Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Red Ensign 1934

     The times in Britain are tough, David Barr is the manager and chief designer for a British shipyard.  The yard is in financial trouble and a lot of people are out of work.  He has designed a new ship and it can save the shipyard and the workers.  He plans to make 20 ships but he’s having a difficult time.  There is a lot of opposition from bankers as well as rival shipyards and their militants. 
     David is willing to spend all of his personal recourses to get this first ship built.  He can’t seem to convince the company board how important this is for the country and the people.  He hires men and starts building but he doesn’t know how much he can get done with his personal financing.  I thought this story was interesting and good.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

69 min, Drama directed by Michael Powell with Leslie Banks, Carol Goodner, Frank Vosper, Alfred Drayton, Campbell Gullan, Percy Parsons, Fewlass Llewellyn, Henry Oscar, Allan Jeayes, Donald Calthrop, Henry Caine.

Note:  Imdb 6.0 out of 10, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 14 reviews.
Special Note:  This movie is also titled Strike!  Black and white and filmed in Gaumont-British Studios, Lime Grove, Shepherd’s Bush, London, England, UK and Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK.  A remake as The Shipbuilders was released in 1943.  Leslie Banks was injured on the left side of his face in WWI.  There are only a few scenes with his left side shown.

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