Forever England is the 1935 UK re-issue of Brown on Resolution (US title – Born for Glory ), a film adaptation of the CS Forester novel Brown on Resolution, starring John Mills.
The plot is centred on the illegitimate son of a British naval officer singlehandedly bringing about the downfall of a German cruiser during World War I. The title role is played by John Mills, his first lead role, and it is also notable for being the first film to use actual Royal Navy ships.
The novel was also later adapted as Sailor of the King (also titled Single-Handed in the US, and sometimes – though rarely – Brown on Resolution), in 1953.
The 1935 version retains the novel’s original World War I setting, but in the 1953 remake, the setting is realistically updated to the Second World War, as the Germans resumed commerce raiding with surface warships in 1939.
Betty Balfour – Elizabeth Brown
John Mills – Albert Brown
Barry MacKay – Lt. Somerville
Jimmy Hanley – Ginger
Howard Marion-Crawford – Max
H.G. Stoker – Captain Holt
Percy Walsh – Kapitan von Lutz
George Merritt – William Brown
Cyril Smith – William Brown, Jr.