The End of the Road (1954 film)

The End of the Road is a 1954 British drama film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Finlay Currie, Duncan Lamont and Naomi Chance.[1] It was made at Beaconsfield Studios.

The End of the Road
Directed byWolf Rilla
Produced byAlfred Shaughnessy
Written byJames Forsyth
Geoffrey Orme
StarringFinlay Currie
Duncan Lamont
Naomi Chance
Music byJohn Addison
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byBernard Gribble
Group Three Films
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A veteran worker refuses to accept when he has retirement forced upon him by his employers.


  • Finlay Currie as Old 'Mick-Mack'
  • Duncan Lamont as Barney
  • Naomi Chance as Molly
  • Edward Chapman as Works Manager
  • Hilda Fenemore as Madge
  • George Merritt as Timekeeper
  • Gordon Whiting as Young Kennie
  • David Hannaford as Barney Wee
  • Eugene Leahy as Old Worker
  • Edie Martin as Gloomy Gertie
  • Pauline Winter as Personnel Manager
  • Michael Bird as Builder
  • Anthony Kilshawe as Manager
  • Kenneth Henry as Labour Exchange Clerk
  • Herbert C. Walton as First Old Man
  • Claude Bonser as Second Old Man
  • Sam Kydd as First Postal Clerk
  • Hugh Munro as Second Postal Clerk
  • Bert Simms as Crane Driver
  • John Baker as Foreman
  • Ewen Solon as Policeman
  • Edward Malin as Nightwatchman

Critical reception

The film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane note that The End of the Road was "rightly praised" at the time of its release by Kinematograph Weekly as "provocative and purposeful entertainment", and they add that it is "characterised by a real feeling for cramped working-class life and for the gap left when suddenly one is no longer required to be anywhere on a regular basis".[1]


  1. Chibnall & McFarlane p.249


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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