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This England (1941) DVD-R


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Starring Emlyn Williams, John Clements, Constance Cummings, Frank
Pettingell, Esmond Knight, Roland Culver, Roddy McDowall
Directed by David MacDonald

Print: black/white
Runtime: 84 min.
Genre: drama
Print Quality: B

The pageantlike This England was designed by the Anglo-American film
corporation to boost the morale of the war-besieged island nation. The
story unfolds in the ancient British community of Claverly Village, which
has already weathered serveral centuries of political upheavals, both
foreign and domestic. A.R. Rawlinson and Bridge Boland's screenplay
traces the history of the village from the Feudal Era to the Second World
War, with Emlyn Williams (who also contributed additional dialogue), John
Clements and Constance Cummings enacted the roles of several Claverly
citizens throughout the years. Cummings is at her best in the "Spanish
Armada" sequence, portraying a fetching gypsy not unlike her Latin
American charmer in Harold Lloyd's Movie Crazy (1932). Perhaps because
of its episodic construction, This England is one of those unfortunate
films that never seems to turn up intact when shown today.

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