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.