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Hindle Wakes

  • 1927
  • Maurice Elvey
  • 115 mins
  • A
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Estelle Brody excels in this adaptation of Stanley Houghton's stage hit, as the mill girl seduced by a tycoon's son on the works' outing to Blackpool. With its fairground segment recalling Abel Gance's subjective experiments in Napoléon, its homespun morality echoing FW Murnau's Sunrise and its pert heroine resembling Clara Bow in It, Maurice Elvey's class-conscious drama is very much in keeping with the cinematic and social trends of the time. Though lacking in sophistication, it marked a major advance in silent technique and presaged the docudramatic realism that would continue to characterise British movies.

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Credits

Cast

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Fanny HawthorneEstelle Brody
Nathaniel JeffcoateNorman McKinnel
Chris HawthorneHumberston Wright
Mrs HawthorneMarie Ault
Alan JeffcoateJohn Stuart
Mrs JeffcoateIrene Rooke

Crew

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DirectorMaurice Elvey

Details

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Formats
Black and white
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