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Fame Is the Spur Details


When a young man from an economically depressed area of England (played by Michael Redgrave) decides that his calling is to help the beleaguered workers in his area, he takes as his symbol a sword passed down to him by an ancestor who picked it up at the Battle of Peterloo in 1819, where it had been used against workers. Beginning as an idealistic defender of the oppressed workers, he rises to power in the Parliament, where he discovers that power corrupts and he becomes the very type of politician he had originally set out to displace. Sometimes slow-moving, this is an interesting look into the reasons why the Labor and the Conservative factions are at loggerheads with each other in Great Britain. Very loosely based on labor leader Ramsay MacDonald's climb to power, the story was adapted by Howard Spring and is a combination of both fact and fiction. ~ Tana Hobart, Rovi


Michael Redgrave
as Hamer Radshaw
Rosamund John
as Ann Radshaw
Bernard Miles
as Tom Hanaway
Carla Lehmann
as Lady Lettice
Marjorie Fielding
as Aunt Lizzie
Guy Verney
as Grandpa
Percy Walsh
as Suddaby
Seymour Hicks
as Old Buck
David Tomlinson
as Lord Liskeard
Wylie Watson
as Pendelton
Anthony Wager
as Boy Hamer
Brian Weske
as Boy Ryerson
Honor Blackman
Gerald Sim


Roy Boulting
John Boulting
John Boulting
Gunther Krampf
Harry Waxman
Hans May
Musical Direction/Supervision
John Wooldridge
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Best
Tony Sforzini