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Bitter Harvest

  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Peter Graham Scott
  • 91 mins
  • X

Summary

A pretty young woman will do anything to escape her deadly dull existence in the backlots of Wales. But when she reaches the bright lights of London is the price too high?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Having broken into Disney films in the late 1950s, Janet Munro suffered from typecasting for much of her tragically brief career (she died at just 38). Consequently, she was too rarely offered gutsier assignments like this adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's novel The Street Has a Thousand Skies. As the Welsh innocent who is abused by various London ne'er-do-wells, she exhibits not only a touching vulnerability but also a credible inner reserve, which sustains her after she herself exploits a kindly barman (John Stride). Scripted by Ted Willis, this lacks the bite of contemporary examples of social realism, but director Peter Graham Scott comes up with some nouvelle vague flourishes, while its themes anticipate those of Swinging Sixties sagas like Darling (1965) and Georgy Girl (1966).

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Credits

Cast

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Jennie JonesJanet Munro
Bob WilliamsJohn Stride
EllaAnne Cunningham
Karl DennyAlan Badel
Mrs PittVanda Godsell
Mr PittNorman Bird
AndyTerence Alexander
RexRichard Thorp

Crew

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DirectorPeter Graham Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1963-10-10
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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