Brown on Resolution (film)
name = Brown on Resolution
caption = VHS cover of the re-issue
Walter Forde Anthony Asquith
C. S. Forester(novel) Gerard Fairlie
John Mills Betty Balfour
editing = Otto Ludwig
Gaumont British Picture Corporation
15 May 1935(UK) 19 October 1935(USA)
runtime = 70 min
country = UK
language = English
amg_id = 1:85710
imdb_id = 0026377:"
Forever Englandredirects here - the phrase is also a quotation from Rupert Brooke's poem "The Soldier".""Brown on Resolution" (US title - "Born for Glory"; UK re-issue title - "Forever England") is a 1935 film adaptation of the CS Foresternovel " Brown on Resolution". The plot is centred on the illegitimate son of a British naval officer singlehandedly bringing about the downfall of a German battleship during World War I. The title role is played by John Mills, his first lead role, and it is also notable for being the first film to use actual Royal Navy ships [http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:85710] Fact|date=March 2008 .
The novel was also later adapted as "
Sailor of the King" (also titled "Single-Handed" in the US, and sometimes - though rarely - "Brown on Resolution"), in 1953. Unlike the 1953 version, the 1935 version retains the novel's original Great Warsetting throughout.
In the South Pacific in the
First World War, Brown is marooned on the remote Galapagosisland of Resolution when the cruiser he is serving on, HMS "Rutland", is sunk. A German battlecruiser(the fictitious SMS "Ziethen" [Played by HMS|Curacoa|D41|6, which sank on 2nd October 1942 due to being cut in half by "Queen Mary" while on escort duties.] ) takes him prisoner whilst it defeats an inferior British force. It then suffers damage in a second encounter and her captain plans to pull into an isolated Pacific anchorage to try to repair his vessel. There, the resourceful Brown escapes, steals a rifle and a small amount of ammunition, and makes his way ashore.
The German vessel's main battery cannot be brought to bear on Brown, and he is able to pick off exposed crew-members who are trying to repair her punctured hull plates. The anchorage is an impenetrable tangle of scrub and thorn bushes, making it difficult for shore parties to run him to ground.
Brown is eventually killed by a German shot, never learning that his actions delayed the repairs long enough for the raider's British pursuers to catch her up and destroy her. Brown becomes a hero, the British erect a cross on the highest point on the island to commemorate him, and the commander of the British ship discovers that Brown was the illegitimate son he always denied he had.
Betty Balfour- Elizabeth Brown
John Mills- Albert Brown
*Barry MacKay - Lt. Somerville
Jimmy Hanley- Ginger
Howard Marion-Crawford- Max
*H.G. Stoker - Captain Holt
Percy Walsh- Kapitan von Lutz
George Merritt- William Brown
Cyril Smith- William Brown, Jr.
*imdb title|0026377|Brown on Resolution
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