Master of Bankdam
The Master of Bankdam is a 1947 British historical film directed by Walter Forde from the novel, The Crowthers of Bankdam, by Thomas Armstrong. It starred Anne Crawford, Dennis Price, Tom Walls, Stephen Murray, Linden Travers and David Tomlinson. Two generations of brothers struggle for control of the family business in 19th-century Yorkshire.
The film is the story of Bankdam, a small Yorkshire Mill. Run by the Crowther family, around 1860 it prospers and grows under its patriarch owner, Simeon Crowther. After family upheavals the firm goes through several crises under the management of his sons Zebediah and Joshua, who tend in oppose one and other. Joshua dies with many others in Mill collapse, partially blamed on his brother Zebediah. Joshua's role is taken over by his son Simeon. The old patriarch, Simeon dies. Zebediah with ill health retires to Vienna for treatment leaving his son, Lancelot Handel, with power of attorney in his absence. Things at the Mill deteriorate and a fatally ill, Zebediah returns and, with a mob outside the door, in a final scene he makes amends and entrusts Bankdam, not to his own son, but to Simeon as he realises that he is the only person that can save Bankham.
It was produced by Walter Forde and Edward Dryhurst, and directed by Walter Forde.. It was adapted for screen by Edward Dryhurst with additional dialogue by Moie Charles. The music is by Arthur Benjamin, performed by London Philharmonic and conducted by Muir Mathieson.
- The Crowthers of Bankdam by Thomas Armstrong, (ISBN 9780002211024) published by Collins
- British Film Institute http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/42116
- Film summary, in relation to the musical content, in the book Music and psychology: from Vienna to London, 1939-52 ISBN 978-0-9540123-1-1, by Hans Keller edited by Christopher Wintle Page 158
- New York Times 17 October 1949 http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9B06E3D91E3EE03BBC4F52DFB6678382659EDE
- All Movie website Hal Erickson's review
- Music and psychology: from Vienna to London, 1939-52 at Google books
- Review at British Pictures web site
- New York Times web site Review by BOSLEY CROWTHER
Published: October 17, 1949
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