Anthony Asquith's film adapted from Terence Rattigan's play (by himself) is based on real events that took place in 1912. When young Ronnie Winslow (Neil North) is expelled from Naval College after being accused of stealing a postal order, his banker-father (Cedric Hardwicke) remains convinced of his innocence and risks everything to press for a re-trial with the assistance of a high-profile barrister (Robert Donat). By doing so the trial becomes a cause celebre and the family's social standing becomes precarious. The film drew wide acclaim for the quality of its performances and was remade in 1999 by David Mamet.
I saw this as a child and while some of it went over my head, overall I was quite impressed. It was one of the first legal films I'd seen. It's an interesting court case about a boy in the early 1900s who is expelled from his prestigious school from stealing some money. That was really quite a blow to the reputation and his family, convinced he didn't do it, decides to bring a case to clear his name.
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