Fame is the Spur (September 23, 1947)

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Michael Redgrave in Fame is the Spur
 

Released on September 23, 1947: A young, brash liberal politician from the poor streets of Manchester becomes a Member of Parliament and changes his thoughts on the right way to legislate as he grows older.

Produced by John Boulting

Directed by Roy Boulting

The Actors: Michael Redgrave (Hamer Radshaw), Rosamund John (Ann Radshaw), Bernard Miles (Tom Hannaway), Carla Lehmann (Lady Lettice Lastwithiel), Hugh Burden (Arnold Ryerson), Marjorie Fielding (Aunt Lizzie), Seymour Hicks (Old Buck), Tony Wager (Hamer Radshaw as a boy), Brian Weske (Arnold Ryerson as a boy), Gerald Fox (Tom Hannaway as a boy), Jean Shepeard (Mrs. Radshaw), Guy Verney (grandpa), Percy Walsh (Suddaby), David Tomlinson (Lord Liskeard), Charles Wood (Dai), Milton Rosmer (Magistrate Clark), Wylie Watson (Pendleton, Radshaw's gentleman's gentleman), Ronald Adam (Radshaw's doctor), Honor Blackman (Emma), Clifford Buckton (gamekeeper), Campbell Cotts (meeting chairman), Maurice Denham (second prison doctor), Kenneth Griffith (wartime miners' representative), Roddy Hughes (wartime miners' spokesman), Vi Kaley (old woman in election crowd), Laurence Kitchin (Radshaw's secretary), Philip Ray (doctor), Gerald Sim (reporter), Harry Terry (man in election crowd), Iris Vandeleur (woman who opens the front door), H. Victor Weske (wartime miners' representative), Ben Williams (reporter)

 

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Bread and Liberty

The most difficult movies for me to share my thoughts on are stories that concern liberal and conservative politics . . . . Each side with the same passion to become dominant over the other. I understand that my next statement is trite and simplistic, but . . . . Can’t we all just get along? Someone a long time ago said something to the effect that if one isn’t a liberal when young, he has no heart, but if he is not a conservative when he is old, he has no head. That statement explains in broad terms the evolution of the main character of this story who was born in poverty in Manchester, England who rose to become an esteemed Member of Parliament. In his poverty-filled youth all he saw were friends and neighbors who had nothing at birth also died in poverty after a lifetime of hard work. The cause of their poverty must be the wealthy, who gain their riches by robbing and cheating the poor. But after mingling with the wealthy in Parliament he will discover that all wealthy people are not cruel and abusive of poor people, and that all poor people are not kept poor because they are not permitted to dream and aspire for more. After all, our leading character was born in poverty but rose to great wealth from that same impoverished neighborhood. But then, just when we think we are getting everything in its proper place, and people of liberal and conservative minds think they have been vindicated in the story we get a controversial twist in the story . . . . . Just as the wild young liberal man is mellowing to a less controversial mood, he wife becomes a raging radical for a new cause . . . . She will go to jail several times and bring on ill health because of her radical views on . . . . Voting . . . . Can you believe that women wanted to vote and have a hand in government? Such nonsense! . . . . . Ahhh . . . . How times have changed. But life and politics goes on even today, and while the causes may change over the years, the bickering and fighting goes on. This isn’t an action-packed adventure, but rather one to watch on a warm rainy afternoon when you want to relax and think about people, politics and progress. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Michael Redgrave and Rosamund John
Michael Redgrave and Rosamund John
Anthony Wager
Anthony Wager
Bernard Miles
Bernard Miles
Brian Weske and Tony Wager
Brian Weske and Tony Wager
Carla Lehmann and David Tomlinson
Carla Lehmann and David Tomlinson
Carla Lehmann
Carla Lehmann
Clifford Buckton and Michael Redgrave
Clifford Buckton and Michael Redgrave
David Tomlinson, Carla Lehmann and Seymour Hicks
David Tomlinson, Carla Lehmann and Seymour Hicks
David Tomlinson and Carla Lehmann
David Tomlinson and Carla Lehmann
Gerald Fox
Gerald Fox
Hugh Burden
Hugh Burden
Hugh Burden
Hugh Burden
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
Milton Rosmer
Milton Rosmer
Movie credit screen for Bernard Miles and Carla Lehmann
Movie credit screen for Bernard Miles and Carla Lehmann
Movie credit screen for Hugh Burden and Marjorie Fielding
Movie credit screen for Hugh Burden and Marjorie Fielding
Movie credit screen for Michael Redgrave
Movie credit screen for Michael Redgrave
Movie credit screen for Rosamund John
Movie credit screen for Rosamund John
Movie credit screen for Sir Seymour Hicks and Anthony Wager
Movie credit screen for Sir Seymour Hicks and Anthony Wager
Percy Walsh
Percy Walsh
Percy Walsh and Rosamund John
Percy Walsh and Rosamund John
Percy Walsh
Percy Walsh
Rosamund John and Marjorie Fielding
Rosamund John and Marjorie Fielding
Rosamund John and Marjorie Fielding
Rosamund John and Marjorie Fielding
Rosamund John and Michael Redgrave in the book shop
Rosamund John and Michael Redgrave in the book shop
Rosamund John
Rosamund John
Sir Seymour Hicks and Bernard Miles
Sir Seymour Hicks and Bernard Miles
Sir Seymour Hicks
Sir Seymour Hicks
Tony Wager and Brian Weske
Tony Wager and Brian Weske
Tony Wager and Guy Verney
Tony Wager and Guy Verney
Tony Wager
Tony Wager