Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is ...
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Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
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Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple... See full summary »
Noël Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after World War I, the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the family through the years with average number of triumphs and disasters until the outbreak of World War II.Written by
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Billy (Sir John Mills) works his way up in the Navy through the movie. When he is first seen, he is a Leading Seaman/Rate having a 3rd Class Quarters Rating in Gunnery. At Reg's (John Blythe's) wedding, he is now a Petty Officer, with two stripes (chevrons) indicating 10 Years Good Conduct, and is still working in Gunnery. Finally, when he comes to tell the Gibbons (Robert Newton and Celia Johnson) he has found Queenie (Kay Walsh), he is now a Sub-Lieutenant, having made the transition from the ranks to the Officer Class. See more »
When Bob and Frank are talking in their opening scenes it appears that Frank's words have been changed since filming. See more »
Poor old girl. You must be glad to have a 'ome of your own again. Living with your mother for four years can't have been all jam, I will say. I think I was better off in the trenches.
You ought to be ashamed saying such things!
Your mother's alright in her way, but that house of hers in Battersea, oh dear. Gave me the willies after five weeks, let alone four years. At least we've got a bath here that doesn't scratch the hide off you.
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Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a London family from 1919 to 1939. See more »
This film by David Lean takes us on a journey from 1919 after the First World war towards into WW2. But focuses not on the fighting, but on the home front, and the effects of a changing world.
I love this films ability to take you along with the day to day routine of a large, close knit family. Youre there with their smiles and tears then then in an instant you feel the heartache of their tragedy.
Robert Newton has never been better - a truly mesmerising performance. Forget Long John Silver (although another very fine performance).
The rest of the cast are a brilliant complement to Robert Newton. John Mills is on top form in a cameo performance.
Did David Lean ever make a bad film?
The only down side to the film is you see how great the British Film Industry once was, and now its virtually gone.
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