Terence Rattigan's story, based on an actual incident that occurred just before the First World War, is a simple story of a 13-year-old naval cadet, expelled from school for the alleged theft of a postal order. The boy's father is certain of his innocence and when he fails to have the case reopened, invokes the whole machinery of British democracy by arranging a full-scale parliamentary debate and subsequently bringing a successful action against the King.

Terence Rattigan’s story, based on an actual incident that occurred just before the First World War, is a simple story of a 13-year-old naval cadet, expelled from school for the alleged theft of a postal order. The boy’s father is certain of his innocence and when he fails to have the case reopened, invokes the whole machinery of British democracy by arranging a full-scale parliamentary debate and subsequently bringing a successful action against the King.

It’s more the father’s conviction of his son’s innocence, rather than the incident itself, which forms the background of this well-knit story, with sufficient emphasis on the emotional angles to make it a sure tearjerker. From its brisk opening the plot quickly develops the main theme, building up the fight for justice through a series of incidents which are highlighted by the interview between Robert Morton, MP and famous attorney, and the boy before he decides to accept the brief.

A flawless cast portrays the principal characters to perfection, and minor roles have been painstakingly filled.

The Winslow Boy

UK

Production

British Lion/London. Director Anthony Asquith; Producer Anatole de Grunwald; Screenplay Terence Rattigan, Anatole de Grunwald; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Gerald Turney Smith; Music William Alwyn; Art Director Andre Andrejew

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1948. Running time: 117 MIN.

With

Robert Donat Margaret Leighton Cedric Hardwicke Basil Radford Kathleen Harrison Francis L. Sullivan

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