The Smugglers

  • 1947
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure

It is the early 1820s and Attenborough is being tortured in a jail by interrogators, so he begins a story which unreels in flashback. As a young orphan, Attenborough becomes the ward of Redgrave, a smuggler, and goes to sea with Redgrave and his group of brigands. Attenborough is not a good seaman and is soundly chastized by the others for his inability...read more

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It is the early 1820s and Attenborough is being tortured in a jail by interrogators, so he begins a story which unreels in flashback. As a young orphan, Attenborough becomes the ward of Redgrave, a smuggler, and goes to sea with Redgrave and his group of brigands. Attenborough is not a

good seaman and is soundly chastized by the others for his inability to take the rigors of the ocean. As his life progresses, he grows to hate his existence and his guardian Redgrave, who punishes him for an offense he did not commit. To get himself out of this terrible situation, Attenborough

informs on the smugglers to the customs officials and a battle ensues during which a customs man dies and Attenborough's shipmates are captured. Attenborough hides at the home of the dead customs official, where he meets the man's stepdaughter, Greenwood, who encourages him to testify against the

others. Attenborough goes to the court where Kent, the mistress of the Crown's attorney, promises that she will have an affair with him if he testifies against the smugglers, thereby putting a feather in her boy friend's cap. Attenborough is brought to the witness box and gives evidence against

the others but refuses to name Redgrave as the leader of the pack, a repayment for when the man took him in as a child. Too much talk in this early Technicolor outing from England, one of the first since the Gainsborough Studios were turning out their period romances during the mid-1940s.

Greenwood's Sussex accent is a bit unwieldy to the American ear (and to many in England as well), but she showed her talents early and went on to costar with Guinness in THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT. Attenborough was only 24 at the time and already was appearing in his ninth movie.

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