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  • TBC
  • 1939
  • 110 mins

Stars Look Down, The

Stars Look Down, The

About

Okay, so Redgrave wasn't the most obvious actor to cast as the son of a Cumberland miner, but his starring role here is a good measure of the film's utterly compelling mix of social realism and highly crafted cinematic art. Location shooting in Workington is blended in with an astonishing Shepperton reconstruction of a mining village - 40,000 square yards of it, complete with real pit ponies. The story, based on Cronin's novel, is a tale of two guys and a girl - Redgrave's self-improving university boy, Williams's unscrupulous rival, Lockwood's flighty slattern.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Emlyn Williams, Michael Redgrave, Edward Rigby, Nancy Price, Margaret Lockwood, Allan Jeayes
  • Director: Carol Reed
  • Writer: JB Williams
  • Producer: Isadore Goldsmith
  • Photographer: Ernest Palmer

In a nutshell

But it's the background detail that gives the story its power, not the old melodrama routines through which the plot puts its characters.

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