South Riding (film)

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South Riding
South Riding (1938 film).jpg
Directed byVictor Saville
Produced byAlexander Korda
Victor Saville
Written byIan Dalrymple
Donald Bull
Based onnovel South Riding by Winifred Holtby
StarringEdna Best
Ralph Richardson
Edmund Gwenn
Ann Todd
Music byRichard Addinsell
CinematographyHarry Stradling Sr.
Edited byHugh Stewart
Victor Saville Productions
London Film Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 26 August 1938 (1938-08-26) (UK)
Running time
85 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

South Riding is a 1938 British drama film directed by Victor Saville and produced by Alexander Korda, starring Edna Best, Ralph Richardson, Edmund Gwenn and Ann Todd.[1] A squire becomes involved in local politics.[2] It was the film debut of a 15-year-old Glynis Johns.[3] It is based on the novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby. The BBC produced a TV adaptation in 2011.[4]


Critical reception[edit]

TV Guide wrote, "Not an altogether satisfying love story, it is more interesting as a portrait of pre-WW II life in the country. Excellent sets by Meerson and well shot by Stradling";[5] while Time Out wrote, "Saville carries Winifred Holtby's tart, witty exposé of Yorkshire power politics to the screen with breathtaking, and totally unexpected, panache."[6] Leonard Maltin called it "Smoothly made and superbly acted by a flawless cast."[3]


  1. ^ "South Riding (1938) - IMDb". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ "BFI – Film & TV Database – CLEMENTS, John". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "South Riding (1938) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies.
  4. ^ "BBC One - South Riding". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ "South Riding".
  6. ^ "South Riding".

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