The Loves of Joanna Godden
The Loves of Joanna Godden is a 1947 British historical drama film directed by Charles Frend and produced by Michael Balcon. The screenplay was written by H. E. Bates and Angus MacPhail from the novel Joanna Godden (1921) by Sheila Kaye-Smith.
|The Loves of Joanna Godden|
|Directed by||Charles Frend|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon|
|Written by||H.E. Bates|
|Based on||the novel Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith|
|Music by||Ralph Vaughan Williams|
|Edited by||Michael Truman|
|Distributed by||Ealing Studios|
It stars Googie Withers, Jean Kent, John McCallum, Derek Bond, Chips Rafferty and Sonia Holm. Some scenes were shot by director Robert Hamer when Frend was ill, though he was uncredited. The music was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
In Edwardian Britain, a young woman has three suitors who seek her hand in marriage.
When Joanna Godden's father died, he bequeathed her a farm in Romney Marsh in Kent. Joanna is determined to run the farm herself. Her neighbour Arthur Alce (John McCallum), laughs at her ambitions, but loves her. Choosing a new shepherd, she allows physical attraction to a man to overcome her judgment as a farmer, and her scheme for cross-breeding sheep is unsuccessful. Her wealth gone, she turns to Arthur Alce for help - but not love. That she accepts from Martin Trevor (Derek Bond), a visitor from the world beyond the Marsh. But on the eve of their marriage, Martin dies.
- Googie Withers as Joanna Godden
- Jean Kent as Ellen Godden
- John McCallum as Arthur Alce
- Derek Bond as Martin Trevor
- Henry Mollison as Harry Trevor
- Chips Rafferty as Collard
- Sonia Holm as Louise
- Josephine Stuart as Grace Wickens
- Frederick Piper as Isaac Turk
- Douglas Jefferies as Huggett
and the people of Romney Marsh.
The film was based on Joanna Godden, a novel by Sheila Kaye-Smith originally published in 1921. The book was popular enough for Kaye-Smith to write a sequel, Joanna Godden Married, published in 1926.
The studio cast Googie Withers to star; she had been a hit in Pink String and Sealing Wax. Lead roles were given to Australians John McCallum, who had been put under long-term contract to Rank, and Chips Rafferty, who had just starred in The Overlanders for Ealing.
Filming took place in August and September 1946, with location filming in Kent.
Withers and McCallum fell in love during filming and later married. They named their first child "Joanna" in honour of the film.
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- The Loves of Joanna Godden at BFI Screenonline
- Review of film, at Variety
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