They Knew Mr. Knight (1946)

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A random accident brings struggling businessman Thomas Blake into contact with Mr Knight, a successful financier. Knight encourages him to take risks with his money and his honour, and Blake discovers that all that glitters is not gold.


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23 January 2020 | boblipton
| Accidents, Mistakes And Fate
Mervyn Johns is the son of the man who used to own the local iron works, and a major works it was. His father had lost it all. Now Johns works for the place at a decent, if modest salary, raising, with his wife, three children. One day he encounters great financier Alfred Drayton, who advises him on how to regain control.

However, things begin to go awry. His children become snobbish, they move into a house they can't afford.... and financial pressures drive Johns to desperate measures... and to the truth.

Norman Walker directs this quietly religious movie, as he often did in those days, for Rank's WHV division of his film empire, the portion reserved for religious movies. It's perfectly cast, with Johns playing, as he did, a small man surrounded by a family that is, in the end, a loving one.

Some people will find this work, based on a novel by Dorothy Whipple, to be a bit overt. I, who have no clear faith of my own, find it a fine work about the human heart and its redemption.

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