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Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • Drama
  • 1951
  • Gordon Parry
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Adaptation of Thomas Hughes' tale following the adventures of a boy and his classmates in a 19th-century boarding school. Drama, starring Robert Newton, John Howard Davies, Diana Wynyard and Hermione Baddeley

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Shot on location at Rugby School itself, this is a reverential, if at times rather lacklustre rendition of Thomas Hughes's famous portrait of public school life. Having just chewed the scenery as Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Robert Newton gives a performance of almost saintly sincerity as Dr Arnold, the headmaster intent on ridding his school of class prejudice and bullying. John Howard Davies (who had suffered at the hands of Newton in David Lean's Oliver Twist) does a nice line in smiling through the tears as Tom Brown, but the film belongs squarely to John Forrest, who, as Flashman, is the epitome of vicious snobbery.

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Credits

Cast

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Tom BrownJohn Howard Davies
Doctor ArnoldRobert Newton
Mrs ArnoldDiana Wynyard
Sally HarrowellHermione Baddeley
Mrs BrownKathleen Byron
Old ThomasJames Hayter
EastJohn Charlesworth
FlashmanJohn Forrest
WilkesMichael Hordern
Coach guardMax Bygraves

Crew

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DirectorGordon Parry

Details

Released on
1951-04-17
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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