Hard Steel

Hard Steel is a 1942 British drama film directed by Norman Walker and starring Wilfrid Lawson, Betty Stockfeld and John Stuart. It was based on the novel Steel Saraband by Roger Dataller. The film was one of four made by G.H.W. Productions backed by the Rank Organisation.[1] The film follows the rise of an ambitious steel worker as he is appointed to run his local steel mill. He soon outrages the employees with his ruthless behaviour - and his negligence leads to the accidental death of one of the workers. As the Second World War breaks out he realises what he has become, and seeks a chance of redemption.

Hard Steel
Directed byNorman Walker
Produced byJames B. Sloan
Written byRoger Dataller (novel)
Lydia Hayward
StarringWilfrid Lawson
Betty Stockfeld
John Stuart
George Carney
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited bySam Simmonds
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
18 May 1942
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



  1. Murphy p.63


  • Murphy, Robert. Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Routledge, 1992.

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