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The Smugglers (1947)

The Man Within (original title)
Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 31 January 1948 (USA)
Told in flashback, this movie opens with a scene of a seventeen-year-old boy, Francis Andrews (Sir Richard Attenborough), being brutally lashed during a police interrogation, in which the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Sydney Box (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Redgrave ... Richard Carlyon
Jean Kent ... Lucy
Joan Greenwood ... Elizabeth
Richard Attenborough ... Francis Andrews
Francis L. Sullivan ... Mr. Braddock
Felix Aylmer ... Priest
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Cockney Harry
Basil Sydney ... Sir Henry Merriman
Ernest Thesiger ... Farne
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Judge
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Prison Interrogator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Court clark
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford
Maurice Denham ... Smuggler
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Warder
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Told in flashback, this movie opens with a scene of a seventeen-year-old boy, Francis Andrews (Sir Richard Attenborough), being brutally lashed during a police interrogation, in which the boy thinks back to what placed him in this situation. He betrayed the crew of a smuggling ship whose master, Richard Carlyon (Sir Michael Redgrave), was also his guardian. Some of the smugglers are caught, but Carlyon escapes, and then begins his search for Andrews. Carlyon was quite fond of the boy, but knew him for a coward. Andrews seeks refuge in in the cottage of a girl named Elizabeth (Joan Greenwood), who urges him to give testimony against the smugglers in court. He summons his courage and does so. Carlyon, catching up with Andrews, recognizes this as an act of courage, and does not take revenge on him. Carlyon is eventually caught, but despite the police torture, Andrews does not identify him, and he goes free, while his guardian faces the gallows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A film ahead of its time in showing male affection.
20 February 2002 | by bullboorSee all my reviews

The release date on the film is given as 1947 but I'm certain I saw it in 1946 aboard a Navy ship returning from service in the Pacific in World War II, and its title then was "The Smugglers." The cast was uncommonly fine (look at the list!)and the acting excellent in a very good Graham Greene story. What struck me was the intensity of the bond between the boy (Attenborough) and his guardian (Redgrave) whom he loves but, as I recall, betrays and brings to his death. There were few such representations on film in those days--I remember the friendship between Paris and Drake in "King's Row" and between George and Lennie in "Of Mice and Men," but not much else. Few people seem to know "The Man Within." That's a pity. It's an uncommonly good film.


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