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Thursday's Child (1943)

Family tensions arise when a schoolgirl becomes a successful child actor.


Rodney Ackland


Rodney Ackland, Donald Macardle (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Sally Ann Howes ... Fennis Wilson
Wilfrid Lawson ... Frank Wilson
Kathleen O'Regan Kathleen O'Regan ... Ellen Wilson
Stewart Granger ... David Penley
Eileen Bennett Eileen Bennett ... Phoebe Wilson
Marianne Davis Marianne Davis ... Gloria Dewey
Gerhard Kempinski Gerhard Kempinski ... Rudi Kauffmann (as Gerhardt Kempinski)
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Keith
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Chard
Vera Bogetti Vera Bogetti ... Madame Felicia
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Charles Lennox
Michael Allen Michael Allen ... Jim Wilson
Margaret Drummond Margaret Drummond ... Wendy Keith
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Joe
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Roy Todd


Family tensions arise when a schoolgirl becomes a successful child actor.

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Release Date:

16 August 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lille Frk. Filmstjerne See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation; it first aired in Chicago Saturday 6 August 1949 on WGN (Channel 9) and in New York City Saturday 3 September 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since this title had never been shown theatrically in the USA, these telecasts also constituted its USA premiere. In Los Angeles it first aired Monday 14 November 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston Sunday 26 February 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). See more »


Roy Todd: And another thing - your name. How's about Fennis Forrest?
Fennis Wilson: Why do you want to change my name?
Ellen Wilson: I expect Mr Todd thinks it's prettier, dear.
Roy Todd: You will never be a star with a name like Wilson.
Fennis Wilson: Then I won't be a star.
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Sally Ann Howes - in Jane Austen's parlance "A very handsome woman"
21 July 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

Sally Ann Howes was a most photogenic actress in her best film years.Her two films that spring to mind are "The Admirable Crichton" (1957) playing Lady Mary and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1968) playing Truly Scrumptious.As an ingénue in "Thursday's Child" (1943) she was very young to take the lead role with Wilfred Lawson but your eyes are constantly drawn to her and the film director is especially generous with close ups of her.It is a simple tale of the making of a child film star and her subsequent very mature decision to renounce temporary fame & fortune for a more substantial general education especially science in the footsteps of her heroine Madame Curie, who along with her husband Pierre invented radium.

FGM's above very fulsome user comments from 2004 explain the plot so I will not repeat them.I enjoyed this film which you can see in its entirety on www.you tube.com (as of July 2012) for those viewers who wish to see this rare film and to see how Sally's most impressive looks matured into beauty since 1943.

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