The Brave Don't Cry

The Brave Don't Cry

Philip Leacock (1952)

U Certificate


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Having pioneered the cause of screen realism in the 1930s, one-time documentarist John Grierson and socially conscious director John Baxter joined forces to produce this deliberately downbeat reconstruction of a true-life Scottish mining disaster. Philip Leacock, Grierson's former assistant, admirably captures the stoicism of the hundred or so men trapped in a suffocating chamber following a landslide. However, he is less successful in eliciting credible performances from the non-professionals who make up the worried villagers as prodigal miner John Gregson leads an audacious rescue. Even though it exploits actual locations, this is markedly less affecting than GW Pabst's studio-realist classic, Kameradschaft.


A group of miners becomes trapped underground, and one man makes a perilous journey to bring them breathing equipment. Drama, starring John Gregson and Meg Buchanan.

Cast & Crew

John Cameron John Gregson
Margaret Wishart Meg Buchanan
Donald Sloan John Rae
Dan Wishart Fulton Mackay
Charlie Ross Andrew Keir
Jean Knox Wendy Noel
Hughie Aitken Russell Walters
Dr Andrew Keir Jameson Clark
Rab Elliott Eric Woodburn
Walter Hardy Archie Duncan
Willie Duncan Jack Stewart
Director Philip Leacock
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Language: EnglishBlack and white