Love on the Dole


Action / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 319


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Deborah Kerr as Sally Hardcastle
Sebastian Cabot as Man in Crowd at Betting Payout
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by frankiehudson 7 / 10

Love on the Dole, on the Dole

This is a typical BBC2 or Channel 4 afternoon offering: British, black and white, at least 40 years old and just what you'd watch if you are indeed on the dole.

It reminds me of This Happy Breed (1944), featuring working class people and their daily struggle for survival in a class-ridden society, only this time it's the Great Depression in the Welsh valleys. They face temptations, peer hostility if they do not conform to the norm, and total frustration (though in this case alleviated by a seaside visit to Blackpool, that epitome of Englishness).

It is actually a very political film, containing a violent clash between the unemployed demonstrators and the stubborn, violent police. Presumably the prime minister of the day - Winston Churchill - would have loved this film as he battered the workers himself a few times.

John Baxter, the director, was never a household name, probably because of his strange, expressionist editing which is unusual for any British film, let alone this offering from the war years. However, there are some advanced - for 1941 - special effects.

The film could have benefited from some outside, location shooting down in south Wales, too. Somewhere like Ferndale, perhaps.

Reviewed by Chris Gaskin 8 / 10

A look at life in North West England in the Depression

Love On the Dole gives you an idea on what life was like in the North West in 1930, during the Depression. This is quite a good movie.

It focuses on a family of four where the dad works in a coal mine. The daughter works in a mill and falls in love with a factory worker, but is killed after getting involved in a fight during a demonstration. She then meets someone else and she gets him to give jobs to her dad and brother, who have both been made redundant.

This movie reminds me of early episodes of Coronation Street that I've seen, even though it was made long before that soap was first broadcast (and both long before I was born!).

The cast includes Deborah Kerr and Clifford Evans.

If you like old British movies, this is recommended.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.

Reviewed by kidboots 10 / 10

"They Can Take Away Our Jobs But They Can't Take Away Our Love"!!!

I can remember reading "Love On the Dole" over 30 years ago and being moved so much by the story of the Hardcastles and the complete poverty and mass unemployment of the slum area where survival needed superhuman strength. It was written in 1933 when the depression was very real and when it was adapted for the stage in 1934 by the author Walter Greenwood (Wendy Hiller played Sally) the play was a huge success - Larry's "real" speeches and the contemporary social themes were very new to British audiences. Still the British Board of Censors thought the story too sordid to be filmed but it was finally done in 1941 when the War made the world a very different place.

Hanky Park in 1930 is a grim and poverty stricken district on the outskirts of Manchester where people strive to live decently in the face of overwhelming poverty. On Monday morning the pawnshop is the most popular shop in town as wives pawn boots, coats and clothes to pay for food and rent that their husband's meager wages won't cover.

Sally Hardcastle (a young and beautiful Deborah Kerr) wants something better and is drawn to Larry Meath, a young speaker with the Labor party. The film is dotted with several stirring speeches where he implores the workers to rise up in peace not war. It was interesting to see when Sally's younger brother, Harry, won 22 quid on the horses, his first thoughts were not to put it aside for a rainy day but to spend it - his father advises him to take his girl, Helen (pretty Joyce Howard) on a holiday to Blackpool - "it will be something you can always look back on". So Harry does and to both of them Blackpool is a fairy land of electric lights, fun and games and the luxury of a bathroom. At the end of the week all the money is gone and they return to Hanky Park, grimly determined to grab any chance to leave the slum. In another part of the movie Larry is explaining money to the mob - the movie seems to indicate that the poor don't know how to manage money, they equate money with being able to spend it and what it can buy them.

After a bit of happiness comes sorrow. Harry finishing off his apprenticeship is laid off (nothing much changes in the world) unable to get work and with Helen pregnant, even though in despair he does not succumb to the tantalizing temptation of easy money and free cigarettes offered by a poolroom hood. By the end Sally's dreams are dust (Larry has been killed in a street riot) and she bows to the persistent pressure of Sam Grundy, the local bookmaker, who in return for her services as a "housekeeper" promises to help her family.

The ending has a double meaning I think - in 1930 Mrs Hardcastle's impassioned speech could only have been about the worker banding together to conquer poverty and unemployment but in 1941, as the camera pans the skies, it is more about keeping Britain strong and invincible against an encroaching enemy.

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