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Boys in Brown Details

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Brown is the color of the uniforms worn by the residents of a British borstal (boy's reformatory). Jack Warner plays the governor (warden) of the institution, struggling to maintain an even keel with his tempestuous charges. The film aims for a veneer of reality by using an optical camera device to blend actual backgrounds with studio sets, a special effect that works about half the time. The Boys in Brown was based on a British stage play by Reginald Beckwith. Perhaps it was more effective on stage, where the advanced ages of the "boys" were not quite so detectable. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Richard Attenborough
as Jackie Knowles
Michael Medwin
as Sparrow
Patrick Holt
as Tigson
Thora Hird
as Mrs. Knowles
Barbara Murray
as Kitty Hurst
Graham Payn
as Plato Cartwright
Jack Warner
as Governor
Alfie Bass
as Basher
Jimmy Hanley
as Bill Foster
Dirk Bogarde
as Alfie Rawlins
Cyril Chamberlain
as Johnson

Crew

Montgomery Tully
Director
Montgomery Tully
Screenwriter
Reginald Beckwith
Play Author
Gordon Lang
Cinematographer
Doreen Carwithen
Composer (Music Score)
James Needs
Editor
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