Drama about life at Rugby School in Victorian England. The headmaster is fair but not effective and life is brutal for the young boys because of bullying and its consequences. The acting ... See full summary »
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A faithful rendition of the Thomas Hughes book of life at the famed Rugby School for Boys in 1834, when Dr. Thomas Arnold (Robert Newton), headmaster, was trying to alleviate the brutality of the "hazing system", which was supposed to make men of the young boys, but which actually was a mask for passionate, unregenerate cruelty. The primary story has Tom Brown (John Howard Davies) ragged continually by one particularly brutal upper-class-man, Flashman (John Forrest). Tom's bravery and school-spirited silence gains him Arnold's admiration.Written by
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Opening credits prologue: "This story was filmed at Rugby against the authentic background of Rugby School as it was in 1834, and follows closely the style, language and atmosphere of those ancient days. The school is the birthplace of the game of Rugby as depicted in this film, and from which American football has developed". See more »
A British drama; A story set in 1834 at Rugby School in England about a boy's efforts to adjust to boarding-school life, and contend with the calculated cruelties of a bully. A new, benevolent schoolmaster Doctor Arnold believes that discipline and reform are necessary, and he puts his faith in the boy as his seed of success.
This is a third film version of Thomas Hughes' book. The staging is more authentic, atmospherically shot on location in the old school itself. The story has a slow but steady pace but becomes sketchy at times. John Howard Davies, who plays Tom Brown gives a good performance but appears a little too wistful and believable as a match for his bully. Robert Newton is well cast and impressive as that heroic schoolmaster, but not enough screen time is given to his character and his principles, strength which underpin the story, especially for viewers who read the book. Flashman is given strong presence by John Forrest as the epitome of snobbery, though he is weaker than expected in the scene of his character's physical confrontation.
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