|The Stars Look Down|
|Directed by||Carol Reed|
|Produced by||Isadore Goldsmith|
Maurice J. For the New York weathercaster see Carol Reed (weather broadcaster. Wilson
|Written by||A. J. Cronin (novel & screenplay)|
J. Archibald Joseph Cronin (19 July 1896–6 January 1981 was B. Williams
|Narrated by||Lionel Barrymore|
|Music by||Hans May|
|Editing by||Reginald Beck|
|Distributed by||Grand National Pictures United Kingdom|
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer United States
|Release date(s)||February 24, 1940|
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The Stars Look Down is a novel by A. J. Cronin, initially published in 1935. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Archibald Joseph Cronin (19 July 1896–6 January 1981 was The year 1935 in literature involved some significant events and new books It was his fourth novel, and one of his most popular. A film version was produced in 1939, and television adaptations include both Italian (1971) and British (1974) versions.
The novel is set in 'Sleescale,' a mining town on the coast of Northumberland, as well as in 'Tynecastle' (Newcastle upon Tyne). Mining is the extraction of valuable Minerals or other geological materials from the earth usually (but not always from an Ore body Northumberland is a county in the North East of England. The non-metropolitan county of Northumberland borders Cumbria to the west Newcastle upon Tyne ( (often shortened to Newcastle) is a city and Metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, England 'Sleescale' is fictional, but based on an excellent knowledge of similar places and people. Cronin, a Scot, served as Medical Inspector of Mines in Wales during the 1920s. The Scots people ( Scots Gaelic: Albannaich) are a Nation and an Ethnic group indigenous to Scotland.
Beginning before World War I and extending into the 1930s, the story shows the different careers of several individuals: principally, a miner's son who seeks to qualify as a teacher, a miner who becomes a businessman, and the mine owner's son in conflict with his domineering father. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
The film version, co-scripted by Cronin and directed by Carol Reed, stars Michael Redgrave as the young, idealistic trainee teacher and Margaret Lockwood as his wife. For the New York weathercaster see Carol Reed (weather broadcaster. Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE ( 20 March, 1908 — 21 March, 1985) was an English actor author director and Margaret Lockwood, CBE ( 15 September, 1916 - 15 July, 1990) was a British Actress, notable for her performance Their love story, which is secondary in the novel, is foregrounded in the film. The American release includes narration by Lionel Barrymore. Lionel Barrymore ( April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American Academy Award -winning actor of stage radio It is a New York Times Critics' Pick and is listed in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.
The novel centres on three very different men:
Reactions to the failure of industrial action on safety issues in the coal mines are crystallized in the characters of Davey and Joe, who take vastly different routes in escaping from the working class. While Davey becomes an MP in order to fight for nationalisation of the mines, Joe essentially joins the mine owners. A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a Parliament.
Jenny Sunley is Davey's indifferent wife who craves social status, and other characters have short but distinct tales of their own. Cronin shows a broad sympathy for the workers and a dislike of the bosses, but also allows that at least some of the bosses can be decent at a personal level.
Central to the story is the Neptune coal mine and a catastrophe that occurs there. The Great War is also a factor: do you volunteer to fight, volunteer for non-military duties, use trickery to evade service or openly defy the system by refusing call-up? There is a brief description of one of the tribunals that examined conscientious objectors, often refusing to accept their objection as valid. Tribunal is a generic term for any body acting judicially whether or not it is called a tribunal in its title A conscientious objector (CO is an individual who on religious moral or ethical grounds refuses to participate as a combatant in war or in some cases to take any role that would support There is also a clear commitment to the idea of nationalising the mines, replacing the mass of small private owners that existed at the time.
The novel ends with most of the men much changed, and it is an excellent description of working-class life in the North of England during that period.