Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’

The story of the country innocent (Janet Munro) who gets caught up in the dizzy pitfalls of London nightlife is taken from a Patrick Hamilton novel, Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky. Surprising thing is that scripter Ted Willis has not come up with any surprises or twist, and director Peter Graham Scott has been no help in this matter, either. Result is a conventional yarn.

The story of the country innocent (Janet Munro) who gets caught up in the dizzy pitfalls of London nightlife is taken from a Patrick Hamilton novel, Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky. Surprising thing is that scripter Ted Willis has not come up with any surprises or twist, and director Peter Graham Scott has been no help in this matter, either. Result is a conventional yarn.

Munro is given opportunities to portray innocence, gaiety, cupidity, depression, vanity, fear, cunning, tenderness, harshness, wonder and anger. All the emotions are fleeting but the star helps to mould them into a well-drawn picture of an innocent who learns quickly.

John Stride is solid, charming and resourceful as the infatuated bartender. Alan Badel makes a brief but telling contribution as a steely, unscrupulous theatre boss. There is also a beautifully underplayed performance by Anne Cunningham as a barmaid who has long been secretly in love with Stride.

Bitter Harvest

UK

Production

Independent Artists. Director Peter Graham Scott; Producer Albert Fennell; Screenplay Ted Willis; Camera Ernest Steward; Editor Russell Lloyd; Music Laurie Johnson; Art Director Alex Vetchinsky

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Janet Munro John Stride Anne Cunningham Alan Badel William Lucas Barbara Ferris
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