Love On The Dole






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        • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans, George Carney, Mary Merrall, Geoffrey Hibbert
          Director: John Baxter
          Writers: Walter Greenwood, Barbara K. Emary, Rollo Gamble, Ronald Gow
          Producers: John Baxter, Walter Greenwood
          Format: Black & White, PAL
          Language: English
          Region: All Regions
          Number of discs: 1
          Classification: PG

          Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
          DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2004
          Run Time: 95 minutes




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        Love On The Dole

        John Baxter, 1941


      • Story concerned with the problems of unemployment in Salford in 1930, centring on the Hardcastle family and the vain attempts of Larry Meath, fiance of the Hardcastle's daughter Sally to improve the situation. Young Harry Hardcastle finds himself unemployed when his apprenticeship at a local factory ends - the owners preferring to have a regular turn-over of cheap apprentices rather than pay full wages. He gets his girlfriend Helen pregnant and the two of them have to go into lodgings in a single room after Mr Hardcastle refuses to let them stay at home. Larry is fatally injured in a clash between police and unemployed demonstrators. Sally borrows money from the bookie Sam Grundy, who is attracted to her, in order to pay for Larry's funeral. He proposes she become his 'housekeeper'. In spite of the fact that she will be viewed as a 'kept woman' she compromises her morals in order to assist Helen and Harry and her family. Her parents are shocked and ashamed, but with Sam's assistance she can bring money and jobs to her family.

        Filmed in the North Country of England, this is a film noir set in the 1930s as a family struggles with poverty and unemployment. Depressing and realistic, it portrays the lengths to which a family can go in order to survive., though there is some humor interlaced to keep the bleakness under control. The beautiful, sepia-tinted photography enhances the portrayals, which are excellent.

        During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed. Needless to say, Deborah Kerr is superb - one of the great roles from her early career.



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        • Depressingly little. Releases like
          this serve as wonderful opportunities to
          add to our understanding of why these films
          were made and the context in which they came
          about. With just a little bit of effort and
          finance they could also be used to include
          interviews from the stars. Imagine if here they
          included interviews from Deborah Kerr at various
          stages of her life and career? Sprinkle the Dvd
          with a little magic and all that.

          Instead we get a big fat nothing.

          Still the film is great.
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          UK 1941
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          Black & White
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          95 mins. approx.
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      • Price: 11.99
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