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The End of the Road (1954)

| Drama | 1957 (USA)
Known as Mick to some and Mack to others, because he is half Scottish and half Irish, a veteran electro plater has retirement forced upon him, but his bullheaded refusal to take it causes ructions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Chapman ... Works Manager
George Merritt ... Timekeeper
Eugene Leahy Eugene Leahy ... Old Worker (as Eugene Leary)
Finlay Currie ... Old 'Mick-mack'
Edie Martin ... Gloomy Gertie
Duncan Lamont ... Barney
David Hannaford David Hannaford ... 'Barney Wee' / Barney Wee
Naomi Chance Naomi Chance ... Molly
Gordon Whiting Gordon Whiting ... Young Kennie
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ... Personnel Manager
Michael Bird Michael Bird ... Builder
Anthony Kilshawe Anthony Kilshawe ... Manager (as Tony Kilshawe)
Kenneth Henry Kenneth Henry ... Labour Exchange Clerk
Herbert C. Walton Herbert C. Walton ... First Old Man
Claude Bonser Claude Bonser ... Second Old Man
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Known as Mick to some and Mack to others, because he is half Scottish and half Irish, a veteran electro plater has retirement forced upon him, but his bullheaded refusal to take it causes ructions.

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1957 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Old 'Mick-Mack': That's life, Barney Wee - when you don't like to work they make you, and when you want to work they won't let you!
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One foot in the grave
17 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Finlay Currie plays Mick-Mack, a veteran electroplater forced to retire from his factory. He is left embittered and now regarded as a burden on his family, he has to swallow his pride and claim benefits from the post office.

He reluctantly takes on a job as a nightwatchman but loses it when he leaves his post, with his son and wife arguing he is heading for a nervous breakdown, but at least his knowledge and skill comes to the aid of the factory owners.

In some ways this is the precursor to the provocative British kitchen sink dramas that would emerge in the late 1950s. Currie gives a skillful portrayal of a working man who has reached the end of his tether, his family contemplating putting him in a home.

It is a small scale film, Currie plays a proud man who at the same time can irritate you.


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