- Acting of Lead Performers
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Would love to see this movie air sometime in the near future. Would love to buy the movie even more! Come on TCM release the info. please!
A treasured memory
- George Stiehl
My memory of the hightwayman is quite similar that posted by Katy. I saw the movie on TV in the 1950's with my mother right as I came home from scool one day. This was the kind of romantic fare presented to house-wives in the early afternoon as a break in the days work prior to preparing dinner. I think the captivating essence of the movie was the conection to Alfred Noyles poem and the director carefully crafting the scene of the highwayman speeding down the road to match the images created in poem. The compelling story of Bess and her warning and suicide at the end sealed this memory as an event which could never be forgotten.
The Highwayman based on a poem.
Almost 50 years after Alfred Noyes wrote this poem it became a movie, one I still remember vividly. I watched this black and white rendition of the poem on a small screened TV in the mid 50's, but I never forgot it. There is something about the love story between Jeremy and Bess that just seemed to haunt me over the years. I can still see the young actor riding up to the old inn-yard door as a ghost and the ghostly Bess plaiting a red love-knot in her long black hair, as she looks down at him. It wasn't only a tale of tragic love but a commentary on the political period of the time as well. This movie sent me on a three year search for the poem, I was only 7 when I first saw it. Most movies which began with a bit of literature have to be cut down, but this tale had the writer's using their own creative imagination to fill in parts of Jeremy's life that wasn't included in the poem. Somehow it is poetic justice that the part I remember most is at the core of the poem itself. Since then, the tale has been put to music and singled out for picture book versions for children.