February 25, 2017


The Brothers – 1947 | 98 mins | Drama | B&W


Plot Synopsis

The Brothers

Tempestuous melodrama set on the remote Isle of Skye in 1900 and adapted from the popular novel by Leonard Strong. The vivid images of Skye are highly evocative but there’s precious little passion generated in this pot-boiler of lust and jealousy and revenge. Patricia Roc is miscast as the free-spirited waif and Maxwell Reed is his usual impassive self. The remainder of the cast includes the familiar craggy faces of Scottish character actors Finlay Currie, John Laurie, Will Fyffe and Duncan Macrae.

A young convent-bred girl, Mary Lawson (Patricia Roc), is sent on the weekly steamer to join her relatives, the Macrae, on the Isle of Skye. She’s to be the housekeeper of god-fearing Hector Macrae (Finlay Currie) and his two laconic sons; John (Duncan Macrae) and the younger Fergus (Maxwell Reed). Mary is warned that she must have no dealings with the rival MacFarish family, but living a lonely life she becomes the source of conflict between the two warring households. When Hector dies, John Macrae demands that Mary become his wife, but she only has eyes for his brooding brother Fergus. The love and jealousy between the two brothers ultimately leads to tragic consequences.

Production Team

David MacDonald: Director
George Provis: Art Direction
Stephen Dade: Cinematography
Vladimir Sagovsky: Film Editing
Aldo Manganaro: Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton: Makeup Department
L.A.G. Strong: Novel
Cedric Thorpe Davie: Original Music
Sydney Box: Producer
David MacDonald: Script
Paul Vincent Carroll: Script
Sydney Box: Script
Muriel Box: Script
Al Rhind: Sound
B.C. Sewell: Sound


Megs Jenkins: Angustina McFarish
Morland Graham: Angus McFarish
Duncan Macrae: John Macrae
Andrew Crawford: Willie McFarish
John Laurie: Dugald
Finlay Currie: Hector Macrae
Maxwell Reed: Fergus Macrae
Will Fyffe: Aeneas McGrath
Patricia Roc: Mary

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