on September 16, 2010
I first saw this movie on the "late, late show" many years ago, remembering very little except that it was set in England between the World Wars and starred John Mills, but not remembering the title. Thanks to sites like [...], wikidpedia, and amazon.com I was able to find "So Well Remembered" which I was about 90% sure matched what I remembered. So I got the DVD and was happy to see that I had ordered the right movie.
The movie is slightly melodramatic (but not annoyingly so) telling the story of a reformer determined to improve conditions in his northern English town and his marriage to the daughter of the town pariah. Mills gives a fine performance in the lead role, but the acting is very good throughout. The emotional aspects are more hinted at than clearly detailed (English subtlety, perhaps). But the movie moves along well, despite a rather sharp jump, skipping the 1930s entirely. It begins and ends with the same scene, a rather puzzling scene the first time, but everything making sense the second.
The original novel's author, James Hilton, provides the narration--which is a very nice touch. All in all, the movie does a very good job of putting the viewer in that time and place, and is well worth viewing.
note: Being a Warner Archives movie, the DVD is very bare-bones, lacking any special features or even having individual scenes that can be jumped to (pressing fast forward simply moves the DVD along to the next 10 minute interval).