Floodtide is a 1949 British romantic drama film directed by Frederick Wilson and starring Gordon Jackson, Rona Anderson, John Laurie and Jimmy Logan.[1]

Original pressbook
Directed byFrederick Wilson
Produced byDonald B. Wilson
Written byGeorge Blake
Donald B. Wilson
Frederick Wilson
StarringGordon Jackson
Rona Anderson
John Laurie
Jimmy Logan
Music byRobert Irving
CinematographyGeorge Stretton
Edited byPeter Bezencenet
Aquila Film
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
15 March 1949 (London) (UK)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was one of the four of David Rawnsley's films that used his "independent frame" technique, a form of back projection.[2]


A young Scotsman becomes a ship designer instead of following the family tradition and entering farming. He works his way up the firm, marries the boss's daughter, and revolutionises shipbuilding.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "the grim grandeur of the Clyde shipyards provides the setting for this lacklustre melodrama which trades on the British docudramatic tradition while dealing in potboiling clich├ęs" ; [3] the Oxford Times wrote, "this is a classic town-and-country saga that is spiritedly played by an exceptional Scottish ensemble" ; [4] while Eye for Film wrote, "Industry is the real star of this film. It's full of passion for building a better future and it may well prove inspiring to engineers just starting out today." [5]


  1. "Floodtide". BFI.
  2. "The Brothers / Floodtide". Film @ The Digital Fix.
  3. David Parkinson. "Floodtide". RadioTimes.
  4. "Floodtide". Park Circus.
  5. "Floodtide". eyeforfilm.co.uk.

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