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|They Came to a City|
|Directed by||Basil Dearden|
|Written by|| Basil Dearden |
|Based on|| They Came to a City |
by J.B. Priestley
|Produced by|| Michael Balcon |
|Starring|| John Clements |
|Edited by||Michael Truman|
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Distributed by||Ealing Distribution|
They Came to a City is a 1944 British film directed by Basil Dearden adapted from the 1943 play of the same title by J. B. Priestley. 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.
In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "as symbolism and an outlet for Priestley's philosophy, "They Came to a City" is eloquent and courageous, but as a motion picture it is immobile."
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They Came to a City is a 1943 play by the British writer J.B. Priestley.