All Over the Town (April 25, 1949)

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All Over the Town
 

Released on April 25, 1949: A young man and woman in a small English town oppose the town leaders when they take over the small town weekly newspaper.

Produced by Ian Dalrymple

Directed by Derek N. Twist

The Actors: Norman Wooland (Nathaniel 'Nat' Hearn), Sarah Churchill (Sally Thorpe), Cyril Cusack (Gerald Vane), Ronald Adam (Sam Vane), Bryan Forbes (Trumble), James Hayter (Councillor Baines), Fabia Drake (Miss Gelding, hotel owner), John Salew (George Sleek, undertaker), Stanley Baker (Barnes), Edward Rigby (Billy Grimmett), Patric Doonan (Burton), Eleanor Summerfield (Beryl Hopper), Trevor Jones (tenor in the operetta), Sandra Dorne (Marlene), Hubert Leslie (Skinner), Henry Edwards (Major Martindale), Frederick Leister (Wainer), Patrick Macnee (Mr. Vince), Anthony Oliver (Police Constable Butt), Erik Chitty (Frobisher), Walter Horsbrugh (Mr. Thornton), Lydia Bilbrook (Mrs. Vane), Ernie Rice (tormouth citizen)

 

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Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press is accepted in most nations as a basic right. When I was young and in school I thought that freedom of the press was akin to freedom of speech, but one of my high school teachers put me right. Indeed, newspaper and magazine publishers in many nations are given permission to print anything and everything that is true, and it has been extended to radio and television producers. Sounds like something that every citizen should appreciate, and every citizen should applaud said truth that is freely published, but there is a little talked about skunk in the room . . . . . The rule of freedom of the press only applies to the few powerful persons who OWN a press . . . . the ditch digger, the store clerk, the farmer, fisherman and housewife do not have that publishing power. But you say, “Truth is truth for everyone, so that doesn’t matter” . . . . And I say that there are many truths, but the only ones you will read about in the newspaper are the truths that the publisher wants you to know . . . . Truth things that the publisher disagrees with will never ever get printed, and the world will never know about them.

In the small British town of Tormouth there is a weekly newspaper that is owned by one of the town’s leading citizens and the newspaper is full of the plans and ideas of the wealthy business leaders, with little regard for the needs or desires of the lowly working class citizens. When Nat returns from military service and takes back his job as a reporter on the small town newspaper we discover that since he has been away from small town Tormouth his views and ideas have changed . . . . He becomes a champion for the little people, but a champion without a press . . . . He has no voice in Tormouth and no way to challenge the ‘powers that be’ . . . . He has also fallen in love with the gal who had his job while he was away, and they decide to leave Tormouth and travel to places where the little people like them have a better chance at life. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, the elderly owner of the town newspaper dies, and Nat is offered a partnership in the weekly newspaper, and he will now have the power to print the news that he thinks the town should know about, and it will be the opposite of what was previously published. . . . . Power to the little people! . . . .But wait . . . . I must be fair . . . . Now the press in Tormouth will print the truth that wasn’t printed before, but isn’t that still only one side of the truth . . . Just the other side from last week? . . . . Sigh . . . . I’m so-o-o-o-o confused. . . . . But regardless of the news in Tormouth, true love is always fun to watch, and that is what will grow and bloom in front of our eyes as Nat and Sarah take on the job of printing the new news. . . . . And about those sticky questions about who should decide what should be proclaimed to the world . . . Fortunately today the Internet has mightily weakened the power of the traditional ‘press’ and made it possible for anyone anywhere in the world, whether wealthy or poor, to gain the attention of the world with only a few words or photos shared on social media . . . .So now all we need to really worry about is love . . . . Ain’t it a great world today? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bryan Forbes and Patric Doonan
Bryan Forbes and Patric Doonan
Bryan Forbes and Sandra Dorne
Bryan Forbes and Sandra Dorne
Bryan Forbes
Bryan Forbes
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack, James Hayter and Norman Wooland
Cyril Cusack, James Hayter and Norman Wooland
Cyril Cusack and James Hayter
Cyril Cusack and James Hayter
Cyril Cusack
Cyril Cusack
Edward Rigby, Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Edward Rigby, Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Eleanor Summerfield
Eleanor Summerfield
Fabia Drake, Henry Edwards and Norman Wooland
Fabia Drake, Henry Edwards and Norman Wooland
Fabia Drake
Fabia Drake
James Hayter
James Hayter
James Hayter
James Hayter
John Salew
John Salew
Lydia Bilbrook and Walter Horsbrugh
Lydia Bilbrook and Walter Horsbrugh
Norman Wooland, Cyril Cusack and Fabia Drake
Norman Wooland, Cyril Cusack and Fabia Drake
Norman Wooland and Eleanor Summerfield
Norman Wooland and Eleanor Summerfield
Norman Wooland and Sarah Churchill
Norman Wooland and Sarah Churchill
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam and Cyril Cusack
Ronald Adam and Cyril Cusack
Ronald Adam
Ronald Adam
Sandra Dorne and Bryan Forbes
Sandra Dorne and Bryan Forbes
Sandra Dorne
Sandra Dorne
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill, Norman Wooland and Eleanor Summerfield
Sarah Churchill, Norman Wooland and Eleanor Summerfield
Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill and Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill and Walter Horsbrugh
Sarah Churchill and Walter Horsbrugh
Sarah Churchill dancing with Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill dancing with Norman Wooland
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill
Sarah Churchill