The Shipbuilders

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barry byrne

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The Shipbuilders

PostSat Apr 28, 2018 4:15 am

The U.K. sat channel "Talking Pictures" is a good source of B&W U.K. films from the classic period, plus some T.V. series. While the standard is not always high, it fills out gaps in a way impossible to do otherwise, dusting off material not shown since the 1950's at least. Material is frequently repeated.

This morning it ran "The Shipbuilders" (1943) which is a film of some considerable quality mainly dealing with the lack of work following the depression and the impact on Clydeside. The brief second world war sequence is almost a coda to the main theme. With a mainly Scottish cast of whom only Finlay Currie, and Moira Lister (in a minor role) and Clive Brook, as the yard boss, are likely to be remembered today.

This is a movie that really passed below the radar, with impressive performances, script and editing.
Worth catching, if you can.


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Re: The Shipbuilders

PostSat Apr 28, 2018 7:21 am

O have reviewed it some years ago on IMDb.It was directed by the great John Baxter and is a remake of Red Ensign which was directed by Michael Powell.

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