Fame Is the Spur (film)
Fame is the Spur is a 1947 British drama film directed by Roy Boulting. It stars Michael Redgrave, Rosamund John, Bernard Miles, David Tomlinson, Maurice Denham and Kenneth Griffith. Its plot involves a British politician who rises to power, abandoning on the way his radical views for more conservative ones. It is based on the 1940 novel Fame Is the Spur by Howard Spring, which was believed to be based on the career of the Labour Party politician Ramsay MacDonald.
|Fame is the Spur|
|Directed by||Roy Boulting|
|Produced by||John Boulting|
|Written by||Nigel Balchin|
Howard Spring (novel)
|Music by||John Wooldridge|
|Edited by||Richard Best|
Boulting Brotherrs in association with Two Cities Films
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors|
|Budget||over $1 million|
When Hamer Radshaw, a young man from a North country mill town, commits to help the poverty-stricken workers in his area, he takes as his Excalibur a sword passed down to him by his grandfather from the Battle of Peterloo, where it had been used against workers. As an idealistic champion of the oppressed, he rises to power as a Labour M.P., but is seduced by the trappings of power and finds himself the type of politician he originally despised.
- Michael Redgrave as Hamer Radshaw
- Rosamund John as Ann
- Bernard Miles as Tom Hannaway
- Carla Lehmann as Lady Lettice
- Hugh Burden as Arnold Ryerson
- Marjorie Fielding as Aunt Lizzie
- Seymour Hicks as Old Buck
- Anthony Wager as Hamer as a boy
- Brian Weske as Ryerson as a boy
- Gerald Fox as Hannaway as a boy
- Jean Shepeard as Mrs Radshaw
- Guy Verney as Grandpa
- Percy Walsh as Suddaby
- David Tomlinson as Lord Liskead
- Charles Wood as Dai
- Milton Rosmer as Magistrate
- Wylie Watson as Pendleton
- Ronald Adam as Radshaws' Doctor
- Honor Blackman as Emma
- Campbell Cotts as Meeting chairman
- Maurice Denham as Prison doctor
- Kenneth Griffith as Wartime Miners' Representative
- Roddy Hughes as Wartime Miners' Spokesman
- Vi Kaley as Old Woman in Election Crowd
- Laurence Kitchin as Radshaws's secretary
- Philip Ray as Doctor
- Gerald Sim as Reporter
- Harry Terry as Man in Election Crowd
- Iris Vandeleur as Woman Who Opens Front Door
- H Victor Weske as Wartime Miners' Representative
- Ben Williams as Radical Orator
Allmovie wrote, "sometimes slow-moving, this is an interesting look into the reasons why the Labor [sic] and the Conservative factions are at loggerheads with each other in Great Britain" ; while Bosley Crowther in The New York Times at the time of the 1949 American release thought, "this John and Roy Boulting film has vivid authority and fascination...But, unfortunately, a full comprehension of the principal character in this tale is missed in the broad and extended panorama of his life that is displayed...Mr. Redgrave is glib and photogenic; he acts the 'lost leader' in a handsome style. But he does not bring anything out about him that is not stated arbitrarily"; while the Radio Times reviewer David Parkinson has praised Redgrave's "powerhouse performance, with his gradual shedding of heartfelt beliefs as vanity replaces commitment having a chillingly convincing ring. But such is Redgrave's dominance that there's little room for other characters to develop or for any cogent social agenda."
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- "Fame Is the Spur (1947) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
- Crowther, Bosley (8 November 1949). "Movie Review - Fame Is the Spur - THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; ' Fame Is the Spur,' British Film Based on Novel by Spring, Opens at Little CineMet". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
- David Parkinson. "Fame Is the Spur". RadioTimes.