Tom Brown's School Days (July 19, 1940)

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Tom Brown's School Days
 

Released on July 19, 1940: 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

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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Bullying is a School Tradition Here . . .

As I write this in 2013 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 . . . and bullying can even happen to big, tough U.S. NFL football players . . . I am tempted to believe that serious bullying only began during my lifetime, but this 1940 movie about a famous boarding school in England tells a story from a hundred years before that. A real story about a real school, about a real headmaster named Doctor Thomas Arnold who led the school in Rugby, England and a real bully . . . and the timid kid who stood up to him . . . timid and shy school boy Tom Brown. The legendary Sir Cedric Hardwicke plays the part of Dr. Thomas Arnold, and Jimmy Lydon heads up a cast of child actors, many of whom like Freddie Bartholomew and Gale Storm went on to notable film and television careers. This isn't quite Hogwarts or any other British school you would recognize, but the spirits, antics of school boys haven't changed all that much . . . and the spirit of good teachers molding rebellious young minds into the leaders of the future remains a strong part of our world even today. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Alec Craig and Josephine Hutchinson
Alec Craig and Josephine Hutchinson
Alec Craig and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Alec Craig and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Barlow Borland
Barlow Borland
Barlowe Borland
Barlowe Borland
Billy Halop and Jimmy Lydon after their fight
Billy Halop and Jimmy Lydon after their fight
Billy Halop
Billy Halop
Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Billy Halop and Jimmy Lydon
Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Billy Halop and Jimmy Lydon
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Billy Halop
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Billy Halop
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Harry Duff
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Harry Duff
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson have tea
Sir Cedric Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson have tea
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Doctor Thomas Arnold
Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Doctor Thomas Arnold
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Charles Smith and Dick Chandlee
Charles Smith and Dick Chandlee
Charles Smith faces bully 'Flashman'
Charles Smith faces bully 'Flashman'
Ernest Cossart, Cedrick Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson
Ernest Cossart, Cedrick Hardwicke and Josephine Hutchinson
Ernest Cossard and Jimmy Lydon
Ernest Cossard and Jimmy Lydon
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart
Ernest Cossart in Tom Brown's School Days
Ernest Cossart in Tom Brown's School Days
Forrester Harvey watches Jimmy Lydon with his pea shooter
Forrester Harvey watches Jimmy Lydon with his pea shooter
Freddie Bartholomew and Billy Halop
Freddie Bartholomew and Billy Halop
Freddie Bartholomew with Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Freddie Bartholomew with Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Gale Storm
Gale Storm
Gale Storm and Jimmy Lydon
Gale Storm and Jimmy Lydon
Gale Storm and Polly Moran
Gale Storm and Polly Moran
Harry Duff and Cedric Hardwicke
Harry Duff and Cedric Hardwicke
Hughie Green and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Hughie Green and Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Hughie Green
Hughie Green
Jimmy Lydon and Alec Craig
Jimmy Lydon and Alec Craig
Jimmy Lydon
Jimmy Lydon
Jimmy Lydon sings and gets pelted
Jimmy Lydon sings and gets pelted
Leonard Willey
Leonard Willey
Polly Moran and Gale Storm with Jimmy Lydon
Polly Moran and Gale Storm with Jimmy Lydon
Polly Moran
Polly Moran
Sir Cedric Hardwicke in 1940
Sir Cedric Hardwicke in 1940