The Winslow Boy

The Winslow Boy

Anthony Asquith (1948)

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Our Score
An object lesson in how to transfer stage to screen, this proves it can be done and done well. Terence Rattigan's tightly wound text is left largely untouched, but the scenes are broadened out to give the original play room to breathe. Robert Donat is wonderful as the celebrated barrister defending a naval cadet charged with theft, and Rattigan's insights into class and hypocrisy are sharpened by Anthony Asquith's assured direction. This is primarily a cinematic experience, but the play is left unscarred.


The father of a Navy cadet accused of theft goes to great lengths to restore his son's tarnished reputation. Historical courtroom drama based on a play by Terence Rattigan, starring Robert Donat, Margaret Leighton, Cedric Hardwicke and Basil Radford.

Cast & Crew

Sir Robert Morton Robert Donat
Catherine Winslow Margaret Leighton
Arthur Winslow Cedric Hardwicke
Esmond Curry Basil Radford
Violet Kathleen Harrison
Attorney General Francis L Sullivan
Grace Winslow Marie Lohr
Dickie Winslow Jack Watling
John Watherstone Frank Lawton
Ronnie Winslow Neil North
Wilkinson Wilfrid Hyde White
Mr Ridgeley-Pearce Ernest Thesiger
Director Anthony Asquith
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD