Master Of Bankdam

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A well-told, if slightly longer than necessary, epic dealing with three generations in an English mill family. Murray and Price are two rival brothers in a Yorkshire town, fighting for the control of their father's wool mill. Murray marries a local socialite and becomes the town's mayor after building a new hospital. He does this at the expense of the family...read more

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A well-told, if slightly longer than necessary, epic dealing with three generations in an English mill family. Murray and Price are two rival brothers in a Yorkshire town, fighting for the control of their father's wool mill. Murray marries a local socialite and becomes the town's mayor

after building a new hospital. He does this at the expense of the family business, which widens the gap between the siblings. When Price dies in a building cave-in at the mill, Walls, the father, is suspicious but Murray assures him it was an accident. Eventually Walls finds out that it was,

indeed, an accident, but one Murray could have prevented. But the old man dies before he can write his son out of the will, and Murray inherits the property. He and his wife have a son, who is a rich, pampered brat. Murray sees that Price's son, Hanley, is the obvious choice to run the mill but

puts his ne'er-do-well offspring in charge. After returning from Vienna for treatment of a heart ailment, Murray finds that his nephew stayed and faced an angry mob of strikers after his son turned coward. Seeing this causes him to realize whom the mill is truly destined for and he promotes Hanley

to boss of the mill. Though the British accents may be a little much for American audiences, this is a well-acted film. Based on a popular novel of the day, it gives a good sense of its period (1854-1900). The direction never falters in following the different characters, keeping the film

compelling throughout. Var sings "The Fire of Your Love."

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  • Rating: NR
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