Film

The Moral Core of ‘An Inspector Calls’

When J.B. Priestley’s play An Inspector Calls opened to excellent reviews at the New Theatre in 1946, the author’s feelings may well have extended beyond the triumph a playwright experiences at a successful opening. By all accounts it was a fine production, with Ralph Richardson at his best as the mysterious inspector who comes to question a complacent upper-middle-class family about their involvement in the suicide of a young woman. But during the war when Priestley had been giving the BBC’s Postscript affirming British values to counter the broadcasts from Berlin by the traitor William Joyce, the famous writer had…

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