In Edwardian Britain, a young woman has three suitors who seek her hand in marriage. When Joanna Godden’s father died, he bequeathed her a farm on the Romney Marsh in Kent. Joanna is determined to run the farm herself. Her neighbour Arthur Alce (John McCallum), laughs at her ambitions, but loves her. Choosing a new shepherd, she allows physical attraction to a man to overcome her judgment as a farmer and her scheme for cross-breeding sheep is unsuccessful. Her wealth gone, she turns to Arthur Alce for help – but not love. That she accepts from Martin Trevor (Derek Bond), a visitor from the world beyond the Marsh. But on the eve of their marriage Martin dies. —Wikipedia
Charles Frend (21 November 1909, Pulborough, Sussex – 8 January 1977) was an English film director.
Charles Frend started his career at British International Pictures in 1931 and after editing Hitchcock’s Waltzes from Vienna (1934) moved to Gaumont British Pictures in 1933 where he worked as an editor on Alfred Hitchcock’s movies Secret Agent (1936), Sabotage (1936) and Young and Innocent (1937).
For several years, Frend was based at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s British facilities at Elstree, where he edited MGM’s A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Citadel (1938) and Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939). Frend graduated to director in 1942, with a series of above-average propaganda pictures and documentaries. After the war, he undertook several prestigious assignments including Scott of the Antarctic (1948) and The Cruel Sea (1953).
While most of his films were large-scale and dramatic in nature, Frend was also capable of turning out such modest comedies as A Run for Your Money (1949) and… read more