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Tom Brown's School Days (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 19 July 1940 (USA)
A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Director:

Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Thomas Hughes (novel), Walter Ferris (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cedric Hardwicke ... Dr. Thomas Arnold (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Freddie Bartholomew ... Ned 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
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Storyline

Thomas Arnold is hired to be the new headmaster at Rugby, whose students have acquired a reputation for being wild, disruptive, and dishonest. He institutes strict disciplinary policies, and expels numerous boys as a result. Many of the teachers, trustees, and parents turn against him. Squire Brown, his most vocal supporter, decides to send his own son Tom to Rugby as a demonstration of confidence. Tom soon learns that the school is plagued by bullies, and he is frequently targeted by them. He and the other boys are hindered, though, by an unwritten understanding that none of them will ever report the misdeeds of another to the authorities. Written by Snow Leopard

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THE GREATEST SCHOOL-STORY EVER WRITTEN COMES TO THE SCREEN IN ALL ITS GLORY! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures at Rugby See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film in New York City occurred Monday 30 December 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5) and in Los Angeles Sunday 29 February 1948 on DuMont's KTLA (Channel 5), followed by Baltimore Friday 9 April 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), and by Detroit Sunday 2 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4). In San Francisco it first aired Saturday 14 May 1949 on the City's second commercial television station, freshly launched KGO (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Tuesday 6 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

When the boy shoots a pea-shooter at Fleishman from the back, it hits near the top of his stovepipe hat yet he grabs back of his neck in pain. See more »

Quotes

Squire Brown: You know our schools: nurseries of iniquity and vice. We want the revolution in education.
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Movie based on Thomas Hugh's novel, yet he's given no credit for it. See more »

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Version of Tom Brown's Schooldays (1971) See more »

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The Lincolnshire Poacher
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[Film's theme, and sung by the Rugby students in celebration]
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For Us George MacDonald Fraser Fans, Flashman Gets Libeled
17 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jimmy Lydon plays the title character, but the point of view occasionally cuts away to Cedric Hardwicke as the radical and revered Thomas Arnold. Judging by this movie, his great innovation was to cast out liars and talk the Sixth Form into badmouthing bullying.

Even so, the performances are fine in a Code-compliant manner, with a solid juvenile cast including Freddy Bartholomew and Gale Storm in her feature debut. It's also director Robert Stevenson's first American movie. He would stay for the rest of his career and by the early 1970s would become the most successful movie director ever, if you went by unadjusted-for-inflation grosses of all his movies. He was not an auteur. He gave the producer and, it turned out, the audience what it wanted. At this point, he was becoming the go-to director for Ye Olde England movies. Like many a director, he retreated to TV in the early 1950s, but hooked up with Walt Disney in the latter half of the decade, and directed many of his gimmick live-action comedies.


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