Cinema: Three from Britain

The Guinea Pig (Pilgrim Pictures; Variety Film) is a fair example, in a minor key, of a kind of film the British often do superbly: the movie which at once reveres and ribs British types and institutions. At its best, this kind of film, like the novels of Charles Dickens (see BOOKS), is rich in unabashed sentiment and meaty caricature.

In Guinea Pig, the reverence and ribbing are directed at the British public-school system, traditional incubator of British snobs, heroes and statesmen. As part of a program inspired by the labor government, Jack Read...

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