They Came to a City

They Came to a City
Directed by Basil Dearden
Produced by Michael Balcon
Sidney Cole
Written by Basil Dearden
Sidney Cole
Starring John Clements
Googie Withers
Raymond Huntley
Renee Gadd
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography Stanley Pavey
Edited by Michael Truman
Release dates
August 1944 (London) (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

They Came to a City is a 1945 British film directed by Basil Dearden adapted from a J. B. Priestley play. It stars John Clements, Googie Withers, Raymond Huntley, Renee Gadd, A. E. Matthews and others, and is notable for including a cameo guest appearance by Priestley as himself. The plot concerns the experiences of various people who have come to live in their "ideal" city, and explores their hopes and reasons for doing so. Many of the cast had also performed their roles in the original stage play. The film's art direction was by Michael Relph.[1][2]


Critical reception

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "as symbolism and an outlet for Priestley's philosophy, "They Came to a City" is eloquent and courageous, but as a motion picture it is immobile." [3]



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