Featuring: Lloyd Bridges, Ernest Borgnine, Murray Hamilton, Dorothy Gish
Length: 96 minutes
Available: Apr 14, 2022
The Whistle at Eaton Falls
Flicker Alley invites you to discover The Whistle at Eaton Falls, a rarely seen 1951 film by renowned filmmakers Robert Siodmak and Louis de Rochemont, featuring Lloyd Bridges, Ernest Borgnine, Murray Hamilton, and Dorothy Gish (in one of her rare later screen appearances). Making its home video debut, this superb quasi-documentary labor drama has been brilliantly restored, utilizing 2K scanned materials from the Library of Congress.
Shot on location in New Hampshire and set during a post war economic crisis, The Whistle at Eaton Falls follows the newly appointed manager of Doubleday Plastics, Brad Adams (Lloyd Bridges), and the labor union that represents their factory workers. Brad, a former factory worker and union president, is tasked with the unfortunate responsibility of laying off employees and friends to ease the company’s financial struggles. Despite his relentless commitment to protect the workers, Brad must find a way to keep the company on its feet and thereby ensure the stability of the local economy.
This brand new 2K restoration was undertaken by the Louis de Rochemont estate and spearheaded by Tom H. March and David Strohmaier, the same team behind the stunning Cinerama and Cinemiracle films also published by Flicker Alley. With negative scanning by FotoKem Industries through the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division facility in Culpeper, Virginia.
Bonus Materials Include:
Audio Commentary Track – by author and film historian Alan K. Rode.
“Louis de Rochemont Remembered” – a personal reminiscence from grandson Pierre de Rochemont
Insights into the Restoration – a demonstration of the digital restoration and reconstruction process.
Isolated Soundtrack – the original 1951 orchestral score used for the film, sourced from rare archival recordings with images from the Louis de Rochemont Special Collections at Keene State College.
Carleton Carpenter Sings – archival audio recordings of "Ev'ry Other Day" and “It’s a Million to One You’re in Love”.
Booklet Essay – an excerpt from Richard Koszarski’s "Keep 'em in the East" Kazan, Kubrick and the Post-War New York Film Renaissance, that covers Louis de Rochemont’s career during the time The Whistle At Eaton Falls was produced (Columbia University Press).