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The Red Ensign (June 4, 1934)

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The Red Ensign

Released on June 4, 1934: The British merchant shipping industry is failing, and a new radical ship design is needed to jump-start the British shipping industry.

Directed by Michael Powell

The Actors: Leslie Banks (David Barr), Carol Goodner (June MacKinnon), Frank Vosper (Lord Dean), Alfred Drayton (Manning), Donald Calthrop (MacLeod), Allan Jeayes (Emerson, aka Grierson), Campbell Gullan (Hannay), Percy Parsons (Casey), Fewlass Llewellyn (Sir Gregory), Henry Oscar (Raglan), John Laurie (wages accountant), Henry Caine (Bassett), George Carney (Mr. Lindsey), Jack Lambert (Police Inspector), Frederick Piper (Mr. McWilliams), Jack Raine (testing official).


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This movie is about a man who faces several 'terror barriers' in his efforts to build a revolutionary new ship at a time when the British merchant marine industry is in a deep recession. David Barr, played by Leslie Banks, is a visionary who has designed a new ship that will hold much more cargo, and use much less fuel than current designs. But his path from design to breaking the champagne bottle over its bow is a lesson in perseverance and passion and pushing through the 'terror barriers' that stand in your way. And we get a fascinating peek at heavy industry in Britain in 1934, when the British flag, or the 'Red Ensign' flew proudly over some of the greatest ships in the world.

Alfred DraytonCarol Goodner
Alfred DraytonCarol Goodner
Donald CalthropFewlass Llewellyn
Donald CalthropFewlass Llewellyn
Frank VosperFrederick Piper
Frank VosperFrederick Piper
Frederick Piper with a ship yard workerGeorbe Carney
Frederick Piper and ship yard workerGeorge Carney
George CarneyLeslie Banks
George CarneyLeslie Banks
Leslie Banks 1934Leslie Banks, Carol Goodner and Frank Vosper
Leslie Banks, 1934Leslie Banks, Carol Goodner and Frank Vosper
Leslie Banks and Donald CalthropLeslie Banks and Frank Vosper
Leslie Banks and Donald CalthropLeslie Banks and Frank Vosper