Set in the mill area of Lancashire and its moors (though lacking most of the cliche Lancashire gags and mannerisms), this is the story [from the play by Bill Naughton] of a generation clash in a small family and the points of view of both parents and children are fairly, compassionately and interestingly brought out.James Mason plays the patriarch of the family, a kindly but stubborn man who brings up his family with a startling strictness. Remembering his own youth he is determined the house he reigns over shall not be such a mess. Chief rebel is the high-spirited Susan George whose refusal to eat a herring for tea sparks off a handful of situations that remind Mason that ‘you can spend a lifetime creating a family and break it up in a weekend.’
Memorial. Director Peter Hammond; Producer Michael Medwin; Screenplay Bill Naughton; Camera Norman Warwick; Editor Fergus McDonell; Music Douglas Gamley; Art Director Reece Pemberton
(Color) Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 101 MIN.
James Mason Susan George Diana Coupland Rodney Bewes Hannah Gordon Len Jones