Review: ‘Tom Brown’s Schooldays’

England's classic story of public school life is acted with great sincerity by a name cast, but script and direction go all out to emphasize the obvious emotional tear-jerker angles.

England’s classic story of public school life is acted with great sincerity by a name cast, but script and direction go all out to emphasize the obvious emotional tear-jerker angles.

Almost the entire script hinges on the popular angle of the new boy versus the bully. John Howard Davies makes Tom Brown a lovable and sympathetic youngster without a shade of priggishness. Robert Newton as the reforming headmaster, Dr Arnold, fills his role with commendable restraint.

The plot, of course, is dominated by the schoolboys, and there is a standout performance by John Forrest as the sneering, bullying Flashman.

Special facilities having been granted to film this in Rugby School, the authenticity of the background cannot be questioned.

Tom Brown's Schooldays

UK

Production

Renown. Director Gordon Parry; Producer George Minter; Screenplay Noel Langley; Camera C. Pennington-Richards, Raymond Sturgess; Editor Kenneth Heeley-Ray; Music Richard Addinsell; Art Director Frederick Pusey

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

John Howard Davies Robert Newton Diana Wynyard Francis De Wolff Kathleen Byron Hermione Baddeley
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