Tom Brown’s School Days

Tom Brown’s School Days


A young boy starts at Rugby boarding school. He is tormented by Flashman, the school bully.

Dove Review

This is a black and white period film that tells the stories of a young man who attends a British boarding school and the headmaster who teaches him some valuable lessons. Bullying is rampant at the school, and Tom Brown, a new student is receiving more than his share of punishment from some of the older boys. When Dr. Thomas Arnold, the school’s new headmaster, becomes aware of this, he instructs his most senior pupils to set a new course and end the bullying once and for all. Along the way, young Tom and the rest of the students learn how to be “courageous, God-fearing gentlemen.”

We are pleased to award our Dove Seal for all ages to this fine and inspiring movie.

Content Description

Sex: None.
Language: The word "fag" is used multiple times but in the context of this film it's definition is as follows..."In British private schools a fag is a younger boy who has to do jobs for the older boys" and is not demeaning in nature.
Violence: Boy hits a man in the rear with a pea shooter; boys bully another by holding him directly above a fire until he faints; boys punch and fight one another but only bruising is seen; implied that boys receive lashes a few times for punishment.
Drugs: Man snorts a substance; man with an unlit pipe; carriage driver given a tanker of ale; British school boys drink from tankers which may contain ale but this would have been acceptable in the era of the story.
Nudity: Boys remove their shirts to fight one another.
Other: 3 boys steal and eat ducks, but there are consequences for their actions.


Company: Film Detective, LLC
Producer: Gene Towne
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Freddie Bartholomew, Jimmy Lydon
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe