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Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 27 September 1948 (UK)
An elderly British schoolmaster is upset when a new teacher comes to the school and is an immediate success with the boys. The older man thinks he isn't getting the respect he deserves.


Hugh Walpole (novel), L.A.G. Strong (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marius Goring ... Vincent Perrin
David Farrar ... David Traill
Greta Gynt ... Isobel Lester
Raymond Huntley ... Mr. Moy-Thompson
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Birkland
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Mr. Comber
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson ... Mr. Dormer
Archie Harradine Archie Harradine ... Mr. White
Maurice Jones Maurice Jones ... Mr. Clinton
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Mrs. Perrin
Viola Lyel Viola Lyel ... Mrs. Comber
Pat Nye Pat Nye ... Miss Madder
May MacDonald May MacDonald ... Mrs. Dormer (as May Macdonald/May McDonald)
Donald Barclay Donald Barclay ... Rogers
Brendan Clegg Brendan Clegg ... Dodge (as Brendon Clegg)


An elderly British schoolmaster is upset when a new teacher comes to the school and is an immediate success with the boys. The older man thinks he isn't getting the respect he deserves. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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27 September 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hemlig kärlek See more »

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Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marius Goring, who played the aging Mr Perrin, was actually four years younger than David Farrar, who played the much younger Mr Traill. See more »


Birkland: How about your colleagues?
David Traill: Not at all a bad crowd. Dormer's a decent chap.
Birkland: And Comber?
David Traill: A bit rough in his manner, otherwise he's alright.
Birkland: And, er, Perrin?
David Traill: Inclined to be a bit irritating.
Birkland: Yes, I should think we've all wanted to strangle him at one time or another. I know I have.
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Rivalry between school teachers all the way to the bitter end
22 March 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

Most school films are usually most interesting because of unavoidable intrigues and complications with the constant presence of a variety of beautiful wives at risk and mischievous but innocent children, that more often than not succeed in making things worse without intending it. This is certainly no exception. Mr Perrin has been 21 years with the school and is one day suddenly challenged by a new master who has everything he lacks: an easy way with children earning him immediate sympathy and popularity, success with women, good looks and admirable sportsmanship. Mr Perrin's nickname is 'Pompo', which unfortunately he deserves. Marius Goring makes an unforgettable character out of him, living alone with his mother, being awkward with women for his shyness and getting harassed by the awful headmaster, who drives the whole school crazy by nasty covert means. Conflicts are inevitable and start with petty quarrels about bath-tubs, umbrellas and things like that but are gradually exacerbated to a horrendous degree. Whatever will come out of this towering trivial storm? It's impossible to guess, but in the end you risk having your eyes staring and starting out of their sockets. David Farrar is the younger handsome teacher in a typical part of his, he is also drinking here like in most of his films, and although it's unnecessary of him to worsen the conflict you have to agree that he just can't help it. It's a tremendous film of a storm in a teacup, but it's amazing how such an idyll of a teacup can produce such a storm...

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