South Riding (1938)

84-85 or 90 mins | Drama | 1 July 1938

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HISTORY

Ralph Richardson was given a "Best Acting" award by the National Board of Review for his work in both this film and The Citadel (see appendex). According to NYT, Glynis Johns was cast in the film The Invaders based on director/producer Michael Powell's impression of her from this film, which was her first motion picture. Modern sources include Spec Eff Lawrence Butler and Edward Cohen and Prod mgr Dora Wright in the production; and include Skelton Knaggs (Reg Aythorne), Laura Smithson (Mrs. Brimsley) and Florence Grosson (Mrs. Malton) in the cast. ...

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Ralph Richardson was given a "Best Acting" award by the National Board of Review for his work in both this film and The Citadel (see appendex). According to NYT, Glynis Johns was cast in the film The Invaders based on director/producer Michael Powell's impression of her from this film, which was her first motion picture. Modern sources include Spec Eff Lawrence Butler and Edward Cohen and Prod mgr Dora Wright in the production; and include Skelton Knaggs (Reg Aythorne), Laura Smithson (Mrs. Brimsley) and Florence Grosson (Mrs. Malton) in the cast.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Box Office
9-Jul-38
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Film Daily
29 Jun 1938
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jan 1938 p 7
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Motion Picture Daily
1-Jul-38
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Motion Picture Herald
22 Jan 1938
p. 40
New York Times
2 Aug 1938
p. 15
New York Times
15-Mar-42
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Variety
19 Jan 1938
p. 19
Variety
27 Jul 1938
p. 17
CAST
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LITERARY
Based on the novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby (London, 1936).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"The Land of Hope and Glory," words by Arthur C. Benson, music by Edward Elgar; "God Save the Queen," words and music by Henry Carey.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 July 1938
Premiere Information:
London opening: week of 10 Jan 1938
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Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
London Film Productions, Ltd.
4 April 1938
LP8211
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84-85 or 90
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
1658
SYNOPSIS

Yorkshire alderman Snaith is an unscrupulous land developer who uses the reforming ways of fellow councilman Astell for his own profit. Astell seeks, with Snaith's assistance, to abolish the slums of Yorkshire with new housing. In those slums lives the Holly family. Mr. Holly, long unemployed, finally gets a job with Snaith's construction firm, working with Alfred Huggins, his foreman and the local preacher. Just as they finish some new pavement, it is ruined by the local hunting club, lead by Robert Carne, the squire of Maythrope. Carne is the victim of a marriage that has been destroyed by his wife's insanity. He hopes to send his nervous daughter Midge to a fashionable private school, but his wife's hospital bills have become too much for his income. Carne decides to sell his favorite hunting horse to fund Midge's education, but the construction sounds lead the horse to bolt, then break its leg. At a council meeting, Sarah Barton is hired as the new headmistress for the Kiplington High School. The council is unanimous in its choice of Sarah, except for Carne, whose horse was frightened by her car the day before. Carne is forced to send Midge to Kiplington, where she quickly becomes Sarah's favorite student. Meanwhile, Huggins is blackmailed by Bessie Warbuckle, who has borne him an illegitimate child. Huggins gets the blackmail money from Snaith, who then uses Huggins as a blind purchaser to buy the property for Astell's new housing project. Late at night, Sarah helps Carne deliver a calf. He invites her back to Maythrope for dinner, and the two quickly fall ...

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Yorkshire alderman Snaith is an unscrupulous land developer who uses the reforming ways of fellow councilman Astell for his own profit. Astell seeks, with Snaith's assistance, to abolish the slums of Yorkshire with new housing. In those slums lives the Holly family. Mr. Holly, long unemployed, finally gets a job with Snaith's construction firm, working with Alfred Huggins, his foreman and the local preacher. Just as they finish some new pavement, it is ruined by the local hunting club, lead by Robert Carne, the squire of Maythrope. Carne is the victim of a marriage that has been destroyed by his wife's insanity. He hopes to send his nervous daughter Midge to a fashionable private school, but his wife's hospital bills have become too much for his income. Carne decides to sell his favorite hunting horse to fund Midge's education, but the construction sounds lead the horse to bolt, then break its leg. At a council meeting, Sarah Barton is hired as the new headmistress for the Kiplington High School. The council is unanimous in its choice of Sarah, except for Carne, whose horse was frightened by her car the day before. Carne is forced to send Midge to Kiplington, where she quickly becomes Sarah's favorite student. Meanwhile, Huggins is blackmailed by Bessie Warbuckle, who has borne him an illegitimate child. Huggins gets the blackmail money from Snaith, who then uses Huggins as a blind purchaser to buy the property for Astell's new housing project. Late at night, Sarah helps Carne deliver a calf. He invites her back to Maythrope for dinner, and the two quickly fall in love. Carne tells her, however, that their love is impossible, as he must be faithful to his wife, no matter what her condition. Bessie marries, but continues to blackmail Huggins. Sarah then learns of Huggins' plight and his association with Snaith in the land purchases. She rushes to Maythrope to tell Carne, but he is not there, because he has decided to commit suicide. Sarah finds him in the nearby woods, and stops him just as he is about to kill himself. The two rush back to the council meeting, where Carne forces Huggins to confess everything. With Snaith's crooked scheme exposed, Carne offers to turn Maythrope into the new high school. He then learns that his wife has died in the mental hospital, finally freeing him to find true happiness in marriage to Sarah.

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