Boys in Brown

Boys in Brown is a 1949 British drama film directed by Montgomery Tully. Based on a play by Reginald Beckwith, it depicts life in a borstal for young offenders. It stars Jack Warner, Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde and Jimmy Hanley.[2]

Boys In Brown
Directed byMontgomery Tully
Produced byAntony Darnborough
Written byMontgomery Tully
Based onplay by Reginald Beckwith
StarringJack Warner
Richard Attenborough
Dirk Bogarde
Music byDoreen Carwithen
CinematographyCyril Bristow
Gordon Lang
Edited byJames Needs
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
December 1949
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office£94,000 (by 1953)[1]


Teenager Jackie Knowles (Richard Attenborough) drives a getaway car in a robbery. He is captured and sentenced to serve three years in a borstal institution run by a sympathetic governor (Jack Warner). He befriends Alfie (Dirk Bogarde) and Bill (Jimmy Hanley).



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