Not Rated | | Drama
In pre-WWI England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, and his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.
This film is based on the real-life Royal Navy cadet George Archer-Shee (1895-1914), the alleged theft took place in 1908 and the trial in 1910. Archer-Shee was commissioned in the British Army in 1913 and was killed in WWI at the First Battle of Ypres on October 31, 1914.
Sir Robert Morton:
I thought you might like to hear the exact words of the attorney general's statement. So, I jotted them down for you, sir. "I say now, on behalf of the admiralty, that I accept the declaration of Ronald Arthur Winslow, that he did not write the name...
When the film opens, a suburban train is coming into a station. The locomotive is in the livery of LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) Arthur Winslow alights having told his travelling companions that he has just retired from Lloyds Bank. When he gets home he shows his wife a pocket watch, given by the bank to mark his retirement and dated 1912. However the LNER was not created until 1923 so the shot of the train does not match the period.