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The Browning Version (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 April 1951 (UK)
Forced to retire from an English public school, an unpopular professor must confront his failure as a teacher and husband.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Andrew Crocker-Harris
... Millie Crocker-Harris
... Frank Hunter
... Dr. Frobisher (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
... Taplow
... Fletcher
Ronald Howard ... Gilbert
Paul Medland ... Wilson
Ivan Samson ... Lord Baxter
Josephine Middleton ... Mrs. Frobisher
... Carstairs
... Betty Carstairs
Scott Harrold ... Rev. Williamson (as Scott Harold)
... Mrs. Williamson
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Andrew Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at an English school, is afflicted with a heart ailment and an unfaithful wife. His interest in his pupils wanes as he looks towards his final days in employment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Konflikt des Herzens  »

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An article in the April 9 1950 Sunday Times (Perth, Australia) reported that Margaret Lockwood was to play the role of 'Millie'. See more »

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Andrew Crocker-Harris: I may have been a brilliant scholar, but I was woefully ignorant of the facts of life.
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Version of The Browning Version (1949) See more »

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Finale
(uncredited)
from Oliver Twist (1948)
Music by Arnold Bax
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Life's bitter lessons - enjoyed.
27 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I can't speak too highly of this movie, it's a personal favourite, almost up there with Waterfront. It includes incidentally a wonderful evocation of the English public (private) school of the immediate post-war era one of many pleasures. It's about the human condition (of course), the bitter lessons life has provided for the "Crock" (Redgrave). Once a brilliant scholar, he loses his way as a school master and is beset by failure on all fronts and hated by all the staff and pupils except the boy, Taplow, who he treats as unkindly as the rest. Redgrave gives the performance of a lifetime! For example, his entrance into the classroom is a shattering cinematic experience in itself, one of the great moments of the cinema, on a par with James Stewart starting up the engine of the plane in 'The Flight of the Phoenix'! Before he has even uttered a single word he has fleshed out the character so effectively that we instantly appreciate what an embittered swine he has become. I could rave on about this film at length! Other performances are great, even the cameos. The boy Taplow, Brian Smith especially. The headmaster, Wilfred Hyde-White was perhaps the only disappointment, seeming simply to play himself. And it's got a feel-good ending too, which might bring on a tear or two without jarring too much. Somehow get to see this film and then watch again and enjoy it even more.


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