|Directed by||Ronald Neame|
|Produced by||John Bryan
Earl St. John
|Written by||Jill Craigie|
|Based on||novel by James Ramsey Ullman|
|Music by||James Bernard|
|Edited by||Reginald Mills|
J Arthur Rank Organisation
|Distributed by||Rank Organisation|
Dr Alec Windom is a British doctor who works in a village in Malaya. He is visited by his estranged wife Lee.
- Peter Finch as Alec Windom
- Mary Ure as Lee Windom
- Natasha Parry as Anna Vidal
- Robert Flemyng as Colonel George Hasbrook
- Michael Hordern as Patterson
- Grégoire Aslan as Mayor Lollivar
- John Cairney as Jan Vidal
- Marne Maitland as Commissioner Belhedron
- George Margo as Police Officer Lansang
- Kurt Siegenberg as Kosti
- Martin Benson as Samcar, Rebel Commander
- Sanny Bin Hussan as Father Amyan
- Burt Kwouk as Father Amyan's Aide
- Olaf Pooley as Colonel Lupat
- John A. Tinn as Patrol Leader
The film was based on a 1952 novel by James Ramsey Ullman, which was reportedly inspired by Dr. Gordon S. Seagrave, who was imprisoned for allegedly helping the Karen people. The novel was set in the fictitious island state of Papaan.
Ullman says he wanted to tell the story how "in between man - call him the liberal - can get caught between the rollers of fanaticism or authoritarianism on either side; the case of a man trying to do his job and be a human being among other human beings and how hard this is in the twentieth century." Ullman admitted the story of Seagrove "was somewhere in the back of my mind" when he wrote the book.
Film rights to Windom's Way were bought by Carl Foreman, who wrote the script. He sold the rights to this and two other properties to Earl St John of Rank Film Productions. The script was rewritten and 'Anglicized' by Anthony Perry. Perry's draft was considered too "political" and was rewritten by Jill Craigie to be softened. However the resulting work was considerably more left wing than Rank's other colonial war films of this time such as The Planter's Wife and Simba.
Finch made the film immediately after returning from Australia where he made Robbery Under Arms. Part of the location shoot took place in Corsica. The rest was filmed at Pinewood.
Neame says Corsica was a "difficult location".
"It was not a successful picture, I'm afraid," said Neame later. "I think it fell between two stools, neither politically profound nor exciting enough as an action film. John just liked the book very much and I would have directed anything to get back to the studios again."
"The finished film may have had too many messages for people to stay interested," Neame later wrote. "It was neither a hit nor a disgrace."
The New York Times said the film was "without any topical teeth" in which Windom's "political sympathies, like the geography, are so vague that one need have no fear of being subverted by associating with him in this film. All one needs to worry about, precisely, is being a little provoked and bored."
- "REVIEWS IN BRIEF". The Sydney Morning Herald (36,000). New South Wales, Australia. 9 May 1953. p. 8. Retrieved 22 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Natives took to Reds after village uprising". The Australian Women's Weekly. 20, (29). Australia, Australia. 17 December 1952. p. 2. Retrieved 22 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- t Can Happen--and Has--to Doctors in the Far East Wood, Percy. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963); Chicago, Ill. [Chicago, Ill]25 May 1952: c5
- Ullman Wants Down Off Mountain By Rochelle Girson. The Washington Post (1923-1954); Washington, D.C. [Washington, D.C]20 July 1952: B7.
- The Best Sellers New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]27 July 1952: BR8.
- British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference by Sue Harper, Vincent Porter Oxford University Press, 2003 p 43-45
- Nelmes, Jill; Selbo, Jule (2015). Women Screenwriters: An International Guide. Springer. p. 645.
- BRITISH SCREEN SCENE.: Televised Feature Results in Lawsuit --New Projects--Bright Inventory Work in Progress "Comeback" Rebuttal By STEPHEN WATTS. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 June 1957: 93.
- Neame p 156
- Brian McFarlane, Autobiography of British Cinema p 433
- Neame p 156
- New York Times review of film
- Windom's Way on IMDb
- Windom's Way at TCMDB
- Windom' Way at Colonial Film
- Windom's Way at BFI
- Variety review of film
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