Plot (possible spoilers):
Opening in late Victorian times, following his dismissal from a draper’s shop, where his father had placed him as an apprentice, protagonist Alfred Polly (John Mills) finds it hard to find another position. When a telegram arrives informing him of his father’s death, he returns to the family home. With a bequest of £500, Polly starts to consider his future; and a friend of his father’s, Mr Johnson (Edward Chapman), urges him to invest it in a shop – an idea that Polly hates. Whilst dawdling in the countryside on a newly-bought bicycle, Polly meets a schoolgirl, Christabel (Sally Ann Howes) with whom he feels he has fallen in love, but he later marries a cousin, Miriam Larkins (Betty Ann Davies). Fifteen years later, Polly and his wife are running a drapery in Fishbourne, and the marriage has descended to incessant arguments and bickering. While walking in the country, Polly decides to commit suicide and sets his shop ablaze in the belief that the insurance will assure Miriam’s future; he botches the job and, instead of killing himself, rescues an elderly neighbour and becomes a local hero. Still unhappy, Polly leaves Miriam and is hired by a rural innkeeper (Megs Jenkins) as handyman and ferryman; however the innkeeper’s brother-in-law Jim (Finlay Currie) is a drunkard who chases hired hands away from the inn. Polly clashes with Jim until the latter accidentally drowns in a weir when he is chasing Polly. Three years later, Polly returns to Fishbourne to find Miriam operating a tea-shop with her sister, in the belief that Polly is dead. He returns to his happier life at the inn.
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