The Stars Look Down

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The Stars Look Down

miner trade union social commentary

The Stars Look Down

Release Date: January 22, 1940

Year    :   1940
Genres    :   Drama
Production Companies    :   Grafton Films
Director    :   Carol Reed
Producers    :   Isadore Goldsmith
Writers    :   A.J. Cronin, A.J. Cronin, J.B. Williams
RunTime    :   110 mins.

The Stars Look Down is based on A. J. Cronin's 1935 novel of the same name, about injustices in a mining community in North East England. While the novel follows the development of three young men in the small mining town, the film focuses on just one of them; the smart David Fenwick who gets a scholarship to university, meets a girl who only marries him because her former boyfriend has abandoned her, and eventually returns to the mine town as a teacher and takes part in a futile rescue effort when the mine is flooded, trapping both his father and his younger brother.

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