The Silver Darlings

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Docudrama

Williams, a dispossessed farmer, is a herring fisherman in the Hebrides Islands. His wife (Shingler) hates the life of the sea and when her husband is forced by a press-gang to go into the Navy, she goes to live with an aunt. In this new locale Shingler meets Evans, the skipper of a herring boat. She falls for him, but the romance is interrupted by a cholera...read more

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Williams, a dispossessed farmer, is a herring fisherman in the Hebrides Islands. His wife (Shingler) hates the life of the sea and when her husband is forced by a press-gang to go into the Navy, she goes to live with an aunt. In this new locale Shingler meets Evans, the skipper of a

herring boat. She falls for him, but the romance is interrupted by a cholera outbreak, her son's determination to become a fisherman, and a few storms. Of course the lovers end up together in a final embrace, but who could expect anything else from this routine, uninspired drama? The plot works

against the remainder of the film, which otherwise is a John Grierson-inspired documentary about the hard lives of the Hebridean farmers forced by the hard conditions of their infertile isles to take to the sea. Grierson himself handled the subject much better in his first directorial effort,

DRIFTERS (1929). (Documentary films are not included in The Motion Picture Guide.) Writer-codirector Elder had been the supervising art director on more than 250 pictures; this was his maiden directorial effort. Star and codirector Evans had been acting in films since 1936 and writing screenplays

for Ealing Studios.

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  • Review: Williams, a dispossessed farmer, is a herring fisherman in the Hebrides Islands. His wife (Shingler) hates the life of the sea and when her husband is forced by a press-gang to go into the Navy, she goes to live with an aunt. In this new locale Shingler me… (more)

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