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Down River (1931 film)

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Down River
Directed byPeter Godfrey
Written byRalph Gilbert Bettison
"Seamark" (Austin J. Small)
Produced byL'Estrange Fawcett
StarringCharles Laughton
Jane Baxter
Harold Huth
CinematographyPercy Strong
Music byLouis Levy
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors
Release date
  • May 1931 (1931-05)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Down River is a 1931 British crime film directed by Peter Godfrey and starring Charles Laughton, Jane Baxter and Harold Huth.[1] Based on a novel by "Seamark" (Austin J. Small),[2] it was made at Lime Grove Studios[3] with sets designed by Andrew Mazzei. Produced as a second feature, it is classified as a quota quickie.[4]

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You stay here, Maria. l'll iust have a look at my traps. Then we'll go to the village and have a grand time, huh? - You won't be long, Daddy? - Oh, no, no. If Franz comes by, tell him l'll be back soon. Daddy, won't you play with me a little while? l'm too busy, darling. You stay and play with the kitty, huh? Bye, Daddy. Goodbye. You be a good girl, now. Come on, kitty. Who are you? l'm Maria. Will you play with me? Would you like one of my flowers? [Grunts] You have those, and l'll have these. l can make a boat. See how mine floats? No, you're hurting me! No! [Splashing]


A man smuggling drugs up the River Thames is caught when a newspaper reporter pursues him.



  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | DOWN RIVER (1931)". Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan, ed. (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Bowker Saur. p. 415. ISBN 1-85739-229-9.
  3. ^ Wood p.69
  4. ^ Chibnall p.261


  • Chibnall, Steve. Quota Quickies: The Birth of the British 'B' Film. British Film Institute, 2007.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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