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The Stars Look Down1940

The Stars Look Down (1940)




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This film is set in a northern England mining town. The parents of Michael Redgrave have labored long and hard so that their son can make something of himself. While away at school, Redgrave is trapped into marriage by Margaret Lockwood, previously the lady friend of ill-tempered Emlyn Williams.


Michael Redgrave
as David Fenwick
Margaret Lockwood
as Jenny Sunley
Emlyn Williams
as Joe Gowan
Nancy Price
as Martha Fenwick
Allan Jeayes
as Richard Barras
Edward Rigby
as Robert Fenwick
Cecil Parker
as Stanley Millington
Linden Travers
as Laura Millington
Milton Rosmer
as Harry Nugent
George Carney
as Slogger Gowan
Olga Lindo
as Mrs. Sunley
Desmond Tester
as Hughie Fenwick
David Markham
as Arthur Barras
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Critic Reviews for The Stars Look Down

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Some two decades before the Kitchen Sink cinema of the British New Wave, Carol Reed made this serious, committed film about life in a northern mining community.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are some gaps where treatment is not on par with dramatic situation.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

In The Stars Look Down Mr. Reed has made a film to be remembered in this or any other season.

May 21, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Since this is the story of a mine disaster his work will inevitably be compared with Pabst's in Kameradschaft : he can bear the comparison.

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

The scenario writer has wisely concentrated on a well-knit and straightforward plot. The result is thoroughly holding entertainment.

February 12, 2018 | Full Review…

At once topical and enduring, this powerful drama influenced by the social realism of the British documentary greatly enhanced the growing reputation of Reed, then a young director.

February 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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