The Step-Father

1930 , Ampleforth (North Yorkshire)

A widow's deliberation over two suitors has tragic consequences.

Amateur filmmaker, cinema historian and railway engineer H.A.V. Bulleid presents a tale of paternal foreboding and rural tragedy. When a man dies, his widow seeks a suitable replacement to care for her and their son. Torn between two rival suitors - Dr. Vincent Moire and the mysterious Richard Grafton - the mother is unable to make a decision, despite her son expressing a clear preference for the doctor. When he is called away to town, Grafton seizes his opportunity and, wanting rid of the boy so that he might live with the mother in peace, shoves him over a cliff to his death. But when Grafton returns to the village, he spots the doctor - who has made an unexpected return - walking arm in arm with the widow. Distraught and defeated, Grafton claws at his neck and face in desperation, reaches into his jacket, pulls out a gun and kills himself.

Keywords

Drama; Tragedy; Violence; Widows

  • Maker : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Director : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • The Widow M.R. Loftus

  • The Son R.R. Witham

  • Dr. Vincent Moire W.B. Murray

  • Richard Grafton T.C. Grey

  • The Padre Father Oswald Vanheems (credited as 'Rev. O. Vanheems')

  • The Child with the Wood B. Mawson

  • Acolyte Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith (credited as 'Lord Oxford')

  • Acolyte E. Waddilove

  • Acoltye P. Ryan

  • V. McNally

  • The Father Cyril Lewis Forbes (credited as C.L. Forbes)

  • Nurse G.St.L. King

  • Acolyte F. Philip Equator

Manifestations

The Step-Father

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    Duration
    0:06:09
    Modification Date
    17/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732331
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    Canonical Title
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    Duration
    0:06:09
    Modification Date
    17/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732329
  • Barcode
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    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:06:09
    Modification Date
    17/10/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    732326
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV377091
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:02:57
    Modification Date
    20/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    726672
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV353142
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:02:31
    Modification Date
    22/03/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    704558
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV235025
    Canonical Identifier
    2009/59
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    9.5mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:12:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    18/11/2009
    Parts
    Reference
    680933
    Sound
    silent

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