The Loves of Joanna Godden

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The Loves of Joanna Godden
UK release poster
Directed by Charles Frend
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by H.E. Bates
Angus McPhail
Starring Googie Withers
Jean Kent
John McCallum
Derek Bond
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Michael Truman
Distributed by Ealing Studios
Release dates
  • 9 June 1947 (1947-06-09)
Running time 89 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Loves of Joanna Godden is a 1947 British historical drama film directed by Charles Frend and produced by Michael Balcon. The screenplay was written by H E Bates and Angus McPhail from the novel by Sheila Kaye-Smith. It stars Googie Withers, Jean Kent, John McCallum, Derek Bond, Chips Rafferty and Sonia Holm.[1] Some scenes were shot by director Robert Hamer when Frend was ill, through he was uncredited. The music was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.[2]


In Edwardian Britain, a young woman has three suitors who seek her hand in marriage.

When Joanna Godden's father died, he bequeathed her a farm on the Romney Marsh in Kent. Joanna is determined to run the farm herself. Her neighbour Arthur Alce (John McCallum), laughs at her ambitions, but loves her. Choosing a new shepherd, she allows physical attraction to a man to overcome her judgment as a farmer and her scheme for cross-breeding sheep is unsuccessful. Her wealth gone, she turns to Arthur Alce for help - but not love. That she accepts from Martin Trevor (Derek Bond), a visitor from the world beyond the Marsh. But on the eve of their marriage Martin dies.[2]


and the people of Romney Marsh.


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  2. ^ a b 1948 Daily Mail Film Award Annual

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