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  • This movie is, in my opinion, as relevant today as it was decades ago
  • The issue of bullying is absolutely widespread and dangerous
  • I love seeing how the boys came together for a time because that showed courage and how the beaten can become the victors
  • The problem in the case of the movie is that Brown then is assumed to be guilty of tattling, which he didn't do

    • by Orrymain
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      I had never heard of 1940’s Tom Brown’s School Days before watching it this afternoon. It was an intriguing view on honesty, integrity, and strictness at an English school called Rugby.

      What fascinated me the most was the appearance of Cedric Hardwicke as Dr. Thomas Arnold. At the beginning of the movie, he’s offered the job of


      being the headmaster at the school, and he takes it. He makes a lot of big speeches about honesty being important.

      New to the school of Rugby is Tom Brown (Jimmy Lydon). He and a boy named East (Freddie Bartholomew) become fast friends. However, as a newcomer, Tom Brown is the subject of all kinds of bullying, particularly from a chap by the name of Flashman (Billy Halop). This leads to all kinds of drama and angst for Tom Brown and his friend.

      Before I go further, I have to mention a young Gale Storm in the part of Effie. She was delightful to watch in this movie.

      This movie is, in my opinion,


      • Tom Brown's School Days movie
      as relevant today as it was decades ago. The issue of bullying is absolutely widespread and dangerous. Regardless of the culture or society, it’s a horrid thing to watch. Some of the scenes in this movie of Brown as the victim are difficult to see.

      I love seeing how the boys came together for a time

      because that showed courage and how the beaten can become the victors. The problem in the case of the movie is that Brown then is assumed to be guilty of tattling, which he didn’t do. What’s bad here is that we see how cruel even the so-called good kids can be.

      Overall, it was a good, thought provoking movie.




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