The Loves of Joanna Godden

The Loves of Joanna Godden

UK release poster by John Minton[1]
Directed by Charles Frend
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by H.E. Bates
Angus MacPhail
Based on the novel Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Starring Googie Withers
Jean Kent
John McCallum
Derek Bond
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Edited by Michael Truman
Distributed by Ealing Studios
Release dates
  • 9 June 1947 (1947-06-09)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Loves of Joanna Godden is a 1947 British historical drama film directed by Charles Frend and produced by Michael Balcon.[2] The screenplay was written by H. E. Bates and Angus MacPhail from the novel by Sheila Kaye-Smith. It stars Googie Withers, Jean Kent, John McCallum, Derek Bond, Chips Rafferty and Sonia Holm.[3] Some scenes were shot by director Robert Hamer when Frend was ill, though he was uncredited. The music was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams.[4]


In Edwardian Britain, a young woman has three suitors who seek her hand in marriage.

When Joanna Godden's father died, he bequeathed her a farm on the Romney Marsh in Kent. Joanna is determined to run the farm herself. Her neighbour Arthur Alce (John McCallum), laughs at her ambitions, but loves her. Choosing a new shepherd, she allows physical attraction to a man to overcome her judgment as a farmer and her scheme for cross-breeding sheep is unsuccessful. Her wealth gone, she turns to Arthur Alce for help - but not love. That she accepts from Martin Trevor (Derek Bond), a visitor from the world beyond the Marsh. But on the eve of their marriage Martin dies.[4]


and the people of Romney Marsh.


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