The Brothers (1947 film)

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The Brothers
"The Brothers" (1947).jpg
Original British 1-sheet poster
Directed by David MacDonald
Produced by Sydney Box
Written by Muriel Box, Sydney Box, Paul Vincent Carroll, David MacDonald
Starring Patricia Roc
Will Fyffe
Maxwell Reed
Finlay Currie
John Laurie
Music by Cedric Thorpe Davie
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited by Vladimir Sagovsky
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release date
Running time
98 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £162,900[1]
Box office £110,000 (by July 1953)[1]

The Brothers is a British film melodrama of 1947, starring Patricia Roc and John Laurie, from a novel of the same name by L.A.G. Strong.[2] It is set in the Western Isles of Scotland, and the long and murderous grudge between two clans there, the Macraes and McFarishes. Patricia Roc plays a serving girl, whose arrival to work for the Macraes reinflames the conflict and causes an internal power-struggle between two brothers in the Macrae clan (played by Maxwell Reed and Duncan Macrae).


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times wrote, "while Stephen Dade's images of Skye are highly evocative, precious little passion is generated by orphaned Patricia Roc and Andrew Crawford, even though she's the housekeeper of his deadliest rival (Finlay Currie). Part of the problem is the straightlaced nature of postwar British cinema, which kept emotions firmly in check.;[3] while The New York Times wrote, "Patricia Roc is lovely in form and grace, but her hair-dos, her dresses and her expressions smack more of Elstree than of the Hebrides";[4] and TV Guide called the film a "fair effort with technical talent outweighing the performers";[5] but Eye for Film found the film "startlingly bold and suggestive for its time...surprisingly gripping." [6]

Box Office[edit]

The film incurred an estimated loss of £55,700.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Spicer, Sydney Box Manchester Uni Press 2006 p 210
  2. ^ "The Brothers". BFI. 
  3. ^ David Parkinson. "The Brothers". RadioTimes. 
  4. ^ "Movie Review - The Brothers - ON THE SCREEN; 'The Brothers,' New British Film Starring Patricia Roc, Has Its Premiere at Sutton -". 
  5. ^ "The Brothers". TV Guide. 
  6. ^ "The Brothers".