Thursday's Child (1943 film)

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Thursday's Child
Directed by Rodney Ackland
Produced by John Argyle
Written byRodney Ackland
Donald Macardle
Starring Sally Ann Howes
Stewart Granger
Wilfrid Lawson
Music by Charles Williams
Cinematography Desmond Dickinson
Edited by Flora Newton
Color process Black and white
Distributed byPathé Pictures Ltd.
Release date
  • 24 March 1943 (1943-03-24)(London)
  • 16 August 1943 (1943-08-16)(United Kingdom)
  • 27 November 1946 (1946-11-27)(London-re-release)
  • August 6, 1949 (1949-08-06)(Chicago-premiere)
  • September 3, 1949 (1949-09-03)(New York City)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Thursday's Child is a 1943 British comedy-drama film directed by Rodney Ackland and starring Ronald Shiner as Joe, Stewart Granger and Wilfrid Lawson. [1] It was produced by John Argyle and Associated British Picture Corporation.



A young girl, Fennis Wilson (Sally Ann Howes), is cast in a film, launching her career to stardom, the very thing her older sister desperately wants. Stardom is the furthest thing from 12-year-old Fennis' goals in life, as she's more introspective and intellectual. When the hit film falls in her lap, it creates tension in the family that threatens to tear the family apart, while Fennis just wants everyone to be happy, especially herself. Ronald Shiner's character (Joe) plays a decisive role


Thursday's Child was the first film for Howes. It was written and directed by Rodney Ackland, who was a neighbor of hers. Howes auditioned and was chosen for the part after over two hundred auditions of other girls.


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