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The Weak and the Wicked & The Solitary Child on DVD in August

5 August 2015

Network have announced the latest two titles in their ongoing 'The British Film' collection, The Weak and the Wicked, a drama based on semi-autobiographical novel starring Glynis Johns and Diana Dors, and The Solitary Child, a mystery drama from 1950s starring horror icon Barbara Shelley.


The Weak and the Wicked (1954)

A stellar cast including Glynis Johns (The Sundowners) and Diana Dors (Blonde Sinner) star in this powerful, sympathetic drama tracing the contrasting lives and often faltering progress of the inmates of a women’s prison.

Jean Raymond, an upper-class woman who has become addicted to gambling, is given a 12-month prison sentence resulting from her inability to pay her debts. At first she is overwhelmingly depressed by life in the women’s prison; gradually, however, her misery is relieved by the many close friends she makes there.

Based on the best-selling semi-autobiographical novel by Joan Henry – a writer and former debutante who would further draw upon her own prison experience for the novel and classic film Yield to the NightThe Weak and the Wicked is directed by Henry’s future husband, Oscar-nominated J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone).

Featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, The Weak and the Wicked is released on UK DVD on 10th August 2015 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection.

Special features are:

  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image gallery
  • Promotional material PDF



The Solitary Child (1958)

Horror icon Barbara Shelley (Dracula, Village of the Damned) takes an early starring role as a top model whose marriage sends shockwaves through Society in this gripping mystery drama from the late 1950s.

The marriage of celebrated London model Harriet to Captain James Random causes a sensation: only two years previously, the gentleman farmer was acquitted in rather dubious circumstances of the murder of his first wife – and there is still a widespread suspicion among the public that Random is a man who 'got away with it'.

Adapted from the novel by Nina Bawden and directed by Gerald Thomas (Carry On Cleo), The Solitary Child is released on UK DVD on 24th August 2015 at the RRP of £9.99, courtesy of Network’s ‘The British Film’ collection. The film is featured in a brand-new digital transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

No extra features have been listed.