The Mill on the Floss (November 14, 1939)
Released on November 14, 1939: The children of two feuding families carry the family grudge to the next generation in a small British town.
Produced by John Clein
Directed by Tim Whelan
Written by George Eliot with screenplay by John Drinkwater, Austin Melford, Garnett Weston and Tim Whelan
The Actors: James Mason (Tom Tulliver), Frank Lawton (Philip Wakem), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Maggie Tulliver), Victoria Hopper (Lucy Deane), Fay Compton (Mrs. Tulliver), Griffith Jones (Stephen Guest), Mary Clare (Mrs. Moss), Athene Seyler (Mrs. Pullet), Sam Livesey (Mr. Tulliver), Amy Veness (Mrs. Deane), Felix Aylmer (Mr. Wakem), Eliot Makeham (Mr. Pullet), William Devlin (Bob Jakin), Ivor Barnard (Mr. Moss), David Horne (Mr. Deane), O.B. Clarence (Mr. Gore), Cecil Ramage (Luke), Martita Hunt (Mrs. Glegg), Pauline de Chalus (Maggie as a child), Eldon Gorst (Tom as a child), James Roberts (Mr. Glegg), W.E. Holloway (D. Stelling), Arthur West Payne (Bob Jakin as a child), Philip Frost (Philip Wakem as a child), A.E. Johnson (unknown), Beatrice Marsden (unknown), Sydney Moncton (unknown), Anna Murrell (Lucy as a child), Hilary Pritchard (unknown), Cynthia Stock (unknown), Edmund Willard (unknown), Geraldine Wilton (unknown), Fred Withers (unknown)
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Never Forgive . . . And Make Them Pay!
After learning that being a preacher like my father was not my passion, I moved from job to job in search of the job that would give me more than just next week's food and lodging. In 1981 I was earning very good money as a drop forge blocker apprentice, pounding nearly molten specialty steel and titanium into shapes that would become vital parts of airplanes and even the space rockets that would propel man into space. Part of that job included frequent layoffs - periods of days and weeks when there were no orders and I could spend my days at home searching for a way to pass the hours. As a baby-boomer I was part of the first generation that grew up with television, and it became my entertainment center during those days of leisure . . . Afternoon television in 1981 was limited to a few local stations, all filled with soap operas featuring stories of love, lust, betrayal and strange bedfellows . . . and yes, . . . in November of 1981 I was sitting at home watching the channel that the rest of America was watching when Luke married Laura . . . As I write this in 2014, that hour on November 17, 1981 remains the most-watched hour of soap opera television of all time.
This 1939 British story brought back memories of my days at home flipping from one network to the next all afternoon as I kept up with my favorite soaps. The story revolves around three families in a small town in England and the children who grow up to love, hate, and seek revenge against each other. The grown children will fall in love with each other, cheat on each other, hold grudges of vengeance and scheme and plot against each other as they face both days of wealth and days of disaster. The characters and the plots are, like any good soap opera, too complex to describe in much detail here, but be assured, if you enjoy watching people facing the challenges of life and making both good and bad decisions that will affect them all . . . pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Eldon Gorst and Arthur West Payne
Eldon Gorst, Pauline de Chalus and Arthur West Payne
Fay COmpton and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Fay Compton and Sam Livesey
Felix Aylmer and Frank Lawton
Frank Lawton and Felix Aylmer
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Frank Lawton
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Frank Lawton
Geraldine Fitzgerald and Griffith Jones
James Mason, Geraldine Fitzgerald and William Devlin
James Mason and Geraldine Fitzgerald
James Mason and Frank Lawton
James Roberts and Martita Hunt
Pauline de Chalus and Eldon Gorst
Pauline de Chalus meets Philip Frost
Victoria Hopper, Frank Lawton and Griffith Jones
Victoria Hopper and Frank Lawton
Victoria Hopper and James Mason