In Mr Perrin And Mr Traill Vincent Perrin is a teacher at Bamfield College who resents the popularity of new young teacher David Traill. When Perrin finally has enough of the bad treatment that is being dished out by headmaster Moy-Thompson, coupled with the announcement of the engagement between Traill and Isabel Lester (whom Perrin is also in love with), he decides on drastic action to rid the school once and for all of Traill.
Despite being almost forgotten these days Mr Perrin and Mr Traill serves as a great insight into Public School life of the time. The novel was pretty popular during the time the film was made and stayed in print for many years and the movie itself stays pretty faithful to the tone of the novel, albeit updating the setting to the then modern day.
The dynamic between the two leads is the most satisfying of the all round good performances in the film too (apart from the smallish appearance by the legendary Finlay Currie of course). At the time David Farrar, who plays Traill, was one of UK cinemas most popular actors, thanks in no small part to an appearance in the previous years Black Narcissus.
UK / Two Cities Film / 92 minutes / Released 1948
Writer: L.A.G. Strong / Additional Dialogue: Tom Harrison / Novel: Hugh Walpole / Cinematography: Erwin Hillier / Producer: Alexander Galperson / Director: Lawrence Huntingdon
MARIUS GORING as Vincent Perrin
DAVID FARRAR as David Traill
GRETA GYNT as Isabel Lester
RAYMOND HUNTLEY as Moy-Thompson
EDWARD CHAPMAN as Birkland
MARY JERROLD as Mrs Perrin
FINLAY CURRIE as Sir Joshua Varley
RALPH TURMAN as Mrs Comber
LLOYD PEARSON as Mr Dormer
ARCHIE HARRADINE as Mr White
VIOLA LYEL as Mrs Comber
DONALD BARCLAY as Rogers