Hatter's Castle (film)
Hatter's Castle is a 1942 British film noir based on the 1931 novel Hatter's Castle by A. J. Cronin, which dramatizes the ruin that befalls a Scottish hatter set on recapturing his imagined lost nobility. The film was made by Paramount British Pictures and stars Robert Newton, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, and Emlyn Williams. It is believed to be the only film that depicts the Tay Bridge disaster.
|Directed by||Lance Comfort|
|Produced by||Isadore Goldsmith|
|Written by||Rodney Ackland (additional dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||Paul Merzbach|
|Based on||novel by A.J. Cronin|
|Music by||Horace Shepherd|
|Edited by||Douglas Robertson|
|Distributed by||Paramount British Pictures|
- Robert Newton as James Brodie
- Deborah Kerr as Mary Brodie
- James Mason as Dr. Renwick
- Emlyn Williams as Dennis
- Henry Oscar as Grierson
- Enid Stamp-Taylor as Nancy
- Beatrice Varley as Mrs. Brodie
- Anthony Bateman as Angus Brodie
- June Holden as Janet
- George Merritt as Gibson
- Laurence Hanray as Dr. Lawrie
- Claude Bailey as Paxton
- Ian Fleming as Sir John Latta
- Mary Hinton as Lady Winton
- Roddy Hughes as Gordon
- David Keir as Perry
- Stuart Lindsell as Lord Winton
- Aubrey Mallalieu as Clergyman
- Brefni O'Rorke as Foyle
- Vi Kaley as Old Lady In 'The Winton Arms'
- John Slater as Card Player
- Robert Brooks Turner as Engine Driver
According to Kinematograph Weekly the film was one of the most popular at the British box office in 1942, after Mrs Miniver, First of the Few, How Green was My Valley, Reap the Wild Wind, Holiday Inn, Captains of the Clouds, Sergeant York, One of Our Air Craft is Missing and before Young Mr Pitt.
Variety wrote, "Here is a film, if ever there was one, that is best indicative of one player’s superlative performance. The player, Robert Newton, disregards tradition and enacts the featured male role without bombast or any sort of vocal pyrotechnics. There is little in the picturized version of A.J. Cronin’s bestseller that is not already stale and the plot travels along stereotyped lines to an obvious conclusion. It is, however, artistically produced, photographed and acted...The leading lady is Deborah Kerr, lovable and sincere as the daughter; the juvenile lead of Doctor Renwick is restrainedly played by James Mason." while more recently, Time Out called it "An entertaining slice of Victorian melodrama adapted from AJ Cronin's novel. Not quite Gothic, but edging that way through Newton's performance (one of his more controlled efforts) as the social-climbing Glasgow hatter...Damped down by flat direction, but the sets and camerawork are excellent."
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