There is so much to acclaim and so little with which to find fault in this production. There are over 150 speaking parts, all of them praiseworthily handled, and the overly generous 18th-century period details have seldom been better reproduced. It's a costly production all the way.

There is so much to acclaim and so little with which to find fault in this production. There are over 150 speaking parts, all of them praiseworthily handled, and the overly generous 18th-century period details have seldom been better reproduced. It’s a costly production all the way.

Story is based on the political career of William Pitt Jr (Robert Donat) who was Prime Minister of England at 24.

Robert Morley, who so frequently steals the show, again towers above the rest of the excellent cast. In the stellar role Donat acts with meticulous earnestness and sincerity, but seemingly lacks inspiration. One seems to detect the mechanics of fine acting – a sort of straining to be convincing. In sharp contrast, John Mills, in a relatively minor role, is impressive without resorting to heroics.

The Young Mr Pitt

UK

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Carol Reed; Producer Edward Black; Screenplay Sidney Gilliatt, Frank Launder, Viscount Castlerosse; Camera Freddie Young; Music Charles Williams

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Robert Donat Robert Morley Phyllis Calvert John Mills Max Adrian Felix Aylmer
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