This classic British film drama was based on A. J. Cronin’s novel of the same title, first published in 1935, which chronicles the various injustices in a mining community in North East England.
Co-scripted by Cronin with J. B. Williams, the film was directed by Carol Reed, and stars Michael Redgrave as Davey Fenwick and Margaret Lockwood as Jenny Sunley, with Emlyn Williams.
The film is listed in “The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made”.
Michael Redgrave as Davey Fenwick
Margaret Lockwood as Jenny Sunley
Emlyn Williams as Joe Gowlan
Nancy Price as Martha Fenwick
Allan Jeayes as Richard Barras
Edward Rigby as Robert Fenwick
Linden Travers as Mrs. Laura Millington
Cecil Parker as Stanley Millington
Milton Rosmer as Harry Nugent, MP
George Carney as Slogger Gowlan
Ivor Barnard as Wept
Olga Lindo as Mrs. Sunley
Desmond Tester as Hughie Fenwick
David Markham as Arthur Barras
Aubrey Mallalieu as Hudspeth
Kynaston Reeves as Strother
Clive Baxter as Pat Reedy
James Harcourt as Will
Frederick Burtwell as Union Official
Dorothy Hamilton as Mrs. Reedy
Frank Atkinson as Miner
David Horne as Mr. Wilkins
Edmund Willard as Mr. Ramage
Filmed on location for one week at Great Clifton and St Helens Siddick Colliery at Workington, Cumberland, which was then followed by seven weeks of shooting at London's Denham and Twickenham Studios, where an elaborate mine-head was simulated.