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The Stars Look Down Details


A. J. Cronin's novel was brought to the screen by director Carol Reed. The film is set in a northern England mining town (far more realistically depicted than the back-lot Welsh village in John Ford's John Ford. The parents of Michael Redgrave have labored long and hard so that their son can escape his grimy environs and make something of himself. While away at school, Redgrave is trapped into marriage by Margaret Lockwood, previously the lady friend of ill-tempered Emlyn Williams (the actor was himself a product of the Welsh mining community). When Lockwood and Williams resume their romance, the disillusioned Redgrave returns home, where he becomes deeply involved in a labor dispute. He ultimately decides that it is best for all if he remains in the village of his birth, working tirelessly on behalf of his friends, relatives and neighbors. Denied the larger budgets indigenous to Hollywood films, Carol Reed invested a gritty documentary "feel" into The Stars Look Down; the film brought him international acclaim, serving as a stepping stone for even greater cinematic accomplishments. Curiously, Reed himself didn't subscribe to A. J. Cronin's opinions vis-a-vis the nationalization of the coal mines; he was simply attracted to the dramatic possibilities of the tale. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michael Redgrave
as David Fenwick
Margaret Lockwood
as Jennie Sunley
Emlyn Williams
as Joe Gowlan
Edward Rigby
as Robert Fenwick
Allan Jeayes
as Richard Barras
Cecil Parker
as Stanley Millington
Linden Travers
as Laura Millington
George Carney
as Slogger Gowlan
Olga Lindo
as Mrs. Sunley
Desmond Tester
as Hughie Fenwick
David Markham
as Arthur Barras
Aubrey Mallalieu
as Hudspeth
Kynaston Reeves
as Strother
Clive Baxter
James Harcourt
Frederick Burtwell
Frank Atkinson
Edmund Willard
Ben Williams
Scott Harold
Kynaston Reeves
as Strother
Aubrey Mallalieu
as Hudspeth


Carol Reed
Ernest Palmer
Henry Harris
Hans May
Composer (Music Score)
Reginald Beck
Hal Mason
First Assistant Director