Mr. Robert Donat enchants the unenchanted...beguiles the bedevilled...and just plain delights you - with that "GOODBYE MR. CHIPS" touch - sprinkled with laughter in a light cinematic refreshment... See more »
Early on in the film, when Reverend William Thorne (Robert Donat) and his wife in the vicarage, they are discussing a book being returned to them. It's a copy of The 39 Steps (by John Buchan). Robert Donat (Rev Thorne) played Hannay in Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film of The 39 Steps. See more »
When the the vicar's daughter leaves by train for an interview in London, the train leaves from an open through platform, but when she returns the train pulls into a mainline terminus station. See more »
The very frailty of Robert Donat who suffered from asthma his entire life was never more in evidence than in Lease Of Life. In this film Donat plays a country vicar as if Mr. Chips had decided to take up the ministry.
The very title of the film says in no uncertain terms we do not own life itself. It's something we're granted a lease on and it's up to us to try and do as much as we can for ourselves, our families, and for the whole of life itself.
Donat knows something that no one else does that his lease on his capacity to breathe may get terminated very soon. What he's determined to do is make his life count in every conceivable way. With an invitation to speak at an Eton like prep school's graduation he gets such an opportunity and a bit of notoriety as well.
Domestically Donat's major problem is putting together enough money for his daughter Adrienne Corri's musical education. She's a piano prodigy, but the living that a country parson has might not be sufficient to pay her way. That leads wife Kay Walsh to do something very stupid out of her concern.
Lease Of Life is a gentle film about the life of an Anglican parson in a country village. No frills, no outrageous characters as one normally gets in an Ealing film. The people are quite real with all the strengths, foibles, and weaknesses we all have.
Most of all it has Robert Donat and given that his health limited his film work the chance to see him at all should never be missed.
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