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So Well Remembered (1947)

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So Well Remembered was the first of a proposed series of Anglo-American co-productions underwritten by Hollywood's RKO Radio Pictures and England's J. Arthur Rank. In one of his better postwar roles, John Mills stars as George Boswell, the editor of the newspaper in the small English mining town of Bowdley. Tirelessly fighting for fairer treatment and better working conditions for the miners, Boswell is sidetracked by his covetous, ambitious wife Olivia (Martha Scott), who hopes to maneuver her husband into Parliament. Eventually, Boswell gets his priorities in order, neglecting his campaign to help local doctor Whiteside (Trevor Howard) combat a diphtheria epidemic. When he loses his own child to the disease, a tragedy caused in part by his wife's selfishness, Boswell withdraws completely from his campaign -- and from life. Years pass before Boswell can find some purpose in his existence again, this time by preventing the still-unregenerate Olivia from destroying the happiness of her son (Richard Carlson), from a second marriage, and the son's sweetheart Julie (Patricia Roc), Dr. Whiteside's daughter. John Mills' 5-year-old daughter Juliet and infant daughter Hayley appear in bit parts. Though director Edward Dmytryk received plaudits from most critics for his work on So Well Remembered, there were those who insisted upon reading Dmytryk's perceived "pro-Red" sentiments in the screenplay -- which was actually adapted by John Paxton from a novel by James Hilton (who also narrates the picture). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

John Mills
as George Boswell
Trevor Howard
as Dr. Whiteside
Julian d'Albie
as Wetherall
Juliet Mills
as Baby Julie
Roddy Hughes
as Librarian
James Hilton
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for So Well Remembered

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A story which the book reviewers warned us was disappointing and dull, as originally told by James Hilton in his So Well Remembered, has been miraculously transmuted into an affecting and fascinating tale in the film of the same title.

October 13, 2007 | Full Review…

Although I may be the last critic to pen it, I would like to record that I, too, thought of saying that So Well Remembered will be So Easily Forgotten, that I, too, have my moments of lightning wit in the bath.

December 14, 2015 | Full Review…

A British drama that's hardly remembered anymore for good reason: it's humdrum.

October 8, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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