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The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 2 August 1951 (USA)
Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

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Robert Siodmak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Brad Adams
Dorothy Gish ... Mrs. Doubleday
Carleton Carpenter ... Eddie Talbot
Murray Hamilton ... Al Webster
James Westerfield ... Joe London
Lenore Lonergan Lenore Lonergan ... Abbie
Russell Hardie ... Dwight Hawkins
Helen Shields Helen Shields ... Miss Russell
Doro Merande ... Miss Pringle
Diana Douglas ... Ruth Adams
Anne Francis ... Jean
Anne Seymour ... Mary London
Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Street
Arthur O'Connell ... Jim Brewster
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ... Issac
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Brad Adams is the new manager of a manufacturing plant in a small New Hampshire town. He is brought in by owner Mrs. Doubleday to calm labor relations plus layoff employees. Brad manages to also find romance.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quand la foule gronde See more »

Filming Locations:

Dover, New Hampshire, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As depicted in the film, many of the old textile mills in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island converted to manufacturing plastics, shoes or metal parts after cheap labor drove the textile industry south. See more »

Quotes

Bill Street: [Angrily to Brad] I'm glad I don't have to live with your conscience, Mr. Adams.
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Soundtracks

Saturday Square Dance
Words and music by Carleton Carpenter.
Sung by Carleton Carpenter
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28 August 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Lloyd Bridges stars as a union man at a small plastics plant in New Hampshire who is suddenly thrust into a management position when the owner is killed in a car accident. The film examines the tenuous relationship between management and labor and the effects on outside agitators.

The plant is the lifeblood of this small town, but the owner has fallen behind in bank payments and has outdated machinery. He's losing contracts. Once Bridges takes over he decides to totally shut down while they try to land some contracts. He also tries to come up with an automatic cutter so that the plastic parts can be produced faster and cleaner. But an outsider (Murray Hamilton) keeps stirring up workers against Bridges and the widowed owner (Dorothy Gish). What ensues is a race against time as the workers become more and more disgruntled.

In a rare starring role, Bridges is excellent. Despite star billing, Gish has a smallish part. Other notable actors include Ernest Borgnine, Anne Francis, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Seymour, Carleton Carpenter, Parker Fennelly, Russell Hardie, Doro Merande, and James Westerfield.


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