The Brothers

The Brothers

David MacDonald (1947)

87min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cecil B DeMille's onetime assistant David MacDonald returned to his native Scotland for this tempestuous melodrama from the husband-and-wife screenwriting team of Sydney and Muriel Box. While Stephen Dade's images of Skye are highly evocative, precious little passion is generated by orphaned Patricia Roc and Andrew Crawford, even though she's the housekeeper of his deadliest rival (Finlay Currie). Part of the problem is the straightlaced nature of postwar British cinema, which kept emotions firmly in check. Yet Roc is also miscast as the free-spirited waif whose charms melt the stolid hearts of Currie's sons (Maxwell Reed and Andrew Macrae).

Cast & Crew

Mary Patricia Roc
Aeneas McGrath Will Fyffe
Fergus Macrae Maxwell Reed
Hector Macrae Finlay Currie
John Macrae Duncan Macrae
Dugald John Laurie
Willie McFarish Andrew Crawford
Priest James Woodburn
Angus McFarish Morland Graham
Angusina McFarish Megs Jenkins
Director David MacDonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD