Tom Brown's School Days (July 19, 1940)
Released on July 19, 1940: (running time 1 hour and 20 minutes) Young Tom Brown survives bullying in a British boarding school for wealthy children with the help of the wise headmaster.
Produced by Gene Towne
Directed by Robert Stevenson
Written by Thomas Hughes, with screenplay by Walter Ferris, Frank Cavett, Gene Towne, C. Graham Baker and Robert Stevenson
The Actors: Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Doctor Thomas Arnold), Freddie Bartholomew (East), Jimmy Lydon (Tom Brown), Josephine Hutchinson (Mrs. Mary Arnold), Billy Halop (Flashman), Polly Moran (Sally Harowell), Hughie Green (Walker Brooke), Ernest Cossart (Squire Brown), Alec Craig (old Thomas), Gale Storm (Effie), Antoinette Rotche (Tom Brown's nanny), Lionel Belmore (tavern keeper), Barlowe Borland (Grimsby, 'old Grimey'), Rita Carlyle (maid), Dick Chandlee (tadpole Martin), John 'Uh huh' Collum (Sidney), Harry Duff (Westcott), Harold Entwistle (dustman), Ian Fulton (old Brodie), Forrester Harvey (Sam the coachman), Cullen Johnson (boy), Peter Madden (Jacob), Paul Mathews (Lexton), Frank Mills (school porter), Alexander Pollard (butler), Charles Smith (Diggs), Walter Tetley (student), Leonard Willey (farmer Jenkins)
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Beating the Bully, or the Coward and the Brave
As I write this in 2017 bullying is a hot topic . . . I read stories of children committing suicide after being bullied in school and on social media pages . . . college kids call it 'hazing' - and that makes it all right, because it is a long tradition. I would have thought that the appearance of bullies didn’t happen until our time, but I think it must have been around since Cain and Abel. This school story takes place in the 1830’s at the British school for boys where the game of Rugby was invented.
The headmaster in this story, Doctor Thomas Arnold, played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke, was the real headmaster of Rugby School from 1828 until 1842, when he died at the age of 46 from a heart attack. During those years, the author of this story, Thomas Hughes, was a student at the Rugby School, and much of the story is based on his real experiences.
Cedric Hardwicke is Dr. Arnold, the man who changed British education as it had been for centuries, and the young lad who is at the center of this adventure is Tom Brown, the son of one of the school trustees, and is played by Jimmy Lydon.
As our story opens, Tom Brown and his best friend are mourning at the grave of Dr. Arnold, who has died shortly after their graduation. We soon flash back to their school days at Rugby and the amazing adventures of a skinny young boy trying to become a man who is honest, God-fearing and courageous. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Alec Craig and Polly Moran
Billy Halop and Jimmy Lydon
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Harry Duff
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Doctor Thomas Arnold
Charles Smith and Dick Chandlee
Dick Chandlee and Charles Smith
Ernest Cossart and Jimmy Lydon
Ernest Cossart in Tom Brown's School Days
Forrester Harvey and Jimmy Lydon
Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon and Charles Smith
Freddie Bartholomew and Jimmy Lydon
Harry Duff and Cedric Hardwicke
Hughie Green and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Jimmy Lydon and Freddie Bartholomew
Josephine Hutchinson and Cedric Hardwicke
Josephine Hutchinson, Ernest Cossart and Cedric Hardwicke