The Magnet

The Magnet

Charles Frend (1950)

U Certificate


Our Score
Coming just after Passport to Pimlico and The Blue Lamp, this was one of Ealing superscribe TEB Clarke's least distinguished efforts. The story of a young boy who steals a magnet and becomes the toast of his community after his accidental heroics is understandably contrived, but it's the totally false characters that really let it down. Moreover, director Charles Frend fails to exploit the run-down urban locations. By the way, you're right if you think you recognise young William Fox - he later changed his first name to James and became a front-rank British star.


A boy steals a powerful magnet from a younger lad, which gets him into all sorts of trouble. He soon convinces himself that the police are after him and following several unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the magnet, he presents it to the organiser of a fund-raising campaign for the local hospital. Ealing comedy, starring Stephen Murray, Kay Walsh and James Fox.

Cast & Crew

Dr Brent Stephen Murray
Mrs Brent Kay Walsh
Johnny Brent James Fox
Harper Meredith Edwards
Nannie Gladys Henson
Director Charles Frend
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD