The Magnet (Ealing) *Digitally Restored DVD


Ten-year-old Johnny Brent (James Fox - The Servant) tricks a young boy to swap him a toy magnet for his ‘invisible watch’. Troubled afterwards by his conscience Johnny rids himself of the magnet presenting it to a charitable fund. When news of this touching sacrifice by an unknown child appeals to the imagination of the sentimental public the magnet is auctioned for charity and raises several hundred pounds. This leads to a search to find the donor and when Johnny learns of this he concludes that is wanted by the police for obtaining the magnet by false... pretences prompting him to go on the run! Directed by Academy Award nominee Charles Frend (Scott of the Antarctic) written by Academy Award winner T.E.B. Clarke (The Lavender Hill Mob) and co-starring Stephen Murray (A Tale of Two Cities) and Kay Walsh (Oliver Twist) THE MAGNET is an outstanding Ealing comedy which has been digitally restored to its former glory. [show more]

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Gentle Ealing comedy about childhood, guilt and half-truths starring a young James Fox (then known by his real name, William Fox) as Johnny Brent, a mischievous boy who tricks a younger boy (Keith Robinson) into giving him his magnet in return for an 'invisible' clock. Having successfully obtained the magnet, Johnny immediately starts to feel guilty about his swindling behaviour. His guilt sparks a chain of misplaced assumptions that lead to a search being mounted for the boy, who has run away after becoming convinced that he is wanted for murder.