South Riding (film)

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South Riding
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Directed by Victor Saville
Written by Ian Dalrymple
Donald Bull
Based onnovel South Riding by Winifred Holtby
Produced by Alexander Korda
Stanley Haynes
Victor Saville
Starring Edna Best
Ralph Richardson
Edmund Gwenn
Ann Todd
Cinematography Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited by Hugh Stewart
Music by Richard Addinsell
Victor Saville Productions
London Film Productions
Distributed by United 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] It was the film debut of a 15-year-old Glynis Johns. [2] It is based on the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby. The BBC produced a TV adaptation in 2011. [3]



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Hugh Stewart who edited it called it "one of the very best scripts ever written". [5]

Critical reception

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"; [6] 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." [7] Leonard Maltin called it "Smoothly made and superbly acted by a flawless cast." [2]

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