The Stars Look Down

The Stars Look Down

(1939)

94min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Carol Reed's well-crafted drama, based on AJ Cronin's novel about life in an English mining town, is a precursor to the gritty northern school of socially conscious British film-making. Michael Redgrave tops the bill as the upwardly mobile son of a miner, while Margaret Lockwood is the woman he marries. The film is strong on detail in its portrayal of mining life, though it was eclipsed at the box office two years later by the warmer How Green Was My Valley. It creaks with age in parts, but remains a powerful film, which novelist and sometime film critic Graham Greene rated this one of the best British movies he'd ever seen.

Summary

A young man is encouraged by his parents to leave his village to pursue a university education and improve his prospects. After a failed romance, he returns home in defeat, but gains new purpose in helping the local miners, who are having to work under life-threatening conditions. Drama, starring Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood.

Cast & Crew

David Fenwick Michael Redgrave
Jenny Sunley Margaret Lockwood
Joe Gowan Emlyn Williams
Martha Fenwick Nancy Price
Richard Barras Allan Jeayes
Robert Fenwick Edward Rigby
Stanley Millington Cecil Parker
Laura Millington Linden Travers
Harry Nugent Milton Rosmer
Slogger Gowan George Carney
Wept Ivor Barnard
Mrs Sunley Olga Lindo
Producer Carol Reed
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama