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Country  United Kingdom
6.8/10 IMDb

Director  Roy Boulting
Language  English
The Guinea Pig (film) httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaen00122
Writer  Warren Chetham-Strode, Bernard Miles
Release date  27 October 1948 (UK)

The Guinea Pig is a 1948 British film directed and produced by the Boulting brothers, originally known as The Outsider in the United States. The film is adapted from the 1946 play of the same name by Warren Chetham-Strode.

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Plot

The "guinea pig" is 14-year-old Jack Read (played by 25-year-old Richard Attenborough), a tobacconist's son who, following the Fleming Report, is given a scholarship to Saintbury, an exclusive public school.

Only after the changes wreaked by the Second World War, could such a scenario be imagined. Of course, Read's uncouth behaviour causes him difficulties in fitting into the school.

Cast

  • Richard Attenborough as Jack Read
  • Sheila Sim as Lynne Hartley
  • Bernard Miles as Mr. Read
  • Cecil Trouncer as Lloyd Hartley
  • Robert Flemyng as Nigel Lorraine
  • Edith Sharpe as Mrs. Hartley
  • Joan Hickson as Mrs. Read
  • Timothy Bateson as Tracey
  • Herbert Lomas as Sir James Corfield
  • Anthony Newley as Miles Minor
  • Anthony Nicholls as Mr. Stringer
  • Wally Patch as Uncle Percy
  • Hay Petrie as Peck
  • Oscar Quitak as David Tracey
  • Kynaston Reeves as the Bishop
  • Olive Sloane as Aunt Mabel
  • Peter Reynolds as Grimmett
  • Production and reception

    The film was from Pilgrim Pictures a new company set up by Filippo Del Guicide. It was financed by a "mystery industrialist".

    The school location used in the film was Sherborne, a public school in Dorset. The film was controversial at the time of its first release, as it contains the first screen use of the word "arse".

    The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, at the time of the film's first American release, was unimpressed. According to Crowther, "the details are highly parochial, the attitudes of the characters are strangely stiff, the accents and idioms are hard to fathom—and the exposition is involved and tedious". British trade papers called the film a "notable box office attraction" in British cinemas in 1949. A reviewer for Time Out has called it, "solid entertainment, even if barely convincing".

    References

    The Guinea Pig (film) Wikipedia
    The Guinea Pig (film) IMDb


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