Fame Is the Spur

Fame Is the Spur

Roy Boulting (1947)

A Certificate


Our Score
Labour's first prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, was supposedly the inspiration for Howard Spring's bestseller, which is the source for this political drama from director Roy Boulting. Yet Nigel Balchin's screenplay owes more to melodramatic contrivance than to historical fact, as Michael Redgrave rises from the north country slums to high office by waving his grandfather's trusty sword during his rabble-rousing speeches, and exploiting friends and foes alike. It's a powerhouse performance, with his gradual shedding of heartfelt beliefs as vanity replaces commitment having a chillingly convincing ring. But such is Redgrave's dominance that there's little room for other characters to develop or for any cogent social agenda.

Cast & Crew

Hamer Radshaw Michael Redgrave
Ann Radshaw Rosamund John
Tom Hanaway Bernard Miles
Arnold Ryerson Hugh Burden
Mrs Radshaw Jean Shepeard
Grandpa Guy Verney
Suddaby Percy Walsh
Lady Lettice Carla Lehmann
Old Buck Seymour Hicks
Lord Liskeard David Tomlinson
Director Roy Boulting
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD