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The Magnet (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 February 1951 (USA)
A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger boy and gets him into all sorts of trouble.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Murray ... Dr. Brent
Kay Walsh ... Mrs. Brent
James Fox ... Johnny Brent (as William Fox)
Meredith Edwards ... Harper
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Nannie
Thora Hird ... Nannie's Friend
Michael Brooke Michael Brooke ... Kit (as Michael Brooke Jr.)
Wylie Watson ... Pickering
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... The Mayor
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Policeman
Molly Hamley-Clifford Molly Hamley-Clifford ... Mrs. Dean
Harold Goodwin ... Pin-Table Attendant
Edward Davies Edward Davies ... Delinquent Youth
Keith Robinson Keith Robinson ... Spike
Thomas Johnston Thomas Johnston ... Perce
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Storyline

A mixture of a psychological study of a ten-year-old boy, an English domestic comedy and a satire on psychologists finds young Johnny Brent, the only child of a pair of psychologists, trading an "invisible watch" to a much-younger child for a large magnet. His nurse/nanny accuses him of stealing and scolds him and he runs away. He soon convinces himself that the police are after him and following several unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the magnet, he presents it to an organizer of a fund-raising campaign for acquiring an iron-lung for the local hospital. The magnet is one of the auction items and finally is mounted on the iron-lung as a tribute to the unknown donor. Meanwhile, the father makes a completely inaccurate diagnosis for the mother of the boy's worries. In the end the boy meets the child he thought had died as a result of losing the magnet, and trades the boy back for the return of his "invisible watch" the gold medal the town mayor had given him for his part in the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Someone stole it...then everyone went mad! (even the psychiatrist) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alba generosa See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Gaumont Kalee Sound System) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are fictitious and any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more »

Goofs

Near the start of the film, Johnny chalks a diamond shape on a gatepost. When a tramp appears moments later, the diamond is lower down and the corners are much sharper. See more »

Soundtracks

Juke Box Jumba
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Music by Jack Parnell
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Lovely evocative movie.
11 June 2005 | by ronevickersSee all my reviews

This film is very much of its time, and evokes a more gentler, long gone age. In many ways it is a typical "Ealing" film, although much location work takes place on Merseyside and, in particular New Brighton. I remember seeing this film on the children's' matinée in the 1950's - I enjoyed it then, and it has lost none of its charm now. It's main theme of "cheats not prospering" was a fine ideal then, and still applies today. The comparison of the affluent, comfortable, public school lifestyle of the main character to that of the boys he meets when he crosses the river to Liverpool, is very well drawn and brings an excellent sense of realism to the film. The location shots are first class, and lend an authenticity to the proceedings. The characters are, in the main, well portrayed and it's good to see another bravura performance from that most underrated of character actors, Meredith Edwards. All in all a lovely, timeless classic of a movie!


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