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.