They Came to a City
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|They Came to a City|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Produced by||Michael Balcon
|Written by||Basil Dearden
|Based on||a play
by J.B. Priestley
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Edited by||Michael Truman|
|Distributed by||Ealing Distribution|
They Came to a City is a 1945 British film directed by Basil Dearden adapted from a J. B. Priestley play. It stars John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley, Renee Gadd, A. E. Matthews and others, and is notable for including a cameo guest appearance by Priestley as himself. The plot concerns the experiences of various people who have come to live in their "ideal" city, and explores their hopes and reasons for doing so. Many of the cast had also performed their roles in the original stage play. The film's art direction was by Michael Relph.
- John Clements as Joe Dinmore
- Googie Withers as Alice Foster
- Raymond Huntley as Malcolm Stritton
- Renee Gadd as Dorothy Stritton
- A. E. Matthews as Sir George Gedney
- Mabel Terry Lewis as Lady Loxfield
- Frances Rowe as Philippa Loxfield
- Ada Reeve as Mrs Batley
- Norman Shelley as Cudworth
- J.B. Priestley as Himself
- "They Came to a City". 5 February 1945. Retrieved 30 March 2017 – via IMDb.
- "They Came to a City (1945)". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
- "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; 'Here Come the Co-Eds,' Lively Burlesque, is Presented at the Criterion, With Abbott and Costello in Chief Roles 'They Came to a City,' Film Made From a Priestley Play Depicting Haman Problems, Appears at Little Carnegie". New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
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