29 May 2017 | howardmorley
Pete Murray in early acting role
Yes as a person who watched "Juke Box Jury" in the early 1960s, I and my generation mainly remember Pete Murray as a pop presenter on TV, now here he is in 1948 acting playing a doctor's son at the beginning of his show business career.This film has a mammoth cast and must be the signature film of long time married couple Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray.The film tries to illustrate the importance of enough food, housing and education to make a wholesome society, apart from the obvious central need for adequate medical care.
The pivotal relationship is that between two brothers Jonathan Dakers and Harold Dakers played by Michael Denison and Ronald Howard respectively.The action is set in Worcestershire, England in the first half of the 20th century.Jonathan is passionately interested in medicine and becomes a medical doctor while Harold is more the action figure, going to Cambridge university, excelling at cricket and ultimately is killed in action in WW1.Romantically They are both in love with Edie Martyn (blonde beauty, Beatrice Campbell) who initially marries Harold but when he is killed in the war marries his brother Jonathan who then agrees to adopt young Tony Dakers (Pete Murray) his nephew.The brothers parents are played adequately by Mary Clare and James Robertson Justice.However Mrs Dakers suffers from delusions that her favourite son, Harold, will sometime return from the army and will not accept his death!
This is a competent production all round and I awarded it 7/10.