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Ha'penny Breeze (1950)

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A demobbed serviceman finds that his village has fallen on hard times. With the help of family, friends and the villagers he enters his boat in a yacht race. Winning will mean orders for new boats and life for the village.


Frank Worth


Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Sharp Don Sharp ... Johnny Craig
Edwin Richfield ... David King
Terry Everett Terry Everett ... Brian King
Gwyneth Vaughan Gwyneth Vaughan ... Joan King
Eva Rowland Eva Rowland ... Mrs. King
Roger Maxwell Roger Maxwell ... Mr. Simmonds
John Powe John Powe ... Barney
Natalie Raine Natalie Raine ... Florrie Catchpowell
Frank Hawkins Frank Hawkins ... Jack Burroughs
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Mr. Catchpowell
Rigby Foster Rigby Foster ... Len
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Windy
Owen Reynolds Owen Reynolds ... Vicar
Gwenda Wilson Gwenda Wilson ... Mrs. Worth
Chris Halward Chris Halward ... Patricia Lindsay
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David and Johnnie are demobbed ex-prisoners of war returning to David's home village. Johnnie is a keen yachtsman from Australia and David is a boat designer and heir to the famous generations old boat building firm of Harry King & Sons at Pin Mill. They arrive to find that the village has fallen on hard times. They persuade the villagers to help them renovate the fishing smack David had designed and built before the war and convert it to a yacht. By entering it into a yacht race they hope to win orders for new yacht builds and renew the fortunes of the village. Written by Julian Cable

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About halfway through, when the publican's wife goes to her room to bath and change, she takes a copy of Picture Post with her. The cover is from a February 1946 issue, but when later she is reading a feature about Anna Neagle, this is from an issue from July 1944. See more »

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8 December 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The River Orwell ran through Ipswich - mentioned occasionally in this film as the big place up river - were my family lived during the late sixties (at the same time as Veronica Lake, I later learned) and early seventies. I remember visiting Pin Mill in 1968, and this charming little sub-Ealing anecdote was already nearly twenty year old even then!

As usual none of the speaking cast even attempt the local accent. But it makes good use of the Orwell foreshore (which my family occasionally drove out to to stroll), and Aussie hero Don Sharp (who shows promise, I wonder what became of him?) is seen reading the local paper 'The Evening Star' in one scene at the local pub selling Cobbald ales (before they merged with Tolly in 1957; my father always preferred Adnams!).

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Pin Mill, Suffolk

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