Originally banned by the British Board of Film Censors for being a very sordid story in very sordid surroundings', Love on the Dole, was made in 1941 at a time when social conditions had been radically changed by the Second World War. Set in 1930s Salford, at the height of the Great Depression, young Harry Hardcastle (Geoffrey Hibbert, In Which We Serve) and his sister Sally (Deborah Kerr, The King and I) fall victim to poverty and unemployment, meaning they need to make difficult decisions to survive. Although the film deals with the Depression, mass unemployment,... poverty and riots, the film retains positivity by reinforcing the view that Britain and its working classes had survived incredible hardships and would conquer anything which faced them. Peppered with references to a new start and a better future, where everybody lends a hand the film is optimistic in its nod to the liberal democracy Britain had retained despite the war. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Walter Greenwood the film was much-praised by critics upon its release. Extras: New High Definition transfer Our Film (Harold French, 1942): Enthralling propaganda film contrasting the Russian home front with the British The Call for Arms (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940): Government sponsored film about life at a munitions factory Island People (Paul Rotha, 1940): a film surveying of aspects of the British way of life, as seen through French eyes Illustrated booklet with new writing and full film credits [show more]
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John Baxter directs this English drama adapted from Walter Greenwood's novel. The film chronicles life during the interwar years in the Salford slums at the height of the Great Depression as seen through the eyes of Lancashire mill girl Sally Hardcastle (Deborah Kerr), whose slide into poverty drives her to desperate measures. Forced to bestow favours upon the local bookie, she incurs the wrath of her bullying father and the censure of her gossiping neighbours.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD/ region B Blu-ray and will require a region 2 or region free DVD/Blu-ray player in order to play. Set in 1930s Salford during the Great Depression, Love on the Dole follows Harry Hardcastle (Geoffrey Hibbert, In Which We Serve) and Sally (Deborah Kerr, The Innocents), two young siblings who fall prey to poverty and mass unemployment, and must make terrible sacrifices in order to survive. Although its stark portrayal of social deprivation led the British Board of Film Censors to ban the film as a 'very sordid story in very sordid surroundings'. Love on the Dole nonetheless retains an optimistic spirit, reinforcing the ideal that Britain's working classes could face any hardship. Through its impassioned performances, it shows faith in the values of liberal democracy which Britain upheld throughout the war, and looks forward to a better future. Actors: Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans, Geoffrey HibbertDirectors: John BaxterFormat: CD+DVD, Dolby, PALLanguage: EnglishSubtitles: EnglishSubtitles For The Hearing Impaired: EnglishRegion: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1Number of discs: 2