The stage is set, the actors poised, and the curtain about to raise. Set in the London of 1912, The Winslow Boy is a timeless classic for those who long for the dramatic, yet cannot stomach violence or an over-abundance of suspense. Our story opens with the announcement that Catherine Winslow (Rebecca Pidgeon) has become engaged to John Watherstone, a young military commander. Her father, of course, interrogates John, and at last agrees to the match, providing John can take care of his daughter well.
This arrangement is spoiled by the homecoming of Ronnie, who hides from his father the fact that he has been expelled from the Naval Collage for stealing and cashing a five pound note. When Arthur Winslow (Nigel Hawthorne) does discover this, he solemnly takes his youngest son aside and asks him if it is true. Ronnie (Guy Edwards) says no, that he didn't steal it. Arthur asks again, and again the answer is no. Completely certain of his son's honesty, Arthur then attempts to hire in Ronnie's defense the most prominent lawyer in London, Sir Robert Morton (Jeremy Northam), despite their dwindling funds.
Catherine is adamantly against this, as she is a full-fledged suffragette involved heavily in women's rights movements, and Sir Robert has made it quite clear that he is against the group of "feminists." Of course, she finds him arrogant and willing to pull any scam to win his case. The family is at first turned off by Sir Robert, as he interrogates Ronnie clearly demanding that the boy tell the truth and admit that he did steal the five pound note and cash it. Ronnie is distraught, but sticks to his story, and as Sir Robert takes his leave, he says, "Yes, I will take the case ~ the boy is clearly innocent!"
And so the Winslows are thrown full-force into proving Ronnie's innocence. It is not taken well by the press, and crowds gather outside the house. John Watherstone breaks off his engagement to Catherine because if he doesn't, his father will cut off his inheritance. The family is in dire trouble... which is worth more? All they have worked for over the years... or the determination that "let right be done"?
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Sir Robert Morton site. It has only screen captures from The Winslow Boy with Jeremy Northam.