Sorrell and Son (1934 film)

Sorrell and Son is a 1934 British drama film directed by Jack Raymond and written by Lydia Hayward. The film stars H. B. Warner, Margot Grahame, Peter Penrose, Hugh Williams and Winifred Shotter. It was made by the producer Herbert Wilcox at Elstree Studios. It is based on the 1925 novel of the same title by Warwick Deeping. A silent version had previously been released in 1927, also starring Warner.

Sorrell and Son
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJack Raymond
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byLydia Hayward
Based onSorrell and Son
by Warwick Deeping
StarringH. B. Warner
Margot Grahame
Peter Penrose
Hugh Williams
Winifred Shotter
Music byRoy Robertson
CinematographyCyril Bristow
Edited byMichael Hankinson
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
29 May 1934
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film was released on 29 May 1934, by United Artists.[1][2] It was actor Louis Hayward's final English film before relocating to America, where he had a successful acting career for many years.[3]


When Captain Sorrell returns home from the war, his wife Dora leaves him for another man. Despite considerable hardship, the captain devotes his life to bringing up his young son Kit, who becomes the object of his devotion. Eventually, the boy grows up to have a successful career as a doctor, and the captain lives long enough to see him happily married.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote "Warwick Deeping's novel, Sorrell and Son, which was produced as a silent film about seven years ago, is now to be seen at the Mayfair in talking-picture form. It was made by the British and Dominions concern under the supervision of Herbert Wilcox. It gives a faithful transcription...but in an episodic fashion, which often causes the story to be somewhat abrupt in its development. H.B. Warner, who acted Captain Sorrell in the mute edition, again plays the rĂ´le in the current offering; and if his acting is not always as restrained as one might wish, it is frequently affecting. And after all, the author himself piled on the agony, a fact which gives both Mr. Warner and Mr. Wilcox an excuse to overemphasize the depiction of the hardships and misfortunes of the ex-British officer. Although there were disappointing spots in the Brenon film, its continuity was infinitely better than the present work, and also the silent production had the advantage of many impressive glimpses of London, the upper reaches of the Thames and the English countryside. Admitting that Mr. Wilcox gives an occasional flash of a charming country town, there are not enough of such views...The tragic note in the end is touched upon with laudable reticence";[4]. TV Guide noted "Warner is nearly perfect in his portrayal of the broken man who refuses to give in, although choppy editing hinders the overall effect."[5]


  1. "Sorrell and Son (1934) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  2. "Sorrell and Son (1934)". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. "Sorrell and Son (1934) - Notes -". Turner Classic Movies.
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