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Courageous Mr. Penn (1941)

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Penn of Pennsylvania was the original British title of the economical biopic The Courageous Mr. Penn. Clifford Evans stars as Quaker leader William Penn, who leaves the comfort of his family estate to fight for the rights of his religious brethren. Penn's crusade for spiritual freedom leads him to the New World and the ultimate founding of the colony of Pennsylvania. The film's highlight is Penn's courtroom trial, an admittedly overlong sequence redeemed by the give-and-take between actors Evans and Joss Ambler (as the judge). Deborah Kerr is merely decorative in the thankless role of Penn's wife Gulielma. Honorable in its intentions, Penn of Pennsylvania is compromised somewhat by its minimal production values, including some of the most unconvincing miniature work ever seen on film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Clifford Evans
as William Penn
Deborah Kerr
as Guglielma Springelt
Dennis Arundell
as Charles II
D.J. Williams
as Lord Arlington
O.B. Clarence
as Lord Cecil
Charles Carson
as Adm. Penn
Henry Oscar
as Samuel Pepys
Edward Rigby
as Bushell
Joss Ambler
as Lord Mayor
Gibb McLaughlin
as Indian Chief
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Ooh, Minister... This shoddy excuse for a history lesson bears more than a passing resemblance to those bawdy British Gerald Thomas/Peter Rogers vulgarities of old. Call it "Carry On Quaking," if you will.

January 3, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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