Release date7 January 1947 (London)(UK) WriterDaphne Du Maurier (novel), Terence Young (screenplay), Daphne Du Maurier (screenplay), Francis Crowdy (additional dialogue) CastMargaret Lockwood (Fanny Rosa), Dennis Price (Greyhound John), Cecil Parker (Copper John), Dermot Walsh (Wild Johnnie Brodrick), Michael Denison (Henry Brodrick), F.J. McCormick (Old Tim) Similar moviesMargaret Lockwood appears in Hungry Hill and Madness of the Heart
Hungry Hill is a 1947 British film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Margaret Lockwood, Dennis Price and Cecil Parker with a screenplay by Terence Young and Daphne du Maurier, from the novel by Daphne du Maurier.
A feud is waged between two families in Ireland - the Brodricks and the Donovans - over the sinking of a copper mine in Hungry Hill by "Copper John" Brodrick. The feud has repercussions down three generations.
Copper John Brodrick wants to mine copper at Hungry Hill. Of his two sons, Henry is enthusiastic but Greyhound John is reluctant. The mine goes ahead despite opposition of the Donovan family.
Fanny Rose flirts with both John and Henry. The Donovans lead a riot at the mine which results in Henry's death.
John becomes a lawyer and is the heir to the mine, but is reluctant to take over. He resumes his romance with Fanny Rose.
Margaret Lockwood as Fanny Rosa
Dennis Price as Greyhound John Brodrick
Cecil Parker as Copper John Brodrick
Michael Denison as Henry Brodrick
F.J. McCormick as Old Tim
Arthur Sinclair as Morty Donovan
Jean Simmons as Jane Brodrick
Eileen Crowe as Bridget
Eileen Herlie as Katherine
Barbara Waring as Barbara Brodrick
Michael Golden as Sam Donovan
Siobhán McKenna as Kate Donovan
Dan O'Herlihy as Harry Brodrick
Henry Mollison as Dr. Armstrong
Dermot Walsh as Wild Johnnie Brodrick
Daphne du Maurier's novel was a best seller. Film rights were bought by Two Cities who assigned William Sistrom to produce. Brian Desmond Hurst was the director and it was decided to film on location in Ireland.
Background filming began in County Wicklow in September 1945. Studio filming did not begin until March 1946 in Denham.
The female lead was offered to Geraldine Fitzgerald but she was unable to get out of her US commitments. The producers approached Sally Gray who turned it down as she did not wish to grow old on camera. Margaret Lockwood played the role instead, once she finished with Bedelia. Lockwood's real life daughter player her daughter in the film.
Robert Cummings was mentioned for the male lead.
According to Dermot Walsh, Brian Desmond Hurst wanted Seamus Locke to play Wild Johnny but producer Bill Sistrom insisted on Walsh. "They had a bit of a barney over that," says Walsh. "After I made an exhaustive test, Sistrom called in all the girls from the front office, sat them down and ran the test. The girls got me the part!"
Walsh says the film took around five months to make. "Every shot was composed, they'd spend hours trying to get it as beautiful and as dramatically effective as possible."
The New York Times wrote, "the film's running time is about average, ninety minutes, but the narrative, for all its ample conflict, progresses so ponderously that it seems interminable...The few moments of effective cinema in "Hungry Hill" are so fleeting as to be easily forgotten, but the sequence wherein a staid ball is turned into a lively jig session by the infectious music of a fiddler from the town is a bit of expert staging which you probably won't see duplicated again soon. The spontaneity and brilliant conception of this scene is almost sufficient cause to make one show more tolerance toward "Hungry Hill" than it deserves."
Britmovie noted a "stirring Irish saga based on the epic novel by Daphne du Maurier."