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Tom Brown's School Days (1951)

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Tom Brown's Schooldays was the second film version of Thomas Hughes' semiautobiographical novel. John Howard Davies, who'd previously essayed the title role in Oliver Twist, stars as first-year Rugby student Tom Brown. In his efforts to adjust to boarding-school life, Tom must contend with the calculated cruelties of all-around bully Flashman (John Forrest). One of the boy's few allies is new schoolmaster Doctor Arnold (Robert Newton), who believes that discipline can be tempered with kindness, a "radical" notion so far as his colleagues are concerned. Despite the authenticity of its British surroundings, the 1951 version of Tom Brown's Schooldays isn't quite as good as the 1940 Hollywood adaptation. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Robert Newton
as Dr. Arnold
Diana Wynyard
as Mrs. Arnold
Francis De Wolff
as Squire Brown
Kathleen Byron
as Mrs. Brown
Hermione Baddeley
as Sally Harrowell
James Hayter
as Old Thomas
Rachel Gurney
as Mrs. Arthur
Amy Veness
as Mrs. Wixie
John Forrest
as Flashman
Ben Aris
as Tadpole
Michael Brennan
as Black Bart
Max Bygraves
as Coach Guard
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