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Cast overview:
Morland Graham ...
Old Bill
Young Bill Busby
Mary Clare ...
Stella Malloy
René Ray ...
Sally (as Rene Ray)
Gus McNaughton ...
Ronald Shiner ...
Manning Whiley ...
Janine Darcey ...
Roland Culver ...
Donald Stuart ...
Nicholas Phipps ...
BBC Reporter
Allan Jeayes ...


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Release Date:

1 March 1941 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Noticed a lot of old familiar faces now I am 70 years of age
1 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Filmed during WW11 when Germany had the initiative and was invading Russia, a number of the actors (apart from John Mills) were familiar to me.There was Renee Houston a music hall artiste (Gloria in "A Girl Must Live 1939), Renee Ray ,"Miss Fulham" a bathing beauty queen who renounces her chance of competing in "Bank Holiday" (1938), Gus McNaughton a newspaper editor in "Storm in a teacup" (1937), Roland Culver a well known character actor in "The Moon's a Balloon" (1940)and many other titles and finally Ronald Shiner "Dry Rot" (1951).

We had to raise the nation's morale in 1941 (the year H.M.S.Hood was sunk by "Bismark" and this film (based on a WW1 cartoon)is where the entire family and friends of John Mills enter the army and most magically are all posted together to France.This was helpful for filming as it is mostly a studio bound production with little or no expensive location shots or big stars salaries to pay.Obviously a propaganda film produced to raise the nation's morale but it was mildly entertaining so I rated it 6/10.

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