Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Stars Look Down (1940)

Grand National Pictures (UK)
Directed by Carol Reed
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Hard-working coal miners in England go on strike to protest working conditions at the urging of the young, scholarly son of one of their own. The result is long months of hunger and pain, causing a mob to storm a local butcher shop. Later, the boy goes to college where he falls in love with a pretty, and ambitious, girl. Although she is in love with his best friend, she agrees to marry him. They live well off for awhile, until he loses his school teaching job, then she has an affair with her old flame who turned out to be rich. Meanwhile, a cave-in occurs at the mine, trapping several mean and leading to a frantic rescue attempt. An uneasy mix of melodramatics and disaster movie, though finely photographed at times by director Reed.

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