Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A schoolteacher tried to make changes in a small Welsh town and is given a goal in life when she finds an intelligent young miner who she believes has the potential to change his life and get a much better education.
My Take on it – This is another film that I knew nothing about at all when I came across it due to the fact that it got two Oscar nominations for its cast.
The story seems to have a lot of potential, but things are presented very poorly and the end result is a very mediocre story that doesn’t work as well as one might hope.
The premise makes it feel as if it should be much more inspiring than it manages and things just aren’t interesting enough as the story moves along.
Despite the fact that Bette Davis is the lead here, she doesn’t manage to make the story any more engaging.
Things move quite slowly and even the dialogue isn’t inspiring enough for such a storyline.
Joan Lorring and John Dall were somehow both nominated for Oscars for their supporting performances yet neither of them does such a spectacular job here either and are pretty weak choices.
Perhaps the story itself was much more relatable when this film was made, but unfortunately after more than 70 years it doesn’t manage to resonate well at all.
Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre film that doesn’t manage to work as well as one would hope. The cast is fine and even though this should feel like a very inspiring story, it fails to make things as interesting as is needed. Lorring and Dall were both nominated for Oscars for their performances in supporting roles but they also feel pretty weak. Even with Davis in the lead role, this film is quite lacking because it moves along at such a slow pace and isn’t engaging enough. The story might have been much more relatable when it came out but now it just doesn’t manage to resonate at all.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Irving Rapper, when supporting players Joan Lorring and John Dall received Oscar nominations and she did not, star Bette Davis was chagrined. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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