Tom Brown's School Days

Tom Brown's School Days

Director: Robert Stevenson

Cast: Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon

     
 

This Victorian-era drama is based upon the classic novel by Thomas Hughes. It follows the exploits of a young boy forced to attend a rowdy boarding school. There he finds himself surrounded by budding punks and hoods. It is rough at first, but eventually he learns to make friends and handle himself well in the tough environment. The film is also titled AdventuresSee more details below

Overview

This Victorian-era drama is based upon the classic novel by Thomas Hughes. It follows the exploits of a young boy forced to attend a rowdy boarding school. There he finds himself surrounded by budding punks and hoods. It is rough at first, but eventually he learns to make friends and handle himself well in the tough environment. The film is also titled Adventures at Rugby.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Tom Brown's Schooldays is a fairly faithful adaptation of the Thomas Hughes novel, deviating from the book mostly in the comparative roles played by the title character and the headmaster. The latter is emphasized to greater degree in the film (although he is still a major figure in the book). This change is for the good, as Sir Cedric Hardwicke's glorious performance as Dr. Strong far outclasses the only middling performance of Jimmy Lydon as Tom Brown. Lydon tries hard, and he's generally effective, but he doesn't really make the most of the role. Hardwicke, on the other hand, gives a virtually flawless performance, one which constantly finds new and illuminating things, and makes the part come alive. The supporting cast is good, with Josephine Hutchinson lovely in the kind of role that could easily be walked through, and fine work from Freddie Bartholomew and Billy Halop. Modern audiences may feel a bit too far removed from the social milieu, and this distancing may present a few problems, especially in recognizing the kind of improvements that Strong brings about. The screenplay also lays things on a bit thickly on occasion, and despite director Robert Stevenson's best efforts, there's a tendency to drag a bit here and there. But it's worth the drags to see Hardwicke.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
UPC:
0089218626592
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
53,886

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cedric Hardwicke Dr. Thomas Arnold
Freddie Bartholomew East
Jimmy Lydon Tom Brown
Josephine Hutchinson Mrs. Arnold
Billy Halop Flashman
Polly Moran Sally
Hughie Green Walker
Ernest Cossart Squire Brown
Alec Craig Old Thomas
Gale Storm Effie
Barlowe Borland Old Grimes
Forrester Harvey Coachman
Ian Fulton Old Brodie
Charles B. Smith Biggers
Paul Matthews Leyton
Richard Chandler Tadpole
Leonard Willey Farmer Jenkins
John Cullum Sidney

Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director,Screenwriter
C. Graham Baker Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Cavett Screenwriter
Anthony Collins Score Composer
Walter Ferris Screenwriter
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Towne Producer,Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [12:29]
2. Chapter 2 [14:49]
3. Chapter 3 [14:41]
4. Chapter 4 [14:01]
5. Chapter 5 [12:17]
6. Chapter 6 [11:46]

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