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Submitted by Mark Fuller

Picturegoer Weekly
June 2nd 1934

Red Ensign (1935)

Authentic shipyard scenes form an interesting background to this drama of ship-building, which has topical interest and is sound in its major characterisation.

The treatment is, however, not nearly so good as the atmosphere and insight into industrial conditions. It tends to be slow moving and lacking in dramatic force.

Leslie Banks is sound as a shipbuilder who dares all to launch a new type of boat, while Alfred Drayton is good as his unscrupulous rival. Carol Goodner does well in the small role of a woman director on Barr's firm, who believes in him and is anxious to help, while Frank Vosper gives a convincing characterisation of her trustee and fiance who refuses to give her money to finance the scheme.

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