Starring Mervyn Johns, Googie Withers, Gordon Jackson and Catherine Lacey
Superb melodrama from Robert Hamer which flits between Mervyn John's bullying father in his chemist's shop and Googie Withers pretty sexed-up publican.
Given when it was made there was never any chance of anything but a socially acceptable ending, but for about 87 minutes of its 89 minute running time, it's not at all clear who the good guys are and who the bad. Working class pub landlady Withers is promiscuous and cruel, but horribly treated by her drunken husband and her heartless boyfriend, while middle-class pillar of the community Johns is a bullying, sanctimonious swine, loved by nobody and determined to rule his children as he does his wife (who loathes him). Only Johns three children seem truly innocent - Gordon Jackson is particularly effective as the eldest child, who wants to rebel but doesn't really have it in him.
(best character in the whole thing though is Catherine Lacey as a constantly drunk but rather proper shoplifter/pickpocket)