rather good Cecil Trouncer), the traditionally-minded school master who has an inherent dislike of the working class, has a change of mind that is quite touching and almost Mr Chips-like in its sentimentality - even if it is a little unlikely.

The Guinea Pig looks like a relic from a bygone age today, and it's difficult to see who would be interested in such a film other than film buffs and historians. For all its' predictability, it's a pleasant enough little film that touches upon many sub-plots without actually exploring them in any depth.


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