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The Brave Don't Cry

  • Drama
  • 1952
  • Philip Leacock
  • 91 mins
  • U

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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John CameronJohn Gregson
Margaret WishartMeg Buchanan
Donald SloanJohn Rae
Dan WishartFulton Mackay
Charlie RossAndrew Keir
Jean KnoxWendy Noel
Hughie AitkenRussell Walters
Dr Andrew KeirJameson Clark
Rab ElliottEric Woodburn
Walter HardyArchie Duncan
Willie DuncanJack Stewart

Crew

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DirectorPhilip Leacock

Details

Language
English
Formats
Black and white
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