Love on the Dole | 1941

Directed by: John Baxter

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Main Plot

During the depression in England, a young lady from Lancashire decides to be a rich bookmaker's mistress, just to help the rest of her family who are unemployed.


  • Deborah Kerr plays the character of Sally Hardcastle, a young woman who becomes romantically involved with a struggling coal miner.
  • Clifford Evans plays the role of a young man who struggles with unemployment and poverty in Love on the Dole.
  • George Carney is a working-class man who serves as a mentor and love interest for the protagonist in Love on the Dole.


In the ending of Love on the Dole, directed by John Baxter, the main character, Sally, decides to leave her hometown and move to London to find work. Her boyfriend, Larry, is arrested for his involvement in a protest against unemployment. Sally's brother, Harry, joins the army. Sally's father, Sam, commits suicide as he can no longer support the family. The ending portrays the bleak reality of poverty and the limited opportunities faced by the working class during the Great Depression.

John Baxter