Men of Steel (film)

Men of Steel (film)
Men of Steel
Directed by George King
Produced by Ray Wyndham
Written by Edward Knoblock
Billie Bristow
Douglas Newton (novel)
Starring John Stuart
Benita Hume
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) September 1932
Running time 71 minutes
Country  United Kingdom
Language English

Men of Steel (1932) is a British drama film, directed by George King and starring John Stuart and Benita Hume. The screenplay was adapted by Edward Knoblock and Billie Bristow from a novel by Douglas Newton.


Production background

The film was made under the quota quickie system and, as its title implies, is set in a steel-producing town. Location filming took place in Middlesbrough, with the steelworks scenes being shot in the long-defunct Acklam Iron and Steel Works in the town, rendering it of great interest to social and industrial historians of the Teesside area. Men of Steel does not appear ever to have been shown on television in the UK, nor has it been made available commercially;

Preservation status

Unlike many quota quickie productions, the film has survived and is available to view by appointment at any of the Mediatheques run by the British Film Institute.[1]


James Harg (Stuart) and his father work in a steelmaking plant which is incompetently run, with scant attention being paid to worker safety. In his own time, Harg works on ideas for a revolutionary new manufacturing process for hard steel. When his father is badly injured in a workplace accident resulting from employer negligence, Harg uses some of the compensation payment to develop his invention to a stage where it can be tested in practice. It is a huge success and Harg patents his process. He rises to a position on the board of the company, before staging a coup to oust his former employer and take over the business himself.



  1. ^ Mediatheque films British Film Institute. Retrieved 05-09-2010

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