The Shipbuilders

The Shipbuilders is a 1943 British drama film directed by John Baxter and starring Clive Brook, Morland Graham and Nell Ballantyne.[1] The film is set in a Clyde shipyard in the build-up to the Second World War.[2] It was made by British National Films and shot at Elstree Studios. It was based on the 1935 novel of the same name by George Blake.[3]

The Shipbuilders
Directed byJohn Baxter
Produced byJohn Baxter
Written byGeorge Blake (novel)
Stephen Potter
Reginald Pound
Gordon Wellesley
StarringClive Brook
Morland Graham
Finlay Currie
Music byKennedy Russell
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byVi Burdon
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 14 December 1943 (1943-12-14) (London, UK)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it a "Well-made story."[4] while Allmovie noted "a rare film of true merit from prolific British "quota quickie" director John Baxter," concluding that "Actual footage shipbuilders at work give this hastily assembled patriotic exercise a veneer of reality."[5]


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