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Hatter's Castle (A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle) (1942)

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Paramount Pictures' British division was responsible for this adaptation of A.J. Cronin's novel Hatter's Castle. Robert Newton is appropriately mean-spirited as an 1890s hatter, James Brodie, who is anxious to claw his way up from poverty. Desperate to make himself socially acceptable as his income increases, Brodie proceeds to make life miserable for those closest to him: his wife (Beatrice Varley) and daughter (Deborah Kerr). For all his blinkered social climbing, Brodie can never truly escape his true station in life -- a moral better suited to the class-conscious British audiences than the equal-opportunity Americans. Hatter's Castle was well distributed in the U.S. through Paramount's intimidatingly efficient studio-owned theater circuit.

Cast

Robert Newton
as James Brodie
Deborah Kerr
as Mary Brodie
Beatrice Varley
as Mrs. Brodie
Henry Oscar
as Grierson
Anthony Bateman
as Angus Brodie
Lawrence Hanray
as Dr. Lawrie
Stuart Lindsell
as Lord Winton
Mary Hinton
as Lady Winton
Ian Fleming (II)
as Sir John Latta
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