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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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Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

H.H. Asquith, the Prime Minister whose name occurs (as Herbert Asquith) at various points throughout "The Winslow Boy", was in fact the father of that same Anthony Asquith who directed this film. See more »

Goofs

When the film opens, a suburban train is coming into a station. The locomotive is in the livery of LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) Arthur Winslow alights having told his travelling companions that he has just retired from Lloyds Bank. When he gets home he shows his wife a pocket watch, given by the bank to mark his retirement and dated 1912. However the LNER was not created until 1923 so the shot of the train does not match the period. See more »

Quotes

Sir Robert Morton: And, at his inquiry, did Ronald Winslow have anyone to defend him?
Captain Flower: Oh, that was different.
Sir Robert Morton: Oh, yes, of course it was different. You were a man of 22 but he was a child of 13. Thank you captain, that is all.
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Version of The DuPont Show of the Month: The Winslow Boy (1958) See more »

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All This For Five Shillings
2 January 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This film adaption of Terrence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy is highlighted by Robert Donat's performance of celebrated English barrister, Sir Robert Morton. It's one of Donat's best performances although he's more Donat that Edward Carson on whom the character is actually based.

If you want to see a more accurate portrayal of Carson and by name than the Oscar Wilde film starring Peter Finch is what you have to look at. In that one James Mason plays Carson who was by all accounts one mean man to cross, but a brilliant advocate. In that film Carson is appearing for the prosecution and he's relentless.

In his own elegant way Donat is relentless also, but he's also one cold blooded fish. As he plays Morton, the part is perfect for one of Donat's antiseptic portrayals.

The story concerns young Ronald Winslow played by Neil North who is expelled from the Naval Academy for the theft of a postal money order of five shillings. I'm sure even back in the Edwardian days this would go down as a petty theft, but it involves the military, His Majesty's military which does not make mistakes as we know.

Half the film is devoted to just letting young Mr. North have his day in court. This isn't America, he has to get permission from the government just to be allowed to defend himself. That is something that North's father Cedric Hardwicke is determined to see he gets.

It costs the Winslow family considerable. Older brother Jack Watling is not allowed to finish Oxford, sister Margaret Leighton's fiancé Frank Lawton breaks up with her because of the notoriety and Hardwicke's health goes down hill.

The Winslow Boy is based on a true incident from back in the beginning of the last century and it has good performances all around. Cyril Ritchard and Stanley Holloway do a couple of music hall numbers to capture the spirit of the time and are welcome indeed.

Still The Winslow Boy is Robert Donat's show and a good show it is.


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