Love on the Dole
From the British Film Institute
DVD + Blu-ray edition WITH SUBTITLES
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
Run Time 99 min approx
Director: John Baxter
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Clifford Evans, Geoffrey Hibbert, George Carney
Year: 1941 | Black and White
Originally banned by the British Board of Film Censors, Love on the Dole (1941), was made at a time when social conditions were being radically changed by the Second World War.
Set in 1930s Salford, at the height of the Depression, young Harry Hardcastle, played by Geoffrey Hibbert, (In Which We Serve) and his sister Sally, played by Deborah Kerr, (The King and I) fall victim to poverty and unemployment, forcing them to make difficult decisions to survive.
The film deals with the Depression, mass unemployment, poverty and riots, yet retains positivity by reinforcing the view that Britain and its working classes had survived incredible hardships and could conquer anything. The film is optimistic in its hope for a liberal democratic Britain and was much-praised by critics upon its release.
Extras include: New High Definition transfer; Our Film (1942, Harold French). Enthralling propaganda film contrasting the Russian home front with the British.
The Call for Arms (Brian Desmond Hurst, 1940): Government sponsored film about life at a munitions factory.
Island People (Paul Rotha, 1940): a film survey of aspects of the British way of life, as seen through French eyes. Illustrated booklet with new writing by Chris Hopkins and Jo Botting plus full film credits.