Love on the Dole (1941)

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  • Walter Greenwood's Love on the Dole Alternative


Story concerned with the problems of unemployment in Salford in 1930, centring on the Hardcastle family and the vain attempts of Larry Meath, fiancé of the Hardcastle's daughter Sally to improve the situation. Young Harry Hardcastle finds himself unemployed when his apprenticeship at a local factory ends - the owners preferring to have a regular turn-over of cheap apprentices rather than pay full wages. He gets his girlfriend Helen pregnant and the two of them have to go into lodgings in a single room after Mr Hardcastle refuses to let them stay at home. Larry is fatally injured in a clash between police and unemployed demonstrators. Sally borrows money from the bookie Sam Grundy, who is attracted to her, in order to pay for Larry's funeral. He proposes she become his "housekeeper". In spite of the fact that she will be viewed as a "kept woman" she compromises her morals in order to assist Helen and Harry and her family. Her parents are shocked and ashamed, but with Sam's assistance she can bring money and jobs to her family.

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