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The Winslow Boy (1948)

G | | Drama | 6 June 1950 (USA)
In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Terence Rattigan (adapted from the play by), Terence Rattigan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Donat ... Sir Robert Morton
Cedric Hardwicke ... Arthur Winslow (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Basil Radford ... Desmond Curry
Margaret Leighton ... Catherine Winslow
Kathleen Harrison ... Violet - the maid
Francis L. Sullivan ... Attorney General
Marie Lohr ... Grace Winslow
Jack Watling ... Dickie Winslow
Walter Fitzgerald ... First Lord
Frank Lawton ... John Watherstone
Neil North ... Ronnie Winslow
Nicholas Hannen ... Colonel Watherstone
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Agricultural Member
Evelyn Roberts Evelyn Roberts ... Hamilton M.P.
W.A. Kelley W.A. Kelley ... Brian O'Rourke
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Storyline

In Edwardian England, a thirteen year-old cadet, Ronnie Winslow, is expelled from the naval academy at Osborne for stealing a seven shilling postal order. His father and sister become obsessed with proving his innocence at any cost to themselves, and turn the case into a national cause celebre. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fall Winslow See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Aubrey Mallalieu died before the release of the film . See more »

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Seen in mirror of room, where Arthur and Catherine, and Violet talked, Violet leaves through door, shadow of crew member seen after door closes. See more »

Quotes

Lord Chief Justice: Sir Robert, that observation was certainly uncalled for. You are prejudicing your case by these interruptions.
Sir Robert Morton: Oh? Do you really think so, my Lord? As your lordship pleases.
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Version of Theatre Night: The Winslow Boy (1989) See more »

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Let right be done!
16 July 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

This is my second favorite movie of all time, after A Man For All Seasons. Both are spectacular to me because they embrace, discuss, and analyze philosophies and ideals. Both are also spectacular because of once-in-a-lifetime leading man performances. Scofield, quite justly, won Best Actor of 1966. I think he his portrayal was the Best of the 20th Century -- but I digress.

Donat is equally eloquent, compelling, and vulnerable as Sir Robert Morton. Donat is, in my opinion, one of the best 10 actors ever, and has a screen presence, and an embedded sense of irony, few have ever equalled. Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Margaret Leighton are absolutely superb in their roles as well. And there is a marvelous dance hall cameo from Cyril Ritchard and Stanley Holloway.

The brittle exterior of Sir Robert belies a passionate and sensitive lover of the law. Many times actors have essayed crusty characters trying to hide their hearts of gold, this portrayal goes so infinitely beyond that it makes all others look like pale imitators.

This is a movie that demands to be seen. The recent remake with Northam and Pidgeon was surprisingly good, but this one is pure greatness.


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