Rex Harrison initiated this adaptation of John Galsworthy’s 1926 play, which had been previously filmed in 1930 with Gerald du Maurier. Mankiewicz’s version (the last of his “apprentice” pictures), written by Philip Dunne, was the first American production shot on British soil after the war. According to Mankiewicz, the harsh conditions in the recovering country were nothing compared to the behavior of the English crew, collectively primed to strike over the slightest infringement of union rules. Harrison is Matt Denant, a former RAF pilot who goes for a walk in Hyde Park one night and intervenes on behalf of a young woman accused of soliciting by a plainclothes cop. The cop falls and dies during the ensuing fracas; Denant, subsequently arrested and convicted of manslaughter, escapes into the foggy Devonshire moors. This was the second of four films that Mankiewicz and Harrison made together—a tempestuous but fruitful creative partnership.
Film ran Friday, September 26, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014