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Woman of Dolwyn (1949)

The Last Days of Dolwyn (original title)
A peaceful North Wales village is about to disappear once and for all under the waters of a dam that is about to be built by a powerful water company commanded by a city businessman, at one... See full summary »

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Emlyn Williams

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Emlyn Williams
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edith Evans ... Merri
Emlyn Williams ... Rob
Richard Burton ... Gareth
Anthony James Anthony James ... Dafydd
Allan Aynesworth Allan Aynesworth ... Lord Lancashire
Barbara Couper Barbara Couper ... Lady Dolwyn
Andrea Lea Andrea Lea ... Margaret
Hugh Griffith ... The Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Browning Maurice Browning ... Huw
Rita Crailey Rita Crailey ... Hen Ann
Eileen Dale Eileen Dale ... Mrs. Ellis
David Davies David Davies ... Septimus
Frank Dunlop Frank Dunlop ... Ephrain
Kenneth Evans Kenneth Evans ... Jabbez
Patricia Glyn Patricia Glyn ... Dorcas (as Pat Glyn)
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A peaceful North Wales village is about to disappear once and for all under the waters of a dam that is about to be built by a powerful water company commanded by a city businessman, at one time a local resident of the place. It's time for the simple villagers to take action and try to save the only place they know and love. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

13 April 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Richard Burton's first film. See more »

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Hanky Panky (Polka)
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Music by Charles Coote Jr.
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Engaging though forgettable melodrama
29 January 2003 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Last Days of Dolwyn is an interesting minor drama set in the valleys of Wales. It is set in the 1890s, and details the events that lead up to the deliberate flooding of a village in order to create a new reservoir. Some of the villagers are excited about the prospects being relocated once their village has gone, while others wish that they could carry on living where they do.

The acting throughout this film is superlative, including a young looking Richard Burton making his film debut. However, the dramatic aspects of the story are rather low key, almost to the point where they don't work. The climax should be really exciting, since it deals with a handful of people who find themselves trapped in the village in the minutes before it is due to be flooded, yet the sequence fizzles out without making much of an impact.

The Last Days of Dolwyn is worth watching for the acting, and the lovely Welsh settings. But if you're wanting a strong emotional story thread, this film simply doesn't provide it.


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