Strawberry Roan (1945 film)

Strawberry Roan is a 1945 British drama film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring William Hartnell and Carol Raye. The screenplay was developed from the then-popular 1932 novel of the same name by Wiltshire author A. G. Street.

Strawberry Roan
Promotional poster
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byLouis H. Jackson
Written byElizabeth Baron
Based onStrawberry Roan
by A. G. Street
StarringWilliam Hartnell
Carol Raye
Music byJohn D. Broadhouse
Mabel Buchanan
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byGrace Garland
British National Films
Release date
  • January 1945 (1945-01)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Farmer Chris Lowe (Hartnell) meets and falls in love with Molly (Raye), a chorus-girl. Despite the fact that she is a city girl through and through, she accepts his proposal of marriage and after the wedding goes to live on the farm. Chris realises that the transition for Molly will be difficult, and in an attempt to ease her into farm life, buys her a strawberry roan calf to look after. Unfortunately Molly finds the adjustment to rural life extremely difficult and does not settle down. She fails to integrate into the local community and starts to feel she has made a big mistake. She tries to quell her unhappiness by spending her husband's money, but goes to excess and eventually leaves Chris facing financial ruin. In despair she takes off on her horse and suffers a fatal fall, leaving Chris destitute and overcome with guilt.



The film received mixed reviews, with Today's Cinema commenting: "While the author's theme may not emerge with any great power or clarity...the charming rural backgrounds invest the picture with a quality of comparative originality". The Motion Picture Herald reviewer was less pleased, writing: "Praiseworthy in its aim, but just lacking in ultimate achievement...there's an uneasiness, a jumpiness about it all".[1]


  1. "Strawberry Roan reviews". Retrieved 8 November 2010.
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