The Magnet in July
Warner Home Video pay homage to the Michael Balcon's Ealing Studios The Magnet when they release the 1950's masterpiece onto UK Region 2 DVD on 12th July 2004, £12.99 RRP. Directed by Charles Frend (The Cruel Sea), The Magnet starred an 11-year-old James Fox (Performance) in only his second feature film. Thora Hird and TV's Miss Jane Marple Joan Hickson also star.
One of a list of famous Ealing Studios (Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob) creations, this heart-warming comedy takes a step away from their more farcical offerings to deliver a delightful insight into post-war Britain.
The Magnet is a cautionary tale of half-truths, whispers and wild imaginations centred on Johnny Brent (James Fox) a boy who fleeces a younger child out of his beloved magnet.
In its place he offers an 'invisible' timepiece and there begins the chain of chaos in which the young swindler absconds from his home with the mistaken belief that he has somehow caused the young child's death.
Unbeknownst to him he has become the town hero and as the unsung victor remains on the run the community are left to make sense of the goings on from speculation and gossip.
The movie is famed for its poignant opening and end scenes and features the remarkable production genius synonymous with the Ealing Studios' golden era. The Magnet is a worthy tribute to the success marking the pinnacle of Ealing's creative hey-day. Now available to own on DVD for the first time, the magic of the age can be enjoyed across generations by the entire family.