Master of Bankdam

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Master of Bankdam
"Master of Bankdam".jpg
1-sheet theatrical poster
Directed by Walter Forde
Produced by Edward Dryhurst
Walter Forde
Screenplay by Edward Dryhurst
Moie Charles (additional dialogue)
Based on The Crowthers of Bankdam
by Thomas Armstrong
Starring Anne Crawford
Dennis Price
Tom Walls
Stephen Murray
Linden Travers
David Tomlinson
Music by Arthur Benjamin
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Edited by Terence Fisher
Holbein Films
Distributed by General Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 1947 (1947)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Master of Bankdam is a 1947 British historical film directed by Walter Forde from the novel, The Crowthers of Bankdam, by Thomas Armstrong.[1] It stars Anne Crawford, Dennis Price, Tom Walls, Stephen Murray, Linden Travers and David Tomlinson. The screenplay concerns two generations of brothers who 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.[2][3] There is also evidence that it was produced by Ernest G. Roy of Nettlefold Studios according to his death notices.

The film was made by Holbein Films at Nettlefold Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. It was produced by Rank Films and distributed by Prestige Films.[4]


  1. ^ The Crowthers of Bankdam by Thomas Armstrong, (ISBN 9780002211024) published by Collins
  2. ^ British Film Institute
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ New York Times 17 October 1949

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